350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington
July 25, 2017
CONTACT: Katherine Quaid, [email protected] (541-325-1058) OR Maeve McBride, [email protected] (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. August 8-11, the pop-up will make its fourth and final stop of the summer in Bennington!
WHAT: 350Vermont takes its climate mission on the road, making the fourth stop of its statewide tour in Bennington. It includes a traveling exhibit, film screenings, workshops, performances, kids’ activities, and more.
WHEN: August 8-11
WHERE: 350VT’s pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmer’s Market (8/8, 3-6 pm), the Left Bank in North Bennington (8/9, 10 am-5 pm), the Manchester Farmer’s Market (8/10, 3-6 pm), and Willow Park in Bennington (8/11, 9 am-1 pm). Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found at http://bit.ly/2uy3FKw.
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 “pop up” in Bennington in early August.
Other events, including cantastoria performances, talks on climate subjects, and workshops on themes ranging from “active hope” to “solidarity singing,” will be held throughout the week. The pop-up is designed to engage more Vermonters in the movement for climate justice by building a network of community-run 350VT 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.
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.