Media Advisory: Where’s Governor Cooper on North Carolina’s Forests?

Petition Delivery Contesting the Massive Clearcutting and Disproportionate Impact of Pollution in Communities of Color by the Wood Pellet Industry

North Carolina- On Wednesday May 26th, community leaders and organizations from rural North Carolina counties impacted by the wood pellet industry will hold a press conference, rally, and deliver a petition to Gov. Cooper contesting future grants, incentives, and permits for energy projects that are not a part of the Clean Energy Plan of the NCDEQ and Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80, which supports NC’s transition to a clean energy economy.

This will be the first in a series of public education and action events focused on the growth of the dirty industry in rural Eastern NC, the poorest and most racially diverse region in the state.

The March 26th event times and locations are as follows:

Press Conference: – Press Room – NC Legislative Building
Where’s Gov. Cooper? Rally: 1:30 PM – Front of the NC Legislative Building
Petition Delivery: 2:15 – 3:00 PM – Offices of the Governor, Department of Environmental Quality, Attorney General, and Commerce Department

Participating organizations include:

350 Charlotte

350 Triangle

7 Directions of Service

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Center for Biological Diversity

Clean Water for North Carolina

Climate Reality Project Orange County, NC Chapter

Coastal Plain Conservation Group

Concerned Citizens of Northampton County

Concerned Citizens Of Richmond County

Dogwood Alliance

Down East Coal Ash Environmental and Social Justice Coalition

Edenton Farmers Market

Extinction Rebellion Charlotte

Friends of the Earth

Gaston Youth

GreenFaith

Haw River Assembly

JAPRI

Middle Sound Lookout

NAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch

NAACP New Hanover County

NAACP Robeson County

NC Climate Justice Collective

NC Climate Solution Coalition

NC Climate Solutions Coalition

NC-APPPL: Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Live

Ocean Natural Farm

Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter Veterans For Peace

Plastic Ocean Project

Rachel Carson Council

RedTailed Hawk Collective

RICHMOND CLEAN AIR COALITION

Robeson County Cooperative for Sustainable Development

Southern Forests Conservation Coalition

SouthWings

Spruill Farm Conservation :Project

The Climate Reality Project Charlotte Chapter

Toxic Free North Carolina

Triangle Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Tuesdays with Tillis Indivisible

U2U Charlotte

Winyah Rivers Alliance

Link to Petition.

Communications contact: Aisha Dukule, 202-893-3502, [email protected]
Expert contacts: Friends of the Earth, Donna Chavis, [email protected]
Dogwood Alliance, Scot Quaranda, 828-242-3596, [email protected]

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