WHO WE ARE
Climate Advocates Bennington
is working for
A Sustainable Future: Working together as a community to build community.
A Livable Planet: Ecological soundness based on the realities of climate change.
Climate Justice: Compassion and justice related to issues of climate change.
Bennington Energy Committee:
The Bennington Select Board "tasked" CAB with keeping track of the newly re-constituted Energy Committee. We have committed to having at least one member of our group present at each Energy Committee meeting.
Play Every Town Climate Concert on May 27th, 2023 at Second Congregation Church. Composer-pianist David Feurzeig specializes in wide-ranging, genre-defying recitals that bring together music of an astonishing variety of musical styles, from ancient and classical to jazz, avant-garde, and popular traditions. These striking juxtapositions, peppered with informative and humorous commentary, create eye- and ear-opening programs that change how audiences hear all kinds of music—attracting new audiences to so-called “classical” concerts and bringing new insight to existing enthusiasts.Reforestation
TD Bank: In one of our first long-term actions, members of CAB picketed TD Bank in Bennington every week as part of a national effort to pressure TD to divest from fracked gas drilling and infrastructure.
Re-constitute the Bennington Energy Committee: CAB worked for over three years with the Bennington Select Board to re-constitute the town’s Energy Committee. In November, 2019, this committee began work on its first task: figuring out how to implement the Town Energy Plan.
Ban the Bag – Bennington: CAB organized a local campaign, did preliminary work with local businesses, and secured the initial endorsement of the Bennington Select Board about adopting a Resolution banning single-use plastic bags in Bennington. In a matter of months, this initiative became part of the successful state-wide movement for the Vermont legislation that bans the use of many single-use plastic items.
Global Climate Strike – Bennington: In September, 2019, CAB worked with students at Bennington College to organize a rally, march and demonstration in downtown Bennington and a week-long series of events at Bennington College. This made Bennington one of the thousands of cities around the world to join the first Global Climate Strike.
Declaration of Climate Emergency: CAB successfully encouraged the Bennington Select Board to adopt a Declaration of Climate Emergency. This declaration, adopted in November, 2019, enumerates ways in which the town pledges to work to significantly reduce carbon emissions, and makes Bennington one of only two Vermont towns (so far!) to adopt such a Declaration.
Bennington Climate Advocates
Retrospective on 2021
At Farmer's Market promoting Window Dresser inserts for winterization, petition signatures for Climate Action in Vermont, and protesting TD Bank investment in fossil fuel industry.
CAB members planting Trees at Bennington Veterans Home.