While the calendar says it’s fall, we are still having summer temperatures. #HotNewWorld is a hashtag being used too much lately!
Welcome to many of you who are receiving this email for the first time after attending the Triangle Climate Strike on September 20 at Halifax Mall! Before listing upcoming events, I wanted to share some links from last week’s historic Global Climate Strikes and week of action with links from events that took place in Raleigh and Roanoke.
Triangle Climate Strike N&O article that also includes a great video.
WRAL article and video.
Daily Tarheel writing about the climate strike and bike ride to Raleigh.
Lisa’s article that includes numbers.
Hallie, Bobby, and Mary Ellis were interviewed on the State of Things on Sept. 17 ahead of the strike.
The Dirt podcast that includes parts of the speeches and a few interviews Brian had with the crowd near the end of the podcast.
Greta Thunberg’s excellent speech to the UN Climate Summit on Monday. “How dare you!”’s summary and video about the over 7 million people demanding action after a week of climate strikes!
Roanoke Time’s article and photos about the Sept. 23rd Tri-State Pipeline Strike. It was great to have activists from three states come together! #NoACP #NoMVP!
A couple articles here and here about the September 27th Interagency Council meeting, with some of us letting Gov. Cooper know he needs to do much more to be a real climate leader! #NoACP #Stand4Forests
Action to take!
Call your NC House member and urge them to vote NO on SB 559 which would allow Duke Energy to raise rates more easily, with less oversight. If passed it will result in higher fees for consumers and damage to the environment. This bill could also put Duke’s ratepayers on the hook for coal ash cleanup costs and its flawed $13 billion grid “modernization” policy, all with little transparency or accountability.
October 4, Durham’s Tree Conference
2:30 to 7:00 pm, Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham,
Sponsored by TreesDurham, hear from keynote speaker Don Addu about trees, air quality, and health. Ask questions of panelists about engaging diverse communities, volunteering for tree plantings, and planning for trees, and participate in visioning sessions to help guide the future of Durham’s trees. The conference is free, and includes dinner and childcare. You can stay for as long (or short) a time as you like. Learn more here. Registration is required if you want dinner and/or childcare.

October 6, Stories Beyond Borders

1-3 pm at Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh
Sponsored by Working Films, five short films that show a more complete picture of the attacks on immigrant families and communities. Beyond building empathy, these films lift up real stories of resilience and strength, while illustrating some of the ways people can give their time, energy, and resources to support organizing led by immigrant communities. More info here.
Depending on where you live local elections are October 8 or November 5!
Pollinator Garden Tours
480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, at the Chatham Marketplace lawn
Join Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos for fun and educational tours of the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Chatham County’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden. Tours are free and open to the public. More information and schedule here, including the last tours of the year on Oct. 5th and 16th.
October 9, Our Climate Crisis: What are the Real Causes and Why the Climate May Tip
6:30-8:00 pm, Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Presentation by Norbert Lechner, Professor Emeritus, Architect and LEED AP is an expert in energy responsive architectural design. His books, writings, and lectures stress sustainability, and that climate change is the greatest threat to a sustainable world.
Climate Destabilization gatherings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month at the Oasis Cafe in Carrboro, 6:30-8:30 pm. Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro Street. More info here.
Tuesdays with(out) Tillis, join the awesome group of activists and speakers every Tuesday in Raleigh as different themes, actions, and issues are discussed, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh. Follow their Facebook page for more information.
October 12, Climate Change – the Impact of Art
10:30 am, Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
In Nerys Levy’s talk she will refer to the Antarctic Treaty, The Arctic Council, the Paris Agreement, the Law of the Sea Treaty, and the Anthropocene Age. She will examine the role of the artist as witness to the regions under environmental siege and talk about the work she has done on Antarctica and the Arctic. She will also talk about the exhibition “Ice Counterpoint” at UNC’s Global Education Center and the international exhibition “Vanishing Ice,” of which she was a part.
October 12, Fundraiser to support Greensboro Massacre Lessons for Today
4-6 pm, Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W Trinity Ave, Durham
This fundraiser will support events taking place in November of this year reflecting on the importance of understanding the relevance of the tragedy to challenges our country faces today. Sponsored by the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC, the anniversary will involve a series of educational, religious, and cultural events to be held November 1-3 and hosted by local colleges and churches. Rev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Johnson will be guest speakers. A short program will also include a video presentation. Reception to follow. More information here.
October 13, Triangle Fermentation Festival

