Friday, September 20th

9 – 11 AM: Cape Fear March and Die-in (RSVP)

Meet at Wilmington City Hall (102 N 3rd St), then join the march down to the Cape Fear Riverwalk.

The kick-off to strike week! It is very important that this is not a typical Friday, so we recommend you send an email/present a letter like this one (link) to your workplace or school explaining why you’ll be striking on this day or all eight days of climate actions.

On September 20th, we will lie down as a group with signs saying how we died due to various causes resulting from climate change. Participants/“victims” of climate change will come up with their own causes of death and create their own signs with provided materials, calling on personal experiences with climate change.

*Submissions open at 9 AM for our A Word to Mother Earth Writing Contest! Everyone is encouraged to creatively express themselves during strike week and will be invited to submit a poem or  short narrative related to the climate crisis. Submissions close Wednesday, September 25th at 5 PM, and the winner will be announced Friday, September 27th at our Open Mic Celebration.

Saturday, September 21st

4th Annual Native Plant Festival (RSVP)

(9 AM – 4 PM, New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403)

We are encouraging everyone to hit the town and connect with the community by attending these two amazing events. Learn about what plants are native to the Cape Fear Region at the 4th Annual Native Plant Festival. Get tips on what could succeed in your garden, stroll through the newly created Native Plant Garden, purchase native plants from local vendors, and grab a bite at one of the food trucks.

Plastic Ocean Project Grand Opening (RSVP)

(11 AM – 6 PM, 4709-1 College Acres, Wilmington, NC, 28403)

Then, join the Plastic Ocean Project at their Grand Opening with Yoga at 11 AM, followed by a celebration including live music, food and drinks, a little world-changin’ science, and entertainment for the young ones.

Sunday, September 22nd

2 – 4 PM: Sustainable Tree Canopy Workshop with Arboretum Director, Lloyd Singleton (RSVP)

New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

Get to know the incredible New Hanover County Arboretum, and join us in learning about tree maintenance, tree planting, and tree resiliency with Arboretum Director, Lloyd Singleton. We will also be learning about upcoming tree planting volunteer opportunities with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and more.

Monday, September 23rd

#EarthFriendlyILM // Rewarding Earth-Friendly Businesses (RSVP)

Locations TBA

On this day, we invite all Wilmingtonians to join us in flooding social media (using the hashtag #EarthFriendlyILM) in support of our local business earth champions. We will be working with other organizations around town to launch our #EarthFriendlyILM campaign, which will recognize local businesses who have made strides to invest in earth-friendly practices.

Tuesday, September 24th

12 – 3 PM: Workshops on the Water (RSVP)

N. Water St. between Princess and Market St.

A day full of community learning! Join us for a series of short workshops led by leaders in our local environmental sphere. Enjoy food and fun while you will learn about what folks are already doing in Wilmington and how to work alongside them to better enact change at home and in our community.

6:30 PM: Adapting to the Storms: A Conversation about Wilmington and the Cape Fear Region after Florence

UNCW’s Center for Marine Sciences Auditorium

A scientist, a writer, and a coastal planner walk into a bar…
Well, not a bar maybe, but UNCW’s Center for Marine Sciences auditorium on September 24
at 6:30. Their topic? Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Dorian, and future hurricanes. How do we
respond to these storms? As individuals, as a school, as a community? How do we live, and
adapt creatively, in a place on the edge of land and water in a time of rising seas and powerful
storms?

This inaugural seminar on coastal resiliency takes a cross-disciplinary approach to these
questions. UNCW’s Dylan McNamara, Chair of the Department of Physics and Physical
Oceanography, and David Gessner, Chair of Creative Writing, will host Tancred Miller, who
works directly with Governor Roy Cooper on resiliency and adaptation issues as North
Carolina’s Coastal & Ocean Policy Manager for the Division of Coastal Management.

Wednesday, September 25th

12 – 3 PM: Voting Registration and Empowerment at UNCW (RSVP)

UNC Wilmington, outside of Randall Library

It’s no secret that we need to elect environmental champions to make serious strides in helping the earth. Join us in getting folks registered to vote and up-to-date on the new voting laws!

*Submissions for A Word to Mother Earth Writing Contest close at 5 PM.

Thursday, September 26th

5 – 8 PM: Paint the Streets for Mother Earth (RSVP)

N. Water St. between Princess and Market St

350 Wilmington has 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. Join us in creating a collaborative chalk street mural designed by the winners of 2 competing art classes at UNCW in honor of Mother Earth! Everyone will have the opportunity to make their mark, whether painting the mural or freestyling, and be a part of this exciting project.

Friday, September 27th

6 – 9 PM: Open Mic Celebration and Announcement of A Word to Mother Earth Writing Contest Winner (RSVP)

Iron Clad Brewery (115 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401)

The last day of the strike! 350 Wilmington is inviting you to perform music or creative writing that has been directly or indirectly inspired by our incredible environment and the increasing changes we are facing at our Open Mic Celebration. Find out how to sign-up here!

At the end of the evening, we will announce the winner of our A Word to Mother Earth Writing Contest and present them with a $200 cash prize generously donated by UNCW’s Creative Writing Department. (Judges to be announced soon!)

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