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.

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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REP. FLORES ADDRESSED BY THE PEOPLE JUNE 11, AFTER 1 ½ YEARS IN HIDING


Waco Friends of Peace/Climate Protest at the Flores Swearing In of County Republican Chairman


The action was kept secret — even the media was not aware beforehand.  The swearing-in event was held on the steps of the county courthouse.  The protestors — six FOP members with a large banner and signs —  assembled on the sidewalk about 30 feet away.  

The protest addressed the following issues:

  • Flores’ positive climate/environmental voting record is a horrendous 1%, the worst of Texas’ congressional delegation.
  • Flores has refused to meet with constituents in a real town hall meeting.
  • Flores is in total support of Trump’s destructive policies.

The Republicans attending the event seemed surprised and disturbed, although several came and shook our hands afterwards.

Our protest reached our goals, again demonstrating the power of a small group of dedicated citizens.  

FOP/C thanks Cassie Smith of the Trib for covering this action.






 
 

































































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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Holtek Presentation On Rooftop Solar

Tuesday, June 19th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Free Buffet
6:30 Presentation & Discussion


Mr. Holt Kelly, of Holtek Fireplace and Solar Products, will discuss the history of solar power and details of installing a residential photovoltaic system.  Mr. Kelly has over 20 years experience in the field, and Holtek installed the system at the home of Alan Northcutt.  Some other notable projects include Caritas, Rapoport Academy, Downtown Waco--714 Lofts, Woodway Tower Hwy 84, and MCC.  This meeting is important for anyone considering a home rooftop solar system, and for those interested in solar power in general. 

With financing now available, solar systems are affordable for many citizens.  Installing a PVC system allows us to take powerful action to combat climate change.


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Monday, May 28, 2018

PROTEST ACTION OPPORTUNITY WED, MAY 30

The annual protest at the Exxon-Mobil Shareholder's Meeting will happen this Wed., May 30, 7:30am until 10:30am in Dallas.  We have joined 10-15 other environmental and climate organizations in endorsing this action.  As of this email, we have 2 members attending.  We have space for 2 more and we would love to have a larger contingent.  We leave a 5am Wed. morning in a hybrid or all electric car.  If you can join us please email me immediately.  Also:  it will be great fun!   email: anorthc@aol.com 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Art Show Instructions & Entry Form


NOTE TO ARTISTS:  Below are the rules for the 2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, to be held in September 2018.  To enter the exhibit, please copy and paste this page, fill in the required information, and email to anorthc@aol.com.  Or, email anorthc@aol.com and the same form will be emailed to you for your completion and return. 




CALL FOR ARTISTS
2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit
hosted by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
 at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Ave., Waco, Tx 
September 2018 


OVERVIEW
The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is a local non-profit organization dedicated to direct action and education to combat anthropogenic climate change.  The goal of the art show is to raise awareness of climate change, emphasize that climate change is a global emergency, portray the ongoing effects, and suggest hopeful solutions.  We believe that art, through its emotional/spiritual/mystical impact, enhances the scientific understanding of the subject.  All submitted art should address some aspect of climate change.  To encourage all artists to consider submitting their work, this 2nd annual show will take place in a larger, beautiful venue, requires no entry fee, and offers cash prizes.  


TIMELINE 
      Submission of Art:  May 18 through August 15.
    ●  Delivery of Art to Venue: Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, 
         August 26, 2 pm until 8 pm
    ●  Arrangement of Art (by our staff):  Monday August 27, 
        beginning 1 pm. 
    ●  Exhibit Opens:  Wednesday, August 29, 2-10 pm. 
    ●  Reception with Awards:  Saturday, September 15, 6-8 pm. 
    ●  Exhibit Closes:  Saturday, September 29, 12 midnight
    ●  Pick-up of Art:  Sunday, September 30, 2-8 pm.  


PRIZES 
The art will be judged as one group (all media), and given 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with a People's Choice award.  Judging will be performed by members of Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, and results are final.  The following prizes will be awarded at the Reception: 1st - $1000, 2nd - $600, 3rd - $400, People's Choice - $400. Art will be judged on relevance to the topic of climate change and on artistic merit.  

