EARTH WEEK 2020

There has been a global call-to-action by the youth for more action on climate following the Climate Strikes in September. In response, 350VT is hosting three days of resilience and resistance!

4/22 EARTH DAY: 50th Anniversary

We’re celebrating 50 years of Earth Day! Join us for:

Celebrate the Earth Photos and Videos

Virtually join millions of people worldwide to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as part of the Earth Day Strikes. We’re asking climate activists around Vermont to send us a video or a photo with a caption, telling us about the places you love and what it will take to protect them!  Please email video or photos to jaiel@350vt.org before April 21!

As we receive your photos and videos, we’ll be posting them on our Facebook page. Stay tuned!

Radical Forest Management Webinar

Forests in Vermont frame and enrich our lives, making our state a beautiful place to live while also providing many critical services: cleaning our air and water, providing habitat for wildlife, sequestering and storing carbon and much more. In a changing climate, forests are both an asset – helping slow and mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing the carbon we emit – and under threat. At the same time, climate change, resource extraction and environmental degradation threatens peoples and environments worldwide. While some of these problems may seem remote, is it possible that Vermont’s forests have a broader role to play in crafting a just and sustainable world?

This presentation will focus on the role that forests and forest management play in our past, present and future with an eye on social and environmental justice in Vermont and across the globe. Tapper will discuss how responsible, ecological forest management can help forests mitigate the effects of climate change while being resilient and adaptable to the stressors posed by a changing climate.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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4/23 STORYTELLING: Tales of Fossil Fuel Resistance

We’re telling Vermont Gas: “Your pipeline goes here and no further!”

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As part of our Earth Week Actions, join us for an evening of stories around the digital fire, straight from the people who have lived them. No bias, no spin, just resilience and love! It’s our movement’s testament to the resistance we’ve created!

We will uplift the voices of people who have been on the frontlines of:

  • Vermont Gas’ pipeline (Still under investigation, still stuck in Middlebury!)
  • Stories from Standing Rock and indigenous voices from here on unceded Abenaki land
  • Middlebury’s wildly successful Divest campaign
  • #NoCoalNoGas, a regional campaign to shut down the Merrimack Generating Station, which is the last coal-fired facility in our region without a shutdown date
  • And MORE! Have a short story, song, or other project to share? Let us know!

REGISTRATION (The event is free, but your email is needed for us to send you the webinar link):

REGISTER HERE

CONTACT: Julie at Resist@350vt.org

ALL WEEK: Activism from Home!

Hosted by 350 Brattleboro!

 

#RiseInPlace:

Although we can’t be together physically, this month we invite you to virtually join millions of people worldwide to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as part of the Earth Day Strikes. From now until April 24th, take a photo of yourself or your family holding a sign with the message “Healthy planet, healthy people: We demand just action on COVID-19 and climate!” Post your photo to social media with the hashtags #RiseInPlace, #EarthDay2020, and #ClimateStrikeOnline – try coordinating with neighbors (from a safe distance) and organizing your neighborhood, even asking local restaurants and businesses to get involved! Email your photos to jaiel@350vt.org as well.

#PlantInPlace:

Celebrate spring and Earth Day by planting a tree. Sign up to have a free chestnut, hazelnut, or walnut tree delivered to your door. Don’t have a place to plant a tree? Plant some seeds for a garden, instead! More details on getting saplings to come! Post a photo to social media with the hashtags #PlantInPlace, #EarthDay2020, and #ClimateStrikeOnline April 1st would have been the 80th birthday of Wangari Maathai, a trailblazer in fierce advocacy for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation. This month’s tree planting efforts pay homage to her life and work. To learn more, visit http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/wangari-maathai/biography and check out the film by Vermont filmmakers Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.”

#ArtInPlace:

Contribute to our community mural! Sign up to create one letter of the message HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY PEOPLE. We’ll collect the letters and hang the message in downtown Brattleboro for all to see. More details to come!

#WriteInPlace:

Apr 22 is Earth Day! Help us write to the editors of Brattleboro Reformer The Commons — Windham County’s Independent Source for News and Views Groups and individuals all over the world have planned amazing, creative and meaningful Earth Day events, from education to developing tools for divestment from fossil fuels to an attempt to shutter Wall Street. While the in-person events aren’t able to happen because of the pandemic, we still have plans to #RiseInPlace, and this is our opportunity to #WriteInPlace. Help us to create a large, visible presence in local media! These can be letters to the editor, art work, op-eds “love letters to the Earth” to encourage climate action, and more! Share your letter on social media with the hashtags #WriteInPlace and #EarthDay2020 Shout out to Kevin O’Keefe and Nancy Braus for reaching out to local papers with this idea!

#DivestInPlace:

Climate destruction is underwritten by banks, asset managers and insurance companies. This Earth Day, switch your bank account, credit card, or retirement account to an institution that will use your money for good. We will post resources to this page in the coming days! Share your action on social media with the hashtags: #DivestInPlace, #EarthDay2020, and #StoptheMoneyPipeline

TAKING CARE DURING COVID-19:

Precautionary Note: Please #StayHome as much as possible!

   

In these uncertain times, please remember to be gentle with one another. There is never a time for xenophobia; there is ALWAYS a time for mutual aid! Check in on your more vulnerable friends and neighbors.