Hundreds of people lined the shores all across Australia for Hands Across the Sand on Saturday 21st May, to protest against BP’s plans to drill for oil in the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight.
Check out the St Kilda event video below.
Hands Across the Sand events was held all around the world to raise awareness of the risks posed by the offshore oil and gas industry, with hands symbolising a barrier to oil hitting our shores.
Hands Across the Sand started in the United States after BP caused the world’s biggest oil spill accident in 2010, when 800 million litres of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days, killing millions of fish and seabirds, 600-800,000 coastal birds and an estimated 75,000 dolphins and whales, and destroying thousands of people’s lives and livelihoods. Just last week, Shell proved again that oil accidents are not uncommon when it spilled more than 330,000 litres of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Now BP wants to drill in the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight, which are far more treacherous and more remote than the Gulf of Mexico.