Join 350Vermont for a deep dive into what Just Transition means; how people in other communities have done this kind of organizing; how it relates to power and privilege; what the impacts of it in Vermont would be; and how to talk about it clearly with a diverse range of people. Leave with a deeper understanding of how and when climate solutions center justice and what this framework means for you and your community.

Who: Everyone is welcome!

When: March and April, five Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. — 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28

Where: online (on Zoom)

Join us — register here by March 14!

Format and expectations

  • The format of most sessions will be discussion-focused, with assigned pre-readings and follow-up reflection. 350VT staff will facilitate the discussion.
  • We encourage you to sign up for all 5 sessions but you are welcome to join for as many as your schedule allows.
  • We ask that for any session you join, you commit to reading/watching the materials we share ahead of time (30 – 60 minutes’ worth of materials).
  • If you’re joining for 3 or more sessions, we’d like to offer you the bonus of connecting you with a buddy to talk with in between sessions, if you’re interested!

Topics

  1. March 17: Just Transition overview. What do we mean when we say “Just Transition”? How is Just Transition different from climate justice, environmental justice, and other ways of working for change? What does a Just Transition mean for people with different backgrounds and life experiences? And how can our different backgrounds and relative power and privilege inform us in organizing for a Just Transition in ways that are appropriate and authentic? In this first session of the study group, we’ll be laying the groundwork and starting to explore these questions.
  2. March 31: Class and economic injustice. When we think about transitioning away from fossil fuels, workers and low-income communities may be impacted first and worst in many ways. Through the readings and discussion, we’ll explore how examining class and economic injustice is central towards working for a Just Transition.  We’ll discuss how these issues relate to the climate crisis and the climate solutions being put forth, both here in Vermont and around the world.
  3. April 14: Race and Indigenous sovereignty. The climate crisis impacts communities of color, and particularly Indigenous communities, disproportionately all over the world.  As we transition from an extractive economy to a more just one, we need to center the experiences and wisdom of these communities in order to build true solutions that meet the combined crises we live in.  Through the readings and discussion, we’ll look at how race and Indigenous sovereignty relate to the climate crisis and how these communities are imagining and building new possibilities.
  4. April 21: Frontline communities and energy — panel discussion. On the evening before Earth Day, we’ll hear from people from the front lines of communities directly impacted by Vermont’s false energy “solutions,” mega-hydropower from HydroQuebec and “renewable” natural gas from Vermont Gas. This is the only session that won’t be discussion-based, but we’ll still offer pre-readings and opportunities to reflect afterward.
  5. April 28: Communicating about Just Transition. How we transition away from fossil fuels, an extractive economy, and systems of oppression, toward a just, regenerative way of life, affects all of us. That means that in order to organize for this kind of transition, we need to be able to communicate authentically and effectively with people whose backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are very different from our own. We’ll explore communicating and organizing appropriately across difference, and we’ll make personal commitments for next steps after this study group ends.

We hope you’ll join us! Register here by March 14.

This series is sponsored by Natural Mattress

Natural Mattress Company Vermont