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, January 11, 2018

Progressive Film Series: January16, 2018

JUST EAT IT.  A Food Waste Story


Tuesday, January 16th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Free Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 50 Minutes
Suitable For All Ages

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge.  Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

    “Hugely entertaining… will leave audiences gobsmacked.”  - Variety

    “Smart, snappy”  - The Globe and Mail

     "Recommended" -  Toronto Star

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Progressive Film Series: December 19, 2017


Tuesday, December 19th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Free Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 93 Minutes
Suitable For All Ages 

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

The beginning covers the biology, structure and importance of coral reefs.  Then the severity of ongoing bleaching with coral reef death is explained.  Destruction of our planet's coral reefs is a climate change impact that is happening now, and is an early warning of the catastrophes to come if we don't act decisively. 

This superbly crafted documentary is likely to wield an unexpected emotional charge.
    --Hollywood Reporter 

The film is particularly compelling when following Zack Rago, a self-proclaimed coral nerd whose love of the organisms is palpable and infectious
    -- New York Times

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Monday, December 04, 2017


The following is a guide, compiled by Dr. Alan Northcutt, to actions people can take on a personal level to help combat climate change:

1.      Reduce, Refuse, Repair, Recycle, Repurpose, Rethink:  although we have long adhered to these principles, with ACC they become vital in reducing our carbon footprint.  By carefully following these mandates we can always find new ways to lower our personal footprint.

2.      Conservation:  the cleanest form of energy is not wind or solar or geothermal—it’s the energy you never use.  It’s estimated the US wastes 25% of energy.  With meticulous attention we can greatly decrease our individual energy consumption.

3.      Rooftop solar:   energy production is one of 2 top sources of GHG emissions.  Thus everyone should consider rooftop installation.  Required is unobstructed roof, and optimum is south facing.  My experience has been fantastic in every way, and I recommend this highly.  Holtek in Waco does a great job, and Freedom Solar in Austin offers financing.  Those companies who basically rent systems are not working in Waco, to my knowledge.  Remember the 30% tax credit and variable ONCOR service area discount.  www.holteksolar.com

4.      Renewable utility:  if one does not have a home PVC system, using a 100% renewable energy provider is the next best choice.  Green Mountain is available in most parts of Central Texas and offers only clean, renewable power.  If TxU  or other company states their power is from renewables, check carefully.   I have been deceived by their claims in the past. 

5.      Drive electric:  the future of personal transportation is the electric car, and we should be in the forefront of acceptance.  There are approximately 25 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and plug in electrics out there, starting around 20K.  And for now, the $7500 tax credit applies.  Considering our climate emergency, I cannot imagine purchasing an internal combustion car.  I have great personal experience with the Chevy Volt and Chevy Bolt.   http://www.plugincars.com/cars

6.      Diet:  the science is very clear that the diet with the lowest GHG emissions is vegan, followed by vegetarian, followed by carnivorous.   If a vegan diet is not appealing, having 1 or 2 meatless meals per week is one great approach.   http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-014-1169-1 

7.      Education:  climate science is a very large, complex, and fascinating field.  There is always new information to absorb.  The following are some of my favorite references.  BOOK: “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein; “The Atmosphere of Hope” by Tim Flannery;  “The Zero-Waste Lifestyle” by Amy Korst;  “Climate Change” by Joseph Romm;  anything by Bill McKibben; “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living” by the Union of Concerned Scientists; “High Tide on Main Street” by John Englander; “The Rising Sea” by Pilkey and Young; “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert;  “The Soil Will Save Us” by Kristin Ohlson;  “Our Renewable Future” by Heinberg and Fridley.   AUDIOBOOKS:  Some of the books mentioned here are available at audible.com.   WEBSITES:  www.ecowatch.com , https://thinkprogress.org/climate/home, www.stateofourclimate.com     PODCASTS:  The Energy Gang, Democracy Now!, Talking Tesla, Cultures of Energy, Climate Connections, Sea Change Radio, The Climate Minute, Green News Report.   CELL PHONE APP:  Dark Sky (weather), Skeptical Science, Get Green, CO2 Emissions Calculator, Happy Cow, iRecycle. 

8.      Dealing with Climate Science Deniers:  this is a frustrating business, but we all debate or attempt to convince deniers at some point.  Here is a reference that provides great information to arm yourself for this endeavor:  www.skepticalscience.com or the Skeptical Science app on iPhone. 

9.      No plastic bottled water:  this product contributes to atmospheric GHG through oil required to produce the plastic, fossil fuel required for transport.  Since it persists for 1000s of years, it inhabits our landfills, and contributes to the massive islands of plastic in the oceanic gyres.  Animals ingest it and become injured or die and it enters the human food chain.  Avoid this dangerous product except in emergencies. 

10.  No single use plastic bags:  this product is horrendous for the biosphere in a way similar to bottled water.  Reusable cloth shopping bags may be kept in the car at all times making plastic bags almost always unnecessary.  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate distributes these for FREE each Earth Day.  If you would need some free bags, email me at anorthc@aol.com  

11.  Support a carbon fee and dividend:  most climate economists believe a gradually increasing fee on carbon is the most effective way to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy.  Citizens would receive an annual  dividend to equalize their increased costs from the carbon tax.  The Citizens Climate Lobby has been a major proponent of this plan.  www.citizensclimatelobby.org 

12.  Work with local climate activists:  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is a climate education and direct action organization, working in Waco for about 14 years.  We usually meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm, Poppa Rollos Pizza, Waco.  More info: www.friendsofpeace.org.  Facebook: Waco Friends of Peace—Climate. 

