On today’s program our guest is Monta Welch. She joins host Richard Mabion to discuss her lifelong advocacy, which started in earnest just over 10 years ago focusing on health, environment and climate concerns. She hasn’t stopped! She has founded a number of unique organizations, learned how to work with others and at all levels of government, successfully supporting and changing local dynamics, shepherding successful state ballot initiatives, building coalitions, etc… Her work continues to bear fruit today locally, statewide and nationally.
Witnessing the depth of our problems with elections with the 2016 primary election she began investigating, researching, and writing sweeping comprehensive, 50-state solutions out of the online working group – Take Back Elections – in a collective effort to establish fair, transparent, verifiable, secure, unified, 50-state reform as constitutional amendments.
But first, the environmental news for the week of 12/24/18:
USA Today reports:
* (12/19) The World’s burgeoning plastic waste crisis has won the attention of Britain’s Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent – the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled – as its international statistic of the year. The society chooses a winner from nominations made by the public.
Democracy Now reports:
* (12/21) Washington, D.C., city lawmakers voted unanimously on a clean energy bill mandating 100 percent renewable electricity by 2032. The legislation also requires public transportation and fleet vehicles achieve zero carbon emissions by 2045. The mandate would apply to government buildings in the capital, including the White House.
North American Windpower reports:
* (12/13) months after the previous farm bill expired, Congress passed an $867 billion 2018 farm bill. And there are some very interesting provisions in it. The legislation keeps intact the $50 million Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to fund on-farm and rural small business renewable energy systems and energy conservation improvements. It includes a provision that removes industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act, making the non-psychoactive version of cannabis legal to grow in all 50 states. The bill expands funding for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives program, which helps low-income shoppers purchase fresh local produce. It maintains the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) without new punitive work requirements.
* You may recycle any used Christmas lights at:
Southeast Enterprises, 6701 Booth Ave. Kansas City, MO 64133 – located on 67th St between Blue Ridge Cutoff and James A. Reed Rd, just off of MO 350 Hwy. hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Phone Number: (816) 353-2704 Email: [email protected] You can also drop your lights off at Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS 66044 and they will take them to Southeast Enterprises for you!
The calendar of events for the week of 12/24:
This year, the Christmas Bird Count began December 14 and ends January 5, 2019. Here are the organizers for the Christmas Bird Counts in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Email organizers for event dates and locations:
* Atchison, KS: John Bolin [email protected]
* Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge / Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, MO: Mark Robbins [email protected]
* St. Joseph, MO: Larry Lade [email protected]
* Trimble/Smithville, MO: Kristi Mayo [email protected]
* Bonner Springs, KS: John Bollin [email protected]
* Lee’s Summit, MO: Mike Stoakes [email protected]
* Leavenworth, KS: John Schukman [email protected]
* Olathe, KS: Jeff Witters [email protected]
Post-Holiday Recycling Volunteers Needed Saturday, December 29, shifts vary
Red Bridge Recycling Center. Volunteer outside – this is a great opportunity for students on holiday break. Volunteers assist the recycling center site manager with various duties, such as breaking down cardboard, assisting patrons, etc.
Shifts: 9:30 am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm. If those exact times do not work for you, we can be flexible. The Red Bridge Recycling Center is located at 5200 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137 in the KCATA Park-and-Ride commuter parking lot.
Min age: 8 with parent. Volunteer alone at 14 yrs. Restrictions differ for groups. All volunteers must register in advance. Call/text Amy Smith at 816-561-1062 or email [email protected], mentioning your preferred shift.
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