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Loving the America that Elected Donald Trump

A Donald Trump presidency with a Republican-controlled House and Senate. We were told it couldn’t happen. We were sure it wouldn’t end like this. And when we were wrong, I watched my friends, many of them first-time voters in a presidential election, fall apart. So many people are hopeless and angry this morning. So many people feel defeated and abandoned. I encourage you to get the support you need to get past these emotions, to live again.

For me, this morning is about love. I have never felt so called upon to do anything as I feel called to love my community, my friends and family, and my country today.

To clarify, I do not mean we should pretend everything is fine. I do not mean that fear is invalid. Fear is very real for any and all marginalized U.S. populations. I am afraid. I am a queer woman. I come from Jewish and Latinx families. I am an outspoken political activist. I am terrified about the implications of this election for global climate change policy and the future of our planet. But I cannot find it in my heart today to do anything but love.

I refuse to hate the people who voted for third party candidates. I refuse to hate the people who voted for Donald Trump. I refuse to hate the United States of America.

Any kind of democratic system is a risk, and ours has been stretched to the point where a lot of people no longer believe in it. I don’t think I believe in it anymore, either, at least not with current campaign financing, advertising, and special interest hullabaloo. I lost a lot of faith in the current system of government last night. I have not lost faith in my community.

As a climate action and social justice organizer, I believe in the power of non-governmental systems. I have cultivated a lot of relationships with people dedicated to making the world a better place. All of us know what it is like to work each day against a powerful status quo of callous indifference. Last night was still a blow unlike any in my (admittedly short) lifetime. Many of my friends have stepped back for the moment to focus on self-care. I am privileged enough to feel safe speaking up today. I feel strong enough to offer myself as emotional support to members of my networks, and to anyone who needs kind words or a listening ear.

I believe that the most powerful movements for social change come from a place of love. Hillary Clinton ran on a platform of not-Trump, not-hate, but that was not enough. Picking up the pieces and rising up better next time will mean really and truly loving each other and, as marginalized people have always done, loving the country that doesn’t love you back. I love this country too much to give up on it, to stop working to make it more livable, more beautiful, more whole.

I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know what to do about people whose lives are in real danger in this America. I don’t have a roadmap for moving from devastation to love. Mostly, I want everyone to know that people like me exist. There are people who can support you if you feel like you are drowning. There are people who are energized and ready to fight back. I don’t know exactly where I will direct this energy yet, but I have it. And when I fight, I will do it with love.

Written for Daily Kos by 350 VT intern Julie Elfin (http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/11/9/1594534/-Loving-the-America-that-Elected-Donald-Trump?_=2016-11-09T08:28:04.265-08:00)


Standing With the Water Protectors

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In September 2016 Arthur Hynes spent six days on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Cannonball, North Dakota. He stayed at the Sacred Stone Camp, which is one of the smaller camps and the one where the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline began last April. The camps are all sacred and don’t allow any alcohol, drugs or weapons. No photos or video are allowed at the Sacred Stone Camp, so he spent his days at the much larger Red Warrior Camp taking photos, shooting video and conducting interviews with leaders and visitors.

Media was loosely controlled, but for the most part Arthur was able to wander and record whatever he wanted. The atmosphere was so warm and welcoming and everyone he talked to said they had never experienced anything like it. At this point, over 300 tribes have come to bring their tribal flag and give their support to the struggle. This coming together of the tribes has not happened since the 1880’s.

 

Protectors in Vermont

Action at Geprag Public Park, Hinesburg, VT where Vermont Gas wants to put the pipeline through a wetlands. Local landowners and activists have been fighting the pipeline for about 4 years.

More About Arthur

arthurArthur is a photographer and videographer living in northern Vermont. He has been active with peace and justice and environmental movements in various capacities most of his adult life and has been involved with 350 VT since 2011.  His primary interests, besides environmental activism, are kayaking, skiing, skating, yoga, art, photography, dance, travel and mushroom hunting.

 


Visit to New Community Project (Starksboro, VT)

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Introduction

Over the past 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. Experts see the trend is accelerating and have called for urgent actions to curb irreversible pending damage. One place to learn and acquire practical action skills to combat climate change and promote sustainable living is the New Community Project in Starksboro, Vermont, an experimental and public educational center for JUST and SUSTAINABLE living practices.

Just 33 minutes’ drive from Burlington, one is welcome to this amazing natural place with myriads of experiential sustainable living. I share with you my experience.

