Joe Biden loves Big Oil

Dear Friends, [CHECK OUT BOLD IOWA’S VIDEO FROM JOE BIDEN’S DES MOINES RALLY] Joe Biden’s campaign bulldozer rolled across Iowa last week. (Tune in to the Fallon Forum, 11:00-12:00 noon today, May 6, as Charles Goldman and I analyze Biden’s Iowa launch. You can also hear the conversation as a podcast and on KHOI 89.1 FM in Ames, KICI 105.3 FM in Iowa City, and other stations across the country.) After stops in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Iowa City — where Biden barely mentioned climate Continue reading →

Biden not there on climate

Dear Friends, As further evidence of the efficacy of bird-dogging — or penguin-popping, as my daughter Fionna suggests we call it — look no further than Joe Biden’s just-finished campaign blitz through Iowa. At his first three stops — Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Iowa City — Biden barely mentioned climate change. “He made some basic statement about climate, but it wasn’t anything like we’d want to hear,” said Christine Lehman-Engledow, who attended Biden’s rally in Cedar Rapids. In Iowa City, Diane Lahr reports, “There was some Continue reading →

Bold Climate Penguins grill Andrew Yang

Dear Friends, We kick-off this week’s Fallon Forum with Dara Jefferson and Oliviah Walker of the Meskwakie Tribe, discussing the upcoming National Day of Awareness rally for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It’s at the Iowa State Capitol, Sunday, May 5 at 1:00. Come stand with our Native allies who are fighting to let people know of this tragedy — and let’s do something about it! On this week’s Forum, I also talk with Sam Kuhn and Matthew Peirce — two young activists who have Continue reading →

A workshop you don’t want to miss

Dear Friends, Honestly, saving the world shouldn’t be this much fun. At Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dog Workshop (April 25, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant Street in Des Moines), you’ll not only learn a lot but the role plays we’re preparing will be creative and, well, a blast. Sign up today as we’re limiting the workshop to 100 people. Whether you’ve bird-dogged before or are a newbie, this two-hour workshop will give you the tools you need to effectively agitate for climate Continue reading →

Farewell, LaVerne Johnson

Dear Friends, Sadly, those of us fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) lost one of our strongest allies this week. LaVerne Johnson died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday. My heart goes out to his wife, family, and closest friends — though he will be missed by more people than he would have imagined. I first met Vern four years ago this month, when I walked the proposed Iowa route of DAPL. Recalling my first conversation with Vern always brings back a smile. In the most Continue reading →

Working with Warren

Dear Friends, For evidence that our Climate Bird Dog initiative is having an impact, check with Elizabeth Warren. Bold Iowa has mobilized 31 people to attend Warren campaign events in 6 cities. We’ve asked questions during the formal program and talked with her one-on-one on several occasions. Most recently 9 climate bird dogs stood directly in front of Warren as she spoke to a packed room in West Des Moines. She referenced our signs several times during her speech. After the formal program, her state Continue reading →

Changing the Conversation on Climate

Dear Friends, [SIGN UP HERE FOR BOLD’S CLIMATE BIRD DOG WORKSHOP, APRIL 25!] Our hearts and minds strain to process the flood of climate-enhanced destruction in Iowa, Nebraska, and eastern Africa. Yet in the broader fight against climate chaos, signs of encouragement are growing: There’s this story: Citing climate change, U.S. judge blocks oil and gas drilling in large swath of Wyoming. And this: Court upholds ruling that bars Keystone XL pipeline work. Hopefully, these rulings bode well for a favorable outcome in the landowner/Iowa Sierra Continue reading →

A flood of hopes and fears

Many of us continue to feel the benefits of our time together last September during the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March. As Manape Lamere said, “We walk together today so we can work together in the future.” Something like that. If I botched the quote, Manape will correct me, right? So much is going on these days, it’s hard to know where to start. These are both the most encouraging and discouraging of times, as attested to in this message from Jeff Kisling: Continue reading →

School Strike for Climate!

Dear Friends, Socrates was condemned for corrupting the youth of Athens. At the risk of being accused of corrupting the youth of Iowa, I ask K-12 and college students to join School Strike for Climate on March 15 … and beyond. All successful movements are built on a foundation of failure interspersed with moments of incremental progress. It’s important to recognize the seeds of climate action sown in the past. But with only eleven years to transform our world to keep global warming below 1.5° Continue reading →

“Everything needs to change, and it has to start today.”

Dear Friends, “Everything needs to change, and it has to start today.” Those are the words of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden. If even 1 percent of the 8,500 people receiving this email watch Greta’s speech and embrace her call to “change everything,” we’d have another 85 people committed to tackling the climate crisis. What an impact that would have! So please, invest eleven minutes and eleven seconds RIGHT NOW in this simple ask. Watch Greta’s TED talk. And if you’re as inspired as I Continue reading →