We are back in Laredo and all kinds of excitement is swirling in our border city (aka The Hottest Place Around – as Laredo is called by my friend Julie). Pulling into a gas station on Santa Ursula, I ran into Greenpeace volunteers! They were on their way to Monterrey, Mexico for an environmental meeting with their solar mobile. It is a demonstration machine of how the photovoltaic cells that are on top of their vehicle extend to twice their size and can power THREE houses for an entire day on the one charge.
Greenpeace has been very active with multiple environmental issues but is famous for its very visual protests and awareness campaigns. Unfortunately, sometimes it has overshadowed the good done with its hands-on volunteers.
Amy, pictured below, said that a team of volunteers had driven the Greenpeace solar mobile from Maine to Kentucky. She and her team (two others) had driven from Kentucky to hopefully deliver it to Monterrey, Mexico. To be young and full of volunteer spirit again, sigh… I would so do what they are doing, mmmm…, well, something similar.
There is a way to be involved this weekend, though, if you are against offshore oil drilling. In light of the horrific disaster with the BP’s oil gush into the Gulf of Mexico, the Hands Across the Sand movement is generating even more awareness of the dangers with increased drilling and our insatiable appetite for oil and other energies.
Greenpeace in partnership with other organizations will be participating this weekend in Hands Across the Sand this weekend. Head out by 11:00am to Padre Island, McGee Beach in Corpus Christi, Zahn Road in Corpus Christi, Beach Access Road #2 in Port Aransas, or Stewart Beach in Galveston.
From the Hands Across the Sand website:
Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting all of the above from the devastating effects of oil drilling.
I wish Amy and her two companions a safe trip as they drive to Monterrey in their very conspicuous vehicle. I don’t know much about the environemental meeting being held in Monterrey but maybe it is in preparation for the UN climate conference in Mexico being held in late November. I searched online but could only find references to the UN climate conference and not what is happening in the next week or so. Still – best of luck in sharing information on solar energy and maybe Laredo can someday be an example for others on solar power, we have PLENTY of it 🙂