Heartwarming Welcome

Upon arriving at the New Community Project site, cheerful warming smiles from the Coordinator greeted me, and I felt very welcome. The environment and surroundings were very serene and refreshing.

Introduction to Permaculture

I was introduced to Permaculture and gathered that it offers a radical approach to food production, urban renewal, rain water harvesting and conservation, energy and pollution. It integrates ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry to create a rich and sustainable way of living. It uses appropriate technology, giving high yields for low energy inputs, achieving a resource of great diversity and stability. Some of the things I learned from the New Community Project were:

  • Cultivated and Productive Ecologies
  • Working with microclimate
  • Forest and interconnected gardens
  • Intensive gardening
  • Woody agriculture
  • Coppice
  • Water harvesting
  • Increase energy conservation and efficiency
  • Use of biodegradable materials for farming/gardening
  • Process of producing maple syrup
  • Organic egg production

Touring the Sites, Questions & Answers  

A planned visit expected to last for just forty-five minutes interestingly ended up one hour and thirty minutes. I was motivated to visit this educational site because of my eagerness to learn new trends in sustainable livelihood and how they help contribute to the fight against climate change using indigenous methods. Back home in Ghana (Africa), where I come from, most families will love such a simple life and I believe this was an opportunity for me to learn so I can impart this to my community when I come home.

The experience shared by the project coordinator and his level of knowledge in this field was thrilling and astounding. The project coordinator shared knowledge from his many years of practice in sustainable landscapes and that was inspiring. He answered all my questions fully and interestingly, and I learned a lot from him. I was surprised to see my first green egg shell, laid by an araucana chicken.

All the components at this learning center–from the gardens to the solar panel, the woodlot to the compost, from the yurt to the maple sap boiler and then to the chicken pen where organic eggs are produced–connect in a quiet, serene atmosphere, where one could smell the pure scent of different leaves. The place is worth revisiting over and over again.

 

Some Pictures

A solar panel provides renewable energy

A solar panel provides renewable energy

Touring the garden with the coordinator

Touring the garden with the coordinator

NCP uses the sheet mulching method in framing and gardening

NCP uses the sheet mulching method in framing and gardening

Manual water pump to reduce electricity consumption and ensure sustainability

Manual water pump to reduce electricity consumption and ensure sustainability

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Maple syrup tapping

Maple syrup tapping

Behind is an innovative yurt, a small living space to reduce the need for heating fuel

Behind is an innovative yurt, a small living space to reduce the need for heating fuel

Explaining how maple syrup is produced at the New Community Project, Vermont

Explaining how maple syrup is produced at the New Community Project, Vermont

Future Efforts in the New Community Project, Vermont

The New Community Project’s future efforts will include creating garden space for children, building housing for residential stewards, increasing energy conservation, installing solar hot water panels and solar food dryers, building a biomass-heated greenhouse, constructing a cob oven, installing a pond, and planting nut and fruit trees.

My Experience

For me there was so much to learn in such a short time and I will surely return, not only to learn but to volunteer on a work day where community members work together on projects like stacking firewood, building structures or harvesting food. I believe  this will soon become a global model for sustainable livelihood. My visit to the New Community Project site was very inspiring and refreshing, and students could take the opportunity to visit and learn more about climate change and sustainable living.

 Hey guess what? I received some cool products from the farm!

Hey guess what? I received some cool products from the farm!

I encourage you to take advantage of this experience and visit the New Community Project. Details below.

New Community Project Vermont

Peace Justice Ecology

575 Ruby Brace Rd., Starksboro, VT 05487

(802) 434-2333

Email: pantosketcham@newcommunityproject.org

www.newcommunityproject.org

About the Author:

Abraham Godbless Ashie is an IREX fellow with 350 Vermont. He is passionate about issues of environment and climate change and works with women farmers and young people on climate change issues in Ghana, West Africa. He undertakes activities that ensure that women farmers and young people in rural communities are aware of climate change and learn adoptable skills in improving their lives.

 


Green Hills, Silver Waters

“These green hills and silver waters, are my home, they belong to me,

and to all the sons and daughters, may they be strong, and forever free.”

My eldest son sang the Vermont state song in his 3rd grade chorus this spring. The other day as we talked about the impacts of the fracked gas pipeline on Geprags Park and the yellow-winged warbler habitat, he came up with a new version: “these black hills and polluted waters are my home, they belong to Vermont Gas.” He laughed with a 9 year old’s take on dark humor. My son is privileged to live in a community where the hills are intact, not annihilated by mountaintop removal, and waters are drinkable and swimmable, unlike many places on the frontlines of fossil fuel extraction.

