Environmentalists call for low-emission electricity from socially just sources

BILL MCKIBBEN VERMONT — The grassroots climate justice organization 350Vermont is seeking to pressure utilities to sell energy using renewable sources while producing fewer or no greenhouse gasses. The organization will do this by ratcheting up pressure on legislature to tighten up the state’s Renewable Energy Standard. 350Vermont and its volunteers from across the state will host a Tuesday, Nov. 28, press conference in the statehouse in Montpelier with a video message from Bill McKibben and remarks (live) … (read more)

Climate Matters: We can see clearly now

In Vermont, the scent of wood smoke on a late fall afternoon is an iconic smell. It’s not like that here today, in the first week of June — it’s more like sitting on the side of the campfire where the wind is blowing, but without any of the benefits of th … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Ripton gathering unsurpassed

I always enjoy town meeting, but last Monday night at Ripton was truly special.

Climate Matters: Turn off the gas, bring on the magnets

Gas stoves make people sick, why are we still using them?

Climate Matters: A search for some delight in a difficult century

I am writing this dispatch from a southbound train, which left Middlebury at midday and is making its way — not too fast, not too slow — toward Penn Station in New York City. 

Climate Matters: McKibben says transitions unleash creativity

16th in a series Most of the time I’m writing about vested interest as the key obstacle to making the energy transition. And it is — without the endless campaign of delay, denial and disinformation from Big Oil and its friends, we’d have started making bi … (read more)

Climate Matters: Turn to the sun, not ‘treewashing’

It pains me a bit to say, massive tree-planting campaigns are under assault as a climate tool, and that the assault seems to have some real merit.

Letter to the editor: We’re fortunate to have Porter Hospital

I had to go into Porter Hospital this morning for what we call, I believe, a routine procedure — if I say that I had spent the previous day chugging Miralax to prepare, an inquiring reader might be able to figure out the details.

Guest editorial: ‘Offensive and shocking:’ We better come to terms with solar panels soon

This is a story of a state that’s failing to understand we’re actually in a climate emergency, and continuing with business that looks a lot like usual.

Letter to the editor: Many help build trust in vaxxing

I think often of what a privilege it is to live in the most vaccinated county in the most vaccinated state in the union. We have many good institutions and leaders to thank for that status — our schools and churches, Middlebury College, our governor and l … (read more)

Activists re-create iconic MLK speech

BARNET — On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. stood in the pulpit of the Riverside Church in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and delivered one of the most important and powerful speeches of his life. Despite counsel from many of his allies, King condemned … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Points of view from Ripton

Two notes from the side of the mountain in Ripton: •  The cross-country skiing is better than I ever remember up here. The regular installments of snow, and the cold temperatures, have let Barney Hodges, Mike Hussey and their team at Rikert, and Andy McIn … (read more)

McKibben to talk about his book, on Zoom

MIDDLEBURY — Bill Mckibben will highlight the next Green Mountain Club James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series when he presents “The Climate Fight: A Report from the Front” on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. An author, environmentalist, and activi … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Don’t distract from the real issue

Small men — it’s rarely a woman — can wreak havoc on a large scale. Whip together ambition, guile, and ill-will with a little luck, and such men can do outsized damage. Great women and men leave their mark at every scale. They not only shape the lives of … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Addison County has responded quickly to the virus

I just wanted to say how impressed I’ve been watching Addison County respond to the coronavirus. College staff managed to get two thousand kids safely home in a matter of days, Porter is setting up the necessary regimens, and everyone from clergy to teach … (read more)