NC has been hit by the harsh extremes of climate change from the mountains to the coast. Drought, flooding, unpredictable rain events, and wildfires have plagued the state in historic proportions. Learning more about how your community could be affected and preparing ahead for potential climate extremes is encouraged. Exceptional weather events highlight the need for a movement away from fossil fuel dependent energy production practices.
The destruction in communities in eastern NC from Hurricane . . . → Read More: How is climate change impacting NC?
Princeville in 1999 after Hurricane Floyd (top) and after Hurricane Matthew (bottom). Photos credited to Chris Tyree/Virginia Pilot and Jonathan Drake/Reuters.
The devastation in communities in eastern NC from Hurricane Matthew is historic and overwhelming. We know that many communities – many of them communities of color or low-income communities – are still feeling the worst of the flooding’s effects. For example, Princeville, the oldest U.S. town incorporated by African Americans which was settled . . . → Read More: CWFNC stands with our allies in eastern NC
The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan has turned into an epidemic of environmental injustices. Flint, a city that is 57% African American, 37% White American, 4% Latino, and 4% mixed race sits about 68 miles northwest of Detroit. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and President Obama have both declared a state of emergency because of the deadly lead contamination in the drinking water. Flint switched from Detroit’s water system to pulling water from the Flint . . . → Read More: Residents denied clean water in Flint; how you can help?
As local governments across North Carolina continue to take action to protect their residents and resources from potential hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the right to enact local ordinances has become a focal point in the ongoing debate about future natural gas extraction in the state. In recent weeks, the Counties of Stokes, Rockingham and Lee, as well as the towns of Stoneville and Walnut Cove, have joined Anson and Chatham Counties and the cities of Creedmoor . . . → Read More: Clean Water for NC Re-files Suit Challenging NC Oil and Gas Commission’s Authority to Block Local Ordinances