ALL IN for Climate Action Week 2021

ALL IN for Climate Action Week text with City of Bellingham circular logo.

ALL IN for Climate Action Week 2021 Summary

Thank you to our community for hosting and attending so many great events between September 20 to 26, 2021! This year’s events engaged more than 1,000 participants through presentations, volunteer activities, film showings, bike rides, workshops, and more. We hope you will join us for ALL IN for Climate Action Week 2022. To receive updates about future events and the City’s climate work, please sign up for our Climate News email list.

Thank you note showing the Climate Action Week logo and photos of people at events, such as kids holding up prizes, people volunteering outside, people holding a bag full of litter they picked up, people eating vegan food at a restaurant, and people on bikes.

September 20-26: “Actions That Make an Impact”

ALL IN for Climate Action Week is a week of events within Whatcom County that celebrate the knowledge and resources our community has to offer when looking for solutions to address global climate change at the local level. For our third annual Climate Action Week, we moved from education to action. Events this year focused on providing opportunities for our community to take impactful actions that help Bellingham reach its climate goals. Together, our small actions create a big impact.

Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood discusses the City’s and community’s commitment to climate action, including two new proposals for mitigating and adapting to a changing climate locally.

ALL IN for Climate Action Week is a celebration of all the knowledge and resources our community has to offer when looking for solutions to address global climate change at the local level. It will take everyone to make the shifts that need to happen, and our community is full of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses and governments that are making strides ​to build up our city as a leader in climate action. The week is scheduled to align with Climate Week NYC and the United Nations (UN)​ General Assembly.

Events this year focused on providing opportunities for people to take impactful actions that help Bellingham reach its climate goals. The top actions that we can take as a community that have the greatest impact on reducing Bellingham’s emissions and protecting our future are:

  • Shifting our transportation mode by taking fewer solo trips in gas-powered vehicles and choosing to walk, bike, ride the bus, carpool, or drive electric.
  • Using less energy inside our buildings by changing the way we use energy and increasing energy efficiency.
  • Switching to low-carbon electricity by replacing natural gas systems and appliances with electrical units and increasing use of renewable energy.
  • Making our voices heard by engaging in community groups and local government. 

While these are the most impactful actions for reducing local emissions, there are many other ways to act, including making dietary changes, restoring habitat, composting, supporting local businesses, and more!

Individuals or groups interested in hosting an event during Climate Action Week 2021 must have completed the online event registration form by Friday, August 13, 2021 to have their event(s) included in promotional materials. Hosting an event is free!

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ALL IN for Climate Action Week 2021 Events

The list of events that took place this year is below. Events were added to this webpage shortly after receiving registration forms from event hosts. Some events were recorded.

Ongoing Events

  • The PROJECT WE BEAM Treasure Hunt and Storefront projects are on display in various locations throughout Bellingham through October 2021.

Event Recordings

The following events were recorded and are available to view:

View events from past ALL IN for Climate Action Weeks.

The Hidden Life of Trees (Virtual Showing)

EVENT EXTENDED: Due to demand, the virtual screening of this event has been extended through Sunday, Oct. 3. Join Whatcom Million Trees Project (WMTP), Pickford Film Center and multiple local co-sponsors for showings of the film The Hidden Life of Trees, a new documentary based on Peter Wohlleben’s bestselling book of the same name. Virtual streaming ... Read more

2nd Annual Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week

Join Bellingham Vegfest for Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week. We will celebrate the delicious plant-based options that Bellingham restaurants have to offer! Each participating restaurant will offer at least one all plant-based option during the week. Choosing a plant-based diet is one way to minimize our personal impact on our planet. Join our amazing local restaurants ... Read more

PROJECT WE BEAM Treasure Hunt

Join From a Child's Point of View and Bellingham Youth Media Project for a PROJECT WE BEAM Treasure Hunt during ALL IN for Climate Action Week. Everyone is invited to offer their ideas to fix problems caused by climate change. The PROJECT WE BEAM Treasure Hunt will be displayed in two locations in Bellingham -- ... Read more

Climate-Themed Children’s Storytime

Event Recording: You can access the recordings of the climate-themed Children's Storytimes by registering for free on the Library Storytimes page. Join the Children's Department of the Bellingham Public Library for two fun, brain-building, virtual Storytimes with Climate Action themes for kids ages birth to 5 years during Climate Action Week. Each Storytime highlights the ... Read more

This World We Call Home Book List

Celebrate Climate Action Week by reading a climate-themed book or leading your own climate-themed book club. The Bellingham Public Library is offering This World We Call Home book and materials list during Climate Action Week to find valuable reading and background resources in a variety of formats to further your education about climate change issues. The Heartbeat ... Read more

PROJECT WE BEAM Storefront Project

PROJECT WE BEAM is installing artwork in downtown Bellingham storefronts on Monday, September 20 as part of their Storefront Project. Keep an eye out for storefronts in Bellingham as they showcase children's various artwork depicting the importance of banding together to help end climate change. This event is part of the City of Bellingham's ALL ... Read more

Sustainability Institute at WWU Info Fair

Attention Western Washington University (WWU) students! Visit the Sustainability Institute table at Western's Fall Info Fair in Red Square to discover how you can make WWU and Bellingham more sustainable! You'll be able to:• Join the Sustainability Ambassadors• Learn about the Climate Leadership Certificate• Sign up for the Sustainability Minor• Apply for a grant to ... Read more

Cooking with Scraps to Eat Healthy, Save Money and the Planet!

