Waco Friends of Peace/Climate meet monthly, the third Tuesday of the month, 6 pm, at Poppo Rollo's Pizza
Westbank Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco, 76710. Free presentation and pizza/salad buffet.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 20th City Council Meeting Updste

We have selected Bangkok Royale for our complimentary dinner after the City Council session.  The restaurant is within walking distance across the street, offers good Thai fare, and also has vegan options.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

TRUMP ‘S OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN: Protest & Public Hearing

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate joined Sierra Club, Environment Texas, & others in this action, which took place at the Embassy Suites by Hilton on Clayton Lane in Austin on Tuesday, February 6th.   About 20-25 activists rallied outside the hotel with short statements of the issues by leaders.   We then marched into the meeting room, signed a log, and left our written statements.  They would not allow signs inside the meeting room.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is about leases for exploration & new reserves. Basically, the BOEM officials seemed to have little knowledge of climate science and greenhouse gas emissions.  Nobody used the words ‘climate change.’  We explained that with our C02 budget of 565 gigatons, we can only safely burn 20% of known reserves and none of newly discovered deposits.
 

This face-to-face discussion with BOEM staff members at the public meeting was powerful. They learned about the C02 budget & why we can not burn any new oil that is discovered—thus more exploration is senseless. This data seemed to be new to them!  That fact is frightening. We know our oral comments were heard; we have no certainty the written comments were read. 
Many thanks to our members Ana & Serena, who braved intense cold and rainy skies to speak truth to power.


































To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com   

Friday, February 02, 2018

WACO FRIENDS OF PEACE/CLIMATE CALENDAR


February 20: "Go Renewable Waco" presentation at Waco City Council, 5:45pm.
March 29:  David Rovics "Concert for the Climate," Jubilee Theater, 6-9pm.
April 17:  Solar Energy Presentation by Freedom Solar of Austin.  Poppa Rollos Pizza, 6pm.
April 21: 4th Annual Free Renewable Shopping Bag Distribution, Downtown Farmers Market, 9am-1pm.
May 15: Regular Business Meeting with Climate Documentary or Lecture, 6pm.

"GO RENEWABLE WACO" PRESENTATION AT WACO CITY COUNCIL

We now have over 1000 signatures on our petition requesting that the City Council of Waco pledge to go 100% renewable by 2050.  The next step is our 10 minute Powerpoint presentation to the City Council on Feb. 20, where we will make our case for the importance of Waco taking the pledge.  At that time we need a huge crowd of supporters to help emphasize to the City the strength of the renewable energy movement.  Thus we fervently request that everyone plan now to attend Feb. 20 if possible.

The petition and organization endorsements are important, but vital is a meeting room filled with live supporters.  So please plan to attend, and invite everyone you know who supports the rapid growth of renewable energy.   Remember: the science is clear that we must convert our energy system completely to green energy by 2050 to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Below are the details for the FOP/C action on February 20th:

  • Waco Convention Center Bosque Theater, 100 Washington Avenue, Waco
  • Arrive by 5:45pm (session begins at 6:00pm).
  • If transportation needed, contact Travis Hipp :  hipptravis@gmail.com
  • Not necessary to fill out card at entrance.
  • Simply enter theater and sit together.
  • Wear some shade of green top, shirt, blouse, etc.
  • Our single presenter should begin within 20 minutes of session beginning and will last for 10 minutes.  We may leave after the presentation is completed.
  • Our organization will provide dinner to all attendees after the session (details to follow).
  • Please forward any remaining petition signatures to: anorthc@aol.com.
  • MOST IMPORTANT: to FILL the theater with a sea of green.  Please bring everyone from McLennan County you can find-- family members, kids, friends, colleagues, co-workers, etc. We would greatly appreciate all our BAYLOR friends support on this day.
  • Questions: anorthc@aol.com 



Friday, January 26, 2018

FRACKING PROTEST: TUESDAY, JANUARY 30TH, AUSTIN



Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will answer this action call and support the event with a contingent.  The plan is to leave from Alan Northcutt’s house (or another central location) about 5:30 or 6:00 AM.  Each person should make a sign to carry.  And hopefully we will have time on the way back for a delicious vegetarian meal at the Austin institution of Mother's. It's important to support other activists, and it should be fun.

