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Indianans Gather at Whiting Beach Park: I Wanna Hold Your Hand

June 24, 2011

WHITING, Ind. - Thousands plan to join hands along beaches up and down U.S. coastlines Saturday for the second annual "Hands Across the Sand" event, meant to demonstrate opposition to expanded coastal and offshore drilling as well as support for clean-energy choices.

Even Indianans will participate by lining up at noon along Lake Michigan at Whiting Beach Park. Event organizer Jordan Hestermann says the aim is to show support for a range of ideas, including safer drilling and an end to offshore drilling and dependence on fossil fuels.

"That just doesn't make any sense, to make that our only fuel supply, and that's the only one that we can afford. We need to make cleaner energy sources affordable."

Hestermann says cleaner energy is also good for Lake Michigan and Indiana waterways. There were predictions after the Gulf oil spill that it would be forgotten within a year, and Hestermann wants to prove that wrong.

"Last year it was still fresh in everybody's mind, but now we have to move toward cleaner energy."

Participants are asked to arrive at Whiting Beach Park at 11 a.m.

Hundreds of events are planned at noon local time across the nation and in some other countries. Attendees will join hands for 15 minutes while standing along waterways. Details are online at

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - IN