Spring was in the air with flowers blooming and birds singing, but winter temperatures have returned this week!
There are many ways to participate and learn this upcoming month.
I am excited 350 Triangle is one of the partner organizations in the new Energy Justice NC Coalition that launched our campaign last month — Energy Justice NC: End the Duke Monopoly! We are calling on our elected and civic leaders in NC to:
*End Duke Energy’s monopoly
*Transition to 100% renewable energy
*Refuse toxic money, and
*Appoint utilities commissioners who will protect the people.
Please sign the Energy Choice Petition at this link and spread the word! Individuals, organizations, and businesses can sign on to endorse the campaign!

March 6, Indigenous Rights, Environmental Justice, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
5:30- 7 pm, Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd. Durham
Federal agencies in the United States use environmental justice analyses to help identify and address disproportionate, adverse impacts of environmental permitting and decision-making on vulnerable communities. Among those most affected by such actions are indigenous peoples, whose living ties to specific places can extend from time immemorial to the present. In spite of policies designed to promote justice and engagement, indigenous communities and their place-based knowledge systems are often omitted from environmental reviews and excluded from environmental decision-making. More information.
March 6, Sonic Sea documentary film

6:30-8:30 pm, Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, New Bern
Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life.  But man made ocean noise is threating this fragile world. Learn more about seismic blasting and what you can do to be a part of the movement to protect our coast. More information here. Also, be on the lookout by email and social media with an announcement sometime this month about possible pop up events along the coast and Raleigh with actions to express our feelings of NO offshore drilling/seismic testing.
March 7, Durham 100% renewable energy

1-3 pm, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham
On their work session the Durham City Council will consider moving forward a proposal to establish a plan and work to achieve a transition from fossil fuel-powered operations to 100% clean, renewable energy by December 31, 2050 and 80% by 2030. Join us at the work session and show your support for renewable energy in Durham! More information here.
Slow Money NC ‘Funds to Farm’ Gatherings:
Since 2010, Slow Money NC has helped over 120 farmers and local food businesses in NC find financing from friends, relatives, neighbors, and people in the Slow Money network for various projects not easily financed by banks and other traditional sources. Come meet fellow locavores and learn how we can better support our local farms so they can thrive.
March 12th, 6-8pm at Community Matters Café, 907 W. 1st Street, Charlotte, more info
March 13, 6-8pm at Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood, 2013 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, more info.
March 13, Indigenous Women Protecting the Tongass Rainforest, Alaska

6-8 pm, Busboys and Poets, 450 K St NW, Washington, DC, but livestream available on WECAN facebook page!

Please join us for an informative and story-filled evening discussion with a  Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network Delegation of three Tlingit women from the Tongass and one Yupik woman who is living in the Tongass with her Tlingit husband and daughter. They are traveling from Alaska to Washington, D.C. to tell their community stories, and advocate for the protection of their ancient forest homeland, which is the largest old growth forest in North America—the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is the U.S.’s single most important national forest for carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation and thus, their advocacy could not be more important and timely. This is an historic Delegation, as this is the first time Tlingit women have come to the Capitol to fight to protect their traditional territory.
March 15, Global Youth Climate Strike/NC Climate Strike
Inspired by Greta Thunberg from Sweden, March 15 will be a GLOBAL day of action with strikes taking place across the world!
We, the youth of America, are striking because decades of inaction has left us with just 11 years (or less) to solve the climate crisis. We are striking because the necessary action to achieve the  common-sense and vital goal of fighting climate change is not being prioritized. We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation —especially indigenous, black, and low income communities—  are already disproportionately impacted by climate change, yet, few people in positions of power have acknowledged this reality, and even fewer have begun to confront it appropriately.
Currently there are three strikes taking place in NC, with another one possibly taking place in Charlotte. https://www.facebook.com/climatestrikenc
Halifax Mall, 12:30 -4 pm, 16 W. Jones St, Raleigh

Old Post Office-Chapel Hill, 125 S Estes Dr, 12-4 pm
Pritchard Park, 4:30-6 pm, 4 College St, Asheville

***Continue with your phone calls or letters to Governor Cooper’s office (919-844-2000) saying NO to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline! Gratefully Marvin and Valerie received a 90 day stay on their court case last week. For updates check out Frack Free NC’s link.

Spring workshops with Kim Calhoun in Chatham County
March 17, 1-5 pm, Spring Equinox Tree Food & Medicine Ramble
March 23, 1-5 pm, Foraging for Frittatas, Sautés, & Superfood Seasonings!
April 6, 1-5 pm, Foraging for Smoothies, Salads, & Pesto!
March 21, International Day of Forests!
Mark your calendars to take action on International Day of Forests! More details at Dogwood Alliance or Stand4Forests.
March 23, Celebrate World Water Day 2019! Leave No One Behind
10:00-11:30 am, Umstead Park, 399 Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill
Enjoy a guided stroll along Bolin Creek greenway, listen to stories led by Mary Sonis, learn about environmental threats to local groundwater, including a coal ash storage pit in the heart of Chapel Hill.  Participate in a water ceremony led by Jason Crazy Bear. Learn, too, how we may work to ensure the availability and sustainable management of all water resources as outlined in the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Bring a small container of water from your home or nearby stream, and a chair if you want to sit. Sponsored by The Triangle Branch of Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (Triangle WILPF), Triangle Raging Grannies, and Friends of Bolin Creek
March 23, NC Environmental Justice Network Quarterly meeting
9:30 am to 2 pm, Greene County. More details to be announced by NCEJ soon.
March 31, Climate Church, Climate World
10:20 am, The Chapel of the Cross, 304 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill
Sponsored by the Creation Care Committee at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill.  The program theme is the religious response to climate change and features Rev. Jim Antal, author of “Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change.” Jim will be speaking at the Adult class at 10:20 am, plus preaching at the 9 am, 11:15 am, and 5:15 pm services.
April 7, Haw River Paddle
10 am – 3 pm, Frog Hollow Outdoors, 614 Trent Dr, Durham
Join on us on a paddle with a Riverkeeper as we explore three sections of the Haw River. Take in the flora and fauna and learn about why preserving water quality in this area is so important. More information.
Throughout this month and year, the NC Department of Environmental Quality will hold a series of public listening sessions on the development of the state’s Clean Energy Plan, starting Friday, March 8th. The public sessions will include updates from the stakeholder workshop process and give attendees an opportunity to provide public comment. Check out this link for more information on upcoming sessions.
April 20 & 21, 100th Firing

W.M.Hewitt Pottery, 424 Johnny Burke Road, Pittsboro
In April, 2019 Mark Hewitt and his apprentices and helpers will fire the kiln he built in 1983 for the 100th time. It’s a momentous occasion that calls for a memorable celebration! So we’re hosting one for all of you ~ a special Kiln Opening celebration that goes on all day Saturday, April 20th (8-5pm) and Sunday, April 21st (noon-5pm)!

Details and much more information here.
April 27-28, 24th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour