Join US to Uphold the Protection of Clean Water
Hosted by Community Ministry of Central Union Church & Faith Action for Community Equity
This Sunday, May 8, join CUC, youth, and Faith Action members who will wave signs calling for the protection of our aquifers which provide clean water for all. The Red Hill fuel tanks need to be closed ASAP. Come anytime between 10-11 AM or 12-1 PM along Beretania and Punahou Streets. Bring your own signs or get one when you come! (Examples of messaging for signs: “Shut Down Red Hill,” “Protect Our Water,” “Ola I Ka Wai,” “Water Is Life.”)
As people of faith and residents on this island, we care for our neighbors and future generations, which means caring for the land and waters that nourish us and ensuring access to clean drinking water. We must also stand in solidarity with those working to protect our water.
Many voices from the community have been calling out “Shut Down Red Hill” to protect O‘ahu’s water. The military’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility consists of 20 tanks that can collectively store up to 250 million gallons of fuel. This facility sits just 100 feet above an aquifer that provides water for approximately 400,000 O‘ahu residents from Hālawa to Hawai‘i Kai.
These tanks have a history of leaks and mismanagement, and fuel has reached the water supply of thousands so far. While the U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to defuel and close the facility after much public outcry, it is important to continue advocating for the permanent shut down of the facility until authorities follow through.
View a statement from the Hawai‘i Conference United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Missional Team HERE.