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Home | A Search for Solutions

Flatland explores six monthly topics by highlighting local organizations pioneering solutions to the climate crisis.

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Climate change’s serious effects on Kansas Citians disproportionately affect the poor Climate Change’s Serious Effects On Kansas Citians Disproportionately Affect The Poor
Kansas City climate activists joined international demonstrations with a student walkout and general assembly in Theis Park on Sept. 20. Kansas City Activists Rally Against Climate Change
Molly McGlynn of KC Sunrise Movement An Earth Day Like No Other
Climate Action Summit Kansas City’s Regional Climate Change Effort Soldiers on Despite Pandemic
California wildfires Good News on Climate Change: Most Americans Now Agree It’s Real, Even in the Midwest
Solar panels in downtown Kansas City. KC Ranks 25th Among 100 Cities on Clean Energy Scorecard
Heartland Tree Alliance workers prepare to plant an American elm tree in the Fairlane neighborhood of Kansas City. Earth Day 2021: A Tree A Day Could Help Keep Climate Change At Bay
Greenworks In Kansas City, a local nonprofit, works to connect kids and young adults with environmental education and job opportunities. Environmental Camp About More Than Making S’mores
Winds turbines. Missouri Finally Mining Untapped Potential With Move Toward Renewable Energy
Brenette Wilder (right) navigates her husband, Cleotis, as he drives a route Aug. 6 collecting data for a heat-mapping project coordinated through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hunting for Hot Spots in Kansas City’s Climate
Long-distance kayaker Graham Jordison is paddling the length of the 2,341-mile Missouri River. His effort is designed to draw attention to coal plants in operation along the river. Kayaking to Cut Coal Fired Power Plants: 2,341 Miles Down the Missouri River
Food getting ready to be composted at Missouri Organic Recycling's facility in Liberty, Missouri. Kansas City Sustainability Projects Get Grants to Fight Food Waste
Rendering of new Kansas City International Airport. Kansas City Pursues Massive Solar Farm at KCI
The Second + Delaware Apartments Accolades for Apartments Offer Latest Sign KC is an Emerging Energy Efficiency Mecca
A blue plate bolted to the underside of EV buses at Kansas City International Airport will help push sustainability at the airport -- and potentially across the area. Sustainability Ambitions Soaring at KCI
A cornfield in Champaign County, Illinois. Fertilizer Washes off Midwest Farm Fields and Taints Communities’ Drinking Water, Poisons Gulf of Mexico
Food getting ready to be composted at Missouri Organic Recycling's facility in Liberty, Missouri. Can YOU Really Impact Climate Change?
Man in a hat and glasses stands in front of rural l Price of Progress: Grain Belt Express Pits Public Benefit and Private Property Rights in Race Against Climate Change
Smithville Mayor Damien Boley on a bike path. ‘Ten Years to Save the Planet’: Kansas City Metro’s Small-town Mayors Take Up Climate Fight
Richard Heimer takes his seat on the RideKC bus that takes him to work every morning. Not Everyone in Kansas City Drives a Car. This Man has Been Riding the Bus for 45 Years
Graphic illustrating use of air sensors. Here’s How Residents Along Troost Avenue Can Help Measure Kansas City Air Quality
Sofia Gillespie likes to take the bus when meeting up with friends. If More Kansas Citians Rode the Bus by Choice, it Could Shift the Whole City’s Mindset
John Hooker and Mike Loesch begin installation of solar panels on the roof of a Columbia, Missouri, home. Inflation, Energy Prices Complicate Consumer Calculus Regarding Renewables
A young child sniffs a native flower at Powell Gardens' butterfly garden. Letting Lawns Grow Wild, Saving Bees During ‘No Mow May’
Windmills on the prairie. Missouri Senate Approves Eminent Domain Reform that Wouldn’t Kill Grain Belt Express
Angelica Chavez-Duckworth Will Climate Change Prevent Me from Being a Parent? Millennials, Gen Z Question Adding More Children to the Earth
The bur oak in the foreground is one of several trees the Heartland Tree Alliance has planted at Seven Oaks Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Mature trees in the park make it a rare cool spot in the neighborhood, according to heat data collected last year by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Climate Change Highlights Value of 19th Century Plan for ‘A City Within a Park’ 
In this Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Kansas City, Missouri. Pondering the Business and Politics of Climate Change
An Electrify America Charging Station for electric vehicles. Electric Vehicle Adoption Hinges on Better Access to Charging Stations