Hope everyone is doing okay with the extreme heat or too much rain some areas of NC had the past month! Be careful!
The September 8 Rise for Climate Action has been included as a save-the-date note at past blog posts. Now that we are just over a month away, it’s at the top!
September 8, Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Thousands of events will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us.
We are planning two events for the Triangle. Location and details are still being organized. RSVP, save the date, look for updates, and join us!
Triangle Rise for Climate Solutions Tour and Forum https://actionnetwork.org/events/rise-for-climate-action-raleigh/

1. On September 8th there will be an afternoon Rise for Climate Solutions Tour in Orange and Durham Counties. We will visit locations that feature solar, energy efficiency, regenerative agriculture, and more, showing people what is already being done and giving them ideas of what can be done. Traveling on a biodiesel bus, we will end the day with one last stop and dinner at a home in Orange County. 

2. On September 12 there will be an evening forum in Raleigh at Church of the Nativity with local city and county leaders, discussing renewable energy, environmental justice. clean energy jobs, putting an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure, and more.

Check out riseforclimate.org for other events in NC and around the world. As of today, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Wilmington are also organizing events.

Watch the latest video in a series with Bill McKibben, How We Talk About Climate Change.
Climate change and global warming don’t convey the true danger of our situation. We are in a climate crisis.
August events!!!
The NC Poor People’s Campaign is hosting two upcoming events.
August 12, A Spiritual Call to Address Ecological Devastation, 10 am to 12 pm
Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 2110 N. William Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530
Former Vice President Al Gore and Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics will be the guest speakers for this service. Together we will hear from and join with impacted persons, who will offer solutions for radical change that can help create safe and healthy communities in North Carolina and across the country.

August 13, An Ecological Justice Moral Monday, 6 pm

Shiloh Baptist Church, 1210 S. Eugene Street , Greensboro , NC 27406
Hear from North Carolinians who will share about the impacts of ecological injustice in their communities with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Former Vice President Al Gore, and Karenna Gore.  https://actionnetwork.org/events/an-ecological-justice-moral-monday?source=direct_link&
August 3-September 23, Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s In the Heart of the Fire
Battle Park and Forest Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill
121 S Boundary St, Chapel Hill
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and Labor Day, 7 pm, with 6:20 pm pre-show; $8 (kids)-$15 (adults) donation at the door
Showing at NC Museum of Art September 7-9

Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for their 19th annual puppet pageant of unlikely proportions. This year’s show, “In the Heart of the Fire” explores the paradoxical gift of fire. We ask, “What makes us who we are? Is it our cleverness, the machines we forge and the towers we build? Or is it the stories we share and the fire in our hearts?” We tell tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators and how we came to be human.
More information here and here.

Tuesdays with Tillis rallies every Tuesday to strengthen our commitment to persistent resistance to the regressive policies of the Administration and Congress.
11:30 am-12:30 pm, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh 
For more information and to learn what topic is focused on each week you can subscribe to this great weekly newsletter by Karen Ziegler here
Down Home NC is hosting a couple events. 
August 7, Relational Voter Project Training https://www.facebook.com/events/693117891026945/
August 9, Down Home NC Community Dinner and Social https://www.facebook.com/events/257004541780513/
August 14, Rep. Cynthia Ball and Rep. Joe John host Constitutional Amendments –Town Hall Forum, 7-8:30 pm
Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh
We all need a better understanding so our votes in November on the 6 amendments will be well informed on how they were developed, what they mean, and what their impacts would be. Panelists include Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr and Raleigh attorney Aylett Colston. More info here and here
August 21, Cheers for Trees! 7-9 pm

Bull City Ciderworks, 305 S Roxboro St, Durham

Join Dogwood Alliance and Moon Rabbit Studio as we meet to celebrate forest protection, climate action, and justice for all. Local artist Ariana Gershman will join us with a screeprinting demo of her nature-inspired art. RSVP and more info
August 31, Farm to Table Dinner Series, 6:30 -8:30 pm
Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill
The Eco-Institute is offering a culinary adventure through the seasons with multi-course menus highlighting Farmer Dave’s homegrown heirlooms and wild-foraged edibles. Each month, our chefs will feature the best of what nature has to offer from the farm, fields, and forests. Sign up for a single dinner or the full series. Come enjoy the stories of the food, deep connection with the land, and the company of your community local-food lovers! Register here.
NC WARN invites all young artists, thinkers, and activists concerned about the climate crisis and interested in creative expression of social justice to participate in our “Imagine a Clean Energy Future” Art Contest. 
Imagine two very distinct and different worlds. One world where we’ve achieved a clean energy future and have ended our reliance on dirty fossil fuels; and another world where we haven’t changed our path and have devastated the planet beyond repair. What would those worlds look like through your eyes? THINK, how might your very own community change? You may choose to do separate entries or one piece that cements your vision. You are the artist! Submit your entries by September 5th by emailing Madeline a scanned copy or photo of your work. 1st place receives a cash prize of $50 and there are awards for 2nd and 3rd place winners, too. You might even see your work displayed at the NC WARN 30th Anniversary Celebration September 9th at Durham Central Park! For questions email Jennifer and/or Madeline.
I look forward to seeing you at some of these upcoming events!