Climate activists arrested blocking access to Trump fundraiser
Dressed in black and wearing Depends, sign reading “Climate Denier in the White House scare the S#*T outta you? It does us!”
DES MOINES, IOWA — With a crowd of supporters holding signs and chanting, five climate activists blocked President Trump’s event at the entrance to the Ron Pearson Center on Tuesday at 5820 Westown Parkway in opposition to President Trump’s denial of the escalating climate crisis and his pursuit of policies that further exacerbate the looming disastrous consequences.
“None of us want to go to jail,” said Bold Iowa director, Ed Fallon. “But given the severity of what scientists are telling us about the climate crisis, we feel it’s important to try to stop this fundraising event from happening. The funds raised at this event will be used to support further efforts to deny the global consensus of the scientific community on climate change, and they will also support the policies of this administration and of Iowa Republican elected officials.”
“With the recent science-based prediction of a million species facing extinction by the end of the century – very likely including human – we have a moral duty to do everything we can to halt and reverse the growing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. And we now know we have a very short window of a dozen years in which to do it,” said Miriam Kashia of 100Grannies for a Livable Future.
Recently, the Iowa Supreme Court stated in its ruling in Puntenney vs the Iowa Utilities Board (the Dakota Access Pipeline case), “We recognize that a serious and warranted concern about climate change underlies some of the opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.”Bold Iowa’s mission is to build rural-urban coalitions to (1) fight climate change, (2) prevent the abuse of eminent domain, (3) protect Iowa’s soil, air, and water, (4) defend the rights of farmers, landowners, and Indigenous communities, and (5) promote non-industrial renewable energy.
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