Walkers, climate-change supporters gather in Davenport

2014-08-24T17:19:00Z 2014-08-25T09:53:19Z Walkers, climate-change supporters gather in DavenportLinda Cook The Quad-City Times

Cross-country marchers urged Quad-Citians to take action on climate change during a rally Sunday afternoon in LeClaire Park, Davenport.

Walkers on the Great March for Climate Action started March 1 in Los Angeles and should reach Washington, D.C., by Nov. 1. They were greeted with applause while they walked or bicycled into the park and gathered with local activists in the welcome shade of trees near the Mississippi River as temperatures reached a high of 93 in Davenport.

Quad-Citian Olivia Dorothy, of American Rivers, spoke as a representative of the Sierra Club, whose local members are among those hosting the walkers “so they can bring the message to the communities where we live and work,” Dorothy said.

Another supporter was Laura Anderson, of Clinton, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities, Davenport.

“Unitarians have a deep regard for all forces of life and nature,” she said. “It’s imperative, we believe, to take good care of the planet.”

The Rev. Jay Wolin, of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, asked those attending “to come together in the spirit of prayer…. We are one with the universe. If we harm it, we harm ourselves. Let us walk gently upon the earth.”

At the podium, Bill Sherwood, of Progressive Action for the Common Good, said walkers will appear Monday at local schools. Sherwood, a retired Davenport teacher and current school board member, is part of the new Sustainable Environment Methods and Technology Advisory Commission. The group’s members were appointed by Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, who also spoke. The group met Thursday for the first time.

“The clock is ticking on climate change,” Gluba said.

Walker Rod Leman, a mechanical engineer from Denver, is visiting Iowa for the first time. “Words haven’t seemed to be that effective” in getting the message out, he said. “Action — maybe that’ll have more of an impact.

“We need to quit burning stuff. Now,” he said. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the air, he said, and contributes to climate change.

Likewise, said Jeffrey Czerwiec of Des Moines, “We have to really get the message out that action is needed.” People recognize the sacrifice that the walkers are making, he said.

“We’ve been hearing from the locals that they’re noting more and more extreme weather,” he said. “People are noticing. It’s been encouraging that people are seeing it.”

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(27) Comments

  1. 4ever49
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    4ever49 - August 26, 2014 9:15 am
    Longjohn – just because people do not agree with you does not make them “mental 7 year olds”.

    If anything it makes you appear like a petulant child suffering perpetual tantrums.

    Good luck with that tactic.
  2. snowman05
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    snowman05 - August 26, 2014 7:24 am
    Speaking of mental midgets. Believing you are actually going to make a difference with these silly campaigns is funny. As one Sierra club vp said a couple of years ago, if we all went to electrical cars, we'd only show a minuscule change to the environment.
  3. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 25, 2014 6:49 pm
    You might think that environmental campaigns reminding people to be green would, well, make people green. But they communicate individual responsibility, and thus blame, which leads to resentment. One study found that conservatives were less likely to buy a low-energy light bulb when the package said “protect the environment.”

    - George Marshall, Don't Even Think About It - Why our brains are wired to ignore Climate Change

    Sounds like some seriously miswired brains to me .... Less likely to buy because it said "protect the environment"? What are these people, like mental 7 year olds?
  4. ttdad
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    ttdad - August 25, 2014 5:44 pm
    If they want to walk across the country let them. who cares?
  5. Matrix7
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    Matrix7 - August 25, 2014 10:26 am
    I have never denied the science, or climate change. My beef has always been with politicization of the issue.

    How many people have ever read a climate related paper, or could understand one? How many people have ever heard directly from a climatologist?

    By comparison, how often do people get their information from people with political motivations? That includes a big part of the media.
  6. senor citizen
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    senor citizen - August 25, 2014 9:46 am
    The temperatures 10,000 years ago or 500 years ago must be determined today and are simply a guess, no matter how good it's still a guess. The world will continue to pollute in spite of the efforts of the environmentalists in the U.S. or Europe, I hope these folks are picking up trash along the way and least doing some good.
  7. 4ever49
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    4ever49 - August 25, 2014 9:42 am
    You have to be aware of the numerous countervailing entries on the US Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works site. It is quite clear that there is no consensus and that the claim there is consensus does not hold up under scrutiny.

    Further, there are many reports of “peer” journals rejecting attempts of those that dissent with the IPCC findings to publish their opinions.
  8. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 25, 2014 9:22 am
    Cartoon of the week
  9. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 25, 2014 9:21 am
    I find it interesting that the Climate Trolls always play the Al Gore Card whenever you corner them with Logic and Reason .....
  10. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 25, 2014 9:18 am
    I'm not sure why Al Gore, not an expert or a scientist much less a climatologist, would have anything at all on your actions .... or lack thereof .....

