How does it feel to cross through the dunes that line the Waukegan lakefront, plant your feet in the warm sand, gaze out across the clear blue water of Lake Michigan on a picture-perfect day, and stand hand in hand with friends old and new in a line as long as two football fields end to end?
“Inclusive.” “Far-reaching.” “Inspiring.”
You know you are standing up for something that’s worth protecting. You know you are in good company.
That’s how we felt after Hands Across the Sand: Solidarity for Clean Water & Clean Power, a beach sweep and clean-energy rally hosted by the Clean Power Lake County Campaign on Sunday, September 28, at Waukegan’s Municipal Beach.
And we felt that way whether we hailed from the lakefront communities of Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion or Winthrop Harbor, from other Lake County communities, or even from Joliet and Peoria.
Why we felt so good after Hands Across the Sand:
- We picked up enough litter to fill dozens of garbage bags, which helped enhance Waukegan’s lakefront for the enjoyment of its many visitors.
- We introduced several people who’d never visited Waukegan’s beach to a unique, irreplaceable natural resource.
- We learned how healthier clean-energy economies ensure environmental, economic and social justice.