Transition Marquette County was started in January 2011.  Its mission was to promote a compassionate and creative community response to the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and financial crisis… from oil dependency to resilience!

Author of The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience, Rob Hopkins, describes Transition Initiatives as the following:

“Transition Initiatives are based on four key assumptions:

  1. That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
  2. That our settlements and communities presently lack the resilience to enable them to weather the severe energy shocks that will accompany peak oil.
  3. That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now.
  4. That by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet.”

~ Rob Hopkins (The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience)


Cheerful Disclaimer:

Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact.

We truly don’t know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.

What we are convinced of is this:

  • if we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late
  • if we act as individuals, it’ll simply be too little
  • but if we act as a community, it might just be enough, just in time.

Everything that you read on this site is the result of real work undertaken in the real world with community engagement at its heart.  There’s not an ivory tower in sight, no professors in musty oak-panelled studies churning out erudite papers, no slavish adherence to a model carved in stone.

This site, just like the transition model, is brought to you by people who are actively engaged in bringing transition to Marquette and the Upper Peninsula.  People who are learning by doing – and learning all the time.  People who understand that we can’t sit back and wait for someone else to do the work.  People like you, perhaps… ?

Final point, just to weave the all crises together…

  • Climate change makes carbon reduction essential
  • Financial collapse makes economic localization essential
  • Peak oil makes it all inevitable
  • Transition Initiative make it feasible, viable, and attractive (as far we can tell so far…)

Currently, Transition Marquette County focuses mostly on localizing different resources of daily life – food, water, energy.

We are happy to bring the Transition Movement to our wonderful community.  TMC supports the ongoing Transition effort taking place in other communities in the Upper Peninsula, in Michigan, and in the United States.  Discover other Transition Towns here, or view the map to see how big this movement really is. For more information on Transition Towns, check out Transition Network and Transition United States

Send an email to TransitionMarquette@gmail.com with a request to be added to our contact list, and we’ll send you updates.