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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate At Waco Cultural Arts Fest


Artists from the just-completed FOP/C second annual Climate Change Art Show participated in the Waco Cultural Arts Fest from October 5th - 7th.  Twelve paintings were on view in an exhibit at the Convention Center, helping to educate the many people who saw them about the reality of climate change and the urgent necessity to address it.  Handouts outlining steps individuals can take to combat climate change were available.

FOP/C would like to thank those artists who participated in the Cultural Arts Fest.





Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Environmental Film Series: October 16, 2018

Climate Refugees

Tuesday, October 16th
Poppa Rollos Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Drive
Waco
6 PM:  Free Pizza/Salad & Business,
followed by film & discussion

Runtime 84 minutes

A climate change refugee is a person who has been displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters.  Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes.
 

These developments instigate mass global migration, and with it, border conflicts.  For the first time, the Pentagon has decided to consider climate change a national security risk, and the term “climate wars” is now mentioned throughout vital discussions in Washington, D.C.

The filmmakers traveled the world for nearly 3 years to document the impact of climate change, witnessing inhabitants of countries forced to leave their homes by climatic events with little or no protection. The film features a variety of leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures, including John Kerry and Newt Gingrich. All make a strong case that, whether human-caused or a product of nature, the changing climate is already creating humanitarian disasters and will inevitably lead to worldwide political instability.

"This film is an agent for social change."
     --Robert Redford, New York Times

"A resounding Wake-up call for every human being.  A must-see film that puts the human soul in the science of climate change."
     --Sherri Quinn, NPR

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Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Waco Cultural Arts Fest

A number of our artists  have agreed to participate in taking portions of our climate art exhibit to the Waco Cultural Arts Fest this year.  We believe this will be a method of increasing our impact and educational effort in Waco.  Attendance at this event is said to be in the 1000s.  FOP/C expects to display 10-12 pieces.  We anticipate our Arts Fest display will look very similar to our show at the winery, just smaller.

Artists:  Please deliver your work to the Convention Center, lower level, Texas Room 115.e. 

Delivery date for the 2018 Cultural Arts Fest is Thursday, October 4th, between noon & 7pm.

Pick up of art will be Sunday, October 7th, 4pm, at the Convention Center.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2018 Climate Change Art Show Is A Winner

The 2018 exhibit has been a tremendous success.  The reception on September 15th had a full house of over 100 guests, and the mood was jubilant.  Thanks to everyone involved for applying your creative energies to this most vital of topics, and thanks to the manager of Waco Winery.  Friends of Peace/Climate plans to return to this venue next September for the third annual art show.

Pick-up times for artwork at the Waco Winery will be September 30th, 6:00-7:45pm, and October 1st, 2:00-4:30pm.  Thank you for adhering to these times to pick up your pieces.

FOP/C would like to honor all the artists who participated in the show, devoting their creative energies to join the fight against climate change.  The following artworks were this year’s winners:


1st Place:  Silent Guardians
--Susan L. Sistrunk


2nd Place:  Pollution Boy
--John Ciaburri

3rd Place:  Welcome to 2100
--Serena Kristiana Teakell Rigby

Honorable Mention:  Abstracted
--Al Bato Landoll

Honorable Mention:  Three Degrees Warmer
--Maggie Sanders

Honorable Mention:   Ousted From the Arctic
--Genaro Barron


Student Award:   Handprint Earth Turtle
--Jerri Barker Love & The Turtle Creek Kids

Student Award:  Nauseous
--James Johnson

Student Award:  Consuming Nature
--Adrian Northcutt





Peoples' Choice:  The Sins of the Fathers
--Shawn Knuckles

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Powerpoint Presentation: "The Climate Change Crisis and Go Renewable Waco,"

Alan D. Northcutt, MD, will provide a powerpoint presentation entitled "The Climate Change Crisis and Go Renewable Waco," at 7 pm, Thursday, September 20th, at the Unity Spiritual Center of Waco, 400 S. 1st St., Hewitt.  The lecture will describe the dangers of climate change, and the Go Renewable Waco campaign, which is addressing the crisis.  Refreshments will be served.  Everyone welcome. Free.

