On April 12, 2018 hundreds of students gathered at the Vermont State House to Rally for the Planet. Student speakers expressed frustration about U.S. Congress’s approach towards climate change and spoke about the influence that student protests have on current issues in the state house and beyond.
“I think [youth activism] makes it very clear to those in government that it’s not just the people that voted for them who have opinions but the youth as well. It’s a very good reminder for them that they are there to serve us and to represent us,” Zoe Cudney, a member of Burlington High School’s environmental club LEAP.
Later Burlington High School students met privately with Senate President pro tempore Tim Ashe, and other legislators. The conversation moved from climate change and environmental policy to school safety, gun control, net neutrality, and drug abuse.
Many legislators and government officials detailed their plans for managing fossil fuels, water quality, and renewable energy. All encouraged student activists to continue to push for what they believe in.