Building Relationships and 1 to 1 Conversations as a Core Organizing Practice
Do you not have enough people involved in your group to do all the work you want to do? Have you had people come to one meeting or event and never return? Do you want to know more about how to bring new members into your group and strengthen existing leaders?
If so, join 350Vermont for a workshop on the importance of building relationships in our organizing groups and how and why to hold 1-1 conversations. We’ll discuss how this important skill relates to building organizing power, explore the main tools and tips for doing it well, and support participants to make a plan for bringing new people into their groups moving forward.
Just Transition Study Group
Join 350Vermont for a deep dive into what Just Transition means; how people in other communities have done this kind of organizing; how it relates to power and privilege; what the impacts of it in Vermont would be; and how to talk about it clearly with a diverse range of people. Leave with a deeper understanding of how and when climate solutions center justice and what this framework means for you and your community.
Confronting Vermont’s False Climate Solutions: Voices from the Frontlines
We can’t solve our way out of the climate crisis by replacing one energy source that’s bad for people and the planet with another. Some of Vermont’s main proposed energy sources sound “green” while actually emitting tons of greenhouse gasses, causing great harm to Indigenous and other local communities, and/or having deleterious effects on the local ecosystem.
Join 350Vermont on the eve of Earth Day to hear from communities who are impacted by some of Vermont’s false “solutions” to the climate crisis, and learn about the effect of our potential energy extraction on their lives and homes.
Speakers included two representatives from the North American Megadams Resistance Alliance, Roberta Benefiel and Noretta Miswaggon, speaking about the impacts of hydroelectricity on their indigenous communities, and Maria Payan from Delaware and the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, who is organizing against “Renewable” Natural Gas (RNG) and Biogas, and spoke about the impacts of CAFOs and biogas facilities on her family and community.
350Vermont has been advocating for alternative climate solutions that are based in a Just Transition framework. Join us in organizing for a future that is both sustainable and just.
Are you interested in speaking about the need for a just transition off of fossil fuels to your elected officials, your fellow Town Meeting participants, or your friends and neighbors? Do you sometimes feel bogged down in the data or confused about how to inspire rather than shame others into taking action? Do you want some extra practice to prep for an upcoming meeting with a legislator or other decision-makers?
Join 350Vermont for a training on how to communicate effectively about our climate crisis and our plan for a just transition. We’ll discuss the power of a Public Narrative, how to use storytelling to get your point across, and give you lots of opportunity to draft your own narrative and receive feedback on it.
Join 350Vermont for an interactive workshop that explores the intersection of the climate crisis and social justice issues. Work together to craft a deeper understanding of Climate Justice, delve into how the impacts of the climate crisis intersect with other oppressions, and discuss what it looks like to center justice in our climate organizing work. Note: This is hosted by SNEG, a Middlebury College student environmental group, but is open to all.
Organizing and Movement Building 101
How to engage and onboard new leaders, develop volunteer leadership, and keep people involved to build a vibrant climate justice movement. This workshop is facilitated by 350VT and hosted for the nationwide 350.org network, so attendees will be climate justice activists from across the country.
How to Meet with Elected Officials and Other Decision-Makers – online workshop
Join 350Vermont to learn how to speak directly with your elected representatives to discuss transition to a just and sustainable future. Learn how to prepare for and set up meetings with your state legislators and how to structure those meetings for the greatest impact on the decision-makers. This fall is an important time to be meeting with your elected officials in support of a People’s Climate Plan, so join us to learn the ins-and-outs of how it’s done!
How to Write Letters to the Editor – online workshop
Discuss tips and tools for getting published in newspapers and start working on writing your own piece for submission with support from your peers. This is the moment to get letters published highlighting what a just transition looks like and pushing the Vermont Climate Council to build a People’s Climate Plan that will build a just and sustainable future for Vermont. Join us to jumpstart your writing process and get feedback from others!
How Are Racial Justice and Climate Justice Connected?
This workshop is 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.
Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and consider next steps to support their own learning and concrete actions they can take within their own activism.
Just Transition in Vermont
Please join 350VT for an Earth Day workshop about the idea of a Just Transition and collectively imagine what it would look like in Vermont and what it would take to get us there. Plus hear about the rest of our Spring Asynchronous Mobilization and how it is building the world we need, and sign up for a tree planting, workshop, action, or event in the coming weeks.
Transition is inevitable. Justice is not.
What is a Just Transition? It involves shifting from dirty energy to energy democracy, from funding highways to expanding public transit, from incinerators and landfills to zero waste, from industrial food systems to food sovereignty, from gentrification to community land rights, and from rampant development to ecosystem restoration. Workers and communities impacted first and worst must lead the transition to ensure it is just. We are indebted to the Climate Justice Alliance and Movement Generation for providing us with this framework.
