Jason Mraz checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@jasonmraz) on Thursday (June 24), talking about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and his participation in Saturday’s Hands Across the Sand event, which saw people demonstrating against offshore oil drilling more than 750 beaches across America. The San Diego singer songwriter tells readers:
I don’t live THAT close to the beach. I have to drive at least 20 minutes to get to my local break and that’s IF I catch all the green lights. Recently I’ve been holding a heavy stomach about that simple drive – guzzling gas up and down my coast in search of waves. The onshore wind and overcast skies make the water crumbly and near-impossible to surf, though – I’m grateful the water is clean.
All along the beaches of our Gulf Coast, surfers, fisherman and summer vacationing families and businesses are beginning to see the Oil devastation up close. For those who love a simple walk on the beach now walk in disbelief and have to watch closely to avoid walking in hazardous tar. Swimming is out of the question – and with oil still flowing offshore, it could be years before these coasts are suitable to support life and recreation.
Watch a WOOD TV8 report about the Hands Across the Sand protest via YouTube below.