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Environmental leaders headline Concert for the Climate

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Bill McKibben will highlight a one-day free Concert for the Climate, a family-friendly event September 28 at Kaw Point Riverfront Park in Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by the Heartland Renewable Energy Society (HRES), the day’s events will explore the global influence of climate change and the practical steps individuals can take to reduce their negative impact on the planet.

Kennedy, founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance and a leader in sustainable development, will give the keynote address on alternative energy, solar capabilities and conservation techniques. Bill McKibben, an environmental author and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, will discuss and sign his new book, Oil and Honey.

Highlights of the event include environmental speakers, musical performances by local and regional artists, energy-efficiency workshops, an interactive children’s area, eco-living displays, photovoltaic solar demonstrations, river habitat restoration programs, an alternative fuel vehicle “ride & drive,” theater performances and a wide array of food vendors. There will also be a $10,000 Home Energy Makeover contest.

In an effort to reduce the event’s carbon footprint, the sound equipment and displays will be powered with solar energy and recycling bins will be available throughout the park.

“By creating a positive experience for learning and action now, we expect to bring our neighbors off the environmental sidelines to look at mainstream climate and energy solutions that are both relevant and valuable to them, and ultimately have them leave the event with a renewed sense of hope,” said Laura Lombardi, HRES board member and event coordinator.

The Concert for the Climate will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the park, 1 River City Drive, Kansas City, KS. For more information, visit www.concertfortheclimate.org or call 816-510-4000.

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