Global Climate Action Efforts Continue

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 – demanded in this op-ed that adults join them for a multi-generational, multi-racial, intersectional #ClimateStrike on Friday September 20, 2019.

What’s happening in Vermont?

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.

What’s happening at CVUUS?

Several gathered at CVUUS the morning of the Sept 20 Climate Strike to sing David Roth’s I Stand by Love and cheer Middlebury Union High School students as they headed to Middlebury College Park for a rally organized by Middlebury College’s Divest Middlebury and Sunday Night Group. They then folded in with the students to join them at the rally.

Addison County Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN): Meets the third Thurs of each month at 8:30 am, at Weybridge Congregational Church. All welcome. Join the Standing for the Earth Vigil the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-11 am at the Middlebury Cross St rotary/ new park. Bring signs as you see fit.

Green Sanctuary Team Anyone interested in furthering the green measures taken at CVUUS can join this team. Last year we added solar to offset our electric. Contact Elizabeth Golden.

Consider any of these upcoming events:

Nancy and John Hayden, farmers and authors of Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery Wed, Nov 13, 6-8 PM at American Flatbread. More at www.acornvt.org.

Middlebury Conference – Down to Earth on Friday, Nov. 15 The New Perennials Project at Middlebury College is inviting the public to their 2nd annual conference, Down to Earth: Nourishing Change in the Champlain Valley, on Nov. 15, 9 am – 12:30 pm, in Wilson Hall in the McCullough building (14 Old Chapel Rd.). Aubrey Streit Krug, PhD, from The Land Institute will give the Keynote address, Caring for the Ecosphere. Also, there will be a panel discussion with these five panelists: Corie Pierce; Nancy Winship Milliken; Matt Schlein; Sister Gail Worcelo; and Thomas Jackson.

Vermont Youth Climate Congress – Sunday, Nov. 17, 12:30 pm, VT State House Students from across Vermont will come together at the State House to pass a declaration of freedom from fossil fuels and a resolution urging policy makers to protect the future by taking Bold Climate Action NOW! All Youth and their families are invited!

Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network Conference – Saturday, Dec. 7  This will be the 12th annual VECAN conference. It will be at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee,  9 am – 4:30 pm. Town energy committees, policy makers, and the public are welcome to participate. For more information, go to vecan.net.