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Out & About: 350Vermont Encourages Conversations About Climate Change

  • A woman makes a button during a 350Vermont pop-up exhibit in Rutland, Vt. (Courtesy 350Vermont)

  • 350VT team members Alex Ortiz, Abigail Rampone and Maeve McBride perform a cantastoria (a form of storytelling that combines protest art with audience participation) outside the organization's tent in Rutland, Vt. (Courtesy 350Vermont)



Valley News Calendar Editor
Monday, July 24, 2017

When advocacy group 350Vermont visits the Upper Valley this week, members will be looking to engage residents in discussion about climate change.

“A lot of people in rural parts of Vermont feel isolated and don’t know how to get involved when they feel strongly about climate justice issues,” said Abigail Rampone, online organizing intern for the nonprofit organization.

Through a series of pop-up exhibits and workshops that begin Wednesday and end Saturday, the organization will aim to bring people together and form those connections. The Upper Valley is the fourth stop for the Burlington-based group this summer, having previously been to St. Johnsbury and Rutland. The fourth and final stop will be next month in Bennington.

“Generally we chose communities that we don’t have as strong of relationships with,” Rampone said. The Upper Valley does have a “node,” a small group of people that are affiliated with 350Vermont. “We’re talking to people in the area already and there’s been quite a popular response.”

The pop-up exhibits include activities such as button making that are meant to draw people of all ages.

The purpose, though, isn’t for 350Vermont to lecture about climate change — it’s to talk to community members about their concerns, thoughts and ideas.

“We care about people’s experiences,” Rampone said, “in your community, in your family, in the woods behind your house.

“We really want people to come out and share with us.”

350 Vermont Events

350Vermont Pop-Up Exhibit in Hanover: July 26, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. 350Vermont presents a traveling exhibit about the movement for climate justice, featuring information booths, art, postcard-writing, kids’ activities and more. Free. Hanover Farmer’s Market, 1 E. Wheelock St.

350Vermont Meet & Greet in Hanover: July 26, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Meet the staff and interns of 350Vermont, a statewide organization pursuing solutions to cut down on carbon emissions and solve the climate crisis. Free. Skinny Pancake, 3 Lebanon St.

350Vermont Pop-Up Exhibit in White River Junction: July 27 and 28, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; July 29, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 350Vermont presents a traveling exhibit about the movement for climate justice, featuring information booths, art, postcard-writing, kids’ activities and more. Free. Fred Briggs Park, 6 S. Main St., White River Junction. 802-999-2820. events@350vt.org.

Racial and Climate Justice Workshop in White River Junction: July 27, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. This workshop will explore the relationship between racial justice and climate justice, discuss what is meant by “intersectionality” and more. Presented by 350Vermont. Free. Upper Valley Food Co-op, 193 N. Main St.

Workshop on Climate Solutions in White River Junction: July 27, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 350Vermont presents an interactive workshop to imagine and create inventions to support daily life in the year 2067 in the face of climate change. Free. Upper Valley Food Co-op, 193 N. Main St.

Climate Change Workshop in White River Junction: July 28, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. “Active Hope: Intro to the Work that Reconnects” is a participatory workshop exploring the connections between hope, grief and action in the era of climate crisis. Presented by 350Vermont. Free. Upper Valley Food Co-op, 193 N. Main St.

For more information, visit http://350vermont.org/, email events@350vt.org or call 802-999-2820.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.