Trees for Streams by Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Districts

Trees for Streams by Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Districts.

With support from state grant funds administered by the Ecosystem Restoration Program, theVermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) and participating districts will be undertaking streamside planting efforts this spring on 19 sites throughout Vermont. The 19 sites involve about 18.5 acres. The grant to VACD includes a second round of site selection during fall 2014 and planting efforts slated for spring 2015. Interested persons should contact VACD at 802-496-5162 or by dialing the office of your nearest Conservation District.

VT GMO Labeling Action – June 16th

BREAKING NEWS:
Industrial Food Corporations
Attack VT’s GMO Labeling Law

Friday June 13, 2014

ACTION ALERT:

Rally to Defend Vermont’s New GMO Labeling Law

WHEN: Monday June 16, 2014 at 2:00PM

WHERE: Church Street, Burlington
- in front of the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop

WHO: Vermonters who care about what’s in their food

Rural Vermont, a founding member of the Vermont Right to Know Coalition, invites everyone who cares about your right to know what's in your food to join us for a rally in support of Vermont as we defend our new GMO Labeling Law.

Yesterday, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and a host of their industrial food corporate allies filed a lawsuit in federal court calling for Vermont's GMO Labeling Law to be struck down.

The rally is being organized collaboratively by Ben & Jerry's, the Governor's Office, and the Vermont Right to Know Coalition. The goal of the rally is to demonstrate broad support for Vermont's new GMO Labeling Law and to promote the Vermont Food Fight Fund.

Ben & Jerry's will unveil a new ice cream flavor that will help support the VT Food Fight Fund and of course, free samples will be available.

Got Fracked Gas Vermont?

A state that would outlaws fracking and yet allows the transport of fracked gas through its boarders is complicit and has only outlawed this practice as a facade. The public good of Vermont has spoken. This is not the solution to our energy needs.

Excerpt from Barre Montpelier Times Argus below -

Opponents showed up in large numbers Thursday for the second of two public hearings on the proposed natural gas pipeline that would serve the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York.

Opponents of Phase II of the Vermont Gas Systems project cited a litany of mostly environmental, but also economic and moral, reasons the Public Service Board should deny a permit that would extend the pipeline from Middlebury, southwest to Shoreham and Cornwall, and under Lake Champlain, to the IP plant.

At the start of the three-hour hearing Thursday at Middlebury Union High School, 80 people, almost all opponents, had signed up to speak.

Many in the auditorium were wearing “Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline” stickers.

Morris Palmer, of North Ferrisburgh, said human excess has left a burden for his generation. “I’m 23 years old and I’m a little pissed because your generation got to enjoy cheap fossil fuel without having to worry about things like climate change,” Palmer said.

Climate change and the environment were on the minds of others who spoke.

A Middlebury woman expressed concern about the future of Lake Champlain and the thousands of people who depend upon the lake for their drinking water.

She said burying the pipeline under the lake would stir up toxins from the IP plant that have “remained in the sediment for decades.”

“So what we’re considering is threatening the health of Lake Champlain and the drinking water supply of nearly 200,000 people for the sake of a handful of Phase II gas customers,” she said.

She also said the pipeline could also have a negative impact on tourism in Vermont and New York.

Another person, citing Section 248 criteria, said the pipeline does not meet the public good and will have adverse effects on public health and the environment.

read the full article here – http://www.timesargus.com/article/20140614/NEWS03/706149920

link to the petition – http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-peter-shumlin-stop-the-vermont-gas-pipeline

and the Stop VT Pipline FB page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Vermont-Gas-Pipeline/242450002563631?directed_target_id=0v

VT still in the fight with Monsanto

From VT Right to Know GMOs – April 17, 2014

Bill Passes Senate, 28-2!

Following Tuesday’s initial approval, the Senate officially passed Vermont’s GMO labeling bill (H.112) 28 to 2 on Wednesday!

This historic vote moves Vermont ever closer to becoming the first state to require labels on the GMO foods. The bill will now head to the House of Representatives where they will decide whether to concur with the Senate’s version of the bill, or create a conference committee to iron out the differences.

