The Friends of Peace meet monthly, the second Thursday 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, January 27, 2016

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate at COP21

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate was represented at COP21 in Paris, December 2015, by two members, Alan Northcutt and Ana Ria.  The members attended the public lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and exhibits.  Our members were inspired by the expertise and enthusiasm of the 40,000 climate activists present. 

In addition, Northcutt and Ria witnessed the COP observances throughout the City, including the sculpture of melting icebergs at the Pantheon.  They participated in a protest of the Louvre art-washing of fossil fuel companies in the front courtyard of the museum. 

The Paris Agreement, which was signed by 195 nations on December 12, provides a framework for our battle to maintain global temperature increase to less than 2°C:

  • Reaffirm the goal of limiting global temperature increase well below 2°C, while urging efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C;
  • Establish binding commitments by all parties to make “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs), and to pursue domestic measures aimed at achieving them;
  • Commit all countries to report regularly on their emissions and “progress made in implementing and achieving” their NDCs, and to undergo international review;
  • Commit all countries to submit new NDCs every five years, with the clear expectation that they will “represent a progression” beyond previous ones;
  • Reaffirm the binding obligations of developed countries under the UNFCCC to support the efforts of developing countries, while for the first time encouraging voluntary contributions by developing countries, too;
  • Extend the current goal of mobilizing $100 billion a year in support by 2020 through 2025, with a new, higher goal to be set for the period after 2025;
  • Extend a mechanism to address “loss and damage” resulting from climate change, which explicitly will not “involve or provide a basis for any liability or compensation”;
  • Require parties engaged in international emissions trading to avoid “double counting”; and
  • Call for a new mechanism, similar to the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, enabling emission reductions in one country to be counted toward another country’s NDC.

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Monday, January 04, 2016

Report from Paris

"COP21: From the Meeting Halls to the Streets of Paris


Thursday, January 14th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet 
6:30 Lecture & Discussion
All Free
Everyone welcome

Alan Northcutt will deliver a lecture with slideshow recounting his experience at the Paris climate summit:  the response of the city, the protests, and thoughts about our next steps.
Although not strong enough to limit temperature shift to 1.5°C, the Paris accord may be one of the most important agreements in the history of civilization.  With the unification of 195 nations to combat climate change, this unprecedented document provides a framework for future more aggressive limits  of GHG emissions. 

From our participation in a protest near the Louvre, the presentation will provide first hand account of activities outside the official COP site.   

For an interactive presentation, questions will be welcome during the lecture.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Waco Friends Of Peace Goes To Austin Climate Change March

Three members of Waco Friends of Peace attended a climate change march in Austin on November 29th.  This event was in support of the upcoming COP21 international conference in Paris.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Progressive Film Series: December 10th, 2015



Thursday, Dec. 10th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza 
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Movie & Discussion
Run Time 60 Minutes

REVEREND BILLY AND THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING is the Friends of Peace selection for December. In keeping with our tradition of screening something light in December, we bring you an entertaining and amusing work by the talented Rev. Billy and his minions.  We have seen two of his films previously, and this selection is just as much fun.  In addition, it teaches us something about doing actions, about creativity in demonstrations, and about courage.

"The most hilarious and pointed political theater in New York"--NY Times

"A highly entertaining documentary film."--Boston Globe

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Half Page Ad in the Waco Trib

Waco Friends of Peace placed a half page ad in the Waco Tribune-Herald on Saturday, November 28th, in support of the COP21 meeting in Paris.


1)Tell the Whitehouse we need a strong agreement at COP21 to  limit global temperature increase to 2 degree C maximum: or 202-456-1111.

2)Sign a petition to world leaders to ensure a strong agreement at COP21:

3)Install rooftop solar panels on your residence or find a utility that provides electricity from 100% renewable sources, such as Green Mountain Energy.

4)Purchase an electric plug in or hybrid car. With abundant models now, starting at $23,000, there is no reason to buy a gasoline powered automobile.

5)Conserve all forms of energy and natural resources.  The greenest form of electricity is that electricity that is never used (conserved). 

6)REDUCE, REUSE, REPAIR, RECYCLE.  Carefully consider all aspects of your daily life and find many ways you can apply these rules.  They will benefit the planet and your finances.

7)Never use bottled water or single-use plastic bags, except in an emergency.  Both are extremely damaging to our environment.   

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Texas groups come together to announce diverse coalition supporting Climate Resolution

Texas Drought Project will take 220+ organizational signatures to U.N. Climate Conference

Waco Friends of Peace is is a signatory to the following document:

Dallas—The Texas Drought Project, a non-profit founded in 2008 to educate Texans on climate change, will announce in San Antonio November 19th at a press conference at 1 PM at the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, that they have succeeded in obtaining the signatures of over 220 organizations for their resolution on climate change. The resolution calls for climate negotiators at the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris, set to begin November 30th, to heed the recommendations from the world’s top scientists in setting emissions cuts and asks that negotiators quickly move to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Co-founders Jere Locke of Austin and Alyssa Burgin of San Antonio networked through Texas environmental, human rights, educational, religious, labor, civic, student and political groups for over three months to obtain the endorsements.  Signers include the League of Women Voters Texas, Lone Star Sierra Club, Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility, Texas State Employees Union, Texas Campaign for the Environment, National Nurses United, Environment Texas, Texas Farmers Union, Earthworks, Public Citizen Texas,  Dallas Central Labor Council, Dallas Peace Center, Downwinders at Risk, Nepali Society of Texas, Liveable Arlington, Denton Drilling Awareness, Hope for Peace and Justice and many, many more. “But we couldn’t have done this without the help of Texans across the state,” Locke emphasizes. “People think of Texas as this conservative, oil-dominated state, but people understand the dire threat we face from climate change unless something is done now.” Burgin agrees, “We were gratified to see the response, and we’re hoping that this resolution will generate a major discussion—proving that citizens in the reddest-of-the-red states care about the future of their children and their grandchildren.”

Speakers include representatives of the following endorsing organizations: Hope for Peace and Justice (Jeff Hood), Downwinders at Risk(Jim Schermbeck), Liveable Arlington (Ranjana Bhandari), Texas Campaign for the Environment, Dallas Sierra Club, Nepali Society of Texas and the Dallas Central Labor Council. Each will briefly discuss the concerns which brought their organization to join this effort. The importance of this U.N. Climate Conference will be outlined, providing a preview into events taking place later this month. Lists of signers will be furnished, along with a copy of the resolution.

Questions? Please contact Alyssa Burgin or 210-381-4021. Hope to see you there! 

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Friday, November 06, 2015

Lecture By Alyssa Burgin: November 12, 2015

Alyssa Burgin Lecture -- Climate Change And The Water Future Of Texas: Droughts, Floods And Economic Uncertainty  


Thursday, November 12th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Lecture & Discussion

The Friends of Peace are honored to host a lecture by Alyssa Burgin, a superstar in the Texas climate change activist community.

Ms. Burgin is a fifth-generation Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. She majored in physics and microbiology at the University of Texas, working in early monoclonal antibody research and public health projects. A lifelong interest in political communication, however, brought her to journalism graduate school, and a subsequent master's degree paved her way into positions in state and national political campaigns. In 2002, she shifted into issue advocacy, becoming first, the media and outreach director for Texans for Peace, then the crisis communications director for the Christian Peacemaker Teams. She co-founded the Texas Drought Project in 2008. 

We are looking forward to an informative lecture and discussion!

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