Kansas City joins the global climate strike at Mill Creek Park this evening. Here’s the details.

Stephen Smith

Kansas City is joining millions from around the world today in a global climate strike with a mass rally at the J.C. Nichols Fountain at Mill Creek Park. The hour-long rally will start tonight (Friday) at 5 p.m., with a march around the Country Club Plaza at 6 p.m.

This evening’s event is part of the US Climate Strike Coalition and calls for a Green New Deal, respect for indigenous rights, environmental justice, protection of biodiversity, and sustainable agriculture. 

Local youth and climate leaders are expected to speak at the event. There will also be music, chants, and petitions circulating following the march.

The rally follows an 11 a.m. walkout this morning, where students and others exited their classes, workplaces, homes, and businesses to join a youth action climate strike that included a march from UMKC’s University Playhouse to Theis Park this afternoon.

“I am striking in solidarity on September 20 for the air we breathe, the water we drink and for the places we call home,” UMKC student Emily Larner wrote in a blog post. “For the people who are losing their lives and the lives of their loved ones because they don’t have access to a livable future and good jobs. For the people who are experiencing environmental racism because there are no other affordable homes in areas without heavily polluting industrial areas. For the people who experience systemic racism and social, environmental and socioeconomic injustices every day.”

Further details about tonight’s climate strike here.

On Twitter: @ByEmilyAPark.

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