Earth Matters will host a Fossil Free Resolution House Party

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Earth Matters present their banner in front of TD Bank. Photo provided.

MANCHESTER, Vt. – Northshire climate justice group, Earth Matters, will host a house party on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Tutorial Center, Richville Road, Manchester Center to launch its Town Meeting Day Resolution Campaign. A 350.org video will be shown which generates support for a 100 percent fossil free world through renewable energy.

Extreme and erratic temperatures, rampaging wildfires, rising sea levels, and the hurricanes of 2017 clearly demonstrate that climate change is one of the most urgent problems facing our state, nation, and the world. The State of Vermont has a goal in the Comprehensive Energy Plan to achieve 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, yet is making insufficient progress towards achieving that goal.

Language in the Fossil Free Resolution includes the following: “Halt any new fossil fuel infrastructure, including but not limited to pipelines; firmly commit to at least 90 percent renewable energy for all people in Vermont and ensure that the transition to renewable energy is fair and equitable for all residents, with no harm to low-income people, people of color, or rural communities. The town will commit to efforts such as protecting town lands from fossil fuel infrastructure, denying easements or agreements for any pipelines crossing town lands; weatherizing town buildings and schools; enlisting state support to install roof-top solar on town and school buildings; other initiatives to improve residents’ quality of life while helping us reduce overall energy use.”

Resolution pledges for Manchester and all surrounding towns in the Northshire area will be available at the party for signatories. Please RSVP via Facebook or go to the MoveOn Manchester Facebook page.

If you are unable to attend this time and would like to join the Earth Matters group or sign the resolution, please message us via MoveOn Manchester FB or contact Anne D’Olivo at dolivoanne@gmail.com.

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