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Hands Across the Sand will hold its 12th annual event, an international day of action on which activists and beachgoers join to rally against against oil companies and offshore drilling, virtually on May 15. Participants urge local, state and federal officials to permanently protect coastlines from the harmful practice.

Local, national and international conservation groups like Sierra Club, a California-focused group with roots in the Lowcountry, organize the virtual demonstration to encourage the growth of clean and renewable energy and promote new jobs in a revitalized, more sustainable energy sector.

“It’s past time to stop selling off America’s coasts to the oil and gas industry and protect our oceans, coastal communities, and the climate,” Beyond Dirty Fuels director Kelly Martin of Sierra Club said in a press release. “The Sierra Club is proud to stand with Hands Across the Sand in calling on the Biden Administration and Congress to permanently reject offshore drilling and transition to clean, renewable energy.”

Participants include conservation advocates from all over the world, and will hear remarks from Hands Across the Sand executives; conservation experts from Belize, Australia and the Bahamas; and Gullah-Geechee nation leaders.

While the annual event is usually held in person, this year, participating groups are going virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Those interested in participating can RSVP online via the Facebook event page.