Three weeks ago, marchers reached the physical midpoint of the Great March for Climate Action. Saturday, we reached the political midpoint, crossing the proposed path of the Keystone Pipeline. (Check out this link from our incredible partner, Bold Nebraska, for details and photos.) The Keystone Pipeline has become the symbol of resistance to climate disruption and our dependence on fossil fuels. Keystone is where activists across the country have drawn a line in the sand.
Midwest hospitality being what it is, the Pipeline has also provided a focal point for Nebraskans to roll out the red carpet for us. We have been treated to all sorts of wonderful food, including meat pies, quiche pies, veggie pies and fruit pies. On two occasions, I was the delighted recipient of Keylime Pie, giving birth to my personal slogan in this cause: Keylime, Not Keystone. (Note: Both times, the Keylime kindness was dished-up by self-described conservatives who disagreed with me on many issues but concurred on Keystone and climate.)
As I sit here in front of my tent in 100 degree heat, I am deeply grateful for the kindness that I and other marchers have received from so many Nebraskans – kindness that includes not just food and shelter but showers, laundry and good conversation about the crisis of this century. And while not everyone agrees on what to do about climate change, the vast majority of those we meet concur that we have a huge problem, that human activity is causing it, and that something must be done.
My sense from the front lines in the race to save the planet is that people “get it,” even though they have yet to mobilize in a big way to fight. I have a strong, encouraging feeling that this lack of mobilization is about to change – is already changing, in fact. This sense keeps me going despite the fatigue, the heat, the bug bites, and the ongoing struggle to find enough calories, protein and sleep.
Tune-in to the Fallon Forum, live Monday-Thursday from 6:00-6:30 pm. I’ll give daily updates about the March and talk with some of the fascinating people I meet along the way. We’ll also dig into Iowa politics, as the mid-term election heats up and draws national interest. Listen and watch online at www.fallonforum.com. Call-in at (855) 244-0077 to add your voice to the dialogue. Podcasts available after the program. And catch the Fallon Forum Wednesdays on KHOI 89.1 (Ames) from 4:00-5:00 pm and KPVL 89.1 (Postville) from 7:00-8:00 pm.
Thanks! – Ed