Vermont activists unveil climate action plan, call for leadership

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Climate activists rolled out a plan of action in Vermont Tuesday as more than 30 organizations gathered at the statehouse to share their 2020 platform.

They say the impact of the climate crisis can be seen across the state, from public health to local businesses. In their plan, they’ve committed to 100% renewable electricity by the year 2030. They also want to reduce carbon pollution from transportation, the state’s most polluting sector.

Activists say they’re tired of the lack of action on the climate crisis.

“We need solutions and we need leadership now,” said Paul Burns, Executive Director of Vermont Public Interest Research Group, or VPIRG. “The governor simply saying ‘I care, I believe in science but I’m unwilling to act ‘is no longer enough. We need to see leadership, we need it to happen now.”

The proposal also includes plans to modernize Vermont’s utilities to reduce climate pollution and make it more affordable for Vermonters to heat their homes.

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