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Source: Energy Justice Network

Mother Up! invites you and your family to join us on an important trip this summer to bear witness to the impacts of fracking. We will travel to Dimock, PA, the epicenter of fracking in the Marcellus Shale, and the town prominently featured in the films Gasland and Gasland 2. Energy Justice Network will be our host, as we meet with families and individuals who face polluted waters and seized land.

Our four-day trip (August 11 – 14, 2016) will be an opportunity to see the effects of fracking first hand, to build friendships and solidarity with families on the frontlines, and to have our children experience both nature’s beauty and the suffering caused by extreme extraction of fossil fuels and extreme greed. As Joanna Macy implores us, we will look straight at the tough stuff, so that we are awakened to our own most creative selves, to respond to the climate crisis in a deeply meaningful and committed way.

Here are some logistical details for the trip:

-This is a family-friendly, family-oriented, family-paced trip! Dimock, PA is approximately a 6-hour drive. We will take a full day for travel to and from PA. We will plan an extended rest stop about midway.

-We will travel by 12-person van(s), leaving from Burlington, VT.  (Experienced drivers needed!)

-In Pennsylvania, we will camp at Salt Springs Park for three nights. Simple meals will be provided by Energy Justice Network.

-This is co-operative group trip with an expectation that all participants share responsibilities and leadership. We need song leaders, naturalists, writers, child whisperers, drivers, etc.

-A financial contribution is requested on a sliding-scale basis. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. We ask that everyone participate in a mini-crowdfunding campaign to support our exchange.

-We ask that every family brings an intention to share their experience with their friends, family, and community. The means for that sharing will vary, but might include a photo essay, documenting the trip on social media, a blog or written narrative, or a presentation to a community group or school. Stories from the trip will be shared with other families in the Mother Up! network.

Have questions? Please contact maeve@350vt.org

Please register HERE.

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Photo credit: Sam Rubright, NRDC


The Yin and Yang of Lyme Disease and Climate Change

book cover imageBy Brendan Kelly

Our usual Western view of the world teaches us separation. Medically, we’re taught to believe that each organ is separate from the others and that the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of our lives are distinct. We’re also encouraged to see ourselves as separate from the people and the world around us. The long history of Chinese medicine offers us a different view—one of interconnection.

From an Eastern view, all of our organs are connected and the different parts of our lives are woven together into a whole. Likewise, we are part of the human and ecological communities surrounding us. For several thousand years, Chinese medicine has understood that what happens on a large scale is a reflection of what occurs on a smaller scale, and vice versa. Similar to a modern Western understanding of holograms, where each small part of the picture contains the entire image, Eastern medicine recognizes that what happens within us is reflected in what happens in nature.

Though we’re encouraged to see it as two distinct issues, Chinese medicine can help us recognize that what’s happening with the climate is being mirrored in our internal environment. In particular, the rapid heating and destabilizing of the climate is mirrored in the rapid increase of Lyme disease.

The Center for Disease Control reports 300,000 new cases diagnosed annually in the US, a dramatic increase over the past 20 years.1 Due to the inaccuracy of Western diagnostic tests and that many symptoms of Lyme manifest similarly to other conditions, many patient groups and heath organizations maintain that this estimate is very low, possibly by a magnitude of several factors.2

There’s a long list of possible symptoms associated with Lyme disease, including joint and muscle pain; headaches; fatigue; insomnia; a wide range of digestive issues; and neurological conditions including confusion, dizziness, and loss of balance. The usual Western medical approach is the use of antibiotics to attempt to kill the bacteria responsible for the condition. While this can help some people, my clinical experience indicates clearly that it is not always effective and can in fact contribute to the worsening of existing symptoms and the creation of others.

From an Eastern perspective, the use of antibiotics is an attempt to treat the infection from the initial tick bite. For Chinese medicine, this inflammation corresponds to the diagnosis of heat, which is an excess of Yang. But rather than being a complete diagnosis, what Western medicine calls infection and what Chinese medicine calls heat is only one part of the progression of Lyme disease.

After the first stage of inflammation, the second is what Chinese medicine calls Yin deficiency, which is a loss of coolant. When things become hot, the ability of the body to keep things cool can be cooked off, indicating a decrease in Yin. At this second stage, the infection that comes from the initial bite is compounded by the decrease of coolant.

