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.

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Second Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit Reception Will Be The September FOP/C Meeting

Date: Saturday, September 15th
Time: 6 pm until 8 pm
Venue: Waco Winery and Tasting Room, 708 Austin Avenue, Waco.

The reception for the Friends of Peace/Climate art exhibit will serve as the FOP/C September meeting—so all members are strongly encouraged to attend and to bring a friend or invite nonmembers to attend.  It is our responsibility as members of the Waco climate change organization to give priority to our events and set a powerful example.
  
The reception will be informative and enjoyable for our members and for others in the community.  The show will include:  viewing of the art; purchase of art if desired; voting for Peoples' Choice for approximately 1 hour; viewing on the TV monitor of a global image detailing CO2 levels, temperature, wind patterns, wave patterns; a brief science presentation & challenge; live music by singer/songwriter Katie Stewart; wine, soft drinks, and vegetarian snacks including fruits & vegetables; enjoying the open-air patio; presentation of awards; free reusable shopping bags; and door prizes.

All are invited and everything is free.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Climate Change Art Show Is Up And Running!

















The second year of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate FREE art show is dedicated to informing visitors about anthropogenic climate change & inspiring them to action.  The science is clear that climate change is an existential threat and mankind’s greatest challenge.

Show dates: August 29 - September 29

Hours:     Tue-Thur 2:00-10:00
                Fri-Sat 12:00-12:00
                Sun 2:00-8:00
                Mon closed.

Admission: FREE.

The reception will be on September 15, 6-8 pm, with art viewing/voting, live music by Katie Stewart, awards presentation, science, complimentary wine & snacks, and door prizes.

The show will exhibit about 65 pieces, including oils, acrylics, charcoal, photography, sculpture, digital, mixed media, & furniture. The works vary from dazzling to moving to captivating to horrifying.

The artists participating in this growing event include some of Waco’s top professionals, amateurs, students & pre-school children. Climate change affects everyone on the planet, and we are grateful for the participation of all our artists. 

Brief scientific explanations will accompany some pieces.

Climate change documentaries with subtitles will be continuously screened.

Complimentary climate change action handouts will be provided.

The beautiful venue offers wine, sangria, soft drinks & trays of cheese/meat/crackers.  Food may be ordered from 3 nearby restaurants, with free delivery. The charming patio offers views of downtown and live music.

Art will be judged with the criteria of relevance to the theme & aesthetic excellence.
   1st place: $1000
   2nd place: $600
   3rd place: $400
   The People’s Choice Award: $400.  All visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to vote for their  favorite. Eligible art is numbered.

Inquiries: anorthc@aol.com
website: www.friendsofpeace.org
Facebook: Waco Friends of Peace-Climate


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WACO SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD PRESENTATION


The presentation on August 14th to the Advisory Board by Alan Northcutt was well received.  The Board members were very attentive during the talk, and there was applause at the conclusion.  The presentation consisted of an explanation of Go Renewable Waco, a list of our supporters, descriptions of the serious impacts of climate change globally and in Waco, suggested steps for the City of Waco, and an explanation of how the program would positively impact the community.


After the talk, several Board members and the City Manager suggested the Board explore electric buses and charging stations for the October meeting.  This is significant, as it is the first statement by a City governmental group that it WOULD take action.  We have plans to follow up at the Sustainability Board's October meeting, and other steps are brewing. 

Many thanks to those who attended the presentation.  Stay tuned for our next group action, and remember how vital this work is.  This 2018 summer of weather extremes again illustrates the power and danger of anthropogenic climate change.  As the climate impacts grow larger, the Trump administration and Republicans take steps to make the situation worse.  So it’s up to Waco and cities across the country to go 100% renewable and slash their GHG emissions.





















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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Climate Change Art Show Update


CLIMATE CHANGE ART EXHIBIT DETAILS

Participate:  to enter please fill out the entry form by sending an email to anorthc@aol.com 

We have lengthened the entry period:  artists may also bring their works to the Waco Winery August 26, 2-8pm. 
 
Advertise:  please spread the word to all your friends who are artists.  Remember that our 1st place winner receives a prize of $1000.  Post the flyer and spread the word on social media.

Deadline:  bring art to the Waco Winery, Sunday August 26, 2-8pm.

Volunteers:  the following are those members committed to various functions:

  • Art Hanging, August 27:  Serena Teakell, Travis Hipp, Maria Wright, Linda Ray, Alan Northcutt
  • Judging, September 14:  Harrison Ward, Richard Childers, Tina Houseman, Alan Northcutt
  • Art Pickup, September 30:  Sheryl and Bruce Huff, Laura Abbruzzese.

NEW FLYER:  Two changes have been made to the Art Exhibit flyer:
  • Katie Stewart has graciously agreed to provide music for the Art Show reception on Sept. 15.
  • "Door Prizes" has been added to clarify the "freebies" on the original flyer.