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How new building codes could help fight climate change

William Davies thinks action on climate change is urgent, and adopting new building codes in Kansas City would be a step in the right direction.  “Folks are looking to Kansas City for leadership and we shouldn’t shy away from that,” said Davies, an organizer with the Sierra Club. “We’re not saying that this is the…

Meet the young activists pushing for KCMO climate accountability

When Alex Teasley found out Kansas City, Missouri, was prioritizing action on climate change, they were hopeful.  Teasley, 17, is a part of Sunrise Movement KC, a local chapter of the national nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2017 shortly before an international rise in climate change protests. The chapter advocates for the Green New…

Missouri ranks 7th in electric vehicle use, but access to charging remains a key barrier

Beto Lugo-Martinez is a grassroots activist who advocates for clean air. A big part of his work is fighting the expansion of “gas guzzling” vehicles and making sure that historically underserved communities receive infrastructure updates, partly to encourage driving an electric vehicle in Kansas City. Kansas City is no exception to the growing nationwide popularity…

Kansas City declared a climate emergency. Now what?

It’s been 13 years since Kansas City, Missouri, passed its first climate protection plan. At the top of the list: drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Now the city is preparing a new plan, and emission reductions remains a focus.  In 2008, the city set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2000…

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