Information to Students About the 2017 Youth Rally for the Planet


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 – 12:30pmInformal Lobbying, Lunch, and Tabling

Student lobbyists from each school will have the chance to speak directly with their State Representatives on climate related issues.  This is also the time to eat lunch (we ask everybody to bring their own lunch), and get informed by visiting the tables and booths on the lawn.

12:50pm – 1:30pm – Keynote Speeches

Students will hear from Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, Congressman Peter Welch, former VT Representative Kesha Ram and other key figures in the climate change movement.  

1:30pm – 2:00pm – Tabling and Networking

You 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.

Departure Time

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

Student Pickup

Your busses will pick you up on the side of the Statehouse between 1:30 pm and 2:15pm. Please ask  your faculty advisor what time your school will be leaving and please be prompt.  If you are not there on time, it will hold everybody else up -which could jeopardize our ability to host events like this in the future.


The March

The march from the VCFA green to the Statehouse Lawn will begin promptly at 10:00.  All marchers are required to stay in one lane of the road and obey all instructions given by the parade marshals.


Code of Conduct

  • Please remember to be respectful at all times.  All normal school rules apply.
  • This is a rally, not a protest.  We are encouraging all students to be positive and productive.
  • Please be good environmental stewards by picking up trash whenever and wherever they see it.  We want to leave the Montpelier cleaner than we found it.  Remember to leave no trace.
  • Please dress appropriately for the event and look professional.
  • Please stay on the Statehouse lawn and refrain from wandering elsewhere.


Please Pack A Lunch

Lunch will not be available – so we are asking your to bring a packed lunch.  Our goal is to produce as little trash as possible, so please try following some of these tips…


Tips for Creating a Lunch with Less Waste

  1. Ditch the brown bag and choose a reusable lunchbox or lunch bag instead.
  2. Use a cloth napkin (i.e., one that can be washed and reused) instead of paper napkins or towels. 3. Pack metal utensils instead of plastic.
  3. Use a refillable water or juice bottle (i.e., don’t pack juice boxes and plastic water bottles).
  4. Avoid single serve packaging; buy your food in bulk and pack in reusable containers.

Try to avoid plastic bags. Remember to compost your food scraps at the end of lunch, recycle any plastic containers (that is not a reusable one from home) and bring home any containers, napkins or utensils to be washed and used again! These small changes will end up making a big difference.


Banners and Posters Ideas

Check out our Banner/Poster Document for specific suggestions on poster language.

Also check out our Climate Chant Sheet for possible chants we might use during the rally.


While there will be some supplies and an opportunity to create banners and signs from 9am-10am at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Green, we are asking you to create most of your signs ahead of time.  Try hosting a Banner/Poster making party at your school!


We are asking each school to create a large banner identifying the school they are from.

We are also asking you to bring your banners and signs back to your schools and use them to create some sort of large art installation that can be used to educate other students about the event.  We’d love to get photos of these art installations for use in video that is being produced about the day.


Banners and posters can have general messages about taking action on climate change or more specific messages that support some or all of the following actions:

  • Support a Carbon Pollution Tax – #PutAPriceOnIt
  • Invest in Renewable Energy Solutions – 90% Renewable by 2050


#MapleMosaic Project

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 art project! Anyone is invited to create a tile (1ft cardboard square) and either mail it to VPIRG or bring it to the rally.  Check out the Maple Mosaic Toolkit for more details.

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

We encourage you to host an art making party at your school and share photos with us!

Youth Voices “Sign Holding” Project

Sign Holding refers to the act of participating in a social or political movement by taking a selfie, or posing for a picture, with a handwritten sign featuring a message about the issue and sharing it online under the designated hashtag. Since first rising to recognition through the “We are the 99%” campaign in 2011, online picketing has become a popular tool in social media activism.

We are asking every participant to share a message with VT lawmakers.  Here is how to participate:

  • Write a message to VT lawmakers using one of the following templates…


      1. I Rally For…
      2. I Rally Because…
      3. I Want VT Lawmakers To…


  • Take a close-up photo


    1. Please make sure your message can be clearly read in your photograph.  
    2. Use large writing and take a close up photo
  1. Share your photo with us on social media
    1. Like our Facebook Page – then use @VermontYouthLobby to share your photo with us.  Include #YouthVoiceVT in your post
    2. Follow us on Twitter – and use hashtag #YouthVoiceVT and @youthlobbyvt
    3. Follow us on Instagram – and use hashtag #YouthVoiceVT and @youthlobbyvt
    4. Email your photo to

Your photos will be gathered together to form a large collage we hope to hang in the Statehouse cafeteria for a few weeks after the rally.  The purpose is to remind VT lawmakers not to ignore the wishes of their youngest citizens.


Tabling and Scavenger Hunt

There will be a number of tables where you can learn more about climate change, energy alternatives, and proposed climate change legislation.  Check out the Youth Lobby Table when you get to the statehouse to learn more about the scavenger hunt where you can earn Youth Lobby tattoos, buttons, and stickers!!!


We are encouraging you to visit the tables by offering you Rally Points, which can be redeemed at the Youth Lobby table for free gifts – stickers, tattoos, buttons, and perhaps even an official Youth Lobby T-Shirt.


Get Educated – Earn Sweet Youth Lobby Prizes!

You can also earn some sweet Youth Lobby tattoos, stickers, and even the limited edition 2017 Youth Rally T-Shirt by educating yourself on climate change.  

  • 50 points will earn you 2 sweet Youth Lobby Tattoos
  • 100 points will earn you a 2017 Youth Lobby Sticker
  • 250 points will earn you the ultimate prize – the 2017 youth lobby T-shirt!



  • Enroll in our Youth Activism 101 online course, by signing up for a free account at (you may also use an existing schoology account)
  • Click ‘Courses’ in the top menu, then click ‘Join’
  • Enter the Access Code – 76B48-NM2T6 then click ‘Join’
  • Click on the folder entitled ‘Educate Yourself on Climate Change’ and complete as many of the activities as you can.


We have 15 limited edition, black, short-sleeve, organic cotton, 2017 Youth Lobby T-shirts – made right here in America, and custom printed in VT by Deerfield Designs.


The first 15 students to earn at least 250 points by 4pm on Tuesday, April 11th will walk away with one of these sweet T-shirts!  


***Please visit the Youth Lobby Table on the day of the rally to pick up your prizes, this is the only way to receive your prize.


How to Lobby…

If you check out the agenda you’ll see that there is some time set aside during the lunch hour for you to meet with your elected officials on the lawn.  When you arrive at the Vermont College of Fine Arts a Youth Lobby Greeter and/or a VPIRG volunteer will hand the contact person from your school a large sign with your school’s name on it.  As we announce your State lawmakers, we ask that somebody in your group holds the sign up high enough for you to see where you are located.  Your lawmaker will come meet you to discuss the issue of climate change and the related legislative efforts they are supporting to address the issue.


If you are interested in a more advanced level of lobbying, please email Emma Schoenberg ( – she will help coordinate that opportunity.


Educational Resources on Climate Change

Below are some useful resources you can use to become better informed about climate change and proposed legislative efforts to address the problem.


Contact Us

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Matt Henchen (Adult Mentor)

(802) 324-4521 (email preferred)
Kassidy Abair (Student Leader)


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