Environmentalists across the country were met with outstanding news yesterday, July 5, as Dominion and Duke Energy announced they will abandon the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This pipeline would have ravaged the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains and threatened the public safety of vulnerable communities across the south. Its cancellation is cause for celebration, and should be considered a win – a single step in a better direction.
The energy companies claim their decision was triggered by “legal uncertainty,” despite their recent win in Supreme Court. It seems clear that this decision is actually the result of years of dedicated activism by the indigenous communities who opposed the pipeline.
This news is a reminder that our voices matter. It’s a reminder that we have the power to build a better world if we take the time to educate ourselves, speak out, and do better. We aim to continue using the Zoon Garden platform to this end.
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