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.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WACO SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD PRESENTATION


The presentation on August 14th to the Advisory Board by Alan Northcutt was well received.  The Board members were very attentive during the talk, and there was applause at the conclusion.  The presentation consisted of an explanation of Go Renewable Waco, a list of our supporters, descriptions of the serious impacts of climate change globally and in Waco, suggested steps for the City of Waco, and an explanation of how the program would positively impact the community.


After the talk, several Board members and the City Manager suggested the Board explore electric buses and charging stations for the October meeting.  This is significant, as it is the first statement by a City governmental group that it WOULD take action.  We have plans to follow up at the Sustainability Board's October meeting, and other steps are brewing. 

Many thanks to those who attended the presentation.  Stay tuned for our next group action, and remember how vital this work is.  This 2018 summer of weather extremes again illustrates the power and danger of anthropogenic climate change.  As the climate impacts grow larger, the Trump administration and Republicans take steps to make the situation worse.  So it’s up to Waco and cities across the country to go 100% renewable and slash their GHG emissions.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Climate Change Art Show Update


CLIMATE CHANGE ART EXHIBIT DETAILS

Participate:  to enter please fill out the entry form by sending an email to anorthc@aol.com 

We have lengthened the entry period:  artists may also bring their works to the Waco Winery August 26, 2-8pm. 
 
Advertise:  please spread the word to all your friends who are artists.  Remember that our 1st place winner receives a prize of $1000.  Post the flyer and spread the word on social media.

Deadline:  bring art to the Waco Winery, Sunday August 26, 2-8pm.

Volunteers:  the following are those members committed to various functions:

  • Art Hanging, August 27:  Serena Teakell, Travis Hipp, Maria Wright, Linda Ray, Alan Northcutt
  • Judging, September 14:  Harrison Ward, Richard Childers, Tina Houseman, Alan Northcutt
  • Art Pickup, September 30:  Sheryl and Bruce Huff, Laura Abbruzzese.

NEW FLYER:  Two changes have been made to the Art Exhibit flyer:
  • Katie Stewart has graciously agreed to provide music for the Art Show reception on Sept. 15.
  • "Door Prizes" has been added to clarify the "freebies" on the original flyer.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

PRESENTATION TO THE SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: Arrive at 3:45 pm (presentation at 4:00 pm)
Venue: Conference room, 3rd floor, Waco City Hall, 300 Austin Ave., Waco, Tx 76701



This is the next step in our movement to persuade the City of Waco to go 100% renewable by 2050.  This presentation is as important as our Feb. 20 presentation to the Waco City Council.  This board is responsible for recommendations to the Council on matters of renewable energy, conservation, EVs, etc.


We have 25 minutes to make our case to this Board.  This presentation is an extremely important step in our Go Renewable Waco campaign.  We need to fill the conference room to reinforce our message of Feb. 20--and we need a crowd of the same size.  By filling the room we demonstrate to the Board our commitment to action on climate change now.


Please wear your new green FOP/C T-shirt, or other green T-shirt for uniformity.


Afterwards, we will all gather for dinner and celebration. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Action At Ted Cruz Appearance At George's


Ted Cruz appeared at George’s in Waco in the afternoon on July 3rd.  This was a rare opportunity to get in his face, and several FOP members took advantage of the opportunity.  There was no police harassment.  This successful action reminded Cruz that there is opposition in Waco and it will be heard.
















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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Environmental Film Series: July 17, 1918

How to Let Go of the World & Love All the Things
Climate Can’t Change

Tuesday, July 17th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM:  Free Pizza & Business, followed by film & discussion

This film is a powerful & visually stunning documentary by academy award nominated director Josh Fox.  It follows his acclaimed Gasland documentaries.  Fox travels to twelve different countries and covers the dire impact of climate change in each of them.  The film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Part One of the film (@ 60 minutes) will be shown.


Business items preceding the film include Go Renewable Waco, the September art show, and new T-shirts.



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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ExxonMobil 2018 Shareholders Meeting Protested in Dallas

On May 30th there was a protest of the ExonMobil Shareholders Meeting across the street from the Meyerson Symphony in Dallas, where the Exon meeting was held.  Speakers included Alan Northcutt, Lon Burnam, Yolanda Bluehorse, and representatives from 350 Dallas, Yale University, Codepink, AFL-CIO, Veterans for Peace and the Dallas Sierra Club.  There were approximately 50 protesters in attendance.

