1000 Flags 1000 Waters
These water flags represent the thousands of water bodies that would be crossed by the so-called Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the so-called Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). They provide a striking visual representation of the sheer numbers of waterways that flow in harm's way.
1000 Flags/1000 Waters is a collaborative, community project by NRDC Artist-in-Residence, Jenny Kendler, which takes the form of a series of Water Flags, aiming to empower and unite frontline communities and water protectors engaged in resistance against the fossil fuel industry.
Each Water Flag is a blue, fluttering, banner—suggesting a stream of clean, free-flowing water. Rather than a top-down or single-author artwork, 1000 Flags/1000 Waters is a framework to mobilize and empower communities on the ground—supporting, honoring and amplifying the existing work of frontline water protectors.
Taking its name from two NRDC reports which identified that the disastrous proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines will cross Virginian waterways over 1000 times, the project aims to represent this staggering number through this creation of at least 1000 Water Flags.
1000 Flags/1000 Waters will continue to work to support activists, who may choose to use these flags to celebrate, mourn, show solidarity or to converge—continuing the important work to rapidly move our culture towards water justice, away from fossil fuels and into a clean energy future that benefits everyone.