Pictures and testimony from our Walkers.

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haliecunninghamHalie Cunningham, Southern Pines, NC

“I grew up in Moore County as a tomboy playing with my cousins in the Longleaf pine forest behind our houses. I rode horses for hundreds of miles on the Walthour-Moss Foundation throughout my adolescence. In 9th grade I did a science project on the watershed of Drowning Creek, following it’s meandering route through the county. My family history is ingrained in the military and rural heritage of the Sandhills. In college I studied Sustainable Development at Appalachian State and fell in love with a wonderfully different region of North Carolina. This past year I watched both of these places perish from severe weather events, one in flame and one in flood. Both of these ecosystems I love so much, their continually disenfranchised people, and now the entire planet, are threatened by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. I MUST help in any way I can. I can no longer stand by and wait out the storm…it’s not going away but neither are we!”

 

amandawoods2-copyAmanda Robertson, Pittsboro, NC

“I belief that we are all one people, regardless of the privileges we were born with, and we need to work together to insure the same rights and protections of everyone, leveraging our own privileges to that end. The people along this pipeline need our voices added to theirs. I will also walk because we need to stop using fossil fuels. We need to stop construction of every single pipeline across America. We must do this for all life on this planet, present and future.”

 

 

 

350.org Protest vs fossil fuel, Hartford Capitol 12/3/16

Lyn Shaw, Middletown, CT

I’ve lived in Connecticut for nearly 40 years and love the beauty of my state, a tranquility that is being destroyed these days by the pipelines that crisscross New England. My involvement in the climate movement began in 2011 when I was arrested with many, many other folks from all over the country while protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline in front of the White House. On the later Walk for Our Grandchildren I met Steve, Kendall, Greg and others, ultimately becoming part of Beyond Extreme Energy and protesting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Most recently I’ve been on the steering committee of 350 CT. I have two children and three young grandchildren and I walk for them and for the future of all future generations. Any other Oberlin College grads or reiki practitioners out there?

 

christine-ellis-lumber-riverChristine Ellis, Lumberton, NC

“I am a ‘riverkeeper’, protecting clean water and healthy community and holding polluters accountable. I’m a member of many coalitions, including Waterkeepers Carolina, EcoRobeson, APPPL and FrackFreeNC. I’m walking through Robeson County to bring attention to the value of our headwater streams and wetlands of the Lumber River and the free ecological goods and services they provide; purification of water and air, groundwater recharge, greenhouse gas mitigation, for example. The proposed ACP will disrupt these natural lands and we will lose their ecological functions, to the detriment of clean water and our quality of life. I’m walking in opposition of the proposed ACP and in support of protecting our wetlands, streams and rivers and the benefits they provide to our community.”

 

img_0431Emma Wyman, Asheville, NC

“At the end of last summer I traveled from California where the community where I had lived and deepened my spiritual practice for years was endangered by wildfire. I arrived in late October to a North Carolina likewise ravaged by fires. This, the Blue Ridge mountains of my home, is land that ought to be permanently damp and hard to burn, but acre after thousand acre was going up like a tinder box. The climate crisis is real and imminent. I am walking to honor the grief I feel for the harm our human race inflicts upon the natural world in the name of greed and imagined separateness. I am walking with hope to gather momentum towards global change. I am asking for your support and prayers.”

 

Clare Hanrahan, Asheville, NC

Clare (in front) walking along the treacherous road to Blair Mountain
Clare (in front) walking along the treacherous road to Blair Mountain

“I’m 68. I have taken action on behalf of the earth community in many ways and on many front lines over the years, always experimenting with nonviolence in action. I am a car-free pedestrian by choice, and appreciate the natural pace and step by step persistence of walking.  There is great power in pilgrimage with purpose. Walking alongside others who share the concern for this endangered Earth is an honor. Putting our feet on the ground with intention and in community deepens our commitment and dispels the despair of inaction. In these dire times, with our entire ecosystem in peril, we can “catch courage from one another,” and in the process, all along our route we will experience the sacred power of the land and of the waters we feel called to protect. Our presence will awaken others to the imminent hazard and environmental impacts of this proposed pipeline and help build momentum for change.”