August 04 2012
Thousands of participants, including hundreds of Surfrider Foundation activists, turned out for 150 events in 30 states and 15 countries today for the 3rd Annual Hands Across The Sand.
“The massive turnout for the Hands Across the Sand today shows that people oppose the risky practice of offshore drilling and understand that we need to seek real solutions to our energy crisis including increased efficiency, conservation and renewable alternatives,” said Pete Stauffer, Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Program Manager.
The Surfrider Foundation used this year’s event to raise awareness and challenge elected officials to acknowledge the “Three Essential Truths” about offshore drilling: it will not reduce the price at the pump; it will not eliminate America’s reliance on foreign oil; and it is an inherently risky activity that causes significant impacts to the environment through every stage of the drilling process.
Founded in 2009 by Dave Rauschkolb, Hands Across The Sand is a peaceful demonstration that aims to steer America’s energy policy away from its dependence on offshore drilling and call for a new energy plan that incorporates clean and renewable sources and encourages conservation.
To read more about this year’s Hands Across The Sand events, visit NotTheAnswer.org.