Climate change in Missouri is affecting our natural resources, our health, and our livelihoods. In Missouri, we are experiencing increased flooding, agricultural pests, and more extreme weather events. An increase in high heat days (temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) means more visits to the hospital and complications with asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Many of the species native to Missouri, such as our oak-hickory forests, are threatened by changing temperatures. Furthermore, Missouri generates its energy primarily by burning coal. Not only does burning coal contribute greenhouse gases and particulate matter pollution to the atmosphere, but also it threatens our land and water resources when energy companies dump coal ash debris in our floodplains.
Transitioning to renewable forms of energy contributes to a healthier environment and clean jobs for Missourians. The best ways to mitigate the effects of climate change are to protect our natural resources, such as floodplains and water quality. Thriving floodplains absorb floodwaters and serve as natural pollution filters. With increased flooding, water quality standards are even more important to ensure that our waters are not contaminated. How we interact with our environment can exacerbate climate change or mitigate its effects. MCE is working to protect these natural resources and promote sustainable environmental practices, such as conservation of public lands and responsible agriculture. Learn more by following our program areas.