History & Accomplishments
Check out this timeline to see many of our accomplishments over the years and to honor the work of our staff, board and volunteers!

 

2022

June

After months of 350VT volunteers and many others calling and meeting with legislators, Vermont’s first environmental justice policy was finally signed into law! The Environmental Justice bill ensures that no marginalized community bears a disproportionate burden of the climate crisis in Vermont. 

 

May

350VT staff, board, and volunteers gathered for the Leader’s Gathering in Barre to reflect, look ahead towards the next phase of our campaign, and express support for reproductive rights and justice. 

350VT volunteers at Leader’s Gathering.

 

April 

Hosted Earth Day events across the state, including tree plantings in Fairfield, tabling at the Middlebury Co-op and Montpelier Hunger Mountain Co-op, and organizing the first Brattleboro Earth Fest!

Three people tabling and smiling at the camera

350VT volunteers tabling at the Middlebury Co-op.

 

Hosted a pre-Earth Day webinar, “Confronting Vermont’s False Climate Solutions: Voices from the Frontlines.” At the event, communities on the frontlines of VT’s energy extraction shared hard truths about some of the false climate solutions – hydropower and biofuels –  that are being pushed upon us.

“Confronting Vermont’s False Climate Solutions: Voices from the Frontlines” event.

 

Hosted 20 tree plantings around the state for 350VT’s Rewild Vermont campaign––a project to plant tens of thousands of trees across Vermont by 2022.

Staff member Maeve planting trees with UVM at Oakledge Park in Burlington.

 

Families Rise Up hosted a “No More War, No More Fossil Fuels!” solidarity sing and nurse-in in Montpellier. 

350VT volunteers rallied together to oppose the false solutions to the climate crisis proposed by the Clean Heat Standards Bill. Volunteers wrote op-eds, signed petitions, and made calls to legislators. 

March

The Vermont House passed over $200 million in investments to cut climate pollution in the FY23 budget, with $45 million for low-income weatherization. 

Organized and hosted the Just Transition Study Group––five workshops that explained what a “Just Transition” means, how it relates to power and privilege, and what this framework looks like globally. The workshops included a Just Transition overview, class and economic injustice, race and Indigenous sovereignty, frontline communities and energy (panel discussion), and communicating about Just Transition. 

February 

Organized Climate SOS Rally at the Vermont State House Lawn to demand a just transition off fossil fuels to a climate resilient Vermont. 

Climate SOS Strike in Montpellier. Photo credit: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur.

 

Sent a letter to the Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology members to say no to the Clean Heat Standard bill as currently drafted. The letter called for greater honesty, equity, and transparency and outlines how the bill currently lacks in weatherization, heat pumps, solar energy, biofuels, and more. Over two hundred Vermonters signed onto the letter. 

 

January 

Hosted a Climate Resiliency event to learn more about what we are calling on the legislature to prioritize in 2022. Speakers included Abel Luna from Migrant Justice, Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale, Kiah Morris from Rights and Democracy, Divya Gudur from 350VT’s Board, and Peter Sterling from Renewable Energy Vermont. 

Hosted a “Storytelling for Action!” workshop to learn how to effectively inspire others into taking action. 

Donated $5,161 to SUSU Community Farm‘s #GiveBlack campaign! This represented 10% of our year-end fundraising appeal and is part of our accountability practice to those communities most impacted by the climate crisis.

SUSU Community Farm members.

 

2021

December

On December 1st, the Vermont Climate Council released the initial Vermont Climate Action Plan. 

 

November

Brattleboro’s Families Rise Up: Organizing for Climate Justice group gathered around a fire at Retreat Farm to share gratitudes & reflections and to envision possibilities for this group & for a #JustTransition

Families Rise Up gathers at Retreat Farm to envision future possibilities for climate justice.

350Brattleboro hosts a tree planting event in Putney. We planted ~65 hybrid chestnuts and butternuts (white walnuts) in two locations, cultivating food forests & community resilience as part of our Rewild Vermont campaign. 

350Brattleboro volunteers gather to plant trees.


Community leaders sent a letter to the Vermont Climate Council reiterating 350VT’s demands for a “Climate Action Plan for the People.” The letter received over 60 signatures, from local environmental organizations, faith leaders, Energy Committees, Equity & Inclusion Committees, town clerks, and firefighters. 

Hosted an Organizing and Movement Building training to learn how to recruit, engage, and onboard new volunteers, develop volunteer leadership, and build community. 

