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Iowans stand up for national action on climate change in 2013

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Friday the Iowa Climate Advocates hosted an event to spark the fight to stop climate change. The event "Stand Up Friday" took place in ten cities across the state including Dubuque, Davenport, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. In Dubuque, citizens held signs and delivered letters to Congressional officers with hopes "Stand Up Friday" will spark national action this year to fight climate change.

"It's a message saying people care enough about this to stand out here, to write letters, and they need to take it seriously," said Raki Giannakouros of Iowa Climate Advocates.

Iowa Climate Advocates also hope to influence the state department's decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"The reason why today is kind of significant is because the state department will be making the decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline soon; that is a secondary reason we are here. We are here specifically to ask that that does not go through because the implications of that pipeline are pretty negative on the climate disaster that has already happened." Giannakouros said.

"Stand Up Friday" is held in conjunction with the "Forward on Climate" Rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

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