Co-written By: Beck Andersen and Matt Henchen 11/13/19 On November 17th, hundreds of Vermont youth, from middle school to law school, will converge on the statehouse to create a “Declaration of Independence” from fossil fuels. “We’ve been asking for bold and comprehensive climate-related policies for the past several years and most of our political leaders have been slow to respond,” Harwood Youth Lobby member Sydney Kulis argued, “so now we’re going to show them what we expect them to do this legislative session” “We just hope they listen.” “Young people are the least responsible for the climate crisis, but we are the ones who will inherit the dire consequences of climate inaction.” -Lili Platt Youth lobby students are also planning the 5th annual Rally for the Planet this Spring, which they hope will be a “celebration of climate policies that have been passed this year,” said Kulis. “They’ve been telling […]
Earlier this year, Greta Thunberg and 46 other youth activists issued a call to everyone around the globe to join them in a massive climate strike on September 20th. The Climate Strike will kick-off a week of mass, actions between Sept 20-27. In most countries, the youth strikers have chosen Sept. 20th as the day of their Climate Strike, while in a few other countries they have chosen Sept 27th. In the US, the coalition of youth strike groups, the Future Coalition, chose September 20th as the date. Students from the Vermont Youth Lobby are standing in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and her courageous call to Strike for the Climate. There is no doubt we are in the midst of a climate crisis and that now is the time to take bold and comprehensive action to change the course of our futures together. We strongly encourage students from across […]
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 […]
The UVM Extension 4-H Teen & Leadership Program has partnered with the Vermont Forests, Parks & Recreation to create a pilot program called VTeen 4-H Trail Stewards. The program will take place from June 1 – October 19 at both Elmore State Park (Elmore) and Little River State Park (Waterbury). VTeen 4-H Trail Stewards Information_Application_v3
The Planning Coalition Meeting originally scheduled for this Sunday, March 1oth has been pushed back to Sunday, March 24th at the Montpelier High School Library from 4-7pm. The steering committee is still planning on meeting March 10th, but the exact time and location are still being determined.
Please join us for a press conference in the Statehouse on the opening day of the Vermont Legislature! Students from the Vermont Youth Lobby will be holding a press conference at 1:30pm on Wednesday, January 9th in Room 10 of the Vermont Statehouse. The purpose of this press conference is to let our lawmakers know that we expect serious, bold, and immediate action to address climate change this legislative session. It is our future that is in jeopardy, and it is partly our job to guide our leaders in the right direction when it comes to climate change policy. We have the opportunity to show the rest of the nation that decisive climate action does not have to be a particularly disruptive or painful process. In fact, we believe that a well-designed transition away from fossil fuels can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also provide thousands of new […]
Please join us for a daylong, youth-led event supported by the Peace & Justice Center to gather youth from around Vermont for a day of bonding, education, and more! Join us if you are part of any social justice activist work or if you want to learn more about how to get involved. Those in middle school, high school, and beyond are welcome, although the programming will be geared towards the high school age group. This event is FREE or by donation at the door. Lunch will be provided, and stipends are available to offset travel costs. Please register by the deadline, Wednesday, September 5th! Registration Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFNFnkJaPzYDEIW8KInuZRcYp3kwl0xP0an1cHqTJBomFwKg/viewform
A VEEP-sponsored program for VT and NH students in grades 9–12 Two-day kick-off retreat November 15-16, 2018 Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, VT Do you want to take action on climate change? The Youth Climate Leaders Academy is designed to support you in planning and implementing projects that make a difference on climate change. We’ll help you with where to start, how to plan, and how to grow and use professional skills to make your project successful. Over our two-day kick-off retreat, we’ll have opportunities to have fun, collaborate, get inspired and grow the transferable skills you’ll need as a current and future climate leader. Follow-up meetings will offer additional community and technical support to keep your project moving forward. If you are a high school student who wants to make a difference on climate change and are looking to collaborate and grow the skills needed to make it happen, we look […]