Check out this timeline to see many of our accomplishments over the years and to honor the work of our staff, board and volunteers!
This community photo collage was a creative collaboration between 350 Brattleboro and Mother Up! for #ArtInPlace: Brattleboro Area Earth Week. Shout out to all of the artists and to Sarah Cipollini for assembling the collage! Healthy Planet Healthy People #EarthDay2020
We celebrated the 50th Earth Day, and for the first time in our history, our actions and celebrations were almost entirely virtual. Instead of planting trees together, our Brattleboro node organized #PlantInPlace and gave away hundreds of fruit and nut trees for families to plant in their yards. Instead of gathering for a central action, we convened around the digital fire, sharing stories of fossil fuel resistance and climate justice activism. We shared photos of the natural places we care about and outlined what it will take to protect them, and offered webinars on divestment, regenerative agriculture, and forest management.
Organized a Vermont Green New Deal press event at the State House with labor groups and other allies.
Held our 4th Annual Mother Up! Lobby Day at the Vermont State House where families delivered “Love Letters to Mother Earth” in honor of Valentine’s Day to all 180 lawmakers, outlining specific climate demands for the legislative session.
#NoCoalNoGas Train Blockade. Photo credit: Climate Disobedience Center
Engaged in more coal train blockades as part of ongoing, partnered No Coal No Gas campaign.
Successfully halted fracked gas infrastructure in Monkton for at least one year!
Launched our Put Carbon in the Ground campaign to promote regenerative agriculture as a solution to climate change at the local level.Organized several Nonviolent Direct Action trainings and one Building Ground leadership training.
Successfully organized to get Vermont Gas Systems to pull out of the Renewable Energy Vermont Conference.
Successfully halted the building of a fracked gas pipeline to Bristol!
Organized 150+ people to attend public hearing for NNFFI bills.
Climate Strike in Burlington. Photo credit: Jim Mendell
Inspired by youth activists including Greta Thunberg, Isra Hirsi, Alexandria Villaseñor, and many others, millions of people of all ages in over 150 countries around the world flocked to the streets to demand climate justice in conjunction with the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20th, and the Week of Action that followed. The worldwide level of passion was matched here in our state, with several thousand Vermonters showing up for climate strike actions and rallies in Burlington, Brattleboro, Barre, Cabot, Craftsbury, Hardwick and many more towns!
Emma Shapiro-Weiss raises her shovel in front of the Merrimack Generating Station, September 2019.
Joined the Climate Disobedience Center, 350NH, Extinction Rebellion, and other allies in #NoCoalNoGas action to close the coal-fired Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, NH on Saturday, September 28th. Nearly 70 people were arrested as part of the Bucket-by-Bucket campaign, which officially launched in August when activists hauled 500 pounds of coal from the Generating Station and delivered it to the New Hampshire State House.
Maeve McBride steps down as Executive Director and Staff Collective is formed.
New local node group formed in Chester/Rockingham!
Such a powerful moment, led by young people, as we reached the Vermont State house to demand legislative action for #climatejustice As we come to the close of #nextstepsvt We are inspired, full of hope and solidarity with Vermonters young and old as we continue to push for real #climatesolutions. #fossilfreevt #climateaction #justice
From April 5-9, 2019, over 300 walkers took part in a sacred walk for climate justice called Next Steps. With some joining us for a day and others for the entire 65 miles from Middlebury to Montpelier, we witnessed the impact of the pipeline on communities, reflected on the urgency of the climate crisis, and discussed climate solutions that connected racial, economic, Indigenous, and migrant justice. On Wednesday, April 9th, we gathered for a final mass action at the State House to demand legislative action on climate justice issues in Vermont.
Critical Mass Bike Ride in Brattleboro. Photo credit: Eesha Williams and www.valleypost.org
On Saturday, September 8th, masses of people showed up to six actions in Vermont, including the state’s first Critical Mass Ride in Brattleboro, as part of the global Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. All over the world, hundreds of thousands of people joined in more than 900 actions, timed to take place just before the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, sending a clear message to world leaders about the urgency for bold action on climate justice.
Attended New England Training for Trainers (T4T) with regional 350 leaders in New Hampshire.
