Climate Action

Climate Action

VNRC takes a multi-pronged approach to help Vermont do its part to combat the increasingly urgent climate crisis. From digging in at the local level with committed Vermonters to helping to advance strong state policy and in between, we combine exhaustive research, communications, public engagement, and policy advocacy to ensure Vermont embraces bold, equitable, job-creating clean energy solutions. We fundamentally believe that to change everything, we will need everyone. That means you!

Be sure to stay connected – and help us make progress. Find climate action news here.

2020 Plan for Climate Action in Vermont

Find our 2020 Plan for Climate Action here, signed onto by 30 organizations across Vermont.

Vermonters know that global warming is our largest threat and climate action is our greatest opportunity. We share a responsibility to reduce the pollution that is driving global warming while strengthening our economy, protecting public health, and advancing equity.

The stakes could not be higher. Vermonters are experiencing the intensifying, negative impacts of a warming world and these changes threaten our every pursuit. Mild winters and early springs are straining our economy, putting our farming, forestry, maple sugaring, and winter sports at risk. More frequent and intense storms are causing flood damage, including an intense 2019 Halloween rain storm which resulted in a $5 million+ price tag for Vermonters and the fifth largest outage even in Green Mountain Power’s history.

Warmer average temperatures are diminishing water quality, degrading critical wildlife habitat, and have dramatically increased the number of tick and mosquito borne diseases while invasive plant species thrive, affecting crops and forests. The public health consequences of global warming have led the World Health Organization to declare climate change as “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.”

Our 2020 Climate Platform presents four main areas of focus in the Legislature this year. Find a summary here and read the platform here.

Climate Dispatch from the State House

Wondering what is happening — or not happening — at the State House on climate change? In brief live videos, we summarize what’s happening each week in the Vermont Legislature on climate and clean energy. Plus, we share easy ways you can help ensure that policymakers act on this critical issue. Find the Climate Dispatch here!

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Climate Leadership Institute

In partnership with Vermont Conservation Voters, VNRC fosters informed engagement of community energy leaders in local and state policy-making and supports them in becoming decision makers in municipal and state government, including running for election to the Vermont Legislature.

For more information about how you — or someone you might know — might consider taking leadership to the next level and running for office on a clean energy and climate action platform, contact Vermont Conservation Voters at info@vermontconservationvoters.org


What future are we leaving our kids?

Our future is threatened by climate change — and so are Vermont’s winters. Check out this video, where the kids say it best: Big problems demand big solutions, and we can’t do it ourselves.

Please share this video widely and make sure your elected officials are articulating a concrete, meaningful plan for progress on climate change.