Friday, April 18, 2014

Free Re-usable Grocery Shopping Bags

Waco Friends of Peace will distribute free re-usable grocery shopping bags from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19th, at the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market, 400 South University Parks Drive.

The re-usable grocery shopping bags will be given away in observance of Earth Day.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Carrie Gonzalez of Physicians For Social Responsibility Will Speak

The Health Effects of Climate Disruption in Texas



Carrie Gonzalez, RN, MSN, FNP, will speak on "The Health Effects of Climate Disruption in Texas."  A very informative lecture is planned, focusing on the effects of climate change in our state.  Ms. Gonzalez is with the Physicians for Social Responsibility, a highly respected Nobel Prize-winning organization.
Carrie will discuss how climate disruption causes serious health problems, and provide a background on temperature variations and pollution contributors to global climate change. In addition, Carrie will focus on heat-related illnesses, the spread of infectious disease, climate change and conflict, and the more extreme effects of drought, flood and water related illnesses.


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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

On Saturday, March 29, from 2 to 4 pm, about 14 FOP members held a protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline at the corner of Valley Mills Drive and Waco Drive in Waco.  The action was very successful—thousands of drivers who pay little attention to this vital issue were alerted, and our reception was approximately 80% positive.  Our messages included "NO KEYSTONE,"  "STOP THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE," and "WINDMILLS NOT OIL SPILLS."   It was a beautiful day, as we worked to help ensure the planet will maintain future beautiful days.



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Must Be Denied!

On Saturday, March 29, we will have a demonstration urging President Obama not to approve the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline.  The action will be in Waco at the intersection of Valley Mills Drive and Waco Drive from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  A large banner (NO KEYSTONE) will be provided, but feel free to bring your own sign.  We believe that it is very important to make a strong public statement at this time, and we hope to have as many people as possible at this action.  Please come and join us.

Date:  Saturday, March 29
Time:  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Place:  Intersection of Valley Mills Drive & Waco Drive

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Little Herds: Eating Bugs for a Better Tomorrow


Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Robert Nathan Allen is the founder of Little Herds, North America's first non-profit charity dedicated to educating people about eating insects. He never imagined eating insects could be anything beyond a fear-factor stunt, until his mother sent him a video (as a joke) about their nutritional and environmental benefits, stating "you'll never get me to try this." He took it seriously and started researching entomophagy and was amazed to find out that people all over the world eat them, and for good reason: they're healthy, sustainable, and tasty! Working with other ento-enthusiasts around the world, and with local supporters who thought the idea was a perfect fit to "Keep Austin Weird," the idea grew into the newly minted charity that is Little Herds. Just two years after video was sent, RNA, as his friends call him, is feeding insects to everybody he can, teaching kids about edible insects, working with locals to try out the bugs, and he's even convinced Mom to try them, and she loves them!

Based in Austin, Texas, Little Herds is sharing this exciting new culinary world with the next generation, working with schools, museums, and family-friendly events, allowing children to learn about edible insects in fun and engaging ways. Little Herds also works with the general public, collaborating with restaurants, farmers markets, and other local partners to provide insects in familiar and approachable ways to encourage people to look past their preconceived notions. With so many edible species available, Little Herds is also encouraging a revolution in the cooking world, introducing intrepid chefs to a whole new array of flavor profiles with which to experiment. The long term goal is to change the way Europeans and North Americans view this alternative protein, and to promote healthy sustainable food that is easily accessible by anybody, anywhere in the world. By eating a bug, you're changing the world, one bite at a time.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Please submit comments on the Keystone XL pipeline:

Right now we are in the middle of the last public comment period for Keystone XL -- one of the very last steps before President Obama makes his decision on the pipeline, and the final opportunity to give your input (in an official way).
This is one of those things where numbers really count, and a flood of comments would show the President that there’s a huge risk, politically and scientifically, to approving the pipeline.
The last time the State Department was accepting comments, we submitted over 1 million as a movement. I think we can top that this time around -- click here to submit your comment against the pipeline:
Here are the three major messages we need to be getting across to President Obama right now:
First, he has all the evidence he needs to stop the pipeline. It’s simple: building an 830,000 barrel-per-day pipeline of the world’s dirtiest oil will have an impact on the climate. No amount of spin can change the underlying economic reality that Keystone XL will allow big oil to dig up, refine and burn more tar sands than they could with any other available options.
We take the President at his word when he said that he would reject the pipeline if it has a significant impact on the climate, and now the evidence is in: it does.
Second, any effort to build the pipeline would be deeply compromised by big oil’s corruption of the process. ERM, one of the main contractors behind the State Department’s report, is a dues paying member of the American Petroleum Institute, big oil’s main lobbying group, and counts TransCanada as one of their clients. This is like the fox guarding the henhouse, only it’s our climate that needs defending.
Third, we can either have Keystone XL, or a safe and livable climate -- ‘all of the above’ is not an option. We are past the point of building fossil fuel infrastructure and hoping for the best -- Keystone XL isn’t compatible with even the President’s weak climate goals. After 6 years of supporting more fossil fuel projects while saying he’s committed to climate science, President Obama needs to finally decide if he wants to be a climate champion, or be remembered as the pipeline president.
This is the last chance to formally comment on the pipeline before it goes to the President’s desk for a decision. We’ll keep making ourselves heard in many other ways too -- but I think sending a strong message in this forum is critical to showing the President that the science is serious, and that we’re serious too.
Here’s where to go to submit:
Let’s send this message loud and clear!

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Progressive Film Series: February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13
 Poppa Rollo's Pizza
 West-Bank Meeting Room
 703 N. Valley Mills Dr, Waco
 6 PM Pizza & Business
 6:30 Film & Discussion
 Runtime:  90 Minutes
 Suitable For All Ages

Greedy Lying Bastards investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality, but a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.  The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science.  

No film could be more timely at this moment.  We know that there is NO legitimate debate about the reality of human caused climate change.  Even President Obama proclaimed that the debate is over at his recent SOTU address.  But this film digs deeper and highlights the specific operatives and organizations that are attempting to hide the truth about global warming.  And it details the cash flow from the fossil fuel industry that funds their deception.

"Provocative, frank and impossible to ignore."--The Guardian.

"Simmering outrage."--Washington Post.

"The feel-good documentary of the year."--New York Times.

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