Launched new training, “How Are Racial Justice and Climate Justice Connected?” designed to support individuals and groups to dig into the roots of the climate crisis and explore how and why working for climate justice necessitates the dismantling of racism and white supremacy culture.
No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure bill introduced in the Vermont House by Burlington Representative Mary Sullivan, a former 350VT board member.
Launched No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Town Meeting Day campaign.
Staff, interns, volunteers, family and friends hit the road for a Summer Pop-Up Series in St. Johnsbury, Rutland, the Upper Valley and Bennington. Our “pop-up” office set up shop for a few days in each of these amazing communities, bringing with it an array of opportunities to learn, celebrate, skill-up and engage.
The People’s Climate March, Washington D.C.
Worked with partners and allies to organize a solidarity rally in Montpelier as well as buses for the Peoples Climate March – D.C.; 400 Vermonters traveled to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 29th, the 100th day of the Trump administration, to resist federal attacks on human rights and the environment.
Held our 1st Mother Up! Lobby Day at the Vermont State House.
The Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota. Photo credit: Abby Mnookin
Organized a busload of nearly 40 people to travel to Standing Rock, North Dakota to join actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline in solidarity with Indigenous water protectors. The $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline was designed to carry oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to Southern Illinois, cutting through ancient burial sites on sacred land, as well as passing under the Missouri river, putting drinking water at risk for millions. Check out reflections and photos by staffer Abby Mnookin here.
Water protectors block construction at Geprags Park, October 2016. Photo credit: Burlington Free Press
Allied with Protect Geprags Park to organize a Hinesburg rally and nonviolent direct action to stop the Vermont Gas pipeline – and won! Led by a local group of stalwart climate activists in Bristol, our movement won a grassroots campaign against Vermont Gas’ fracked gas distribution lines– which would have linked this town to the larger ANGP pipeline that’s currently under investigation.
New local node group formed in Brattleboro!
Organized Mother Up! summer field trip to the epicenter of northeast fracking in Dimock, PA, witnessing first-hand some of the devastating impacts.
At the Port of Albany, business as usual on a Saturday is a parade of oil trains making their way into the rail yard, 15, 20, 30 cars at a time, but on Saturday, May 14th, hundreds of people from across the Northeast, coming from as far and wide as Maine to Maryland, stood in the way of the fossil fuel industry as part of a coordinated, global wave of escalation, Break Free Albany: Stop the Bomb Trains. Local groups had been fighting oil trains and the oil train terminal at the Port of Albany for about four years; this was the first mass nonviolent direct action, an escalation welcomed by the local community. Check out a video of Break Free Albany here.
Developed Mother Up! program and held first Mother Up! meet-ups in Burlington, Central VT, and Brattleboro.
Over 140 groups endorsed the rally for Jobs, Justice and Climate, including labor unions, social justice organizations, faith communities, environmental groups, colleges, businesses, and more. Photo credit: G. Cook
Coinciding with the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, thousands from all over the Northeast converged on Boston Common for the Jobs, Justice and Climate Rally on Saturday, December 12th, including several VT buses and ride shares. Organizers called for real climate solutions that created secure union jobs and strengthened community power and resiliency.
Local node groups started in Burlington, Montpelier and throughout the state!
Attended 350 New England Regional Convergence in New Hampshire with 350 groups from all over New England to envision December rally together.
Divestment campaign continues to focus on state pension funds.
Worked with Rising Tide Vermont & Vermont Workers’ Center to organize our largest Montpelier rally to date vs. Vermont Gas pipeline, with 60 arrested for refusing to leave the governor’s office.
The People’s Climate March travels down 6th Avenue in Manhattan. Photo credit: Jason DeCrow, AP
Mobilize, march, and make history! That was our goal for the September 21st Peoples Climate March – NYC. We worked with other Vermont partners to arrange 17 buses to New York. While organizers expected as many as 150,000, our numbers swelled to over 300,000, making it the largest climate march in history and “an invitation to change everything”!
Organized regional climate justice gathering & art-making event in the Northeast Kingdom with Rising Tide VT and other allies, culminating in theater action on State Street and inside the Vermont State House.
