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!