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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To enter the 4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit in October 2020, please email anorthc@aol.com

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Progressive Film Series: December 19, 2017


Tuesday, December 19th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM Business & Free Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 93 Minutes
Suitable For All Ages 

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

The beginning covers the biology, structure and importance of coral reefs.  Then the severity of ongoing bleaching with coral reef death is explained.  Destruction of our planet's coral reefs is a climate change impact that is happening now, and is an early warning of the catastrophes to come if we don't act decisively. 

This superbly crafted documentary is likely to wield an unexpected emotional charge.
    --Hollywood Reporter 

The film is particularly compelling when following Zack Rago, a self-proclaimed coral nerd whose love of the organisms is palpable and infectious
    -- New York Times

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Monday, December 04, 2017


The following is a guide, compiled by Dr. Alan Northcutt, to actions people can take on a personal level to help combat climate change:

1.      Reduce, Refuse, Repair, Recycle, Repurpose, Rethink:  although we have long adhered to these principles, with ACC they become vital in reducing our carbon footprint.  By carefully following these mandates we can always find new ways to lower our personal footprint.

2.      Conservation:  the cleanest form of energy is not wind or solar or geothermal—it’s the energy you never use.  It’s estimated the US wastes 25% of energy.  With meticulous attention we can greatly decrease our individual energy consumption.

3.      Rooftop solar:   energy production is one of 2 top sources of GHG emissions.  Thus everyone should consider rooftop installation.  Required is unobstructed roof, and optimum is south facing.  My experience has been fantastic in every way, and I recommend this highly.  Holtek in Waco does a great job, and Freedom Solar in Austin offers financing.  Those companies who basically rent systems are not working in Waco, to my knowledge.  Remember the 30% tax credit and variable ONCOR service area discount.  www.holteksolar.com

4.      Renewable utility:  if one does not have a home PVC system, using a 100% renewable energy provider is the next best choice.  Green Mountain is available in most parts of Central Texas and offers only clean, renewable power.  If TxU  or other company states their power is from renewables, check carefully.   I have been deceived by their claims in the past. 

5.      Drive electric:  the future of personal transportation is the electric car, and we should be in the forefront of acceptance.  There are approximately 25 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and plug in electrics out there, starting around 20K.  And for now, the $7500 tax credit applies.  Considering our climate emergency, I cannot imagine purchasing an internal combustion car.  I have great personal experience with the Chevy Volt and Chevy Bolt.   http://www.plugincars.com/cars

6.      Diet:  the science is very clear that the diet with the lowest GHG emissions is vegan, followed by vegetarian, followed by carnivorous.   If a vegan diet is not appealing, having 1 or 2 meatless meals per week is one great approach.   http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-014-1169-1 

7.      Education:  climate science is a very large, complex, and fascinating field.  There is always new information to absorb.  The following are some of my favorite references.  BOOK: “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein; “The Atmosphere of Hope” by Tim Flannery;  “The Zero-Waste Lifestyle” by Amy Korst;  “Climate Change” by Joseph Romm;  anything by Bill McKibben; “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living” by the Union of Concerned Scientists; “High Tide on Main Street” by John Englander; “The Rising Sea” by Pilkey and Young; “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert;  “The Soil Will Save Us” by Kristin Ohlson;  “Our Renewable Future” by Heinberg and Fridley.   AUDIOBOOKS:  Some of the books mentioned here are available at audible.com.   WEBSITES:  www.ecowatch.com , https://thinkprogress.org/climate/home, www.stateofourclimate.com     PODCASTS:  The Energy Gang, Democracy Now!, Talking Tesla, Cultures of Energy, Climate Connections, Sea Change Radio, The Climate Minute, Green News Report.   CELL PHONE APP:  Dark Sky (weather), Skeptical Science, Get Green, CO2 Emissions Calculator, Happy Cow, iRecycle. 

8.      Dealing with Climate Science Deniers:  this is a frustrating business, but we all debate or attempt to convince deniers at some point.  Here is a reference that provides great information to arm yourself for this endeavor:  www.skepticalscience.com or the Skeptical Science app on iPhone. 

9.      No plastic bottled water:  this product contributes to atmospheric GHG through oil required to produce the plastic, fossil fuel required for transport.  Since it persists for 1000s of years, it inhabits our landfills, and contributes to the massive islands of plastic in the oceanic gyres.  Animals ingest it and become injured or die and it enters the human food chain.  Avoid this dangerous product except in emergencies. 

10.  No single use plastic bags:  this product is horrendous for the biosphere in a way similar to bottled water.  Reusable cloth shopping bags may be kept in the car at all times making plastic bags almost always unnecessary.  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate distributes these for FREE each Earth Day.  If you would need some free bags, email me at anorthc@aol.com  

11.  Support a carbon fee and dividend:  most climate economists believe a gradually increasing fee on carbon is the most effective way to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy.  Citizens would receive an annual  dividend to equalize their increased costs from the carbon tax.  The Citizens Climate Lobby has been a major proponent of this plan.  www.citizensclimatelobby.org 

12.  Work with local climate activists:  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is a climate education and direct action organization, working in Waco for about 14 years.  We usually meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm, Poppa Rollos Pizza, Waco.  More info: www.friendsofpeace.org.  Facebook: Waco Friends of Peace—Climate. 

13.  Do online climate activism:  several national organizations will send emails that allow you to sign online petitions/letters, or sign messages to various governmental officials.  Examples are: www.350.org, www.greenpeace.org, www.sierraclub.org .

