Shawnee City Councilmember leading the way on Climate Action

November 06, 2019 - 5:37 am
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Kansas City, MO -  On November 4, the Trump Administration formally notified the United Nations of its intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, an Obama-era hallmark policy to fight against climate change globally.

While climate change isn't being tackled by the currently in Washington, local governments are stepping up and fighting against a changing climate at home.

Shawnee City Councilmember and co-founder of the Metro KC Climate Action Committee Lindsey Constance told KMBZ the committee was started with another area city executive last year after she came across some startling data. 

"Research from the Climate Disruption Index ranks the cities across the country that will be most negatively impacted by a changing climate," Constance explained. "They actually found that Kansas City was ranked fifth."

In that study, the Kansas-Missouri region was predicted to see rising temperatures, frequent severe weather and increasing air pollution in the coming years. Constance says there are plenty of ways to fight climate change close to home. 

"So for example, the City of Shawnee did what's called a Facility Conservation Improvement Program," Constance said. "Another would be green infrastrucutre. Strategically planated native plants can help reduce flooding."

The Metro KC Climate Action Committee plans to release its Regional Climate Action Plan, which will be accessible for city, county and state leaders searching for innovative ways to go green, cut emissions and save some money in the long run. 

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