Protesters prepare for President Trump’s visit to Iowa, call out his climate denial
Iowans concerned as the President denies science, exacerbates climate crisis
DES MOINES, IOWA — An estimated 100 people concerned about the escalating impacts of a rapidly changing climate will gather beginning at 4:00 p.m. near the Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines as supporters of President Trump arrive for a fundraiser featuring the President.
“Fresh off his trip to Britain, where President Trump found new ways to embarrass us with his profound climate illiteracy, the Denier-in-Chief makes a rare visit to Iowa. We’ll be there— peacefully, nonviolently, yet with determination,” said Ed Fallon, director of Bold Iowa. “We’ll impress upon the attendees the urgency of the climate crisis, and encourage them and the President to accept the reality of climate change and take action.”
Bold Iowa’s Facebook event page inviting people to the protest says, “Let’s be civil, loud, clear, and emphatic. President Trump’s climate denial is irrational, unacceptable, and greatly exacerbates the climate crisis threatening our very survival as a species.”
People are encouraged to come with signs, sunscreen, and a container of water.
Since January, Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dog campaign has signed up 260 Iowans to encourage candidates to embrace urgent action to address the climate crisis. Supporters have attended over 100 events to monitor candidates’ speeches, question them on climate and related concerns, display signs, and dramatize the threat of extinction by dressing as penguins.
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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