Fairbanks Hosts its First "Hands Across the Sands" Event
Fairbanks is located in the interior of Alaska, but what happens in our oceans affects us all. As a gateway to the Arctic, we express solidarity with coastal peoples. On August 4th, we'll gather at the Northern Center (830 College Road) at 11am to share stories about the Arctic Ocean, take the official hands across the sands (backyard) picture, and enjoy a potluck picnic.
On Saturday, August 4th Fairbanksans gathered in the Northern Center backyard to participate for the first time in the global "Hands Across the Sand" movement-- interior style.
We grilled wild salmon as guest speaker Daniel Lum from Barrow and his children talked about the importance of the ocean. Princess Lucaj of the Gwich'in Steering Committee shared stories about the power of the ocean.
Fairbanks is located in the center of Alaska, but what happens in our oceans affects us all. As a gateway to the Arctic, we expressed our solidarity with coastal peoples.
Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations and the borders of the world. This movement is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries. The accidents that continue to happen in offshore oil drilling are a threat to all of the above. Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing Clean Energy is. On a local, national and global level, joining hands sends a powerful visual message of human solidarity. Unified in defense of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we consume from dangerous, dirty energy sources. every time we join hands that message is reinforced. A line in the sand is a powerful thing.