9/20/19 Cape Fear Die-In
Hundreds of Wilmingtonians joined us for this kick-off to the Wilmington Climate Strike. We marched around Wilmington City Hall, then rallied together with speeches from Noelle Powers, co-director of 350 Wilmington, Hadley Gessner, of Sunrise Wilmington, and Donna Chavis, of Friends of the Earth. We then “died-in” as a group and folks held signs saying why they died as a result of climate change. Then, we joined together in song led by Mac Legerton, of the NC Climate Solutions Coalition.
9/21/19 Connecting with Wilmington
We joined the New Hanover County Arboretum for their 4th Annual Native Plant Festival and the Plastic Ocean Project for their Grand Opening celebration. Both events were a celebration of people power and Wilmington’s natural environment.
9/22/19 Get to Know Your Local Arboretum
Lloyd Singleton, the director of the NHC Arboretum, taught a sustainable tree canopy workshop where participants learned how to better take care of the trees in our area. This was followed by a personal tour of the Arboretum.
We launched our new #EarthFriendlyILM initiative, which intends to reward and shout-out local businesses who are taking the lead on sustainability. Our homemade #EarthFriendlyILM placards are made from wood platters generously donated by our local Ace Hardware, and were sawed, sanded, and painted with help from our volunteers. Stay tuned for more #EarthFriendlyILM businesses, and search the hashtag to see if your favorite business is on our list.
9/24/19 Workshops on the Water
We blocked off downtown Water St. for a day full of community learning! With presentations from You Can Vote, Dr. Kyle Horton, the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, North Carolina Farmed Animal Save, Clean Cape Fear, Cape Fear Sierra Club, Wilmington Compost Company, Wave Transit, and Stormwater Services, attendees learned a lot about what different groups in Wilmington are doing to help the environment and how to get involved.
9/25/19 Voter Registration and Empowerment
With the help from You Can Vote and 350 UNCW, we registered over 50 voters outside of Randall Library at UNCW.
9/26/19 Paint the Streets for Mother Earth
We partnered with Women Organizing for Wilmington and the Art Department at UNCW (through the incredible Anne Lindberg) to create a much needed evening of art and expression in downtown Wilmington. We brought to life a chalk mural designed by Haydee Gonzalez, the winner of a chalk mural competition between two competing UNCW art classes in honor of Mother Earth. Attendees were also invited to create their own murals or chalk designs.
9/27/19 A Word to Mother Earth
Creative writers, musicians, and artists gathered at Iron Clad to celebrate the end of the Wilmington Climate Strike for an open mic. Attendees performed music and creative writing that was directly or indirectly inspired by the our incredible environment and the increasing changes we are facing because of the climate crisis. Jessica Nirvana Ram was the winner of our first A Word to Mother Earth Writing Contest. She won a $200 cash prize generously donated by UNCW’s Creative Writing Department for her poem “As the World Burns, I’m Giving Birth.”