The group has its origins in the weeklong worldwide climate strike of September 2019, with a loosely knit group in Waynesville meeting the month prior to discuss how to support this global effort while also addressing local climate-related concerns. The non-partisan group decided to continue meeting monthly as the WNC Climate Action Coalition and held several events and activities over the following months.
The group suspended in-person meetings in March but has recently begun meeting again, this time via teleconference. Working with other environmental groups and some local officials, the group is addressing concerns related to local needs. These include plastics, composting and waste; stormwater runoff; agricultural efforts; sustainable energy; and the Youth Conservation Corps. To get involved, visit www.wncclimateaction.com.