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The Green Life: This Saturday: Hands Across the Sand

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June 22, 2011

This Saturday: Hands Across the Sand

IStock_hands000006546852XSmallThis Saturday, June 25, champions of clean, sustainable energy will join hands on beaches worldwide in a show of solidarity against offshore drilling. The event, organized by Hands Across the Sand, is intended to send a clear message to politicians and oil barons: Switching to clean energy today means living on a healthier planet tomorrow.

The organization's symbolic approach to environmentalism has been generating buzz and stimulating discussion since the first Hands Across the Sand event was held in protest of the Florida legislature's initial moves to lift a ban on offshore drilling in February 2010. A few months and a massive oil spill later, the group has coordinated the largest protest of offshore drilling (and formed some of the most impressive human chains) to date, with 42 nations participating.

As the one-year anniversary of that protest approaches, Hands Across the Sand is looking for even more sponsors and participants to ensure that their grasp on the forces of policy change won't be lost. By interlocking fingers, and with backs to the sea, participants hope to "steer our energy policy away from our dependence on fossil fuels and into the light of clean energy and renewables."

If you're interested in linking up with Hands Across the Sand, it's not too late to find an event or organize your own. Worried that you're not in the right place? Fear not: Even folks in landlocked states are joining hands.

--Colin Griffin

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