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How a pastor in South Carolina is fighting environmental racism with a sustainable water farm

How a pastor in South Carolina is fighting environmental racism with a sustainable water farm

It’s still raining in Florence, S.C., where a river flood warning has been in effect for days now. As the nation’s eyes are on Texas, where winter storms brought widespread power outages, Rev. Leo Woodberry is thinking about the runoff from local rains and whether it will further contaminate his community’s drinking water.

“We’ve been working on this for thirty years,” said Woodberry, pastor of the Kingdom Living Temple in Florence and director of the New Alpha Community Development Corporation(NACDC), adding that “it’s so refreshing to see movement on the federal level now.”

Kingdom Living Temple is more than a church. It’s also part of the statewide coalition working on environmental justice around water quality issues in low-income Black communities. This Friday, they’re cutting the ribbon on a new initiative to create a sustainable water source in their own backyard: a 3-acre freshwater farm using Source Global Hydropanel technology.

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