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, October 15, 2017


The Hippodrome has a seating capacity of 200.  Tickets are required for An Inconvenient Sequel, even though the screening is free.  Tickets can be reserved on the Hippodrome website.

Go to the website:  http://wacohippodrometheatre.com/.  On the homepage, click on “TICKETS,” just below “MOVIE SHOWTIMES.”  Scroll down to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power in order to reserve tickets for the film.

Tickets may also be obtained at the box office at the time of the screening if seats are still available.

Monday, October 09, 2017

"AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL" Showing At The Hippodrome

Tuesday, October 17th
6:00 PM
Hippodrome Theater
724 Austin Ave
Runtime 100 minutes
Food can be purchased from the Hippodrome menu

There will be a showing of Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel:  Truth To Power, at the Hippodrome Theater in Waco.  The showing will be presented free of charge by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate. This will serve as the October meeting of FOP/C.

This film is a powerful sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s 2006 landmark documentary that has been very influential in informing the public about the climate crisis that is now upon us. 

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a reboot that justifies its existence.
    --Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

Mr. Gore remains a prodigy of hope, with energy that seems endlessly renewable.
    --Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate joins the “Protect the Rio Grande & Eagle Pass Residents from Toxic Water” protest

On October 5th, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate joined the “Protect the Rio Grande & Eagle Pass Residents from Toxic Water” protest in Austin at the Travis County Courthouse.  Organized by the Beyond Coal Campaign, the protest was against Dos Republicas open pit coal mine’s renewed wastewater discharge permit.
The case is Maverick County et al vs. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  Basically, the suit is the county, citizens, and environmental groups suing the TCEQ for approving the renewal of the permit for the coal mine, whose toxic pond is contaminating the Elm River, which feeds the Rio Grande.

The protest group consisted of about 40 activists.  There were Native Americans and people from Austin, San
Antonio, Houston, Eagle Pass, Dallas -- and three FOP/C members from Waco.

The hearing was three hours long, with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) lawyers arguing against TCEQ lawyers.  The young EDF lawyers were very good presenters, and they had the facts to back up their arguments.  TCEQ lawyers were weak on facts and presentation style.  The plaintiffs seemed to clearly win the debate, demonstrating contamination of some 30 groundwater samples around the open pit.  The judge definitely questioned the TCEQ lawyers firmly with few questions for EDF lawyers.

The judge’s decision is pending, but the case is expected to go to higher courts.  FOP/C was there in solidarity and as part of our goal to SHUT DOWN all fossil fuel infrastructure.  We feel certain the judge was influenced by our sea of white shirts and felt the environmental concern.

THANKS to Ana & Serena Rigby for their participation & endurance.

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


Action: Protect the Rio Grande and Eagle Pass Residents from Toxic Water.

Where: Travis County Courthouse, Austin.  1000 Guadalupe St., 5th floor.

When: Leaving Waco 11am. protest 1:30pm until 5:00pm.

Logistics: Join 2 of us thus far in my car.  We have room for 2 or 3 more.  If more members wish to participate we can caravan with a second vehicle.   Please make and bring a sign/poster.

Why:  This is a peaceful protest against the Dos Republicas Open Pit Coal Mine's renewed wastewater discharge permit. 

Who: Native activists, Maverick County Environmental and Public Health Association, Sierra Club, Public Citizen, supporters joining in solidarity with Eagle Pass residents.

A hearing will begin at 2:00pm. Press conference to follow at 4:00pm.  Last year, despite major opposition from local  indigenous groups and thousands of Texans, the TCEQ approved the expansion and renewal of a permit that allows the mine to dump water polluted with toxic chemicals and heavy metals into Elm Creek which feeds directly into the Rio Grande River.  The wastewater discharge permit is being challenged.

Why Friends of Peace/Climate:  as part of our overall fight against fossil fuel infrastructure, especially infrastructure which is as locally destructive as this coal mine.


To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Some Photos From The Climate Change Art Exhibit

Terry & Joe's from the Street

Frank Exum

1st place  "Pollution Baby" by John Ciaburri 

2nd place  "The Escape Party" by Shawn  Knuckles

3rd place  "Saving Color" by Kathryn Ruth

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


The following event post is quoted from our member Serena Kristiana Teakell Rigby. Although Friends of Peace/Climate did not organize or sponsor this event, we support Serena in her efforts.  (As you know, we are completely focused on climate change at this time.).

