Speak Up on Climate – April 23rd and May 1st
We wanted to let you know about two upcoming opportunities to speak up for climate action.
- April 23rd, 5pm-7pm, Vermont State House – Join us for a public hearing on bills aimed to limit the expansion of new fossil fuel infrastructure.
- May 1st, 10am-1:30pm, Vermont State House – Come Rally for the Planet, an event organized by the Vermont Youth Lobby, bringing together young people and their allies calling on decision makers to act boldly on climate change.
As you know, we released a 2019 Climate Action Plan at the beginning of this year, and we want to use both of these opportunities to call on lawmakers to implement key recommendations of that plan this year.
A few highlights of our top priorities this year include:
- Double the investment in our successful low-income weatherization program
- Create a new electric vehicle incentive program using the $4.5 million in Volkswagen and related consumer fraud settlement funds
- Prohibit the expansion of new fossil fuel infrastructure like pipelines
- Enact a Global Warming Solutions Act to hold the state accountable to actually meet our climate and greenhouse gas reduction goals
You can share your priorities on climate action at a public hearing on April 23rd, hosted by the House Energy and Technology Committee (more info available at this link). Their primary focus is on several bills to limit the expansion of new fossil fuel infrastructure in Vermont, but this is a great chance to share your top climate priorities.
The hearing will take place next Tuesday, April 23, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm in Room 11 of the Vermont State House in Montpelier. We hope you can join us!
The public can sign up to testify starting at 4:15 pm on the 23rd – so if you want to make sure you have the chance to speak, plan to get there early! We know opponents of climate action are spreading the word far and wide, so we want to make sure lawmakers are hearing a loud and clear call for bold climate action!
Witness testimony will be limited to two minutes. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can submit written testimony to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of your email, please write, “Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Public Comment.”
Some sample talking points you could consider:
- Climate change is the most pressing issue facing our planet.
- We need bold action, now.
- I support significantly increasing the state’s investment in important programs like low- and moderate-income weatherization, new electric vehicle incentives, and public transit.
- Infrastructure like fossil fuel pipelines are expensive and shortsighted investments.
- Further, pipeline infrastructure is unsafe, as demonstrated by recent natural gas pipeline explosions in Lawrence, MA and Durham, NC.
- Much of the proposed fossil fuel infrastructure in recent years in Vermont has been for transporting natural gas, which over its lifecycle emits significant methane pollution, a potent greenhouse gas.
- If we’re serious about meeting our climate obligations and doing our part on this global crisis, we can’t be investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure, but should instead be investing in clean, local solutions.
Hope you can make it on April 23rd. Click here for more information on the hearing.
Also, we hope to see you at the Rally for the Planet on May 1st at the Vermont State House!
Organized by the Vermont Youth Lobby, this is an opportunity for all Vermonters concerned about the future of our planet to gather and make our voices heard. Students plan to gather at 8:30 am at Montpelier High School and march to the Statehouse at 10 am. Please attend any or all of the event, which ends at 1:30 pm on May 1st. We expect an energetic and inspiring crowd, calling for climate action – and hope you can be part of it. Find more information about the event here.