Event Recording: This virtual event took place live on September 20. You can access a recording of the event on Google Drive. Join Cindy Thompson from Trimazing! Health & Life Style Coaching for a virtual cooking demo on how to maximize our food scraps and save them from being thrown away. The demo will be ... Read more

How to Make Compost – Start to Finish (9/20 at Whatcom Middle School)

Join the Food Educators of Common Threads Farm in building, maintaining and harvesting a compost pile in this hands-on workshop. Compost is an important part of shifting food production closer to home and reducing "food miles" and the associated emissions and fossil fuel use. You'll also be contributing to the health of our school gardens ... Read more

Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store – Bag It Sale

Join Allied Arts of Whatcom County for a repurposed art supply sale and celebrate the art of creative reuse! Gently used art, school and office supplies will be on sale at $20/ large bag, $10/ medium bag and $5/ small bag at the Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to ... Read more

How to Make Compost – Start to Finish (9/21 at Kulshan Middle School)

Join the Food Educators of Common Threads Farm in building, maintaining and harvesting a compost pile in this hands-on workshop. Compost is an important part of shifting food production closer to home and reducing "food miles" and the associated emissions and fossil fuel use. You'll also be contributing to the health of our school gardens ... Read more

Chehalis: A Watershed Moment

Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) for their virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, which inspires environmental activism and a love for nature through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet. Viewing options: Watch with NSEA ... Read more

How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire

This event took place virtually on September 21. A recording of this event is available. Join the Bellingham Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, and the Whatcom Conservation District for a virtual education event about wildfire risk reduction steps that can make your home safer during a wildfire. Climate change has been a key factor in increasing the risk ... Read more

Climate-Themed Children’s Storytime

Event Recording: You can access the recordings of the climate-themed Children's Storytimes by registering for free on the Library Storytimes page. Join the Children's Department of the Bellingham Public Library for two fun, brain-building, virtual Storytimes with Climate Action themes for kids ages birth to 5 years during Climate Action Week. Each Storytime highlights the ... Read more

Clean up Padden Creek at Fairhaven Park

Join Recreation Northwest as we bike from downtown Bellingham to Fairhaven Park with some stops along the way. We will then meet at the lower pavilion at Fairhaven Park, and get to work removing trash and debris along Padden Creek. All skill levels welcome! Gloves and trash bags will be provided, however participants should come ... Read more

The Hidden Life of Trees (9/22 Showing)

Join Whatcom Million Trees Project (WMTP), Pickford Film Center and multiple local co-sponsors for an in-person showing of the film The Hidden Life of Trees, a new documentary based on Peter Wohlleben's bestselling book of the same name. In-person showings at the Pickford will be on Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, September ... Read more

Emerging Climate Tech: Options for Decarbonization

Join Western Solar for this virtual webinar, where they will run down the list of tools that home and business owners have to live and work Net Zero in the Pacific Northwest. The webinar will specifically focus on energy use in the home to build a comprehensive carbon reduction strategy/plan based on the current and ... Read more

Tell Me Some Good News About Climate and the Salish Sea

Join the Salish Sea Institute, in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association, for a webinar to hear about two significant and ambitious construction projects that are going above and beyond "normal" practices. The Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, set to open October 2021, claims to be "the most progressive, responsible and sustainable arena in the ... Read more

Sheltering in Extreme Weather Events

Join the  Bellingham Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, and Climate Impacts Group for a virtual education event about sheltering in extreme weather events. Climate change is a contributing factor to more frequent extremes of heat, drought, and rain in the Pacific Northwest. We will discuss the fundamentals of sheltering in place, strategies related to ... Read more

Community Bike Ride

Join Whatcom Smart Trips for a fun bike ride! Decorate your bike and meet us at Waypoint Park at 4 p.m. for tips on safely and confidently biking for transportation. We'll leave from the park at 4:30 p.m. heading up to State St. for a ride to Fairhaven to practice our bike skills. Families with ... Read more

Greening with Integrity

Recording: This virtual presentation took place live on September 24. A video recording is available to view below. Event Information Join the Multifaith Network for Climate Justice and partners for a presentation about energy efficiency. This was a virtual Zoom presentation that took place on September 24. You can access a recording above. Moved by ... Read more

Volunteer Opportunity: Community Work Party & ALL IN for Climate Action Week at Squalicum Creek Park

Squalicum Creek Park 1001 Squalicum Way, Bellingham, wa

Celebrate ALL IN for Climate Action Week with the City of Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program! Take Action to improve our climate by caring for native plantings in this impressive restoration area at Willow Spring. All Ages and abilities welcome! Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Tools, gloves, and instructions ... Read more

The Hidden Life of Trees (9/25 Showing)

EVENT EXTENDED: Due to demand, the virtual screening of this event has been extended through Sunday, Oct. 3. Join Whatcom Million Trees Project (WMTP), Pickford Film Center and multiple local co-sponsors for showings of the film The Hidden Life of Trees, a new documentary based on Peter Wohlleben’s bestselling book of the same name. Virtual streaming at home is ... Read more

Baker Lake Trail Dedication and Group Hike

On Sunday, September 26th, 2021 at 11 a.m. Baker Lake Trail will be recognized with a small gathering with the Old-Growth Forest Network at the Baker River Trailhead at the northern end of Baker Lake Highway/Forest Service Road 11. Dr. Sarah Horsley, Network Manager of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will honor the protected forest with ... Read more

Electric Vehicle Car Show

Join Climate Reality Project Bellingham Chapter for an Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Show! On Sunday, September 26 from 2 to 4 p.m., Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham will become the place to learn about the electric car transformation! The EV Car Show will feature at least six different electric cars, each of which will be presented ... Read more

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Contacts

​Email: all-in@cob.org​​​