The third stage is a response to the second, where a lack of fluids causes the body to create and retain unhealthy fluids, which Chinese medicine calls dampness. This sticky, heavy fluid is an attempt to replace the healthy, thinner fluid being cooked off from the heat. For Chinese medicine, this dampness can create digestive issues, tiredness, and the fuzzy thinking associated with Lyme disease.

The fourth, final stage is a response to the third, where the body tries to move the dampness by creating wind. As with wind in nature, internal wind blows things around and is associated with symptoms that move around the body. It’s also responsible for all neurological symptoms, including the tremors, twitches, vertigo, and cognitive issues associated with late-stage Lyme disease.3 In looking at this development of Lyme disease internally—heat creating dryness which creates dampness which creates wind—we can see this very same progression in the warming of our planet.

Many decades of climate data indicate conclusively that the planet is warming. More recently, climate research also shows that the ability of the planet to hold greenhouse gases is decreasing. Trees hold onto the emissions we’ve been creating and deforestation decreases this sequestration. Melting permafrost releases the potent greenhouse gas methane, which is also bubbling to the surface from the floor of northern oceans. Together, these effects indicate a loss of the planet’s ability to maintain coolant, which is a decrease of Yin.

Along with the increasing heat and decreasing Yin, there is also an increase of floods globally. This excess of water closely matches the idea of dampness, where the fluids of the planet transform from a state of balance to imbalance. The last stage of climate change progression is wind, which corresponds to more storms globally. As has been extensively documented, there is a dramatic increase of storms in general and severe storms in particular, including hurricanes and typhoons.4

The warming of the planet and the increasing number of Lyme diagnoses follows a similar pattern and starts with the same issue: heat. Heat within us makes us susceptible to inflammatory conditions like Lyme. And the heat from emissions that we in the U.S. are creating is warming the planet rapidly. A balance of Yin and Yang—a balance of coolant and heat—is good medicine not only for our health but also for the wellbeing of the planet.

About Brendan Kelly: Brendan is the author of The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis, which looks at the bigger and deeper issues of climate change through the lens of Chinese medicine. The co-founder and co-owner of Jade Mountain Wellness, where he currently practices acupuncture and herbalism, he has also been actively involved with environmental issues for 25 years. For more information about Brendan, his book, recent articles, and classes visit personalasecological.com.


Update From Ghana

gideon2It has been 4 months since I left Vermont to Ghana after completing my 4 months Community Solutions Program (CSP) Fellowship with 350Vermont in December 2015. Considering it is the same length of time I spent in Burlington brings to heart memories etched on my mind. Not only did my time with 350VT shaped my experiences and activism, 4 months later, that relationship is shaping my vision.

Some months ago, when the foliage had put on their best possible color in the Green Mountain State, I shared a vision with friends who had grown to become my family. The vision was to eradicate kerosene lanterns in Ghana by replacing them with solar lamps. The motivation behind this was my attempt at seeing energy poverty in Ghana as a climate justice issue.

Indeed 350VT embraced the idea, not  just because we were running climate justice workshops in schools with the Change Maker curriculum. Their motivation was beyond that– they perceived their support as an opportunity to make a change and to also build lasting relationships across continents to explore the common values in different cultures. This was a great inspiration.

Group photo. class and teacherAccording to a Lighting Africa Report of 2012, 72% of people in rural Ghana depend on kerosene as the main source of lighting. Kerosene lanterns are expensive to fuel, injurious to health and likely to cause household fires. At the other side of the page are solar lamps– gives 15x more illumination than kerosene lanterns, are cost effective and double the number of study hours available to school children. These staggering energy poverty statistics gave urgency to my vision and set me on a path to give a solution with support from friends in Vermont.

Earlier this year, I embarked on a journey to the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana to visit off-grid communities and learn about the lighting needs of school going children. The visit broke my heart as I met the sheer number of children in villages like Hobor, Sosu and Opintin who were relying on kerosene lanterns to study at night. But it also put a smile on my face, out of the abundance of the hope in their beautiful eyes.

girls onlyToday as I write this post we have been able to replace kerosene lanterns in the homes of 21 school children with solar lamps. What a big change! The benefits of these lamps are immense: primary school grades can jump from mere 50% to 100%, burn risks and carbon emissions are reduced to zero, income generating capacity increases dramatically, livelihood improves dramatically and off-grid families extend their day by more than 3 extra hours.

But above all these benefits is one thing that puts everything into perspective; the fruits that a relationship I shared within 4 months with friends in Vermont is bearing. To me, the second leg of this relationship has just started in Ghana and you can guess the many more fruits it will bear in the near future.

