Residents across Thirteen municipalities join hands as part of the Second Annual “Hands Across the Sand” to Say ‘No’ to Filthy Fuels and ‘Yes’ to Clean Energy - On May 21, 2016, at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in other public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment.
Every year, activists and ocean-lovers host Hands Across the Sand events round the world to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to filthy fuels, and say YES to clean energy. They are joining hands to implore leaders and decision-makers to end dependence on oil and embrace a clean energy future.
Belize was one of 83 countries to observe Hands Across the Sand with participation from hundreds of residents across the following municipalities: Orange Walk town, Dangriga, Belize City, Placencia, Corozal Town, San Ignacio, Hopkins, Sarteneja, Punta Gorda town, Caye Caulker, San Pedro (Headline Picture) and Belmopan.
“The damage from offshore oil to Belize’s marine environment, whether here or as far away as the Gulf of Mexico, is far reaching – from lost tourism revenue to worsening climate disruption. Today we are uniting against dirty fuels and speaking out for clean energy that will benefit us all.” said Janelle Chanona, Oceana Belize’s Vice President.
Belize City crowd at the new BELIZE sign Fort George Area
Dangriga Town in Stann Creek District
Hopkins Village in the Stann Creek District