May 18, 2018
Hands Across the Sand on Ocracoke Scheduled for Saturday
early January, President Donald Trump’s administration announced a
five-year plan that would invite drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and
Arctic oceans. So, with the real possibility of offshore drilling
off the mid-Atlantic coast looming again, islanders and visitors will
once again have an opportunity to show their opposition by
participating in Hands Across the Sand demonstration at noon Saturday
(May 19) at the Lifeguard Beach.
event is held to raise awareness about the protection of coastal
economies, oceans, marine wildlife, the fishing industry and coastal
ecosystems. It began in 2010 and grew into an international
movement after the BP oil disaster in April 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.
Ocracoke has participated every year since its beginnings.
to Oceana, the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy
organization, as of April 2018, more than 190 East Coast municipalities
and over 1,200 local, state and federal elected officials have opposed
offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration. Hyde County
Commissioners have voiced their opposition.
than 100 events in 17 states and seven countries have already
registered on the Hands Across the Sands website. In North Carolina, in
addition to Ocracoke, groups will gather in Nags Head, Emerald Isle,
Wrightsville and Sunset Beach as well as the other beaches of Brunswick
is asked to meet at the beach, and all will hold hands at noon for 15
minutes, said Mickey Baker, the Ocracoke Island coordinator.
founder of LegaSea, a Manteo- and Ocracoke-based grass-roots group,
Baker fought against and defeated a similar plan in the late
1980s, leading to a 20-year moratorium on drilling off the coast.
For more information, go to: http://handsacrossthesand.org.