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At the doors of MidAmerican Energy‘s downtown Des Moines headquarters Friday, youth activists held up a large check made out to the electric and natural gas company’s CEO, Kelcey Brown.

The amount?

“Our future,” the check read.

“We’re losing. Not just money, but years of our lives. Our future,” said climate justice activist Hannah Hayes, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School.

Friday was Earth Day. Dozens of youth activists, Indigenous leaders and community members joined Hayes in a march to combat climate change and work toward environmental and racial justice.

More specifically, they demanded MidAmerican Energy adopt the city’s climate resolution of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035.

During the soggy march from Cowles Commons to the energy company’s headquarters, the crowd chanted: “No more coal. No more oil. Keep your carbon in the soil;” “No more status quo. Fossil fuels have got to go;” and “We are unstoppable. Another world is possible.”

Activists had hoped Brown would come down and speak with them but instead were met by security and police. Some in the crowd yelled: “Kelcey Brown, where ya at?” and “You’re killing people. Do you care?”

MidAmerican operates five coal plants within Iowa and has stated plans to close them by 2049. The majority of Iowa’s power is supplied by MidAmerican and Alliant Energy. Both companies have said they are transitioning to renewable energy, such as wind and solar.

“First, Kelcey was not in the building today,” Tina Hoffman, spokesperson for MidAmerican, told the Des Moines Register in response to Friday’s demonstration.

“Secondly, at MidAmerican, we honor Earth Day every day with our core principle of Environmental Respect and our ongoing investment in renewable energy.”

Climate activists, Indigenous leaders and community members march to the downtown Des Moines offices of MidAmerican Energy to demand an end to coal-fired power plants in Iowa on Friday.

Hoffman said that an estimated 88% of the energy delivered to Iowa customers in 2021 was from renewable resources. Hoffman also stated the company has set a target to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“Scientists are already telling us it’s too late,” said Keely Driscoll, who is Meskwaki with ties to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and a junior at the University of Iowa.

“This is not the way things have to be.”

Des Moines Register


2 Comments on "Mother Earth is in deep trouble"

  1. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 24th Apr 2022 2:23 pm 

    Some climate activists take it more seriously than others.

    Climate activist dies after setting himself on fire outside of US Supreme Court

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