A Just Transition

2975 Just Transition Postcards delivered!!!!!!

Hello everyone!

Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday's People's Climate Action Plan Postcards delivery to the Vermont Climate Council! We maxed out the meeting's 100 people zoom capacity and I know many of you were not able to join because of that. This came to the attention of the Council during the meeting as they witnessed substantial support for a just transition in Vermont.

Marisa Keller (Montpelier) and Catherine Bock (Charlotte) presented our asks and delivered 2975 postcards/petition signatures as well as the notes from our Just Transition Community Conversations. If you missed it, the recording of the meeting will be posted here in the coming days.

Thank you to everyone who worked hard this last month collecting postcards in your communities. We just touched the tip of the iceberg and we will continue engaging our neighbors to build the political will that is needed for the state to act boldly. Let's take a moment to celebrate the work we've accomplished together so far!

Up next: We're going to continue to keep the Climate Action Plan process front and center across the state - more postcards, more public comments, LOTS of letters to the editor -- and meet with state legislators to ensure climate justice is a top priority in 2022. Stay tuned for details.

Let's continue to turn our commitment to climate justice into real political power!


Vanessa Rule--

Lead Organizer, 350VT ,

she/her (why pronouns?)

802-356-0205 https://350vermont.org/


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

https://350vermont.org/take-action/

and

Join Climate Advocates Bennington