MONTPELIER – The Capital City is preparing for a 48-hour campaign by climate activists in the Capital City this week.
Climate Encampment: Youth, Migration and Agriculture is expected to attract about 200 people to camp out on the State House lawn, beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Montpelier High School students are expected to take the day school on Friday to attend workshops on agriculture, migrant justice, scientific studies on climate change and learning new skills. On both Friday and Saturday, there will there will be evening community dinners supported by local churches, as well as bands and dance parties both nights.
Participants at the event at the State House are asked to bring camping gear, cooking equipment, food, native plants, livestock and waste and compost bins. People are asked not to bring drugs, alcohol, weapons or pets.
Montpelier Police Department Capt. Neil Martel said Extinction Rebellion Vermont had not applied for a city permit for the encampment, but his department would assist Buildings and General Services and the Capitol Police, which oversee the Capitol Complex, if there were disruptions.
An informational meeting about the event will be held at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.