As Vermont Works On A Climate Action Plan, Youth Activists Look To Rebuild Their Movement

Newcomers to the Vermont Youth Lobby hung up drawings related to climate change on the Statehouse lawn.

At the group’s first in-person networking event since the pandemic began in 2020, the Vermont Youth Lobby invited newcomers to draw what a healthy future climate looks like. They hung the resulting drawings up in the breeze on the Statehouse lawn. (Abagael Giles/VPR)

Leading up to the pandemic, the Vermont Youth Lobby was staging big demonstrations — even holding a Youth Congress at the Statehouse — to call for adults to take bold action on climate change.

Now, as the state prepares its first ever Climate Action Plan, a new generation of leaders is ready to re-launch their movement.

Dozens of high school-aged Vermonters gathered on the Statehouse lawn Saturday. They shared what they learned over the last year — and what they want adults to know — at the group’s first in-person gathering since before the pandemic.

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