2021 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference

Earthscaping 48″ x 48″ batik on silk 2001

The closing plenary session of the 3-day 2021 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference entitled, “Communicating Climate through the Arts”, occurs May 12th in Durham NC. The session will include various artists sharing their work to motivate action on climate change through different forms of art, including music, puppetry, painting, and fabric arts. Participants will build knowledge of creative and innovative strategies to communicate and visualize climate-related information with diverse audiences. Session speakers include:

Simply CLICK on the image of “Earthscaping” to view a short video about Mary Edna’s works in her book with Orrin Pilkey entitled Global Climate Change: A Primer.

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Save Our Solar

Sun Spot 46.5″ x 35.75″, Batik on Silk, 2003 ©Mary Edna Fraser

We invested in rooftop solar in 2016 and Dominion Energy’s monopoly in our region is trying to change solar pricing in a way that would demolish the industry. In short, their proposal would move from net metering to a hybrid instantaneous netting system, thus lowering payouts to solar power producers, and add two new fees, one fixed fee and one proportional to the size of your solar system. And there’s no grandfathering — current solar customers would get forced onto this plan by 2025, even if you budgeted and planned for the current system.

When the utilities did this in Nevada in 2015, they killed the solar industry overnight, and it took the legislature’s intervention to lure some of the solar companies back.

Libby Smith had a great op-ed in the Post & Courier criticizing the proposal,

If you want to do everything you can on opposing Dominion’s proposal, then in addition to signing the opposition letter from Conservation Voters of SC you can write an official letter of protest to the South Carolina Public Service Commission, referencing docket number 2020-125-E, or email them at contact@psc.sc.gov. And again, the March 23rd public hearing will be critical.

“On or before Monday, March 22, 2021, no later than 4:45 p.m., any person desiring to testify as a public witness shall provide the commission (a) your name, (b) the telephone number that you wish the commission to call during the hearing to receive your testimony, and (c) your physical address. This information may be provided in two ways: by emailing communications@psc.sc.gov or by calling 803-896-5133

Mary Edna Fraser
(843) 762-2594
PO Box 12250
Charleston, SC 29422

Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press
A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Island, Columbia University Press

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James Island Climate Emergency Declaration


This Thursday, please contact the mayor & council members to encourage voting on this declaration.

Here is a sample letter:

Dear Mayor Woolsey and Council Leaders,

Your climate action is to be commended as James Island faces flooding, sea level rise and hurricanes due to Climate Change. Thank you for caring for your constituents and passing the Climate Emergency Declaration this Thursday.

Mary Edna
 Send to:
Bill Woolsey – bwoolsey@jamesislandsc.us
Garrett Milliken – garrettmilliken@jamesislandsc.us
Dan Boles – dboles@jamesislandsc.us
Cynthia Mignano – cmignano@jamesislandsc.us
Troy Mullinax – darrentroymullinax@jamesislandsc.us
Thank you for caring! -MEF
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