Most Americans believe climate change is a serious problem, according to a CBS poll released over the weekend.
But few solutions seem to be coming from Washington, DC, or the statehouses in Topeka, Kansas, or Jefferson City, Missouri. So, local officials are trying to step up.
“I think it's our cities that need to take the lead because the federal government has abdicated leadership in some ways, and so it's really up to us,” Shawnee (Kansas) City Councilmember Lindsey Constance said.
Constance and Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly lead the way in forging the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition. On Saturday, some 500 elected officials and activists from Kansas and Missouri met at Johnson County Community College to discuss how to work together to reverse climate change.