June 25, 2011—12:00 PM your time.
People around the world will join hands June 25th on beaches and in cities for the second annual Hands Across the Sand in opposition of expanded offshore drilling and support for clean energy solutions for a sustainable planet. I hope to attend the one nearest me at the Illinois Beach State Park with my son, husband and picnic lunch.
Not a political movement.
This movement is not about politics; it’s about protection of the air we breath, the water that sustains us, our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fishing industries. It’s about embracing energy sources that will sustain our planet.
Hands Across the Sand participants are joining hands to say NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy. They’re joining hands to urge leaders and decision makers to end the United States’ dependence on oil and coal—and embrace a clean energy future for a sustainable planet.
What to do at your event.
STEP 1: Go to the beach at 11 AM in your time zone for one hour, rain or shine.
STEP 2: Join hands for 15 minutes at 12:00 PM in your time zone forming lines in the sand against oil drilling in your coastal waters. Yes to clean energy.
STEP 3: Leave only your footprints.
How did Hands Across the Sand start?
Florida surfer and restaurateur Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across the Sand in October 2009 in response to a bill passed in the Florida House of Representatives to life the ban on offshore drilling. With the support of sponsor organizations, he rallied over 10,000 Floridians to join hands on February 13, 2010—covering the states coastlines—to show a united opposition to nearshore drilling.
Two months later, the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Dave then organized a global Hands Across the Sand to urge President Obama to abandon his bid to open the continental United States water to offshore oil drilling.
On June 26, 2010, over 1000 events too place in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. International events were held in 42 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Belize, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Turkey, South Africa and others.
On April 20th, the one-year anniversary of the BP disaster, Hands Across the Sand‘s 2011 event website launched, enabling people worldwide to organize and participate in demonstrations in the neighborhoods, cities, parks and beaches.
Why say YES to clean energy?
Growing and nurturing a clean energy policy on a global scale is the path to fresh job growth, a sustainable global economic future and a more stable geo-political future. Our dependence on Fossil Fuels in the long term is unsustainable and the global conflicts created acquiring these fuels will continue to have a destabilizing effect on world politics. The environmental damage associated with acquiring, refining and continuing to burn those fossil fuels virtually guarantees an unsustainable planet. Fossil fuels will continue to play a major role but clean energy must begin to replace that role and restore a future for us and future generations.
“Our lives are too short to find the collective maturity to comprehend our complicity in the slow death we are inflicting on the earth. We must connect with generations past, generations present and generations future and weave a thread of balance and wisdom for our planet. Forget borders, forget the elements that separate us. We have done our damage, we now have the power to undo and together, join hands and build a path that sustains us all.” ~Dave Rauschkolb, Hands Across the Sands Founder
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