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Missouri Republicans go after ‘woke’ investing to prevent state funds from being used in the fight against climate change

Some Missouri officeholders want to make sure that state funds aren’t used to promote “woke political agendas.” An effort is underway to ban state involvement with banks that prioritize climate action or other socially driven investments.  Conservative legislators have joined peers in other Republican-run states in a movement against environmental, social and governance investing. Known…

The growing green jobs industry could mean more jobs for Kansas Citians

Before securing a position as a manager at KC Can Compost, a nonprofit dedicated to reshaping Kansas City’s approach to environmental and social causes, Chris Shelar was unhoused off and on for eight years.  Now 60, Shelar lived in outdoor spaces and panhandled for change to get by. Eventually, he found steady work as a…

How new building codes could help fight climate change

William Davies thinks action on climate change is urgent, and adopting new building codes in Kansas City would be a step in the right direction.  “Folks are looking to Kansas City for leadership and we shouldn’t shy away from that,” said Davies, an organizer with the Sierra Club. “We’re not saying that this is the…

Meet the young activists pushing for KCMO climate accountability

When Alex Teasley found out Kansas City, Missouri, was prioritizing action on climate change, they were hopeful.  Teasley, 17, is a part of Sunrise Movement KC, a local chapter of the national nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2017 shortly before an international rise in climate change protests. The chapter advocates for the Green New…