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Gretchen Elsner of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition Gretchen Elsner of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition
Rich Rusk is the son of former Secretary of State Dean Rusk Rich Rusk is the son of former Secretary of State Dean Rusk
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A group of bicyclists are pedaling across Georgia to bring awareness to climate change. They also want people in southwest Georgia to know about the proposed sabal trail natural gas pipeline.

Members of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition stopped in Albany Monday, in hopes of raising awareness for their cause against the proposed project.

The proposed Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline will run from Central Alabama through southwest Georgia to central Florida.

Members of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition are concerned about what the planet will look like for future generations.

"It crosses the flint and Chattahoochee River and their water sheds that provide drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people," said Gretchen Elsner of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.

Rich Rusk is an avid fly fisher. His father and former Secretary of State Dean Rusk told him climate change would be the issue for his generation.

He is concerned for his children and grandchildren. "It's gonna have tremendous impact on their lives we older people have a huge responsibility to stop kicking that can down the road and get serious about climate change," said Rusk.

"We are seeing some of the biggest storms wipe away our cities and we're watching japan dump billions of gallons of nuclear waste into the oceans," Elsner said. "I'm terrified."

The group says taking these resources out of the ground will impact our future in a negative way.

"There's a possibility of leaks into the aquifer and ground water to these communities there's also the release of methane more toxic than carbon," said Rusk.

A compression station is slated to be built in Dougherty County, and Elsner says it will be big and loud and powered by the coal power grid. "We are home to some of the dirtiest coal fire plants in the nation. As a young person I'm concerned about my future on this planet."

The group says it is very important that the public understand and have input so our elected representatives make decisions based on what their constituents want.

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