A coalition of faith and environmental groups will host a Hands Across the Sand event at noon May 19 on the beach in front of Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.

The event is part of a worldwide movement that started in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Citizens will join hands in defense of the world’s oceans at noon May 19 and to show solidarity for a clean energy future.

The gathering in Rehoboth Beach will aim to show unified opposition to the Donald Trump administration’s recent proposal to allow oil and gas exploration and development in the Atlantic Ocean, including areas off Delaware’s coast.

In January, the Trump administration unveiled its first draft of a new Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program that proposed opening more than 90 percent of U.S. offshore regions to oil and gas development. The draft plan ignored coastal opposition and a grassroots movement that compelled the previous administration to abandon plans to pursue offshore drilling and exploration along the Atlantic coast.

Citizens will join Epworth United Methodist Church, Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter, Oceana, the MERR Institute, Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, Delaware Sierra Club, Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and others to oppose the industrialization of coastal communities and the risk of another BP Deepwater Horizon-like incident.

For more, visit stopthedrill.org and handsacrossthesand.org.