350VT is working to pass the Climate Solutions Resolution in Novembers’ midterm election. The key towns we are focused on are: St. Johnsbury, Northfield, Barre, Bellows Falls, Middletown Springs, Middlebury, Springfield, Windsor, St Albans, South Herro, Newport, Castleton, Rupert, South Burlington, Hartford, Wilmington, Brandon, and Randolph. By passing the resolution in more towns it will send a message to the newly elected officials that they must make climate change and the transition off of fossil fuels a priority during the next legislative session!
In 2011, the Vermont Department of Public Service established a Comprehensive Energy Plan that set out to power Vermont by 90% renewables by 2050. As of now, Vermont is far from meeting this goal. In fact, a recently released report from the United Nations shows that the worldwide effort to stem greenhouse gases has fallen short of the goal set by the Paris Climate agreement. We need to do more at the state and national level to decarbonize the atmosphere and build momentum towards renewables. That’s what 350VT’s Town Meeting Day Resolution Campaign is all about!
This campaign is about coming up with solutions to get Vermont off fossil fuels and make a fair and equitable transition towards renewable energy, electric vehicles, improved public transportation, and no more fossil fuel pipelines! This campaign is about towns making the commitment on Town Meeting day to do all they can to move Vermont towards renewable communities.
Halting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
All across the country from Portland Oregon to Portland Maine, resolutions and policies are being passed that restrict or prevent the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. The communities that have passed these resolutions recognize that it is time to put resources and efforts behind establishing renewable energy infrastructure and that the best way to keep the oil in the ground is not to build the pipes to transport it nor the refineries to process it. It is time for cities, towns, and states to take the bold step of not permitting any new fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
Transitioning towards Renewables
The hope is that this resolution will forward the public debate on renewable energy solutions and illustrate to legislators that Vermonters are serious about the commitment to at least 90% renewable energy by, and a more climate-friendly transportation system. By building momentum and involvement around the campaign, more Vermonters will become aware of the risks of climate change, and also what can be done at the town level to make the commitment towards a fossil free Vermont.
There are currently 30+ Vermont towns pursuing (Re)Solutions for a fair and just transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable solutions! Check and see if a resolution is on your town ballot!
(Re)Generate New Solutions Packet – You can print copies of the packet here or we can send you a hard copy. If you would like us to send a hard copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainings – If you’re interested in setting up a canvassing day in your town and need help getting the word out, send an email to email@example.com. Public Speaking training will be taking place the first week of February, more information soon!
Climate change is happening now, and even accelerating, but a path to reversing it is possible. Solutions are available, and transitioning off fossil fuel is ours if we want it. By creating and sharing a vision for a transition that is fair and equitable for all in Vermont, 350VT is confronting the dependency on fossil fuels and the assumption of endless power. Advocates are organizing and supporting grassroots solutions in neighborhoods, communities, and towns. Together, we can remove the barriers to progress. We can nurture and spread Vermont’s unique innovations and home-grown solutions, remaking our lives and livelihoods in right relation with the land, the water, and each other.
Throughout July and August 350VT will be offering six day-long Vision to Action Forums in or near towns that passed the resolutions in this past March. This forum is designed to be a follow up to the Climate Solutions Resolution campaign. As such, we hope all who were involved this past Town Meeting day will be a part of this process. However, all are welcome. The aim of these gatherings is to bring climate justice advocates, town leadership, and Energy Committee members together in the process of creating town energy conservation plans that encompass the goals of the resolutions. Though many towns already have town energy plans, the hope is that by creating a broader vision, residents can devise bold and exciting plans with action steps that look beyond a few small fixes (like changing light bulbs) toward towns that promote collaboration, energy conservation, equality, a just transition, resilience and respect for nature and one another.