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Remembering G. Fred Wickman: Journalist, Professor and Mentor
Melissa Reeves, Guest Writer • May 16, 2024

On April 27, 2024, former Kansas City Star columnist, UMKC professor and U-News (now called Roo News) advisor G. Fred Wickman passed away after...

Kansas City has a chance to advance to the Summit League Championship for the first time since 2011.
Roos Softball Advances to Championship Semifinal
Zach Gunter, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

  Kansas City has thrilled viewers in the first three games of the Summit League Softball Championship.   Entering as the third seed,...

A picture of the posters on the University Walkway.
UMKC Students Received University Pushback at Pro-Palestine Protest
Aurora Wilson and Maisy Blanton April 29, 2024

  Over 150 students showed up to participate in a protest in solidarity with Palestine and other protests across the nation on Monday.   Around...

Amidst the festive spirit of St. Patricks Day, the iconic symbol of luck, the clover, reminds us of the rich traditions and celebrations honoring Irish heritage.
Exploring St. Patrick's Day Alternatives in Kansas City
Aydan Stigler and Grace Beshore March 14, 2024

  The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is just around the corner, and with celebration comes large crowds.    The annual city parade...

Visit the City Market to explore local vendors.
Smart Saving Strategies for a Wallet-Friendly Spring Break
Emily Wheeler, Staff Writer • March 14, 2024

  UMKC students are ready for the upcoming week-long spring break, but are their wallets?   From travel adventures to staycations, spring...

Planet vs. Plastics: Earth Day 2024 and the Fight for Plastic Reduction

As Earth Day 2024 approaches, the global environmental movement intensifies its focus on reducing plastic production for the protection of the planet and human health.

  Plastic. It’s in the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the air we breathe. In the battle of Planet vs. Plastics, a 60% plastic production reduction is on the frontline of this Earth Day 2024 public debate.

  Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The month of April is sometimes referred to as Earth Month, with the week preceding Earth Day referred to as Earth Week. Environmental issues such as air pollution, deforestation, fast fashion, and textile waste take center stage.

  The textile industry reportedly produces over 100 billion garments a year. Approximately 85% of those garments, made from crude oil which releases dangerous microfibers when washed end up in landfills or incinerators and continue to contribute to long-term pollution. Plastic food wrappers, plastic bags, plastic bottles, and plastic straws contribute to plastic pollution in our oceans and drinking water and even extend to our bloodstreams. Recent reports of plastic production reaching more than 380 million tons per year cause concern about microplastic consumption and its long-term effects on human and animal life.

  With the ultimate goal of building a plastic-free future, the Earth Day Organization rallies behind the Planet vs. Plastics theme to educate and activate environmental movements around the world to tackle the plastic crisis head-on. To aid in the power of positive change, the organization has created a ‘How to Do Earth Day 2024’ toolkit.

Volunteering for local cleanups, rejecting fast fashion, reducing plastic usage, and educating yourself on plastics’ impact on the planet and human health are great ways to join the fight for a healthier planet this Earth Day and beyond. 


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