Hands Across the Sands – Willows Beach – Coming August 4, 2012 – Press Release:
HANDS ACROSS THE (TAR) SAND(S)
- Contact: Renee Lindstrom FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Hands Across the Sand – Willows Beach on August 4th!
Victoria, BC – local residents Renee Lindstrom and Zia Cole have announced their plans for the 3rd annual Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday, August 4th, but this year founder Dave Rauschkolb has nicknamed the event “Hands Across the Tar Sands.” Everyone is invited to gather at Willows Beach at 11 a.m. At 12 noon, participants will form a line in the sand and join hands for 15 minutes.
People will be lining up at hands at Hands Across the Sand events all over the world on August 4th to support clean energy solutions. “This isn’t your typical social activism event,” says Lindstrom. “It’s a coming together of different traditions for a common purpose, recognizing the longing of humanity to deepen our connections while caring for our oceans, coastlines, and marine life.”
Rauschkolb founded the movement in Florida in 2010 as a response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and it quickly caught on. On June 26, 2010, more than 1000 events were held in 43 countries worldwide. In Victoria, over 400 people showed up at Willows Beach to join hands, forming a line that stretched from one end of the beach to the other.
“This year,” says Cole, “Rauschkolb is asking Canadians to stand together against the ever-expanding Tar Sands. Air and water pollution, habitat and species destruction are all direct results of these operations in northern Alberta that affect us all. It’s absolutely vital that we make the shift from toxic to clean, renewable energy sources right now – and this event is a positive step in that direction!”
The aim of Hands Across the Sand is simple: joining hands sends a powerful visual message of solidarity to world leaders. People are unified in the defense of the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the food they consume from dirty energy sources. Joining hands in this way means supporting clean energy solutions.
“People are invited to join our Facebook Page by searching ‘Hands Across the Sands – Victoria, BC’,” says Lindstrom, “and if anyone is interested in helping us promote this event, please feel free to get in touch.”
“In 2010, there were 400 of us at Willows Beach,” adds Cole. “This year, let’s make it a thousand!”
For more information on the global event, visit: www.handsacrossthesand.com.
On Saturday, June 25, 2011 for the second year Victorians gathered at Willows Beach, Victoria, B.C., to hold hands at noon. It was a peaceful stand with a powerful message; “Yes” to clean, renewable energy!The Movement Started In Florida on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Thousands of Floridians representing 60 towns and cities and over 90 beaches joined hands to protest the efforts by the Florida Legislator and the US Congress to lift the ban on oil drilling in the near and off shores of Florida. Florida’s Hands Across The Sand event was the largest gathering in the history of Florida united against oil drilling. Thousands joined hands from Jacksonville to Miami Beach and Key West to Pensacola Beach, each against oil drilling in Florida’s waters…. Willows Beach, 2011 Victoria participates in June, 2010
Renee Lindstrom, Guy Dauncey & Lisa Cole
Caring Community of Victoria For more information on our local event, visit our Facebook Page or contact Willows Beach Event coordinators Renee Lindstrom or Lisa Cole at
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- visit global event site – www.handsacrossthesand.com
- listen to a podcast - http://www.surfrider.org/jims-blog/entry/a-literal-line-in-the-sand-the-dave-rauschkolb-podcast
Past Events – Hands Across the Sands – Willows Beach - 2010/2011