Art Exhibit and Poetry Reading on the Climate Crisis during September 2021
Hosted by Richmond Free Library and Richmond Town Center

Richmond Climate Action Committee and Radiate Art Space presented an exhibit of artwork addressing the climate crisis at the Richmond Free Library and Richmond Town Center throughout the month of September 2021 including a public reading of prose and poetry  What Will Suffice,  accompanied the exhibit, following an open house.

The Climate Art Show showcased works from a wide variety of artists of diverse ages and backgrounds and included work from a series of workshops offered by Radiate Art Space and Richmond Climate Action Committee where participants created climate-focused cartoons, posters, banners, collages, and prints.
Poetry Readings:  Writers and poets participating What Will Suffice on Earth Day were Tom Butler, author of Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, and OvershootPlundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, and other books; David Cavanagh, author of five poetry collections, including Cycling in Plato’s Cave and The Somnambulist and the Good Life; Greg Delanty, author of many poetry books, including his Collected Poems 1986-2006 (Oxford Series), with two books forthcoming: No More Time, and a book of translations from the Irish poet Sean O’Riordain, and editor of the anthology So Little Time.


Previous events

Legislative Forum:
Was on Wednesday October 2nd 2019 at the Library.

The format included active facilitation asking hard questions to a panel of legislators.  It had VECAN backing – as part of series of similar events around the state.  The panel members talked about five bills: the Carbon Tax, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the Renewable Electricity Standard, the Energy Efficiency Utility Modernization, and the Transportation and Climate Initiative Authorization.
Chris Pearson, Ginny Lyons,  and Reps Selene Colburn, George Till and Theresa Wood were on the Panel.
Local News coverage here;
and you can ‘stream’ the video recording by Mount Mansfield Television here.

Public Workshop – Button Up Richmond!
Wednesday October 16th 2019, at 6:30 pm, Richmond Free Library
– We Green Up in the spring, and we Button Up in the fall!
Presentation by  an expert from Efficiency Vermont who explained how to make your home more comfortable, healthy, and affordable for the winter.  Attendees left prepared to take on quick, low-cost DIY projects,  and with information about cash-back incentives and as low as 0% financing for larger weatherization jobs.

Film Showing:  BROKE: The Santa Barbara Oil Pipeline Spill of 2015.
This is a film about a toxic pipeline leak in California, shown at the Richmond Free Library on August 14th 2019; 7pm.

In addition to the film showing, Gail Osherenko, the filmmaker, spoke about her award-winning film on the oil pipeline spill that occurred in Santa Barbara, California in 2015 as well as answering questions. Also, Julie Macuga from spoke about pipeline resistance in Vermont.

On May 19, 2015 Plains All-American Pipeline Ltd spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Gaviota coast. The oil reached a culvert and spilled into the ocean quickly filling the beautiful Refugio Bay with oily tar. This environmental documentary tells the tale of an activist community and its response, with a peek back at the 1969 Santa Barbara spill that triggered the modern environmental movement and a look forward to a fossil free future. Although this spill was modest in size, it calls attention to the perils faced by over 2.6 million miles of hazardous pipelines across the US.

Previous Public Workshops

  • Richmond Electric Vehicle Expo (Was June 29th 2019)
    At Richmond Library and the Town Center/Library parking area.
    With the Richmond Climate Action Committee, Drive Electric Vermont, Green Mountain Power, Zoombikes, Local Motion, and the Vermont Electric Coop for an afternoon exploring electric cars & bikes. Visitors will learn about the wide variety of models available, incentive programs, charging at home and more. We’ll have experts and owners available to cover the basics and answer questions about plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont. Kids are welcome!  The expo included:
    • Free Ben & Jerrys ice cream
    • Many different electric vehicles on display, including the Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model 3, and more. Some available for rides and/or drives.
    • Electric bicycles on display and available for test rides bt Local Motion and Zoombikes
    • Time for people to tour the cars & bikes and talk to owners
    • Electric utility representatives on hand to answer questions about their incentives and charging options.
    • An overview talk at 4 pm on electric vehicle ownership in Vermont, including updates on available incentives and affordable financing options
    • An overview talk by Local Motion about electric bikes and their ‘loaner’ program. 
    If you can’t make the event and would like to learn more, visit the non-profit Drive Electric Vermont website at and