REGISTER BELOW The official date for the 2019 Youth Rally for the Planet has been changed and is now Wednesday, May 1st. Please join the Vermont Youth Lobby on Wednesday, May 1st from 9am – 1:30pm as we rally for CLIMATE, JOBS, AND JUSTICE! The main goal this year is to let lawmakers know we want Vermont to take a much stronger leadership role in the global fight against climate change! We’ve been asking our lawmakers for bold action to address climate change for several years now and are growing increasingly frustrated by their general inaction. We applaud the many legislators who have tried to make climate action a priority, but the pace of change taking place in Montpelier is not nearly fast enough to meet the challenges we are confronted with, as highlighted in the most recent IPCC report that gives humanity 10-12 years to make dramatic cuts in […]
BECOME A CLIMATE LEADER Register for the Vermont Youth Climate Summit: The aim of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit is to educate high school students on the impacts of climate change through peer-to-peer learning. Encouraging students to take action on an issue that is highly relevant to their generation is a key mission of the Summit. Challenging both high school and college students to think deeply about the issue allows for a greater impact and understanding of the common role that youth play in the climate movement. It is the goal of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit to connect students of all ages and to empower them to become climate leaders. Schools are invited to send a team of 6-7 students and staff to attend this engaging conference. Students will: Hear research-based information about the economic and ecological consequences of climate change Learn strategies to respond to climate change in […]
On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action. Why? From Sept. 12 – 14, leaders of cities, towns, states, companies, and organizations from all over the world will gather at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to highlight and make new commitments to climate action. The Saturday before the summit, climate groups all over the world are organizing marches, rallies, and more to hold leaders accountable—to demand politicians stand with their communities and deliver more than just words! We’re joining in! 350Vermont is supporting local groups all around the state in holding solidarity actions targeted at our own elected officials to let them know […]
Agenda for the Day (subject to minor changes) 8:30am – 10:00am – Drop-Off and Staging Busses drop students off at Montpelier High School. There will be a number of activities for students to engage in, such as making signs for the march, face painting, and participating in various art projects. 10:00am – 10:15am – Youth March Vermont youth and their allies march in solidarity to the Statehouse lawn. 10:15am – 11:00am – Sound Check! Social Justice Band Performs Link to Sound Check website – http://www.brianboyes.com/soundcheck-1/ 11:00am – 11:30am – Speak Out! Students will listen to young performers and speakers share their thoughts on climate change. 11:30am- 12:00 pm – Tabling, Preparing to talk to your legislators, Music Learn more about solutions to climate change and proposed legislation, get ready to speak with your lawmakers, and groove to some sweet vibes from Televici, a band of students from Montpelier High […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
The Youth Lobby is at it again. We are planning another Rally for the Planet to remind Vermont lawmakers that it is their moral obligation to act more boldly against climate change. Our message is simple – the longer we wait to take bold action, the more disruptive and damaging the required changes will be in the future. It is wrong to force future generations to pay for the costs of our atmospheric pollution. We are looking for teachers and students from schools and colleges across Vermont who can help us plan our Climate Rally for 2017. Our next meeting is Sunday, December 4th from 3-5pm in the basement of the Waterbury Congregational Church in Waterbury VT. Please join us if you can. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like attend this meeting or have any other questions. The time to act is now!