BURLINGTON, VT – In the largest-ever climate demonstrations in the Green Mountain state, hundreds of Vermonters walked out of work and school on Friday. They joined rallies and protests all over the globe, calling for comprehensive and immediate solutions to the climate crisis.
Thirty climate strike rallies and protests in Vermont were among more than 1,000 climate strikes taking place all over the country, along with some 4,500 strikes worldwide. The events, including a large rally in Burlington, were part of launching a week of climate action across the globe.
The climate strike movement began in 2018 with Swedish high school student Greta Thunberg skipping school every Friday and sitting outside Swedish Parliament to protest government and business inaction on the climate crisis. Youth in the U.S. and many other countries have joined in with the teenager for weekly school strikes.
In Vermont, there were climate strikes, walkouts, and other events in about 30 towns including: Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Hartland, Middlebury, Montpelier, Norwich, Rutland, South Burlington and Vergennes, among others.