Sunday, February 15, 2015

Global Divestment Day Rally


The Waco Friends of Peace held a rally Saturday, February 14, from 2 to 4 pm at the busy intersection of Waco Drive and Valley Mills Drive in Waco.  About a dozen climate activists held a very large banner and signs in support of the divestment from fossil fuels by banks, corporations, religious organizations, universities, and individuals.

Saturday had been proclaimed "Global Divestment Day," with hundreds of actions held in over 50 countries.  Already, over 20 colleges, dozens of religious institutions and numerous cities have completed divestment, removing over $50 billion in assets from fossil fuel companies.  Global Divestment Day was designed to increase the pressure on companies whose activities contribute to climate change and threaten to destroy our livable biosphere.  Divestment Day emphasized that the preservation of our biosphere takes priority over fossil fuel company profits.  


















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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Progressive Film Series: February 12th, 2015

Mobilizing To Save Civilization


Thursday, February 12th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 83 Minutes 





Mobilizing to Save Civilization is our outstanding documentary selection for February.  The film is part of the "Journey to Planet Earth" series based on the book by Lester R. Brown.  Mr. Brown is one of the most revered environmentalists in the world.  The documentary a very comprehensive video on the issue of climate change, covering population growth, the basic science, sustainability, and the transformation of our energy system to renewables.  Although facing our predicament realistically, Mr. Brown provides an optimistic tone, believing that we have the ability to rise to the enormous challenge that confronts mankind.

The documentary is suitable for all ages. 

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Progressive Film Series: January 8th, 2015

SURVIVING PROGRESS

Thursday, January 8th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  86 minutes



This film explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.  Featuring powerful arguments from an extraordinary range of visionaries, this enlightening and visually spectacular film covers the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and brings to light those that lie treacherously embedded in our own.  It includes observations by such renowned thinkers as Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking.

In this big-picture video, anthropogenic climate disruption is a major area of focus.

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Progressive Film Series: December 11th, 2014

A Dangerous Future: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health

Thursday, Dec. 11th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  56 Minutes



This informative documentary film highlights the primary impact of climate change—increasing global ambient temperature. The effects of rising temperatures on human health are discussed and the current increase in worldwide mortality is explained.

The film also details the massive human migration in Bangladesh and the extreme water shortage in Yemen leading to political strife and violence.

The film is suitable for all ages.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Letter to Senator Cornyn



At the November 13th meeting of the Waco Friends of Peace at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, the following letter to Senator John Cornyn was circulated among the attendees and signed by about 25 people:



The Honorable Senator John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510

Dear Senator Cornyn,

As citizens of the state of Texas, we call on you to vote AGAINST any bill or statement that calls for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The reasons for our opposition include:

Utilization of the Tar Sands crude would produce a massive volume of greenhouse gases, precluding a successful fight against global warming.

Completion of the pipeline would add to the destruction of the natural beauty of the Canadian tar  sands sites, including First Nation property.
 
The pipeline company has a horrible safety record, with 14 recent spills.  A spill or leak on this pipeline route would endanger vital natural resources in the USA, including the Ogallala aquifer. Previous spills of dilbit have produced severe long term damage, on the Kalamazoo River and in Mayflower, Arkansas. 

The financial benefit of the pipeline would accrue largely to TransCanada only, with just 35 permanent jobs created in the USA.The Tar Sands product is destined for export, thus not benefitting US oil security.

The refinery site on the Gulf Coast would suffer more air pollution, and greater deaths in this “cancer alley” region.  Construction of the pipeline would commit the USA to 50 years of further production of fossil fuels, when the IPCC scientists have clearly stated we must quickly convert from these fuels to clean, renewable energy sources.

Our focus and resources must instead go to advancement of renewable energy production. 

As our Senator, we call on you to vote AGAINST this destructive and unnecessary pipeline.

Sincerely,
 
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waco Friends of Peace Video from NYC Climate March

Here is a link to a video prepared by a couple of Waco Friends of Peace members recounting their experience at the Peoples Climate Change March and events that took place in New York City the weekend of Sept 21, 2014.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Progressive Film Series: November 13th, 2014

BLACK ICE: GREENPEACE VS ARCTIC DRILLING

Thursday, November 13th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-Bank Meeting Room
703 N.Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 53 Minutes


Greenpeace is one of the top environmental organizations, and it does not compromise with the fossil fuel industries as have some of the big greens.  The film tells the story of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, which sailed to the Arctic in 2013 to protest Russian oil drilling within the Arctic Ocean.  The entire group of activists and crew of the ship were seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces and held in a Russian jail.  The "Arctic 30" gained international attention as environmental and human rights leaders from around the world called for their release.  BLACK ICE is an intense portrayal of this drama, filmed live during the protest and arrests.

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