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‘Great March’ makes a stop on Beith Road

Farm owner says she's honored to host march participants

CAMPTON HILLS – When Shelly Mullin heard that a project called The Great March for Climate Action wanted to make a stop at her farm on Beith Road, she called it “divine intervention.”

Of course, she said, those marching would be welcome to stop by. She said she was honored when the march’s leader, Ed Fallon, reached out to her.

“I wanted to help in any way I can,” she said. “I immediately confirmed that they could camp here.”

Fallon was a former Democratic state legislator in Iowa. His group started the walk on March 1 in Los Angeles. The plan is to end it on Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C. He said the walk is to do more than raise awareness about a climate crisis, as he said most people already know about that. The goal is to inspire action.

“We’re kind of the Paul Revere of the climate crisis,” Fallon said.

A few dozen people have been marching in Fallon’s group, making stops along the way. Next will be a march to Wheaton. Fallon said it has been a grueling trip, and he has lost 24 pounds. He said it’s a serious mission, so he wouldn’t call the project a walk.

“When your country is in peril and you put on your uniform to defend it, it’s marching,” Fallon said. “The army doesn’t walk.”

He said some are embracing the message. Fallon said he was stopped by a truck driver who asked what the marchers were doing.

“I told him,” Fallon said. “And he said, ‘Good luck, buddy. You are on the right track.’ ”

Mullin said the marchers were more than welcome at her farm. She has causes, too, with a message that people should grow their own food. She said she has paid attention to causes and marches, as well, but it can be difficult to participate with her children involved in many activities.

“This is wonderful,” she said, adding that “it honors me to open up my farm for them.”

On the Web

For information about the event, visit www.climatemarch.org.

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