Des Moines Update

Greetings from rainy Des Moines! Patrick here to give you yet another update on our cross-country quest to save the whales! We feel very lucky to have been able to make a stop in the wonderful state from which Henry’s great-grandparents and my mother hail- Iowa.

The event today proved to be a great success. Local Des Moines media including the FOX, CBS, NBC affiliates, as well as WHO-AM (which did an interview with us yesterday) were all there to capture our Iowa landing. We also were fortunate to have enthusiastic support from Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Former State Representative and environmental advocate Ed Fallon. Having such committed and influential leaders behind us in our cause to put an end to whaling is extremely important in spreading our message and creating change.

Mayor Cownie is an important voice, not only for Iowa, but also for our country in making changes to address global warming. Though he noted there aren't any whales in Iowa, he encouraged everyone at the event to think about the future and how developments beyond our state and national borders affect our planet.

Former State Representative Fallon reminded us during his speech that between two and 200 species reach extinction each day. This alone should be a wake-up call. Instead of being hunted for commercial profit, whales should remain a source of inspiration for our souls and spirits.

As "political junkies," Henry and I were excited to be in Iowa, the location of the first Presidential primary in 2008. A recent national poll commissioned by IFAW indicates candidates taking a strong stand against commercial whaling would receive more support from voters across the political spectrum.

After the Des Moines stop we hopped right back into our whale plane and are now on our way to sunny (hopefully) Santa Fe. We'll stop in Liberal, Kansas (yes…Liberal, Kansas) on the way to refuel, grab lunch, and do a quick interview with KCBS-AM in San Francisco.

Tomorrow’s event is at the Santa Fe Airport at 11:00AM on the Tarmac. Come join us!

Henry and I can’t wait to touch down in the Wild West. Thanks again for following along with us on our journey and be sure to check back in tomorrow for the latest!

Comments: 7

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Hi Henry,
Thought I would drop you a line and let you know we are thinking of you. I saw your mom yesterday and she said you are having a fabulous trip. From what I have seen it appears you have had quite an exciting time. We look forward to hearing about your adventures when you return.
Mrs. Garner

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Hey, Henry! I can't believe how many places you have been already. What an adventure! I saw the vidoes and the pitcures--they are great. See you soon, Tayler

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Great job guys! makes my day to follow you on this mission!And Des Moines--many good times I had there! Henry --what fun you must bbe having and what good speeches ! Love, aunt mimi

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Hi there, Henry! Sounds like you and your Dad are having the greatest adventure ever! Thank you both for saving the whales and for sharing your adventure with us. We miss you! Hope you get to brush once in awhile!!! See you soon. L, Ms. Fleming

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Awww.... We are here doing the MCAS... When you are out somewhere having a great time your sooooo.. lucky.... I wish we could all be with you..... School is not as much fun with out you... Well, you missed the math MCAS..... and we are here doing it... Today is our last day doing the mcas and you might have to make it up. But you have fun on your trip
Love,
Brianna

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Hi Henry it`s me I saw the plane in the news it`s a very nice plane, So you are on your way to Santa Fe that is so cool it must be alot of fun flying around the u.s. and stopping whaling... now that is something to be proud of!!! Well talk to you later bye.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Henry and Patrick--
I am curious if people are surprised to hear that whales are still endangered today? I bet many Americans just didn't realize. With your clear and passionate message Americans can't help but pay attention to this international issue. We are all following your trek. Holden and Mrs. Schloerb's class have been checking in daily to see where you are. Everyone is so proud of your work. Especially me. Travel safe.

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