Young Vermonters deliver climate declaration to lawmakers

Published: Jan. 10, 2020 at 4:33 AM EST
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Young people from across Vermont are doubling down on new climate policies in the wake of protests at the Statehouse during Thursday's State of the State Address.

Vermont Youth Climate Caucus members Friday said the state isn't doing enough to combat climate change and that they're the ones who will feel its effects. They want to lawmakers adopt several bills including the so-called Transportation Climate Initiative. That bill seeks to grow public transportation, electric vehicle incentives and eco-friendly affordable housing. They're also throwing their support behind a proposed Vermont 'Green New Deal' that would tax the states top earners to fund climate initiatives.

"Vermont must play a role in the fight to end climate injustice, and as its youth we are demanding our government do its part. I have hope that we can combat the climate crisis together and set an example for the rest of the nation and the world to what comprehensive climate legislatiion can and should look like this session,"said Lili Platt with the Vermont Youth Lobby.

Activists spread out through the Statehouse delivering their message to lawmakers in person. The Vermont Youth Lobby says they intend to be at the Statehouse every Friday to keep up the pressure on lawmakers.