Stories Happen in Forests: A Live Storytelling Event

It was a night filled with inspiration for wanderers, stargazers, and defenders alike… On July 27th, SEEC partnered with the Dogwood Alliance to host an evening of storytelling and community-building in the spirit of forest protection and community justice! The event was held in Motorco Music Hall in Durham and featured live speakers with true, personal stories such as:

  • Gary Phillips, poet laureate of Carrboro
  • TC Muhammad, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Dr. Thomas Easley, Forestry professor and Center for Diversity at NCSU
  • Reverend Leo Woodberry
  • Danna Smith, Dogwood Alliance
  • Jodi Lasseter, Climate Justice Program Director, NC LCV
  • BJ McManama, the Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Margaux Escutin, Bear Afficionado and Durham Activist

The event was a huge success and over 300 people attended. SEEC has more events planned with the Dogwood Alliance! Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to get involved with other large organizations!

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SEEC has gone abroad!

For the last week, past Executive Director Kenneth Xu has been visiting public schools in Eastern China and talking to teachers, administrators, and government officials about the importance of environmental education. Through discussions with local educators and interactive lectures for K-12 students (conducted entirely in Mandarin), SEEC has been promoting environmental literacy on a truly global scale this summer. We look forward to continuing this journey as SEEC constantly expands, though we’ll be back in North Carolina for our NatureWay Summer Camp in August!

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Welcome to SEEC

Welcome to the blog for the Student Environmental Education Coalition (SEEC)! We are a North Carolina-based, grassroots, non-partisan, and entirely youth-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to cultivate a generation of environmentally literate students.

With 2016 marking the warmest year ever recorded, it is becoming increasingly necessary for widespread changes to be made. The quality of the environment and human prosperity are undoubtedly intertwined, so it is up to the current generation of young people to determine the future of our relationship with the environment and therefore our own well-being.

SEEC’s primary focus for these coming months is activism! We have been getting involved with organizations like the Dogwood Alliance and Sierra Club to bring about change together! SEEC has had a very busy year, and with many more activities on our calendar, here are just a few of our events and activities:

  • Storytelling with Dogwood Alliance: On July 27th, people from all over the Triangle area and even from the far reaches of NC came together to share a night of storytelling and environmental dialogue. The night featured 10 awe-inspiring stories that got to the core of what protecting our environment is all about. SEEC and Dogwood hope to continue to partner together to organize events in the community!
  • Governor Cooper Call-in Day: Enviva, a corporation that manages wood pellet factories to provide an alternative fuel source, is building a wood pellet factory in Richmond county that will result in mass deforestation and lasting environmental health consequences in the community. This would be disastrous for the environment, which is why we are holding a call-in day to request Governor Cooper to revoke Enviva’s permit for their factory. Want to know more? Watch this video! https://www.facebook.com/DogwoodAlliance/videos/10156219203377926/?hc_ref=ARSmjEDoi8VhRFGac4Y6gDD6tO1jMwh53LgXYO0DaWAteaEDK4QPN5BfPGq_jQgbHw
  • Sierra Club: SEEC is excited to begin a new partnership with Sierra Club, an international nonprofit famous for protecting our environment! SEEC and Sierra Club plan on getting heavily involved in activism in the local community. For example, we are getting involved in protests against Duke Energy raising electricity rates by 15% to pay for their coal ash spill, when Duke should be taking responsibility for their own actions and paying for it themselves.

Stay tuned for more details and events!