Climate campers spend cold night on State House lawn – NBC 5

Just in time for the Extinction Rebellion protest encampment on the State House lawn, this fall’s gorgeous Indian summer turned into a brutally cold, rainy, windy day and night.

"Participants set up a few dozen tents and tarps to dig in for the multiple-day demonstration. "We just need to focus on why we're really here and what we can do to make change," said Lila Markow, 17, one of the student organizers behind the encampment. Protesters presented a list of demands, including a call for Vermont lawmakers to implement policies to achieve statewide carbon-neutral emissions by 2025.Markow and a number of other students are striking from classes to participate. Organizers said the tent city is, in their view, a glimpse into the not-so-distant future; a world in which millions of people are displaced by the effects of climate change."


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  • C Henry
    commented 2019-10-21 15:58:39 -0400
    Brainwashed fools, and the Statehouse condones this activity any cost
    from this on the taxpayer, should be collected forthwith !!

    These snowflakes, just don’t get it, if their teachers told them to jump
    off the roof, they’d probably do it……a mind is a terrible thing to waste
    and it appears there are many……. pretty shameful display !!

    You can tell the cause is useless, as the adults have to use students as
    pawns…….
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2019-10-21 11:05:46 -0400
    I find educators using the young impressionable minds that they have been entrusted with to push their agendas appalling, and the fact that there have been no consequences for their acts of civil disruptance is doing nothing but ensure that these acts will not only continue, but probably become more common, and as the participants search for boundaries, more disruptive. The Department of Buildings and General Services has rules for the use of the State House lawn, as well as all other BGS property. In these rules sleeping or “camping out” are specifically addressed as being forbidden. As a former BGS Security Officer on the Montpelier Complex it was part of my duty to ensure that these rules were adhered to. In the good ole days that just meant evicting the occasional drunk or homeless person. I guess those will be allowed now too? The bigger picture brings to mind  protests in the State House, the Governor’s Office and one that was allowed to cause the shut down of traffic on State Street for four or five days. All of these protests had one thing in common, little or no consequences for those perpetrating these acts while those that were not a party to them experienced consequences that ranged from a feeling of discomfort to a loss or delay in services due to buildings in “lock down”! I also wonder how much these protests cost taxpayers ? Extra police coverage, and overtime are not cheap ! Who cleaned up the chicken mess after the protest the other day ? Did the protesters have portolettes ? Who paid for these things? Our tax dollars at work ? What is next ? How long before someone gets hurt by an act of violence at one of these “acts of civil disobedience” ? I guess this is to be expected when educators are schooled almost exclusively at institutes of liberal learning !