Catalyzing personal empowerment, societal transformation, and environmental sustainability
"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for
illusion is deep."
Mission & Vision
Attraction Retreat's CASI Project
A Community Assessment and Sustainability Inventory for Whatcom County
The CASI project was conceived in the Fall of 2005. It is an outgrowth of the community organizing and education based on natural systems that grew out of the public screenings Attraction Retreat hosted starting in November, 2004 of the Peak Oil documentary, End of Suburbia. Heading up a relocalization project was also the main campaign platform that Dave Ewoldt, AR's Executive Director, ran on when he was a Whatcom County council candidate in the 2005 primary election.
According to just about everyone who has studied the issues in any depth, and whose livelihood isn't tied to their denial, the only logical response to Peak Oil and Global Warming is relocalization, a concept first championed by the Post-Carbon Institute.
One of the first steps that needs to be undertaken in a successful relocalization campaign is to find out what the community has to work with, what's missing, and try to discover possible barriers to becoming sustainable. Thus, a regional inventory of economic, environmental, and social assets is necessary to guide a community or region's response to the local impacts of global crises. Only with a full set of facts, and widespread community support, can local decision makers make informed choices.
The CASI section of AR's website consists of the following pages:
As of the 1st of March, 2006 we're about 1/6 of the way toward our funding goal. The first two steps, the workshops, have been held. Now, we need to secure the rest of the funding for the inventory step. If you'd like to contribute, participate, or otherwise help with this project, contact Dave Ewoldt at (360) 756-7998 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the land has
the same desperate finality as having to chop up the furniture
to keep warm."