Join Hands Across the Sand With Jack Johnson

Suzanne Murray

hands across the sandMusician Jack Johnson is attending a Hands Across the Sand event this weekend. Are you? Hands Across the Sand is an international day of action in which people will join hands on beaches around the world to say no to offshore drilling and yes to clean energy.

The event was created by Florida restaurant owner Dave Rauschkolb, who became an activist against drilling as a result of his love of surfing. His statement, from the Hands Across the Sand website:

"Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting all of the above from the devastating effects of oil drilling ...

"The Deepwater Horizon disaster is a wake up call. Even as the Gulf disaster grows, British Petroleum and other oil companies continue to push for new offshore drilling anywhere oil might be found regardless of the risks they pose. The offshore oil industry is a dirty, dangerous business and no one industry should be able to place entire coastal economies and marine environments at risk. Where else in America is this allowed to happen?

America could be, should be the world leader in expanding cleaner energy sources yet our political process is paralyzed by oil money. It is time for our leaders to take bold, courageous steps and open the door to clean energy and renewables and free our country from its addiction to oil."

People in more than 500 communities across the globe will join hands on Saturday, June 26, to create a line in the sand against offshore drilling. When Jack Johnson posted the event on his Facebook page earlier this afternoon, the Hands Across the Sands website crashed.

No worries, it's back up, but here's what you need to know:

  • Go to the beach at 11 a.m. in your time zone for one hour, rain or shine.
  • Join hands for 15 minutes at 12:00, forming lines in the sand against oil drilling in our coastal waters.
  • Leave only your footprints.

Keep these tips in mind:

  1. Use only approved beach accesses and parking.
  2. Create as long a line or as many lines as you wish.
  3. Be courteous and respectful to those who disagree with your view.
  4. Please steer clear of bird nesting areas.
  5. Enjoy yourself, it’s the beach!

To find or organize an event in your community, visit the Hands Across the Sand site or check out its Facebook page.

Just think, you might even get to hold hands with Jack Johnson.

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