Saturday, June 26 was "Hands Across the Sand," a national movement saying no to off shore drilling and yes to clean energy, and Ocracoke Island was my official beach.
Actually (and I quote from their website)..."It is not about politics, it is about protection of our coastal economics, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry."
I understand there were 800 chapters participating on Saturday as well.
We began meeting at 11:00 at the beach signing petitions and sending personal notes on seashells to Governor BevPerdue of North Carolina. Folks kept coming to join us as the hour progressed. The Ocracoke Island sign was pulled out of retirement (used 25 years ago in a similar situation) and was the center of our group. At 12:00 we held hands for 15 minutes on the beach. Some sang...others prayed...others stood quietly as the water lapped up onto our barefoot...protecting the pure clean water of Ocracoke Island.
The photos are from that morning. A special thanks to Kitty Mitchell for all her work!