Please email Alan if you wish to go.  There is room in his car for 2 or 3.  If you would like to participate, please email ASAP:   anorthc@aol.com

Thursday, January 25, 2018

FIRST CLIMATE CHANGE CHALKING



On December 9, 2017, a chalking took place at Cameron Park in Waco.  The message:  a vegan diet produces approximately one half the GHG emissions as a carnivorous diet.  This is one of the best ways to lighten one’s carbon footprint.  Chalking may reach those who do not utilize standard media.
Thanks go to Bessie VonMessenger for organizing this vegan chalking and to Travis Hipp for his participation.










Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Top 10 Trump Assaults On The Climate

The following was published In the Waco Tribune Herald on January 19, 2018:

Alan Northcutt, Board of Contributors: 10 ways Trump has hurt our planet in a year



With the one-year mark of the Trump presidency at hand, we count down 10 of its most destructive policies on climate and the environment.

10. Science funding slashed: Science-related programs were cut by at least $7 billion in Mr. Trump’s budget, including deep reductions to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as to NASA earth science programs, ocean ecosystem monitoring, space station CO2 tracking, the deep space climate observatory and NOAA research. A country smothering science is in decline.

9. River protection ended: Trump signed a joint resolution of the Republican Congress revoking the Stream Protection Rule, thus allowing mining waste to contaminate small rivers.

8. Pipelines green-lighted: The Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines were approved by Trump after vigorous opposition from Native Americans and other activists. Building new fossil-fuel infrastructure when we must instead rapidly transition to renewables is absolutely counterproductive.

7. Climate experts lost: Approximately 770 EPA staff members have left the agency, many reportedly expressing disgust with agency direction under Scott Pruitt. Further, numerous U.S. climate scientists are migrating to France, enticed by President Macron’s commitment to climate action and his offer of 50 research grants.

6. Clean Power Plan nixed: The Plan was the primary method for reaching U.S. pledges under the Paris Agreement. It would cut carbon emissions 32 percent by 2030 and prevent thousands of premature deaths and asthma attacks. Trump’s proposed repeal of the Plan would increase U.S. carbon emissions, cost lives and not produce a major resurgence of coal, according to most analysts.

5. Climate-change language censured: In Orwellian fashion, the EPA and Department of Interior have scrubbed their websites of “climate change.” Further, the Centers for Disease Control reports a list of banned words, including such innocuous terms as “science-based,” “evidence-based” and “diversity.” Trump may not realize banning “climate change” does not halt its progression.

4. National monuments miniaturized: Trump reduced the size of breathtaking Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by 50 percent, despite fierce opposition from Native Americans and environmentalists. These steps will cause destruction of sacred Indian sites, contamination of the land when the new fossil-fuel infrastructure leaks and spills, and an increase in our greenhouse-gas emissions.

3. Paris Agreement exited: With withdrawal from the Agreement, the United States became the solitary rogue nation not participating in this global pact to mitigate climate change. Although market forces will continue to propel the growth of renewable energy, this step will stall climate action at the federal level and eliminate our global leadership on climate.

2. Dangerous drilling expanded: Trump has expanded drilling into the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and protected areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. At the same time he has eliminated drilling safeguards and safety research. The potential for local spill disasters and emissions increase are enormous.

1. Administration oiled: The administration personnel of Mike Pence, Rick Perry, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross, Rex Tillerson and Ryan Zinke offer a rogue’s gallery of climate-science deniers, oil industry lackeys and EPA enemies. This executive branch thus serves the interests of the fossil-fuel industry rather than protecting the environment in service of the American people. The damage of increased use of fossil fuel consists of cardiopulmonary injury to people, contamination of land and water from spills and leaks, increased carbon dioxide and methane emissions when slashing emissions is critical and lowering U.S. competitiveness as the world moves to renewable energy.

A typical reaction to the past year is outrage, anger and despair. But action remains the best antidote. We must protect our climate and environment by constantly opposing Trump’s agenda and by voting for candidates committed to fighting anthropogenic climate change.

Alan Northcutt's Front Yard