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.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Texas groups come together to announce diverse coalition supporting Climate Resolution

Texas Drought Project will take 220+ organizational signatures to U.N. Climate Conference

Waco Friends of Peace is is a signatory to the following document:


Dallas—The Texas Drought Project, a non-profit founded in 2008 to educate Texans on climate change, will announce in San Antonio November 19th at a press conference at 1 PM at the Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, that they have succeeded in obtaining the signatures of over 220 organizations for their resolution on climate change. The resolution calls for climate negotiators at the U.N. Climate Conference in Paris, set to begin November 30th, to heed the recommendations from the world’s top scientists in setting emissions cuts and asks that negotiators quickly move to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Co-founders Jere Locke of Austin and Alyssa Burgin of San Antonio networked through Texas environmental, human rights, educational, religious, labor, civic, student and political groups for over three months to obtain the endorsements.  Signers include the League of Women Voters Texas, Lone Star Sierra Club, Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility, Texas State Employees Union, Texas Campaign for the Environment, National Nurses United, Environment Texas, Texas Farmers Union, Earthworks, Public Citizen Texas,  Dallas Central Labor Council, Dallas Peace Center, Downwinders at Risk, Nepali Society of Texas, Liveable Arlington, Denton Drilling Awareness, Hope for Peace and Justice and many, many more. “But we couldn’t have done this without the help of Texans across the state,” Locke emphasizes. “People think of Texas as this conservative, oil-dominated state, but people understand the dire threat we face from climate change unless something is done now.” Burgin agrees, “We were gratified to see the response, and we’re hoping that this resolution will generate a major discussion—proving that citizens in the reddest-of-the-red states care about the future of their children and their grandchildren.”

Speakers include representatives of the following endorsing organizations: Hope for Peace and Justice (Jeff Hood), Downwinders at Risk(Jim Schermbeck), Liveable Arlington (Ranjana Bhandari), Texas Campaign for the Environment, Dallas Sierra Club, Nepali Society of Texas and the Dallas Central Labor Council. Each will briefly discuss the concerns which brought their organization to join this effort. The importance of this U.N. Climate Conference will be outlined, providing a preview into events taking place later this month. Lists of signers will be furnished, along with a copy of the resolution.


Questions? Please contact Alyssa Burgin alyssa@texasdroughtproject.org or 210-381-4021. Hope to see you there! 


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