Aug 03 2012

Holding Hands on Folly Against Offshore Drilling

Hands Across the Sand gives new meaning to the phrase “drawing a line in the sand.” This Saturday, they encourage residents and visitors of any political affiliation or belief to come to Folly Beach to join hands in support of clean energy.

This is the third year that Folly Beach has been a part of the nationwide and worldwide event organized by Hands Across the Sand. The non-profit was established to influence world leaders to stop offshore drilling and support clean energy and renewable resources by creating a visible line on the beach, made of people who support these issues. On Saturday, August 4 at noon, in time zones all over the world, hands will be joined for 15 minutes in support of the environment. In South Carolina, Folly and Myrtle Beach will both have organized events.

If you want to participate, come out to the beach in front of the Tides Hotel at 1 Center Street, next to the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier. A press conference is scheduled to begin at 11:20 a.m. with Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin, Energy and Climate Director at Coastal Conservation League Hamilton Davis, and Coastal Climate and Energy Coordinator at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Chris Carnevale speaking about offshore drilling. Hands will be joined from 12:00 to 12:15 p.m. Then, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation will host a beach cleanup as part of the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project.

Participants are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride bikes to the event to further show support for the environment. If you do drive, remember Folly’s parking rules and only park facing the direction of traffic flow, making sure all four tires are off the street.

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