Heather Pearson

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Why I’m marching: I’m marching because I’m concerned about climate justice and human rights. I’m also appalled that Iowa’s elected officials were willing to sell out Iowans’ property rights for a private, export pipeline that puts our soil, water, and climate at risk.

About me: I started my career of public service by speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska. Things turned personal when the Dakota Access Pipeline was proposed to cut 346 miles across Iowa. Early in the fight, I took on a key leadership role, and when all other avenues of resistance were exhausted, I joined the campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience. I risked arrest multiple times and found myself in cuffs on three occasions. I continue my work for climate justice through many channels, including speaking at the Women’s March in Des Moines, the People’s Summit in Chicago, and the Calhoun County, Iowa, courthouse where I used a Climate Emergency justification in defense of a trespassing charge on a Dakota Access construction site. I also work with the Iowa Sierra Club.

Follow me on the March: Follow me on my daily blog on the Iowa Sierra Club Facebook page.

Days Marching: September 1-8

Goal ($20 per day): $160

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