Are you worried about the terrifying climate policies emanating from D.C. and looking for ways to get involved and make an impact? Here in Vermont we have the opportunity to tackle climate change head-on and continue to show that a strong economy and a healthy environment go hand-in-hand. No matter what your particular skill-set or availability, we’re sure to have an opportunity for you to get involved. Scroll down to see how you can help fight global warming.
If you’re interested in any of these activities, or have another idea for taking action, reach out to our Field Director, Adam Maxwell.
Two to three minutes of presenting on VPIRG as an organization and why we are a part of the EIV coalition! Encouraging folks to get involved at any level possible and explaining our different volunteer opportunities. Doing a quick plug on the summer canvass. Passing out & collecting interest cards, and leaving behind some job descriptions that let students know about paid work opportunities for the summer canvass for environmental policy action!
Join other students and organizers to educate and mobilize your whole campus! Every tabling event involves two tabling buddies – one standing in front of the table and catching the attention of students passing by, with another behind the table explaining the campaign for a price on carbon pollution, ways to get involved, and the summer canvass. Tabling materials and training will all be provided. All you bring is a smile and a desire to make your campus a leader in the climate movement.
1-on-1 faculty & student group meetings
Getting faculty on board with taking bold action on climate change is critical to showing your college or university, as well as state leaders, that acting on climate is the right thing to do. Develop a relationship with your professors while meeting with them to ask for their support in advocating for a carbon pricing policy that builds strong local economies and supports all Vermonters in the energy transition. Our organizers and interns can provide you with a quick training and all the materials you need to recruit your professors to the campaign!
Urging student government to endorse a price on carbon
The Energy Independent Vermont coalition is always looking to add new members, especially those affiliated with major institutions around the state. If you are a member of your school’s student government, or know someone who is, consider proposing a resolution to endorse carbon pricing. Students at UVM have already begun petitioning their Student Government Assocation to endorse putting a price on carbon pollution in Vermont. We have helped them by setting up an online version of their petition — if you would like us to do the same for you just send us an email!
If you’re looking for a less public role to play in the campaign we have plenty of opportunities to enter in the data we receive from tabling, class raps, and rallies. These tasks are simple and are a great opportunity to connect with like-minded organizers in volunteers in our lively Burlington field office!
If you are organizing on your campus, far from Burlington, get in touch with us and we can share our data tracking tools so that your hard work at the local level builds this statewide campaign.
Youth Lobby Day
High school and college students are organizing a massive political day of action this April! Visit our Youth Lobby Day page to get involved.