The theme was that Exxon is a climate criminal and can restore its reputation by transitioning from a fossil fuel company to a renewable energy company.  At this point ExxonMobile places profit over a livable biosphere.











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Friday, June 15, 2018

DIET AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The following article by Alan Northcutt was published in the Waco Tribune Herald on 5/30/2018:

DIET AND CLIMATE CHANGE

If you are reading this column in Waco, the odds are very good that you wish to take some action to combat anthropogenic climate change.   I make this bold assertion because of the results of a recent  Yale University poll:   54% of McLennan County residents believe that global warming is already harming U.S. citizens,  while 64% believe that future generations will be harmed. 
                                                                                                                                                                                
In two previous Trib columns I described methods of lightening one’s carbon footprint in the transportation and the energy sectors.  This column will explain a step anyone can take to slash emissions, no matter their age, sex, or life circumstances—with essentially no cost.

The secret:  decreasing the amount of meat, eggs and dairy products in one’s diet.  
  
Meat production.  A meat-containing diet requires release of a large volume of global warming greenhouse gases (GHGs) because of livestock methane production, energy consumption to grow feed, land usage, and manure/fertilizer nitrous oxide content.   A comprehensive study of the direct and indirect emissions associated with meat production found that over 50% of global emissions derive from livestock.  In fact, if cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s 3rd largest emitting country!
   
Emissions by dietary type.  Human diets producing less GHGs than standard Western omnivorous diets have been classified into multiple levels. To clarify the confusing terminology around diets, note that a vegan consumes vegetables but no animal products, or by- products, including milk or eggs.  A lacto vegetarian eats vegetables plus dairy products, an ovo vegetarian eats vegetables plus eggs, a lacto-ovo vegetarian eats vegetables plus dairy and eggs, a pollotarian eats vegetables plus poultry, and a pescatarian eats vegetables plus fish.  
   
Multiple studies in the peer-reviewed scientific literature (the gold standard) have determined that food-related GHG emissions are directly correlated with the amount of meat in the diet.  A study by Scarborough et al in 2014 found the following pounds CO2 equivalents per day emitted by diet type:  heavy meat 15.8, medium meat 12.4, low meat 10.3, pescatarian 8.6, vegetarian 8.4, and vegan 6.4. 
 

Therefore, a vegan diet is associated with a striking 60% lower GHG emission than a heavy meat diet.  Further, some meats are worse than others in terms of their associated emissions.  These animal products are listed in order of decreasing emissions:   lamb, beef, cheese, pork, farmed salmon, turkey, chicken, canned tuna, and eggs. 
  
Positive health impact.  Although some have worried that a vegetarian or vegan diet lacks protein, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that only 10 to 15% of one’s daily calories need to come from protein, and that a diet primarily of plants can easily meet this requirement.  Furthermore, it is now known that a plant-based diet lowers one’s risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus and some cancers. 
   
Additional benefits.  Secondary benefits of a diet with decreased meat consumption (plant-based diet) include decreased deforestation, and decreased water consumption, especially important in this time of increasing drought worldwide.  McLennan County, in fact, is frequently classified as suffering drought conditions, albeit typically in the milder end of the drought scale.  Finally, it is well known that animals eaten by humans, from fish to cows, have families and relationships, and suffer pain, loneliness and death as a result of our consumption practices. 

Summary:   In his authoritative, comprehensive book Drawdown, Paul Hawken ranked all solutions for cutting global GHG emissions, the world’s most urgent task of this century.  Surprisingly, out of 80 modalities, consumption of a “plant-based diet” was ranked 4th in effectiveness, following only refrigerant management, wind turbines, and reduced food waste.  And that majority of McLennan County residents concerned about climate change, may contribute to this struggle in many ways—from going fully vegan to simply eating one meat- free meal per week.    Every such action, no matter how small, when multiplied by the billions of citizens worldwide, is a potent contribution to overcoming mankind’s greatest challenge.  


Alan D. Northcutt, M.D.
Waco, Tx
May 22, 2018

Alan Northcutt is a Waco physician who does volunteer Pathology work in Kenya, East Africa, and is Director of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate.


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