Alan Northcutt Responds To Column In Trib

The following is a reprint of a September 14th op-ed by Alan Northcutt in the Waco Tribune-Herald:

The Editorial Board of the Waco Tribune-Herald, in a recent column, recognized the relationship between our summer’s intense heat and drought, and climate change.  Although the equivalent term “climatological shift” was used for “climate change,” I applaud the Trib Board for referencing this critical association.  This column will explore more deeply the issues of severe weather and global warming raised in the editorial.
    
2018 was a year of global summer weather extremes.  Waco experienced an historic temperature maximum of 114° F, and a record “exceptional” (D4) drought.  But it is crucial to realize that our weather records were just a part of extreme weather events across the Northern Hemisphere.  Over 17 locales experienced record temperatures, drought and crop failure, savage wildfires, punishing rainfall and flooding, and/or energy disruption.  Examples include: scorching heat in Canada and Japan, crops at risk from Russia to El Salvador, more than 80 killed by wildfires in Scandinavia and Greece, more than 200 killed in flooding in Japan and the U.S., and nuclear plant closures due to warm river water in France.  And all of this is no surprise:  climate scientists have been warning us of climate chaos since Professor James Hansen testified before Congress in 1988.

Heat (thermal) injury, especially heat exhaustion and heat stroke, is one of the most important causes of weather-related death.  Surprisingly, more people die from heat injury in the U.S. than from any other weather event, 1220 deaths from 2004-2013.    We can now even measure the temperature at which humans will die:  a wet-bulb temperature greater than 35° C is lethal after 6 hours exposure.  Further, if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue unabated, parts of the Middle East and the Central China Plain are projected to be uninhabitable by 2100.  Yes, uninhabitable. 

Drought and crop failure are climate change impacts that will most threaten mankind in coming decades.  When McLennan County reached the “exceptional D4” drought category this summer, only 3 counties in the entire state were as severely affected.  As the Trib editorial noted, agricultural losses were almost $8 billion before the 2015 rains.  And the County Agri-Life agent has reported half the normal yields of sorghum and corn in 2018. If we don’t act rapidly to combat climate change, the crop situation will become dire.  At a mean global temperature increase of 4° C, crop yields of corn in the major production areas will decrease as follows:  China 27%, Argentina 29%, and the USA 47%.  Obviously, on a planet approaching a population of 9 billion, this is a scenario of FOOD SHORTAGES and famine. 

The cause of climate change is not debated in the scientific world—it is known absolutely to be GHG emissions from burning of fossil fuel.  The relationship between global CO2 level and global mean temperature is indisputable.  Further, the professional climate scientists have ruled out other conceivable causes of climate change, including volcanic eruptions, solar flares, and orbital variation.  As we rationally rely on the professionals, the physicians, for diagnosis and treatment of our physical disease, we must rely on the professional climate PhDs to manage our planet’s illness.
   
Beyond recognizing the cause and impacts of climate change, we have a responsibility to our beautiful, fragile planet and to our children to combat this existential threat.  Although one may take myriad actions to mitigate this danger, several of the most important steps include: 
 

  • Meticulously conserve energy, water and all natural resources. 
  • Walk, bike, or take mass transit when possible.
  • Drive a plug-in hybrid or full battery-electric car at earliest opportunity.
  • Confirm one’s electric utility is sourced from 100% renewable energy, 24 hrs. per day (e.g., Green Mountain Energy).
  • Install a residential or business rooftop solar system, if possible.
  • Consume a vegan/vegetarian diet or eat meatless days each week.
  • Vote only for candidates committed to robust climate action.
 
Finally, we note that climate change science originates in the brain—and impacts touch the heart.  Thus Waco Friends of Peace/Climate invites all interested readers to visit our 2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Avenue in Waco, through September 29.  The show contains pieces that are beautiful, stunning, educational, and disturbing, in a wide variety of media, from local artists of all types. Visitors will enjoy the spectacular venue while being challenged and inspired by the art.  Admission is FREE.

Alan D. Northcutt , M.D.
Waco, Tx.


