KRC Joins the Climate + Health Declaration
Kansas organizations stand with leading public health organizations to make a clear call to Kansas leadership to address climate change
In the fall of 2019, the Kansas Rural Center joined with other Kansas organizations concerned about climate change to support the Kansas Climate + Health Declaration. The Kansas Climate + Health Declaration aims to increase awareness of the impacts of climate change on public health, increase civic engagement on climate action in Kansas, and advance policies that build community resilience and safeguard the future of our state.
The Declaration draws attention to the specific impacts of climate change on public health in Kansas. Backed by research from trusted public health organizations like the Kansas Health Institute, American Public Health Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Climate + Health Declaration orients around four principles:
- Climate disruption impacts the lives, health, and economic well-being of Kansans.
- Climate change is a major public health concern in Kansas.
- Those least responsible will be the most impacted and least able to adapt.
- Solutions exist at all levels to build resilience, economic opportunities, and healthy communities.
Each section includes the specific public health concerns for Kansans. The full Declaration is available at ResilientKansas.org.
Kansas organizations stand with leading public health organizations in making a clear call to our state’s leadership to address climate change as a primary threat to public health. Climate + Health Declaration signers urge bold, comprehensive action to reduce emissions and build resilience. The Declaration states, “We need to reduce risks of climate disruption to safeguard the future of our state. We declare a commitment to a healthier future for all.”
Statements from these original organizational signers can be found at reslientkansas.org. For information on how to show support for the Kansas Climate + Health Declaration, email takeaction@climateandenergy. org, or sign the petition online.
The public is invited to sign the petition urging Kansas leaders to take bold, comprehensive action to reduce emissions and build resilience. The full Climate + Health Declaration and petition are available at ResilientKansas.org.
KRC Climate +Health Declaration Statement
Agriculture is on the front lines of a changing climate that threatens our ability to remain viable food producers in the future. Today we are experiencing more extreme precipitation events like recurrent 100-year floods, as well as severe and prolonged drought and longer periods of greater heat, and even wildfires. Our rural communities, like urban communities, are vulnerable as we lack the resources and infrastructure to address the challenges these bring.
Agriculture also can be part of the solution in mitigating climate change. By improving soil and increasing soil organic matter on our farms and ranches, we can sequester carbon in the soil. Through the use of soil health practices including cover crops, complex crop rotations, and reduced tillage, plus intensive grazing management systems for grass-fed livestock production, farms and ranches can become carbon sinks and reduce greenhouse gases. These practices offer multiple benefits to farms and ranches and to our food system, as well as helping curb or allay climate change.
Healthy food, a healthy environment, and healthy people are achievable by working together. This is why the Kansas Rural supports the Kansas climate + health declaration.