Earth Day Rally

Start: Friday, April 22, 202212:00 PM

Mural by Great Plains Action Society and made by the Indigenous crew of the First Nation/Farmer Climate Unity March in September 2018.

Join up for an afternoon of honoring Mother Earth through collective action!

WHEN: Friday, April 22 from 12 pm - 4 pm

  • 12 pm - we'll gather for lunch with local food trucks at Cowles Commons,
  • 1 pm - rally around stories and visions for climate justice,
  • 1:45 pm - we'll take action together for a world that puts people and the planet before corporate profit.

WHERE: Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309

DETAILS TO KNOW: The event will happen rain or shine (forecast looking ok though)! Bring money for lunch (or bring your own) and parking (parking maps and info here). The action will consist of a <1 mile march. Family friendly, the action is youth-led.

Buffalo Rebellion is a new coalition of Iowa organizations that are growing a movement for climate action that centers racial and economic justice. The Earth Day Rally will be an afternoon of honoring Mother Earth through sharing stories and visions for climate justice and taking action together for a world that puts people and the planet before profits for a few.

Following the Earth Day Rally, Buffalo Rebellion will be holding two days of immersive training to develop 100 grassroots leaders who will build local teams to take on climate justice issues in their community and come together to create a thriving state-wide movement.

We believe that we must address the root of climate change, insatiable corporate greed and white supremacy, to make change happen. This will require a multi-racial movement of working people struggling together to upend politics as usual.

“Iowa has been made into a sacrifice zone by government sanctioned Big-Ag corporations, which have a stranglehold on the climate and environmental legislation. Colonial-capitalist farming practices are poisoning our water, depleting the soil, and are a leading contributor to Iowa’s greenhouse emissions causing climate chaos.” - Sikowis Nobiss, Plains Cree/Saulteaux, Executive Director, Great Plains Action Society

Buffalo Rebellion was formed in November 2021 and consists of: Great Plains Action Society, DSM Black Liberation Movement, Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, Sierra Club Beyond Coal, Sunrise Movement Cedar Rapids, SEIU Local 199, and Iowa CCI. The coalition is part of the national Green New Deal Network.

If you're interested in attending the training potion of the summit or have any other questions please email us at

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