Rutland Press Release

350VT Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Rutland

 

July 5, 2017

CONTACT: Katherine Quaid, katherine@350vt.org (541-325-1058) OR Maeve McBride, maeve@350vt.org (802- 999-2820)

 

Burlington, VT -  350Vermont’s Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities: St. Johnsbury, Rutland, the Upper Valley, and Bennington. July 12-15, the pop-up will make its second stop of the summer in Rutland.

 

WHAT: 350Vermont takes its climate mission on the road, making the second stop of its statewide tour in Rutland, VT. It includes a traveling exhibit, a film screening, workshops, performances, kids’ activities, and more. The first event will be a special screening of Waking the Sleeping Giant, on Wed. 7/12, 7-9:30 PM at the historic Paramount Theater. Waking the Sleeping Giant is a feature documentary at the crossroads of the 2016 election and the fight for civil rights, economic fairness, and democracy for all, co-hosted by Rutland Area Climate Coalition, Fossil Free VSC, and Castleton Indivisible, and generously sponsored by Same Sun of Vermont.

WHEN: July 12-July 15

WHERE: 350VT’s pop-up tent will be set up at Depot Park 10 AM-5 PM on Thurs. 7/13 and noon-8 PM (including during Friday Night Live) on Fri. 7/14. On Sat. 7/15, the pop-up will be outside TD Bank 9 AM-2 PM to protest the bank’s investment in fossil fuel infrastructure such as the Dakota Access Pipeline. A full schedule of events and locations can be found at http://bit.ly/2tRwHXF.

 

350VT’s Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a “mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a fierce commitment to climate justice, a set of powerful workshops and trainings, the excitement of overnight summer camp, and incredible climate leaders from across the state.” The pop-up tent itself, featuring a raffle, info booths, art, postcard-writing, kids’ activities, and more, will be based in Depot Park July 13-15, including during Friday Night Live.

Other events, including cantastoria performances, an action outside TD Bank, and workshops on themes ranging from “climate justice” to “solidarity singing,” will be held at a variety of local venues. The pop-up is designed to engage more Vermonters in the movement for climate justice by building a network of community-run 350 groups.

According to the 2016 Yale Climate Opinion Map, a majority of Vermonters (61%) are worried about global warming, but in many parts of this rural state, environmentally concerned Vermonters still feel isolated and, perhaps, powerless in the face of this overwhelming climate crisis. The summer pop-up will encourage people to get involved, take action, and build community.

 

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About 350Vermont: 350Vermont is a statewide organization in Vermont working to build a grassroots movement to reverse climate change. 350Vermont’s mission is to catalyze the cultural and systemic transformation needed to reverse climate change and return to 350 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere. Although we are an affiliated group of 350.org with a similar mission, 350VT is an independent organization, with local campaigns to divest the state pension fund, advocate for a carbon pollution tax, and stop any expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.