Harwood students planning for Thursday's rally

“As youth we are always told that we don’t have a voice in the political world. We want that to change,” said Harwood Union High School (HUHS) student Kassidy Abair.

On Thursday, April 28, she will join hundreds of student from throughout Vermont, including many from HUHS, in protesting a lack of state-led efforts for the reduction of climate change on the State House lawn.

Students and teachers from over a dozen high schools and colleges have met during the past months to plan Youth Rally for the Planet. The event is hosted by the Vermont Youth Lobby.

Beginning at 10:15 a.m., students will march from the Vermont College of Fine Arts to the State House lawn. Governor Peter Shumlin will speak about fossil fuel divestment at 11 a.m.

At 11:45 a.m., University of Vermont (UVM) senior environmental studies major Jack Hanson will speak and perform. A Mount Mansfield student will speak on carbon pollution taxes and those in attendance can learn about issues like clean energy, the VGS pipeline and privileges received by the fossil fuel industry from informational booths and a scavenger hunt.

The event will end at 1 p.m.