In the wake of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, local activists from Greenpeace, Equality Florida Palm Beach County, Compass Community Center, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches and a broad coalition of citizen organizations have helped to organize a June 26 Hands Across the Sand gathering at Lake Worth Municipal Beach.  Hands Across the Sand, which started as a statewide event in Florida in February 2010, has grown into the largest gathering against offshore oil drilling in the history of our planet.

At 12 Noon on June 26, when citizens of Palm Beach County form a line at Lake Worth Municipal Beach and join hands to draw a line in the sand against offshore drilling, they will be joining people at over 550 gatherings throughout the US and in 15 other countries to say no to offshore oil drilling and yes to clean energy. The aim of these gatherings is to convince leaders to abandon plans for expanded offshore drilling and adopt policies that encourage clean, renewable energy sources.

The gatherings around the world have been organized in reaction to the environmental and economic impact the BP oil leak disaster has had on Gulf coast waters and habitats, marine wildlife, fishing industries, and coastal economies.

“The image is powerful, the message simple:  No to offshore oil drilling, yes to clean energy,” said event founder Dave Rauschkolb. “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.”

Details of the event are:
Who: Citizens of Palm Beach County
What: Hands Across the Sand
Where: Lake Worth Municipal Beach Pier Area, 10 Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, FL
When: Saturday, June 26, 11 a.m. with line formation on the surf line at Noon