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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate At Waco Cultural Arts Fest


Artists from the just-completed FOP/C second annual Climate Change Art Show participated in the Waco Cultural Arts Fest from October 5th - 7th.  Twelve paintings were on view in an exhibit at the Convention Center, helping to educate the many people who saw them about the reality of climate change and the urgent necessity to address it.  Handouts outlining steps individuals can take to combat climate change were available.

FOP/C would like to thank those artists who participated in the Cultural Arts Fest.





Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Environmental Film Series: October 16, 2018

Climate Refugees

Tuesday, October 16th
Poppa Rollos Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Drive
Waco
6 PM:  Free Pizza/Salad & Business,
followed by film & discussion

Runtime 84 minutes

A climate change refugee is a person who has been displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters.  Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes.
 

These developments instigate mass global migration, and with it, border conflicts.  For the first time, the Pentagon has decided to consider climate change a national security risk, and the term “climate wars” is now mentioned throughout vital discussions in Washington, D.C.

The filmmakers traveled the world for nearly 3 years to document the impact of climate change, witnessing inhabitants of countries forced to leave their homes by climatic events with little or no protection. The film features a variety of leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures, including John Kerry and Newt Gingrich. All make a strong case that, whether human-caused or a product of nature, the changing climate is already creating humanitarian disasters and will inevitably lead to worldwide political instability.

"This film is an agent for social change."
     --Robert Redford, New York Times

"A resounding Wake-up call for every human being.  A must-see film that puts the human soul in the science of climate change."
     --Sherri Quinn, NPR

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Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Waco Cultural Arts Fest

A number of our artists  have agreed to participate in taking portions of our climate art exhibit to the Waco Cultural Arts Fest this year.  We believe this will be a method of increasing our impact and educational effort in Waco.  Attendance at this event is said to be in the 1000s.  FOP/C expects to display 10-12 pieces.  We anticipate our Arts Fest display will look very similar to our show at the winery, just smaller.

Artists:  Please deliver your work to the Convention Center, lower level, Texas Room 115.e. 

Delivery date for the 2018 Cultural Arts Fest is Thursday, October 4th, between noon & 7pm.

Pick up of art will be Sunday, October 7th, 4pm, at the Convention Center.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Climate Change Art Show Is A Winner

The 2018 exhibit has been a tremendous success.  The reception on September 15th had a full house of over 100 guests, and the mood was jubilant.  Thanks to everyone involved for applying your creative energies to this most vital of topics, and thanks to the manager of Waco Winery.  Friends of Peace/Climate plans to return to this venue next September for the third annual art show.

Pick-up times for artwork at the Waco Winery will be September 30th, 6:00-7:45pm, and October 1st, 2:00-4:30pm.  Thank you for adhering to these times to pick up your pieces.

FOP/C would like to honor all the artists who participated in the show, devoting their creative energies to join the fight against climate change.  The following artworks were this year’s winners:


1st Place:  Silent Guardians
--Susan L. Sistrunk


2nd Place:  Pollution Boy
--John Ciaburri

3rd Place:  Welcome to 2100
--Serena Kristiana Teakell Rigby

Honorable Mention:  Abstracted
--Al Bato Landoll

Honorable Mention:  Three Degrees Warmer
--Maggie Sanders

Honorable Mention:   Ousted From the Arctic
--Genaro Barron


Student Award:   Handprint Earth Turtle
--Jerri Barker Love & The Turtle Creek Kids

Student Award:  Nauseous
--James Johnson

Student Award:  Consuming Nature
--Adrian Northcutt





Peoples' Choice:  The Sins of the Fathers
--Shawn Knuckles

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Powerpoint Presentation: "The Climate Change Crisis and Go Renewable Waco,"

Alan D. Northcutt, MD, will provide a powerpoint presentation entitled "The Climate Change Crisis and Go Renewable Waco," at 7 pm, Thursday, September 20th, at the Unity Spiritual Center of Waco, 400 S. 1st St., Hewitt.  The lecture will describe the dangers of climate change, and the Go Renewable Waco campaign, which is addressing the crisis.  Refreshments will be served.  Everyone welcome. Free.

Alan Northcutt Responds To Column In Trib

The following is a reprint of a September 14th op-ed by Alan Northcutt in the Waco Tribune-Herald:

The Editorial Board of the Waco Tribune-Herald, in a recent column, recognized the relationship between our summer’s intense heat and drought, and climate change.  Although the equivalent term “climatological shift” was used for “climate change,” I applaud the Trib Board for referencing this critical association.  This column will explore more deeply the issues of severe weather and global warming raised in the editorial.
    
