People in America and across the globe, young and old, came together to hold hands at beaches worldwide on June 26, 2010. They were participating in “Hands Across the Sand,” an organized demonstration to say “no” to offshore oil drilling.
While the “Hands Across the Sand” organization had its first event in Florida back in February 2010 — two months before the Gulf Oil Spill — in the aftermath of the Gulf disaster, people joined in all over the planet to show support.
WATCH VIDEO BELOW of “Hands Across the Sand” local event on Amelia Island, Florida.
At Main Beach Park in Fernandina Beach, the Nassau County, Florida Sierra Club sponsored a local gathering on June 26, 2010 at noon. Forming a symbolic “line in the sand,” their banner (with a version of the BP logo, dripping in oil) read: “How Many Millions of Gallons? Economies devastated, Fisheries decimated, Environment destroyed.” They rang a bell, and several chants were heard, including “clean it up — no offshore drilling — and clean energy.”
As stated on their website, the mission of Hands Across the Sand “is to change our energy policy away from its dependence on fossil fuels and into the light of clean energy. The aim is to convince our leaders to abandon expanded offshore oil drilling and adopt policies that encourage clean and renewable energy sources.”
People in other places in this region of northeast Florida also held hands in solidarity. Around the First Coast “Hands Across the Sand” venues included Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and in St. Augustine.
Amelia Island Living eZine: “Hands Across The Sand, Main Beach Park, Fernandina Beach, Florida” article dated June 23, 2010.
Florida Times-Union, June 27, 2010: Another video, article about the other protests in the Jacksonville, Florida area.