Update 2014-04-25 11:AM: Unfortunately the whole event has been cancelled.
Come hear from Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) about fossil fuel divestment and other environmental issues, 1-4PM today in Drexel Park, NE corner of Patterson Street and Brookwood Avenue; Facebook event. Rain location: University Center, just south of Brookwood.
WWALS will have Alapaha River Water Trail brochures, flyers for the Third Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race 2015-05-16 and other WWALS events, plus news about opposition to the Sabal Trail pipeline.
WWALS and S.A.V.E. have long been allied in opposing the Sabal Trail pipeline, and in proposing fossil fuel divestment. WWALS sent a letter to the VSU Foundation 18 October 2013 quoting S.A.V.E.:
“Social responsibility is part and parcel to the role of public goods. As a public good Valdosta State University has a responsibility to shape the debate about climate change through its voice, and fossil fuel divestment is another medium for that voice.”
WWALS would like to add that oil and gas leaks run downhill in our watersheds, fracking for natural gas pollutes groundwater, and fossil fuel energy plants use massive amounts of water that could go for agriculture or drinking. Divestment from fossil fuels by VSU by itself won’t stop leaks or end fracking or shut down coal plants. But it will send a clear signal that our regional state university is leading the shift from fossil fuels to renewable solar and wind power with efficiency and conservation.
- Saturday May 16, 2015, the Third Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, at Reed Bingham State Park on the Little River between Moultrie and Adel,
- Sunday, June 14th, 2015 from Sasser Landing to Jennings Bluff,
- Saturday July 11th, 2015 from Lanier Park to US 84,
- Saturday, August 15th, 2015, Alapaha River Rise, Suwannee River, and Sabal Trail Pipeline.
Opposition by WWALS and others moved the Sabal Trail pipeline off the Withlacoochee River in Florida, but it would still cross the Suwannee River, and it would still risk our drinking water by drilling under our Withlacoochee River in Georgia at the Brooks-Lowndes County line just south of U.S. 84, while invading local lands for its hundred-foot-wide gouge through Colquitt, Brooks, Lowndes, and Hamilton Counties.
WWALS is an advocacy organization working for watershed conservation of the Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems watershed in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen advocacy. Come to Earth Day to learn about outings and advocacy or to sign up as a WWALS member. Or it’s easy to join online today at /donations/ to support the efforts of WWALS.