Hands Across The Sand coming to a beach near you June 25

May 14, 2011

More than 400 people showed their support for Hands Across The Sand in Seaside, Fla. on Feb. 13, 2010. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Peaceful protest draws worldwide enthusiasm for clean energy

At 12 Noon on June 25, clean energy enthusiasts will join hands across the globe in a peaceful protest at Hands Across The Sand. The event is an action to bring public awareness to the negative environmental effects of oil exploration and to encourage clean energy and renewables. Supporters will hold hands forming a line on the beach for 15 minutes.

Local businessman Dave Rauschkolb started the movement in February 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. Florida’s Hands Across The Sand event was the largest gathering in Florida’s history united against expanding oil drilling into Florida’s waters.

On June 26, 2010, in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Hands Across the Sand went global. The event was announced and it became the largest gathering of people in the history of the world united against expanding offshore oil drilling and championing clean energy and renewables. Over 1000 events were held world wide. Events took place in all 50 states, and in 42 countries outside the U.S.

To find a location near you go to http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/

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