Coalition Plans Major Climate Action Before Iowa Caucuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Samantha Kuhn at 847-682-2924 Contact: Steve Shivvers at 515-468-3923 Coalition plans major climate action before Iowa Caucuses Des Moines, Iowa – December 17, 2019 – A coalition of 38 environmental, civic, justice, and faith groups is organizing a Climate Crisis Parade two days before the Iowa Caucuses, challenging voters and the media to act with urgency on behalf of our climate. This event marks the first time these local, state, and national groups have worked together to spotlight the urgent need for all to act Continue reading →

Climate Refugee Penguins Cut Down by Fossil Fuel Reaper

With the recent collapse of the second largest Emperor Penguin colony, Bold Iowa’s Climate Refugee Penguins greeted presidential candidates at the entrance to the Polk County Steak Fry with a poignant message about the tragedy of extinction in the New Climate Era. Penguins danced to R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” as the Fossil Fuel Reaper cut them down one by one with his sickle. The Reaper then began to take out humans, with the message that climate change threatens all of us with extinction.

Letter to Greta Thunberg

Dear Greta — I write to invite you to visit Iowa, where the presidential campaign is in full force. Since January, over 250 Bold Iowa supporters have lobbied presidential candidates on the climate crisis. Sometimes we ask questions, listen, and display our signs. Sometimes we dress as penguins, in response to the tragic collapse of the second largest colony of Emperor Penguins earlier this year. Once, we got arrested protesting President Trump’s climate denial at a GOP fundraiser. Five of us go to court next Continue reading →

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 →

Employee / Volunteer Policies

Bold Iowa WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION Policy Statement Bold Iowa does not tolerate any type of workplace violence from any person involved in Bold Iowa operations, including, but not limited to employees, volunteers, contractors, and visitors. Acts or threats of physical violence – whether express or implied – that involve or affect Bold Iowa, its personnel or property, or which occur on company property, will not be tolerated. Purpose The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees and Continue reading →