350Vermont organizes, educates, and supports people in Vermont to work together for climate justice – resisting fossil fuels, building momentum for alternatives, and transforming our communities toward justice and resilience.
1. We are bold, collaborative, and resourceful; we have to be. In all that we do, we’re committed to balancing the urgency of the moment with an intentionality that calls for true partnership.
2. We are committed to inclusivity; we strive to always learn and grow. We seek to elevate and celebrate diversity in our work and continue to center the many ways we’re each impacted by climate change based on the identities we hold and the resources we have at our disposal.
3. We are story-based and relationship-based; we need a nourishing and inviting movement. We believe that listening to and sharing authentic stories can be a powerful source of inspiration and healing, helping us connect to ourselves, each other, and the planet.
Our Approach to Organizing
These are the main ways that we try to build the climate justice movement in Vermont:
Push the envelope on what is possible politically
Set the vision and share it
Prioritize relationship building
Move people (“the masses”) into action
Connect Yes & No ideas
Empower people and build their leadership skills
Often times we are asked, What’s the difference between 350VT and 350.org?
350VT is an independent, non-profit organization based in Burlington, VT. We are an affiliate of 350.org and aligned in mission and in many of our campaigns. 350VT’s focus is on local issues, whether that’s state policy, our local pipeline projects, or just the day-to-day grassroots organizing. 350.org does the fireworks, building the climate movement nationally and internationally. 350VT-ers are banging the pots and carrying banners in your local streets!
Another layer of our work is the 350Vermont nodes! Nodes are hyper-local groups located in towns across the state that are organizing at the town level to create change and also supporting state-wide campaigns that 350Vermont is organizing. We have nodes in Brattleboro, the Chester/Rockingham area, Bennington, Manchester, Rutland County, central Vermont, and Burlington.
On October 10, 2010, over 100 community organizers in Vermont staged separate Days of Action as part of 350’s Global Work Party. Following this event, a group of the 10/10/10 organizers realized that Vermont could be a global leader in the climate action movement. They channeled the statewide enthusiasm into forming 350VT in 2011, with the mission of catalyzing the cultural and systemic transformation needed to reverse climate change and return to 350 ppm. Since, 350Vermont has been instrumental in various statewide campaigns. We worked with local residents in NEK to pass 29 town resolutions to keep tar sands out of Vermont. We’ve run several Divest VT campaigns, worked with a statewide coalition to protect Geprags Park (from Phase 2 of the VGS pipeline), and at the regional level on the Break Free-Albany Campaign.
Through rallies, advocacy, trainings, workshops, and social media we are calling on people around the world to come together and fight for climate justice. Climate change affects everyone, and everyone has the right to an ecologically sound environment. Because marginalized groups are disproportionately affected by climate change, it is as important as ever to work in solidarity with communities most directly affected. In recognizing the inequalities of the climate crisis rooted in race and class, we aim to unify our movement both in our own backyards and globally. The threat of climate change is real and only getting worse. As weather becomes more extreme year to year, it is only becoming more apparent that we need to not only change the way we live our daily lives, but also change the way we think about each other and the world.