It’s time to scale way back, redesign how we’re living and roll up our sleeves to restore our ecosystems, soil, biodiversity and connections with our neighbors. As we learn and take action on how to live within the Earth’s limits, it’s vital that we co-invent and redesign our new lifestyles with every member of our community, especially our underserved community members.  We all have expertise on how to be resilient.

Too often, communities of color and low-income communities have been left out of the conversation, the plans, and the funding, even while being the most seriously impacted by the climate and other crises. Let’s move forward by coming together, learning from one another, and supporting each other as we strengthen our resilience and face the challenges ahead.

On EcoRadio KC you can hear more about an exciting upcoming event, Redesigning Our Communities for Life After Fossil Fuels.  This series of virtual and in-person community events is occurring in 6 locations in the U.S. and Canada.  Kansas City will host the second event on Saturday, November 12th from 1 to 5 PM on Zoom which Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is partnering with the Post Carbon Institute and many local community groups.


Host Brent Ragsdale has a chance to speak with the Keynote Speaker, Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at Post Carbon Institute and the author of 14 books, including POWER: LIMITS AND PROSPECTS FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL, along with hundreds of essays and articles, some of which have appeared in NATURE, WALL STREET JOURNAL and THE AMERICAN PROSPECT. He has lectured on 6 continents and has appeared in numerous environmental documentary films.

In an hour, we only have time to give you a flavor of the robust upcoming event, and Brent will also speak with some of the presenters, including Louise Mitchell, Development and Outreach Specialist for Biodiversity for a Liveable Climate, Hilary Noonan of Mad Hatter Compost Tea, Staroyce Nealy, Co-Founder of Global One Urban Farming, and Carl Stafford, Founder of MY REGION WINS!, a Kansas City creative nonprofit organization.

Louise Mitchell has advocated for environmental health throughout her career.  Louise is from Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Hilary Noonan’s work focuses on issues of resilience, soil health and climate change. She holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, a BA from Yale University and has certification as a Permaculture Designer. In her quest for climate mitigation strategies, she has studied with soil microbiologists, farmers and researchers. That work has helped her define regenerative, healthy soil and how to get there.

Carl Stafford received the 2022 Cultural Producer Grantee from Charlotte Street Foundation to help turn a once blighted/vacant property owned by Land Bank into BOON AREA 1, an environmental, nature-based, interactive, functional art installation that acts as a contemporary community garden. The goal with BOON AREA 1 is to be a pilot project that addresses land ownership and generate revenue to help neighborhoods fund projects and programs, compensate residents who take on roles in neighborhoods and ultimately stipend every household in the neighborhood to help residents best deal with gentrification.

Staroyce Nealy is a co-founder of Global One Urban Farming, an organization that grows over 25,000 lbs. of organic vegetables and fruit on over an acre of urban farmland, distributing the food, for free, to thousands of individuals within the inner Kansas City urban communities.

Our own Richard Mabion is the Event Moderator!  His life and perspective will assure a world class event!  Our radio hour and podcast will only be a sample of the offerings on November 12th.

We at EcoRadio KC are glad to encourage awareness and protection of our world.  Our goal is to assure our listeners are aware of how we can create a sustainable present for a sustainable future!

This will be a great radio hour!

We hope you can tune in!

George Carlin said “we (meaning people in general) are arrogant to think we (usually meaning they) are a threat to the planet. This planet put up with dinosaurs for 165 million years then waited another 65 million before putting up with people. Do any of you think people, humans, can last 165 million years?”


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