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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


The Hippodrome has a seating capacity of 200.  Tickets are required for An Inconvenient Sequel, even though the screening is free.  Tickets can be reserved on the Hippodrome website.

Go to the website:  http://wacohippodrometheatre.com/.  On the homepage, click on “TICKETS,” just below “MOVIE SHOWTIMES.”  Scroll down to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power in order to reserve tickets for the film.

Tickets may also be obtained at the box office at the time of the screening if seats are still available.

Monday, October 09, 2017

"AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL" Showing At The Hippodrome

Tuesday, October 17th
6:00 PM
Hippodrome Theater
724 Austin Ave
Runtime 100 minutes
Food can be purchased from the Hippodrome menu

There will be a showing of Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel:  Truth To Power, at the Hippodrome Theater in Waco.  The showing will be presented free of charge by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate. This will serve as the October meeting of FOP/C.

This film is a powerful sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s 2006 landmark documentary that has been very influential in informing the public about the climate crisis that is now upon us. 

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a reboot that justifies its existence.
    --Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

Mr. Gore remains a prodigy of hope, with energy that seems endlessly renewable.
    --Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate joins the “Protect the Rio Grande & Eagle Pass Residents from Toxic Water” protest

On October 5th, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate joined the “Protect the Rio Grande & Eagle Pass Residents from Toxic Water” protest in Austin at the Travis County Courthouse.  Organized by the Beyond Coal Campaign, the protest was against Dos Republicas open pit coal mine’s renewed wastewater discharge permit.
The case is Maverick County et al vs. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  Basically, the suit is the county, citizens, and environmental groups suing the TCEQ for approving the renewal of the permit for the coal mine, whose toxic pond is contaminating the Elm River, which feeds the Rio Grande.

The protest group consisted of about 40 activists.  There were Native Americans and people from Austin, San
Antonio, Houston, Eagle Pass, Dallas -- and three FOP/C members from Waco.

The hearing was three hours long, with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) lawyers arguing against TCEQ lawyers.  The young EDF lawyers were very good presenters, and they had the facts to back up their arguments.  TCEQ lawyers were weak on facts and presentation style.  The plaintiffs seemed to clearly win the debate, demonstrating contamination of some 30 groundwater samples around the open pit.  The judge definitely questioned the TCEQ lawyers firmly with few questions for EDF lawyers.

The judge’s decision is pending, but the case is expected to go to higher courts.  FOP/C was there in solidarity and as part of our goal to SHUT DOWN all fossil fuel infrastructure.  We feel certain the judge was influenced by our sea of white shirts and felt the environmental concern.

THANKS to Ana & Serena Rigby for their participation & endurance.

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

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


Action: Protect the Rio Grande and Eagle Pass Residents from Toxic Water.

Where: Travis County Courthouse, Austin.  1000 Guadalupe St., 5th floor.

When: Leaving Waco 11am. protest 1:30pm until 5:00pm.

Logistics: Join 2 of us thus far in my car.  We have room for 2 or 3 more.  If more members wish to participate we can caravan with a second vehicle.   Please make and bring a sign/poster.

Why:  This is a peaceful protest against the Dos Republicas Open Pit Coal Mine's renewed wastewater discharge permit. 

Who: Native activists, Maverick County Environmental and Public Health Association, Sierra Club, Public Citizen, supporters joining in solidarity with Eagle Pass residents.

A hearing will begin at 2:00pm. Press conference to follow at 4:00pm.  Last year, despite major opposition from local  indigenous groups and thousands of Texans, the TCEQ approved the expansion and renewal of a permit that allows the mine to dump water polluted with toxic chemicals and heavy metals into Elm Creek which feeds directly into the Rio Grande River.  The wastewater discharge permit is being challenged.

Why Friends of Peace/Climate:  as part of our overall fight against fossil fuel infrastructure, especially infrastructure which is as locally destructive as this coal mine.


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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Some Photos From The Climate Change Art Exhibit

Terry & Joe's from the Street

Frank Exum

1st place  "Pollution Baby" by John Ciaburri 

2nd place  "The Escape Party" by Shawn  Knuckles

3rd place  "Saving Color" by Kathryn Ruth

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


The following event post is quoted from our member Serena Kristiana Teakell Rigby. Although Friends of Peace/Climate did not organize or sponsor this event, we support Serena in her efforts.  (As you know, we are completely focused on climate change at this time.).

From Serena:

International Day of Peace
~Meditation/Prayer Circle~
Thursday, Sept. 21st
Indian Springs Park, Waco

”Please join me by the suspension bridge downtown between the hours of 1pm and 4pm.  We will be meditating/praying/sending out vibrations of energy for peace.  I encourage people from all walks of life and faith to show up in support of global peace and unity.  Meditate and pray however you choose!  Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on, a yoga mat for meditation, a pillow, sage for cleansing, healing crystals, your bible, whatever you need.  Definitely bring your spirituality!  This day is all about unity, so invite your friends and family.  Hope to see you there!"


The reception Saturday evening, September 16th, was a definite success.  The restaurant venue at times was literally packed with people, such that moving around was difficult.  Yet everyone seemed happy to be there, joining in on the spirit of the night.  The only major problem encountered was a bit of heat in the crowded room, stretching the air conditioning to the max.  However, faster fan speed seemed to cool everyone a little and the fun was not dampened.
Over 100 guests were estimated to have participated in the reception.  The event consisted of art viewing; voting for favorite pieces; announcing the 1st thru 3rd place and peoples' choice awards; placing of ribbons on the winners; enjoying relaxing acoustic guitar by Frank Exum; tasting the variety of desserts, chips and salsa; and partaking of wine and soft drinks.

A raffle was held for four climate science book door prizes.  Free reusable shopping bags were available, as well as a climate action handout and (perhaps most important!) the 100% renewable Waco petition.

A fine climate poem was recited by Bodhi Heilskapa.

The winning artists were:
1st place -- "Pollution Baby" by John Ciaburri  (image above).
2nd place -- "The Escape Party" by Shawn  Knuckles.
3rd place -- "Saving Color" by Kathryn Ruth.
Peoples' Choice -- "Cedars" by Bodhi Heilskapa.
We definitely anticipate the 2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit.  An issue of this magnitude deserves its own art show.