On Saturday, April 29th, CleanAirNow cosponsored the People’s Climate March and rally in Kansas City.
Hundreds marched in rainy weather to protest the Trump Administration’s outright disregard for the threat of climate change. Protesters displayed solidarity in bringing attention to an administration hostile to basic environmental protections.
Afterwards, a rally was held that featured speakers bringing a strong, intersectional message of climate justice.
It brought attention to numerous environmental issues, from personal activity to holding corporations accountable.
It was a great opportunity for people to come together and demand environmental justice in these politically difficult times.
Special thanks to People’s Climate KC for organizing this event and allowing us to cosponsor. Follow them@ClimateMarchKC on Twitter!
On April 29, the a rally for the People’s Climate Movement will be held in Kansas City, Missouri’s Washington Square Park from 1 PM to 3 PM.
It’s a gathering of citizens, scientists, environmental advocates, social justice and labor groups who are concerned the current administration is ignoring the fact that climate change is occurring.
It will feature diverse speakers to reinforce a strong message of Climate, Justice, Jobs.
The rally is sponsored by the Kansas Sierra Club,Thomas Hart Benton/MO Sierra Club, 350KC, Kansas City Climate Coalition, NAACP, Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition and our partners who advocate for Climate, Justice, and Jobs, and CleanAirNow.
Organizers need volunteers willing “help with setting up, taking down, shepherding the crowd, giving directions” and other tasks.
On Tuesday, March 28, CleanAirNow and the Diesel Health Project conducted a training class on the health risks of air pollution in Kansas City, Kansas, and how people can protect themselves, their family, and their community.
The class focused on diesel exhaust air pollution, which can trigger asthma attacks and cause cardiovascular illness and cancer, and has been linked to many other serious diseases.
KCK Community Leaders at Training
Laticia Opening the Training
Community Leaders at Training
Richard Mabion at the Podium
Richard Mabion Giving the Training
Diesel exhaust is not regulated like most dangerous air pollution, so there are no limits on how much diesel exhaust can be emitted from a freight facility like a rail yard or warehouse complex, or from truck freight transportation on a highway.
As a result, while the overall air quality in a city may meet health standards, as is usually the case in Kansas City, air quality in neighborhoods near freight facilities or along highways can be very dangerous.
The training was presented by CleanAirNow members Leticia Decaigny and Richard Mabion. Richard is president of the Kansas City, Kansas chapter of the NAACP and the city’s informal “Green Czar.”
The training event was hosted by El Centro, a very effective local nonprofit organization dedicated to “strengthening communities and improving lives of Latinos and others through educational, social, and economic opportunities.”
Students learned about the health effects of diesel exhaust air pollution, how they can protect their families and communities, and what the government and businesses can do to protect their constituents, employees, and neighbors.
Eric Kirkendall, representing CleanAirNow, was pleased with the results of the training. “It was an excellent training class. Class members were fully engaged, asked lots of great questions, and gave very positive feedback.” More training sessions are planned for later this month.
The training is partially funded with an EPA environmental justice grant.
Disclaimer: The content of the training class does not necessarily reflect the views of the EPA, nor is it endorsed by the agency.
On Thursday, March 16, CleanAirNow members Daniel Beall-Hall and Michael Almon attended the Climate + Energy ProjectWEALTH Day at the Kansas State Capitol, and hosted a booth at the Solutions Showcase.
Approximately 200 people attended Wealth Day, and participated in briefings, presentations, lunch, and other activities. Other sponsors with information tables included the Kansas City, Kansas chapter of the NAACP and the Kansas Sierra Club.
WEALTH Day was an excellent event and great opportunity for CleanAirNow to share information about the health effects of air pollution with elected officials and members of the public.
On Monday, February 27th, 2017, members of CleanAirNow met with officials from Earthworks to monitor air pollution in Kansas City.Eric Kirkendall, Daniel Beall-Hall, and Richard Mabion, President of the NAACP in KCK, represented CleanAirNow. Hilary Lewis and Sharon Wilson represented Earthworks. Photographer Clifton Rendón documented the team’s work in photographs, some of which are featured here.
Gases that can be detected by the FLIR camera include 1-Pentene, Benzene, Butane, Ethane, Ethanol, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene, Heptane, Hexane, Isoprene, MEK, Methane, Methanol, MIBK, Octane, Pentane, Propane, Propylene, Toluene, and Xylene.
Monitoring was done near public parks and areas where workers, children, seniors, and other residents are vulnerable to air pollution.
CleanAirNow members gained insight on which kinds of sites can be monitored for polluting emissions, such as tank farms. They were also informed about what weather conditions footage is best captured in – when the wind is low.
Although the wind was a challenge, the team successfully captured video of air pollution emissions from a BNSF fuel storage tank near the BNSF Argentine Railyard. Check out the video below, which shows gases being emitted at the top of the tank.
Special thanks to Clifton Rendón for his photos and the Earthworks team for working with us and sharing this video!
The CleanAirNow coalition held its first membership meeting on March 2. at the Community Health Coalition of Wyandotte County.
After planning for over a year, we were happy to reach this point. Members from the Kansas City area and other cities attended the meeting in person, by phone, and by video conference.
During the meeting, we reviewed and discussed the mission and goals of CleanAirNow, reviewed work now underway or planned, and discussed future initiatives.
Work underway includes the analysis of lab results from recent air pollution monitoring in Kansas City, Kansas, and preparations for air pollution training, which begins soon.
We also talked about the air pollution workshop we are planning to hold in a few months, and the potential of implementing the IVAN environmental reporting system in the KC region.
As our last step, we voted for our representative to the national Moving Forward Network. Eric Kirkendall will be our representative for at least a few months, until we elect someone else from CleanAirNow.
Dedicated to improving air quality in Kansas City and the surrounding region, particularly in communities suffering the greatest health burden, and to preventing and mitigating disease caused by air pollution.