Young people mobilize for climate change in Montpellier

MONTPELIER, Vermont (WCAX) — High school students across the state plan to make a big statement about climate change Friday morning at the Vermont Statehouse.

The Vermont Youth Lobby is a grassroots group of young people and their adult allies who seek to change policies that impact their generation.

Friday’s Rally for the Planet is about climate change and the jobs around it, and what young people want to see in the fight against climate change.

The event includes students from Montpellier, Essex and Harwood. Their theme is justice, climate and employment.

Young people from across the state plan to make a big statement about climate change Friday morning at the Vermont Statehouse.

There will be pre-rally activities at Montpelier High School before the march to the Statehouse. From there, they will have speeches from students as well as climate job providers talking about internships and careers.

Organizers say for many students jobs may be on the back burner, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get an education. “We want students to get involved in green jobs, that’s the immediate goal of this gathering. We want to get students interested in jobs so they know what’s available to them. But not just jobs, we want them to get internship opportunities so they can use the skills they learned in this internship and progress and really create a future where they know about the subject,” said Brody Moran of the Vermont Youth Lobby.

Moran says Earth is their future and they must protect it. “If you want to have a world to live in, you have to be involved in it. If I’m being honest, the generations before me dropped the ball,” Moran said.

Entertainment will continue until 1:30 p.m.

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Teresa H. Sadler