With the superstorms, mass flooding, and wildfires of the last couple of months, it should be hard to find someone who is still a climate change denier; nevertheless, there still is hesitancy from some Vermont government leaders to adequately address climate change. At this moment, Vermont’s Climate Council is in the process of developing a climate action plan that could set things in motion to meet our state’s goals for greenhouse gases and climate resilience. Right now is a crucial time for Vermonters to raise our voices and demand strong climate action.
Sierra Club leaders have been actively engaged in this process, and we would like to share what we have identified as key issues at stake. We encourage you to attend the following meetings and events to inform yourself of the latest details in formulating the Climate Action Plan.
Vermont Sierra Club Virtual Conversations:
Transportation Issues in the Climate Action Plan: Sep 22, 7 pm – 8 pm. The Sierra Club hosts a discussion with two members of the Climate Council’s Cross-Sector Mitigation Subcommittee Johana Miller, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Gina Compoli, past Senior Environmental Policy Manager, Vermont Agency of Transportation, to discuss the transportation issues that have been proposed for the Climate Action Plan. See here to RSVP and for more details.
Is Vermont faking it on greenhouse gas emissions? September 29, 8 pm – 9 pm. As the Vermont Climate Council does its work creating a Vermont Climate Action Plan, serious flaws in our GHG accounting system become crucial in achieving real emission reductions. VT Sierra’s Steve Crowley and other climate leaders have been hard at work helping the Climate Council understand the challenge. RSVP to join us for an informative exchange, and add your voice for strong action.
Vermont Climate Council Public Engagement Meetings:
Elmore: Tuesday, September 21, 5:00-7:00 PM: Elmore State Park Pavilion East
Dorset: Wednesday, September 22, 5:00-7:00 PM: Emerald Lake State Park Pavilion
Island Pond: Thursday, September 23, 5:00-7:00 PM: Lakeside Pavilion, Island Pond
Colchester: Sunday, September 26th, 3:00-5:00 PM: Airport Park Pavilion, Colchester
Virtual, statewide: Tuesday, October 5, 6 pm: special focus on BIPOC community, online
Virtual, statewide: Thursday, October 6, 6 pm: online
While the council is formulating its initial plan you can submit comments via email or attend one of these public engagement meetings. See here for details and links.
Climate Action Meetings with our Partner Organizations
Sunday, September 19, 7 pm. Statewide gathering, online.
Monday, September 20, 7 pm. With a local focus on Bristol.
Tuesday, September 21, 5:30 pm. With a special focus on Charlotte.
Join the Vermont Sierra Club, 350 Vermont, and the Vermont Renews Coalition, for a virtual discussion of issues before the VT Climate Council.
What can we do to ensure Vermont is the climate leader it wants and needs to be? Will our plan be effective enough to help avert runaway climate change? Who will this future benefit? Who might be left behind?
The state needs to hear from us! Join us, with 350VT and the VT Renews Coalition, to learn more, share your thoughts, and join the call for a just and sustainable future that works for all Vermonters and the planet. This event is online – you’ll receive an e-mail with the Zoom link after you RSVP here.
Thank you for being a part of our Sierra Club committed community and doing your part.
Conservation Program Manager
Vermont Sierra Club