1-5 pm, Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary

The Triangle Ferment Fest is a unique food festival that both teaches and celebrates all things fermented. This one day festival consists of demos, presentations, and hands-on workshops. More information here and RSVP here.
October 14, Saxapahaw Indigenous People’s Day
6-8:30 pm, The Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd., Saxapahaw
A celebration of past, present and future Indigenous people in Alamance County. Includes land acknowledgement, panel discussion and musical performance. More information and tickets here.
October 16, How Safe is Pittsboro’s Drinking Water: A Public Forum
6-8 pm, Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, 1192 US Hwy 64 West Business, Pittsboro
Haw River Assembly is teaming up with academic researchers, state and local agency staff, and community members to hold a public forum to answer questions and provide information on the industrial contaminants that have been found in Pittsboro’s drinking water, the associated risks, what is currently being done, and what still needs to be done to address this issue. More info here.
October 18-19, The 2019 Environmental Justice Summit: Reclaiming Our Power
Historic Franklinton Center at Bricks, Us Highway 301, Whitakers, NC
Our annual environmental justice summit has been a cornerstone critical to the resilience of our network. It’s an opportunity for us to gather together, exchange knowledge and experience, share our stories, and be refreshed to take on the important, difficult work ahead. We’re celebrating change – where we’ve been and what we’ve done. And we’re celebrating action – the steps that we will take to get us to where we want to go. Agenda and more info here. RSVP here.

October 19, Creating More Resilient Gardens Workshop
10 am-12 pm, Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount Street, Raleigh
Join Piedmont Picnic with two local gardening experts, Will Hooker and Jeana Myers, to learn their top tips for more resilient gardens! This 2-hour hands-on gardening workshop is great for beginners looking to master some important gardening basics or for more experienced growers looking to learn new techniques for a more resilient and independent garden! You’ll learn top tips from these two local and nationally-renowned gardening experts to make our gardens more resilient in the face of changing climate impacts, including protecting soils, swales, mulch, providing shade and shade structures, irrigation, and more! More info and tickets here.
October 25, The Children’s Fire: Remembering Indigenous Wisdom, Restoring a Future of Kindness
6 – 9 pm, followed by gathering round a bonfire, Sparkroot Farm, 4435 Moncure Pittsboro Rd, Moncure, NC

An evening with international speaker, author and culture changemaker, Mac Macartney. The Children’s Fire is a story, a symbol, a fragment of ancient wisdom, a longing, and a way of thinking and perceiving. It was cast aside a long time ago and the consequences of this careless dereliction of duty have cost us dearly. But even today, it has the vision and power to create waves and inspire action. RSVP here, plus learn about the full weekend of teaching with Mac on the 26th and 27th.
October 25, Rethinking Economics with Della Duncan
7:30-9:00 pm, The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill
Join this conversation with renegade Economist Della Duncan on the alternative economic models and movements that can help usher in the changes needed to save the world. This discussion is a by-donation gift offered for the Right Livelihood and the New Economy Retreat participants and also open to the public. Tickets here.
Continuing October 26-27 at The Eco-Institute, Right Livelihood and the New Economy Retreat with Della Duncan
Join us for a transformative weekend that aims to align your livelihood with your deeper purpose. Wherever you are on your journey, this course will help you pause to reflect, reconnect with what’s important to you, and go forth with tools and insights to help make your dreams come to life. Weaving stories, embodiment practices, games, with wisdom from the New Economy movement. More information here.
November 1-3, 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham
For 34 years, the annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference has drawn farmers, foodies, researchers, educators, and activists for a weekend celebration of innovation in local sustainable agriculture. Educational workshops and panels, inspiring talks, and bus tours are interspersed with social opportunities, exhibits, and regionally sourced meals. More information and registration here.
November 2,  No Coal UNC campaign
10:30 am, Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Jovita Lee from the Center for Biological Diversity will review the history of the plant, the “first” attempt to shut down the plant back in 2010, and what went wrong, and what the Center, as well as other organizations, community leaders, student groups, and residents have done thus far. She will also cover the policy and legal effort behind the campaign.
June 20, 2020, Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington at the National Mall