Des Moines Climate Crisis Parade - Indigenous Folx to the Front

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Cowles Commons

221 Walnut Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

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Indigenous Voices to the Front for Des Moines Climate Parade & Moving Art Exhibit

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"The race and gender disparity in climate and clean energy funding also extends to news coverage. While studies show climate change disproportionately affects communities of color and women, a new analysis by The Solutions Project finds these voices are underrepresented in media coverage of climate and clean energy. The media report finds:

-7 percent of media stories on climate and clean energy reference communities of color

-21 percent reference women

-10 percent reference equity or justice"


On Saturday, February 1st, 2020 we are asking that indigenous folx join us at the Des Moines Climate Crisis Parade.

Every four years, Des Moines becomes "media central" leading up to the Iowa Caucuses. This parade is acting on the opportunity of having national and international coverage for the ongoing climate crisis.

This event aims to draw attention to the lack of media coverage on climate, and the nearly absent indigenous narrative in and on climate and environmental conversation.


For our relatives located in Sioux City, IA: we are working towards chartering a bus that will bring you to and from the event, at no expense to you (and you'll get a t-shirt from Seeding Sovereignty).

For those driving in for the event, please find information about parking here:


Seeding Sovereignty's SHIFT Program (Seeding the Hill with Indigenous Free Thinkers) has paired with First Seven Design Labs (FSDL) to carry out a moving art exhibit to uplift Indigenous community engagement in Iowa during this high profile event.

For the moving art exhibit, we will not only be supplying pieces - but encourage you to bring your own.

We are also pleased to announce that we will be represented by two incredible indigenous youth: Keely Driscoll (Meskwaki)& Tyler LaMere (Winnebago) who will be sharing their words.

*You may also bring signs, drums, sage, sweetgrass and song.


This event is accessible to all folx attending.


Because we’re working for the good of the planet and all its inhabitants, we will not welcome those with offensive or violent messages.


100 Grannies for a Livable Future - Ames Climate Action Team - Bold Iowa - Care of Creation Group, Cathedral Church of St. Paul - Catholic Peace Ministry - Central College SCATE (Students Concerned About The Environment) - Central District United Methodist Women - Citizens' Climate Lobby, Des Moines - Citizens' Climate Lobby, Iowa City - Citizens' Climate Lobby, Mason City - Climate Action Iowa - Climate March - Climate Reality Project, Des Moines Chapter - Creative Visions - Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace - Des Moines, Order of the Sacred Earth - Des Moines Valley Friends (Quaker) - Environment Iowa - Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal - First Unitarian Church of Des Moines - Homes 4 My Peeps - Indianola Green Team - Indigenous Iowa - Interfaith Green Coalition - Iowa Climate Strike - Iowa Interfaith Power and Light - League of United Latin American Citizens, Council 307 - LENA Project - Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter - Millennials for Climate - Moms Clean Air Force - NAACP, Des Moines - National Wildlife Federation - Occupy the World Food Prize - Organic Consumers Association - Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church of Ankeny - Oxfam - Physicians for Social Responsibility, Iowa - Physicians for Social Responsibility, US - Plymouth Church Creation Care and Justice Coalition - Regeneration International - Sage Sisters of Solidarity - STAR*PAC - Student Climate Strike, Iowa City - Sunrise Movement - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities - Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City - United Methodist Trinity Las Americas -- the Earth Guardians - University of Iowa Environmental Coalition - Urban Ambassadors - VegLife - Women’s Internal. League for Peace & Freedom, Des Moines Branch

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