SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Hands Joined Worldwide Against Offshore Drilling


Ocean lovers around the world joined hands on beaches and in cities beginning at 12 noon local time for the third annual “Hands Across the Sand” event, a demonstration of opposition to expanding offshore drilling and support for cleaner energy choices.

With the oil industry pushing for a dramatic expansion of offshore drilling in U.S. waters, “Hands Across the Sand” participants showed leaders like President Obama the breadth of opposition to new drilling and support for a clean energy future rooted in energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy solutions, such as wind, solar and geothermal.

“Offshore drilling will never be safe. Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing clean energy is,” said Dave Rauschkolb, a Florida restaurateur who founded Hands Across the Sand. “We’re here to say NO to offshore drilling, and YES to clean energy.”

This year, thousands of participants turned out for 180 events occurring in 32 states and 15 countries. A complete list of events can be found here:

In 2011, more than 50,000 people participated in hundreds of “Hands” events in 43 states and 35 countries, including Brazil and New Zealand.

For more information about the events and organizer contact information please visit National Event Contacts
Dave Rauschkolb, Founder, (850) 865-1061;

Pete Stauffer, Surfrider Foundation, (503) 887-0514;

Matt Dundas, Oceana, (202) 467-1957;

Virginia Cramer, Sierra Club, (804) 225-9113 x 102;