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A focus on environmental protection, advocacy for NC Earth Day

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024   

April is Earth Month, and North Carolina's climate justice groups are addressing the crucial roles of air, land, water and health in protecting the environment.

CleanAIRE NC and Sol Nation are working together on an Earth Day event to raise awareness about the environmental challenges confronting communities across the state.

Madison Fragnito, partnership manager for CleanAIRE NC, said they are taking a holistic approach and planning STEM activities, with a focus on vital areas like transportation, energy and land conservation.

"We're going to have a lot of activities that focus on plants, conserving land, air quality," Fragnito outlined. "We're going to have some activities related to environmental justice and storytelling, as well as recycling and how you can take everyday actions in your life to improve your commitment to sustainability."

The urgency of addressing these issues is underscored by the state health department, which reports concerning trends from rising temperatures and sea levels to deteriorating air quality and weather extremes due to climate change.

The Earth Day event is on April 20, at the Charlotte Museum of History, from noon to 4 p.m. ET.

Fragnito explained the event also aims to raise awareness about the organizations and the work being done to combat pollution and other environmental concerns. She added in the evening, they will show two short films highlighting environmental justice issues.

"There's kind of a strong community-building aspect," Fragnito pointed out. "Watching the film together, building that sense of community among attendees, and fostering connections and solidarity. Storytelling builds allyship, and it's intended to create an educational and guided dialogue space."

The screening is at the Charlotte Museum of History from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Fragnito emphasized the Earth Day celebration should inspire positive change and show more people how they can engage with groups and take action to protect and preserve North Carolina's natural resources.

Disclosure: CleanAIRE NC contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Energy Policy, Environment, and Environmental Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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