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!
THURSDAY, July 2nd
6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm film
Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
For BFUU event info: www.bfuu.org/events
What do the city of Detroit and West Oakland have in common?
Both are communities in crisis yet poised on the crux of positive change.
graphic from Donkeycart https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeycart/ courtesy of Creative Commons
Our special guest speaker Wanda Stewart is Executive Director of People’s Grocery a dynamic community organization working to improve the health and local economy of West Oakland by investing in the local food system. She’ll tell us how People’s Grocery is working toward their goals and how we can help. You’ll learn about their unique Mobile Market, the Grub Box (CSA), Wholesale Hookup and the People’s Community Market.
URBAN ROOTS is an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit. Like West Oakland, Detroit has high rates of unemployment, poverty, crime and pollution, lack of grocery stores with fresh food and high rates of liquor stores, diabetes and heart disease. But Detroit urban farmers are building a new and powerful urban economy that addresses these challenges while growing healthy food and strong communities.
Please bring healthy snacks to share if you'd like to. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, BFUU's Social Justice Committee and Rising Sun Energy.
Suggested Donation $5-10 No one turned away for lack of funds!
North Berkeley-Ohlone Greenway-Sacramento and Delaware streets across from North Berkeley BART
Every Monday at 6:30pm
South Berkeley- Malcolm X School- Ellis street between Ashby & Prince
Every other Saturday at 10:30am
June 27, July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22, September 5 and 19
Bring your crops, seedlings, homemade yummies, ideas? Be part of this wonderful sharing economy! Summer swaps are held from June to October. Clothing, books, prepared food and other items to swap are welcome. Music and neighborhood free fun for all! For Information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Greywater Education Webinar (3 part series, on-line
This webinar series will teach participants how to give two greywater presentations (Greywater 101 and How to Design and Install a Washing Machine Greywater System) and how to work with local stores and agencies to make it easier for people to install systems. Participants will have access to the course materials and presentations to adapt for future use.
Series held on Wednesdays from 2-4pm on June 17th, June 24th, and July 1st.
Register here for this event.
Part 1: Greywater 101 or Drought-Proof Your Landscape With Greywater. Wednesday, June 17th from 2-4pm.
Part 2: How to Design and Install a Laundry-to-Landscape Systems. Wednesday, June 24th from 2-4pm.
Part 3: How to Make Your Community Greywater Ready: Work with local agencies and irrigation stores. Wednesday, July 1st from 2-4pm.
Cost: $30- $50 sliding scale (1 registration per organization, multiple staff members can attend)
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.