About Environment North Carolina
Who we are
Environment North Carolina is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about North Carolina — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it's watching for sea turtles at Cape Hatteras or taking in the views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina's natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment North Carolina. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting North Carolina's environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about North Carolina's environment, our elected officials hear plenty from the oil and gas companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard, through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
Become a member
Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment North Carolina through our monthly giving program or by making a one-time contribution today.
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Putting your support to work
- Protecting Jordan Lake. In 2009, we successfully backed a plan to restore Jordan Lake to health. But in 2012, powerful developers threatened this progress on multiple fronts. Despite our opposition, lawmakers voted to delay pollution reductions from developers. But in the win column, we helped block a plan to fast track a reckless development near the lake.
- Save the Blue Ridge. There's something magical about the vast ridgeline and and green treetops that surround the Blue Ridge Parkway— something worth preserving for future generations. Yet North Carolina lawmakers have taken a short-sighted approach. In 2012, we removed a critical barrier they had erected to land protection. We're still fighting to reverse their cuts to conservation funding.
- Don't Frack North Carolina. In 2012, our state came one step closer to allowing fracking, the dangerous form of natural gas drilling that threatens to contaminate Jordan Lake, the Deep River and our other waters. However, our research, advocacy and organizing pushed the industry to the brink of defeat. And thankfully, we still have until 2014 to keep fracking out of North Carolina.