    When your best (and usually only) evidence against the FACT of Climate Change is Al Gore is a jerk then you have already lost the debate .... badly lost the debate
  11. Matrix7
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    Matrix7 - August 25, 2014 9:03 am
    Honestly, if the 97% of bridge engineers that said it was in danger continued to cross it, people would follow.

    Likewise, when I see Al Gore flying commercial, or (gasp) riding Greyhound, I will also make some serious changes.

    As of now, I save gas, save electricity, heat my home with renewable fuel, and conserve as much as possible because it makes sense. But all of my efforts will never offset a single Gore junket, so I am under no illusions about saving the planet.
  12. Legalizeandtax
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    Legalizeandtax - August 25, 2014 8:47 am
    Ever hear of pollution?
  13. senor citizen
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    senor citizen - August 25, 2014 8:46 am
    Gee, I never gave that a thought! LOL
  14. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 25, 2014 7:30 am
    If 97% of bridge engineers told you the Centennial Bridge was in danger of collapse but 3% said it was perfectly safe and not to worry would you drive across the bridge?

  15. West High Dad
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    West High Dad - August 25, 2014 7:24 am
    What was the temperature today 10,000 years ago? What was the temperature today 500 years ago?
  16. PainfullTruth
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    PainfullTruth - August 25, 2014 7:09 am
    @little Johnny,

    Nobody said that about RAGBRAI riders because that event takes a week. This event takes months. Did you miss the part of the article that said "Great March for Climate Action started March 1 in Los Angeles and should reach Washington, D.C., by Nov. 1".

    Do the math.... Ok, I will help you. That is 8 months.... Not too many employers give 8 months of vacation.

    I think you are polishing something less important than a chair for your job.
  17. snowman05
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    snowman05 - August 24, 2014 11:04 pm
    And you make my point even more. Ty for the entertainment little john. Ty for saving the world in your eyes. I probably worked right next to you tiny. Have a wonderful day and please practice what you preach and do not use your AC Monday, Mother Earth needs your help!
  18. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 24, 2014 10:22 pm
    There are two kinds of people in this world

    Those who strive to make a difference

    And those that complain about them while doing nothing themselves
  19. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 24, 2014 10:15 pm
    Can you smell it?

    The FEAR from the Righties is thick today .....

    I can't understand why this upsets them so much other than it proves they are either Liars or Idiots ....
  20. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 24, 2014 10:11 pm
    Oh boy, the Binary Thinking crowd shows up with there "only two answers to every problem" (lack of) solutions ....

    Why is it all or nothing/ Every here of efficiency? For instance by designing and installing my own nav lights I cut my current consumption from 2 amp hours down to about 250ma hours ..... That's an 800% gain in efficiency and thus an 800% decrease in CO emmisions .... But since I charge mainly from solar panels the decrease is even greater

    Heck when I worked HVAC I likely saved more CO2 from being released in one week than you have in your entire pathetic low efficiency, low information life ....
  21. snowman05
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    snowman05 - August 24, 2014 9:46 pm
    More reporters and commenters than people seeing this. Unreal coverage by the Times.
  22. snowman05
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    snowman05 - August 24, 2014 9:45 pm
    Tiny john it's time you put your actions where your mouth is. If the climate is being destroyed like you protest so much, give up your fishing boat. The carbon foot print is close to your CO2 output of your pie hole. Such a lonely special man.
  23. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 24, 2014 9:37 pm
    Odd how no one said that about RAGRAI riders

    Or the Vets who walked across the US

    In fact I'd say walking all day every day is harder work than any of you Chair Polishers does in a week .....
  24. longjohn412
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    longjohn412 - August 24, 2014 9:30 pm
    So says the guy who doesn't have a job

    Heck he doesn't even live anywhere close to here ....
  25. furrygreg
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    furrygreg - August 24, 2014 9:22 pm
    Senor Citizen, that is where you are wrong. They are all engaged as social activists. They are above working trivial jobs for capitalist paychecks. They have more important work. THEY HAVE AN AGENDA!
  26. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - August 24, 2014 9:21 pm
    They are insane. The Sierra Club has called for the end of capitalism, forced population reduction and a primitive lifestyle. Crazy people.
  27. senor citizen
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    senor citizen - August 24, 2014 8:43 pm
    These people must not have jobs.
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