Alan Northcutt is a Waco physician and Director of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate.  He has volunteered during 18 years at a mission hospital in Kenya. 



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Details For September 15th Art Show Reception

  • Reception with the art, artists, science, live music, refreshments, prizes—all FREE.
  • Art includes 51 pieces, with myriad genre, plus 15 classic climate images.
  • Speak with many artists about their work.
  • Most art for purchase.
  • Curators notes of relevant science with many entries.
  • View TV monitor, with research-quality global map exhibiting C02, temperature, ocean currents, wind currents, etc.
  • Brief challenging climate science lecture.
  • Live music by talented local singer/songwriter Katie Stewart.
  • Complimentary wine, tea, soft drinks and snacks.
  • Valuable Door prizes:  all attendees will be eligible.
  • Judged prizes of 1st $1000), 2nd ($600) and 3rd ($400), based on relevance & artistic excellence
  • Vote for the People’s Choice Prize of $400.
  • Art show runs through Sept. 29th.
  • Questions:  anoflhc@aol.com

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Second Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit Reception Will Be The September FOP/C Meeting

Date: Saturday, September 15th
Time: 6 pm until 8 pm
Venue: Waco Winery and Tasting Room, 708 Austin Avenue, Waco.

The reception for the Friends of Peace/Climate art exhibit will serve as the FOP/C September meeting—so all members are strongly encouraged to attend and to bring a friend or invite nonmembers to attend.  It is our responsibility as members of the Waco climate change organization to give priority to our events and set a powerful example.
  
The reception will be informative and enjoyable for our members and for others in the community.  The show will include:  viewing of the art; purchase of art if desired; voting for Peoples' Choice for approximately 1 hour; viewing on the TV monitor of a global image detailing CO2 levels, temperature, wind patterns, wave patterns; a brief science presentation & challenge; live music by singer/songwriter Katie Stewart; wine, soft drinks, and vegetarian snacks including fruits & vegetables; enjoying the open-air patio; presentation of awards; free reusable shopping bags; and door prizes.

All are invited and everything is free.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Climate Change Art Show Is Up And Running!

















The second year of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate FREE art show is dedicated to informing visitors about anthropogenic climate change & inspiring them to action.  The science is clear that climate change is an existential threat and mankind’s greatest challenge.

Show dates: August 29 - September 29

Hours:     Tue-Thur 2:00-10:00
                Fri-Sat 12:00-12:00
                Sun 2:00-8:00
                Mon closed.

Admission: FREE.

The reception will be on September 15, 6-8 pm, with art viewing/voting, live music by Katie Stewart, awards presentation, science, complimentary wine & snacks, and door prizes.

The show will exhibit about 65 pieces, including oils, acrylics, charcoal, photography, sculpture, digital, mixed media, & furniture. The works vary from dazzling to moving to captivating to horrifying.

The artists participating in this growing event include some of Waco’s top professionals, amateurs, students & pre-school children. Climate change affects everyone on the planet, and we are grateful for the participation of all our artists. 

Brief scientific explanations will accompany some pieces.

Climate change documentaries with subtitles will be continuously screened.

Complimentary climate change action handouts will be provided.

The beautiful venue offers wine, sangria, soft drinks & trays of cheese/meat/crackers.  Food may be ordered from 3 nearby restaurants, with free delivery. The charming patio offers views of downtown and live music.

Art will be judged with the criteria of relevance to the theme & aesthetic excellence.
   1st place: $1000
   2nd place: $600
   3rd place: $400
   The People’s Choice Award: $400.  All visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to vote for their  favorite. Eligible art is numbered.

Inquiries: anorthc@aol.com
website: www.friendsofpeace.org
Facebook: Waco Friends of Peace-Climate


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WACO SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD PRESENTATION


The presentation on August 14th to the Advisory Board by Alan Northcutt was well received.  The Board members were very attentive during the talk, and there was applause at the conclusion.  The presentation consisted of an explanation of Go Renewable Waco, a list of our supporters, descriptions of the serious impacts of climate change globally and in Waco, suggested steps for the City of Waco, and an explanation of how the program would positively impact the community.


