Raise Your Voice for a Strong, Equitable Climate Action Plan!
The Vermont Climate Council is developing an initial Climate Action Plan that will outline how the state will meet required greenhouse gas emission reductions, help Vermonters and Vermont communities adapt and thrive in a warming world, and pave the path for an equitable energy transition. This is a critical moment—and your voice is needed to ensure this happens. (See public engagement schedule below.)
Please join us in calling for a strong Climate Action Plan that:
- Presents the full scope of solutions needed to dramatically cut climate pollution across Vermont’s economy, in line with the Global Warming Solution Act’s targets for 2025, 2030 and 2050;
- Centers equity and ensures a just transition so nobody is left behind,
- Identifies the long-term, sufficient funding necessary to implement the plan;
- Specifies key strategies to implement a strong plan (including developing the essential workforce, recognizing the need for a state environmental justice policy, and expanding capacity in state government, Regional Planning Commissions, Community Action Agencies, and other key community partner organizations).
There are a series of upcoming public engagement opportunities—virtual and in person—in the coming weeks. Find more information about these events, the Climate Council, and Climate Action Plan at https://climatechange.vermont.gov/.
Public Engagement Schedule:
The following events are important opportunities for you to provide input and feedback on the development and focus of the Climate Action Plan, which will be adopted on December 1, 2021.
- Tuesday, September 21, 5:00-7:00pm: Elmore State Park Pavilion | 856 VT-12, Elmore, VT
- Wednesday, September 22, 5:00-7:00pm: Emerald Lake State Park Pavilion | 65 Emerald Lake Ln, East Dorset, VT
- Thursday, September 23, 5:00-7:00pm: Lakeside Park Pavilion | 32 Mill St, Island Pond, VT
- Sunday, September 26, 3:00-5:00pm: Airport Park Pavilion | 500 Colchester Point Rd, Colchester, VT
- Thursday, September 30, 6:00-7:30pm: Virtual event via Zoom
- Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-7:30pm: Virtual event via Zoom for BIPOC communities
- Wednesday, October 6, 6:00-7:30pm: Virtual event via Zoom
Further event details can be found at https://climatechange.vermont.gov/getinvolved
All events are free to attend. Food will be provided at the in-person events, which will be held in outdoor shelters or pavilions to help ensure safety regarding COVID-19. All attendees will be asked to wear masks.
VNRC’s Energy and Climate Program Director, Johanna Miller, holds a seat on the Climate Council. Please reach out to her with any questions at her Climate Council email: Johanna.Miller@partner.vermont.gov.