climate change

01/23/2020
We are unsettled, anxious, heart-broken by the images of the inferno in Australia. Tens of thousands of people are displaced, millions of animals have died and Primal Spaces are burning, some having been wet and unignited for eons. Prior to the fires, unprecedented years of drought and heat had already ravaged the landscape and the wildlife in Australia. It was a slow and less dramatic devastation and we barely noticed it. The bush fires now raging in Australia are of biblical proportion, apocalyptic. They are, perhaps, equal in significance to the continual razing and burning of the Amazon...
01/23/2020
Our planet Earth, the only birthplace to any life we know of, is the central piece that all of human existence revolves around. All of the smallest pieces on our planet connect to complex systems, creating the perfect environment for us to live in. It’s one of a kind, and without it, humans are nothing. But now things are changing, and our planet is in danger. Our climate is rapidly growing more and more unstable without showing signs of slowing down. We are seeing the results of humans altering the systems too much, and now the stakes are high. As a whole, climate change is one thing that...

ADDISON COUNTY MAPLE Sugarmakers Association President Moe Rheaume of Salisbury, standing in his booth at the association’s annual conference on Saturday, worries about global warming affecting Vermont’s maple industry. Independent photo/Emma Pope McCright
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — This past Saturday, over 100 sugarmakers gathered at Middlebury Union High School to hear presentations about the state of the maple industry, talk shop and enjoy some delicious maple doughnuts at the annual Addison County Maple Sugarmakers Association (ACMSMA) Maple Seminar. Although presenters noted in the opening address that the maple industry is pretty stable at the moment, some audience members had one serious concern: climate change. “Global warming has definitely affected (the sugaring season),” said ACMSMA President Moe Rheaume. The future of maple in the Green Mountain...
01/16/2020
ESSEX JUNCTION — Among the special events at this year’s Vermont Farm Show will be Farmer Climate Change Focus Groups. On the second day of this year’s Farm Show — Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction — there will be three sessions devoted to farmers talking about climate change. The sessions will be at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Hamlin Room, upstairs in the entryway of the Miller Building at the Exposition. All are invited to join the University of Vermont at the Farm Show at those times for a focus group on climate change adaptation resources (such as...
01/16/2020
I was heartened to see so many families at last Wednesday night’s Bill McKibben talk, “Empowering Youth to Engage in our Climate Crisis,” which I attended with my own family. First, I want to extend deep gratitude to Bridge School, Woodchuck Cidery, and Bill himself for making this evening possible. We need to be having these conversations regularly. I would like to add a few more concrete ways we can nurture climate activism in our children, rather than climate anxiety: first, we need to kindle a relationship between our children and the natural world — get them outside! Help them fall in...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — How are Scandinavia and Iceland confronting the challenges of climate change? Is there something about the culture or political structure that has put them at the forefront of efforts to reduce human impact on the climate? Learn the answers in “Climate Action and Social Democracy — Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries.” The presentation will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ilsley Library. Last fall local climate activists Fran and Spence Putnam went on a five-week, self-designed study tour of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland for a first-hand look at their...

THIS WAS OUR front page on September 26, 2019.
01/06/2020
Climate justice activism may have reached a critical turning point in 2019. The largest climate protest in history was held in September and Greta Thunberg, a 17-year-old Swedish climate activist, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and named Time magazine’s person of the year. In Vermont, climate activists raised their voices again and again in 2019, from the first day of the legislative session to the last public policy forum convened by the Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus. In between, the protests grew louder, became more frequent and attracted larger crowds, inspired in large part by...
12/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m., Bridge School and Bill McKibben will present a talk geared toward K-12 families and children focused on engaging our youth in the climate crisis fight. Renowned climate activist and best-selling author McKibben will share tales from the field about youth empowerment and activism. Come learn what our local youth can do and how they can get involved. This free event, open to all, will be hosted at Woodchuck Cidery, on exchange street in Middlebury.  “Very few people on earth ever get to say: ‘I am doing, right now, the most important...
12/26/2019
We’re accustomed to bad news about climate change. But as we round into 2020, the news ain’t all bad. While Vermont is nowhere near meeting its goal to reduce greenhouse-gas pollution — in fact our pollution levels are rising — we made some big political progress this year. Let’s start at the grassroots. In April, 350Vermont organized a dramatic 65-mile climate walk from Middlebury to Montpelier. The goal: Demonstrate to the Legislature and governor that Vermonters want meaningful, rapid action on climate. Hundreds of people did part or all of the walk — a surprising number walking every step...
12/02/2019
I recently attended a Wild Forest gathering at the SHO Farm in Huntington. On the way to the meeting I heard on NPR the latest news on the climate crisis we are in. The outlook is bleak but there is still hope that we can reduce the suffering that is unfolding. What is Vermont to do? It is time to tax pollution and invest 100 percent of the raised funds into: 1. Permanent conservation of wild forests; 2. Solarizing our infrastructure; 3. Converting sawmill residues into state-of-the-art wood-clay insulation instead of burning them; and 4. Insulating our buildings. There were many of the...

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