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Kansas Citians Celebrate Clean Power Plan: A Visual Look

Monday marks the release of the "biggest, most important step" the Obama administration has taken to combat climate change: the U.S. Clean Power Plan. Clean energy leaders, health experts, and advocates in Kansas City joined together in celebration at Berkley Riverfront Park on Saturday in anticipation of the plan.
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Monday marks the release of the "biggest, most important step" the Obama administration has taken to combat climate change: the U.S. Clean Power Plan. Clean energy leaders, health experts, and advocates in Kansas City joined together in celebration at Berkley Riverfront Park on Saturday in anticipation of the plan. Photos by Annie Schugart.

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John Delurey speaks into a megaphone as he leads the crowd in celebration of the Clean Power Plan, while Megan Odenthal gathers the sunflowers used to represent 120 Missourian lives estimated to be saved by the plan annually.

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Dana Markey distributes an "I Love Clean Air" shirt to attendee Robbie Meyer.

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Megan Odenthal, a Sierra Club member, adds chalk decorations to a sign that reads "120 Lives Saved," representing the 120 lives estimated to be saved in Missouri each year as a result of the Clean Power Plan.

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Gary Brush listens to the local band Soular, an environmentally-focused music duo. (Originally published in the Kansas City Star)

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The music duo Soular, an environmentally-focused band, entertains the audience at Berkley Riverfront Park on Saturday.

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Soular entertains the audience at Berkley Riverfront Park on Saturday.

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Robbie Meyer, a member of the Thomas Hart Benton chapter of the Sierra Club, stands with her bike and sunflower in celebration of the Clean Power Plan.

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A crowd gathers at Berkley Riverfront Park in celebration of the Clean Power Plan and the 120 Missourian lives that will be saved annually as a result. (Originally published in the Kansas City Star)

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A participant holds her sunflower at the Clean Power Plan celebration in Berkley Riverfront Park on Saturday.

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Chad Cooper, executive director of the Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition, speaks about the importance of faith and moral action regarding climate change. Cooper was one of four speakers at the event at Berkley Riverfront Park on Saturday.

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John Delurey leads the crowd in calling elected officials, requesting for state action on clean energy and a strong state implementation of the upcoming Clean Power Plan.

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John Fish Kurmann speaks at the Berkley Riverfront Park celebration of the Clean Power Plan on Saturday.

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Participants hold sunflowers, in representation of the 120 Missourian lives estimated to be saved annually as a result of the Clean Power Plan, as well as signs calling for climate action. (Originally published in the Kansas City Star)

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John Delurey speaks into a megaphone as he leads the crowd in celebration of the Clean Power Plan.