Join us at the 2017 Youth Rally for the Planet
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, learning more about climate related legislation, listening to live music, and eating snacks.
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 opinions 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 to bring their own lunch), and get informed by visiting the tables and booths on the lawn.
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Keynote Speeches
Students will hear from some of their State Representatives and other key figures in the Climate Change movement. There is a chance we will hear from Bernie Sanders and Bill McKibben, if their schedules allow.
1:30pm – 2:00pm – Tabling and Networking
Students will have the chance to continue visiting the tables and booths and/or engage with students from other schools in a dialogue about how to follow up on our rally.
There will be rolling departure times, to accommodate the needs of different schools:
1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm & 2:30pm departure slots will be available
Our Mission Statement
As the youth of Vermont, we recognize the dangers of climate change, and we want to shape our environmental future in a positive way in our state and in our world. Now is the time to:
- Promote conservation and efficiency
- Put a price on carbon
- Enact regulatory measures and taxes to promote clean alternatives
- End the privileges given to the fossil fuel industry
- Increase awareness among youth and other Vermonters about climate change and related issues
We will do this by rallying together to work with our lawmakers and to educate our peers.
Our Call to Action!
For more than a decade, students and teachers from across Vermont have formed environmental clubs and green teams to improve composting, reduce water usage, and improve overall energy efficiency of their schools. Over the past fifteen years, there have been over 1200 energy efficiency projects at 350 schools, which have saved Vermont taxpayers over $43 million dollars.
However, there is a growing awareness that the problem of climate change is going to require more than simply making our homes and schools more energy efficient. It will also require our political leaders to take more bold and dramatic actions to address these critical issues.
In addition to changing our individual habits, we must stand together and demand real political action on climate change.
Please help us make that stand. Please join us as we Rally for the Planet on Wednesday, April 12th 2017.
Here is what you would need to do:
Organize a field trip. Get the field trip approved by your administration and secure transportation to the event. Note: we are working on finding donations to cover transportation costs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Figure out an impressive way to make a big announcement about this event to your entire student body. We are working on a Promo Video and Media Toolkit that will be posted here soon…
Recruit and sign-up as many students as you can to attend the event.
Register your group using the registration form above.
It All Began With One…
Early in 2016, a single student convinced a teacher to create a new political action club at Harwood Union High School, known as the Youth Action Committee. They recruited a few more students and the group decided to focus their attention on the issue of climate change. However, they wanted to do something big, and they wanted to move beyond the typical school level work and take their cause to the Statehouse Lawn.
A Movement Was Born…
The Youth Action Committee knew they were going to need a lot of help, so they reached out to dozens of high schools and colleges from across Vermont, as well as the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and 350VT. Representatives from the following high schools and colleges formed a Planning Coalition, which meets on Sunday afternoons to organize the Rally for the Planet.
|Our Coalition High Schools||Our Coalition Colleges|
||University of Vermont
Green Mountain College
A Shared Vision Developed…
The Planning Coalition discusses the most effective ways to inspire and educate the youth of Vermont to become better informed and take collective action on the issue of climate change.
“Getting as many young people as possible to engage in one great act of collective action will do more to combat the widespread cynicism and political disengagement of our youth than any Rock the Vote campaign.”
When students say they, alone, cannot make a difference – we have to admit they may be right. However, we must then help them understand that one person does have the power to organize a movement – and our movement grows with every student who shows up on the lawn this Spring.
We are Rising with the Oceans!