Join Hands to Oppose Offshore Drilling

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:

Hands Across The Sand from Walton Outdoors on Vimeo.

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!

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Beverly G.
bev G.4 years ago

thats so lovely. Its the people that need to take POWER and we need to take over and rid these rubbish Governments everywear.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

Right on, there is power in numbers, It is time the people take back the goverment.

Ioney W.
Ioney W.4 years ago


Carole K.
Carole K.5 years ago

It would seem our recent national collective experience serves to show that off shore oil drilling ( & in particular, deep water off shore drilling) is not in our nation's long-term best interests. We must try with more intensity to become less oil dependent. It is obvious that corporate oil is only motivated by monetary profits & has little regard for the environment &/or people. We also need to develop, support & invest in clean energy sources. Oil technology is archaic & destructive beyond measure to the world of nature; that's a fact which Big Oil does not accept bc they have driven the gravy train far too long & they want to continue to reap profit.
I'm sorry I missed this/these events; but I will do all I can in Care2 & other petition signing opportunities to ban new off shore drilling, impose/enforce limits on existing wells, hold oil companies accountable for their man-made disasters, & get politicians out of the pockets of oil profiteers.

Those off shore wind farms look like a good clean alternative to me if the location is deep water.

Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat5 years ago


Jenni Miller
Jenni Miller5 years ago

This oil spill incompetence has gone on long enough! Please sign this petition demanding that BP pay for damages caused by the oil spill regardless of where the oil washes up onshore. Mexico and Cuba will feel the effects of this oil spill too!

Claudia Parker
Claudia Parker5 years ago

Thank you for the pictures! I participated around our "lake" in Austin. What great energy!

Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat5 years ago


johan l.
paul l.5 years ago

Although I am far too late, I once more would like to reiterate my support in trying to stop off-shore drilling at all cost!

Jessie H.
Jessie H.5 years ago

I live nowhere near a beach. :(