I met Ed Fallon when we were both in our early 20s. I was looking for a third roommate in my run-down, three-story, sloped-floor apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts, on the border of Cambridge. He was an itinerant musician, believer in all causes to save our planet, and general nice guy. We campaigned against nuclear power together, and I followed his trajectory as he grew from farming his family property in Ireland, to winning a seat in the Iowa house of representatives, to hosting a radio talk-show and, in the past few years, to organizing the longest climate-change march in history.
"We can't have continued expansion of the fossil fuel infrastructure," said Fallon, who walked the entire pipeline path in opposition to the project. "Without the pipeline, oil isn’t going to be extracted. Without the pipeline, oil isn't going to be burned and the carbon won't find its way to the atmosphere."
The volunteers, some dressed up as penguins to memorialize the loss of the world’s second-largest emperor penguin colony last April on Antarctica, were especially concerned with whether candidates supported the Dakota Access Pipeline, which crosses 18 Iowa counties carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The proposal by the Texas-based company Energy Transfer to double its capacity is “hands down the biggest climate story here in Iowa,” Fallon says.
Dear Friends, Before we share positive news about the Climate Crisis Parade, please take a moment to donate. Bold Iowa was a key leader in organizing the Parade (check out some of the photos here), and we need your support as we move forward in 2020. Ok, so you’re wondering about the title of this message: One Million Californians March for Climate Action in Iowa. Shortly before the Caucuses, Andrew Yang referenced Iowa’s huge influence on the presidential nomination process, saying, “I did the math; Continue reading →
Bold Iowa is mentioned in this article by Amelia Diehl on the growing opposition to expanding DAPL: “Ed Fallon, an organizer with Bold Iowa, doesn’t think it’s a guaranteed rubber stamp; IUB didn’t consider climate change when the pipeline was first approved, but this will be central to the argument to fight the increased capacity. The pipeline was a ‘wake up call for people,’ Fallon said, ‘who have never seen anything like this before.'” #NoDAPL Fights On in Illinois
THE DAILY BEAST One of Klobuchar’s Biggest Backers Is ‘the Worst Company in the World’ The Minnesota senator stresses her humble background on the campaign trail, but her political rise has been funded in part by one of the biggest names in agribusiness. Scott Bixby, National Reporter Updated Feb. 13, 2020 11:10AM ET Published Feb. 13, 2020 4:53AM ET Near the end of a debate performance that arguably pulled her presidential campaign back on track, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) made the case to New Hampshire voters that her family’s hardscrabble background Continue reading →
On February 1, Telemundo’s award-winning news show, Noticias Telemundo, did an excellent job covering the Climate Crisis Parade! Even if you can’t speak Spanish, the visuals say quite a lot. Continue reading →
The Washington Free Beacon: None of the presidential candidates show up to the following morning’s Climate Crisis Parade, but the marchers don’t care. They came for one reason and one reason only: The media is also here. “Des Moines will be swarming with national and international media during the days leading up to the Caucuses on February 3, giving Iowans a unique opportunity to take our message about the urgency of climate change to the media and the general public,” announced prior to the march. Continue reading →
On February 1, 2020, over 1,000 people marched through downtown Des Moines, from Cowles Commons to the Iowa Events Center, to bring media attention to the climate crisis. Over 70 organizations worked together to make this event happen. It was scheduled just before the Iowa Caucuses to take advantage of the national media gathered here. Various groups concentrated on different climate topics, including extinction, pipelines, natural disasters, and Indigenous rights. See below for media links, videos, and pictures of the parade. Climate Crisis Coverage starts Continue reading →
Indianola Advocate Excerpt: The Indianola Green Team plans to participate in the Climate Crisis Parade on Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon in Des Moines. The group will join more than 70 organizations who will meet at Cowles Commons at 4th and Locust parading to the Iowa Events Center. This is a record number of sponsors for any Iowa action, at least since Iowans marched in solidarity with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement more than 50 years ago. Continue reading →