Thursday, August 06, 2015

Progressive Film Series: August 13th, 2015

THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING

 

Thursday, August 13th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 91 Minutes 

The Yes Men’s new film, The Yes Men Are Revolting, is our documentary for August.  In this new film they focus their theatrical activism, impersonation, and other stunts on climate change.  As always, the film is informative, powerful, personal, and hilarious.

If you are familiar with the Yes Men you will enjoy another dose of their unique brand of activism. If not, this introduction to the work of Andy and Mike will be stunning and inspirational.

“…Experts at impersonating corporate shills and government bureaucrats in bogus, sometimes hilarious news conferences that undermine the agendas of the institutions they pretend to represent.” – New York Times

 “Entertaining mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography.” – Variety

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Earth Day 2015




The Waco Friends of Peace celebrated Earth Day 2015 by distributing free reusable shopping bags on Saturday, April 18th, at the Downtown Farmers Market.  The shopping bags featured the message:  COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE—AVOID PLASTIC.  About 1500 bags were given away at the successful action.












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Elementary School Book Donation


The Waco Friends of Peace began our  CLIMATE BOOK DONATION program to 20 area elementary schools on July 9th.  Buried Sunlight will be delivered or mailed to these local school libraries.  As the UN Climate Education Program has noted, education of the children about anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is an important part of the battle against climate change.  The text has an appropriately optimistic tone, is beautifully illustrated, and has the “Scholastic” imprint.


Thanks to all our members who volunteered to help distribute these books.  We will continue this effort until all elementary schools in the area have been included.


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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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