 


Your Investment Matters – Personal Divestment Workshop

your investment matters“Whenever we spend a dollar, we are saying ‘yes’ to something.” Those wise words have stuck with me and haunt some people every time they make a purchase of something they’d rather not be affirming. You probably try to buy local food, buy clothes and furniture second-hand, and maybe even buy solar power (or at least buy less fossil fuel). But have you thought about your investments? Your mutual funds and 401K may be invested in the same companies which are destroying our planet, and you may not even know what you’re saying “yes” to. Divesting your portfolio from these dirty stocks is the ticket. But how to begin?

Get the help you need to take the influential step of divesting from fossil fuel stocks, and ensure that you have other viable options to invest your money. You’ll be able to take the information to your place of employment and to your friends and family to encourage them to divest as well.

Topics we’ll cover include–

Start by checking out Central Vermont Climate Action’s Personal Divestment Workshop. Topics will include:

  • Defining fossil fuel free investing
  • How to know if you have fossil fuel stocks in your portfolio
  • Fossil fuel free investment choices and past performance
  • Divesting intelligently: how to avoid making costly general investment mistakes

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 am-noon

Where: Capstone Community Action (20 Gable Place Barre, VT 05641)

Hope to see you there! For more information contact centralvtclimateaction@gmail.com


The VT Youth Activism Summit was AWESOME!

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50 teens attended, bouncing from workshop to workshop, pizza party to ice cream social, silk-screening to the healing arts space, there was something inspiring for everyone. Teens learned skills of observation, communication and transformation as in a Theatre of the Oppressed embodiment activity about racial justice. To lift up the importance of creativity in the struggle for justice we created an art space which was constantly full of young people creating their own stencils, banners for the march, and silk-screening tee-shirts. To center the importance of self-care in our movement work we created a healing arts space where participants could come and get massages, herbal teas, tarot readings, make fire cider and more.  We had two packed days of games, singing, discussions and workshops. The workshops were generative and diverse and encompassed everything from gender and sexuality to archery, from bike mechanics to free trade. One highlight was the climate justice workshop which joined forces with the with best of Solidarity School workshop led by the Vermont Workers Center and got youth excited to participate in the upcoming Break Free Action in Albany, NY. As the weekend culminated we rallied before marching off into the rain and the Youth Summit teens called out to the crowd: “In the world we are creating there is…. racial justice, peace and unity, no discrimination, healthy soil and healthy water, equality…!” We intend that this weekend sparks the fire of resistance in all who participated and that we can more fully build an intergenerational movement for justice!

-team YAS

 


Why Break Free?

Break Free: Stop the Bomb Trains
On May 14, people from across the Northeast will stand in the way of the fossil fuel industry in one of the largest actions in a coordinated, global wave of escalation. In Albany, NY, local groups have been fighting oil trains—which bring explosive fracked oil from the Bakken shale of North Dakota to the Port of Albany—for about four years.  May 14th will be the first mass direct action, an escalation welcomed by the local community. This is one person’s call to action.

Why?

If I asked you to be part of a huge global day of civil disobedience for the Climate, you might well ask me “Why?” Why should I spend time and energy travelling to the distant city of Albany to shut down operation of a rail yard for a day, and then go home and back to business-as-climate-destroying-usual?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. The truth is that we citizens and activists have been doing a really decent job fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure. It’s actually pretty hard for companies to build new pipelines, because of strident and sustained public opposition to them. But, I think the fossil fuel industry might be a bit confused. It seems they didn’t quite understand that it’s not just the pipelines that bother us. Transporting explosive fracked oil through our cities and towns on rickety railways bothers us too. It’s fossil fuel infrastructure. It’s the opposite end of “keeping it in the ground.” It’s more like “Frack it, transport it, refine it, send it half way around the world, burn it. Repeat.”

Fracked oil from the Bakken Shale magically became available in the mid-2000s. (http://www.what-is-fracking.com/bakken-shale/). Funny, because that’s right about exactly the time (2005) when the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill passed, exempting fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act and exempting companies from disclosing the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. And of course, fracked oil and gas is not for the benefit of the communities where the stuff is fracked. It’s for the highest bidder in the global market. They can all take that “energy independence” argument and throw it right out in front of a bomb train.

What?
But I know what you’re thinking: Please not another sign-holding, slogan-chanting protest march! And this is where I tell you the good news. This isn’t that. This time we’re actually putting our bodies in the way of the dirty, explosive oil-by-rail which sends a very different message: When it comes to fossil fuel infrastructure and global warming pollution, no means no. And yes, we can and will shut down operation at your rail yards just like we do your pipeline construction. It will take tactics that are gutsy to be effective, but we can and will break free from the dirty fossil fuels of yester-year.

