It was the Alabama River they sought to cross on the Edmund Pettus Bridge when John Lewis, now a Georgia Congressman, and a few days later MLK, met resistance fifty years ago last March on their marches for justice from Selma towards Montgomery.
Now John Lewis and three other Georgia Congressmen help us all fight another injustice: the invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline, which would drill under our Okapilco Creek, Withlacoochee River, and Suwannee River, for the profit of Spectra Energy from Houston, Texas, at the expense of local landowners and all our waters.
Our waters are our single garment of destiny for this whole region of south Georgia and north Florida: all our agriculture, industry, wildlife, and drinking water depends on our groundwater, which is freely interchanged with our surface waters.
As MLK also said:
We’ve played havoc with the destiny of the world…. Somewhere we must make it clear that we are concerned about the survival of the world….
For more about that, and what Pope Francis said, see “This sister earth now cries out to us”, about the Pope at the Jordan River and “the choices which determine our behaviour”.
…our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.
Come join us on WWALS outings on our rivers, at the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail Workshop, in meetings of local elected officials, and elsewhere, as we fulfill the Mission of WWALS:
WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
You can help conserve our watery web of mutuality.
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!