FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 2, 2020, 10:00 a.m. CT
Global Climate Leader, Bill McKibben, Endorses Iowa Caucus Action
DES MOINES, IOWA – Noted founder of 350.org, author, and climate activist Bill McKibben released a video endorsing the Climate Crisis Parade. A coalition of over 50 organizations is spearheading the action, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 1 at 12:00 noon. The action’s focus is to challenge the media to do a better job at reporting the growing urgency of the climate crisis.
“Every four years, Iowans are endowed with super powers,” said McKibben, referencing Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status in the presidential nomination process. “This Climate Crisis Parade is a big deal, a big event. You need to be there.”
McKibben is unable to attend, as he is already scheduled for other climate work that weekend. But he is encouraging his broad network to participate in the action and to help spread the word.
“The results of this year’s presidential election are going to be unbelievably significant, not just in the future of our poor, tired country, but in the future of this beleaguered planet,” continued McKibben. “That sounds like more of a burden than you want, and more of one than you deserve.”
Participants will gather at Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street, in Des Moines and parade to the Iowa Events Center, where media from around the world will be assembled to report on the Iowa Caucuses. The event is non-partisan and not organized in support of any specific presidential candidate. Other details will be announced as they come together.
Organizational members of the coalition are 100 Grannies for a Livable Future, Ames Climate Action Team, Bold Iowa, Care of Creation group of Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Catholic Peace Ministry, Central College SCATE (Students Concerned About The Environment), Central District United Methodist Women, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Des Moines), Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Iowa City), Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Mason City), Climate Action Iowa, Climate March, Climate Reality Project (Des Moines Chapter), Creative Visions, Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace, Des Moines Order of the Sacred Earth, Des Moines Valley Friends (Quaker), Environment Iowa, Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Homes 4 My Peeps, Indianola Green Team, Indigenous Iowa, Interfaith Green Coalition, Iowa Climate Strike, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, League of United Latin American Citizens (Council 307), LENA Project, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Millennials for Climate, Moms Clean Air Force, NAACP (Des Moines), National Wildlife Federation, Occupy the World Food Prize, Organic Consumers Association, Oxfam, Physicians for Social Responsibility (Iowa), Physicians for Social Responsibility (US), Plymouth Church Creation Care and Justice Coalition, Regeneration International, Sage Sisters of Solidarity, Seeding Sovereignty, STAR*PAC, Student Climate Strike (Iowa City), United Methodist Trinity Las Americas — the Earth Guardians, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, University of Iowa Environmental Coalition, Urban Ambassadors, VegLife, and Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (Des Moines Branch).