Downtown Lawton, MI

About Us

Hello, neighbor! We’re glad you found us.

What is Local Lawton? We are community members working together to make Lawton a better and more resilient place to live.

We are inspired by the positive work being done internationally in the Transition Towns Movement, which is spreading across the globe as communities seek solutions to problems like peak oil, climate change, energy scarcity, economic turbulence and more. Here’s a short video which helps explain what Transition is trying to do:

So far a lot of our discussions have centered around food (esp. local, healthy food), since that’s a vital, easy, and inexpensive topic to start with. We are also working on energy conservation and resilience, reskilling (re-learning a lot of the skills our grandparents had), transportation issues, supporting a more robust local economy, and community-building in general.

We have no political, religious or financial affiliations or requirements—we’re not partisans, cult members or a MLM pyramid scheme! Our group is an ever-evolving mix of folks from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all ages. We focus on our similarities rather than getting bogged-down bickering over our differences.

What we all have in common: we agree that we are facing unprecedented challenges and that the future may not look much like the recent past, as the weather gets more extreme, energy supplies get more problematic, and the economy looks more and more like a house of cards. We are neighbors meeting and helping neighbors right here, in and around this town where we live and where we can make real changes and improvements—we don’t expect “solutions” to come from the national government.

Here’s a quote from Rob Hopkins, who pioneered the Transition model:

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

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Community members working together to make Lawton a better and more resilient place to live.