Happy spring and busy Earth month of April!!
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 5th, Frack Free NC allies are encouraging people from across the state to call Governor Cooper. This week’s message is centered around climate change and Gov. Cooper speaking out against offshore drilling, but not the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Call the Governor at 919- 814-2000 and your state representative, so they know there is still a very strong resistance to the ACP!!

A couple possible sample scripts:

By approving the 401 water permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Governor Cooper is NOT acting like the climate leader he promised to be in his strong support for the Paris Climate Accord.  We need a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy now, but this fracked gas pipeline only perpetuates our dependency on climate changing fossil fuels.  We are glad that he has chosen to strongly oppose offshore drilling, but all of the arguments for environmental and climate protection, for cultural and historical preservation, apply just as strongly for the extensive on-shore regions of our state that the ACP will impact.  He has chosen to protect the wealthier, whiter communities on the coast, while ignoring the huge environmental injustice caused by the ACP to poor, rural communities of color.

Governor Cooper, we are deeply gratified that you support the Paris Climate Accord and we agree with your statement on offshore drilling that “We must protect our land, our waters, and our livelihoods.” But what about the land, waters, and livelihoods that will be damaged, face increasing utility rates, and see no economic benefits – even if the fund hadn’t been redirected – from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that your agency approved? The coastal communities you’re supporting are mostly white and much wealthier than the poor communities through which the ACP will pass. We need a governor committed to protecting ALL livelihoods, waters, and landscapes, not just those of wealthier coastal communities.

Great news and link from last week as a Judge Drops Charges Against 13 Who Argued Pipeline Civil Disobedience Action Was “Necessary” to Save Planet!!
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is taking up the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign to build a movement led by the poor and dispossessed to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation. They will launch this spring in May with 40 days of massive, coordinated, nonviolent moral fusion direct action in state capitals across the country and Washington D.C. There are many events taking place that you can learn about if you sign up to learn more on their website here or their Facebook page.

One of those events is a Shaw University Town Hall Meeting tonight
Wednesday, April 4th
Thomas J. Boyd Chapel 118 E. South St. Raleigh, NC 6:30-8:30 pm
April 6, Burned: Are Trees the New Coal, 6:30-8:30 pm
Takes a hard look at the latest false solution to climate change: woody biomass. The film tells the story of how biomass companies, like Enviva, have hidden behind green labels and become the alternative-energy savior for the power-generation industry.
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham https://www.facebook.com/events/561423850892792/https://www.facebook.com/events/561423850892792/?active_tab=about
Climate Destabilization gatherings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month at the Oasis Cafe in Carrboro, 6:30-8:30 pm.  
April 8th is the next one featuring “Plastic is the New Sea Monster” More info here! 
April 9, The Age of Consequences, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church sanctuary of Charlotte, 234 N Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte
Join Clean Air Carolina and others for this film regarding the military’s concerns about climate change as an exacerbating force for global destabilization. Sen. Jeff Jackson and Rep. John Autry, as well as other veterans will make remarks.
April 12, Justice First Tour: Raleigh Launch, 6-8 pm
Founders’ Hall, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue
The Justice First Tour calls for a strong network of grassroots and frontline organizations working together to advance climate justice and forest protection, with a focus on 100% clean energy for 100% of the people — no more false solutions. To solve the climate crisis, we need to put Justice First. Follow the Justice First Tour on Facebook for tour updates across the Southeast.
April 14, Justice First Tour Stop – Charlotte, 6-8 pm
Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church, 401 McDowell St., Charlotte
April 14, Raleigh March for Science, 9 am- 1 pm, Halifax Mall, Raleigh
We will continue to use the momentum of last year’s march to hold our political leaders accountable for passing equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all people and all communities.
The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain in Chapel Hill has great spring events lined up: Nature and Mindfulness Retreat, Farm to Table Dinner Series, Zen and Nature, and Growing Your Own Mushrooms. More information and RSVP here. 
8519 Pickards Meadow Rd, Chapel Hill
A couple Triangle Earth Day events! 
April 11th NCSU Earth Fair,  10 am to 2 pm Brickyard on campus https://www.facebook.com/events/167999217191630/
April 22nd Durham Earth Day,  12-5 pm, Durham Central Park, https://durhamnc.gov/1003/Earth-Day-Festival
April 19, What Everyone Needs to Know About Climate Change, 6:30-8:30 pm
Durham County Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd, Durham
Join us for a conversation with journalist Sara Peach about how climate change could affect you and your family — and what communities can do to prepare. More info.
April 20, at 5th Annual UNC Climate Change and Resilience Symposium,12:15- 5 pm
Genome Sciences Building, 250 Bell Tower Road, Chapel Hill
With keynote speaker, Dr. Susan White, Executive Director of North Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina Space Grant, and UNC Water Resources Research Institute. Two expert panels, “Climate Change Communication” and “Rural Disaster Recovery and Hurricane Matthew,” will bring together leading practitioners, researchers, local government representatives, and community organizers for rich discussion about climate change, hazards, and resilience in 2018. More info and RSVP here. 
April 21, Economic Inequality for All: Jack Crum Conference, 9 am – 3:30 pm
Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh 
Economic Inequality is a critical moral issue and has had a significant impact on our cultural, social and political life.  This is an opportunity to examine the issues and share our concerns. Co-sponsored by NC Council of Churches, features Rev. Spearman, Gene Nichol, and more. 
Registration Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $12.50 for students.
More information and RSVP here
April 22, Preserving & Cherishing the Earth, Featuring Climate Scientist Michael Mann
OM Sanctuary, 87 Richmond Hill Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
April 24,  Wake County Clean Path 2025 Kickoff Meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm 
5018 Shamrock Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612
Register to attend at: www.ncwarn.org/wake.
Join NC WARN and 350 Triangle for the kickoff meeting! NC Clean Path 2025 is a 2017 report by San Diego engineer Bill Powers that proves how North Carolina electricity generated by fossil fuels can be replaced by 2030 with local solar, battery storage, and energy-saving programs – getting halfway there by 2025.
April, 27, 6.30-9:00 pm: AMUSE BOUCHE PANEL DISCUSSION The textile industry is the number 2 polluter in the world.
Pittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West Street, Downtown Pittsboro
April 28, 2-10 pm, Engaging people in provocative conversations around the fashion industry in a daylong festival event presented by Abundance NC
The Plant, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312
More info about both days here!!
April 28-29, Carolina Farm Stewardship 23rd Annual Piedmont Farm Tour, 2-6 pm both days
Tour local sustainable farms and discover the delicious meat, dairy, veggies, fruits, and mushrooms grown here in the Piedmont. There are 45 farms on this always fun tour this year! More information here about the farms and where to get your ticket button in advance or the day of the tour.
May 5, 29th Annual Haw River Festival, 4- 8 pm in Saxapahaw

Join us as we kick off Saturdays in Saxapahaw with a live performance from four local bands! There will also be a farmers’ market, food truck vendors, a silent auction, river monitoring, a parade led by Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and canoe rides for the kids! More info here.

Save the Date, September 8, Global Climate Rallies!