2010-06-25 / Community

Hands Link In Environmental Crusade

By Amanda Grannis

Hands Across the Sand will be meeting in Rockaway Beach on June 26. Hands Across the Sand will be meeting in Rockaway Beach on June 26. In times of international upheaval over the Gulf oil-spill, one organization is bringing conerns to a local platform.

Hands Across the Sand, a nonpartisan movement against the destruction of marine life, will be meeting in Rockaway Beach on June 26. The group will gather at “Whalemina,” the colorful whale sculpture, at Beach 95 Street and Shore Front Parkway, at 11:00 a.m. to protest offshore oil drilling and advocate for clean energy. Others are welcome to be a part of this demonstration.

Hands Across the Sand was founded on Febuary 13 in Florida, where they initiated the largest gathering against drilling in history.

Following the group’s founding, thousands of attendees gathered on beaches from Jacksonville to Key West.

This success prompted future, nationwide demonstrations. Each protest follows the same pattern: activists gather, linked arm in arm, forming lines in the sand.

At the end of each display, footprints are left behind, serving as visual testaments of a collective disdain.

Hands Across the Sand maintains a mission with two basic components: to organize and protest, and to acquire government support. By drawing a following to local cities and beaches, the organization aspires to provoke awareness of renewable energy. The powerful, though peaceful, form of protest serves to remind the public of the mounting toll offshore drilling takes on the planet’s waters. Hands Across the Sand hopes to catch the eye of political leaders, using its collective voice to influence upcoming legislation.

In light of the recent BP oil spill, the message of Hands Across the Sand is more pressing than ever. On June 26, at 12-12:15 p.m., the group which has gathered at Rockaway Beach will draw a line in the sand, underscoring the fact that America has yet to fully tackle environmental issues, says a spokesperson.

All those who are interested are invited to become part of the display. For more information visit www.Hand sacrossthesand.com.

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