Hands Across the Sand is a movement towards the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries. Because offshore oil drilling can affect all of this, the organization is coming together on August 4th, 2012. The goal of this gathering is to send a message of human solidarity to our nation’s leaders. Joining hands is a symbolic way of finding clean energy solutions for our fuel problems, saying no to offshore drilling and yes to clean energy!
The organization has already been a global success with thousands of events across the United States and over 40 different countries worldwide. It started in Florida in 2010. 10,000 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. This was the largest gathering in the history of Florida against expanding oil drilling into Florida’s waters, expanding all throughout the state. Only a few months later, it went global.
On August 4th, at noon, the joining of hands will begin. It will start in New Zealand and move across the world, ending in Hawaii. You can check out the Florida locations by clicking here. By joining hands, we are symbolizing many things: clean energy, keeping offshore drilling out of our waters, ending our dependence on dirty fuels, etc. All of these things effect our water, air, food and drink. Every hand joined symbolizes that message being reinforced.
Since South Florida is home to so many beaches, this should be a great turnout. If you have a passion for the air you breathe and the planet you live on, then come out and show your support. Join hands, draw a line in the sand, both metaphorically and physically and take a stand!