 

Hosted our 2021 Annual Convergence to build connections and strengthen local communities, with keynote speaker Vic Barrett. Vic, an Afro-Latino, Indigenous queer trans youth activist who is suing the U.S. government to take action on climate, spoke passionately about intersectionality and centering justice in climate work. Vic has made this call to action: “I was born into a world in which my future is being stolen from me….We must do whatever it takes…to address not only the climate crisis, but the systemic injustices at its roots.”

350VT Annual Convergence.

October 

350VT united with No Coal No Gas, 350 New Hampshire, 350 New Hampshire Action & allies to demand a shutdown date for the Merrimack Generating Station and calling for the end of coal.

Protestors in Bow, NH demanding an end to coal.

 

September 

After months of 350VT volunteers collecting signatures on postcards calling for a Just Transition to be centered in Vermont’s Climate Action Plan, we delivered over 2,700 People’s Climate Action Plan Postcards to the Vermont Climate Council.

Marisa Keller delivering postcards to the Vermont Climate Council.

 

Hosted community conversations about what a Just Transition means in Rutland, Thetford, Randolph, Brattleboro, Charlotte, and Bristol. We talked about transportation, food security, land access, renewable energy, weatherization, mutual aid, and more. 

Community conversation in Brattleboro.

Families Rise Up hosted a family friendly gear clothing swap in Montpelier to demonstrate how to share resources and learn about how to take climate action in Vermont this fall. 

The 350Burlington node and others organized a massive protest in Burlington to Stop Line 3! 

Stop Line 3 Protest in Burlington. Photo credit: Jim Mendell

 

August 

Published the fourth issue of our climate justice zine, titled “Grounded: How Vermonters are cultivating transformative relationships with the land,” edited by Marisa Keller. The zine highlights how Vermonters are  working and relating with the land in transformative ways, how they are replacing the myth of separation and the practices of exploitation with systems and mindsets that prioritize equity, sustainability, resiliency, community, and connection with the Earth

Climate justice zine.

July 

Launched our Just Transition campaign to demand that Vermont’s decision-makers center justice in our climate policy. 

Just Transition campaign launch and statewide gathering in East Dorset, July 2021.

 

June 

Held tree plantings through our Rewild project across the state including at Sharon Elementary School. 

Elementary school students planting trees for climate justice.

 


350VT staff and board got together virtually to discuss ways to strengthen and prioritize our justice analysis around anti-racism, intersectionality, and solidarity. 

350VT staff and board members.


The Keystone XL pipeline was officially terminated. This victory set a hopeful precedent for the termination of other fossil fuel projects, like Line 3. 

Thousands of people gathered in Minnesota to stop the construction of the Line 3 pipeline, which would  bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. 350VT hosted events for #TreatyPeopleGathering, a day of courageous nonviolent direct action to #StopLine3. 

Abby, Katherine, and Julie, current & former 350VT staff, gather in solidarity with Anishinaabe communities whose treaty rights and sovereignty are threatened by the pipeline.

 

350VT’s Manchester node produces a community television show, titled “Earth Matters!” which focuses on regenerative agriculture as a climate solution, building a Regenerative Community Garden, and Northshire Grown Direct, the fresh food distribution service initiated in their area at the outbreak of the pandemic.

May 

Community members gathered at Chase Bank’s new branch in Burlington for a Global Day of Action to resist the Line 3 pipeline. At the ceremony, activists shared stories from the frontlines of Line 3 resistance in solidarity with the Anishinaabe defending their land in so-called Minnesota. 

350VT and allies called for workers’ rights and a just economy at the May Day Workers’ Rally in Montpelier.

May Day Workers’ Rally.

April 

Celebrated Earth Day with a new workshop exploring what a Just Transition would look like in Vermont.  The main themes across all the areas of discussion were centering the voices and experiences of BIPOC and other marginalized people; cultivating deep connection to the earth and land; and prioritizing collective action, interdependence, and cooperation.

March

Published our third climate just zine, “The Future Is Now: A Community Conversation.” The zine features contributions from 350VT’s Families Rise Up: Organizing for Climate Justice (formerly Mother Up!), a network of parents across Vermont taking organized, empowered action to protect the health and safety of our collective future.

“The Future Is Now,” designed by Macy Kass.

 

February 

Won our investigation into the Addison County gas pipeline in New Haven. After a year of hard work, we are advocating for the immediate shutdown of the pipeline because the permits have been invalidated. Climate activists from 350VT and Protect Geprags Park have vigorously protested against this pipeline and its destructive improper construction.

