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Say “no” to offshore drilling and “yes” to clean energy

June 23, 2010

Please Join Us!

On Saturday, June 26, people across the globe will gather at their local beaches and riverfronts to draw a line in the sand and say “no” to offshore drilling and “yes” to a clean energy future for America. Gatherings have been organized in all fifty states and numerous countries around the world. The global web site, www.handsacrossthesand.com, recounts the origins of the event as well as its vision and goals. National sponsors include Sierra Club, Audubon, Defenders of Wildlife, Greenpeace, 350.org, moveon.org and 42 other groups. Locally the event is being hosted by the Global Warming Solutions Group of Central Illinois, Peoria Families Against Toxic Waste, and the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club.

Event details for Peoria are as follows:

What: Hands Across the Sand is an international movement made up of people of all walks of life and all political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of America’s coasts, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry.  It is being organized to oppose offshore oil drilling and champion clean energy and renewables. We aim to convince our State officials, Congress and President Obama to stop the expansion of offshore oil drilling and to adopt policies encouraging clean and renewable energy sources.   We believe clean renewable energy is the only way to safeguard America’s future.
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010 starting at 1030AM
Where: Peoria Riverfront Clock Tower (at the South Side Bank Plaza just north of Riverfront Village where Joe’s Crab Shack is located)
Who: Everyone in the community is invited to attend. All organizations that share the vision are invited to join as co-sponsors of the event.
Tentative Schedule:
1030AM A variety of 3-5 minute speakers … sponsoring organizations, environmental educators, and politicians
1055AM Organize gathering to draw a line in the sand and join hands
1100AM Symbolic joining of hands/drawing of a line in the sand to show solidarity with gulf coast communities, opposition to offshore drilling and support for clean renewable energy

For press inquiries about the event, contact Kiersten Sheets of Global Warming Solutions (wtigerme@yahoo.com, 251-4950) or Cara Rossen of Peoria Families Against Toxic Waste (carayogamama@gmail.com, 339-9733).

Organizations interested in signing on as sponsors can contact Tracy Fox (tracyfox@verizon.net, 369-5331).

Please help us get the word out!

Tracy Meints Fox

309-369-5331

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