The escalation of climate change, coupled with the decision this week by Judge Boasberg to shut down DAPL, opens the door to a new conversation about Iowa’s role in addressing the climate crisis. Geri, you are in a unique position of leadership and influence. It is no exaggeration to say that, at this moment, more than any other Iowan, you could have an immensely profound impact on the climate crisis.
Monday, January 13, 2020 Home of Channing Dutton West Des Moines, Iowa Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon Bold Iowa supporter and long-time climate activist, Channing Dutton, hosted a meet-and-greet event for Tom Steyer at his house. Climate bird dogs Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon attended, along with about 75 other people. See video below as Kathy asks Steyer a question about farmers and the climate crisis. ******* Sunday, January 5, 2020 Newton Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern Bold Iowa Climate Bird Dog Shaun Ahern Continue reading →
Miriam Kashia of 100 Grannies for a Livable Future, was a guest columnist for the Gazette and wrote an op-ed piece for their October 9 edition. Miriam and her group have worked repeatedly with Bold Iowa and she is one of the Iowa Climate Defenders Five who will stand trial for trespassing on Hy-Vee property during a Trump fundraiser. The op-ed piece she wrote discusses the climate strikers that the Grannies have been helping and how we cannot depend on our government (especially under this Continue reading →
KCCI Channel 8, Des Moines Excerpt: A contingent from the group Bold Iowa held a sign reading, “Climate denier in the White House scare the s— outta you? It does us.” West Des Moines police later arrested the diaper-clad protesters on trespassing charges after they went on the property. Members of Bold Iowa said getting the message out was worth the possibility of being arrested. Opponents of the president said they want their voices heard. “Climate change is the number one issue,” Clive resident Susan Pohl Continue reading →
“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.
"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.”
The New York Times Excerpt: Ed Fallon, a climate activist in Iowa, who runs a group that dresses in penguin suits to confront candidates about climate, said Mr. Inslee’s challenge was not his age or his personality. He just needs to show up more on the campaign trail, he said. “Iowans aren’t just enamored by charisma,” Mr. Fallon said. “Given Inslee’s laser-beam focus on climate and given that climate is the top priority of Iowa caucusgoers, he has a chance to end up in the Continue reading →
Thursday, July 18, 2019 Asian & Latino Coalition Forum Des Moines, Iowa Bird Dogs: Samantha Kuhn, Valerie Madison, Shaun Ahern, Ed Fallon 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 →
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Grinnell Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon In the first video, Marianne Williamson says that the climate crisis demands a WWII-scale emergency mobilization. In the second video, Kathy asks what Williamson how Grinnell College and Grinnell High School students can be more involved in efforts to fight climate change. ******* Monday, September 30, 2019 The Fallon Forum Des Moines, Iowa Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Shari Hrdina Marianne Williamson was live on the Fallon Forum in an interview with host Ed Continue reading →
Sunday, January 12, 2020 Town Hall Forum Marshalltown, Iowa Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon Climate bird dogs went to see Elizabeth Warren (and new sidekick, Julian Castro) in Marshalltown. Kathy won the question raffle and got interviewed by People’s World, who later mentioned and quoted her in its story. Read the article at this link: https://peoplesworld.org/article/warren-presents-ambitious-plans-to-voters-in-rapidly-changing-small-town-iowa/. Watch Kathy ask Warren about declaring a climate emergency on Day One: ******* Monday, November 25, 2019 West Des Moines Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Kari Continue reading →