Announcing the 2017 Youth Rally for the Planet – Register Now!

Join us at the 2017 Youth Rally for the Planet Promo Video   Schedule of Events What will the day look like? 9:00am-10:00am – Drop-Off 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 to young musical performers and speakers share their thoughts on climate change. 11:30am – 12:30pm – Informal Lobbying, Lunch, and Tabling Student lobbyist from each school will have the chance to speak directly with their State Representatives on climate related issues.  Students will also have time to eat lunch (we ask everybody […]

JOIN THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON MONTPELIER AND UNITY RALLY! 01/21

On January 21, people and organizations across Vermont are coming together for a Women’s March on Montpelier to name and protect women’s rights. The March is followed by a Unity Rally, joining communities across our state with one voice against hate and injustice. This is an inclusive, accessible, and family-friendly afternoon of events.   The March begins at 1:00 p.m. at Montpelier High School and leads to the rally on the Statehouse lawn from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.   DETAILS:    Part 1. Women’s March on Montpelier This event is held in solidarity with the national Women’s March on Washington and sister marches around the country and world. Developed and led by women, we welcome everyone to stand together for parity, equity, dignity and justice for all women.   We are coming to Montpelier to…   PROTECT Women’s Bodies: Physical Safety Reproductive Rights Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Environmental Health   AFFIRM Women’s Diversity: Identities, Histories, and Experiences of People of […]

As the Earth Warms, Help Us Turn Up the Heat on Vermont Lawmakers Who Refuse to Take Bold Action on Climate Change!

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 youthlobyvt@gmail.com if you would like attend this meeting or have any other questions. The time to act is now!

Action Opportunity – VT Gas Pipeline

The climate movement is on the rise throughout the country and around the world. Within the last year, we celebrated the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline! Thousands of protectors are defending water and sacred places in North Dakota and Iowa, opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Putting a stop to extreme energy is essential to avoiding utter climate catastrophe. Here in Vermont, we have been fighting tooth and nail to stop the Vermont Gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Alberta to Addison County. Geprags Park in Hinesburg is the last stronghold of resistance, not yet tainted by the pipeline. On October 20, we call on you to join the good folks in Hinesburg for a mass demonstration of resistance. What: We Shall Not Give Up the Fight! When: Thursday, October 20 starting at 8:30 am Where: Geprags Community Park, 554 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT Will you join […]

Round Two! Join the Planning Coalition and Help Us Organize Another Rally for the Planet!

To The Youth of Vermont and their Adult Allies, Last year, approximately 700 young Vermonters from over twenty different schools and universities marched down State Street in Montpelier to participate in the largest youth-focused political rally in Vermont’s history.  These students were all united in the belief that greater political action must be taken to address the threat of Climate Change. Not much has changed since last year, however our movement is just getting started!  As the earth heats up, the pressure felt by our lawmakers will increase; and as the oceans rise, so will our youth.  As more and more people around the world experience climate related disasters firsthand, there will be a collective demand for greater action.  This is inevitable. However, this change cannot happen quickly enough.  “Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880, […]

Call to Action! Support Renewable Energy at the Statehouse – Thursday, June 9th at 9:30am

Tomorrow, Vermont’s legislators are returning to the State House to S.230—the renewable energy siting bill that was vetoed by Governor Shumlin this week. VPIRG has come out in support of this veto, because last-minute changes to the legislation essentially place a moratorium on wind development for the near future.   Are you able to join us at the State House this Thursday?.   We believe the issues raised by the Governor are legitimate, and weren’t intended by the legislature. We’re urging the legislature to fix those issues and send the bill back to the Governor to sign. If you’d like to read our full statement on the veto and fix, you can find that here.   Renewable energy supporters who are interested in showing support and joining the many groups asking the legislature to fix and pass the bill are meeting at the State House cafeteria at 9:30 on Thursday, […]

Learn More About Natural Resources Management with Vermont Experts!

  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 9th annual Natural Resources Management Academy. Come ready to explore natural resources management, and share a weekend with other high school students from around Vermont that 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 understanding Vermont’s forests, wildlife, soils and water ecosystems. All programs will be hands-on and mostly outdoors. The Natural Resources Management Academy will take place July 8-10, 2016 at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp on Buck Lake in Woodbury. This program is open to teens just completing 8th grade to recently graduated seniors. Information and registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/extension/teenleadership. Click […]

The Youth Guide to Politics: Part Two – Lobbyists

Excerpted from http://www.thenation.com/article/youth-guide-politics-part-2-lobbying/ Lobbyists are powerful, influential and unelected folks who get Congress to do their bidding. What do youth need to know about these key players? Who are these people? If you read Part One of our Youth Guide to Politics you heard me drop “the L-word” because many organizations, companies, and unions have lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) and use them to get the laws they want passed. But Yukon High School American history and government teacher Ed Brown says he doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about lobbyists. “We don’t get into specifics,” he said. Instead they just “talk about what they do and their function, how they have to register. We talked a little about who they work for but in the broad sense–that they work for some ideology groups or organizations.” Brown said like anything they discuss in his 11th and 12th grade classes […]

The Youth Guide to Politics: Part One – Superdelegates

Excerpt from http://www.thenation.com/article/youth-guide-politics-superdelegates/ Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are battling it out down to the wire; only a few state Democratic primary contests remain. And because of that, the so-called superdelegates may very well be the deciding factor among the split primary electorate. So who and what are superdelegates, and how influential will they be? Superdelegates are everyone from party leaders like Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean to experienced elected officials and unelected Democratic party members. Regular delegates are elected to represent the popular vote from primary elections or caucuses in each state. So, if the people of North Carolina vote 60 percent for Barack Obama and 40 percent for Hillary Clinton, then 60 percent of the delegates will go to Obama and 40 percent will go to Clinton. But superdelegates get to choose whichever candidate they wish, regardless of how their states vote. Most, like Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey […]