Wondering what you can do to close and replace Vermont Yankee?
Below are ways for you and your community to get involved!
To get further details on any of the below actions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join Safe and Green Campaign’s list serve to receive notices of up-coming actions, meetings, and public hearings. Send your email address, name, town and state to email@example.com
- Pledge to take action to shut down Vermont Yankee as scheduled. Click on the pledge link
- Host house parties of folks who may be interested in forming Affinity Groups and get trained in nonviolent direct action. Contact Bob Bady firstname.lastname@example.org
- Invite the Safe and Green Campaign to speak in your town. We have spoken to transition town and energy committees, church social justice committees, and before city councils and selectboards, for example.
- Make banners, contribute artwork, write letters, and contact elected officials
- Donate funds to support Safe and Green’s actions. Mail a check today to: Safe and Green Campaign, PO Box 6052, Brattleboro, VT 05302
If you want to participate, or if you want more information, please contact:
- email@example.com or
- Bob Bady, firstname.lastname@example.org (Vermont)
- Randy Kehler, email@example.com (Massachusetts)
- Kendra Ulrich, firstname.lastname@example.org (New Hampshire)
Some Tips on Letters
- We need dozens of letters published in newspaper every month, all over the region. The pro-nuclear letters have been flooding in.
- Here is a recent letter to the editor as an example.
- Commit to writing one letter. Most newspapers restrict letters to the editor to 250 or 300 words.
- Write to your local paper or to one of the statewide papers:
- Follow-up with a phone call the same day to the Editor of the paper.
- Send a copy of your letters to the legislators from the area.
- If you want to write an opinion piece longer than 300 words, contact the editor of the newspaper for their guidelines.
- If you follow a blog regularly, be sure to comment on pro-nuclear arguments and post your own opinions.
Send Letters to Your Electric Company
- One of the most powerful things we can do is demand that our electric utility companies stop purchasing power from Entergy and instead buy electricity from local, renewable electricity suppliers. When you send in your next payment, include a letter requesting they not buy power from Entergy Nuclear.
- Massachusetts and New Hampshire utilities still have contracts to purchase power from Vermont Yankee. None of the Vermont utility companies have a contract to purchase power from Vermont Yankee after March 21, 2012.
- Check your utility bill or utility company’s website for renewable options. If you are a CVPS customer, for example, you can purchase “cow power.”
More Things You Can Do
Support Local, Renewable Electricity Projects
- Several renewable energy projects are being proposed in southern VT, western MA and eastern NH.
- Contact your local regulators and voice your support for these projects.
- Attend planning and regulatory meetings/hearings regarding these proposals. Show your support and suggest solutions for making these projects better.
- Supporting local, efficiency and renewable projects is JUST AS IMPORTANT as closing Vermont Yankee.
Support Legislative and Gubernatorial Candidates
- While the Safe & Green Campaign cannot endorse candidates, you can!
- Support candidates that support closing Vermont Yankee and are aggressively pursuing conservation, efficiency and renewable solutions.
- Contact their campaigns and get involved.
Educate Yourself and Testify
- Follow your state’s energy planning process and testify. For example, Vermont held public hearings on their draft energy plan www.vtenergyplan.vermont.gov/
- There are federal and state hearings scheduled regularly on Vermont Yankee issues, such as evacuation planning.
- Attend public hearings on nuclear issues, such as emergency planning and evacuation planning, and testify on how it will affect you and alternatives to their plans and regulations.
- Join Safe and Green Campaign’s list serve and we will send you notices of public hearings. email@example.com