YET HERE WE ARE.
n just the last two years, conservative leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly havepaved the way or racking, made our state a laughing stock as we shunned climate science,and passed multiple bills that allow industry to legally pollute our air and water. But sadly,it’s going to get worse beore it gets better.
So how did we get here?
Anti-environmental elected ocials now control every branch o stategovernment, including a Governor who campaigned against environmental protection and aveto-proo majority in both the North Carolina House and Senate.
What does this mean?
In short, the environment is losing. We’ve already lost long-standingprotections and anti-environment legislators continue to introduce some devastating practicesto North Carolina, like racking or natural gas and intentionally not considering scienticinormation regarding sea level rise. And, when the environment loses, we all lose.
How do we get out of this mess?
Tis shit took place over a ew years and it will take a ewyears to get back on track. We need to start turning this around now. We also need to make surewe don’t lose all the progress and protections we’ve won over the past ew decades.NC Conservation Network has developed this 10-year action guide or where we want to goand how we will get there. We will ght the day-to-day ghts while we build or a better NorthCarolina in the uture. Here’s how we’ll do it:
Grow, grow, grow.
We want to continue to grow our grassroots base – not just next year, but or thenext 10 years.
We are unlikely to win anything meaningul at the state level or the next ew years.However, we can win locally. We’ll work with our aliates to win environmental protections at the city and county levels.
Make the environment a top issue for North Carolinians.
We want the environment to be on theshort list o issues that North Carolina citizens believe are important and need action. Tis includesmore media coverage as well as putting orward other voices – such as business leaders and publichealth experts – to carry our message.
Find new leaders.
We need more individuals who are willing to take leadership positions in local andstate government. Our plan is to identiy emerging leaders in our activist and aliate networks andhelp them move into leadership roles in their communities.
With the support o our donors, activists, and aliates, we can turn things around. ogether,we can ensure North Carolina’s environment is protected. Your support has been a critical parto our success over many years and will be more important than ever in the years ahead.
Read on for our action steps that will lead us back to the North Carolina weknow and love.
S NOT YOUR NORTHCAROLINA, EITHER.