Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When the People’s Climate Movement March converges on Washington, DC on April 29, local leaders will join citizens to rally for climate, justice and jobs at the Climate March KC at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.

The local rally will be held from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Due to forecasted storms, the rally location has changed from Washington Square Park to Unity Temple, 707 W., 47th St. If the weather is not severe, organizers plan to march to the rally beginning at noon in Cancer Survivors Park, 48th and Roanoke streets, east along the sidewalk on 47th Street to Wyandotte Street, south to Nichols Road and then west to Unity Temple. Organizers expect 3,000 people to attend, making the event the largest gathering in support of environmental issues and climate action in the city’s history. 

April 29 also marks the 100th day of the Trump administration and will be the culmination of 100 days of actions by the People’s Climate Movement

“Given the administration’s and Congress’s increasing assault on research and regulations that protect climate, the air, and water, it is clear we must fight to protect the gains made over the last 30-plus years while we articulate and demand initiatives to move our nation to a new, clean energy economy,” said Gail Shafton, lead organizer for the march and a member of the Kanza Group/Kansas Sierra Club.

“It’s critical that a broad-based movement of concerned citizens, scientists, environmental advocates, social justice groups and labor push forward our vision of a clean, safe world where the rights of all people are protected and expanded,” she said.

Speakers for the rally include Bob Berkebile, an internationally renowned architect who was instrumental in the formation of the U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED rating system; Paul Johnson, a long-time farmer and sustainable agriculture activist in Kansas; Margaret May, the executive director of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council; Sergio Moreno, an interfaith chaplain in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Saint Luke’s Hospital; John Reyna, an activist with Stand By Standing Rock and a member of the Lakota/Sioux Tribe; Carissa Stanton, M.D., a pediatrician with the University of Kansas Health System and a children’s health advocate; and Davis Hammet, president of Loud Light and co-founder of the Equality House in Topeka, KS.

The rally will also feature an art installation of 10 banners created by Kansas City area artists to highlight each speaker’s theme. The local rally is sponsored by the Kansas Sierra Club, with support from 350 KC, Bridging the Gap, Kansas City Climate Coalition and the Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition.

The Southwind Group of the Kansas Chapter Sierra Club is organizing a bus trip to the national rally. The bus leaves April 28 and returns April 30 and will pick up participants in Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence, KS and in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis, MO. The cost is $50 a person. For more information, go to the Southwind Sierra Club Facebook page. 

Learn more about the local rally on Climate March KC’s Facebook page. For information on the national march, visit People’s Climate Movement March.  

Climate March KC schedule of events:
Noon: March from Cancer Survivors Park to Unity Temple
1 p.m. Welcome: Manny Abarca IV; Performance by Rachel & Mat Wilson
1:10 p.m. Speaker/Sustainable Design: Bob Berkebile
1:20 p.m. Speaker/Sustainable Agriculture: Stuart Shafer
1:30 p.m. Speaker/Labor: Terrence Wise
1:40 .m. Speaker/Environmental Justice: Margaret May
1:50 p.m. Performance/Spoken Word: Mary Silwance
1:55 p.m. Performance/Dance: Haskell Indian Nations University Dancers
2:10 p.m. Speaker/Indigenous Rights: John Reyna
2:20 p.m. Speaker/Faith: Sergio Moreno
2:30 p.m. Speaker/Health: Carissa Stanton, M.D.
2:40 p.m. Speaker/The Movement for Climate, Justice and Jobs: Davis Hammet
2:55 p.m. Conclusion and Thanks: Manny Abarca IV
Location: Unity Temple on the Plaza
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