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Great March for Climate Action Rally After Action Report

PACG Environmental Forum
LeClaire Park, Davenport

Great March for Climate Action
climate march bake auction

Cheers and jeers

There are many, many people to thank for the warm and open-hearted welcome that the Climate Marchers received on August 24 when they trod their way into the Quad Cities; our community was but one stop of many on their mission to walk coast to coast to raise awareness of the deepening climate crisis.

The good news is that members of the PACG Environmental Forum were able to solicit dozens of volunteers and organizations to provide lodging, food, transportation, speaking venues, a lunch and a rally, and finally, an early morning send off, all of which we hope served to make the Marchers’ stay both productive and memorable.  Special thanks go to Alice Traylor and Anne Corbi, whose hard work and organizational skills made all of this possible.


We offer our heartfelt thanks to all the other volunteers and organizations that helped. We also want to let everyone know that, along with many good memories that the marchers took with them, they also took about $2,200 in donations, which helped get them to Chicago. In addition, thanks to those of you who reached out to individual marchers to help them with personal needs like shoes and clothing.  We can indeed be thankful that we live in such a generous and kind community.


The bad news, for me, is that even though we had a nice turn-out (150 or so) for the rally on a blistering hot day, the baseball stadium next to us had a game at the same time with perhaps three or four thousand people in attendance.  Why do I say this is bad news?


Because time is running out! The warnings from our scientists become more dire and urgent by the day. We do not have hundreds of years or even decades to take meaningful action on climate change. Those thousands at the ball park who believed that they were being responsible parents by taking their kids out to a great family pastime must be made to understand that while they go about their daily routines, the future is being stolen from their children. And it is becoming clearer by the minute that this may include the very survival of the people they love the most. Neither in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of any human being that has ever lived, has anything posed such a clear threat to our survival–not nuclear weapons, not pandemics, not meteor strikes–and here’s the deal: the laws of physics do not care what your political or philosophical beliefs are.  If we continue to add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the planet will warm past the point of being able to sustain life. It really is that simple.


Join us!

Bill Sherwood
PACG Environmental Forum Facilitator

PACG Environmental Forum Regular Meeting

Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00pm
PACG Environmental Forum
PACG Environmental Forum Regular Meeting
Cobblestone Place – Community Room
1212 West 3rd St Davenport

The revitalized PACG Environmental Forum will meet this Wednesday evening to discuss a number of upcoming events and to plan our first action.

If you are aware of the enormous climate crisis that we as a world community now confront then PLEASE ACT!!!


Bill Sherwood

After Action Report: Revitalized Environmental Forum Promises Action!

Wednesday, October 9th

Revitalized Environmental Forum Promises Action!

“On October 9th a group of veteran and newbie Environmental activists met to breathe new life into the PACG Environmental Forum and in doing so to give a home to anyone in the Quad Cities who believes that the time for talk is past and that we must ACT and be very visible on the issue of Climate Change.

The meeting began with participants viewing a 10 minute video on climate change, entitled “Final Hours” (available at http://lasthours.org/). The video was followed by a rich discussion on what was needed in the Quad Cities for the area to become a powerful center of advocacy for Climate Action.

The Great March for Climate Action was then discussed. The Great March is a massive undertaking organized by Ed Fallon of Des Moines. The plan is to organize and support 1,000 climate activists to march in a movable demonstration from Santa Monica California to Washington D.C. That group is scheduled to come through the Quad Cities on August 24th of 2014. They need our help! (Details at http://climatemarch.org/.) This is an unbelievable opportunity to put Climate Change front and center and we must not miss it.

Finally the group discussed the possibility of a memorial to Hurricane Sandy on the 29th of October. There were mixed feelings about the success of the idea; but, it was decided that a small group would pursue it to determine its viability.

Bill Sherwood

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement in the Quad Cities

evan burger presenting ICCI campaigns in the Quad Cities

Evan Burger from Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) presented on Iowa CCI’s hot new campaigns in the Quad Cities. Iowa CCI is a group of everyday people from all walks of life who “talk, act, and get things done” on a variety of issues – from fighting the wage theft epidemic to defending Social Security to leading the charge for laws that protect our air and water.

Iowa CCI members have been winning big victories on these issues and others for 38 years. Evan gave a brief overview of the group’s history and current campaigns, then dug in on big new initiatives that CCI members are kicking off in the Quad City area. Whether you’re a long-time CCI member or just now hearing about the organization, please get involved!

Find more information on Iowa CCI at www.iowacci.org, call Evan at (515) 282-0484 or email him at evan@iowacci.org.

Evan Burger from Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement