Hands Across the Sand // Embrace Clean Energy

3 May
Hands Across the Sand Saint Augustine 2013

Hands Across the Sand Saint Augustine 2013

Local citizens will be joining hands on Saturday, May 18th, at the St. Augustine Beach Pier to stand in solidarity against offshore drilling – in Florida and throughout the world – as part of an annual global event, Hands Across the Sand.

Beginning just prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, the Hands Across the Sand initiative was formed to engage communities in standing together against the expansion of offshore oil drilling. This global event also focuses on promoting clean energy solutions as well as the protection of coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fisheries. The event founders have also created Hands Across the Land, which is a cross-national project to further support sustainable energy and oppose hydraulic fracturing, Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands mining, coal fired power plants, and mountain top removal mining. These topics will also be a major focus of this year’s event.

The event will be hosted locally by Summer Herd, Director of the environmental group, Earth’s Lifeline Global Warriors, Inc. The group’s mission is to empower children and families to be the voice of the planet through daily action and service. The event will be co-sponsored by the Environmental Youth Council who is a group concerned with social and environmental issues on a local to global scale. Additional sponsors include Oceana, Gulf Restoration Network, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Sierra Club, and Surfrider Foundation.

Group volunteers and event attendees are asked to gather at the south side of the St. Augustine Beach Pier at 11 a.m. in preparation for the event, which starts at noon.

All groups involved aim to use this event to highlight the realities of climate change as well as focus on key groups that champion sustainable solutions. For example, an organization at the forefront of this issue, 350.org, is currently building a global grassroots movement through diverse organizations to solve the climate crisis. 350.org partners with a broadening collation of environmental and social groups, such as those in northeast Florida, to offer realistic solutions to key issues including limiting offshore drilling, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline project, and helping organizations divest from fossil fuels.

“Through our amazing network of driven groups, we are working from the bottom up to solve the world’s greatest global challenge of climate change. We are using the power of an expansive grassroots movement to inspire change in both communities and throughout the world,” explained Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org. “Despite continued denial from various entities, leading scientific organizations confirm that climate change is an indisputable fact. Today, rather than arguing over the existence of climate change, we need to focus on sustainable alternatives through clean energy sources. Essentially, through events like Hands Across the Sand, we are getting closer to achieving our goal of fossil fuel independence.”



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