Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who helped inspire the renovation of Kaw Point Park about a decade ago, will be the guest speaker at a “Concert for the Climate” Sept. 28 at the Kaw Point Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Kennedy, well known as a water conservationist, will be joined by Bill McKibben, an environmental author, as speakers at the event. It will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
The event, free and open to the public, will include workshops on energy efficiency, musical performances, activities for children, and food and refreshments. Those attending will learn ways they can reduce their energy consumption.
The bands that are scheduled to perform at the event include Third Party; Green Spirit Band; Missouri Woodland; My Brothers and Sisters; She’s a Keeper; Soular; and Victor James Dougherty.
Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland will participate in the event, which has many sponsors. Marna Courson Gasperino, a spokeswoman for the event, said those attending the free event will be able to go to workshops on how to work with money-saving strategies for improving housing, as well as improving home energy use, and heating and cooling.
She added an excellent children’s activities center at the event is being coordinated by the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth.
Kansas City, Mo., is making a financial contribution to the event, while Kansas City, Kan., is donating services, she said.
Leading up to the event, a text-to-win contest will be coordinated through one of the local television stations, as yet unnamed by contest organizers, with the winner receiving a $10,000 energy makeover upgrade for the home. The Seal the Envelope contest is a special project of Heartland Renewable Energy Society.
The event’s primary focus will be clean and alternative energies, and energy efficiencies for home and businesses, she said. Kennedy’s focus is water conservation and preservation.
Topics also will include habitat, river protection and restoration, land, agricultural ecology, and weather patterns. There will be home mini-energy assessments.
Those attending the event may notice the use of solar-powered energy, especially powering the sound stage and the electronic speakers, Gasperino said.
Organic local food will be for sale, she added, from several Kansas City food trucks.
There also will be native American participation in the event, she added.
Electric and compressed natural gas vehicles will be at the Concert for the Climate, and also, a Planet Earth balloon. The hot air balloon has a digital photo of the Earth.
“Kansas City is the crossroads of America and it is also the crossroads where issues are coming to bear. Between issues of energy, we’re just at a time and a place in the world generally where it’s appropriate to step back and assess if we can do things better. Kansas City is a crossroads, why not start here?” Gasperino said.
Kansas has recently been involved in promoting wind energy, while Missouri has been aggressive about adding solar energy in some government buildings, she said.
“There are tremendous opportunities for business development in these areas,” she said.
The sponsors, supporters and partners of the event include Kansas City, Mo., Missouri Gas Energy, EnergyWorks KC, KCP&L, the Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association, Clean Cities/Metropolitan Energy Center, Mark One, Posty Cards, and several others.
Kaw Point is close to downtown Kansas City, Kan., the levee and the Fairfax industrial district, near where the Missouri and Kansas rivers meet. It is accessible from I-70.
For more information, visit http://www.concertfortheclimate.org/.