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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Hands Across the Sand/Land was founded in 2010 and has since grown into an international movement after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster of April 2010. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.

It seeks to reject offshore drilling, the KXL and other tar sands pipelines, hydraulic fracturing, seismic air gun blasting, and call on leaders to protect communities by rejecting projects that expand the extraction and use of fossil fuels and instead accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy.

The foundation propagates the idea of saying “NO to fossil fuels and YES to clean energy” and reaffirms that it is a critical time for our oceans and environment. According to Hands Across the Sand, one way to do this is by organizing, joining hands, and taking pictures and videos of people around the world standing in silent solidarity as a message to national and international leaders.

On Saturday, May 9, Belize was one of the many countries that conducted a Hands Across the Sand event for its 8th anniversary. Belizeans from across the country joined hands on beaches, bridges, sea walls, and other public areas to promote the event. They also stood in solidarity to celebrate Belize’s recent, but historic, decision to implement an offshore oil moratorium

Janelle Chanona, Vice President, Oceana, commented that “this decision by the Belizeans, Government and people therefore makes Belize a global leader not just in coral reef protection but most importantly of the people who depend on them.”