Waco Friends of Peace/Climate normally meets on the first Monday of the month at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, at 703 N. Valley Mills Dr. in Waco, with a free buffet followed by a documentary film or a guest speaker.

To subscribe to our email list and learn about our meetings, campaigns and actions, please email anorthc@aol.com

To enter the Climate Change Art Exhibit, please email anorthc@aol.com

Thursday, August 15, 2019

AUGUST MEETING: Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 4 pm until approximately 5:30pm
Venue: Waco City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room


The SRPAB will finally convene again, and we will be there to greet it.  We were able to get the Board thinking about decarbonization and renewable energy, and it sent a list of recommendations to the City Council last March.  But it’s obvious the Board does not grasp the fact that we have a climate emergency, as it has not considered climate change for about 5 months.  As of today the agenda is not posted, but we need to again make the point that recycling is not enough and that the Board must consider all avenues of GHG cutting and carbon sink enhancement.  Alan Northcutt expects to speak at some point during the meeting.

Dinner will be provided after the Board meeting. 
 


Since this Board meeting falls within our ongoing Go Renewable Waco campaign, this will be considered our August meeting and we need everyone to attend.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

STYROFOAM RECYCLING DAY: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Finally, a chance to recycle your dreaded styrofoam!














Since no styrofoam recycling is available in Waco, FOP/C has decided to offer this service free of charge on the 17th of this month.  The plan is to receive styrofoam at the large parking lot at the corner of Waco and Valley Mill Drives from 8am until 11am, and then drive the Tahoe to the Dart Container Corporation recycling drop off site in Waxahachie.  We ask that all our members support this drive by bringing your styrofoam to the drop-off site Saturday morning.  Please place your molded/shaped blocks in a bag and your food service containers and cups in a separate bag.  All items should be clean and rinsed.  Peanuts, lids and straws are not accepted.  

Come early – styrofoam will be accepted until the vehicle is full.  This will be a great opportunity to deal responsibly with this hard-to-recycle material.   If we collect a large volume of material, we may do this on a regular repeating basis. 

Please support this work by bringing your styrofoam to the parking lot Saturday morning--look for the white Tahoe SUV.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SUSTAINABLE WACO CONFERENCE

DATE:  Monday, August 5, 9 am until 4 pm
VENUE:  Baylor Research facility, 7601 Steinbeck Bend Dr., Waco 76708
REGISTRATION:  $15, includes lunch, beverages, and snacks
TO REGISTER:  https://cereg.mclennan.edu/courses.aspx?Search=Sustainable%20Waco or call 254-299-8888

The Sustainable Waco Conference is jointly sponsored by the MCC Sustainability Committee, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, and Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research at Baylor University. The seminar will host about 18 speakers, including activists, scientists, and policymakers, covering climate change, solutions, and sustainability.  Alan Northcutt will be one of the speakers.

All members who are available that day are encouraged to attend.



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Environmental Film Series: July 29, 2019

The End Of Meat

Monday, July 29
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Drive
Waco
6 PM: Pasta/Vegetarian Pizza & 
Salad Buffet followed by business, film & discussion

The filmmaker Marc Pierschel embarks on a journey to discover what effect a post-meat world would have on the environment, the animals and ourselves.  The documentary covers the climate benefits of a vegan diet, the health advantages, and the lessening of animal cruelty.  The film also explores the exciting new area of lab-grown meat.  This documentary fits perfectly with our new Meatless Monday campaign, is highly educational, and is enjoyable to watch.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Response to “Informal Report: Energy Guidance Plan” at City Council July 16, 2019





















From Alan Northcutt:

Deepest sincere thanks to our 16+ members who attended in support of our presentation.

I rebutted as much of the City energy plan as I could in 10 minutes and provided a handout covering the entire report.  Their report was written with climate denier Bryan Shaw, who has no understanding of the urgency of decarbonization.  Many errors were found.

Our basic points:

  • City rooftop solar installation should begin immediately.  All new city construction should have rooftop solar.  The report’s objections to solar are largely spurious.
  • New City energy contracts in 2021 must be 100% renewables.
  • Waco lags seriously behind in number of solar installations.
  • Switch City heating/cooling to electricity from natural gas by 2050.
  • Natural gas is not a bridge fuel.  Emissions are equal to or greater than coal, health impacts are serious, and fracking induces earthquakes.
  • Waco has only two EV charging facilities.  The City should install these at the two malls and downtown.  Apply for TCEQ grants.
  • The City should begin transition to EVs immediately.  Long range affordable EVs are available.
  • Contrary to the report, long range electric garbage trucks are available.
  • Develop incentives for residential/business rooftop solar and EVs, as Austin and San Antonio have done.
  • Complete efficiency audits of all city buildings.
  • The Shaw report does not mention that we must be carbon net zero by 2050.
  • Our formal final decarbonization report will coincide with the City’s Shaw report in September.

Complimentary dinner at Clay Pot followed the meeting.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

URGENT ACTION -- Tuesday, July 16

All members needed: 5:45pm, Tuesday, at the Bosque Theater of the Waco Convention Center, the Business Session of Waco City Council.

Alan Northcutt will provide a 10 minute Powerpoint Peoples' Response to the preliminary report of the energy consultant and climate denier Bryan Shaw.  We MUST have 10 members present for Alan to have the allowed 10 minutes to speak.

As expected, the Shaw report is weak, has many shortcomings, and does not address at all the urgency of action on decarbonization.

We have had a tremendous influence on the City, forcing it to at least begin the process of transition to a green economy.  But we must continue to apply pressure by speaking the TRUTH and conveying the science, which tells us climate change is a global emergency.

Dinner will be complimentary after the Council session.

Your presence is vital Tuesday:  without adequate numbers, our voice will be silent Tuesday.  PLEASE JOIN US TO ACT ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF OUR TIME.

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More Art Show Info

From Alan Northcutt:

1) Many thanks to all artists who attended the lunch July 11 at Bangkok Royale Restaurant in Waco.  It was great to see everyone there and discuss the 3rd Annual Show.

2) Per request of one of our artist-judges, please do not post the pieces you plan to enter in the Climate Exhibit on social media.  This will allow greater anonymity of the art, and increase the fairness of judging.

3) One of our artists asked for more information on possible topics to address in submitted art.  First, I would remind everyone that in the Instructions for Artists I included a relatively thorough list of climate change impacts, and any of those could be the theme of one's contribution to the show.  Second, I will include a link here from Scientific American entitled "Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency," which is a concise review of some major climate change impacts.   I do think it would be helpful if artists this year addressed some of the dangers of climate change that have not been focused upon in the past 2 years.  If anyone has questions about appropriate topics, please feel free to contact me at anorthc@aol.com

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/climate-change-is-a-public-health-emerge ncy/

4) I would like to request now that each of you who intend to enter the show shoot me a very quick email confirming this.  I don't need details, just a statement of plans to enter, to help in planning for space utilization, etc.  Thank you very much.

Thanks to everyone one of you planning to enter the show this year.  The Climate Art Show is unique among the many art shows in Waco:  in addition to displaying your creativity and  talent, your effort will have a positive impact on mankind's struggle to preserve a livable home on this planet.  You will be contributing to the preservation of human civilization for your children and all the children of this world.  The fact that over 600 cities/countries have recently declared a climate change emergency emphasizes how truly critical our situation is.

Alan Northcutt, MD
Curator
3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit
July 12, 2019 

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