Saturday May 17, 2014 we gathered with other local conservation groups to take a stand against offshore drilling. Close to 50 people joined hands in the Hands Across the Sand event out on Folly Beach.
On the Atlantic coast, this statement is particularly timely as the Obama administration is moving to open the Atlantic coast, from Delaware to Florida, to offshore oil and gas exploration with the end goal of drilling.
We gathered to make a statement that Folly Beach and our coastal environment is more important than the short-sighted plans to expand dirty fossil fuel production, and in coordination with events happening all over the world, ask President Obama and local officials to reject the multitude of risky fossil fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate, including offshore drilling, seismic offshore exploration, and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Folly Beach Mayor Goodwin came out to show support for clean energy, saying NO to dirty fuels.
Brady Quirk-Garvan, Surfrider treasurer and representative with Natural Investments, spoke about the need to invest in clean energy options.
Chris Carnevale, with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, urged participants to get involved and contact local lawmakers about the need to find clean energy solutions in South Carolina.
Mayor Goodwin and other participants held hands, making a statement to lawmakers and policy makers, that offshore drilling is not ok!
Click here to find out more on how you can get involved in protesting offshore drilling.