Transition Berkeley is part of a growing international network of Transition initiatives.
We're joining cities around the world to face the enormous challenges of economic instability, climate change and fossil fuel dependency. Transition Berkeley is proud to become the 110th U.S. Initiative.
The Transition approach will help Berkeley to envision and create a future with more locally produced food and other necessities, cleaner forms of transportation and energy. Along the way, we'll build a more equitable and vibrant local economy and re-learn practical skills our grandparents once had.
Join us and discover just how powerful the collective genius can be when people work together!
Screening the Green Presents: "From the Waste Up – Life Without Plastic"
THURSDAY, MAY 7
6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm film
Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
For BFUU event info: www.bfuu.org/events
Would you like to find more ways to get plastic out of your life? It’s easier (and more fun) than you may think! Our special guest speaker East Bay author and community activist, Beth Terry, will show us how to replace plastic with less harmful materials. She'll tell us how she got started with her Plastic Free Life and share some of the many alternatives she has documented in her book Plastic Free! How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. (Signed copies of the new edition will be available for purchase.)
We'll be showing a recently premiered film out of British Columbia, From the Waste Up – Life Without Plastic. Filmmaker Taina Uitto documents her own efforts and those of six other volunteers who pledge to live for a whole year without plastic. She looks at our addiction to plastic in a very real and down to earth way and as a participant in the project brings a level of humor to a very serious situation. You'll sympathize with the volunteers as they struggle to make change and rejoice with them when they are successful. This is a fun and inspiring film you won't want to miss. We'll meet and greet at 6:30, the program begins at 7:00. Please bring plastic free snacks to share if you'd like to. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, BFUU's Social Justice Committee and Green Sangha.
Suggested Donation $5-10 No one turned away for lack of funds!
We invite you and your organization to get involved:
By becoming a Community Partner you will be supported!
Gain visibility and supporters by having your event/projects promoted by the East Bay Challenge promotional materials, social media and website.
This year we will be making a special effort to solicit volunteers for your events from local companies and volunteer organizations.
Be recognized as part of the growing coalition who are building Community Resilience together. Registering your project will help build the movement and demonstrate just how many amazing projects are happening in our region!
About the Community Resilience Challenge: The Community Resilience Challenge (CRC) is a collaboration of non-profits, municipalities, businesses and individuals working together to bring awareness to the need for community-based local solutions to the pivotal issues facing our planet, from our drought to food insecurity to climate change. The registered actions are aggregated on a map to build a picture of the growing resilience movement. The CRC was founded by the Petaluma-based non-profit Daily Acts in 2009. The CRC-East Bay’s core organizers include Bay Localize, Sustainable Contra Costa and the NorCal Community Resilience Network.
Saturday, April 18
Transition Berkeley joined the David Brower Center for its first-ever Earth Day celebration, a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, family art activities, hands-on workshops, live music, and delicious organic food--all focused on protecting and honoring the planet we call home.Spring flower mandala created by members of Transition Berkeley and other Earth Day participants.
Flower mandala created by members of Transition Berkeley and Berkeley Earth Day Participants.
The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition formed to help bring Berkeley's Climate Action Plan from vision to reality (see Berkeley's progress here.) Through four Working Groups, many exciting plans are underway! We invite you to participate in the Coalition and connect with others addressing climate change. Learn more about the Coalition, Working Groups and upcoming meetings. Info: click here
Working Group Meetings
Transportation: Contact: Sandra Hamlat
Landuse/Community Gardens: Contact: Shawna McCarroll
Community Choice Energy Contact: Erica Etelsen
Water: Contact: Matt Freiberg
Creativity, Community, Skill-sharing with other folks working to build more resilient communities, these are Transition values that are being spread by two local groups. You can tap into the fun by visiting their websites and attending their events.
Ever want to learn how to make sourdough bread, or a didgeridoo? Perhaps you would like to brush up on your Spanish while making salsa, or practice Qigong in a group. Villagecraft is the place to find a smorgasbord of "learn by doing" activities and meet others who share your interests. Anyone is invited to submit and teach a short class and Villagecraft will connect you with students through their website.
Go to villagecraft.org to find out about their 1st Anniversary Party, on November 22nd. Come hang out, meet fabulous people, and hear about opportunities to learn and connect.
The East Bay Permaculture Guild is a dynamic group focused on practicing permaculture principles every day. Guild meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at PLACE, which is located at 1121 64th Street, Oakland, CA.
Check the website eastbaypermacultureguild.weebly.com to find out What's Happening in East Bay Permaculture.
Neonicotinoids in the nursery industry have been making news lately. A possible link between the use of this insecticide and honey bee die-offs has led to some controversy. We asked Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Alisa Rose Seidlitz to share some background on this issue of neonicotinoids and nursery plants. Read her entire article on the Bay Friendly Blog to learn what Alisa Rose found in her research.
The article is chock full of valuable information on how Neonicotinoids work, the current studies linking these pesticides to bee population declines and steps we can take to bring back the bees. Alisa Rose has also included a list of bee-attracting plants, resources for obtaining these plants, and links to products containing neonicotinoids.