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Marching on: Dispatches from the climate walk

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Posted on April 9, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Hundreds of activists are descending on the Statehouse today to demand climate justice. This is the culmination to the Next Steps Climate Solutions Walk organized by 350 Vermont. Many of the walkers — including our reporter Christopher Ross — have been trekking along Vermont's roads since last Friday. They covered 65 miles from Middlebury to Montpelier, marching some days through wind, rain and hail. Here are some of Ross' dispatches from the road.

DAY ONE

Around 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, more than 100 activists left the Middlebury town green, headed on foot toward their first stop, Bristol.

They arrived in Bristol to some dark imagery.

Kids from Ripton's North Branch school were among the marchers that day.

DAY TWO

On Saturday, April 6, Ross sent us his first audio diary. 

Near the end of that day, he captured this jubilant moment — complete with a band in red jumpsuits and a melodica — in Hinesburg, the marchers' destination for the day. 

 

DAY THREE

In his audio diary on Sunday, April 7, he describes the criticism climate marchers have encountered on the road to Montpelier. "We've gotten plenty of middle fingers from drivers," he reports. 

Their destination that day: Richmond.

DAY FOUR

On Monday, April 8, Ross sent us this reflective audio diary, in which he describes a rain ceremony in Hinesburg's Geprags Park. He also talks about encounters with supporters of the march — of which there are many — including a woman with a sign quoting Kurt Vonnegut: "Sorry we were rolling drunk on petroleum."

 
Ross captured the faces of a few of his fellow walkers.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DAY FIVE

On Tuesday, April 9, about 200 activists crossed over Route 89 en route to Montpelier to call for climate justice.

By the time they reached the Statehouse, they were more than 300 strong.

They gathered inside the Statehouse to sing.

Stay tuned for Ross' story about the walk, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Addison Independent.

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