Westside Location added to Hands Across the Sand

SOURCE: Diana LaBedz (DianaLaBedz@aol.com) SUBHEAD: Gather at Salt Pond, Lydgate or Hanalei Beach Parks Saturday WHO: Surfrider Foundation is a national coastal environmental group with chapters on all the major Hawai'an Islands and the coastal United States. WHAT: Kauai citizens will be asked to go to the beach to link hands to stand together against the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to offshore oil drilling in the United States. To organize a national movement to oppose offshore oil drilling and champion clean energy and renewables. These gatherings will bring thousands of American citizens to our beaches and cities and will draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against the threat oil drilling poses to America’s coastal economies and marine environment. WHERE: Salt Pond Beach, Hanalei Beach and Lydgate Beach. WHEN: Saturday, June 26, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM WHY: In reaction to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Surfrider Foundation’s Hawaii Chapters are working with other environmental groups to organize Hands Across the Sands events on beaches across the Islands on Sat., June 26, from 11:00 AM till 12:00 PM. Similar events will also be taking place across the country, and the purpose of these gatherings is to say, NO to more offshore drilling and YES to clean energy! “We are drawing a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling along America’s beaches and in solidarity events across America and around the world,” said event founder Dave Rauschkolb. “No one industry should be able to place entire coastal economies and marine environments at risk with dangerous, dirty mistakes." Hands Across The Sand is endorsed by national environmental organizations including Sierra Club, Audubon, Surfrider Foundation, Oceania, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wilderness League, Ocean Conservancy, Friends of the Earth, Environment America, 350, MoveOn.org, Center for Biological Diversity and www.CleanEnergy.org. Surfrider’s Hawaii Chapters are helping to organize Hands Across the Sand events at Waikiki Beach (Oahu Chapter) and at Baldwin Beach in Paia (Maui Chapter), and on the Kona side of the Big Island as well. For a complete list of venues and more info about the events, please go to: www.handsacrossthesand.org. “Before BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and began spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the Surfrider Foundation had already begun a national campaign to restore the moratorium on offshore drilling,” says Stuart Coleman, Hawaii’s Regional Coordinator. “We believe that our nation's coastlines are vital recreational, economic and ecological treasures, and we cannot risk destroying these valuable natural resources to feed our addiction to oil. Offshore drilling is clearly 'Not the Answer' to our energy needs, and we in Hawai'i must seek cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy." For more information, please go to www.NotTheAnwer.org. CONTACTS: Chapter Chair Steve Benjamin, Surfrider Foundation, Kauai phone: (808) 39 5397 email: Benjamin63@yahoo.com Lygate Beach Park Organizer, Diana LaBedz, Surfrider Foundation , Kauai phone: (808) 337 9977 email: DianaLaBedz@aol.com Hanalei Beach Organizer Fred Voigtel phone: (808) 779-1501 email: vorico@yahoo.com, Rebekah Haroldsen 647-4950 littlemiss4747@yahoo.com Salt Pond Beach, Hanapepe, Organizer Laura Lee email: alohaprojectlll@gmail.com phone: 808-634.0541 http://surfriderkauai.ning.com

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