Let’s Rally For The Planet!


The official date for the 2019 Youth Rally for the Planet 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 greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid some of the most serious and irreversible impacts of global warming.

We will also be thanking the legislature for their efforts to pass bills that would reduce single-use plastics and for the successful passage of the recent Ethnic Studies Bill.

Come join us at the rally to learn more about this legislation, chat with your local lawmakers, and visit some of the many booths that will be showcasing youth activism from around the state. We are working to bring some big-name keynote speakers that are sure to inspire.

Once you register, you will be placed on our mailing list to receive more detailed information about the event. You may register right up to the date of the event. There are no costs associated with the event, and funds may be available to help with transportation costs. Please contact youthlobbyvt@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about the event.

NOTE: We are trying to get teacher chaperones to register each school, but it would also be great if individual students could sign up using the same form below. Thanks!

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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.  NEW THIS YEAR!! – Youth Lobby T-Shirts for sale $15 (organic, locally printed T-shirts)

10:00am – 10:15am – Youth March

Vermont youth and their allies march in solidarity to the Statehouse lawn.

10:00am – 11:00am – Performance by Band of the Land and Opening Remarks

Youth Lobby speakers and Representative Selene Colburn welcome students to the event

11:00am – 11:30am – Performance by The Side Effects

11:30am – 11:50amClimate Speak Out!

Youth speakers and Senator Becca Balint will share their thoughts on climate change and other important issues.

11:50am – 12:40pm – Group Photo, Lunch, Tabling and Lobbying

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.

12:40pm – 12:50pm Community Speakers

Camilla Thorndike and guest speakers from 7th Generation and Capstone Community Action

12:50pm – 1:30pm – Soundcheck Social Justice Band

As the band plays, 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.