Annual Activist Award Ceremony with presentation to Rising Tide Vermont by Bill McKibben on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at ECHO Center for Lake Champlain (1 College St. in Burlington)

**** Anne Petermann and Oren Langelle from Global Justice Ecology Project will now be presented at the event as well. We are so excited they can join us. As mentors of Rising Tide VT’s early organizers, their attendance is very meaningful. We are grateful they are traveling from Buffalo to join us. See their bios below.

What to expect:

5:30 Doors, silent auction, cash bar
6pm Buffet Dinner – chili, cornbread, and fixins
7pm Bill McKibben presents award to Rising Tide VT
8pm Dance party with Mal Maiz

Tickets are $25 – $1000. Purchase tickets online here. Be sure to indicate in the “designation” field that you are buying tickets for the PJC Awards Ceremony and how many tickets you would like.  Tickets will be held at the door.

Other options relating to tickets:

  • Come to the Peace & Justice Store at 60 Lake St in Burlington, or email Wendy.
  • Purchase additional tickets to off-set the cost of someone else’s entry.
  • Youth, fixed income, and other discounts available. Email Rachel for more information on discounted tickets.
  • You are also invited to volunteer in exchange for a ticket.  Email Jen for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Anne Petermann, Co-founder and Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project


Anne Petermann is the Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP), which she co-founded in Vermont in 2003. She is also the International Coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, which she co-founded in 2014, and a founding Board Member of the Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series.

She has been involved in movements for forest protection and Indigenous rights since 1991, and the international and national climate justice movements since 2004. She co-founded the Eastern North American Resource Center of the Native Forest Network in 1993.  In 2004 she participated in the founding of the Durban Group for Climate Justice.  She was also involved in founding Climate Justice Now! in 2007 at the Bali UN Climate Conference (COP).

Anne speaks about the destructive social, ecological and climatological impacts of genetically engineered trees, and about socially and environmentally destructive “false solutions” to climate change such as biomass electricity and biofuels.

After attending and organizing protests at UN Climate COPs from 2004 to 2011, she was permanently banned from all future UN Climate Conferences following an unpermitted direct action at the UN Climate COP in Durban, South Africa in 2011.

She co-wrote The Green Shock Doctrine with Will Bennington and Keith Brunner, co-founders of Vermont Rising Tide, when they worked for GJEP.


Orin Langelle, Co-founder and Strategic Communications Director Global Justice Ecology Project


In addition to being a founder and the Strategic Communications Director for Global Justice Ecology Project, Orin Langelle is a photojournalist and the Director of Langelle Photography.  He also sits on the Steering Committee of the Campaign to Stop GE Trees, which he co-founded in 2014.

Orin Langelle became involved in the movement for social justice in the 1960s inopposition to the Vietnam War. He went on to earn a B.A. in media and communications from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. He trained as a photojournalist at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan under Cornell Capa, brother to renowned war photographer Robert Capa.

In the late 1980s, Langelle helped lead campaigns that stopped logging in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois, Illinois’ Trail of Tears State Forest, and Saint Louis’ Forest 44.

In 1991 he relocated to Vermont and in 1992 co-founded the international Native Forest Network at their convening conference in Tasmania, Australia. He subsequently co-founded the NFN’s Eastern North American Resource Center in Burlington, VT in June 1993. He worked as the Eastern North American NFN Campaign Coordinator from 1993 until 2001.

He became involved in the international Climate Justice movement in 2004 and was involved in founding Climate Justice Now! in 2007 at the UN Climate Conference (COP) in Bali, Indonesia.  His work on climate change, forest protection and Indigenous rights has taken him and his camera around the world.