From Serena:

International Day of Peace
~Meditation/Prayer Circle~
Thursday, Sept. 21st
Indian Springs Park, Waco

”Please join me by the suspension bridge downtown between the hours of 1pm and 4pm.  We will be meditating/praying/sending out vibrations of energy for peace.  I encourage people from all walks of life and faith to show up in support of global peace and unity.  Meditate and pray however you choose!  Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on, a yoga mat for meditation, a pillow, sage for cleansing, healing crystals, your bible, whatever you need.  Definitely bring your spirituality!  This day is all about unity, so invite your friends and family.  Hope to see you there!"


The reception Saturday evening, September 16th, was a definite success.  The restaurant venue at times was literally packed with people, such that moving around was difficult.  Yet everyone seemed happy to be there, joining in on the spirit of the night.  The only major problem encountered was a bit of heat in the crowded room, stretching the air conditioning to the max.  However, faster fan speed seemed to cool everyone a little and the fun was not dampened.
Over 100 guests were estimated to have participated in the reception.  The event consisted of art viewing; voting for favorite pieces; announcing the 1st thru 3rd place and peoples' choice awards; placing of ribbons on the winners; enjoying relaxing acoustic guitar by Frank Exum; tasting the variety of desserts, chips and salsa; and partaking of wine and soft drinks.

A raffle was held for four climate science book door prizes.  Free reusable shopping bags were available, as well as a climate action handout and (perhaps most important!) the 100% renewable Waco petition.

A fine climate poem was recited by Bodhi Heilskapa.

The winning artists were:
1st place -- "Pollution Baby" by John Ciaburri  (image above).
2nd place -- "The Escape Party" by Shawn  Knuckles.
3rd place -- "Saving Color" by Kathryn Ruth.
Peoples' Choice -- "Cedars" by Bodhi Heilskapa.
We definitely anticipate the 2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit.  An issue of this magnitude deserves its own art show.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate First Annual Art Exhibit is up and running!

The location is Terry and Jo’s Food for Thought, at 1121 Speight Ave in Waco.  The exhibit will last through the end of September.  Art works on exhibit can be purchased.  The showcase evening will be Saturday, September 16, 6-8 PM.  There will be a scientific presentation, with wine and dessert, as well as classical guitar by Frank Exum.

At the exhibit one can sign the petition to the Waco City Council to pledge that the City will be powered by 100% clean renewable energy by 2050, joining over 40 US cities that have made this pledge or have reached this goal.

One can also vote for one’s favorite art work for the $400 Peoples Choice award, which is in addition to the prizes awarded by judging.

Reusable shopping bags are available for free at the exhibit.

Friday, August 25, 2017

GO RENEWABLE WACO: Campaign Launch Now!

The campaign name, GO RENEWABLE WACO, was chosen by vote at the August meeting of Waco Friends of Peace/Climate.  As discussed, the first step is the circulation of the petition, with a goal of 1000 signatures.  So the most important action everyone can take NOW is to SIGN the petition, and include a small personal comment.

Sign Petition:  here is the link to the petition:  https://www.change.org/p/city-council-waco-waco-city-council-pledge-100-renewable-energy-b y-2050.

Have Others Sign Petition:  Please distribute to your friends, family members, colleagues at work, etc. This may be done by sending them the link above.

If you do not have the link available, you can instruct friends in very simple terms:  Go to www.change.org.  Search with this phrase:  "Waco City Council."   Our petition will probably be the first search result, and the petition title is "WACO CITY COUNCIL: PLEDGE 1OO% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2050." 

Facebook:  Direct friends to Waco Friends of Peace-Climate group or page. The petition link will be near the top.

Share and spread the petition by email and Facebook.

The petition goal is 1000 SIGNATURES.  Once attained, we may make our 10 minute presentation before the Waco City Council.  We request that each person obtain 20 signatures, and we will easily reach our goal.  ALWAYS REMEMBER: Climate change is an existential threat to ourselves, our children and all peoples of the planet.  With action at the federal level stalled, it is OUR responsibility to act powerfully at the City level.

