Student Journalists Tackle Climate Change

Over the past few months, eleven students at the Vermont Commons School, an independent school for grades 6-12 in South Burlington, took a course entitled Climate Change and Journalism. They covered topics related to contemporary journalism, such as the impact of bias, how to spot fake news, and how to conduct effective interviews. As part […]

Doug Smith: From Nuclear to Natural Gas

This blog is the eighth in a series of profiles written by 350VT intern Julie Elfin. Julie got the chance to speak with Doug Smith of Sharon, whose long history of involvement with energy innovation and activism provides perspective for the current situation. This is Doug’s story.  I’m an activist and an engineer. I grew up […]


by Svenja Telleh This article originally appeared on January 1st in Intercontinental Cry – a publication of the Center for World Indigenous Studies  Dear Mr. Trudeau,   This is a love letter to Mother Earth, to the keepers of the fire, and to the next seven generations, yet to join us on this beautiful planet. My […]

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 […]

Standing With the Water Protectors

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 […]

Visit to New Community Project (Starksboro, VT)

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 […]

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 […]

The Yin and Yang of Lyme Disease and Climate Change

By 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. […]

Update From Ghana

It 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 […]

Your Investment Matters – Personal Divestment Workshop

“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 […]