On Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, people showed up to six actions in Vermont as part of a global day of climate action: Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. This day was timed to take place just before the Global Climate Action Summit, to send a clear message to leaders calling for bold, powerful action for climate justice. All over the world, hundreds of thousands of people joined in more than 900 actions!
Our day of action in Vermont started with Routes to Resilience, in Rutland. Locals (and a handful of people from all over the state!) joined us for a five-mile walk, a seven-mile bike ride, and a 20-mile bike ride. On all the routes, we learned about solutions to climate change through visiting organic and hydroponic farms, rain gardens and bioinfiltration sites, photovoltaic systems and a solar-powered laundromat, back and front yards rich with wildlife and pollinator habitat, a new permaculture project at the Chaffee Art Center, and more. It was an inspiring day of community coming together to support climate solutions!
A little later in Manchester, organizers gathered at Northshire Bookstore to make signs, and then 85 people joined a march and rally to call for climate action. Ben & Jerry’s sweetened their day–along with the days of people at a few of the other actions–with donated ice cream, which was served out of the local Vizavi solar ice cream truck!
On the lawn of the State House, about 100 people joined a picnic and information fair, and spoke to the need for bold, powerful climate action.
Check out a couple photos in the Barre Montpelier Times-Argus: Bringing the message to Montpelier
In the afternoon, 100 bike riders took over the streets of Brattleboro in a critical mass ride, and another 100 people joined together in a march. They met up at the Brattleboro Common for a rally for climate action, and to launch a campaign for a People’s Transportation Plan.
Photo 1 by Eesha Williams; photo 5 by Marco Yunga Tacuri; other photos by David Shaw
Check out some media coverage of the Brattleboro action:
- Brattleboro Reformer – Pedal it forward for the planet
- The Commons – Rally takes over the street – Local bike riders and walkers join in global action to combat climate change
- Valley Post – Photos: Critical Mass
VBike Blog – Bicycle Petting Zoo at Rise for Climate 2018 Rally Inspires and Wows the Crowd
Burlington organizers marched in the Pride parade and joined in the festival, talking with people about climate justice and protesting festival sponsor TD Bank. Later, festival grand marshal Beverly Little Thunder processed to the lake with activists and led a water ceremony. 100 people participated on land and in kayaks!
Check out CCTV coverage of the Burlington action: Paddle & Drum for Pride: Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice, & Water
The day wrapped up in Bennington with a community potluck dinner, solidarity singing with the Hoping Machine, a screening of the film The Reluctant Radical, and a discussion about nonviolent direct action in the climate justice movement.
Check out a piece in the Bennington Banner: Bennington County climate advocates looking to act
Saturday was a great day for building the climate justice in Vermont, and we were part of something much bigger all over the world. Huge thanks to everyone who organized, supported, collaborated, and showed up to make it all happen!