Carolina Stories with Miles O'Brien

Join Clean Air Carolina for a series of short films followed by engaging conversation moderated by Miles O’Brien on climate change in North Carolina.

September 27
6pm – 8pm

Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham
$25 General / $10 Student
Food and drinks provided.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Clean Air Carolina is seeking sponsors for the State of the Climate: Carolina Stories with Miles O’Brien event. Download/print our Sponsorship Levels and Benefits Fact Sheet. If you’re interested, please contact: June Blotnick, Executive Director, at 704-307-9528 or

Carolina Stories

Clean Air Carolina and Miles O’Brien Productions have been on the ground this summer filming stories about the impact of  climate change on North Carolinians and highlighting the work of individuals addressing it. We hope the short film series will inspire more people to engage in provocative conversations that result in needed policy changes at all levels of government.

Miles O’Brien

Miles O’Brien is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series. For nearly 17 of his 32 years in the news business, Miles worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace space correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. He now runs an independent production company, Miles O’Brien Productions.

Stopping the Pipeline

Donna Chavis and Rev. Mac Legerton are two leaders in Robeson County organizing local opposition to the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In addition to the misguided and immoral decision to spend over $6 billion for fossil fuel infrastructure, the pipeline will disturb ancestral land of the Lumbee Tribe, the largest Native American community east of the Mississippi River. This is one of two fracked gas pipelines planned for North Carolina.

Transitioning to Solar Power

In Charlotte, we met with DeAndrea Salvador, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI), a nonprofit working to sustainably decrease the energy costs of low income families. We filmed a residential solar installation in Genesis Park, one of RETI’s partner neighborhoods. We also spoke with Charlotte City Council Environment Committee Chair Dimple Ajmera about the recent passage of a resolution to reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels and create a Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

Adapting to Sea Level Rise

Dr. Bob Parr serves on our Medical Advocates for Healthy Air advisory board and is one of our citizen science AirKeepers.  We interviewed Dr. Parr about the impact of sea level rise around Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach and discussed the growing wood pellet industry in North Carolina. We also interviewed Dr. Stan Riggs, coastal and marine geologist from East Carolina University, who served for many years on the NC Coastal Resources Commission’s Science Panel and is an expert on sea level rise in North Carolina.

Protecting the Mountains

Steve O’Neil is executive director and head naturalist at EarthShine Nature Programs in Transylvania County. We discussed how climate change is impacting mountain communities as well as wildlife and mountain vegetation. Steve also shared with us the various ways in which his experiential learning programs helps youth and young adults grasp the reality of climate change and demonstrate solutions needed to have an impact.