Vermont House Passes Resolution Urging State to Divest from Coal Companies and ExxonMobil

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2016 Contact: Austin Davis, 350Vermont, austin@350vt.org 802-370-0408 Vermont House Passes Resolution Urging State to Divest from Coal Companies and ExxonMobil Environmental Groups Say Decision Has Widespread Implications for Increasing the Success of International Movement to Divest out of Fossil Fuels MONTPELIER — A bold statement by the Vermont House of Representatives — calling for Vermont’s pension funds to divest from coal and ExxonMobil — was applauded today by the state’s major environmental groups working on divestment from fossil fuels. A resolution passed by the House today urges State Treasurer Beth Pearce and the Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC) to lay out a process to divest the pension funds of all companies with coal holdings. It also calls for VPIC to divest out of all ExxonMobil stocks. VPIC oversees approximately $4 billion in the state retirement systems for teachers and state and municipal employees. “We are […]

Second Planning Meeting – Final Details

Thanks again to everybody who was able to attend our first planning meeting. We made some great progress and are looking forward to seeing everybody at our second planning meeting. We wanted to especially thank Liz Edsell from VPIRG for providing us with the funds required to rent the space and for providing the amazing pizza and snacks. Thanks Liz! Details for Our Second Planning Meeting When: Sunday, February 28th from 3pm-6pm (snacks will be provided) Where: Waterbury Congregational Church in Waterbury, VT Address: 8 N Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676 Phone:(802) 244-6606 Matt Henchen’s Cell Phone: (802) 324-4521 Please Give Us Your Feedback on the Proposed Agenda for the Second Meeting https://docs.google.com/document/d/10PoECPkLfYhqPsZ_j0YH2WPI3OoWNeJFU0Q7g8pKQ68/edit Thanks again and see you at the next meeting!!! Yours in Solidarity, Harwood Youth Action Committee

Should We Help Our State #SwingForward

From http://www.usclimateplan.org/ I’m going to give it to you straight: our politicians are failing us. The outcomes of the recent “historic” international climate negotiations in Paris last month do not put us on track to avoid the worst impacts of the already unfolding climate crisis, and the United States is largely responsible for the shortfall in global ambition. Meanwhile, the money of the corporate elite continues to drown out regular people’s voices in our democracy—threatening our rights, our communities, and silencing the call for a just and livable future on this planet. But here’s the thing, we can reclaim our power and our future, starting now. While politicians drag their feet, bottom-up movements are winning real victories, shifting public opinion, and threatening the power of the status quo. In the past few months, we have ended Arctic drilling, killed the Keystone XL pipeline, and put a halt to all new leases […]

The Largest Youth Focused Climate Change Rally in America’s History Just Occurred in Vermont!

The Largest Youth Focused Climate Change Rally in America’s History Just Occurred in Vermont! This is the headline we would like to see in newspapers and media outlets around the world the day after our event, but we need you to make it happen. We’ve scoured the internet for youth focused political rallies and here is what we’ve found… “More than 300 students rally in Maine…the largest youth-led climate action in the history of the state.” – http://news.mpbn.net/post/more-300-students-decry-fossil-fuel-infrastructure-state-house-rally#stream/0 “Over 500” – http://www.spotlightnepal.com/News/Article/KIRDAC-Youth-Rally-climate-change “Hundreds of young people” – http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/11/17/houska-native-youth-rally-racial-climate-justice-dc-162448 “Over a hundred” -http://350.org/asian-youth-rally-350-bangkok/ “More than a hundred” – https://acespace.org/press-releases/chicago-high-school-students-rally “Nearly a thousand youth from across the country took to the streets of Washington, DC” http://ecowatch.com/2015/11/09/our-generation-our-choice-climate-justice/   What will our goal be?

Eight High Schools Now Part of the Youth Climate Rally Planning!

With the recent addition of People’s Academy, our planning coalition has now grow to eight high schools in Vermont, including: Vergennes Union High School Mount Abraham Union High School South Burlington High School Winooski High School Harwood Union High School Champlain Union High School Montpelier High School and now… People’s Academy If you have not had the chance to participate in our quick poll about the best date and time for our next coalition meeting, please do so by Wednesday evening. We will make the call on this tomorrow morning. Second Planning Meeting Poll (**TOP PRIORITY**  Please complete by Wednesday Night 02/10) We need to choose the best date and time for our Second Planning Meeting.  Please use the link below to let us know which day and times work best for you… http://doodle.com/poll/aqa2nvvyt6a33z7b  

It’s Happening! – Recap From Our First Planning Meeting

  Recap of Our First Meeting On Sunday, February 7th, teachers and students from five high schools in Vermont gathered at South Burlington High School to begin planning for a youth-focused day of acton on climate change.  The students were joined by representatives from the Vermont Public Interest Group (VPIRG), 350VT, Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP), UVM Extension 4H Program, and Seventh Generation. We began the day with a Compass Points activity and a discussion about the importance of having a well balanced team.  We introduced ourselves briefly and then voted on a process to make collective decisions.  We briefly ran through a series of Community Norms and voted to accept these norms for our group.  You can check out our Decision Making Protocol and Community Norms on our Meeting Agenda. We then heard from Liz Edsell (VPIRG) and Brittany Dunn (350VT) about some of their organizations’ initiatives including: carbon […]

Final Meeting Details

What: Help us plan a youth focused Climate Change Rally Where: Room 208/209 at South Burlington High School (signs will be posted) When: Sunday February 7th, from 2pm – 5pm   The youth lobby movement is growing!  There are now six schools that are part of our planning coalition – Mount Abraham, Vergennes Union, South Burlington, Winooski, CVU and Harwood Union.   We have also learned that Seventh Generation, Ben and Jerry’s, and Burton have all expressed some interest in supporting our campaign.     Please join us this Sunday, Feb. 7th from 2pm-5pm in Room 208/209 at the South Burlington High School, as we begin the planning for our Youth-Focused Climate Change Rally.     Teachers, if you have not done so already could you please send me a quick email confirmation stating if your school will be represented at this first meeting, along with the names and emails […]