The San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will hold its annual “Hands Across the Sand” event at La Jolla Aug. 4 to protest offshore oil drilling, event organizers said on Friday.
The protest is expected to begin at noon, according to the Surfrider Foundation.
“We are asking San Diegans to help us draw a line in the sand, literally and figuratively, to demonstrate our opposition to offshore drilling and support for clean energy alternatives. The future of our oceans, waves and beaches depends on it,” said Haley Jain Haggerstone, local chapter coordinator.
The Surfrider Foundation opposes any new offshore drilling and said an increase will add to the degradation of the sea and marine life.
Tommy Hough, the local chapter's communications coordinator, said Hands Across the Sand would urge politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to reinstate the federal moratorium on new offshore oil drilling.
“Californians want to move beyond fossil fuels. We're tired of putting our oceans at risk and selling short the promise of clean energy alternatives. Long-term, moving beyond oil is the only solution,” Hough said.
–City News Service