Get Ready to Rally! Help Build Our Maple Mosaic Art Installation

Our Climate, a member of Energy Independent Vermont, will be organizing a huge art installation that will come alive during Youth Lobby Day, April 12th. This is an opportunity to get creative, express yourself, and participate in a true community project! Anyone is invited to create a tile (1ft cardboard square) and mail it to VPIRG (see Maple Mosaic Toolkit for details). All the tiles will become a mosaic in the shape of a maple leaf symbolizing the peoples of Vermont coming together demanding that the government gives nature a voice and does all they can to combat climate change. Our Climate is working with the Emmy-award winning documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, on a campaign called “Put A Price On It.” Their campaign advocates for a fair price on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Learn more at putapriceonit.org Host an art making party at your school and share photos with […]

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!

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!.

Information to Schools About The Upcoming Youth Rally

The Vermont Youth Lobby Presents 1st Annual Youth Rally for the Planet Thursday, April 28th 2016 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 add strength to the climate change movement!   Note: Please forward all pertinent information in this letter to your students! Bus Drop-Off & Parking We are asking school busses to drop off students at the Vermont College of Fine Arts green between 9am and 10am.  If your school will be arriving after 10am, we request that you drop off students directly at the Vermont Statehouse and skip the march.  After dropping off students, bus drivers can find ample parking either in the front parking lot at Montpelier High School (the dirt parking lot) […]

Energy Independent Vermont Statewide Activist Training

It’s still a couple a months away – but we wanted to give you a heads up. Keep Saturday April 16 open on your calendar.   We’ve reserved the Barre Civic Center to hold a day-long statewide training for Energy Independent Vermont activists from all over the state. More and more Vermont decision makers have started to look at a carbon pollution tax – and the conversation is moving toward exactly how we price carbon in our state. At the same time, the fossil fuel industry and their defenders have turned up their misinformation campaign. It’s clear we have to take our efforts to the next level, and that means giving activists like you the tools you need to start bringing in more allies to this campaign and building support in your communities. Join us for a statewide activist training – Saturday, April 16 at the Barre Civic Center. RSVP today! We’re […]

We Need Your Help More Than Ever!

Invitation to Our Next Meeting Representatives from six of our coalition schools met this past Sunday in beautiful Bristol, VT to continue our planning of the Youth Rally for the Planet.  We want to thank Caroline and Hannah for hosting our meeting at Mount Abraham High School and for providing such sweet snacks to help power the work! We made some great progress on Sunday, including the development of a shared Mission Statement and a detailed list of things that needed to get done over the course of this week. Our next meeting is this Sunday, March 20th at Winooski High School from 3pm-6pm.   We would like each of our coalition schools to make their absolute best efforts to send a team of students and/or teachers to the event.  This may be the most important meeting we’ve had yet and we need all hands on deck! Not only do […]

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 […]

Vermont House Passes Resolution Urging State to Divest from Coal Companies and ExxonMobil

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2016 Contact: Austin Davis, 350Vermont, austin@350vt.org 802-370-0408 Vermont House Passes Resolution Urging State to Divest from Coal Companies and ExxonMobil Environmental Groups Say Decision Has Widespread Implications for Increasing the Success of International Movement to Divest out of Fossil Fuels MONTPELIER — A bold statement by the Vermont House of Representatives — calling for Vermont’s pension funds to divest from coal and ExxonMobil — was applauded today by the state’s major environmental groups working on divestment from fossil fuels. A resolution passed by the House today urges State Treasurer Beth Pearce and the Vermont Pension Investment Committee (VPIC) to lay out a process to divest the pension funds of all companies with coal holdings. It also calls for VPIC to divest out of all ExxonMobil stocks. VPIC oversees approximately $4 billion in the state retirement systems for teachers and state and municipal employees. “We are […]

Should We Help Our State #SwingForward

From http://www.usclimateplan.org/ I’m going to give it to you straight: our politicians are failing us. The outcomes of the recent “historic” international climate negotiations in Paris last month do not put us on track to avoid the worst impacts of the already unfolding climate crisis, and the United States is largely responsible for the shortfall in global ambition. Meanwhile, the money of the corporate elite continues to drown out regular people’s voices in our democracy—threatening our rights, our communities, and silencing the call for a just and livable future on this planet. But here’s the thing, we can reclaim our power and our future, starting now. While politicians drag their feet, bottom-up movements are winning real victories, shifting public opinion, and threatening the power of the status quo. In the past few months, we have ended Arctic drilling, killed the Keystone XL pipeline, and put a halt to all new leases […]