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 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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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Progressive Film Series: February 12th, 2015

Mobilizing To Save Civilization

Thursday, February 12th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime: 83 Minutes 

Mobilizing to Save Civilization is our outstanding documentary selection for February.  The film is part of the "Journey to Planet Earth" series based on the book by Lester R. Brown.  Mr. Brown is one of the most revered environmentalists in the world.  The documentary a very comprehensive video on the issue of climate change, covering population growth, the basic science, sustainability, and the transformation of our energy system to renewables.  Although facing our predicament realistically, Mr. Brown provides an optimistic tone, believing that we have the ability to rise to the enormous challenge that confronts mankind.

The documentary is suitable for all ages. 

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Progressive Film Series: January 8th, 2015


Thursday, January 8th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  86 minutes

This film explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.  Featuring powerful arguments from an extraordinary range of visionaries, this enlightening and visually spectacular film covers the progress traps that destroyed past civilizations and brings to light those that lie treacherously embedded in our own.  It includes observations by such renowned thinkers as Margaret Atwood, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking.

In this big-picture video, anthropogenic climate disruption is a major area of focus.

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Progressive Film Series: December 11th, 2014

A Dangerous Future: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health

Thursday, Dec. 11th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  56 Minutes

This informative documentary film highlights the primary impact of climate change—increasing global ambient temperature. The effects of rising temperatures on human health are discussed and the current increase in worldwide mortality is explained.

The film also details the massive human migration in Bangladesh and the extreme water shortage in Yemen leading to political strife and violence.

The film is suitable for all ages.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Letter to Senator Cornyn

At the November 13th meeting of the Waco Friends of Peace at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, the following letter to Senator John Cornyn was circulated among the attendees and signed by about 25 people:

The Honorable Senator John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510

Dear Senator Cornyn,

As citizens of the state of Texas, we call on you to vote AGAINST any bill or statement that calls for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The reasons for our opposition include:

Utilization of the Tar Sands crude would produce a massive volume of greenhouse gases, precluding a successful fight against global warming.

Completion of the pipeline would add to the destruction of the natural beauty of the Canadian tar  sands sites, including First Nation property.
The pipeline company has a horrible safety record, with 14 recent spills.  A spill or leak on this pipeline route would endanger vital natural resources in the USA, including the Ogallala aquifer. Previous spills of dilbit have produced severe long term damage, on the Kalamazoo River and in Mayflower, Arkansas. 

The financial benefit of the pipeline would accrue largely to TransCanada only, with just 35 permanent jobs created in the USA.The Tar Sands product is destined for export, thus not benefitting US oil security.

The refinery site on the Gulf Coast would suffer more air pollution, and greater deaths in this “cancer alley” region.  Construction of the pipeline would commit the USA to 50 years of further production of fossil fuels, when the IPCC scientists have clearly stated we must quickly convert from these fuels to clean, renewable energy sources.

Our focus and resources must instead go to advancement of renewable energy production. 

As our Senator, we call on you to vote AGAINST this destructive and unnecessary pipeline.

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