Hope you had a nice holiday break and had time to relax and enjoy walks in nature. Looks like 2019 is going to be another busy year with many events and upcoming actions!
Beginning tonight in Walnut Cove, NC, with dates running January 10th through 29th, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold public meetings on final closure of 6 major NC coal ash sites. Background: As DEQ announced the ranking of 6 large coal ash sites in NC as “low risk” on Nov. 14th, they also announced public “meetings” to give the public a chance to give input on closure plans for these sites. We know that Duke wants to close these sites by “Capping in Place” to save hundreds of millions in cleanup costs, but that will only leave the ash looming over communities and leaching toxic contaminants into groundwater, dropping the leash on many major federal coal ash violations.  The ACT Against Coal Ash Alliance calls for complete excavation of ash at these sites and removal to lined, above ground sites on Duke Energy property.

Come out to one or more of these public information meetings to demand that DEQ holds Duke accountable for the toxic coal ash waste in our communities!  DEQ information here.

Tomorrow, January 11, Rally/Advocacy Day for a Clean Energy NC

16 W Jones St, Raleigh, 1-5 pm, NC General Assembly (NCGA)
Organized by youth-led Triangle People Power. Wear green if you can and look for people wearing Triangle People Power stickers just outside or inside the NCGA.
1-2: Lobbying training and preparation (informal)
2:00-3:15: Advocate at the NCGA for the NC WARN Clean Path 2025, and against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, wood pellets, and sea level bill repeal
We will also meet with Senator Chaudhuri at 3 pm
3:15-3:30: Press conference (Bicentennial Mall)
3:45-5: Rally for environmental justice (Bicentennial Mall)

Check out this op-ed by Kim Porter and I about two climate tipping points that was published in the N&O on Saturday. An important line they did not include unfortunately, “Meanwhile, fossil fuel interests rush to extract every last drop of oil and build any fracked gas pipeline regulators are willing to approve.” We’re also submitting the op-ed to other papers. Let me know if you see it in your paper!

To address the global climate crisis, I am proud 350 Triangle and other NC organizations are part of the 600+ community, labor, faith and environmental groups calling for ambitious climate legislation that phases out fossil fuels, cleans our air, and ensures a just transition to a green economy. Help spread the word on social media!


January 12, NC Speaks on Climate, Kappa’s of Durham Foundation Center

3917 Fayetteville Street, Durham, 10-3 pm. Join NC Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival,  along with Climate Reality, for a day of workshops to understand the local impacts of climate change and strategize around solutions.

Tuesdays with Tillis every Tuesday (this past week was week #103!!!!) with different themes
11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh
Climate Destabilization gatherings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month at the Oasis Cafe in Carrboro, 6:30-8:30 pm. More info here on Betsey’s website.
January 13, they will be watching and discussing the movie, From Paris to Pittsburg.
January 17, Gene Nichol, “The Faces of Poverty in NC: Our Invisible Citizens

The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th St, Durham, 7-8 pm

The Regulator welcomes UNC School of Law professor Gene Nichols, author of “The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens,” for a reading and book signing.
January 18, Movie showing of Happening, Community Church UU of Chapel Hill
106 Purefoy Road (near UNC), Chapel Hill,  7:30 pm

The ECO Committee will show the film “Happening” in the sanctuary. Electricity generated from wind and solar is increasingly more affordable than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and the growth curve for the generation and storage of renewable energy now resembles the exponential curves seen with the advent of radio, TV, and the internet. Come watch this film that follows the clean energy revolution across the country and then join in a discussion about Clean Path 2025 right here in NC.

January 18, Indigenous peoples from across the world will be uniting in Washington D.C. to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children. More information.
Sundays, January 20 -February 24, Living the Emergent Quest
Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
We are excited to offer you the opportunity to experience one important and beloved part of the Odyssey Fellowship experience –personal development– through this online offering by our dear friend and long-time collaborator Simon Spire. Register here.
January 22,  Movie showing of The Human Element, Eno River UU Fellowship
4907 Garrett Road, Durham, 6:00 pm plant-based potluck, 6:30 film.
Note – There is a small  chance the film will  be moved to Tuesday, Jan 29, check the church calendar.
With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. More info and trailer here.
January 26, 2019 Raleigh Women’s March

Hallifax Mall, 16 W Jones St., Raleigh, 12:30-3:30 pm

On the anniversary of the Women’s March, we will gather again to rally for our mission. We will celebrate Women Leading the Resistance and uplift voices and stories of communities that are affected by the current administration and its oppressive policies. Join us in our efforts to empower our community and keep its activist spirit alive.  Gather between 12:30-1:00 pm, the march begins at 1 pm and rally at 2 pm. More info¬if_id=1546830690910267
January 26, Just Florence Recovery Summit

Coastline Convention Center, 10:30 am – 6 pm

Hosted by NC Environmental Justice Network. ‏Do you know anyone who was affected by Hurricane Florence? Tell them about the Just Florence Recovery Summit! Travel assistance and lodging accommodations to and from Wilmington, are available. We are providing food & FREE childcare services!
For more information and registration
February 9, 13th annual Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly

9:00 – 10:00 am, Pre-Rally at Meymandi Concert Hall, corner of Wilmington and South St.
10:00 am – 1 pm,  
March and rally at State Capitol, 1 East Edenton St.

Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in February, thousands of HKonJ marchers flood downtown Raleigh where the HKonJ People’s Assembly convenes and ultimately marches to the North Carolina State Capitol. This year they will co-convene with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival.

More information here. Forward Together! Not One Step Back!


March 1-3 NC Climate Justice Summit,

Haw River State Park Conference Center, Browns Summit
March 1, 4 pm – March 3, 6 pm
At the NC Climate Justice Summit, we connect, heal, and grow everybody’s movement. With youth and adults from across our state, we dive deep into multi-racial and intergenerational dialogue about the threats facing us. We dance, we sing, we listen, we learn…we lift each other up. Together, we explore grassroots solutions that make our communities more resilient, more equitable and more powerful as we work to avert climate chaos.
Thanks for reading!
Peace and love for our beautiful Earth, Karen
350 Triangle Coordinator