Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Activists from across the world gathered across beaches Saturday to protest the current energy policies and to the change the way oil is drilled off the coast.
"Join us, hands across the sand!" protestors shouted. "Against off-shore drilling! We don't want it here, it isn't just in the United States it's worldwide! India has already done it!"
From the Grand Strand to the Low Country and across the Carolinas, cities like Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Charlotte had activists protesting off-shore drilling in response to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Activists say this global gathering is just the beginning.
"Hopefully people get the message that we need to start somewhere, and this is people saying we need to start," Lauren Greoski said.
Participants say they got the message from social networking sites like Facebook. In Charlotte, nearly 100 people gathered at a pond.
"It's going to take awhile change is really hard, change is very hard for Americans," said Mary Max Neely, event organizer for the Myrtle Beach event. "We're spoiled, we've had all the natural resources for eons, and now we've got to tighten our belts."
However, some beachgoers who witnessed the event had mixed emotions. Protestors on the beach didn't get support from everyone.
"There's nothing wrong with drilling and all of the drilling we've had so far no problems," said John Wilson. "One time, but then they made a political game out of the drilling."