Hand in hand, advocacy groups to regroup for clean energy | Coastal Review – Coastal Review Online

by | May 16, 2022 | Energy

A past Hands Across the Sand in Emerald Isle. Photo: Sue Stone
Clean energy supporters have a chance to speak out against fossil fuels Saturday during this year’s Hands Across the Sand. 
Hands Across the Sand is part of a national movement founded in 2009 by Floridian Dave Rauschkolb. Every year on the third Saturday of May, those who want to draw what organizers call “metaphorical and actual lines in the sand” line up to join hands in silence for 15 minutes.
Dozens of synchronized events planned by local organizers are to take place Saturday in the country, including four in North Carolina. Events are planned in Wrightsville Beach, Emerald Isle, Surf City and Oak Island. 
Although organizers held virtual events the last few years because of COVID-19, supporters will be back in person this year.
Wrightsville Beach
Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter and Save Our Sea NC are teaming up to host the Hands Across the Sand event Saturday in Wrightsville Beach. 
Participants can meet at 8:30 a.m. on the sand at the Stone Street beach access to stand together along the shoreline for 15 minutes. There will be a group photo taken followed by a beach cleanup. Parking is free at Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church, 601 Causeway Drive, from 8-11 a.m. Marked spaces are not to be used.
Amanda Jacobs, executive board member with Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter, told Coastal Review Friday that the organization had been involved in Hands Across the Sand since the first event in 2010 and continues to be because it brings “about awareness around the world to the dangers of fossil fuels to our rivers, oceans and waterways.” 
She said she hopes those attending will learn that “our environment, especially where we live on the coast is fragile and our decisions not only impact us but our environment. There are clean energy resources available to us and they are worth seeking out.”
Jacobs explained that during COVID, events were limit …

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