The Climate Crisis Parade planned for February 1 in Des Moines is shaping up to be a major event. As of today, a coalition of 55 organizations has signed on as co-sponsors. The primary focus of the multi-faceted event is to challenge the media to do a better job covering the worsening climate crisis.
Every four years, Des Moines is “media central” during the days leading up to the Iowa Caucuses. To act on this unprecedented opportunity for national and international coverage, the coalition is inviting participants to meet at Cowles Commons to hear influential climate voices make the climate connections the media is ignoring.
Then, led by Indigenous members of the coalition including Seeding Sovereignty and Indigenous Iowa, people will march through the streets or skywalk to the Iowa Events Center, urging the media to give the global climate emergency the consistent coverage it deserves. A secondary focus of the event is to challenge presidential candidates and the general public to prioritize climate action, since our lives and our future depend on it.
Additional details will be announced over the next two weeks, and interest in the Parade is likely to build as the Caucuses approach. Go to the Climate Crisis Parade Facebook page and sign up to attend (either on the page itself or on Eventbrite). Thanks!
Here’s an overview of this week’s Fallon Forum, with Charles Goldman and me:
THIRD SEGMENT: Continuation of our Balkanized two-party political system could doom American democracy to another four years of Trumpism. Perhaps it’s time to consider multi-member Congressional districts — where American voters vote for more than one representative on Election Day. This would foster the growth of third parties, reduce the impact gerrymandering has had on creating our non-representative Congress and state legislatures, and increase the diversity of candidates and ideas that voters could support.
Thanks! – Ed