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 […]

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, […]

Thank You For Your Support!

Thank You! The Youth Lobby would like to thank everybody for their generous support of the first Youth Rally for the Planet. The day was a huge success.  Over 700 students marched down State Street from the Vermont College of Fine Arts to the State House lawn to respectfully ask for greater action on climate change. We had amazing guest speakers, including Governor Peter Shumlin, Senator David Zuckerman, Representative Kesha Ram, and 350VT representative Austin Davis. Students were able to talk to their local representatives about their concerns and learn more about the steps Vermont is taking to address climate change. Check out our photo/video gallery and WCAX news coverage of the event! We have already begun the planning for next year’s rally and hope we can count on your  continued support!.

Details for our Third Planning Meeting – Please Join Us!!!

Detailed Agenda for Our Third Meeting When: Sunday, March 13th What Time: 3pm – 6pm Where: Mount Abraham High School, Bristol VT Brief Introductions/Icebreaker and Quickly Revisit Norms (10 Minutes) Student-Led Icebreaker and Introductions – There will be new people in attendance   General Announcements and Updates (10 Minutes) Recap of what we are doing and where this came from. What we have accomplished so far (need links) What have other groups done?   Consider Our Platform, Mission, Goals, and Talking Points (10 minutes) Contribute thoughts on sticky notes We will collate and condense and come back with a proposal to vote on at the next meeting   Subcommittee Work – Who Will Do What, When? There will be 2 rounds of subcommittee work, and people will be free to flow from one subcommittee to the other if they would like to contribute to more than one group. We should […]