Straw Poll Event Sponsors

Thanks to all who donated generously to help sponsor our “Turn Up the Heat for Climate Action” celebration, fundraiser, and straw poll. With your support and the donations of those who pitched in at the event, we raised over $4,000 for continued work to bird-dog presidential candidates on climate! Alan Yegge Barb Norblom Ben Fallon Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Bob & Rita Krasen Carla McIntire Carolyn Fallon Channing Dutton Charles Goldman Chet Guinn Daenna Newkirk Dave Brotherson Ed Fallon Eddie Mauro Fionna Fallon Griffieon Continue reading →

An error of judgement

Dear Friends, This past weekend, Bold Iowa held an action intended to dramatize the severity of the climate crisis. Our inspiration came from students in Germany, who stood on melting blocks of ice in a gallows with nooses around their necks. Our message — As the Arctic melts, the climate noose tightens — was well received by many. Yet we inadvertently hurt some individuals whom we had hoped to inspire, either because the image of the noose raised the specter of lynchings or because it kindled sadness over a Continue reading →

Bold Climate Penguins in The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal Excerpt: During Mr. Biden’s event at a Des Moines brewery Wednesday evening, a half-dozen demonstrators wore penguin masks near the stage as Mr. Biden spoke. They held signs that read, “Climate is a Crisis.” Mr. Biden told them he would address climate change, saying, “By the way, I got there before any of the other candidates did, I might add.” He later noted that he had authored a Senate bill to address climate change in the mid-1980s. “You’re preaching to the Continue reading → Continue reading →

Penguins plus presidential candidate Andrew Yang equals climate change talk

Iowa City Press-Citizen Excerpt: But half a dozen people dressed as penguins to ask Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about climate change Sunday in Des Moines at a Franklin Junior High town hall event. … The penguin outfits were a response to a Yang quote from another campaign event where he said “people with financial struggles have the attitude that the penguins can wait in line.” Activists asked Yang to make climate change his top priority. Continue reading →

Andrew Yang

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Samantha Kuhn, Valerie Madison, Shaun Ahern, Ed Fallon [CLICK ON PHOTO TO WATCH VIDEO] Sam thanked Andrew Yang for saying “climate is existential threat #1,” and asked if he would launch a climate mobilization as his first act as president. Yang insisted that passing the “Freedom Dividend” should come first. After that, he would work on infrastructure, climate change, and other priorities. To us, his claim that climate is existential threat #1 rings hollow when it’s buried Continue reading →

Marianne Williamson

Saturday, June 29, 2019 Grimes Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Martin Monroe ******* Sunday, May 5, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Doug Fuller, Jeannie McCrea Marianne Williamson responds to Climate Bird Dogs urging her to make the climate crisis her top priority. Thanks to Jeannie McCrea for capturing the video. ******* Monday, February 5, 2019 Des Moines, Hoq Restaurant Over 30 Bold supporters Bold Iowa organized a forum for Marianne Williamson, attended by over thirty people. Speaking in this video are Keith Continue reading →

Elizabeth Warren

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 4:30 p.m. Fairfield Bird Dogs: Ann Bosold, Pat Bosold, Jonas Magram, Denyce Rusch, Carole Simmons, Mary Tarnoff, Francis Thicke and others with Climate Action Iowa Jonas reports: “No signs were allowed inside the event itself, but I held one outside of the event that said ‘Climate Crisis missing from her ‘Issues’ page. Vote Climate!’ “A couple of her people tried to tell me that climate change was listed among her issues. However my sign was accurate and one has to dig Continue reading →

Eric Swalwell

Sunday, April 28, 2019 Nevada Bird Dogs: Sid Barfoot Sid reports: “He has two proposals in his speech–host a climate accord in the US and retrain fossil fuel workers to work in the green economy. After the stump speech, as he was working the room again, I told him that he needed to put his climate change policy on his website. So far, he hasn’t done that yet. “My thoughts are, it’s good he has a plan and includes it in his stump speech, but Continue reading →

Tom Steyer

Sunday, August 11, 2019 Des Moines Bird Dogs: Shari Hrdina Shari Hrdina reports: “I knew almost nothing about Tom Steyer other than he was rich, and at one point put his money behind the climate crisis, then impeach Trump, and now running for president.  When I heard him at the Iowa State Fair, I was impressed with his grasp of the climate situation.  He seems to deeply understand what is going on. “As his handlers were rushing him away after talking on the soapbox, he Continue reading →