LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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A spill from a hog waste lagoon in 1995 led to calls for new environmental regulations on agriculture. Image source.

People have had an impact on North Carolina’s environment for as long as they have lived here. With the growth of industry and large-scale farming, that impact became increasingly damaging. In recent decades, many North Carolinians have called for the government to protect the state’s water, air, wildlife, and natural places. This chapter looks at some of the issues and conflicts that have arisen.