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 […]
BECOME A CLIMATE LEADER Register for the Vermont Youth Climate Summit: The aim of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit is to educate high school students on the impacts of climate change through peer-to-peer learning. Encouraging students to take action on an issue that is highly relevant to their generation is a key mission of the Summit. Challenging both high school and college students to think deeply about the issue allows for a greater impact and understanding of the common role that youth play in the climate movement. It is the goal of the Vermont Youth Climate Summit to connect students of all ages and to empower them to become climate leaders. Schools are invited to send a team of 6-7 students and staff to attend this engaging conference. Students will: Hear research-based information about the economic and ecological consequences of climate change Learn strategies to respond to climate change in […]
On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action. Why? From Sept. 12 – 14, leaders of cities, towns, states, companies, and organizations from all over the world will gather at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to highlight and make new commitments to climate action. The Saturday before the summit, climate groups all over the world are organizing marches, rallies, and more to hold leaders accountable—to demand politicians stand with their communities and deliver more than just words! We’re joining in! 350Vermont is supporting local groups all around the state in holding solidarity actions targeted at our own elected officials to let them know […]
Join us at the 2018 Youth Rally for the Planet Climate Justice Thursday, April 12th, 2018 Video Invitation Schedule of Events (subject to minor changes) What will the day look like? 8:30am-10:00am – Drop-Off, Staging, and Activities 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, learning more about climate-related legislation, and participating in various art projects. 10:00am – 10:30am – March! Vermont youth and their allies will march in a parade to the Statehouse lawn. 10:30am – 11:15am – Youth Speak Out! Listen to young performers and speakers share their thoughts on climate change and hear the Youth Lobby’s legislative demands. 11:15am – 12:00pm – Tabling, Lobbying Prep, Activities, and Lunch Students will have the opportunity to visit informational booths to learn more about climate-related legislation currently under consideration at […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like attend this meeting or have any other questions. The time to act is now!
The climate movement is on the rise throughout the country and around the world. Within the last year, we celebrated the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline! Thousands of protectors are defending water and sacred places in North Dakota and Iowa, opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Putting a stop to extreme energy is essential to avoiding utter climate catastrophe. Here in Vermont, we have been fighting tooth and nail to stop the Vermont Gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Alberta to Addison County. Geprags Park in Hinesburg is the last stronghold of resistance, not yet tainted by the pipeline. On October 20, we call on you to join the good folks in Hinesburg for a mass demonstration of resistance. What: We Shall Not Give Up the Fight! When: Thursday, October 20 starting at 8:30 am Where: Geprags Community Park, 554 Shelburne Falls Road, Hinesburg, VT Will you join […]
To The Youth of Vermont and their Adult Allies, Last year, approximately 700 young Vermonters from over twenty different schools and universities marched down State Street in Montpelier to participate in the largest youth-focused political rally in Vermont’s history. These students were all united in the belief that greater political action must be taken to address the threat of Climate Change. Not much has changed since last year, however our movement is just getting started! As the earth heats up, the pressure felt by our lawmakers will increase; and as the oceans rise, so will our youth. As more and more people around the world experience climate related disasters firsthand, there will be a collective demand for greater action. This is inevitable. However, this change cannot happen quickly enough. “Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880, […]
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!.
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 […]