Youth demand for climate action grows louder

On May 1, 2019 students from across Vermont marched to the State House lawn to call on their political leaders to keep their commitment to the Paris Climate Accord.

Hundreds of young people packed the lawn—urging action that will deliver good jobs, an equitable transition to clean energy and a livable future.

Orielle Koliba, a Harwood Union High School student said: “We are the ones who will be disproportionately affected by the decisions our political leaders choose not to make today, we are here to say: Nothing about us, without us.”

Will you sign a card thanking these young people for their leadership and let them know that you support their efforts?


This year’s march has come in the midst of a blossoming youth movement- internationally, in the U.S. and locally- that is demanding policy makers take swift, meaningful steps to address the climate crisis.

Those same students were also involved in the massive youth ‘Climate Strike’ held earlier this year that saw millions of students leave school for coordinated climate actions across the globe. In Vermont, striking students held demonstrations across the state – with hundreds flooding the State House to demand action.

Max Sabo, a U-32 Student speaks with the press at the 2019 Rally for the Planet

These students are putting themselves out there by proposing well-researched policy solutions and taking the pro-pollution lobby head on. Will you send them a few words of encouragement?


Many of the organizers of Wednesday’s rally were also present at the State House in January for the first day of the session, asking Vermont legislators to make climate action a priority this year. They signed on to a shared climate platform along with 25 other environmental, low income, and business groups.

The minimum level of action these groups have called on the legislature to take in 2019:

• Double the number of low and moderate income homes weatherized annually
• Create an electric vehicle incentive program
• Pass a Global Warming Solutions Act
• Expand local renewable power and electrification of heating and transportation sectors
• Act on the Joint Fiscal Office’s carbon pricing study
• Prohibit the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure

With just weeks left before the Legislature wraps up for the year, the students are expected to release a report card evaluating the progress made on these priorities in 2019.

Sign the thank you card to student climate leaders.