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 […]
Hello everybody. We are planning on putting together a mini-documentary about the Vermont Youth Lobby movement, with the hopes of inspiring students in other states to organize a similar event next year – hopefully on the same date! As such, we could use all the amazing photos and videos that you might have taken. If you have photos or short videos, we ask that you upload them to our Google Photos Album. For longer videos, we ask that you upload them to Google Drive or Youtube and share them with us that way. You can also add them to our Youtube Playlist here. In the meantime, here is a link to some exceptional photos taken by Harwood student Sarah Neff. Thanks Sarah!
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 […]
First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to attend this important event. This is one of the most important challenges humanity has ever faced and your voice will help us grow a movement large enough to make a difference! Proposed Agenda for the Day (subject to minor changes) 9:00am-10:00am – Student Drop Off and March Staging Students get dropped off on the green of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. There will be a number of activities 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! We will march in solidarity to the Statehouse lawn. 10:15am – 11:30am – Youth Speak Out! Listen to young speakers/performers and adult allies share their thoughts on climate change. 11:30am – 12:30pm – Informal Lobbying, Lunch, and Tabling Student […]
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!
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!.