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PBS NC’s State of Change: Natural Solutions Screening and Discussion Event

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

PBS North Carolina, NC Science Festival and The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Proudly Present:

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State of Change: Natural Solutions — Screening and Panel Discussion

Two ways to join us: online or in person at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Please join us in person (or virtually) on Thursday, April 20, at 7pm, for a special screening of State of Change: Natural Solutions, followed by a panel discussion with scientists and journalists from around the state who will provide an up-close look at climate change issues and answer your questions in-person and via the virtual chat.


Think about the weather we’ve experienced the past few years. Record-breaking rainfalls, flooding, record-breaking temperatures (hot & cold) and monster hurricanes. The climate is changing. But what does that mean for us?

PBS North Carolina launched the State of Change project to personalize the impact of climate change, provide details about the science of the challenges, share solutions to combat the issues and develop resiliency to adapt to it.

State of Change: Natural Solutions comes to to PBS NC this April with stories of North Carolinians across the state who have responded to the challenges of climate change in new and innovative ways.

This season we’ll explore natural climate solutions that help mitigate the impacts of climate change by pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and sequestering it in the ground. Stories include:

  • Learning how planting native grassland species like asters, coneflowers and goldenrod in our yards both mimics historical landscapes and changes the soil for the better.
  • Trekking into the spongy peatlands of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the Inner Banks with scientists monitoring how these distinctive landscapes store carbon.
  • Meeting the farmers at Blackwell’s Farm in Reidsville who raise cattle and grow crops using no-till practices and see the positive impacts of conservation tillage at a nearby research plot.
  • Traveling to the unique tidewater region of North Carolina’s coast, where rich black soil produces bountiful food and commodity crops but needs protection from encroaching saltwater due to rising sea levels.

IN-PERSON Event Details

  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 20, at 7pm
  • Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones Street, Raleigh | Google Map)
  • Screening of PBS NC’s State of Change: Natural Solutions
  • Panel discussion

VIRTUAL Event Details

  • Thursday, April 20, at 7pm
  • Screening of PBS NC’s State of Change: Natural Solutions
  • Panel discussion
  • From the convenience of your own home, office, laptop, computer or mobile device
  • Link to join event can be found in your registration confirmation and your reminder email
  • The event will be livestreamed from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Moderator: Frank Graff, executive producer and host of PBS North Carolina’s Sci NC


  • Mark Hibbs, editor, Coastal Review, a news service of NC Coastal Federation
  • Melody Hunter Pillion, journalist, historian and doctoral student at UNC Chapel Hill focusing on oral histories as a tool of resilience
  • Lauren Pharr, science writer, avian ecologist, PhD student, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Global Change Fellow
  • Adam Wagner, climate and environmental issues reporter, News & Observer

This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Please reserve your seat or your virtual ticket by registering via Eventbrite. Questions? Email Karen Nowak at knowak@pbsnc.org.

Link to join online event can be found in your registration confirmation and in your reminder email.

State of Change: Natural Solutions was produced with support from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and is part of the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines reporting initiative.

Thank you to our event sponsor, The North Carolina Science Festival, for its generous support!

A special thank you to our event partner, PBS North Carolina.


April 20, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


WRAL 3D Theater

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
+ Google Map


Chris Smith