13.  Do online climate activism:  several national organizations will send emails that allow you to sign online petitions/letters, or sign messages to various governmental officials.  Examples are: www.350.org, www.greenpeace.org, www.sierraclub.org .

14.  Oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure:  the science is clear that we must keep 70% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground if we are to keep global temp shift to 2 degree C.  Thus we must oppose any new fossil fuel construction, including pipelines and power plants.  One can be involved in protests and other actions against the Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and Transpecos pipelines, for example.   

15.  Oppose the proposed Tradinghouse Lake natural gas plant:  Luminant Corporation has license applications to the TCEQ to build this natural gas power plant.  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate began a campaign against the plant.  It would emit ozone and other pollutants locally, and would contribute CO2 to the atmosphere.  We should NOT be building new fossil fuel infrastructure now, but should be building up renewables as rapidly as possible.  FREE anti-Tradinghouse bumper stickers available.  anorthc@aol.com 

16.  Purchase carbon offsets for airline travel:  We recognize the need to avoid air travel as it is a major source of GHG emissions.  But when necessary we can calculate our carbon emissions for trips and purchase carbon offsets from a UN sponsored program. www.carbonneutralnow.org

17.  Low carbon farming:  New techniques have been developed in which minimal or no tilling is performed, thus maintaining capture of carbon in the soil.  Some proponents believe these techniques can play a large role in a low carbon future.  Reference:” The Soil Will Save Us,” by Kristin Ohlson. 

18.  Divestment:  The divestment movement is now huge, with some $4-5 trillion now divested from fossil fuel companies.  This is a relatively easy action to take to aid this struggle.  Some combine this with re-investment in green energy technology.  www.350.org, www.gofossilfree.org 

19.  Vote always:  Elections at all levels are an opportunity to vote against all climate change deniers and support climate mitigation policies.  And write to the newspaper: letters@wacotrib.com

20.  Weatherization:  Tremendous amount of energy can be saved by improving home insulation and efficiency. 

21.  Real Science:  To confirm scientific news is accurate, follow the link to the original peer-reviewed article.  These papers always begin with an abstract or summary, and the name and volume/page numbers of the journal will be listed. 

22.  Questions:  Feel free to email me at anorthc@aol.com.
Compiled by Alan Northcutt, MD  10.16.2017          

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Climate Lectures At Vanguard

Report from Alan Northcutt:

I gave a lecture entitled “The Oceans in a Warming World” twice today (November 16th) at high school environmental science classes at Vanguard Academy in Waco. The students seemed very attentive and interested.  I provided a comprehensive handout on climate change action suggestions. 

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Petition Drive & Reusable Bag Distribution At Downtown Farmers Market

On November 11 Waco Friends of Peace/Climate held a petition drive and & reusable bag distribution at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.  Eighty-nine signatures were gathered for the petition calling for the Waco City Council to pledge to go 100% renewable by 2050.  Some people asked questions, but most signed without discussion.  The petition now has almost 800 signatures as it approaches the goal of 1000.

So far 42 North American cities and 86 European cities have made the 100% renewables pledge.  165 US mayors have also pledged to support this transition to renewables.

Approximately 110 shopping bags were distributed.  These were good numbers but much lower than on Earth Day, perhaps because of the day’s overcast, chilly conditions.  Overall attendance was lower than usual.

Thanks for helping at the table go to Ana, Serena and Richard.  FOP/C also appreciates the Farmers Market staff.

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Progressive Film Series: November 21, 2017

The Broken Moon

Tuesday, Nov. 21st
Poppa Rollo's Pizza 
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM  Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 71 Minutes
Suitable for All Ages

The Broken Moon places the viewer within a nomadic community, where one learns of the customs of these hardy people and their struggle to survive the impacts of anthropogenic climate change. Although a documentary, this award-winning film has the power of a drama. The current tragic effects of global warming on the Himalayan glaciers, the water supply, and the livelihood of the people are vividly highlighted. 

The pizza/salad buffet is free (donations accepted).  The business agenda includes the Go Renewable Waco Campaign for Waco to pledge a 100% renewable energy future.  Free reusable shopping bags, bumper stickers & books will be available. 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate Attends “Out on the Brazos”

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate manned a table at “Out on the Brazos” on Saturday, October 14th.

Congratulations to all the folks who organized and attended this wonderful gathering.

FOP/C distributed approximately 120 free reusable shopping bags—used to avoid destructive plastic.   We obtained about 90 signatures on our petition calling on Waco to go 100% renewable by 2050.   We also distributed handouts for our October 17th showing of An Inconvenient Sequel and a comprehensive list of personal actions to fight anthropogenic climate change.

Deepest thanks to Ana & Travis Hipp for helping with this project, and to Rev. Garrison for facilitating tabling at this festival.

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