Coastal Preservation, Ocean Protection, Updates, Climate Change, Not the answer
March 08 2017

Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You on May 20th

by Pete Stauffer

Surfrider chapters across the U.S. are gearing up for Hands Across the Sand on May 20th, 2017. Founded by Surfrider member Dave Rauschkolb in 2009, the event brings people together to oppose new offshore drilling and other fossil fuel development and promote a clean energy future. The Surfrider Foundation is an official sponsor of Hands Across the Sand and our participation is a cornerstone of our Not the Answer campaign.

The event is particularly timely given expected proposals from the Trump Administration and Congress to expand oil and gas development off our coastlines. Just months ago, the Obama Administration finalized a 5 Year Offshore Drilling Plan that protects the Atlantic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic from new drilling. However, federal lawmakers have pledged to revise the 5 Year Plan, putting our coasts back a risk.

The premise of Hands Across the Sand is simple: on May 20th at 12 p.m. local time people will join hands for 15 minutes on beaches and parks around the world to demonstrate support for protecting our coasts from oil and gas development and the need to transition to clean energy solutions. All events are organized locally by volunteers and the event website provides most of the resources that you will need.

So visit the Hands Across the Sand website today and sign up to organize or participate in a local event! With the federal government pushing to expand oil and gas development off our coasts, now is the time to join the grassroots movement to protect our coastlines from risky drilling practices!

To access Surfrider's Hands Across the Sand Toolkit, please visit Chapternet. For more information or support, please contact Pete Stauffer at (503) 887-0514 or pstauffer at surfrider.org. See you on the beach on May 20th!

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