Over two years, from 2018-2019, 350VT led a campaign to pass local Climate Solutions Resolutions. To date, 55 Vermont towns have voted in support of the 350VT supported Climate Solutions Resolution. The resolutions are a significant step in pressuring lawmakers to take bold climate action. They also call for towns to work on local solutions to reduce emissions, improve efficiency, and transition away from fossil fuels.
Why a Resolution?
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 and insure a just transition to renewable energy.
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.
This is why in 2018 and 2019 we focused the Solutions Campaign on passing Town Meeting Day resolutions to support 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!
Transitioning towards Renewables
Our goal was for each resolution to forward public debate on 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. We aimed to inform Vermonters of the real risks of climate change, and what can be done at the town level to achieve the goal of a fossil free Vermont.
Resolution Success Stories
As part of this work, we have collected personal stories from grassroots activists involved in the 350VT-led campaign. These stories tell a compelling real story of what it is like to achieve the change we need at the grassroots. They are a small sample of the many inspiring individuals and communities dedicating their time towards achieving climate justice. We hope these stories inspire you to seek ways you can support the movement. If you have your own story to tell, contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Fracked Gas Distribution Blocked in Bristol
Sally was a leading activist in the successful campaign to resist gas pipeline expansion in Bristol. She was interviewed while participating in the Next Steps Climate Walk in April of 2019.
Plainfield and Marshfield Reduce Emissions
Plainfield and Marshfield community members Bob and Phil have been working together for a number of years on projects to reduce the carbon emissions from municipal building and homes. In 2018 and 2019, with support from 350VT they were able to bring new activists into the work for local climate solutions. Read their story here.
Climate Organizing Comes to Chester & Rockingham
Cheryl Joy-Lipton & Laurel Green met at a climate justice protest and have been working to make grassroots climate solutions happen ever since. After passing the Climate Solutions Resolution in 2018, they founded a new local organizing group or “node” called Mountain Valley Climate Action. Read their stories here.
Brattleboro Commits to Climate Solution Funding
Brattleboro passed its renewable energy resolution in March 2018, by a vote of 910 to 180. The biggest challenge in the process was merely getting the 450 signatures for the petition to have the resolution on the Town Meeting Day ballot in the first place.
59 Vermont towns have now 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 email@example.com
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.
2019 Re)solutions – Click on this link to find copies of the 2019 Climate Solution Resolutions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.