Walk to Paris for Climate Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9:00 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Contact:
Evelyn Davis at evelyn@climatemarch.org or (510) 316-2838
Ed Fallon at fallonforum@gmail.com or (515) 238-6404

Walk to Paris for Climate Action
Two Americans who walked across U.S continue on to Paris

On 11 November (Veterans Day in the U.S.), two Americans who last year walked across the U.S. for action on climate change will set-out from the coast of Normandy, France, walking over 350 kilometers to arrive in Paris on 28 November for the start of the United Nations Climate Summit. The Summit is seen as pivotal if the nations of the world are to take effective, timely action to address climate change.

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Climate marchers make their way across America in 2014

Last year, Ed Fallon of Iowa and Steve Martin of Kentucky walked 5,000 kilometers across America with the Great March for Climate Action. The March was conceived by Fallon, a former Iowa lawmaker, as a dramatic way to build public awareness about the urgency of the climate crisis. A core group of about 35 marchers walked 25-30 kilometers six days a week for eight months, engaging thousands of Americans in one-on-one conversations about climate change. Fallon walked every step of the way. Martin diverted his walk to New York City and the People’s Climate March.

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Normandy to Paris Walk for Climate Action

Dear Friends,

Big news: Last year’s Great March for Climate Action picks up where we left off! Steve Martin and I continue our footsteps, heading east to Paris for the all-important U.N. Climate Summit. Ok, we haven’t quite perfected the “walk on water” thing yet, so we’ll skip the Atlantic Ocean and start on the next available chunk of dry earth: the coast of France.

Help jump-start the Normandy to Paris Walk for Climate Action by sending this press release to your local media contact(s). That would be most helpful, thanks!

Here’s the release . . . and don’t forget to tune-in to today’s Fallon Forum (details after the release).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6:00 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 27, 2015
Contact:
Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404
Steve Martin at (270) 827-8247
Evelyn Davis at (510) 316-2838

Normandy to Paris Walk for Climate Action
LA to DC walkers continue trek to Paris for UN Climate Summit

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Climate Marchers make their way across America in 2014.

On Veterans Day, November 11, two men who last year walked across America for action on climate change will set-out from the coast of Normandy, France, walking nearly 200 miles (320 kilometers) to arrive in Paris on November 28 — just before the start of the United Nations Climate Summit, an event seen as pivotal if the nations of the world are to take affective, timely action on climate change.

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I need your help!

Dear Friends,

Moment of absolute candor: For the past thirteen months, I’ve worked full-time as an unpaid volunteer for justice, the environment, our democracy and other critical causes near and dear your heart and mine.

It hasn’t been easy, but I am encouraged by the feedback I receive from you and many others. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I’m told what I have to offer Iowa and our country is unique. My three decades of political activism have given me connections, experience and a valuable platform from which to get things done on the pressing challenges of our time.

I live simply and resourcefully. Yet, I can’t continue to work 50-60 hours a week as a volunteer and make ends meet. If the work is to continue, I need a whole bunch of you to step forward and support my work financially, ideally by becoming monthly supporters.

Please consider $10, $25, $50 or $100 a month, as your resources allow.

Click here to support the Fallon Forum, one of the only independent talk shows in Iowa. Your backing helps me and my production team provide cutting-edge programming with great guests, including today’s line-up: Attorney Wally Taylor discussing coal-fired power plants; Des Moines MPO’s Gunnar Olson and Windsor Heights Mayor Diana Willits discussing the complete streets initiative; Mississippi attorney Joe Murray discussing the role of the media in presidential politics.

Click here to support Climate Action NOW!, the successor to the Great March for Climate Action. Your backing allows our climate activism to bear fruit, including publishing a book based on my walk along the pipeline route; helping landowners and others get their voices heard in deliberations on the proposed pipeline; bird-dogging presidential candidates on climate issues; and two other major initiatives in the works that will be announced soon.

I want to continue fighting for you, our environment and our country – and I want to continue to do it full time. I’d rather not take a job at Monsanto, Exxon or Goldman Sachs, or live in a tent by the river and subsist on weeds and squirrels.

If enough of you step forward, I won’t have to.

So, do it for the squirrels and become a monthly supporter today! Thanks!

{Reminder: FILE A PETITION TO INTERVENE ON THE PIPELINE!! You have until July 27 to get the full volume of your voice heard in Iowa Utilities Board deliberations on the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline. Click here for a copy of the petition.}

Join us live every Monday from 11:00-12:00 noon on KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines) and online. Call (515) 528-8122 to add your voice to the conversation. The program re-broadcasts Wednesday on KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames) at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday on KPVL 89.1 FM (Postville) at 7:00 p.m. Podcasts available, too.

Thanks – Ed Fallon

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Frank thinks I own the pipeline company!


Dear Friends,

My phone rings. It’s a number I don’t recognize. I’m gardening, and my hands are happily adorned with rich, black soil. Bad time for a phone call, but I answer anyway.

“Hello, this is Frank Durgin,” a voice says. “I’m with CTG Pipeline N Services and I’m looking for Kelcy Warren.”

Warren is the head of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company that wants to build the Bakken Oil Pipeline. Warren is my nemesis. If I’m Batman, he’s my Joker. Surely this is a prank. I play along.

“Hi Frank. This is Kelcy,” I respond.

Kelsey Warren’s 23,000 sq. ft. mansion


Frank goes on to tell me how he loves my vision of this pipeline, how much he admired the article about me in Bloomberg Business, that he wants to sub-contract with me on laying the pipeline through Iowa.

Still smelling prank, I say “Sure. Just contact my P.R. guy. His name’s Ed Fallon. Work through him.”

I give Frank my email address, waiting for the “Haha!” moment when the prankster identifies himself, invites me to a cookout, offers to help weed my garden.

Instead, the next day I get an email from Frank with his bio and company information. Then I get two more phone calls and two text messages.

The guy is persistent. I do a little research. He seems legit.

At some point, probably today, do I have a moral obligation to tell Frank the truth?

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Ed’s Caucus, Part 2

Dear Friends,

{Reminder: FILE A PETITION TO INTERVENE ON THE PIPELINE!! You have until July 27 to get the full volume of your voice heard in Iowa Utilities Board deliberations on the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline. Click here for a copy of the petition.}

Different people have different approaches to how they involve themselves in the Iowa Caucuses. Me, I divide the year-long event into three parts.

Part 1: Encourage a slew of candidates to run. This usually isn’t much of a problem. Between the politically well-positioned (e.g., Governors and Senators) and the delusionally-wealthy who think they are politically well-positioned (e.g, Carson, Trump), there are no shortage of candidates eager to throw their recently-purchased seed corn hat into the ring.

On the Democratic side, this year threatened to be different. With the Democratic Party favoring coronations over nominations, the Democratic Caucus was shaping up to be a Soviet-style, one-candidate race, with Hillary Clinton squaring off against “None of the Above.”

Fortunately for Iowa Democrats, other recent attempts at coronations (i.e., Bruce Braley and Stacie Appel) remain fresh on the electorate’s mind. Thus, Dems now have a four- possibly five-person race to look forward to.

Part 1: Accomplished.

Part 2: Decide which candidate to support. Like most caucus goers, I’ve got a whole list of issues I want my candidate to be “good” on (and face it, when we say “good” we mean “agrees with me”). I don’t always have a litmus test, but this year I do.

And not a single candidate has yet to demonstrate they’re “good” on that litmus test:

The Bakken Oil Pipeline.

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