World Water Day will be celebrated throughout the world. People will gather to celebrate and honor water and advocate for it. Here in Hampton Roads, mothers and others will come together to honor our waters in a world water day event at Plum Point Park in Norfolk from 5 to 7 PM.
The event will include speakers, music, poetry and other expressive activity. The vigil will conclude with a short procession from the park to the corner of Southampton Ave and Riverview Ave, the point where the Elizabeth River Trail begins, and then back to the park for completion.
Two proposed massive, high-pressure fracked gas pipelines, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP,) are threatening to go through our waterways in two of our national forests, rivers and streams in rural communities throughout the commonwealth, many miles of fragile wetlands that are home to native and endangered species, and two points in Suffolk under Norfolk's drinking water reservoirs, Western Branch and Lake Prince. A smaller distribution line, the Southside Connector, threatens to connect to the ACP and go though predominantly minority neighborhoods in both Norfolk and Chesapeake, demonstrating blatant environmental racism. In addition to these dangerous pipelines, the ugly specter of offshore drilling is threatening our coast once again. In light of these threats, we the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia are coming together to speak out against the devastation and protect our waters now.
This is a family-friendly event. The weather may be cold so please dress warmly. Bring your hand-warmers and any you may have to share. There are a few parking spaces in front of the park, and a paid parking garage in the office building next to it. You can also take the Light Rail to the last stop at EVMS on Brambleton and walk to the park; you can park for free at the Tide parking lot at Harbor Point and take the rail from there. Please take transit, bike or carpool if at all possible.
Please join us to celebrate the blessing of the clean waters we have and affirm our intention to protect the priceless waters of our commonwealth. We will network and continue to divine our next steps in this resistance. We will reiterate the truth that we do not have to know how we will succeed in protecting our waters; we just have to know, with certainty, that we will protect them. Water is life.