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Saving The Environment With Policy And Protest

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Concert for the Climate
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If commitment was all it took to reverse global warming and stop pollution of of land, air and water, then Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Bill McKibben would be considered environmental superheroes.

On Monday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. whose environmental legal expertise has led to landmark agreements and treaties protecting natural resources in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Hear why he believes that environmental policy equals good business policy and what role the law plays in protecting the environment.

Then, a conversation with author and activist Bill McKibben. His landmark 1989 book, The End of Nature, was the first to explain the issue of global warming for the general public. His latest effort, Oil and Honey, recounts his movement into activism. We'll ask him about continuing the pressure on President Obama to ban the Keystone XL pipeline, and his strategies to take the environmental fight directly to the fossil fuel industry.

Event Info: Concert for the Climate takes place on Saturday, September 28, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Kaw Point Riverfront Park in Kansas City, KS.  The event is free.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.