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“Hands Across the Sand and Land” Reaches Around the World This Saturday May 19th

May 18, 2018

Environmental Activists in Ventura earlier in 2018; I’m holding the “P”! 

“HANDS ACROSS THE SAND/LAND” PROTESTS SLATED FOR 113 LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE ON MAY 19TH

Communities standing up against offshore drilling in 17 states and seven countries

The Trump administration has announced a proposal to expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters, threatening ocean recreation, tourism and fishing industries. This extreme proposal opens over 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf to new drilling and puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.

In response,  please join us as we take hands across the sand and land! Details from a press release on how how and why you should join below! 

WHO:  International, national and local conservation groups are organizing local protests against offshore drilling in the waters off the East Coast, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. The groups include: Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Sierra Club, Earth Ethics, Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council, Another Gulf is Possible, Redfin and Gulf Restoration Network.  For more information, go to www.handsacrossthesands.org.

WHAT: Crowds will join hands forming lines across beaches, parks and state capitol steps in synchronized “Hands Across the Sand/Land” protests.  This includes 113 synchronized events across 17 states and seven countries to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to accelerate the transition to available, affordable clean energy solutions. The show of opposition is particularly important this year, given the Trump Administration’s draft plan to expand offshore drilling to nearly all of the American coastline and its assault on public lands.

WHEN:   Saturday, May 19th at noon local time.

WHERE: Across 17 states and seven countries, groups will hold 113 synchronized events. For a full list of events visit: http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/.

WHY:  Drilling offshore is investing in a dirty energy past, instead of a green energy future.  It also conflicts with international agreements to fight climate change. The impacts of dirty and dangerous offshore drilling threaten people across the world. Hands Across the Sand participants will urge more local elected officials to formally oppose the Trump administration’s draft plan to expand offshore drilling and to take a stronger stand against the expansion of offshore drilling along the coast.

Floridian Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across the Sand/Land in October 2009. Hands Across the Sand/Land is sponsored by national environmental organizations including Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Sierra Club, Earth Ethics, Center for Biological Diversity, Another Gulf is Possible, Redfin and Gulf Restoration Network.

Locally, we are also joining hands to say NO to dirty fuels and YES to clean energy!

We will be meeting on the beach just South of the Ventura Pier to join hands and show that we will not stand for this! Look for the Surfrider Foundation banner on the promenade. Help us keep our oceans, waves, and beaches clean and protected for future generations. Any questions about the event please email: ofg@ventura.surfrider.org

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