Transition Sarasota Joins Hands across Siesta Key Beach

On Saturday May 18, Transition Sarasota organized a Hands Across the Sand event, which was part of a national day of action where community members joined hands to form a line that symbolized their support for the protection of coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries.

At the Transition Sarasota event, forty-two people joined hands across Siesta Key beach. The organizers encouraged a low-carbon caravan to the event, asking people to ride their bikes, board a bus (event participants received free round-trip bus passes), or join an electric vehicle parade to the beach.

Supporters voiced their concern about damage that happens due to offshore oil drilling accidents, hydraulic fracturing, the Alberta tar Sands, mountain top removal mining, and about coal fired power plants. In his remarks at the event, Transition Sarasota leader Don Hall, reflected on an earlier gathering at Siesta Key Beach, “As you may or may not know, three years ago, while oil was still flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, approximately 3,250 people (including nearly every politician within 100 miles) gathered here on Siesta Key Beach to say NO to offshore oil drilling and YES to clean energy. Though that well has long since been capped, we are gathered here today because we realize the threat to our beaches and our climate has not passed.” Click here to read the rest of Don’s remarks.

 

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