March for Climate Action
August 22, 2014
The Great March for Climate Action will stop in the Quad Cities this weekend. Hoping to draw attention to the threat posed by global climate change, the march started in Los Angeles in March, and is scheduled to end in November in Washington D.C.
Bill Sherwood says his local group, Progressive Action for the Common Good, will host the marchers.
"I call them climate heroes because of the accomplishments they've done already. The walk they've done from California to this point, in this day and age, is really unheard of. One of those walkers is a 71 year old grandmother from North LIberty, Iowa who's walked every step of the way."
Sherwood says the marchers are expected to arrive in Walcott Saturday afternoon, spend the night, and then walk the 13 miles to Davenport on Sunday for a 2 pm rally in LeClaire Park. On Monday, they'll speak to students in Davenport and at Augustana College.
"A lot of us believe these scientists are absolutely correct - if we don't act soon, our children will inherit a climate and atmosphere on this earth that they will not be comfortable living in. We've seen the changes already and they're going become much more acute."
He says on Tuesday the group will cross the Mississippi River, spend the night at Illiniwek Park in Hampton, the continue its march toward the east coast.
(photo from the Great March for Climate Action Facebook page)