Moving Planet Event:

Vermont, Let's Ride!

About The Event

I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all, because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish from other parts of the union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont."  

-President Calvin Coolidge, Sept. 21, 1928 

 

 So here it is, our chance to ignite a nation. 

 

"A single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory" 

-Justice Brandeis 

 The way our nation progresses on issues of all kinds is by following the lead of a state. The states are laboratories, capable of venturing into new realms of possibility when the nation as a whole is afraid to do so.  When the states succeed, the nation follows.   

The unique size and politics of Vermont puts the state in the position to lead. We, the people of Vermont, are in a moment that very few people before us or after us will ever experience. Time and circumstance have placed Vermonters in a historic moment, a moment that, if seized, can change our nation.  We few in our small state usually have little say in the politics of the nation; this time it’s different.  Each of us, along with our neighbors, our families, our friends, and our classmates, have this supreme chance to be apart of profound change - change with grounded, real outcomes. 

As I write, the Vermont legislature is drafting energy policy for the next 20 years, legislation that has the chance to be unprecedented in scope and effect.  Moving Planet Day, a worldwide day of climate action, is occurring at the precise moment to effectively influence the crafting of this legislation. Often, the lofty goals of movements are without timetables, not quite sure what needs to be done, who is going to do it, and where it going to happen.  Well, this time it’s defined.  The time for change is on one day, in one place, with one clear, definitive, and achievable goal. 

If Vermont shows up on the steps of the statehouse on Moving Planet Day, we can be the force that pushes our state representatives to act, and Vermont can show the nation they need not fear. We will show that thorough and bold energy legislation energizes economies, invigorates communities, nurtures healthy lifestyles, and raises our collective consciousness about our natural environment, allowing us to move into a future we can be excited about.  The people of Vermont, first year students at UVM and seventh generation Vermonters alike, have an opportunity unlike anyone else in the country, to successfully push progressive climate legislation; a profound prospect.  To move this from prospect to reality we need every individual, so that together we will be many.  Let us make the trip to the statehouse on Moving Planet Day and show our representatives that this is our will.  Who better to lead the nation than Vermonters?  Moving Planet Day is our opportunity. Moving Planet is our day. 

 

So, will we step up?  For this is our future for which we fight and this is the best opportunity we will have to make an impact. 

Yes, as you will se below we are creating a bike ride but if you don't have a bike don't let that stop you.  Grab a buddy and carpool, check out the rideshare board listed below, even join the group walking down!  Move in whatever way you can, the most importnant thing is to have you with us at the statehouse this Saturday.

 

Friends of Moving Planet!

 

Local Motion, UVM's Bike Users Group, the Nor’easter festival, and 350VT are joining forces for Moving Planet Day!  Moving Planet Day is an international day to move beyond fossil fuels and will be celebrated across the world with over 1,000 events occurring from Sydney to Sao Paulo, London to Lagos.  Check out this vid to get an idea of how big this is day is going to be! 

Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in Vermont and the second largest source nationally.  To confront Vermont’s primary source of carbon output these partners are hosting the Planet Movers Ride.  The ride will begin at 10:00am from the Nor’easter festival grounds and will take participants along an easy 38 mile route to Montpelier where we will join thousands of other Vermonters for the 350 Rally at The Capitol for the biggest day of climate activism in Vermont history!  Riders will be able to receive pre-ride bike checks, look forward to a halfway rest point with refreshments, get transportation back from the rally and even receive 35% off admission to the Nor’easter festival!  ALSO, ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO VERMONT FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS!  Please consider using a hybrid bike due to the fact that parts of the route have been damaged by the recent flooding.  Join us on our facebook event page to get more info and stay up to date on the Planet Movers Ride. 

To register for the ride click here!  All riders who intend to take the bus back (leaving Montpelier at 5:15pm) MUST register so that we may ensure we have an adequate number of buses.

On Saturday afternoon the Nor’easter festival will host its legendary Ridiculissima, the costume running “race” from Church St to Waterfront Park in order benefit the repair of Burlington’s premier bike path along the causeway. There will be prizes for best costumes and for random placing (but not for first place) and it’s likely that the race will end up in Lake Champlain, so costumes that float are recommended.  Please visit http://noreasterems.com/ for more information on the Ridiculissima and the Nor'easter Festival.  

If you want to get involved in making these events come alive please send an email to Henrywm36@gmail.com.  Join us for two days of music, speakers, action, awareness, and activism as Local Motion, UVM's Bike Users Group, the Nor’easter festival, and 350VT look to move Vermont!


 Let's Get Moving!

-Your Friends at Moving Planet Vermont

 

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Where

Waterfront Park
Burlington, Vermont
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When

10am - 6pm

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