A Journal Magazine Launch Event and Discussion
Wednesday, April 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Presentation and conversation 6-7:30 p.m.
325 E. Douglas Ave. | Wichita, KS 67208
$12 admission includes a copy of the Journal, Spring Edition
Join us April 8 for the release of the KLC Journal magazine’s Spring edition, with a focus on Kansans exercising leadership on the daunting global issue of climate change.
For decades, the biggest question about climate change in Kansas was a basic one: Are greenhouse gas emissions really changing the climate? Now in some parts of the state, residents are increasingly asking a different question: What should communities do about climate change? The state’s evolving politics are reflected in a 2019 Yale Program on Climate Communication survey that shows that 62% of Kansans believe climate change is happening. Nationwide, the figure is 67%.
But climate change remains politically controversial, and the way we describe it influences discussion and response to the issue. Should we talk about climate change and global warming, or are more urgent terms warranted, such as climate crisis or emergency? Are there ways to discuss the topic that could build common understanding rather than splinter Kansans further along all-too familiar lines? What exactly is it that Kansans should be expected to do at the state, local or individual level to respond to this global issue?
Managing Editor Chris Green will discuss the efforts of Climate Action KC, a compact addressing climate change in the Kansas City metro area, with Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly and Shawnee City Councilmember Lindsey Constance, who’ve spearheaded the effort. Dorothy Barnett and Rachel Myslivy of the Climate + Energy Project will be on hand to talk about how community “resilience” can help Kansans prepare for and recover from the disruptions of a warming climate.
Attendants will participate in an interactive online poll and share their views, challenges and hopes in small and large group discussions. Come to learn more and discuss deep, challenging questions in a thoughtful, respectful atmosphere.
Those unable to attend in person may watch the livestream at 6 PM at Facebook.com/kansasleadershipcenter.