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200 People Join Hands at Golden Gardens Beach

June 26, 2010

Contact: Ethan Bergerson, Sierra Club, 206 552 0675, ethan.bergerson@sierraclub.org

 Seattle Citizens Participate in Largest Gathering Against Offshore Drilling in History

Seattle, WA - On June 26, residents of Seattle joined the largest nationwide gathering against offshore drilling ever held. Citizens met at Golden Gardens Park and joined hands as part of a national Hands Across the Sand day of action.

Similar events are taking place from the Pacific to Atlantic Coast, showing thousands of Americans united against offshore drilling and in favor of clean energy in the wake of the BP disaster in the Gulf. 

"This oil disaster is a wake-up call for Puget Sound," said Mike Sato of People For Puget Sound. "We need to be vigilant that Puget Sound is spared from an Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon magnitude oil spill. Big Oil has highly paid lobbyists and deep pocket to influence legislators and regulators in both Washingtons."

"We don't need to destroy any more of America's precious coasts and marine life," said Carrie Dolwick of the Sierra Club, Cascade Chapter. It's time to stand up to the oil industry. It's time to move America beyond oil and into a clean energy future."

The Hands Across the Sand events are aimed at steering America's energy policy away from its dependence on fossil fuels and towards clean energy. The goal is to convince leaders like President Obama to abandon offshore oil drilling and adopt policies that encourage clean energy instead.

"We should be putting our innovation to work to create a 21st century transportation system that will end our dependence on oil and protect America's coasts" said Lisa Quinn, Executive Director of Feet First.

Hands Across The Sand was founded by Floridian Dave Rauschkolb in October of 2009.
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 and CleanEnergy.org