Opportunity to Engage in Leadership Training!

Youth Lobby leaders have been invited to attend the 350VT Building Ground Leadership Training. We will spend a full weekend learning, deepening, and building the skills necessary to undertake powerful climate justice work within our communities.  The Building Ground training specifically focuses on sharing fundamental frameworks about climate justice and building the relationships that empower effective leaders.  Register for the program now! At Building Ground, you can expect sessions where you will: Explore the complex definitions of climate justice and the myriad approaches that individuals and groups undertake to achieve this goal, Deepen your own understanding of racial justice and its fundamental connection to the climate crisis, Learn in detail about 350’s specific approach to changemaking and organizing, Begin to articulate your own leadership and changemaking approaches and identify personal goals and next steps for your return home, Learn specific strategies to support your work (frameworks, facilitation techniques, and core […]

Another Opportunity to Make Your Voices Heard – Join the People’s Climate March

In three days the Peoples Climate March will thunder through the streets of Washington DC and cities across the nation to demand action for jobs, justice and the climate.  There’s a march happening in Montpelier at 1:00 PM – RSVP to get everything you need to be part of the big day. Here are the details: What: Vermont People’s Climate March Solidarity Rally When: April 29th, 1:00 PM Where: Vermont State House, 115 State St, Montpelier VT To RSVP for the Montpelier march, click here. To search for other sister marches near you, click here…  

Please Share Your Photos and Videos of the 2017 Youth Rally!!

Hello everybody.  We are planning on putting together a mini-documentary about the Vermont Youth Lobby movement, with the hopes of inspiring students in other states to organize a similar event next year – hopefully on the same date! As such, we could use all the amazing photos and videos that you might have taken. If you have photos or short videos, we ask that you upload them to our Google Photos Album. For longer videos, we ask that you upload them to Google Drive or Youtube and share them with us that way.  You can also add them to our Youtube Playlist here. In the meantime, here is a link to some exceptional photos taken by Harwood student Sarah Neff.  Thanks Sarah!  

58 Schools And Over 1500 Students!

This is Just the Beginning We wanted to thank everybody who helped make the 2017 Rally for the Planet such an amazing success.  However, please remember that this is just the beginning.  Here are some things you can do to help keep the pressure on our lawmakers to take more serious action on climate change. 1) Contact your legislators and thank them for their support or encourage them to support greater legislative action on climate change http://legislature.vermont.gov/ 2) Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of climate change related legislation, such as putting a price on carbon. 3) Get involved with your town’s local energy committee. Visit http://www.vecan.net/ 4) Volunteer with VPIRG, 350VT, EIV or other environmental organizations. 5) Get educated about the politics, science, and history of climate change.  Enroll in our Youth Activism 101 online course, by signing up for a free account at https://www.schoology.com or […]

Recent Media Coverage of the Upcoming Rally for the Planet

People are starting to pay attention.  Check out some recent news articles about the upcoming Youth Lobby Rally for the Planet! KidsVT Article  Middle, high school and college students will get a chance to voice their opinions about climate change at the second annual Youth Rally for the Planet, taking place on Wednesday, April 12. Busloads of young adults from around the state will march from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier to the Statehouse lawn, where they’ll get to speak with lawmakers, visit informational booths, and listen to environmental advocates and musicians. Last year, 700 students attended the inaugural event, says organizer and Harwood Union High School social studies teacher Matt Henchen, and he’s hoping for even more this year. The day of action is organized by the Vermont Youth Lobby, a group devoted to giving young people in Vermont a stronger political voice in their communities, […]

Natural Resources Management Academy for grades 7-12

Are you a high-school student interested in the environment and ready to explore, in depth, your passion for Vermont’s natural resources?    If you answered yes to this question, then you should attend the 10th annual Natural Resources Management Academy.  Come ready to explore natural resources management, and share aweekend with other high school students from around Vermont who have the same interests.   The Natural Resources Management Academy has been developed for individuals just like you! The Academy is a weekend full of fantastic learning opportunities aimed at understandingVermont’s forests, wildlife, soils and water ecosystems.  All programs will be hands-on and mostly outdoors. Space is limited — sign up now! www.uvm.edu/extension/youth   Who:                     Any students entering grades 7-12 in the Fall 2017    What:                   Natural Resources Management Academy   Where:                 Green Mountain Conservation Camp, Buck Lake, Woodbury, VT   When:          […]

More Information for Schools About the 2017 Youth Rally for the Planet!

  First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to organize a field trip at your school.  This is one of the most important challenges humanity has ever faced and every student who is able to attend will only increase the power of student voice on this issue!   Note: Please share this information with your students! Proposed Agenda for the Day (subject to minor changes) 9:00am-10:00am – Student Drop Off and March Staging Busses drop students off on the green of the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  There will be a number of activities for students to engage in, such as making signs for the march, face painting, and participating in the Maple Mosaic and Youth Voices art projects. 10:00am – 10:30am – March! Vermont youth and their allies will march in a parade to the Statehouse lawn. 10:15am – 11:30am  – Youth Speak Out!   Listen […]

It’s Not Too Late to Register!

It is not too late to register for the 2017 Youth Rally for the Planet – we are so close to our goal of 40 schools – we just need a few more to sign up. Here is a sample field trip form that might help some of your schools plan the trip.  You’ll have to make a copy and edit a few fields, but it might save you some time. Loading…

Over 1,100 Students and 30 Schools Have Signed Up!

We still have two more weeks until the Second Annual Youth Rally for the Planet and we already have almost twice as many students signed-up as last year.  With all of the recent climate change denial coming out of Washington these days, there is certainly a renewed interest in fighting back – to speak truth to power – and to demand more from our elected officials.  We will be sending out more details about the rally using the email list generated from our sign-up form, so please sign up as soon as you can. Check out this powerful trailer for a reminder of why we rally!

Get Ready to Rally! Help Build Our Maple Mosaic Art Installation

Our Climate, a member of Energy Independent Vermont, will be organizing a huge art installation that will come alive during Youth Lobby Day, April 12th. This is an opportunity to get creative, express yourself, and participate in a true community project! Anyone is invited to create a tile (1ft cardboard square) and mail it to VPIRG (see Maple Mosaic Toolkit for details). All the tiles will become a mosaic in the shape of a maple leaf symbolizing the peoples of Vermont coming together demanding that the government gives nature a voice and does all they can to combat climate change. Our Climate is working with the Emmy-award winning documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, on a campaign called “Put A Price On It.” Their campaign advocates for a fair price on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Learn more at putapriceonit.org Host an art making party at your school and share photos with […]