So. Portland, ME votes to prohibit infrastructure for exporting tar sands, provisionally ending the threat of tar sands transport through Vermont.
Three Vermonters attended annual Tar Sands Healing Walk in Alberta, Canada. Board member KC Whiteley represented 350VT.
13 more towns pass No Tar Sands resolutions, including several along the Portland-Montreal oil pipeline route in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Held our first Statewide Convergence for local organizers and volunteers.
Supported Micmaq resistance to fracking in New Brunswick.
Climate Change Cabaret on the State House lawn. Photo credit: Fran Weinbaum
In June 2013, we hosted the first Climate Cabaret on the State House lawn. The event showcased various performances including acrobatics, puppets, skits, poetry, and dances highlighting the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for community and creativity alongside practical, political solutions. A visual art gallery was also set up in the Goddard Art Gallery featuring pieces from local artists to highlight the impacts of climate change.
Urged VT public employees to divest pension funds as part of ongoing divestment campaign.
Organized second tar sands pipeline walk from North Troy to Irasburg.
Incorporated as an independent nonprofit. Leadership Council became a Board of Directors, with Kathryn Blume elected as chair. Maeve McBride became coordinator and two additional staff organizers hired. Jade Walker led the 2nd wave of the Tar Sands Campaign.
29 VT towns pass resolutions against tar sands transport through VT.
Began internal study on Vermont wind power controversy.
Attended the first 350 New England Convergence in Boston.
Supported Rising Tide VT in campaign launch vs. Addison Natural Gas Pipeline.
Launched Tar Sands Free Vermont Town Meeting Day campaign. The Tar Sands Free Vermont Campaign began after corporations and lobbying firms representing the oil industry (Exxon-Mobil) gave a strong indication that they wanted to reverse the flow of an aging crude oil pipeline in New England, the Portland-Montreal Pipeline. This pipeline crosses northeastern Vermont and New Hampshire and sends crude oil west, from Maine ports to Canada. The pipeline reversal would have meant that tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada would travel east through Vermont to Portland, Maine for export.
Two major goals for the Tar Sands Free VT campaign were to (1) prevent diluted bitumen from the Canadian tar sands from being transported through the Portland-Montreal pipeline, which crosses Vermont; (2) ultimately halt tar sands extraction in North America. Vermonters’ organizing efforts against tar sands were abundant and included passing 42 Town Meeting Day resolutions in Vermont against tar sands during 2013-14.
Maeve McBride, Andy Simon and Ruby Perry became 350VT Staff Coordinators; David Stember moved on to regional and national work.
Flier for the Tar Sands Pipeline Walk.
Organized first Tar Sands Pipeline walk from West Burke to Irasburg.
Organized regional convergence in July around Northeast Governors & Eastern Canada Premiers’ Conference in Burlington.
First UVM divestment campaign launched; 350.org funds a series of Vermont organizers to support student-led campaigns.
Began Northeast regional organizing vs. proposed pipeline conversion to transport Tar Sands oil.
On Saturday, September 24th, a broad coalition of people converged on the State House lawn for what was at that point the largest climate action event ever held in Vermont! This solidarity rally was part of Moving Planet, one of over 2000 events in more than 175 countries demanding solutions to the climate crisis by moving beyond fossil fuels.
In late summer 2011, over 100 Vermonters made the trip to the Keystone XL Rally – D.C. and peacefully took a stand with more than 1,250 other people in front of the White House. Everyone was arrested, and it was the largest act of civil disobedience in decades. The first goal in D.C. was to raise the nation’s moral attention to stop the Keystone XL, a disastrous 1,800-mile oil pipeline that would ship Tar Sands oil from northern Alberta, Canada, down through the heartland of America, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. On November 6th, 200 Vermonters headed back to D.C. to join 12,000 people, including Bill McKibben and the entire Tar Sands Action Team, in forming a huge human circle around the White House. Shortly thereafter, the Obama administration announced a 12-18 month review of the project, which effectively halted it.
Engaged in organizational development process; David Stember became first staff organizer.
Organized State House climate rally with various allies.
Organized road trip across VT to meet with supporters and envision potential projects.
Organizers of 10/10/10, part of an early 350.org event called the Global Work Party, later form 350Vermont in Burlington.