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Triple-win Climate Solutions: What have we done?

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her." -- William Wordsworth, 1798

The first Triple-win Climate Solutions article by the WNC Climate Action Coalition appeared in The Mountaineer online edition in February 2020. Later last year our column was picked up for the Smoky Mountain News print edition. This year, we are grateful to report, both newspapers began publishing the column in print and online editions. Our articles are also posted on

The sole goal of Triple-win Climate Solutions is to give people in our region the knowledge and resources needed to take action to help mitigate the effects of climate change, starting here in the western-most region of our state. We’re an all-volunteer group, most of us retirees, a number of us scientists, an increasing number high school and university students majoring in sciences. We have no treasury and collect no money except what we spend individually for projects such as printing flyers or renting a venue.

As we look forward to autumn in the Smokies, this seems a good time to take stock of what has been accomplished so far toward preventing the catastrophes that nearly 100 percent of climate scientists say we must avoid by keeping global warming to 1.5 Celsius or below. Earth is already at 1.1 and climbing.

So for the next article in this series, we ask you to write us. If you have made any changes in your home, business, travel, or other area of your life as a result of reading a Triple-win article, please tell us about it. We’ve written about everything from ending plastic bag use to pollinator-saving home recipes to replace toxic herbicides and pesticides to green investing. You can refresh your memory by reviewing the articles at

What have you done? Planted an organic raised-bed garden? Started using more LED light bulbs? Shifted investments out of fossil-supporting stocks and into a sustainability portfolio?

Why did you decide to make that change? How did you go about it?

Was it a family, school, or work place project? If you volunteered with an organization, what was the project?

How well is it working so far?

What plans, if any, do you have for new climate-mitigating projects?

Please email us about your story. To avoid getting sent to spam, type in Subject line “My WNC project” Send your email to

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