350VT is working to pass the Climate Solutions Resolution at Town Meeting in March 2019. 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 Climate Solutions 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 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 the 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, 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.
38 Vermont towns have passed the Climate Solutions Resolution calling for a fair and just transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable solutions! Check and see if a resolution has passed in your town!
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
Climate Solutions Resolution -Download the current version of the resolution here.
Climate Resolution Quarter Sheet – Download and print this quarter sheet to pass out at events and post on bulletin boards.
Climate Resolution Poster – Download and print this poster. Use the blank text box to write in information about events or to remind others to vote at Town Meeting, then hang around your town.
2018 Re)solutions – Click on this link to find copies of the resolutions that have passed.
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.