We’re saying no, our cities and towns are not sacrifice zones. We’re saying yes, will remember the Lac Megantic disaster, when a train carrying Bakken crude derailed and caused an explosion that killed 47 people in the little Quebec town. It left roughly half of the downtown area destroyed, and contaminated an area so large that all but three of the remaining downtown buildings had to be demolished.  We will remember, and we’ll make sure the fossil fuel companies don’t forget about it either.

And so we’re making some important connections. Why go to Albany on May 14? Because these bomb trains rumble by on tracks in the back yards of low income housing communities like the Ezra Prentice community. Residents there are victims of a botched assessment for environmental injustice by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. We’re standing with them because there are children and families in danger right now. And because our oil soaked economy is like a smoker who is going to quit, eventually…maybe after these last two packs.

Break Free is not just against one company like Exxon, Koch Industries, Halliburton, Kinder-Morgan, TransCanada (although any chance to stick it to them is reason enough for me to go). This is really an opportunity to stand against all climate crimes and all climate criminals.  Against extreme methods of extraction. Against an unjust economic system that allows these atrocities to continue as somehow inevitable and ensures that the evil elite profit off the destruction of communities, planet, and future.

When?
So why am I hopping a bus in May to go to Break Free Albany 2016? I’m not really going because of Dick Cheney, or Charles and David Koch. I’m going because I’ve been told we need technological and social mobilization of World War II scale if we want to solve this climate crisis.  We need to start treating it like the global crisis it is. And I’m not currently seeing that vital mobilization underway. I’m going because a few years ago I didn’t think that it would come to this—to global mass action by the peoples’ climate movement—but it has.

You’re not alone if you feel powerless, overwhelmed, isolated, and even cynical. But they can’t ignore climate change just like they can’t ignore thousands of people blocking the train tracks at Albany. They can’t ignore millions of people all over the globe saying the same thing—“Keep it in the ground!”—and acting on it.

If you’ve done the chanting and the marching and the letter writing, this action is for you. If you haven’t done any of those things, this action is for you. If you have something to say, this is a big chance to say it in bold and effective non-violent direct action. I’m going because that’s the most important thing I can do.

Jane Pekol is an active member of Central Vermont Climate Action, a 350 Vermont Node group. For more information about this Saturday May 14, 2016 Break Free direct action and to get on the bus to Albany check out www.albany2016.org and http://www.albany2016.org/the-action/getting-to-albany/.  Non-violent direct action training is strongly encouraged will be offered Friday night and early Saturday morning.  Join the local movement to solve the global climate crisis by sending an email to centralvtclimateaction@gmail.com or checking out Central Vermont Climate Action on facebook. CVCA LOGO


Please Help Young Climate Activist “Rally for the Planet”

youth lobbyOver the past few months, students and teachers from over a dozen Vermont high schools and colleges have given up their Sunday afternoons to plan a major day of action to promote greater political action on climate change.

They are calling this event the Youth Rally for the Planet, and hundreds of students have already signed up to attend! They could really use your help to make this day a reality! These students will march together in solidarity, learn more about climate change through educational booths on the Statehouse lawn, and stand together to listen to speakers and performers demand greater political action on climate change.

This young climate leaders are also trying to organize a keynote performance by the world famous youth activist Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh.  Xiuhtezcatl comes to us from Boulder, Colorado and these youth need to secure $4,500 to bring him, along with his brother and a chaperon.  Xiuhtezcatl has already modified his schedule to allow this visit to happen, but needs to purchase plane tickets and pay for lodging.

Please Donate Whatever You Can to help bring Xiuhtezcatl to Vermont to inspire the next generation of climate change activists.  It only takes a few minutes and any amount helps…$5, $10, $20, $100 – Whatever you can donate will get us that much closer to our goal.

350VT is collecting funds for the Youth Lobby Day. All donations will go directly to the Youth Lobby Organizing group and are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law; no goods or services were received in exchange for this donation.

Donate & Help! Learn More!

Donations can also be made by check, please SEND CHECKS TO:

  • 350 Vermont
  • Please VT Youth Lobby in the memo line
  • 255 S. Champlain St., Suite 11
  • Burlington, VT 05401
  • 802.444.0350
  • 350VT is a 501(c)3 organization (tax ID 46-3647561)