After hearing about a national movement where cities were banding together to oppose offshore drilling while championing clean energy and renewables, I felt that Buffalo would be missing the boat if we sat idly by. On June 26th (11am) supporters of this environmental message are being asked to walk or bike to Emerald Beach at Erie Basin Marina to draw a (human) line in the sand… literally. At that same point in time, thousands of people from across the nation will also be gathering in hopes of amassing a loud enough message, or voice, that will travel to local and national representatives. The movement is being called Hands Across The Sand.
The message is clear. We need to reevaluate the direction that we continue to head in, while opting to provide incentives to those in the alternative energy fields and industries. Greater Buffalo’s voice should be heard, especially when considering our triumphant achievements in hydro-electricity and our newfound wind advancements. Buffalo is joining 23 additional beach sites in New York State alone to press the issue – supporters are being asked to arrive at Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina at 11am (rain or shine). At noon we will join hands in a show of support for the Gulf Coast, alternative energies and the end of near and offshore drilling practices.
Ride for Roswell is also on June 26th – unfortunately this is a national event and there was no way to choose a different date. If you have any questions regarding the gathering, please send an email here.
Facebook event – Please sign up as a participant/guest on that day!
Barry David Butler’s video and song: Hands Across The Sand
Blog on offshore drilling, it is not the answer.
*Photo: BRO’s Nathan Mroz (The Rake) and his mom were recently spotted cleaning up the smaller debris at Emerald Beach – just in time for the Hands Across The Sand gathering.