After the talk, several Board members and the City Manager suggested the Board explore electric buses and charging stations for the October meeting.  This is significant, as it is the first statement by a City governmental group that it WOULD take action.  We have plans to follow up at the Sustainability Board's October meeting, and other steps are brewing. 

Many thanks to those who attended the presentation.  Stay tuned for our next group action, and remember how vital this work is.  This 2018 summer of weather extremes again illustrates the power and danger of anthropogenic climate change.  As the climate impacts grow larger, the Trump administration and Republicans take steps to make the situation worse.  So it’s up to Waco and cities across the country to go 100% renewable and slash their GHG emissions.





















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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Climate Change Art Show Update


CLIMATE CHANGE ART EXHIBIT DETAILS

Participate:  to enter please fill out the entry form by sending an email to anorthc@aol.com 

We have lengthened the entry period:  artists may also bring their works to the Waco Winery August 26, 2-8pm. 
 
Advertise:  please spread the word to all your friends who are artists.  Remember that our 1st place winner receives a prize of $1000.  Post the flyer and spread the word on social media.

Deadline:  bring art to the Waco Winery, Sunday August 26, 2-8pm.

Volunteers:  the following are those members committed to various functions:

  • Art Hanging, August 27:  Serena Teakell, Travis Hipp, Maria Wright, Linda Ray, Alan Northcutt
  • Judging, September 14:  Harrison Ward, Richard Childers, Tina Houseman, Alan Northcutt
  • Art Pickup, September 30:  Sheryl and Bruce Huff, Laura Abbruzzese.

NEW FLYER:  Two changes have been made to the Art Exhibit flyer:
  • Katie Stewart has graciously agreed to provide music for the Art Show reception on Sept. 15.
  • "Door Prizes" has been added to clarify the "freebies" on the original flyer.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

PRESENTATION TO THE SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: Arrive at 3:45 pm (presentation at 4:00 pm)
Venue: Conference room, 3rd floor, Waco City Hall, 300 Austin Ave., Waco, Tx 76701



This is the next step in our movement to persuade the City of Waco to go 100% renewable by 2050.  This presentation is as important as our Feb. 20 presentation to the Waco City Council.  This board is responsible for recommendations to the Council on matters of renewable energy, conservation, EVs, etc.


We have 25 minutes to make our case to this Board.  This presentation is an extremely important step in our Go Renewable Waco campaign.  We need to fill the conference room to reinforce our message of Feb. 20--and we need a crowd of the same size.  By filling the room we demonstrate to the Board our commitment to action on climate change now.


Please wear your new green FOP/C T-shirt, or other green T-shirt for uniformity.


Afterwards, we will all gather for dinner and celebration. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Action At Ted Cruz Appearance At George's


Ted Cruz appeared at George’s in Waco in the afternoon on July 3rd.  This was a rare opportunity to get in his face, and several FOP members took advantage of the opportunity.  There was no police harassment.  This successful action reminded Cruz that there is opposition in Waco and it will be heard.
















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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Environmental Film Series: July 17, 1918

How to Let Go of the World & Love All the Things
Climate Can’t Change

Tuesday, July 17th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM:  Free Pizza & Business, followed by film & discussion

This film is a powerful & visually stunning documentary by academy award nominated director Josh Fox.  It follows his acclaimed Gasland documentaries.  Fox travels to twelve different countries and covers the dire impact of climate change in each of them.  The film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Part One of the film (@ 60 minutes) will be shown.


Business items preceding the film include Go Renewable Waco, the September art show, and new T-shirts.



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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ExxonMobil 2018 Shareholders Meeting Protested in Dallas

On May 30th there was a protest of the ExonMobil Shareholders Meeting across the street from the Meyerson Symphony in Dallas, where the Exon meeting was held.  Speakers included Alan Northcutt, Lon Burnam, Yolanda Bluehorse, and representatives from 350 Dallas, Yale University, Codepink, AFL-CIO, Veterans for Peace and the Dallas Sierra Club.  There were approximately 50 protesters in attendance.