Questions?   anorthc@aol.com

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Progressive Lecture Series: August 15, 2017

" 2017 Keeling Memorial Lecture: Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable, Managing the Unavoidable", by Rosina Bierbaum, PhD in Ecology and Evolution, University of Michigan


Tuesday, August 15th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffett
6:30 Lecture & Discussion

The August Waco Friends of Peace/Climate meeting will feature a recorded lecture from May 2017 by Dr. Rosina Bierbaum of the University of Michigan.  Professor Bierbaum presents a brief review of the science, followed by the impacts of climate change and the progress on solutions.  The presentation is rich with data and graphs which will help us all to be better informed on the subject material.  Dr. Bierbaum has great practical experience, having served as a science advisor for President Obama.  Her clarity of thought, depth of knowledge and insight into solutions are inspirational.

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com  

Monday, August 07, 2017


The Regal Theater corporate office has informed FOP/C that they now have a new web page designed for movie requests.  Please use this link --  https://www.regmovies.com/help/contact -- and fill in the simple single page, requesting that An Inconvenient Sequel be shown in Waco.  The field for time of day is not important, so just put any evening time.

Alan Northcutt recently saw the documentary in Austin and reports that it was inspirational.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

An Inconvenient Sequel

Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel, was released on July 28th, but the managers of both major theaters in Waco have said they are not certain if this film will be shown.  The manager at Regal (Hollywood) was very helpful and suggested that we request at the corporate website.  Please join us in contacting the corporate office of Regal and requesting that the documentary be shown in Waco.
  • Go the www.regmovies.com
  • Scroll to very bottom of page and click on "private screening/showings"
  • See "contact" at the top of page and click.
  • Fill out the form requesting showings in Waco, and be sure to mention Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


‘The Art of Survival”  sponsored by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate

Terry and Jo’s Food for Thought RESTAURANT. , 1121 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 76706
Admission FREE. 
September 16, 6-8pm, Showcase evening with artists present. Snacks, live music

  1. Theme of exhibit is climate change.  Pieces may focus on the impacts, such as increased temp, melting ice sheets, rising sea levels, flooding, worsening drought, superstorms, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, species extinction, migration of people who lost homes, conflicts between nations.  May focus on efforts to mitigate, such as renewable energies, sea walls, floating cities, etc.  These are just a few suggestions, but many more are possible.  The goal of the exhibit is to inform and educate local citizens about climate change, emphasize the urgent need for action, and inspire citizens to take action.
  2. The venue is a small restaurant.  Art for wall hanging is preferred, such as paintings, sketches, photography, mixed media. Small sculpture to fit on a shelf or table is possible.  Please limit size of piece to 18x24 inches.
  3. Since the venue is a family restaurant, material should be suitable for children.
  4. If you plan to submit a piece to the exhibit, please email me now, and specify the estimated dimensions of your work and the media if known:  anorthc@aol.com.
  5. Please submit ASAP, as space is limited.  If all space is full, some pieces may not be displayed.
  6. Please bring art for set up on August 31st.
  7. Title and artist name with price should be provided.
  8. Judging will be performed.   The winners will be announced at the showcase Sept. 16.  The awards are:  1st place $1000, 2nd place $400, Peoples' choice $400.
  9. Inquiries: anorthc@aol.com.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Progressive Film Series: July 18, 2017

The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning

Tuesday, July 18th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run time 52 Minutes

The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning is the FOP/C film selection for the month.  This award-winning film reveals many startling new scientific discoveries, such as penguin suicide, new vegetation growing in the world's largest desert, diminishing populations of land animals and marine life, and dangerously increasing melting of Antarctica's land ice.  This was the only film selected for screening at the COP climate meeting.

     "Far superior to An Inconvenient Truth" - The Gate Magazine
     "One of the most remarkable documentaries of our time." - Mediapeers, Berlin

     Best Picture, Environmental and Ecology Films - International Film Festival, Ireland 

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com 

Thursday, July 06, 2017

First Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit

From September 1, 10:00 AM, until October 1, 9:00 PM (the entire month of September), Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will host an art exhibit.  The location will be Terry and Jo’s Food for Thought, at 1121 Speight Ave in Waco.  Admission will be FREE. Reusable shopping bags (kind to our climate) will be available for FREE.

Saturday, September 16, 6-8 PM, will be the showcase evening, with artists and Waco Friends of Peace/Climate members present.  There will be a scientific presentation, with wine and dessert, as well as classical guitar by Frank Exum.

Science tells us anthropogenic climate change is the existential threat of our time. Art provides the emotional expression of this environmental emergency.

