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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? 

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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    Climate Disasters Leave Scars

    by Evan, 10 months ago

    My name is Evan and over ten years ago I lost my home to the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. I relocated to Kansas City one year ago and still bear the scars of that day on me. In adulthood, my mother confided in me how that day affected her as a parent. In that moment, when we were losing our home and community, my mother said she felt like a failure. She had failed to keep her children safe, failed to provide them a home, failed to provide them the future they deserved. I ask that you imagine how you... Continue reading

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    Cool lawns for cooling

    by JTenvir, 10 months ago

    In a recent KCUR article: "Black residents indicated the need for quick action on urban heat stress, such as providing access to cooling equipment and planting more trees and community gardens."

    . Enriched and water-spongy soil can be better for the tree it surrounds. Soil improvement and hydrologic cooling can be helpful against urban heating. If we can produce bioreactor-enriched compost, then it could be available for city-coordinated-and-financed work groups to top-dress lawns of financially-challenged folks. A low-tech way that youth could be involved and benefit from being hired for it.

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    Forcing Fast food to switch to Boi-degradable hemp plastic

    by cosmiccoffee__, 10 months ago

    I took a environmental science course at Maple Woods and notice how much trash was in the creeks and surrounding areas. Noticed how much fast food and coffee cups were there as well as face mask. Is there some alternative to plastics that major cooperations could use? For instance hemp plastic, it biodegrades after a certain amount of time and has a shelf life of 100 days or more so i know it is sometimes difficult to store things with it. I think if hemp plastic were to become more mainstream and used for cups that only serve one drink... Continue reading

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    Transit Use Must Double to Meet 1.5°C Goal

    by blucht, 11 months ago

    Global public transportation usage has to double by 2030 in order to meet the world’s 1.5°C emissions target, according to a new report from C40 Cities and the International Transport Workers’ Federation. As electric vehicles dominate the agenda on “transport day” at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, the report underscores warnings from policymakers and labor leaders that climate negotiators should not ignore the role of public transit in decarbonizing the transport sector.

    The report calls for $208 billion in annual investments in 100 cities to improve the infrastructure, safety, comfort and reliability of buses and rail service. Authors say it... Continue reading

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    Boldly Seizing Our Climate Action Moment for the Good of ALL Kansas Citians

    by wfdavies, 11 months ago


    **This note has been written collectively by many KCMO residents, some who are longtime climate justice advocates and others who are speaking up for the first time. It is part of a story that is continuing to be written by all in our community and one we all must ensure continues to be centered in achieving a more just, healthier, inclusive, and accessible city for all.**

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    As residents concerned about the health, welfare, and future of all in my community, I am grateful that Kansas City is working to adopt a Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan to ensure that... Continue reading

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    Help us all do our part

    by agraether, 11 months ago
    Climate Change is an overwhelming issue and it's hard to figure out what will make the most difference. The focus of this plan needs to ensure minorities are a big part of the discussion and solutions. The plan needs to focus on the biggest issue/contributor which is coal usage. My other thoughts for solutions that the City could play a part in:


    1. Encouraging Electric Vehicles (reducing fossil fuel usage) by providing education and more charging stations. I am personally focused on "Staying on the Ground" (not flying), and walking and riding my bike more for errands--this is not an... Continue reading

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    The city needs cooling greenery

    by KCgardener, 12 months 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 year 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 year 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 year 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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