The theme was that Exxon is a climate criminal and can restore its reputation by transitioning from a fossil fuel company to a renewable energy company.  At this point ExxonMobile places profit over a livable biosphere.











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Friday, June 15, 2018

DIET AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The following article by Alan Northcutt was published in the Waco Tribune Herald on 5/30/2018:

DIET AND CLIMATE CHANGE

If you are reading this column in Waco, the odds are very good that you wish to take some action to combat anthropogenic climate change.   I make this bold assertion because of the results of a recent  Yale University poll:   54% of McLennan County residents believe that global warming is already harming U.S. citizens,  while 64% believe that future generations will be harmed. 
                                                                                                                                                                                
In two previous Trib columns I described methods of lightening one’s carbon footprint in the transportation and the energy sectors.  This column will explain a step anyone can take to slash emissions, no matter their age, sex, or life circumstances—with essentially no cost.

The secret:  decreasing the amount of meat, eggs and dairy products in one’s diet.  
  
Meat production.  A meat-containing diet requires release of a large volume of global warming greenhouse gases (GHGs) because of livestock methane production, energy consumption to grow feed, land usage, and manure/fertilizer nitrous oxide content.   A comprehensive study of the direct and indirect emissions associated with meat production found that over 50% of global emissions derive from livestock.  In fact, if cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s 3rd largest emitting country!
   
Emissions by dietary type.  Human diets producing less GHGs than standard Western omnivorous diets have been classified into multiple levels. To clarify the confusing terminology around diets, note that a vegan consumes vegetables but no animal products, or by- products, including milk or eggs.  A lacto vegetarian eats vegetables plus dairy products, an ovo vegetarian eats vegetables plus eggs, a lacto-ovo vegetarian eats vegetables plus dairy and eggs, a pollotarian eats vegetables plus poultry, and a pescatarian eats vegetables plus fish.  
   
Multiple studies in the peer-reviewed scientific literature (the gold standard) have determined that food-related GHG emissions are directly correlated with the amount of meat in the diet.  A study by Scarborough et al in 2014 found the following pounds CO2 equivalents per day emitted by diet type:  heavy meat 15.8, medium meat 12.4, low meat 10.3, pescatarian 8.6, vegetarian 8.4, and vegan 6.4. 
 

Therefore, a vegan diet is associated with a striking 60% lower GHG emission than a heavy meat diet.  Further, some meats are worse than others in terms of their associated emissions.  These animal products are listed in order of decreasing emissions:   lamb, beef, cheese, pork, farmed salmon, turkey, chicken, canned tuna, and eggs. 
  
Positive health impact.  Although some have worried that a vegetarian or vegan diet lacks protein, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that only 10 to 15% of one’s daily calories need to come from protein, and that a diet primarily of plants can easily meet this requirement.  Furthermore, it is now known that a plant-based diet lowers one’s risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus and some cancers. 
   
Additional benefits.  Secondary benefits of a diet with decreased meat consumption (plant-based diet) include decreased deforestation, and decreased water consumption, especially important in this time of increasing drought worldwide.  McLennan County, in fact, is frequently classified as suffering drought conditions, albeit typically in the milder end of the drought scale.  Finally, it is well known that animals eaten by humans, from fish to cows, have families and relationships, and suffer pain, loneliness and death as a result of our consumption practices. 

Summary:   In his authoritative, comprehensive book Drawdown, Paul Hawken ranked all solutions for cutting global GHG emissions, the world’s most urgent task of this century.  Surprisingly, out of 80 modalities, consumption of a “plant-based diet” was ranked 4th in effectiveness, following only refrigerant management, wind turbines, and reduced food waste.  And that majority of McLennan County residents concerned about climate change, may contribute to this struggle in many ways—from going fully vegan to simply eating one meat- free meal per week.    Every such action, no matter how small, when multiplied by the billions of citizens worldwide, is a potent contribution to overcoming mankind’s greatest challenge.  


Alan D. Northcutt, M.D.
Waco, Tx
May 22, 2018

Alan Northcutt is a Waco physician who does volunteer Pathology work in Kenya, East Africa, and is Director of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate.


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