This Saturday, June 26, a weekend trip to the beach is a chance to support a cause and send a message. An organization called Hands Across the Sand has planned an international event to oppose offshore drilling. The premise is simple: go to a nearby beach and at 12pm local time, hold hands with the other participants for 15 minutes, creating a literal line in the sand against oil drilling in coastal waters (there are events in land-locked states too, check the website for details).
The event started in Florida on February 13, 2010 when thousands of Florida residents joined hands to protest efforts by the Florida Legislature and Congress to lift the ban on oil drilling in Florida’s waters. Check out this video from the Florida event:
The event has grown to include all of the United States and several other countries around the world, including Canada, Japan and Australia. “The image is powerful, the message is simple. NO to Offshore Oil Drilling, YES to Clean Energy,” To join in on June 26, check the website for participating locations or organize an event if your area isn’t represented. We think it’s a cause worth holding hands for!