Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across the Sand is a peaceful protest against offshore drilling. Amelia Island residents are planning to participate!

Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across the Sand, Image by: Maggie Fitzroy, The times-Union

Hands Across the Sand is a peaceful protest against offshore drilling. Amelia Island residents are planning to participate and we will share additional details when we hear from the local organizer!

Americans and the World To Join Hands In The Largest Gathering Against Offshore Oil Drilling In History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: – Hands Across the Sand is now international. Any person in any country may plan events on the handsacrossthesand.org website. This is a peaceful gathering of the people of America and the world. Planning an event is as simple as this:
– Go to your beach on June 26 at 11 AM in your time zone.
– Form lines in the sand and at 12:00, join hands.

The image is powerful, the message is simple. NO to Offshore Oil Drilling, YES to Clean Energy.

On Saturday, June 26, Americans and the people of the world in solidarity events will join hands on beaches and in parks and cities united against the dangers offshore oil drilling present to our oceans and marine wildlife, fishing industries and coastal economies, in Hands Across The Sand.

Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across The Sand’s mission is to change our energy policy away from its dependence on fossil fuels and into the light of clean energy. The aim is to convince our leaders to abandon expanded offshore oil drilling and adopt policies that encourage clean and renewable energy sources.

“The image is powerful, the message simple,” said event founder Dave Rauschkolb. “No to offshore oil drilling, yes to clean energy. We are drawing a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling along America’s beaches and in solidarity events across America and around the world. No one industry should be able to place entire coastal economies and marine environments at risk with dangerous, dirty mistakes.”

Sea Turtle Protests Offshore Oil Driling

Sea Turtle Protests Offshore Oil Driling

Hands Across The Sand was founded by Dave Rauschkolb in October of 2009. He organized a statewide gathering on February 13, 2010, to send a message to Florida’s legislators and Governor Crist that Floridians did not want them to lift the bans on near and offshore oil drilling in Florida’s waters. Thousands of Floridians representing 60 towns and cities and over 90 beaches joined hands to protest the efforts by the Florida Legislature and the US Congress to lift the ban on oil drilling in the near and off shores of Florida. Thousands joined hands from Jacksonville to Miami Beach and Key West to Pensacola Beach. The lifting of the near shore ban would have brought oil rigs as close as 3 miles from Florida’s shores. Shortly after the event the Florida Legislature tabled the effort.

Hands Across The Sand is endorsed by national and international environmental organizations including Sierra Club, Audubon, Surfrider, Oceana, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wilderness League, Ocean Conservancy, Friends of the Earth, Environment America, 350, MoveOn.org, Center for Biological Diversity and CleanEnergy.org.

It is simple. Any person can go to the handsacrossthesand.org website and sign up to organize a beach or city. Downloadable tools are also available on the website: free posters, T-shirt designs and newspaper ads.

Dave Rauschkolb is a surfer and the owner of 3 restaurants on the beach in Seaside, Florida, located on the northern Gulf Coast between Pensacola and Panama City.

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3 Comments

  1. tommylee

    A noble action and I'm full in agreement that offshore drilling should not be allowed to prevent ecological disasters, yet without a commitment from all those that protest it by actively helping to stop the excessive demand for oil to power their SUV's and trucks where a car would suffice, is in my opinion rather hypocritical. The “demand” side is as much the problem as the “supply” side.

    As long as the demand “side” doesn't decrease the action is futile and absurd and focus should be brought to the masses by boycotting or taxing to death those that have absolutely no need for a truck while an SUV doesn't have a place in any society at all.

    Sorry, but it is human ignorance to the real problem and that is that we avoid “pain to gain”. Start the SUV boycott and you will have done more for decreasing the need for offshore drilling than any hands across the beaches will ever achieve!!!!

  2. publisher_sa

    Change is hard to come by. I agree completely and over time we will learn the hard way that SUV's are doomed. We will go back to 2 to 4 cylinder transportation. We will learn that there is no reason for a 4WD in Florida without steep hills and wintery weather. We will learn to enjoy minimalistic lifestyles like a bicycle. But it will take a lot of pushing and pulling before everyone understands that supply and demand regulate this world and every imbalance will create hazards like oil spills, nuclear waste and escaping toxins.

    I do however support Hands across the Sand as a gauge of how many people are willing to accept the responsibilities we all have in finding the proper solutions for living and giving.

  3. tommylee

    I doubt that the measuring stick of hand across the sand is “calibrated” enough to gauge the need to change being taken personal. I'm sorry that i'm a bit pessimistic about people joining causes and think that the “joint effort” of protest suffices to make a difference if their behavior projects the opposite.

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