Americans to Join Hands in Largest Gathering Against Offshore Oil Drilling in History

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Dave Rauschkolb, 850-865-1061, dave.rauschkolb@gmail.com

Hands Across the Sand

Americans to Join Hands in Largest Gathering Against Offshore Oil Drilling in History

NATIONWIDE - On Saturday, June 26,
the nation will join
hands on beaches and in parks and cities all across America, united
against the dangers
offshore oil drilling present to our oceans and marine wildlife, fishing
industries and coastal economies, in Hands Across
The Sand
.
  

Hands
Across The Sand's mission is to steer America's 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.

"The
image is powerful, the message simple," said event founder Dave
Rauschkolb.  "No to offshore oil drilling, yes to clean energy.
 We are drawing a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling along
America's beaches and in solidarity events
across America
and around the world.  No one industry should be able to place entire
coastal economies and marine environments at risk with dangerous, dirty
mistakes."

Hands
Across The Sand was founded by Dave Rauschkolb in October of 2009.  He
organized a statewide gathering on February 13, 2010, to send a message
to Florida's legislators and Governor Crist that Floridians
did not want them to lift the bans on near and offshore oil drilling in
Florida's waters.
Thousands of Floridians representing 60 towns and cities and over 90
beaches
joined hands to protest the efforts by the Florida Legislature and the
US
Congress to lift the ban on oil drilling in the near and off shores of
Florida.
 Thousands joined hands from Jacksonville
to Miami Beach and Key West
to Pensacola Beach.  The lifting of the near
shore ban would have brought oil rigs as close as 3 miles from Florida's
shores.
 Shortly after the event the Florida Legislature tabled the effort.

Hands
Across The Sand is endorsed by national environmental organizations
including
Sierra Club, Audubon, Surfrider, Oceana, Greenpeace, Defenders of
Wildlife,
Alaska Wilderness League, Ocean Conservancy, Friends of the Earth,
Environment
America, 350, MoveOn.org, Center for Biological Diversity,
CleanEnergy.org, and
1Sky.org.

Dave
Rauschkolb is the owner of 3 restaurants on the Beach in Seaside
Florida located on the northern Gulf Coast between
Pensacola and Panama City.  

More
info is available at: www.handsacrossthesand.org.

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