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Vermont students call for action on climate change

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Several hundred Vermont high school and college students took over the Statehouse lawn Thursday to call for climate action.

Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke to the crowd, thanking them for joining him in a push for divesting the state from coal and Exxon stocks.

Student organizers say they created Youth Lobby Day because they couldn't find an organization fighting for their interests. Emma Jean says they found a way to make their voices heard.

"What our goal is, we're mobilizing our youth, our goal is to mobilize the youth of Vermont to be politically engaged and get involved, and we want to let our elected officials know that climate change is an issue here in Vermont, it's present, and as a future generation we want them to do something about it," said Jean, a senior at Harwood Union High School.

The students on the lawn came from more than 20 different Vermont schools and organized all the day's events with support and oversight from teachers.

The governor's call for divestment has largely been rebuffed by the Legislature and state treasurer Beth Pearce.

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