A Just Transition

Letter: New Climate Action Plan looking for support

A Just Transition

Climate Advocates Bennington (CAB), a local climate group, is working with 350 Vermont, a state climate and environment organization, to inform Vermonters about the “Climate Action Plan.”

The new Climate Action Plan will do the following. Cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Require that climate solutions reduce energy burdens and minimize negative impacts on rural and marginalized communities. It will create an open, inclusive process that gives everyone, from farmers to builders and local communities, a voice in crafting the state’s path forward. Promote the use of natural systems and working lands to capture and store carbon. Protect against severe weather events, and build community resilience. The bill will set deadlines for climate action and require regular progress reporting. It also allows Vermonters to hold the State accountable if the climate pollution requirements are ignored.

CAB is collecting signatures that will be sent to the Vermont TransitionClimate Council to remind them to be faithful to the intentions of this bill. Too often climate and environment legislation becomes watered down by special interest and they fail to be effective. This program of collecting signatures is called “A Just Transition” because we are hopeful this new bill helps all Vermonters live with the effects of climate change.

Also, the Vermont Department of Natural Resources is hosting several public events in September and October; you can join either online or in person. All events are family friendly, free and open to everyone interested in attending. For more information go to climatechange.vermont.gov/getinvolved.

This summer we have watched hurricanes, forest fires, flashing floods, droughts and heat waves on the news. All of these disasters are linked to a changing climate; our earth is getting hotter from carbon dioxide. CAB is looking for your support as our Vermont legislature works to reduce carbon emissions and enable earth’s future. A copy of “A Just Transition” with its requests to the Vermont Climate Council can be found at ClimateAdvocatesBennington.org/A Just Transition. Let’s reduce carbon emissions.

Michael Weber, CAB Member

Bennington Banner, Sept. 13

For more information

Go to the 350 Vermont web site



Join Climate Advocates Bennington

Copy and email the following petition to vanessa@350vt.org and she will collect them to hand-deliver to the Climate Council.

Thank you for all the time and energy you've dedicated to creating Vermont Climate Action Pln. We are respectfully asking you to be bold in your leadership by developing a Climate Action Plan that includes the following:

  1. Is aligned with the Just Transition principles developed by the Council's Just Transitions Subcommittee

  2. Counts all greenhouse gas emissions accurately to ensure our actions are impactful and proportional to the scale of the crisis (including out of state emissions and methane from Hydro-Quebec)

  3. Establishes a 10-year mass weatherization program for Vermont’s housing stock, and prioritizes the needs of low-income and BIPOC communities

  4. Develops public transportation systems in urban center and along major transportation corridors that meet the needs of rural and low-income populations

  5. Provides access and resources to farmers who want to practice regenerative agriculture, prioritizing BIPOC farmers first

  6. Takes “Renewable” Natural Gas off the table as a potential solution and incentivizes Just Transition renewable energy solutions like net-metering, community solar, and solar incentives, heat pumps and geothermal technology prioritizing low-income and BIPOC communities

  7. Keeps and puts carbon back in the ground by protecting ecosystems, and preventing Vermont State Lands and the Green Mountain National Forest from large-scale logging.

  8. Creates a fair and bold funding mechanism for this People’s Climate Action Plan that doesn’t pass on the costs of this transition to future generations

  9. Advises the Legislature to pass the following legislative initiatives in 2022:

    1. Senator Ram’s Environmental Justice bill

    2. Appropriate funding for the Climate Action Plan and any bills that support the implementation of a Just Transition Climate Action Plan

    3. The VT Renews bills addressing food justice, low-income weatherization, and green justice zoness, including the Land Access and Opportunity Act (H.273)