No doubt you’re probably aware of the youth climate strikes that have been happening across the world in the last year. The strikes have been inspired in part by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and led by a whole network of young organizers. The biggest youth strike in Vermont happened on March 15th, when hundreds of students flooded the State House. Greta along with youth across the world – including Isra Hirsi, Alexandria Villaseñor, and many other youth climate strike leaders in the US – have demanded in this op-ed that adults join them for a multi-generational, multi-racial, intersectional #ClimateStrike on Friday September 20, 2019. For more info, check out this one-pager.
What’s happening in Vermont?
We are beginning to get organized! 350VT has convened two initial online meetings with several youth leaders, groups, and individuals. To date, we have created this vision document. So far, the group is interested in organizing decentralized strike locations across the state, each with enough critical mass to feel impactful and meaningful. The September 20th strike will be followed by a week of action, which will likely include a mass action at one of the last coal-fired power plants in the Northeast, as well as other local actions.
Although we have not finalized the structure for our organizing team, there are several groups and individuals who are part of the core organizing. There are several other groups and organizations that have pledged other kinds of support, but can’t be a part of the core organizing team.
We would like to invite you and CVUUS to join this organizing effort for the #ClimateStrike this September. There will be a Climate Strike and Rally Fri Sept 20, 9:45 to 11 am at Middlebury College Park organized by Middlebury College’s Divest Middlebury.
The organizing team is meeting weekly this summer on Thursdays from 7-8:30pm using Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/646209683 (Please email email@example.com if you need call-in information to join by phone). We have 3 in-person meetings tentatively scheduled. The first is this Thursday from 5pm-8:30pm (with potluck!) at the 350VT/BLM office at 179 S. Winooski Ave (enter on King St.).
We’d also be happy to talk with you about getting involved. Ring or text Maeve at 802-999-2820 or call the 350VT office: 802-444-0350
Thanks so much,
Maeve, Lily, Greg, Lauren & the organizing team
*What do we mean by “core organizing group” and “supporter group” members?
A member of the “core organizing group” will be expected to contribute time, decision-making, and be a part of the group’s discernment process. We hope that these folks can regularly attend weekly online planning meetings, engage on the Slack channel, bring special skills and their gifts (arts, design, fundraising, logistics, meal preps, facilitation, etc.), and prioritize attending three in-person meetings.
Core organizing members, so far, include: youth strike leaders, Sunrise – VT, Sunday Night Environmental Group (Middlebury), Champlain Valley Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Extinction Rebellion-VT, Rights & Democracy, UVM Climate Summit, 350Vermont and nodes (Earth Matters, 350Burlington, 350Brattleboro, Mountain Valley Climate Action)
A “supporter group” is a group or organization that supports the strike and week of action but does not have the capacity, interest, and/or ability to be within the core organizing group. Supporter groups will be added to a google group that will be frequently updated with key organizing updates. We hope that supporter groups would contribute to the week of action with outreach support, financial sponsorship, action amplification, activist recruitment, as some examples.
Current supporter groups: Climate Disobedience Center, Ecologia, VPIRG, Sierra Club-Vermont Chapter. Vermont Natural Resources Council, Peace & Justice Center, 350NH, SunCommon
p.s. We did it! Thank you for contributing to our spring fundraiser. We’ve surpassed our goal!
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