The Sierra Club’s Kansas Chapter is broadly diversified by geography and region, from the urban and suburban areas surrounding Kansas City and Wichita in the eastern part of the state, through the Flint Hills region of central Kansas, and across the High Plains of western Kansas. As such, the Chapter faces a variety of environmental challenges, as well as enjoying many great opportunities for outings, hiking, and viewing wildlife.
The Chapter’s major challenges include the impact of industrial agriculture and meat production on water supply and quality, on urban and rural air quality, and on wildlife. The growth of the energy sector in Kansas has led many farmers and ranchers turn to oil and gas production for income, leading to concerns about hydraulic fracturing and other fossil fuel issues. Additionally, the Kansas Sierra Club has taken an activist role in regional politics in response to the overall encroachment of reactionary extremists on issues ranging from climate science to environmental protections.
The air we breathe, the water we drink, the streams we fish, the game we hunt and the way in which we provide, use, and make demands of the environment, touch every aspect of our lives in Kansas. The work of the Kansas Sierra Club ensures that we leave a clean, healthy, and safe planet to our children and grandchildren.