14.  Oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure:  the science is clear that we must keep 70% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground if we are to keep global temp shift to 2 degree C.  Thus we must oppose any new fossil fuel construction, including pipelines and power plants.  One can be involved in protests and other actions against the Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and Transpecos pipelines, for example.   

15.  Oppose the proposed Tradinghouse Lake natural gas plant:  Luminant Corporation has license applications to the TCEQ to build this natural gas power plant.  Waco Friends of Peace/Climate began a campaign against the plant.  It would emit ozone and other pollutants locally, and would contribute CO2 to the atmosphere.  We should NOT be building new fossil fuel infrastructure now, but should be building up renewables as rapidly as possible.  FREE anti-Tradinghouse bumper stickers available.  anorthc@aol.com 

16.  Purchase carbon offsets for airline travel:  We recognize the need to avoid air travel as it is a major source of GHG emissions.  But when necessary we can calculate our carbon emissions for trips and purchase carbon offsets from a UN sponsored program. www.carbonneutralnow.org

17.  Low carbon farming:  New techniques have been developed in which minimal or no tilling is performed, thus maintaining capture of carbon in the soil.  Some proponents believe these techniques can play a large role in a low carbon future.  Reference:” The Soil Will Save Us,” by Kristin Ohlson. 

18.  Divestment:  The divestment movement is now huge, with some $4-5 trillion now divested from fossil fuel companies.  This is a relatively easy action to take to aid this struggle.  Some combine this with re-investment in green energy technology.  www.350.org, www.gofossilfree.org 

19.  Vote always:  Elections at all levels are an opportunity to vote against all climate change deniers and support climate mitigation policies.  And write to the newspaper: letters@wacotrib.com

20.  Weatherization:  Tremendous amount of energy can be saved by improving home insulation and efficiency. 

21.  Real Science:  To confirm scientific news is accurate, follow the link to the original peer-reviewed article.  These papers always begin with an abstract or summary, and the name and volume/page numbers of the journal will be listed. 

22.  Questions:  Feel free to email me at anorthc@aol.com.
Compiled by Alan Northcutt, MD  10.16.2017          

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Climate Lectures At Vanguard

Report from Alan Northcutt:

I gave a lecture entitled “The Oceans in a Warming World” twice today (November 16th) at high school environmental science classes at Vanguard Academy in Waco. The students seemed very attentive and interested.  I provided a comprehensive handout on climate change action suggestions. 

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Petition Drive & Reusable Bag Distribution At Downtown Farmers Market

On November 11 Waco Friends of Peace/Climate held a petition drive and & reusable bag distribution at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.  Eighty-nine signatures were gathered for the petition calling for the Waco City Council to pledge to go 100% renewable by 2050.  Some people asked questions, but most signed without discussion.  The petition now has almost 800 signatures as it approaches the goal of 1000.

So far 42 North American cities and 86 European cities have made the 100% renewables pledge.  165 US mayors have also pledged to support this transition to renewables.

Approximately 110 shopping bags were distributed.  These were good numbers but much lower than on Earth Day, perhaps because of the day’s overcast, chilly conditions.  Overall attendance was lower than usual.

Thanks for helping at the table go to Ana, Serena and Richard.  FOP/C also appreciates the Farmers Market staff.

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Progressive Film Series: November 21, 2017

The Broken Moon

Tuesday, Nov. 21st
Poppa Rollo's Pizza 
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM  Business & Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 71 Minutes
Suitable for All Ages

The Broken Moon places the viewer within a nomadic community, where one learns of the customs of these hardy people and their struggle to survive the impacts of anthropogenic climate change. Although a documentary, this award-winning film has the power of a drama. The current tragic effects of global warming on the Himalayan glaciers, the water supply, and the livelihood of the people are vividly highlighted. 

The pizza/salad buffet is free (donations accepted).  The business agenda includes the Go Renewable Waco Campaign for Waco to pledge a 100% renewable energy future.  Free reusable shopping bags, bumper stickers & books will be available. 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate Attends “Out on the Brazos”

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate manned a table at “Out on the Brazos” on Saturday, October 14th.

Congratulations to all the folks who organized and attended this wonderful gathering.

FOP/C distributed approximately 120 free reusable shopping bags—used to avoid destructive plastic.   We obtained about 90 signatures on our petition calling on Waco to go 100% renewable by 2050.   We also distributed handouts for our October 17th showing of An Inconvenient Sequel and a comprehensive list of personal actions to fight anthropogenic climate change.

Deepest thanks to Ana & Travis Hipp for helping with this project, and to Rev. Garrison for facilitating tabling at this festival.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Successful Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel

The screening of  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre on October 17th was viewed by approximately 150 people, many of whom were new to Waco Friends of Peace/Climate events.

The high point of the film was Al Gore’s passionate speeches, especially: “How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” (adapted from Martin Luther King, Jr.).  There were impressive scenes showing things already happening with the climate.  Also, the depiction of the activities leading up to the Paris Climate Accord was informative.

The film received a lengthy ovation at the conlusion.

About fifty more signatures were added to the Waco 100% renewable petition.  The climate action handout and reusable shopping bags were distributed to film viewers, and there was a drawing for six door prizes of climate related books.

Many thanks from FOP/C to Ana, Adrian, Travis, Harrison, Joyce, Serena and Amy for their assistance.

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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

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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.

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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.


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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.