Published September 12th, 2019 at 9:00 AM
About 500 community leaders, students, educators, organizers and 30 experts will gather in Overland Park on Saturday to discuss climate change and its local impact.
Climate Action KC organized the one-day summit at Johnson County Community College to highlight climate issues and explore solutions. Organizers want to show how regional efforts can affect climate change.
Although the day-long program already is sold out, the afternoon keynote session running from 2:15 – 5 p.m. has been opened to the public. The space accommodates a maximum of 1,300 people, so space is limited.
The public portion of the event will feature talks by U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Carmel, Indiana, Mayor James Brainard, and environmentalist and keynote speaker Paul Hawken. Hawken founded Project Drawdown, a nonprofit research organization focused on reversing the effects of climate change.
The summit aims to teach about climate’s impact on spirituality, community health and military preparedness, according to a release.