Saturday, July 04, 2015

Lecture and Meeting: July 9, 2015

Rick Allen Lecture:  WACO AND ITS WATER

 
Thursday, July 9th        
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Lecture & Discussion


Rick Allen, former Waco City Council member and community activist, will address Waco Friends of Peace with a lecture entitled “Waco and Its Water.”  Mr. Allen will be assisted by Wiley Stem, Assistant City Manager.

Conservation is one of the important strategies we must employ if we are to survive the most catastrophic effects of anthropogenic climate disruption.  Although our major focus is reducing CO2 emissions and our carbon footprints in hopes of preserving a livable biosphere, adequate fresh water is also a necessity for the survival of our species.  The World Bank has projected that by 2025 two-thirds of the global population will face a shortage of fresh drinking water.  The rich nations of the world waste large volumes of water, while many developing nations are struggling to provide enough water for their people.


The Friends of Peace are thus honored to have Rick Allen speak on the very timely topic of water conservation and sustainability.  With Mr. Allen’s local experience in this field, the meeting will be a great educational event.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Progressive Film Series: June11th, 2015


COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret

Thursday, June11th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 91 Minutes

 

 Cowspiracy is probably the most stunning environmental documentary we have encountered.  According to the director, the film "follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it."  This shocking yet humorous documentary is as eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth.

The documentary is stunning, highly educational, beautifully filmed, and controversial. Although we are all aware that a vegetarian diet has a much lower carbon footprint than a diet including meat, Cowspiracy takes this concept to a new level, claiming that the meat industry "is the leading cause of s species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, desertification, deforestation, and habitat loss."  

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Progressive Film Series: May 14th, 2015

OMG GMO

Thursday, May 14th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 85 Minutes



Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about GMOs and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice.  His journey takes him to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and even the front door of agri-giant Monsanto, the largest provider of GMOs in the U.S., as he poses perhaps the ultimate question about what we eat: is it still possible to reject our current food system, or have we already lost something we can't get back. 


The documentary presents a balanced review of the science of the possible dangers of these foods, their effects on seed ownership and family farms, the battle over food labeling, and the pervasiveness of GMO foods in the U.S. 


The film is informative, entertaining, funny, and timely.  It is also important to note that GMOs have a role in the vital issue of climate change.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Progressive Film Series: April 9th, 2015


The Rise of Ecology:10 Disasters That Changed the World

Thursday, April 9th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime 52 Minutes


The Rise of Ecology: 10 Disasters That Changed the World, is the Friends of Peace film for April. As we search around the world for the best films for our meetings, the documentary this month comes from France.  The Rise of Ecology reviews 10 environmental disasters that helped create the modern movement to combat climate change.  Although viewers will recognize some events, other events will be new — thus this film is highly educational.  All events are fascinating, as this project is based almost entirely on powerful historical footage.  Viewers will be moved as well as educated, and inspired in our battle to preserve our biosphere. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Earth Day 2015



The Waco Friends of Peace will celebrate Earth Day 2015 with distribution of FREE reusable shopping bags at the Downtown Farmers Market in Waco on Saturday, April 18th.  The organization will provide the large grocery-type bags from 9 am until 1 pm at the Market, 400 S. University Parks Drive.  The bags are embossed with the message: COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE—AVOID PLASTIC.  The use of reusable bags instead of plastic shopping bags helps combat climate change by eliminating the consumption of fossil fuels required in raw materials for the bags, and the energy required to produce and ship the bags.

Only a small percentage of plastic bags undergoes recycling.  In addition, use of reusable bags avoids local plastic litter, and decreases the massive plastic contamination of the oceans, which has created plastic islands, and causes the deaths of many fish, marine mammals, and birds. 



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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Progressive Film Series: March 12th, 2015

BLACKFISH

Blackfish is the documentary for March.  The film relates the story of the killer whale Tilikum, a SeaWorld performer, who viciously kills two trainers.  It expands the discussion into the morality of keeping such huge and intelligent creatures in captivity. 

This film is very educational about the habits and intelligence of killer whales, and the way in which man has trapped them and imprisoned them for our entertainment.   The documentary is moving on an emotional basis as well as on a scientific basis.  It emphasizes that we must learn to live in harmony with our fellow creatures as we convert to a low carbon energy system.

"An eye-opening ...gripping mindbender."-- Rolling Stone.

"A mesmerizing psychological thriller."-- Variety.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Global Divestment Day Rally


The Waco Friends of Peace held a rally Saturday, February 14, from 2 to 4 pm at the busy intersection of Waco Drive and Valley Mills Drive in Waco.  About a dozen climate activists held a very large banner and signs in support of the divestment from fossil fuels by banks, corporations, religious organizations, universities, and individuals.

Saturday had been proclaimed "Global Divestment Day," with hundreds of actions held in over 50 countries.  Already, over 20 colleges, dozens of religious institutions and numerous cities have completed divestment, removing over $50 billion in assets from fossil fuel companies.  Global Divestment Day was designed to increase the pressure on companies whose activities contribute to climate change and threaten to destroy our livable biosphere.  Divestment Day emphasized that the preservation of our biosphere takes priority over fossil fuel company profits.  


















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