Hands Across the Sand – Local Origins, Worldwide Impact

It was a hot and sunny day in Seaside, Florida. The sky was a brilliant
shade of blue and the beaches were bright white, hosting the most
beautiful Gulf water known to man…and that’s exactly the way Hands
Across the Sand supporters hope it remains.

Dave Rauschkolb started Hands Across the Sand, a movement seeking to
ban near-shore oil drilling around the world. It’s first peaceful
protest was in February of 2010. Little did he know that only two months
later, an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform would cause
the worst spill in US history.

Fourteen months after 205 million gallons of oil and 225,000 tons of
methane spilled in our Gulf, concerned beach lovers around the globe
joined hands today for the third attempt to send the message, “No to
Offshore Oil Drilling – Yes to Clean Energy initiatives”. The act of
holding a neighbor’s hand along their beloved coast for fifteen
minutes is meant to send a signal to leaders both local and around the
world that we need to think very carefully about our choices regarding
energy sources.

Although the turnout did not appear to be what it was at the last event which was
held only 8 weeks after the Deep Water Horizon disaster, those that were
there were as committed as ever to protecting our beaches.
Visit www.handsacrossthesand.com for more information. Here are some
photos from the event.

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