January 

President Biden rescinds the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but still needs to act on Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipelines.

2020

Fall

Hosted Annual Convergence with Keynote speaker Sherri Mitchell, indigenous lawyer, writer, and activist. We discussed how to center indigenous knowledge and lives in our climate activism and what this unique moment means for climate justice organizing in Vermont. 

Virtual Annual Convergence.

Published the second issue of “Climate + COVID-19: A Community Conversation” exploring the connections between the climate crisis and COVID-19. 

Issue #2 of Climate + COVID-19 Zine, edited by the 350Vermont Zine Team.

Summer


Launched Rewild Vermont campaign. 350VT’s Rewild Vermont campaign hopes to build on synergies between food justice, climate action and ecological restoration to meet the ambitious goal of planting 100 thousand trees across the state by the end of 2022. Trees absorb carbon, build soil, limit erosion and are the keystones of most Vermont ecosystems. They can also feed people and ground us in the patience and commitment desperately needed in these times. Join us and help sow the seeds for a vibrant, livable future.

350Vermont Rewild Campaign.

Published first issue of “Climate + COVID-19: A Community Conversation” to raise awareness about the connections between the pandemic and the climate crisis, and hold space for a community dialogue, as well as connecting artists and writers and readers. We deliberately chose the word zine to evoke a messy, in-process, grassroots conversation.

Issue #1 of Climate + COVID-19 Zine, edited by the 350Vermont Zine Team.

 

April

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.

March

Organized a Vermont Green New Deal press event at the State House with labor groups and other allies.

February

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.

January

#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!

2019

Fall

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.

July

Mother Up! families traveled to Healing Turtle Island ceremony in Maine.

New local node group formed in Chester/Rockingham!

April

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. 

March

20 more towns passed Climate Solutions Resolutions on Town Meeting Day!

February

Mother Up! families with their legislator Valentines (aka “Love Letters to Mother Earth”). Photo credit: Zac Rudge.

Held our 3rd Annual Mother Up! Lobby Day and Climate Solutions Resolutions press conference.

2018

Critical Mass Bike Ride in Brattleboro. Photo credit: Eesha Williams and www.valleypost.org

September

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.

New local node group formed in Rutland!

March

35 towns passed Climate Solution Resolutions at Town Meeting Day, most calling to halt any new fossil fuel infrastructure in VT.

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.

February

Held our 2nd Annual Mother Up! Lobby Day and Climate Solutions Resolutions press conference.

No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure bill introduced in the Vermont House by Burlington Representative Mary Sullivan, a former 350VT board member.

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2017

Summer/Fall

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.

April

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.

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2016

November

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.

October

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!

August

Organized Mother Up! summer field trip to the epicenter of northeast fracking in Dimock, PA, witnessing first-hand some of the devastating impacts.

May

Break Free Albany kayak-tivism. Photo credit: Marla Marcum

 Break Free protests deemed ‘largest ever’ global disobedience” was the headline that ran in The Guardian. For  two weeks, thousands of people on six continents stepped up their commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground with courageous actions that challenged business as usual.

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.

Spring

Developed Mother Up! program and held first Mother Up! meet-ups in Burlington, Central VT, and Brattleboro.

2015

December

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!

Summer/Fall

Attended 350 New England Regional Convergence in New Hampshire with 350 groups from all over New England to envision December rally together.

Organized the Northeast Climate Organizers Summit in Northampton, MA with Rising Tide Vermont.

Divestment campaign continues to focus on state pension funds.

2014

October

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.

September

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”!

Summer

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.

Spring

13 more towns pass No Tar Sands resolutions, including several along the Portland-Montreal oil pipeline route in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

2013

November

Held our first Statewide Convergence for local organizers and volunteers.

Supported Micmaq resistance to fracking in New Brunswick.

Summer/Fall

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.

Spring

29 VT towns pass resolutions against tar sands transport through VT.

Began internal study on Vermont wind power controversy.

2012

November

Attended the first 350 New England Convergence in Boston.

Fall

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.

Summer

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.

Spring

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.

2011

September

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.

Summer

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.

Spring

Organized State House climate rally with various allies.

Organized road trip across VT to meet with supporters and envision potential projects.

2010

Organizers of 10/10/10, part of an early 350.org event called the Global Work Party, later form 350Vermont in Burlington.