Waco Friends of the Climate normally meets on the first Monday of the month at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza, at 703 N. Valley Mills Dr. in Waco, with a free buffet followed by a documentary film or a guest speaker.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate at COP21

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate was represented at COP21 in Paris, December 2015, by two members, Alan Northcutt and Ana Ria.  The members attended the public lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and exhibits.  Our members were inspired by the expertise and enthusiasm of the 40,000 climate activists present. 

In addition, Northcutt and Ria witnessed the COP observances throughout the City, including the sculpture of melting icebergs at the Pantheon.  They participated in a protest of the Louvre art-washing of fossil fuel companies in the front courtyard of the museum. 

The Paris Agreement, which was signed by 195 nations on December 12, provides a framework for our battle to maintain global temperature increase to less than 2°C:

  • Reaffirm the goal of limiting global temperature increase well below 2°C, while urging efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C;
  • Establish binding commitments by all parties to make “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs), and to pursue domestic measures aimed at achieving them;
  • Commit all countries to report regularly on their emissions and “progress made in implementing and achieving” their NDCs, and to undergo international review;
  • Commit all countries to submit new NDCs every five years, with the clear expectation that they will “represent a progression” beyond previous ones;
  • Reaffirm the binding obligations of developed countries under the UNFCCC to support the efforts of developing countries, while for the first time encouraging voluntary contributions by developing countries, too;
  • Extend the current goal of mobilizing $100 billion a year in support by 2020 through 2025, with a new, higher goal to be set for the period after 2025;
  • Extend a mechanism to address “loss and damage” resulting from climate change, which explicitly will not “involve or provide a basis for any liability or compensation”;
  • Require parties engaged in international emissions trading to avoid “double counting”; and
  • Call for a new mechanism, similar to the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, enabling emission reductions in one country to be counted toward another country’s NDC.

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Monday, January 04, 2016

Report from Paris

"COP21: From the Meeting Halls to the Streets of Paris


Thursday, January 14th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet 
6:30 Lecture & Discussion
All Free
Everyone welcome

Alan Northcutt will deliver a lecture with slideshow recounting his experience at the Paris climate summit:  the response of the city, the protests, and thoughts about our next steps.
Although not strong enough to limit temperature shift to 1.5°C, the Paris accord may be one of the most important agreements in the history of civilization.  With the unification of 195 nations to combat climate change, this unprecedented document provides a framework for future more aggressive limits  of GHG emissions. 

From our participation in a protest near the Louvre, the presentation will provide first hand account of activities outside the official COP site.   

For an interactive presentation, questions will be welcome during the lecture.

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