The Friends of Peace 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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Letter to Waco Meteorologists

The following letter was signed by attendees at the October meeting of Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and sent to the weathermen at Channels 6 and 25 in Waco:
                                                                                                                                                                                              
As citizens of Central Texas, we would respectfully request that you include information in your weather broadcasts connecting weather to climate change. We recognize that many local residents rely on television weather forecasts, and that you have a large and loyal following. Thus you have a great opportunity to inform citizens about the serious challenge of climate change. Please consider the following:
  • Anthropogenic climate change is a crisis according to the best science, and thus we have a responsibility to educate the public on this topic.
  • The American Meteorological Society completely embraces the science of climate change.  Their websites contains publications by the AMS, such as "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective." 
  • Central Texas has experienced very hot weather this past summer, and July and August 2016 are tied for globally the hottest months in recorded history.
  • Waco experienced severe flooding in the spring of 2015 and 2016.  May 2015 was the wettest single month on record in Texas.  Climate science has predicted heavier rainfalls, as the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. 
Although the nations of the world are united to combat climate change through the Paris Agreement, history informs us that major change also depends on an informed populace demanding action. You have an excellent opportunity to educate viewers by making the connection between weather and climate change. Thank you for taking action on this vital and urgent issue.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Progressive Film Series: October 18th, 2016


The Brainwashing of My Dad

Wednesday, October 18th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Runtime:  89 Minutes

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will show "The Brainwashing of My Dad,” the just-released award-winning documentary, which details the conversion of a sane moderate Democrat to a right-wing fanatic through the power of conservative media and talk radio. The film deals with details of the Fairness Doctrine, forces behind the media expansion, and the power of misinformation and division. 

   "Fascinating" -- Examiner.com

   "Should be required viewing for everybody." -- Tony Trupiano

   "It's about all of us." -- David Alm, Forbes 

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

METEREOLOGIST PROJECT: Please Act Now


It has been noted that local weather people do not discuss climate change during their broadcasts.  Clearly these broadcasts are great opportunities to help educate viewers about climate change—as it relates to extreme weather, for example. Thus we will begin a coordinated effort to influence these meteorologists to regularly add climate to their discussion.

Please contact Channel 6 TV Chief Meteorologist Andy Andersen.  Email (aandersen@kcentv.com) should be the primary contact method, with Facebook through the KCENTV page a secondary approach.

Basically, we wish Mr. Andersen to include anthropogenic climate change at the appropriate time in his broadcasts, such as during discussions of record heat and flooding in Central Texas. Everyone should write in their own words, but here are a few points you may wish to include:


  • Anthropogenic climate change is a crisis according to the best science, and thus we have a   responsibility to educate the public on this topic.
  • The American Meteorological Society completely embraces the science of climate change.  Their websites contains publications by the AMS, such as "Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective." 
  •  Central Texas has experienced very hot weather this past summer, and July and August 2016 are tied for globally the hottest months in recorded history.
  • Waco experienced severe flooding in the spring of 2015 and 2016.  May 2015 was the wettest single month on record in Texas.  Climate science has predicted heavier rainfalls, as the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. 
  •  By educating citizens on climate science, the weather broadcaster can play an important role in the battle to preserve a livable planet for us all.
Mr. Andersen should be contacted as soon as possible.

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