ARTISTS:  please submit a piece to this show. We explore impacts such as sea level rise, droughts, floods, famine, coral bleaching, ice loss, species extinction, and superstorms. The human costs & solutions are additional appropriate topics. Your works may also be sold at this show.  Please email a photograph of any piece you would like to submit: anorthc@aol.com.

Please join us as artist or guest at Waco’s first art show on this vital subject.

Questions:  anorthc@aol.com.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Friends of Peace/Climate will host a gathering to make yard signs on Sunday, June 18, 6 pm, at the Good Neighbor Settlement House, 2301 Colcord Avenue, Waco.

A yard sign is the perfect way to shout your support of the crucial Paris Agreement and reject the destructive anti-science agenda of the Trump administration.  Construct a yard sign with others as we make it fun -- a sign building PARTY!

We provide some heavy poster board, stencils, markers, metal mounting stakes, sealing tape.
Of course bring your own supplies for your favorite custom look and message.
We provide snacks to amplify the enjoyment.
FREE event.
It is actually more satisfying to display a sign you have personally constructed.
Imagine the power of 100s of signs peppering Waco.
This is OUR responsibility--no one else will do this in Waco.
Party facilitated by FOP/C member Travis Hipp.
Questions: hipptravis@gmail.com

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Progressive Film Series: June07, 2017

The Age of Consequences

Wednesday, June 7th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion

The Age of Consequences is our outstanding film for June, providing detailed coverage of a climate topic which we have had some knowledge of previously. But the film provides full detail of this crucial area of climate change impacts.  The documentary investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.  Distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines--unpacking how drought, extreme weather, and sea level rise can all function as "accelerants of instability or conflict."  These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that, if left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. 

      "Eye-opening." -- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
      "A wake up call" -- Edward Davis, Indiewire
      "Compelling and frightening" -- The New York Times

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rooftop Solar at Lakeshore Baptist

The following is a report from Alan Northcutt:

CLIMATE VICTORY:  I was honored to give a climate lecture at Lakeshore Baptist Church on Wednesday night, May 17th.  Afterwards the church members voted and approved ROOFTOP SOLAR for their building. Thanks to Skip Londos & David Mosley for their work on this.

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate promoted PVCs approximately one year ago, and the idea went through various committees at the church. The vote of approval on Wednesday night was unanimous. I think this decision makes a powerful statement, and I hope many churches, other organizations, and individuals will be inspired to make this investment in a livable biosphere.  

My lecture, “Anthropogenic Climate Change: Crisis and Response,” was focused on the urgency of climate change action (our global C02 level today is 410.58ppm!), reviewing the horrendous impacts of global warming and including a handout with a list of many possible individual actions.  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate contributed $1000 toward the church’s panels.  

I am available to give this lecture to groups in Waco.

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Progressive Film Series: May 16, 2017

Antarctica: Ice and Sky

Tuesday, May 16th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion

Antarctica: Ice and Sky is the FOP/C documentary for the month. Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet recounts the remarkable life journey of Claude Lorius, the first scientist to discover conclusive evidence of anthropogenic climate change. This is the amazing story of this glaciologist's decades of ground-breaking research in the polar regions that led to our understanding of the relationship of atmospheric CO2 concentration to global temperature. The film is the winner of multiple film festival awards.

"An extraordinarily engaging documentary that boasts spectacular vistas, breathtaking adventures, and scientific revelations." -- The Guardian

"A head-on challenge to climate change deniers." -- The Guardian

"A stirring, humanist portrait." -- The Upcoming

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com






Tuesday, May 02, 2017

the Peoples Climate March, April 29, 2017

Three Waco Friends of Peace/Climate members traveled to Washington, D.C., to join 200,000 others at the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017.  The march began near the Capitol Mall, encircled the White House, and finished with a rally at the Washington Memorial. The temperature was over 90°, one of hottest on record for that day of the year in DC.

The event included many diverse marching groups:  scientists, faith organizations, climate groups, frontline communities, water protectors, immigrants, LGBT activists, labor organizations, government workers, kids, elderly people, peace groups, medical workers, renewable energy organizations, anti-nuclear groups, and many others.  The rally was led by Native Americans, and the speakers were largely people of color and representatives of frontline communities.

Anti-Trump fervor was powerful thru ought the huge crowd.

At the end of the march, all signs were used to create a climate message read from an overhead balloon.

To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com