Hands Across the Sand rallies for clean energy
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 May, 2014 - The Surfrider Foundation, the Sierra Club and Livable Communities Hawaii will host a Hands Across the Sand Rally on Sat., May 17, from 11:00am – 1:00pm at Ala Moana Beach, near Magic Island.
Featuring guest speakers, food and networking, the rally will gather participants on the beach to join hands and form a long line in the sand, saying No to dirty fossil fuels and Yes to clean, renewable energy.
Established four years ago after BP’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hands Across the Sand events are held each year at beaches and coastal areas across the country and around the world.
“I founded Hands Across the Sand to bring organizations and individuals together to send a powerful message to leaders that expanding oil drilling in our oceans is a dirty, dangerous endeavor,” says Dave Rauschkolb, the founder.
“Every oil spill endangers the coastal tourism industries, ravages the sea life and seafood industry and impacts the lives of every person in its path for generations.”
Participants hope to send a clear signal to government officials and HECO management that it’s time to move beyond the state’s costly dependence on imported oil and toward locally produced energy sources. “Here in Hawai'i, this issue is especially urgent because our utility is slowing the rate of solar adoption,” says Caitlin Pomerantz of the Sierra Club.
“Meanwhile, electricity rates are skyrocketing as we continue to get over 90% of our energy from imported fossil fuels. Increasing access to rooftop solar helps Hawai'i achieve energy independence, lower energy costs and reduce our contribution to climate change; that's why 94% of Hawai'i residents support it.”
Following a ruling by the Public Utilities Commission that directed HECO to speed up the adoption of rooftop solar within the next 120 days, participants at the rally will start a petition to hold HECO accountable to that deadline.
The rally will highlight a new poster and campaign called A Tale of Two Futures: The Choice Is Ours. “Shot by Surfrider’s Rafael Bergstrom, the photograph shows two alternatives for Hawaii’s people,” says Stuart Coleman of the Surfrider Foundation.
“The Dependence on Oil image features World Champion Bodysurfer and lifeguard Mark Cunningham sprawled on the beach with an IV full of oil attached to his arm, as petroleum executives grin over the $5-7 billion that Hawaii spends each year on imported fuel.
The second image Energy Independence features Longboard Champ Kelia Moniz surrounded by local representatives of wind and solar energy, which creates local jobs, stimulates the state’s economy and reduces oil spills, climate change and sea level rise.”