Join us at the 2018 Youth Rally for the Planet
NOTE: The March begins at Montpelier High School this year, not at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Schedule of Events (subject to minor changes)
What will the day look like?
(subject to minor changes)
8:30am – 10:00am – Drop-Off and Staging
Busses drop students off at Montpelier High School. There will be a number of activities for students to engage in, such as making signs for the march, face painting, and participating in various art projects.
10:00am – 10:15am – Youth March
Vermont youth and their allies march in solidarity to the Statehouse lawn.
10:15am – 11:00am – Sound Check! Social Justice Band Performs
Link to Sound Check website – http://www.brianboyes.com/soundcheck-1/
11:00am – 11:30am – Speak Out!
Students will listen to young performers and speakers share their thoughts on climate change.
11:30am- 12:00 pm – Tabling, Preparing to talk to your legislators, Music
Learn more about solutions to climate change and proposed legislation, get ready to speak with your lawmakers, and groove to some sweet vibes from Televici, a band of students from Montpelier High School.
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Lobbying & Lunch
Speak directly with your local lawmakers on climate change and/or other important issues. This is also the time to eat lunch (we ask everybody to bring their own lunch) or get ice cream. There will also be a number of activities to participate in on the lawn.
12:45 – 1:00pm – Televici plays again to get everybody back together
1:00pm – 1:15pm – Keynote Speeches
Students will hear some closing thoughts from our keynote speakers.
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Tabling, Networking, and More Activities
As Televici plays on, students will have the opportunity 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, 1:15pm, 1:30pm, 1:45pm & 2:00pm departure slots will be available
Note: We will be sharing suggestions to schools on how to publicize this event to students. We will also include a form schools can use to identify students who want to attend, and which students want to engage in discourse with their elected officials.
Funding for the Rally for the Planet was provided in part by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund – www.grassrootsfund.org
About the New England Grassroots Environment Fund
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund’s core grantmaking program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to initiatives by better than 1,700 community groups covering more than 60 percent of New England’s cities and towns.
New England Grassroots Environment Fund awards help solve the problems and realize the promises in addressing climate change and energy action, local food, environmental health and justice, land and water and local economies.
For more information, please visit grassrootsfund.org or call 603-905-9915.