portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting oregon & cascadia

community building | sustainability

Sail transport and Puget Sound's SCALLOPS network

An amazing story about alternative community rising up out of the ashes of the collapsing corporate state. And, it's located right here in Cascadia!
Sail transport and Puget Sound's SCALLOPS network

by Jan Lundberg (with contributions by Fulvio Casali, Paul Flowers,
Dan Bednarz, and Vic Opperman)

In the waters around Seattle, Washington, three dozen communities are
enriching their bioregion with a common vision of sustainability --
despite the pressures of corporate globalization dominating almost
everyone's life. This new vision is being coupled with the
resurgence of sailing, with an eye to the tempestuous horizon
promising the unprecedented effects of peak oil and global heating.

The roots of this developing project include local, native traditions
as well as some modern daydreaming sailors hailing from as far away
as California.

With faith in both humanity and renewable-energy powered sails, an
historic movement is getting off the ground in the Puget Sound. The
group called Sustainable Ballard had already advanced green
initiatives in their Ballard neighborhood northwest of downtown
Seattle, gaining the attention of Al Gore. After much success in its
four years of organizing, the group has an offspring that seems
destined to become far bigger than the parent: SCALLOPS - Sustainable
Communities All Over Puget Sound.

Before going further into SCALLOPS and Sail Transport Network, let us
capture the essence of Sustainable Ballard. It was born out of
frustration with anti-war activity when the U.S. and Britain invaded
Iraq. During this time, the founders were also aware of peak oil and
climate change. Seeing the futility of attacking a negative (the
executive branch across the continent) without offering an
alternative, Sustainable Ballard's founders -- Vic Opperman, David
Wright, and Erica Jones -- decided to focus their energy on rallying
people around positive solutions to our oil-dependent, global-heating

As an example of the projects spawned by Sustainable Ballard, the
whole town of Seattle has been turned on to local food supply issues.
On Aug. 4, 2007 a local daily paper paid front-page attention to
Sustainable Ballard's "100 Mile Diet." As people take the challenge,
they get to know their local food sources while increasing awareness
of the dangerous syndrome of "blueberries in winter" that Matt
Simmons, petroleum-industry investment banker, has decried.

How Sustainable Ballard succeeds

The first festival put on by Sustainable Ballard was in 2003, and the
three founders did all the work. Solid organizing and growth of the
organization pulled in more and more activists and volunteers, such
that subsequent Festivals grew by leaps and bounds. Looking at the
pieces necessary in the creation of an autonomous community that can
survive if energy and food from far away are cut off, a structure
like a starfish took shape. There are at present seven "arms" of the
starfish: [- to read the rest of this report and see maps and such,
go to:
 link to culturechange.org
- make sure all the address is pasted into browser.]

* * * * *

The Climate Emergency Fast is this September 4th. The theme selected
by the organizers is "So Others Might Eat." We're having water only that day, for at least 24 hours; Congress will be back in session; let the news media know you are fasting and why!
- U.S. Climate Emergency Council:  http://www.climateemergency.org
- Fasting for healing and inner peace:
- Pledge for Climate Protection:
- Global Warming Crisis Council listserve: email Wanda Ballantine
the "Raging Grannie," to sign up: wsb70@...

homepage: homepage: http://culturechange.org/cms/index.php