Building people power for
climate & energy justice


NC WARN is a member-based nonprofit tackling the climate crisis – and other hazards posed by electricity generation – by watch-dogging Duke Energy practices and building people power for a swift North Carolina transition to clean, renewable and affordable power generation and increased energy efficiency.

In partnership with other groups, and using sound scientific research, NC WARN informs and involves the public in key decisions regarding their health and economic well-being. Dedicated to climate and environmental justice, NC WARN seeks to address the needs of all of the public by intentionally including those often excluded from participation because of racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression.

Why This Work is Important

  • Climate change is devastating millions of people and wildlife, especially people of color and low-wealth communities who are least responsible for causing the climate crisis. Climate change is very close to moving past a point of no return, accelerating under its own momentum no matter what humans do.
  • Unchecked climate change would lead to a different planet for which human life is not adapted.
  • NC-based Duke Energy is the one of the world’s largest corporate electric utilities and one of its biggest polluters.
  • Through legal and regulatory challenges and direct appeals for cooperation, NC WARN and allies are vigorously pressing Duke to join – or stop impeding – the clean energy revolution.
  • That shift could be pivotal in averting a runaway climate-economic-social catastrophe.
  • We’re turning the tide, but must quicken the pace. That’s why we need you! Join today!

Our Strategy

We must replace electricity generated from coal and natural gas with energy efficiency and clean power as quickly as possible. Modest increases in efficiency, renewable energy and combined heat and power can allow the phase-out of all existing coal-fired power plants in North Carolina.

This shift is North Carolina’s primary opportunity to help slow climate change.  This work must become everybody’s movement in order to be successful – lifting up and engaging people across the racial and socio-economic spectrum.

It will also rebuild our economy by creating thousands of clean energy jobs, as is happening in other states and countries.

In partnership with labor, justice, environmental, consumer protection, housing, and faith allies, NC WARN is working to change Duke Energy’s business model of building unneeded, expensive power plants and repeatedly raising our electricity rates.

We pursue this work through grassroots activism, technical analysis, legal challenges, and media exposure of problems and solutions.

How You Can Help

Take action:

  • Find many ways to plug in on our Take Action page.
  • Write a letter to the editor.
  • Pass it on! Tell others what you’ve learned and urge them to get involved, too.

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Watch press conference at the Governor's office in Raleigh on June 15, 2017 featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP.