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VNRC Co-Hosts ‘Step It Up’ Rally in Montpelier

March 2007

To help spur the bold, substantive action many climate scientists and advocates say is essential to tackle climate change, this April 14 over 50 communities across Vermont will join over 1,000 communities across the nation in hosting ‘Step It Up’ rallies. On this National Day of Climate Action, in iconic places across the Green Mountain State, Vermonters will call on federal and state lawmakers to ‘Step It Up.’ Spearheaded by renowned author and activist Bill McKibben, the goal of these simultaneous rallies is to convene tens of thousands of Americans at hundreds of events and ask lawmakers to commit to an 80 percent reduction in global warming emissions by 2050.

VNRC is helping to organize and host a ‘Step It Up’ event in Montpelier. Here are the specifics of the day:

  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Morse Farm in Montpelier (1168 County Rd)
    • Guided nature walk
    • Guided sugaring tour
    • Information booths
    • Mingling with friends and neighbors
    • Maple creemees, the best in Vermont (the first 100 free to attendees who sign a global warming petition!)
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Brief presentations by representatives of Vermonters directly threatened by climate change, including a maple sugarer, ski and bike shop owner, fly fishing guide, and a Montpelier high school student.
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – A three-mile march down to the State House led by the Junk Man. (Bring something that makes noise, straight from the recycling or the ‘to the dump’ pile!)
  • 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Hear from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator Peter Shumlin and other Vermont lawmakers about their concerns over global warming and join with us in encouraging these elected officials to sign a pledge that commits them to taking serious action on the issue. DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF A PICTURE WE WILL TAKE ON THE STATE HOUSE STEPS. PICTURES FROM EACH EVENT THAT DAY WILL BE HAND DELIVERED TO CONGRESS BY MCKIBBEN AND THE ‘STEP IT UP’ ORGANIZING TEAM. IT WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN A BOOK THEY ARE WRITING ON THIS INTENSIFYING GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Shuttles will be available. Shuttles will be available all day to take people from Montpelier to Morse Farm starting at 11:45 a.m. leaving from Montpelier High School. (Park at Montpelier High School.) For those who park at Morse Farm, a shuttle will be available to return folks to their vehicles. For those not interested in marching, but who still want to participate in both segments of the event, a shuttle will be available to take people down to the State House. Contact Krista Harness at yec@vtrecyclers.org or 454-8400 for further information.
  • Hope for sun, but in case of rain, please note that the whole event will remain at Morse Farm. The march and the events to take place at the State House will instead take place at Morse Farm. Linger with us longer at Morse if April showers descend on us. We will enjoy a ‘junk jam’ led by the Junk Man in the barn at Morse and hear from our legislative leaders there instead. (For maple creemee fans, it will lend more time for making certain you get one of these tasty treats!)

More About the Event…

VNRC has joined forces with the Association of Vermont Recyclers, National Wildlife Federation and Vermont Public Interest Research Group to host Montpelier’s ‘Step It Up’ event. The rally will take place in two parts. The day will start iat Morse Farm — one of the state’s most notable destinations for maple syrup lovers and Nordic skiing aficionados — and culminate in a march down to the State House and rally on the steps of the Capitol.

As host to two of Vermont’s most vital industries, sugaring and skiing, Morse Farm serves as the perfect kickoff location for this event. The rolling fields, network of trails, and vast stretch of hardwood forests that characterize Morse Farm represent so much of what Vermont stands to lose in the climate change battle.

Significant action must be taken now to slow the rapid warming of the planet and mitigate some of the impacts climate experts predict — increased floods, drought, pestilence, food shortages and more. Organizers and attendees of April 14 events intend to help catalyze that action. In Montpelier, attendees will hear from spokespeople representing several Vermonter’s directly affected by global warming, including Andrew Brewer, owner of Onion River Sports and Burr Morse, a seventh generation Vermonter who owns and operates the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and ski area.

Until about five years ago Burr wasn’t convinced global warming was even an issue. “As a sugarmaker and a ski operator, I changed my mind though,” noted Morse. “I think global warming is real. I see it everyday in my work. That’s why I support every effort to address the issue so that Vermont does not lose the important industries – sugaring, skiing, and others – that have defined it. And that’s why I’m glad to host this event at my farm.”

Global warming is rapidly becoming one of the defining issues of our time. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in – and help create – an historical event. Start the day at noon at Morse Farm and join the 2 p.m. walk down to the Vermont State House where we will ask our elected officials to make a commitment to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

Find out more by contacting Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or email jmiller@vnrc.org. For more details about Step It Up or to sign up to attend this event or another visit www.stepitup2007.org.