What started initially in 2009 as 10,000 Floridians standing up against offshore drilling (thanks to a Surfrider member) has since become an annual international demonstration in all coastal areas. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010 certainly played a role in showing the devastating impact that offshore drilling can have on coastal communities and their livelihoods.

The Hands Across The Sand event takes place once again this Saturday, May 19 all over the world, seeing over 100 coordinated events worldwide.

In conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation and a host of other environmental groups, the Hands Across The Sand event aims to:

“Bring together individuals and organizations to promote a clean energy future across the world and end our dependence on dirty fuels. Gather thousands of Americans and global citizens at beaches and cities to draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against fossil fuels that threaten our future.”

Strength in numbers.

Citizens join hands to demonstrate their united front against offshore drilling along their coasts. This year’s demonstration holds further significance after the Trump administration proposed expanding offshore drilling to nearly all coastal U.S. waters earlier this year.

To find out more about Hands Across The Sand, check out their website.

The results of the Refugio oil spill in 2015. Photo: Courtesy of Joshua Shelly/Surfrider Foundation

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