2018 was a year of global summer weather extremes.  Waco experienced an historic temperature maximum of 114° F, and a record “exceptional” (D4) drought.  But it is crucial to realize that our weather records were just a part of extreme weather events across the Northern Hemisphere.  Over 17 locales experienced record temperatures, drought and crop failure, savage wildfires, punishing rainfall and flooding, and/or energy disruption.  Examples include: scorching heat in Canada and Japan, crops at risk from Russia to El Salvador, more than 80 killed by wildfires in Scandinavia and Greece, more than 200 killed in flooding in Japan and the U.S., and nuclear plant closures due to warm river water in France.  And all of this is no surprise:  climate scientists have been warning us of climate chaos since Professor James Hansen testified before Congress in 1988.

Heat (thermal) injury, especially heat exhaustion and heat stroke, is one of the most important causes of weather-related death.  Surprisingly, more people die from heat injury in the U.S. than from any other weather event, 1220 deaths from 2004-2013.    We can now even measure the temperature at which humans will die:  a wet-bulb temperature greater than 35° C is lethal after 6 hours exposure.  Further, if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue unabated, parts of the Middle East and the Central China Plain are projected to be uninhabitable by 2100.  Yes, uninhabitable. 

Drought and crop failure are climate change impacts that will most threaten mankind in coming decades.  When McLennan County reached the “exceptional D4” drought category this summer, only 3 counties in the entire state were as severely affected.  As the Trib editorial noted, agricultural losses were almost $8 billion before the 2015 rains.  And the County Agri-Life agent has reported half the normal yields of sorghum and corn in 2018. If we don’t act rapidly to combat climate change, the crop situation will become dire.  At a mean global temperature increase of 4° C, crop yields of corn in the major production areas will decrease as follows:  China 27%, Argentina 29%, and the USA 47%.  Obviously, on a planet approaching a population of 9 billion, this is a scenario of FOOD SHORTAGES and famine. 

The cause of climate change is not debated in the scientific world—it is known absolutely to be GHG emissions from burning of fossil fuel.  The relationship between global CO2 level and global mean temperature is indisputable.  Further, the professional climate scientists have ruled out other conceivable causes of climate change, including volcanic eruptions, solar flares, and orbital variation.  As we rationally rely on the professionals, the physicians, for diagnosis and treatment of our physical disease, we must rely on the professional climate PhDs to manage our planet’s illness.
   
Beyond recognizing the cause and impacts of climate change, we have a responsibility to our beautiful, fragile planet and to our children to combat this existential threat.  Although one may take myriad actions to mitigate this danger, several of the most important steps include: 
 

  • Meticulously conserve energy, water and all natural resources. 
  • Walk, bike, or take mass transit when possible.
  • Drive a plug-in hybrid or full battery-electric car at earliest opportunity.
  • Confirm one’s electric utility is sourced from 100% renewable energy, 24 hrs. per day (e.g., Green Mountain Energy).
  • Install a residential or business rooftop solar system, if possible.
  • Consume a vegan/vegetarian diet or eat meatless days each week.
  • Vote only for candidates committed to robust climate action.
 
Finally, we note that climate change science originates in the brain—and impacts touch the heart.  Thus Waco Friends of Peace/Climate invites all interested readers to visit our 2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Avenue in Waco, through September 29.  The show contains pieces that are beautiful, stunning, educational, and disturbing, in a wide variety of media, from local artists of all types. Visitors will enjoy the spectacular venue while being challenged and inspired by the art.  Admission is FREE.

Alan D. Northcutt , M.D.
Waco, Tx.


Alan Northcutt is a Waco physician and Director of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate.  He has volunteered during 18 years at a mission hospital in Kenya. 



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Details For September 15th Art Show Reception

  • Reception with the art, artists, science, live music, refreshments, prizes—all FREE.
  • Art includes 51 pieces, with myriad genre, plus 15 classic climate images.
  • Speak with many artists about their work.
  • Most art for purchase.
  • Curators notes of relevant science with many entries.
  • View TV monitor, with research-quality global map exhibiting C02, temperature, ocean currents, wind currents, etc.
  • Brief challenging climate science lecture.
  • Live music by talented local singer/songwriter Katie Stewart.
  • Complimentary wine, tea, soft drinks and snacks.
  • Valuable Door prizes:  all attendees will be eligible.
  • Judged prizes of 1st $1000), 2nd ($600) and 3rd ($400), based on relevance & artistic excellence
  • Vote for the People’s Choice Prize of $400.
  • Art show runs through Sept. 29th.
  • Questions:  anoflhc@aol.com