Global Hands Across the Sand event to speak out against expanding offshore drilling

Californians across the state will join hands at noon on Saturday, June 25 on their local beaches for the second annual Hands Across the Sand event, to voice their opposition to expanding offshore drilling and call for clean energy solutions for a sustainable planet.
Local gatherings are scheduled to take place at Santa Monica (the Pier), Venice Beach, San Pedro (Cabrillo Beach), Playa Del Rey (Dockweiler State Beach) and Long Beach. Participants are asked to start gathering at 11am and then join hands at noon for 15 minutes
Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses all borders and political affiliations. This movement is not about politics– it is about the protection of coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries from the threats of expanded offshore drilling. Hands Across The Sand participants will join hands to say “no” to offshore oil drilling and “yes” to clean energy and send a message to leaders and decision makers to end the United States’ dependence on oil and coal and embrace a clean energy future for a sustainable planet.
Florida surfer and restaurateur Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across the Sand in October 2009. Rauschkolb rallied more than 10,000 Floridians to join hands on February 13, 2010 along the state’s coastlines to show a united opposition to nearshore drilling. When the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico two months later, Rauschkolb organized a global Hands Across The Sand to urge President Obama to abandon his bid to open the continental United States waters to offshore oil drilling. On June 26, 2010 more than 1,000 events took place in all 50 states and 42 countries.
The local Hands Across the Sand event will be in Long Beach at Bluff Park (Ocean Boulevard and Cherry Avenue). For more information, contact It Starts With One Peace, Inc., at or (800) 592-6291.
Hands Across the Sand is endorsed by national and international environmental organizations including Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, Environment America, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wilderness League, Ocean Conservancy, Friends of the Earth, 350, Center for Biological Diversity, Audubon, and
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