By Nikki Brooks
On Saturday, February 3rd, hundreds of people gathered at Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz to protest future offshore oil drilling. As the sun shone down and the Monterey bay shimmered in the background, they marched along West Cliff and assembled at Cowell’s beach. The protestors stood in a formation to spell out “No Drilling” on the sandy shore.
Early this year President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke proposed to open up California Coasts to new offshore oil drilling and leasing. The gathering on Saturday was to show opposition to this proposal, especially any new drilling in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and other areas off of the California Coast. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is home to diverse and productive marine ecosystems and has been protected from oil drilling since 1992.
Save Our Shores organized this event and state and local leaders and activists spoke about the importance of protecting this area of the coast and the actions they are taking to prevent new offshore drilling. A local, young student and environmentalist, Ruby Rorty, gave an inspiring speech about including youth in conversations and approaches to protect our environment. They are the leaders of tomorrow.
Please go to http://saveourshores.org to find ways to let your voice be heard and to learn how to get involved with this important issue.