Last weekend democratic gubernatorial candidates discussed taking action on climate at two forums held in Barre and St.Albans.

Rights & Democracy Education Fund, along with 9 other statewide, nonprofit advocacy groups (including 350VT), hosted the forums. Organizations and audience members asked the hard questions on policy, ethics, and the issues that matter most to Vermonters. This was one of the last opportunities before the August 14 primary to hear important positions from all the candidates.

Democratic candidates Brenda Siegel, Christine Hallquist, James Ehlers, and Ethan Sonneborn were in attendance at both forums. Candidates Keith Stern and Gov. Phil Scott were invited to attend and Gov. Phil Scott declined the invitation and Keith Stern was not in attendance.

In both Barre and St.Albans local residents asked 350VT’s question:

"Vermont is not making progress on reducing our emissions, and yet, more and more Vermonters understand the threats of climate change and want to do something about it. In fact, 35 towns passed climate resolutions last Town Meeting Day. Two of you have recently signed onto a state-wide ban of new fossil fuel infrastructure. What are three specific actions you’ll take once in office to follow up on this pledge and address the climate crisis?"

Watch the video below to hear what each candidate had to say and remember to get out at VOTE on August 14!