VT State Employees Association Members Declare a Climate Emergency at Annual Meeting

Whereas, the Earth’s climate has already warmed by approximately one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), and critical thresholds of 1.5 degrees C and beyond are almost unavoidable, the Vermont State Employees Association approved an official declaration of a Climate Emergency this past Saturday, 9/14/2019. 

The group declared at its Annual Meeting, Saturday, September 14, 2019, that “the members of the Vermont State Employees Association call on all union members and all governments and peoples worldwide to declare a Climate Emergency; and to initiate a just transition and climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse global warming by restoring near pre-industrial global average temperatures and greenhouse gas concentrations, that immediately halts the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure, rapidly phases out all fossil fuels and the technologies which rely upon them, ends greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, initiates an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere, transitions to regenerative agriculture, ends the sixth mass extinction, and creates and guarantees high-quality, good-paying jobs with comprehensive benefits for those who will be impacted by this transition.”

Read the full resolution here.

Gregory Dennis: Social media and the climate strike

President Trump and his followers say it’s biased against the right wing.

Liberals worry that it’s stealing their privacy.

The El Paso mass murderer used it to spread lies he had read online about an “invasion” at our southern border.

Social media has a bad reputation. And it’s getting worse.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been forced to explain how Facebook allowed Russian trolls to help swing the election to Trump. The president himself used Twitter to tell American-born members of Congress to “go back where they came from.”

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Coalition calls on Vermonters to join the Climate Strike

BRATTLEBORO — Local environmental advocates are joining a coalition of Vermonters in events and political actions later this month in response to appeals from Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg and the youth climate movement……

The main event is a walkout of students from Brattleboro Area Middle School and Brattleboro Union High School. The groups will walk to Pliny Park, where there will be speeches, chanting and singing until 1:30 p.m. There will also be a Write for Climate at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center at 10 Vernon St., from 9 to 11 a.m.; and Non-Violent Direct Action training at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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A teachable moment: educators must join students in demanding climate justice

Pictured Above: Children and adults wait for the arrival of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg into New York City on 28 August 2019 in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

As college professors, we’ve learned much over the past 15 years from our Middlebury and Swarthmore students about standing up for climate justice. On the forefront of the climate movement, they’ve launched the worldwide fossil-fuel divestment campaign and gone on to found 350.org and the Sunrise Movement. Young brown, black and indigenous activists who have courageously stood up to powerful fossil fuel companies have taught us how all fights for justice intersect.

So on 20 September, we plan to join youth everywhere, cancel our classes and strike. With seven colleagues, we’ve just released an open letter appealing to fellow educators everywhere: put aside your teaching notes and join your students at a climate strike event near you. As Greta puts it, “Our house is on fire – let’s act like it.”

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