We will cycle across Virginia following the proposed path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to amplify the voices of Virginia communities and landowners directly impacted by the ACP and demonstrate a unified student movement against climate change.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride (ACPRR) seeks to amplify the voices of Virginia communities directly impacted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline proposed by Dominion Power. By cycling through areas that the pipeline would impact, engaging with community members, and documenting the journey via various media platforms, ACPRR will highlight the concerns of landowners, draw attention to the value and irreplaceable natural beauty of this landscape, and demonstrate a unified student movement against climate change. ACPRR serves to discourage construction of the pipeline by enhancing community solidarity and bringing further awareness to the environmental and social problems that this pipeline poses.
Through a pre-ride tour of fracking sites in West Virginia, ACPRR will recognize and elevate the fight of Appalachian communities most vulnerable to the natural gas extraction process itself. By finishing the ride in Norfolk, ACPRR will ground pipeline resistance in the physical consequences of climate change experienced by Virginia’s coastal communities and accelerated by fossil fuel extraction and combustion.
As we cycle, listen, document, and take action across Virginia, the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition and the riders of ACPRR aim to construct a collective narrative of Atlantic Coast Pipeline resistance.
We, the cyclists of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride, strive to:
– amplify grassroots pipeline resistance in the communities we travel through
– listen to and learn from the stories of landowners and communities
– support and empower local resistance efforts
– lift up the resistance of Appalachian communities most affected by natural gas extraction process
– ground our ride in the physical consequences of climate change, including sea level rise and flooding, experienced by Virginia’s coastal communities and accelerated by fossil fuel extraction and consumption
– construct a collective narrative of ACP resistance
– confront Dominion Power and the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) with the stories we hear
– demonstrate that students and communities are united in the fight for social and environmental justice in Virginia