On September 20, 2019, millions of people walked out of schools, workplaces and homes to heed the call of a global climate movement: “Join young climate strikers in the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.” The strike was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who launched a climate strike outside the Swedish parliament to demand action on climate change. In Vermont, student activists from around the state and leading businesses joined the call during a week of action. We speak with businesspeople and activists on why they support the strike. (September 18, 2019 broadcast)
Jenn Swain, global senior sustainability manager, Burton Snowboards
Kristin Kelly, director of communications, Green Mountain Power
Divya Gudur, student organizer, Middlebury College
For the past five years, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College has pioneered a new kind of entrepreneur: those whose business is the world’s problems. According to CSE, social entrepreneurs are “individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.” CSE director Jon Isham discusses how it works.
On September 21, 2014, some 400,000 people rallied at the People’s Climate March in New York City in an historic protest to demand that global leaders take action to slow climate change. Vermont sent 22 buses with over 1,000 people, and many more Vermonters traveled to the march on their own. Six alumni of the Narrative Journalism Fellowship at Middlebury College — Bianca Giaever, Ian Stewart, Kiya Vega-Hutchens, Luke Whalen, Veronica Rodriguez, and David Fuchs, along with teacher Sue Halpern — created an audio postcard featuring the voices of Vermonters at the march.
What is a social entrepreneur and how do you become one? The Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College is a leader in the field of social mission-driven business. We speak with faculty director Jon Isham, student Gaby Fuentes, and Per LaFarge, a Middlebury grad and CEO of Spark about dreaming big and doing good.