Building Ground Leadership Training
Join 350Vermont for an online cohort focused on learning, deepening, and skill building for powerful climate justice work. The training series focuses on sharing fundamental climate justice frameworks, developing strategies that empower effective leadership, and building skills to get the job done!
What Happens on November 4th? (statewide)
While keeping people focused on a strong, robust election process where everyone votes and everyone’s votes are counted is a must, many of us are also thinking about November 4th. What happens AFTER election day? We’re hoping for a landslide and a peaceful transition, but we are also preparing for a contested election or something much worse.
Join 350Vermont for an interactive workshop to discuss the main scenarios that national movement groups think are the most possible outcomes and to brainstorm with our communities about what we’d want to do right here in Vermont. Ideas may range from direct action to mutual aid to healing circles to protests in the street – we don’t know what we’ll come up with (or what will happen) but we do know we’ll need some way to be in community for it.
Organizing With Youth: How to Build a Multi-generational Movement
How do we build a movement that is inclusive towards all people, of all ages and life stages? How can we improve our relationships with youth organizers in our lives?
Being “young” is a complicated identity. We all move through in our lives, and yet the youth of today face drastically different choices – in the present and in the future – than older generations; “youth” is at once universal and incredibly particular.
Created and facilitated by young activists, this training focuses on how to work with youth in the climate justice movement. Drawing from personal experience and movement theory, we will break down assumptions, address simplifications, and start a foundational discussion for transforming our organizing visions. Click here to watch the video recording.
Nonviolent Direct Action in the Time of COVID-19
What is the role of nonviolent direct action (NVDA) in the time of COVID-19? As activists and organizers, we’re used to building people power through gathering large crowds together or, in smaller groups, using the strength of our bodies connected to shut things down or open things up.
What do we do now that it’s no longer safe or comfortable for many to participate in such events? How do we design powerful, inclusive, engaging actions that abide by the social distancing guidelines? Join 350Vermont for a conversation and inspiring brainstorm about the role of NVDA in COVID-19 times.
In-person Trainings Limited
350Vermont is currently organizing very few in-person gatherings due to COVID-19, with accessibility and public health centered in our planning. We are committed to offering engaging and interactive online webinars. Click here to see our full calendar of events.
If you’re looking for a particular workshop or training to support your local 350VT group or other organizing group, in addition to those above, please check out the list below. Some of these programs are run by current 350VT staff and others may be run by leaders and volunteers within our broader climate justice community. Some of them may have special scheduling constraints, space and materials needs, and/or content related financial costs. We can adjust timing and content according to your requirements.
Climate Justice 101 – This workshop explores what the intersection of climate change and justice work is – specifically at this moment in the context of Vermont.
How are Racial Justice and Climate Justice Connected? – This workshop is 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.
What Kind of Changemaker Are You? – This workshop is a chance to explore different ways to make change and support each other as we each find our own answers to how we want to engage in changemaking.
Facilitating Great Meetings – Learn skills, tools, and techniques for facilitating inclusive, energetic meetings that gets things done.
Public Speaking and Story-Telling – This workshop offers skills and knowledge to craft your story of climate action and practice sharing that story out loud to encourage other people to take action.
Campaign Strategy – Pro-tips and frameworks for thinking about long term success, base-building, and actionable goals are offered during this workshop.
Nonviolent Direct Action – Through role plays and exercises, we will learn the importance of collective action and its connection to collective liberation, the basics of NVDA (nonviolent direct action) theory, creative tactics for shutting things down to open them up, and legal factors to consider, all with a focus on how to use NVDA strategically within a campaign.
Statehouse 101: How to Talk with Your Representatives – This workshop can help answer basic questions and support you as you design your next policy-related strategy.
External Workshops & Trainings
Take a peek at some of the workshops and trainings we’ve held in the past with outside trainers… all the trainings above are workshops that 350Vt hosts!
Deepening our Nonviolent Resistance – Linda Capato and Sam Corbin joined us for our 2017 Annual Convergence to lead a workshop to think together about how we approach nonviolent resistance as a community. This workshop provided the 350VT community with a rare opportunity to dig into some of the associations, questions, fears, and hopes we each carry to the work of civil disobedience.
Training For Social Action Trainers – We partnered with Migrant Justice to bring Training For Change to Burlington for a weekend intensive workshop for developing and strengthening facilitation and leadership skills.
An Evening with Starhawk:Collaboration, Co-Creation, and Empowerment in the Climate Movement –Starhawk led an interactive workshop offers the opportunity to engage in different ways of approaching strategy and collaboration. If you missed the workshop or wish to watch Starhawk’s presentation again, here it is!