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The Intersection of the Longest Climate March and Black Lives Matter

by Toni Messina, July 6, 2020 (published in Above the Law)Click here for original article I met Ed Fallon when we were both in our early 20s. I was looking for a third roommate in my run-down, three-story, sloped-floor apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts, on the border of Cambridge. He was an itinerant musician, believer in all causes to save our planet, and general nice guy. We campaigned against nuclear power together, and I followed his trajectory as he grew from farming his family property in Continue reading →

Readings and Talks by Ed Fallon

Ed Fallon shares the incredible story of the 2014 Great March for Climate Action as chronicled in his memoir, Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim. Ed also discusses the growing urgency of the climate crisis and strategies for local climate resilience, including the work of Birds & Bees Urban Farm — a non-profit that he and his partner, Kathy Byrnes, have established to teach city residents how to turn their yards into dinner. Books will be available for purchase and signed by the author. All proceeds support the educational Continue reading →


The book Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim contains 80 photos. The hardcover features color photos while the paperback has black-and-white photos. Here is a sampling from the book.  


Here are some excerpts from Ed Fallon’s book, Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim.   From the Introduction Walking across America is an enormous challenge. Pounding pavement, gravel, and sand 15 – 20 miles a day for eight months is unkind to one’s body, even under the best conditions. The difficulties are markedly greater when one walks on a schedule, as we did, with rallies and events planned along the route weeks and even months in advance. When you walk on a schedule you can’t take time off for Continue reading →

Endorsements and Reviews

Here’s what readers have to say about Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim: “An epic story of an epic wander–few people in America have had more hours to really think about climate change, and Ed Fallon has put the time to good use!” — Bill McKibben (Ripton, VT), author Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? ******* “His book prompts us to think about our own behavior as consumers and our relationships to nature. And it offers a refreshingly candid glimpse into the heart, mind and motivation of a climate-change Continue reading →

Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim

Ed Fallon served as an Iowa state legislator for fourteen years before running for Governor in 2006 and U.S. Congress in 2008. Since 2009, he has hosted the Fallon Forum, Iowa’s most prominent progressive political talk-radio program, which airs on seven stations in five states. Ed also directs Bold Iowa, a non-profit focused on grassroots strategies to tackle the climate crisis. Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. On the 3,100-mile, 8-month walk from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, Continue reading →

The March in the News

   Coverage during the March Environmentalist walks the walk from L.A. to D.C. – The Daily Item – 11-8-14 How I Learned about Community by Joining a Climate Change March – Elephant Journal – 11-8-14 Climate Marchers Arrive in DC, Urge Action Against Climate Change Now – Cetology – 11-3-14 Completing 3000 Mile Trek, Activists Descend on White House Demanding ‘Climate Action Now!’ – Common Dreams – 11-1-14 Climate-change marchers finish cross-country walk – Des Moines Register – 11-1-14 3,000-Mile March for Climate Action to Continue reading →

The Race to Save the World – Earth Day, 2021

“From Joe Gantz, the Emmy-winning producer of American Winter and Ending Disease, The Race To Save The World offers an intimate portrait of activists, age 15 to 72, as they put themselves on the line to fight climate change. Encompassing protests and arrests, courtroom drama and family turmoil, these everyday heroes push to create a sustainable world, often risking their relationships, careers – and freedoms in the process. Drawing on powerful footage and moving interviews, The Race to Save The World is an inspiring call Continue reading →

Miles for Climate – 2021 across the U.S.

Inspired after reading David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth, Hannah Bacon chose to walk home to the east coast from the west coast where she had been visiting. She is raising money for the Sunrise Movement with her action, blogging, and talking with people she meets about the urgency of climate action. Go to to learn more, read Hannah’s blogs, and donate.

Climate Crisis Parade – February 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa

On February 1, 2020, over 1,000 people marched through downtown Des Moines, from Cowles Commons to the Iowa Events Center, to bring media attention to the climate crisis. Over 70 organizations worked together to make this event happen. It was scheduled just before the Iowa Caucuses to take advantage of the national media gathered here. Various groups concentrated on different climate topics, including extinction, pipelines, natural disasters, and Indigenous rights. Climate March was a sponsor of the Climate Crisis Parade. Go to to find Continue reading →