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!
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.
Join 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.
Earth Day attendees will have the chance to engage in critical conversations during the Climate Change Solutions Right Under Our Feet speaker panels. Topics include the pioneering field of carbon farming, climate-friendly consumption practices, and lessons for fighting climate change at the neighborhood level. Movement Generation’s Brooke Anderson, Nutiva’s John Roulac, Project Drawdown’s Amanda Ravenhill, and many others will be on hand to share their cutting-edge environmental perspectives. Check out the full list of scheduled speakers here.
Visitors can participate in an array of other activities throughout the day:
Country Joe McDonald and Bob Reid, Hali Hammer, Vic Sadot, Rob Reich, Ila Cantor, and Gayle Lynn and her Hired Hands will share their musical talents, and soulful local dishes will be offered by Red Door Catering, Swanky Catering, and Aurora Catering.
Valet bike parking will be available courtesy of Bike East Bay
On January 17th the citizens of Berkeley came together to reclaim the commons and to celebrate Berkeley's beautiful post office building. "The garden will bring new community connection ... in the downtown area and public involvement will also help to protect the Berkeley Post Office and post offices all over the country from sale and privatization. Community organizations and individuals have been working collaboratively to keep this beautiful and historic resource as a post office for public use. Right now we have had some success as there is no identified buyer and we are waiting to see what will happen in March with the city lawsuit against the United States Postal Service and how things will develop with the zoning overlay passed by the Berkeley City Council in 2014 to keep it zoned for public use." -Community Organizer, Carol Wolfley
Work on the garden will continue and your help is welcome. We have designated Saturdays at noon is the garden support day so stop by to lend a hand.
For more info visit the Facebook Community First they came for the homeless.
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.