Environment / Weekend News

Oceana stages national anti offshore drilling event

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

On Saturday afternoon Oceana held “Hands Across the Sand,” an event observed internationally in protest of offshore drilling and oil exploration.

Seleshia Guy, Oceana Belize district representative said the event has been ovserved anually all over the world for the last six years since the BP Oil spill and has gained much momentum, culminating with the events in Belize on Saturday.

According to Guy, Saturday’s observation of the event isn’t the first time it has been held in the country as it was observed several years ago, but it was the first time it has been celebrated in Belize City and organized on a national level.

Apart from Belize City, supporters gathered around the same time at noon in San Pedro, Dangriga, Corozal, Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, Placencia and Hopkins. The anti-offshore drilling advocates held hands as a sign of solidarity for 10 minutes and then hoisted their arms in unison signalling the championing of their cause.

The Belize City event garnered well over 100 supporters in the blistering noon-time heat at the Lighthouse.

Guy said the turnout is testament to the kind of support the issue is generating because people from different generations and walks of life showed up in support. According to Guy, the only advertising they did was via social media and word of mouth, so the turn out was very encouraging.

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