DEAR EDITOR:

As a hospital and hospice chaplain of eight years and as one who lost his own father to cancer, I know well these experiences: denial, anger, grief, loss, and one’s world being turned upside down.

For many of us, this is and will be our experience with the construction of, quite possibly, the largest vehicle plant ever to be constructed in the U.S.A... in our backyard.

Now, we must process these deeply held feelings all too quickly and come together. Georgia has a low bar (with wondrous exceptions) re: protecting God’s Creation (think for e.g., muddy streams, toxic rivers, and corresponding cancer rates).

Can we guide Rivian to raise the bar to protect this county? Will you help?

Look up McDonough Partners in Charlottesville, VA, and see what’s possible. We must do all we can to protect aquifers, wells, the night sky, and address rezoning, traffic, noise mitigation, etc.

We can look toward and support Madison-Morgan Conservancy for leadership; but if we care, we ourselves must show up and speak up. Your voice matters. Preachers’ voices matter, too!

We can help Rivian raise the bar ifwe, together, engage effectively, faithfully and consistently at all levels from this point forward.

Rev. Alan Davis Jenkins

Parish Assoc., Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur

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