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A Message to the World

May 21st 2016 is our next event! Start planning now. WE WERE A TOTAL SUCCESS! Thank you to ALL the Hands Heroes who hosted and organized events all over the world on May 16th!!!  You ALL joined hands against seismic air gun blasting and the threat of offshore drilling around the world. Our events were in Greece, Belize, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, India, Egypt, Canada and 20 States around our nation. Thousands of people joined hands to say NO to offshore drilling plans and yes to figuring out renewable energies. We attended the Blue Vision Summit that was attended by many ocean organizations and 150 of us visited 120 congressional offices. WE must send all the amazing pictures to our elected officials. It is time for education. Drilling is planned for the Arctic very soon! The entire East Coast is next. Just look what happened in Santa Barbara! Visit our FB page at:

Everyone worried about saving our planet from filthy fuels. WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its draft five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. The plan, which covers all potential leasing from 2017 to 2022, includes parts of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. In addition, President Obama permanently withdrew some of the important wildlife areas of the Arctic Ocean from future oil and gas leasing. The Atlantic planning area includes the waters off of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Thank you to our sponsors – Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Oceana, Friends of the Earth, Center for a Sustainable Coast and Gulf Restoration Network for an amazing 2015 day of global action.

Join Hands to end our dependence on dangerous, dirty fuels. Join Hands to end global warming and climate change. Join Hands to embrace Clean Energy. “It’s the most important thing we can do as human beings” Dave Rauschkolb, founder.

Hands Across the Sand / Land, founded in 2010, grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.

Four years later, as millions begin to understand that President Obama’s Climate Action Plan falls short if it fails to address keeping dirty fuels in the ground, there’s a rising tide of grassroots activism demanding that we choose a clean energy future over the dangerous and dirty fuels of the 20th century.

The coalition of organizations, activists and citizens around the world bring the message of clean energy to local and world leaders.

We invite activists to organize hundreds of events and Join Hands creating a powerful image to send to our elected officials.

We invite activists to call for the President to reject KXL and other tar sands pipelines and call on local and state leaders to protect our communities by rejecting projects that expand the extraction and use of fossil fuels — and instead accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy.

In addition, these events will highlight urgent national and regional issues including:

And calling attention to the impact of climate disruption such as rising sea levels, super storms, drought, forest fires, flooding and ocean acidification.

Join Hands with us! It’s easy, visit our resource page for help.

Host an event in your local area.

It’s easy to do:

Click on the box with the Ocean issues or Land issues and register your event.

We provide everything you need to create a successful experience.

Whether it’s a group of 2 or 10,000 — it doesn’t matter.

Get involved.

Let’s stand together and “Say NO to dirty fuels and YES to clean energy.

Thank you 2014 #JoinHANDS participants!


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No to dirty fuels, yes to clean energy

A message from the founder, Dave Rauschkolb

How to
Join Hands
on May 21, 2016

Go to an event location near you at 11 AM, in your time zone, for one hour, rain or shine.
Join hands for 15 minutes at 12:00 PM, in your time zone, forming lines in the sand, or on the land, against dirty fuels. Say yes to clean energy and renewables.
Leave only your footprints. In addition, consider getting involved in a local organization that supports clean energy.

Event Day Tips

  1. Use only approved locations. This includes beach access and parking, plus parks and recreational areas.
  2. Create a long line, or as many lines as you wish.
  3. Be courteous and respectful to those who disagree with your view.
  4. Please steer clear of bird nesting areas (refer to Audubon’s recommendations).

    If at beach, stay away from sea turtle nesting areas (visit Sea Turtle Oversight Protection for more information).

    In addition, respect any flora and fauna (plants and animals) for your particular region.
  5. Leave nothing but footprints...and enjoy yourself!