Ocean Protection, Updates, Not the answer
May 22 2016

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Fossil Fuels and Yes to Clean Energy

by Joanna Malaczynski

Over 30 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand events across the country on Saturday, May 21st, joining thousands of activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and dirty fuels and YES to clean energy! 

A grassroots event founded by Surfrider member Dave Rauschkolb in Florida, Hands Across the Sand brings people together to oppose new offshore drilling and other dirty fuel proposals. Participants form "human lines in the sand" by joining hands at their local beach or park to send a message to government leaders. This is the sixth year that supporters across the world have taken action. 

The Surfrider Foundation served as an official sponsor of the 2016 event as part of our Not the Answer campaign. Other sponsors included: Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Urban Paradise Guild, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Gulf Restoration Network, Oceana, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Friends of the Earth, and All Things Healing. 

There was a lot to tackle since last year: oil spills near Santa Monica, California and Port Fourchon, Louisiana; federal plans for seismic testing in the Atlantic; fossil fuel export terminals proposed on the West Coast and Hawaii; fracking proposals nationwide; and potential drilling in the Arctic. Hands Across the Sand participants showed President Obama, congress, state legislatures, and state governors the breadth of opposition to oil and gas activities in our oceans, as well as support for clean energy. 

Below are some links to news coverage from the events. Due to bad weather, a few events had to be postponed until next year.  You can also see pictures from Surfrider Hands Across the Sand events around the country here.


Video: Florida Suncoast Surfrider & Sierra Club joined hands on the sand for a human art formation, sending a message to policy-makers in support of 100% clean power.

Cape Fear Surfrider:  http://portcitydaily.com/2016/05/20/hands-across-the-sand-returns-to-promote-clean-energy/

Daytona Beach: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20160521/news/160529847?tc=ar

Cocoa Beach (joined by Sebastian Inlet): http://www.floridatoday.com/videos/news/2016/05/21/84707946/

Palm Beach: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/chain-of-hands-on-lake-worth-beach-protests-offsho/nrRKk/

Pensacola Beach: http://weartv.com/news/local/dozens-join-hands-for-cleaner-energy

San Luis Obispohttp://www.ksby.com/story/32033958/locals-join-hands-on-avila-beach-in-support-of-coastline-protection

Thank you to all of the chapters below who worked to organize events this year!  Thank you also to our co-sponsors who helped organize some of these events!

Florida Chapters:  Broward; Palm Beach; First Coast; Cocoa Beach; Sebastian Inlet; Suncoast; Miami; Emerald Coast; Volusia; Surfrider Regional (Tallahassee)

South Atlantic Chapters:  Bogue Banks, NC; Grand Strand, SC; Cape Fear, NC; Georgia; Outer Banks , NC

Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, South Jersey, Washington DC, Ocean City, MD, Central Long Island, New York City, Jersey Shore

The Pacific: Maui, HI; O’ahu, HI; San Luis Obispo, CA; Ventura, CA; Long Beach, CA; South Bay, CA; West LA / Malibu, CA; South Sound, WA

What’s Next? 

You can help protect our waters from offshore drilling and dirty fuels by asking your representatives to support legislation to protect new areas from seismic testing and offshore drilling!

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