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This phase focuses on listening to and learning from the community about how climate change is impacting or may impact Kansas City. Climate change does not affect everyone equally and your experiences are important to share to help us build a more resilient city.

During Phase 1, we want to hear from you. Share your climate story, complete the climate change impacts survey, and contribute your experiences and ideas to the climate issues and opportunities map. Encourage your friends, family members, and coworkers to participate too.

If your group or organization would like to request a presentation or would like to host a listening session, please email us at OEQ@KCMO.ORG. Also, please share with us any upcoming climate-related community events or activities that you think we should attend.


Click here to return to Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan main page

This phase focuses on listening to and learning from the community about how climate change is impacting or may impact Kansas City. Climate change does not affect everyone equally and your experiences are important to share to help us build a more resilient city.

During Phase 1, we want to hear from you. Share your climate story, complete the climate change impacts survey, and contribute your experiences and ideas to the climate issues and opportunities map. Encourage your friends, family members, and coworkers to participate too.

If your group or organization would like to request a presentation or would like to host a listening session, please email us at OEQ@KCMO.ORG. Also, please share with us any upcoming climate-related community events or activities that you think we should attend.


Click here to return to Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan main page

Share your Story!

Have you or your neighborhood has been affected by climate change?  Have you done something to make a difference in your community?  We want to hear your perspective on the climate crisis.  What is Kansas City doing well and what could we improve on? 

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    The city needs cooling greenery

    by KCgardener, 27 days ago

    About four years ago, a friend called asking for a ride. He was stranded in Grandview, and it was a scorching day that had a heat advisory. I said yes -- and as I left my own driveway, I looked at my car thermometer -- 98 degrees. When I got to Grandview, I was worried about his health in the intense heat, and dismayed to see that it was nearly 100% concrete -- sidewalks, street, buildings, but not a tree or lawn or shrub to be seen. The car thermometer registered 106 degrees there!

    After picking up my friend, I... Continue reading

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    Strong Community

    by Spillwill, about 1 month ago
    Kansas City is going to struggle with sustainability, resilience, and there environmental impact with how spread out the city is. When you have to travel 30+ min to cross the city using a motors vehicle the greenhouse gases go up. When you have to build so much infrastructure and span so much area the amount of funds you have to make improvements and help in a disaster go down.


    The best thing that the city can do is focus on the inner core and making it possible for the people to walk or take public transit to work, school, grocery... Continue reading

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    Amend Municipal Ordinances to Promote Best Practices in Native Gardening

    by Drew Bergerson, about 1 month ago
    I have six proposal relating to native gardening and leaf removal:
    • The City Council should amend our municipal ordinances to add an option for native gardening and other environmentally sound practices. Note that I say: option. There are many property owners who will want to continue the traditional methods of lawn maintenance.
    • The Council should make it possible for property owners to voluntarily identify themselves as native gardeners etc. The form should be free and accessible online or by mail. It would enable city inspectors to distinguish more carefully between irresponsible property owners and native gardeners.
    • The Council should make... Continue reading
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    The Circle of Life: The Importance of Focusing on the Marginalized with Climate Change

    by Marialuna, about 1 month ago

    If the KC Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan is not fully directed to the low-income community of KCMO, it will be as though this plan never happened. The great Buddha once said, “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike. Some suffer too much, others too little.” Oprah Winfrey also said, “If you're hurting, you need to help somebody else ease their hurt. If you're in pain, help somebody else's pain.” No one should bear most of the world’s sufferings.


    What I feel that KCMO has done well is making sure the people have a voice, and they have... Continue reading

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    Natural Yards Are Important

    by Marty Kraft, about 1 month ago

    Considering the carbon sequestered and the moisture retained it should be okay to have a more natural yard than a monoculture lawn. Water, not carbon, is the major greenhouse gas and the water retained in soils plays an important role in cooling the planet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQN9t-g2J-0


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    by Nathan Kline, about 1 month ago

    The Climate Crisis is a Political Crisis

    Many of the solutions to the climate crisis are already available and many more are on the way in the short term. The climate crisis is a political crisis, not a technology or innovation crisis. While we have the needed solutions at hand, our elected officials have been and continue to be woefully unwilling to take the necessary action to do what must be done. What is at the root of this political problem? The root is money in politics.

    As long as elected officials are allowed to take bribes ("campaign donations") from... Continue reading

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    Carbon Free Electricity for Big Impact

    by mcgintymk, about 2 months ago

    While I believe there are many solutions to combat the crisis we’re facing that reimagine land use, promote stronger building codes and transform transportation, electricity generation is the biggest contributor to the climate crisis in Kansas City. Nearly half our climate pollution comes from coal-fired power plants and Evergy plans to continue operating some of those plants as late as 2070! We cannot afford 50 more years of pumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.

    We need to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity community wide by 2030. There are multiple avenues to achieve that goal such as democratization of energy systems through... Continue reading

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    Green ideas

    by blucht, about 2 months ago
    • Eliminate/prohibit drive-throughs

    • Allow permeable sidewalks & driveways

    • Reduce speed limits

    • Reduce sprawl (Kansas City boundaries)

    • Lightrail to airport

    • Mandatory insulation minimums in ALL new construction

    • Reclad all city buildings with thick insulation


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    There is no away when you throw something away

    by Ann P, about 2 months ago

    Years ago I was looking for a different way to raise money for a fundraiser that I did every year. I was growing a team of walkers, but the economy was difficult and not everyone could afford the cost to enter the event and the fundraising amount was high. Enter Terracycle. Terracyle is a company out of New Jersey that would pay not-for-profit groups to send in candy bar wrappers, chip bags and other hard to recycle plastics to be recycled. My family group learned a lot about recycling in the 7 or so years that we collected trash and... Continue reading

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    Climate change, energy usage, and birds

    by Theresa E, 2 months ago

    In addition to us humans, our communities include plants and animals. Others have commented on the benefits of replacing lawn with native plants. What changes can we make that help animals and people as well? I’m involved with a project monitoring bird-window collisions: birds injured or killed as a result of flying into windows they either didn’t see or in which they saw outside environment reflected and mistook it for the real thing. Windows, whether in commercial or residential structures, leak energy throughout the year. Many of the options for making glass more energy efficient also help birds see those... Continue reading

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