Earth Festival 2022


April 24, 2022    
11:30 am - 5:30 pm


Event Type

All times are U.S. Central Daylight Savings Time. Doors open at 11:30am for in-person attendance. Schedule subject to change. Check back often or subscribe to receive updates.

Faith & Politics
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Faith Communities Responding to the Climate Crisis
The climate crisis is a threat to people of all faiths and each of our faiths call upon us to take action.

Panel members, representing several faith traditions, will speak to their faiths’ theology that demands climate action, describe concrete work they are doing within their congregations and in society to help reverse climate change, and / or provide suggestions for faith-based action that groups or individuals can take.

Panelists (click for details):

Bennette Seaman (Moderator), Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council
Danelle Crawford McKinney, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate
Keith Mundy, ELCA Central States Synod & Lutherans Restoring Creation Leadership Team
Bakhtavar “Becca” Desai, Zoroastrian Faith Leader
Ken Sonnenschein, Mitzvah Garden KC
Jerry Rees, Village Presbyterian Church
This event is being produced by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. GKCIC works to create deeper interfaith understanding within our community and to foster interfaith dialogue and interaction. It’s goals include helping the community become more aware of the spiritual values that can help resolve issues that occur in the environmental, social and personal realms of our lives.

3:00pm – 4:30pm: Political Solutions to Climate Problems
Elected officials from all political spectrums convene to discuss climate solutions. Produced by the Climate Council.

Panelists (click for details):

Stephen Melton, Moderator, Leader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby KC
Winston Apple, Author and former DNC member
Jalen Anderson, Jackson County Missouri Legislator
Mike Kelly, Mayor of Roeland Park, Kansas
Nathan Kline, Outreach Coordinator, Green Party of Kansas City Missouri
The Climate Council was formed in response to the urgency we face regarding global warming, and in recognition of the need for concerted, collective action on a community-wide level to address this crisis. Our goal is to support and expand the important work already happening through partnering with individuals, organizations, businesses, legislators and others in taking bold, effective action and assisting others in joining together through this platform.

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