Solutionary Perspectives: Diesel Impacts on Community Health in Kansas City (Parts 1 & 2)

"Solutionary Perspectives" is a video podcast series hosted by Bill Moyer and Diane Wittner, examining the perspectives of Solutionary Rail allies and stakeholders.

June 14, 2017 -- This week, in a two-part interview, we hear from environmental justice advocates Eric Kirkendall and Leticia DeCaigny of Kansas City, KS - an American crossroads, and home of the second-largest railyard in the U.S. Leticia and Eric will share their experience with the impacts of diesel exhaust on their communities and the personal experience that propels their activism to protect their families and community from the impacts of diesel pollution from intermodal freight.

Guest Bios:

Leticia DeCaigny was born and raised in Kansas City, KS. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Management and owns her own business inspiring healthy living around the world. She found her passion and purpose when an unfortunate situation struck her family. She lives a life dedicated to advocating for healthy lifestyles and cleaner environments, to prevent disease, reduce illness, and improve quality of life. She has worked with organizations such as the Diesel Health Project to confront diesel air pollution and raise awareness of the current environmental issues in KCK. She recently introduced an aeroponic growing system to the local high school as an eco-friendly way to produce food year-round.

Eric Kirkendall is an IT and business consultant, and retired Federal employee. He worked for the University of Kansas, Sprint, NASA, and USDA as a project and program manager, strategic and business planner, and IT manager. He has Master's degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. Eric has been active in community organizing and environmental advocacy since the 1990s, and was instrumental in defeating two large development projects in the Kansas City area that would have had significant negative environmental and health impacts. Eric is consultant to the national Moving Forward Network, dedicated to freight transportation environmental health issues. He is also, along with Richard Mabion, co-founder of the Diesel Health Project and is founder of CleanAirNow, a Kansas City area regional clean air coalition.

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