Youth from across the state call for strong and effective climate policy with a community art project.
Montpelier, Vermont: Hundreds of youth from across the state and beyond have created art pieces to demonstrate the pressing need for legislators to pass strong climate policy. Each “tile” tells an individual’s story of why they love Vermont, and calls on legislators to hold out-of-state polluters accountable to protect the state from the worst effects of climate change. On April 12th, as part of the 2nd Annual Youth Rally for the Planet, students will gather to assemble the tiles into a giant mosaic of maple leaves on the State House lawn. The second annual Youth Lobby Day comes on the heels of four recently unveiled bills that offer revenue neutral approaches to putting a price on carbon pollution.
The project highlights the true costs of climate change, which will largely be borne by young people. Without bold climate action, millennials are expected to lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income; the “price tag of being young” for Vermonters alone is upwards of $15 billion. By putting a price on carbon, polluters will be required to account for the true costs of fossil fuels. It is also a powerful, bipartisan policy solution to reduce carbon pollution, stave off global warming and its catastrophic effects, and allow renewable energy to flourish.
“It is thrilling to see how excited young Vermonters are for real climate action. This art project has united hundreds of students across the state who are concerned about climate change, and eager to build community and creatively rally for strong climate policy to protect our future,” said Sarah Fadem, a student at Bennington College and Our Climate organizer. “The scale and reach of Wednesday’s event will show legislators that we are ready for smart, swift action on this all-encompassing crisis, and that our state is poised to lead the nation with strong climate policy.”
The Maple Mosaic is sponsored by Our Climate, a youth-led organization that empowers the generations most affected by climate change to advocate for strong and equitable climate policy. Our Climate leads the national Put A Price On It campaign in partnership with the Emmy award-winning Years of Living Dangerously documentary series. A broad coalition of college students, Vermont Student Power Network, made art for this event on 6 college campuses, joining over 25 schools and community groups.
Our Climate is part of Energy Independent Vermont, a growing coalition of environmental organizations, Vermont businesses, academic leaders, low-income advocates, and Town Energy committees all dedicated to a single goal: address the problem of climate change by putting a price on carbon here in Vermont.
WHAT: Our Climate’s “Maple Mosaic: Art for Climate Action”, as part of Youth Lobby Day
WHERE: Vermont State Capitol, Montpelier
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WHO: Young activists from across Vermont who support climate action.
For questions, please contact:
Bennington College student
Our Climate Student Arts Organizer
Vermont Student Power Network organizer
Our Climate Executive Director
 Based on data from Demos / NextGen Climate report (http://www.demos.org/publication/price-tag-being-young-climate-change-and-millennials-economic-future) and Vermont census data (https://vtdigger.org/2015/06/26/vermont-grew-a-little-grayer-in-2014-u-s-census-finds/)