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!
Friday December 12, 2014 Walk-6pm, Film-7pm
Bethany Baptist, 5400 Adeline (near 55th st on Oakland side of border)
Facebook: North Oakland Restorative Justice Council
The North Oakland Restorative Justice Council hosts a community walk on the 2nd Friday of every month called the “Peace ‘n Justice” walk. This month we show solidarity with brothers and sister in Ferguson. We will walk to 55th & Market. Bring friends, banners. Show our community that Black Lives Matter.
The walk ends back at Bethany with a 7pm screening of the documentary "Unlikely Friends".
Sunday at 11:00am - 12:30pm
PLACE for Sustainable Living
1121 64th St, Oakland, California 94608
John Abbe marched across the country this year with the Great March for Climate Action, inspiring action on the climate crisis. A band of several dozen people from all walks of life left Los Angeles on March 1 and arrived in Washington, DC on November 1, along the way hearing how people have been affected by climate change, learning and sharing what people are doing in response, and increasingly participating in local and national actions.
At this event John will share stories, perspectives and photographs from the march, then open the floor to questions and conversation about both the march and where the climate action movement goes from here in the wake of this march, New York’s People’s Climate March (which the cross-country marchers also participated in), and the ongoing protests about racism, policing and related issues.
This presentation is co-hosted by John along with EBCOHO/Raines Cohen and Changents.us /Maja Bengtson. It is offered as a gift to you.
Monday, December 15 at 5:00pm
Join us on Monday @ 5:00 pm at Lake Merritt for a vigil for those who have lost their lives to police terrorism.
We will meet in THREE locations:
1) the pillars at Embarcadero and Grand
2) lakeside drive across from snow park
3) grassy amphitheater on Lake Merritt blvd.
We will walk in a single file line in both directions until we have encircled the lake.
We will collectively hold space to mourn the lives stolen from us and create a circle of healing for families who have lost their children to police violence.
We recognize a need for community to gather and families to bring their children and we will hold this space as such.
Please bring candles and paper cups to protect the flames from wind. And we will engage in a silent procession around the lake.
Please inbox SheCat with inquiries. https://www.facebook.com/events/324178874449665/
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.
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
Transition Berkeley's first Thursday's Screening the Green film series celebrated it's first birthday October 2, 2014, with a look back at 12 months of inspiring environmental films and many friendships forged with justice and environmental groups.
TB gives a BIG SHOUT OUT to the co-sponsors of our monthly films – it has been a pleasure working with you and an inspiration to see the wonderful things you are doing for our world. Our gratitude goes to the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Social Justice Committee for use of the beautiful kitchen and fellowship hall and their robust support for the success of this series. Other partners Transition Berkeley's Movie Team has been privileged to work with this past year include:
THE ECOLOGY CENTER – EAST BAY COHOUSING – THE STORY OF STUFF PROJECT - STICKY ART LAB – BERKELEY CLIMATE ACTION COALITION WATER WORKING GROUP SIERRA CLUB – SLOW MONEY – THE BIODIESEL OASIS COLLECTIVE – OCCUPELLA - PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK – OBSIDIAN FARMS – VICTORY GARDEN FOUNDATION – BERKELEY COMMUNITY GARDEN COLLABORATIVE – PERALTA COMMUNITY GARDEN
Many thanks to the members of the Transition Berkeley Movie Team for their work on the film series: Carole Bennett-Simmons, Dave Drummond, Malcolm (Gil) Gilmore, Bonnie Borucki, Phyllis Rothman, Phoebe Ackley, Linda Currie, Lori Hines, Barbara Edwards, Claudia Castro, Ayako Nagano and Karen Rusiniak
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.