To visibly demonstrate the broad support for this bill we are calling for “honk and wave” events next Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day) during morning “drive time” not just in Vermont but all across the country. Our national partners and supporters are helping to organize this.

Use this online tool to set up and share your local honk and wave!

In case you don’t know, a “honk and wave” is when you and your friends get some signs together, set up shop on a street corner (or highway overpass) and rally in front of motorists in support of GMO labeling. Please plan to snap a picture of your event and post it to the VT Right to Know Facebook page.

Keep checking our website for the latest on where people will be gathering, and make sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or via email – vtrighttoknowgmos(at)gmail.com. Thank you so much for everything you have done to get us this far!

Read the VT Digger article – http://vtdigger.org/2014/04/17/senate-passes-gmo-labeling-bill/

This is obviously another states right issue – “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – US Constitution

Check out the tenth amendment centers website to learn more – http://tenthamendmentcenter.com

Leadership Training 2014

Leadership training

“The Metta Earth Leadership training has been a beautiful whirlwind of learning and laughter. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life that has taught me far more than I can comprehend. My month here has been beyond amazing with Gillian and Russell’s immense warmth and groundedness.”
Amanda Chin,
2011 participant

Living at Metta Earth

Enjoy being at a retreat center with the magnificence and quietude of the mountains surrounding us, the stunning headwaters of the New Haven river with abundant waterfalls and pools for swimming, wilderness trails to walk or bike, and 158 acres of Metta Earth land to explore.

Description of Program:

In this time of massive cultural upheaval and accelerating climate change, we are profoundly called to awaken and create transformative solutions together. Out of this chaotic turbulence, remarkable initiatives are coalescing ⎯ with immense passion and energy an emerging generation of leaders is responding to this need.

During these leadership trainings, participants have the opportunity to deepen personal growth, while building skills to lead and empower others. Each of the three sessions offers an in depth focus as a response to the environmental, social, and spiritual crises manifesting on the planet at this time.

Although distinctive, these three trainings are strenthened by the additional core practices of yoga and meditationfarmstead living skillsleadership processes, and the arts. Within each of these, we highlight a variety of themes and practices relevant to the specific, individual trainings. The rich medley of these realms is offered intentionally to provide an enhanced vibrancy to our daily living and to stimulate possibilities for social and cultural renewal.

After the training, Metta Earth faculty will support you in catalyzing change backin your community with three mentoring calls to help clarify and activate the next steps in your leadership journey.

For more information go to - http://www.mettaearth.org/leadership-training.html

GMO Labeling Bill (H.112) up for Senate Floor Vote

Rural VT Action Update – April 13, 2014

GMO Labeling Bill  (H.112) up for Senate Floor Vote

CALLS TO SENATORS NEEDED!!!

If you are on the VT Right to Know GMOs contact list you have already heard that the GMO Labeling bill was passed last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee with a unanimous vote of 7-0. Now the bill is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate. ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION WE HAVE AT THE MOMENT – the Floor Vote is likely to happen on Tuesday morning 4/15. The exact timing is difficult to predict as everything in the State House at this time of year is subject to change at the last minute. Right now the Senate is scheduled to convene at 9:30 and H.112 is the third bill on their agenda.

So here’s what we need you to do: Starting Monday morning and any time through about 10AM on Tuesday, PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS at the State House at 828-2228 or 800-322-5616. Be prepared to leave a brief message with the following information: Your Senator’s name - You can find that out here - Your name, town, and phone number, and the message: Please vote YES on H.112.

Everyone who has worked so hard on this bill is cautiously optimistic that, although there is likely to be some vigorous debate on the floor of the Senate, the support is there for it to pass. Vermont is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to require labels on GMO food with clear effective date for the law.

You are welcome to come to the State House to witness this historic vote. However, it is important to know that the Senate Chamber is very small with limited public seating and also, the rules are very strict including absolutely no use of electronic devices, including cameras, inside the Senate Chamber. You can however listen to the Senate proceedings on VPR through their live stream.

Rural Vermont and all the partners in the VT Right to Know Coalition will be providing updates via social media throughout the morning.

If you have questions or need assistance with contacting your Senator please contact Robb Kidd or Andrea Stander or call the Rural Vermont office at 223-7222.