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Jun 292010

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

In a symbolic but moving gesture, the Hands Across the Sands oil drilling protest on Saturday brought out people from Miami to Melbourne to stand in solidarity for clean beaches, and against more offshore oil drilling.

There were events around the world, but the turnout was especially heavy in the U.S., spanning the nation from High Line Park in New York City and Nags Head in North Carolina in the East, to Puget Sound and Los Angeles and several beaches in between on the West Coast. People lined up in Anchorage and Maui.

But Floridians, where Hands began last year, and other Gulf Coasters took the lead, turning out in force on shores threatened by BP’s out-sized, oozing and seemingly unstoppable oopsie.

Many photos document this touching turnout on the Sands’ Facebook page. We’ve brought you a few selected shots:

The message is clear here on this Pinellas County beach in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area

Nothing quite says “Don’t Drill Our Beaches” like “Don’t Drill Our Beaches.” In Pinellas County they’ve got some beautiful white sand in the way of that oil slick in the gulf, and the message was clear.

May 072010

From Green Right Now Reports

Streetfilms and Streetsblog San Francisco, which looks at how transportation affects the lives of Bay Area residents, has debuted a short film series called Bay Area Street Portraits as a way to commemorate Bike Month.

The videos looks at people who’ve made biking a big part of their life and will be posted on Wednesdays this May.

The first one features Terri Saul, a bicyclist and artist whose paintings are inspired by bicycling and her Native American roots. The film also highlights her daughter Lyda, who bicycles to school. The film was produced, shot and edited by Charlotte Buchen, a producer at Front Line/World.

Sep 012009

By David Louie

SANTA CLARA, CA (KGO) — One hundred Bay Area college students put in a summer’s worth of work to show how to save energy. They created what they hope will be an award-winning example of a solar-powered, energy-efficient house. >> Read the full story

Dec 292008

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

For years, California has been a leader of environmental policy — writing it’s own stricter rules for pesticide controls, air pollution and waste disposal as it sees fit, regardless of whether the nation is following along.

In the 1990s, the state pushed the leading edge of a technology that many of us wish had been pursued more aggressively when it hosted a test of modern electric cars, a fairly successful experiment that was regrettably  shoved into neutral by U.S. automakers.

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