Collaborating for Climate Action: a youth symposium
Join us us 9:30-4, Saturday, November 18th for this training put on by Our Climate and Energy Independent VT. Organized by student leaders! This event serves to gather High School and College students from across Vermont who are ready to increase their roles & skillsets within the climate action movement, while creating community across VT campuses. Collaboration is key within these workshops and breakout sessions. No matter how involved students have been up till now, everybody has something to contribute to this event!Let us know if you would like to participate.
What: Collaborate for Climate Action: a youth symposium
Where: Middlebury College
When: Saturday, November 18 from 9:30am-4pm
Who: Students & Millennials interested in learning about carbon pricing, climate advocacy, and lobbying skills
Details/What to expect
- Learn about the connections between climate change and racial, social and economic justice,
-Familiarize yourself with the campus and state-wide scope of Our Climate’s #PutAPriceOnIt campaign,
-Develop and apply your own personal tools and skills to become an effective climate justice organizer to build transformational campaigns on your campus,
-Build a supportive and intentional community with other organizers in your state,
-Get acquainted with the political landscape of campuses, VT and the Northeast,
-Learn to deal with the psychological effects of planetary catastrophe in order to organize against it.
#Ignored - Social Media Action Opportunity
Governor Scott has created a Climate Action Commission, tasked with hearing public recommendations on how we can significantly reduce our emissionswhile strengthening our economy and protecting our most vulnerable. We have been so inspired to see Vermonters of all backgrounds join us in telling the commission to PUT A PRICE ON IT!
This overwhelming response has made the news. Governor Scott knows that a supermajority of public comments have been in support of carbon pricing. But instead of being a “governor who listens” and responding thoughtfully, he put out a statement saying he would veto any pricing carbon legislation. This is not leadership! This undermines the democratic process and calls into question the ability of his appointed commissioners to independently recommend solutions based on public input and the best available policy research. Governor Scott’s dismissive rhetoric threatens to make this commission nothing more than a public relations stunt. The climate crisis is too important to be treated so carelessly.
We will not be ignored, we will not be silenced, and we will not slow down. We see Governor Scott’s public statement as motivation to double down on our efforts to push for real climate solutions. And we have a response. Thank you for the motivation, Governor Scott. Game on.
Please check out this toolkit, and participate in this 10 minute social media action.
Our Climate is a proud member of Energy Independent Vermont. During the 2017 legislative session, we organized an art installation that came alive during a Youth Lobby Day that turned out over 1,500 students. Over 600 individuals from across the region decorated "tiles" expressing their love of Vermont, which came together in a mosaic in the shape of a maple leaf. See pics below, and scroll down to download our toolkit (you can recreate this in your community!).
Download the toolkit to see how we did it! More actions like these coming soon.
If you'd like to get involved with our Vermont student outreach efforts this summer, please contact Northeast Field Organizer, Sarah Fadem at firstname.lastname@example.org.