 RULES
      Age:  entries are accepted from children in 8th grade and above, and adults of any age.  
      Geography:  entries are limited to those with residence within the state of Texas.
      Size: most sizes of hanging art (of any medium) are acceptable, except for murals.  Space is available for a few small to large sculptures.
      Capacity:  the venue size will allow approximately 65 pieces of hanging art, and multiple sculptures.  
      Number of entries:  three (3) entries are allowed per artist.  
      Hanging requirements:  all entries should be ready to hang, with a metal wire across the back of the piece.  If received without this wire, the artist will be required to come to the venue to attach the wire. 
      All pieces should be delivered with a small piece of white paper for display containing stated information (specified later).  An artist statement is also allowed.  
      Insurance:  since the venue is a public place, the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate can not guarantee there will be no damage to the artwork.  The venue does not provide insurance for the art.   Artists should consider purchasing their own insurance policy.  
      Shipping:  if the artist needs to ship her/his piece to the venue, the cost will be paid by the artist.
      Sales:  Sales are between the artist and the buyer.  No commission is received by the host of the show or the venue.  It is requested that all art which is sold during the exhibit remain in place until the end of the show, September 29.
      Public Relations:  the host of the show reserves the right to use images of any submitted art for PR purposes.
     Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is assisted by local artist Monica Shannon of the Texas Fine Artists.  We are deeply grateful for her expert consultation.     

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate encourages all artists to consider entering this exhibit.  We expect the success of last year's show to greatly increase in 2018.  Please submit your art early in case the available venue space should become full. For any questions or concerns, please email the Director of our organization, Alan Northcutt, MD at anorthc@aol.com  








ART ENTRY FORM 2018
2nd ANNUAL CLIMATE CHANGE ART EXHIBIT
WACO FRIENDS OF PEACE/CLIMATE

*NOTE:  please touch the "reply" tab of this email.   You will then be able to fill in the required information below.  Also, please attach a high quality photograph of the art to this email.  The email entry should be sent to anorthc@aol.com . Please complete a separate form for each piece that is submitted.  Art may be submitted in any media which may be hung on the venue walls.  Various sizes are accepted, except for murals.  Space is available for a few small to large sculptures.  Three (3) pieces may be submitted per artist.  There is NO entry fee.  The venue has the capacity for approximately 65 pieces of hanging art.  Deadline for submission of this form is August 15.  Artists will be notified of those pieces which are accepted shortly after August 15.  

      Title of art:  
      Medium:
      Dimensions of art:  
      Name of artist:
      Date of entry:
      Email address:
      Phone number:
      Physical address:


By submitting this entry form and by my name below, I release the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and the Waco Winery and their representatives of all liability and responsibility for any injury, damage, or loss sustained by exhibitors, guests, or works of art before, during or after the 2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit as a result of the display of my artwork or materials.  I agree to deliver and pick up my artwork during the dates and times specified above.  I, an artist, certify that the work I submitted is original and produced solely by myself.

Name (typed):
Date:   
  




    






Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fire Pruitt Petition Delivered to Representative Flores

On May 16, #FIREPRUITT Day of Action, FOP/C director Alan Northcutt presented to Rep. Flores’ staff a copy of the petition calling for Congress to FIRE/IMPEACH EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, with 6076 signatures from Texas.    Pruitt has been devastating to the climate/environment and has been continuously corrupt.  His mission has been to enrich the fossil fuel companies, himself, and his friends.

In keeping with his practice of hiding from constituents, Flores’ office entrance is locked, with a keypad.





















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Monday, May 07, 2018

Progressive Film Series: May 15, 2018

The Marshall Islands: On the Front Line of Climate Change  

 

Tuesday, May 15th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Business & Free Buffet
6:30 Film & Discussion
Run Time 60 Minutes
Suitable For All Ages



The Marshall Islands: On the Front Line of Climate Change," is a fascinating documentary that describes the challenges of this island nation.  First, the Bikini Atoll was the site of nuclear bomb testing after WWII, which left horrible complications. Second, the Marshalls are some of the many Pacific Islands facing loss of their territory due to sea level rise.  This is an informative and moving film which should provoke lively discussion.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

5th ANNUAL EARTH DAY Free Bags for the BIOSPHERE


Although attendance at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, 4/18, was lower than usual due to the impending storm, FOP/C still distributed about 200 re-usable shopping bags.  The response from shoppers was uniformly positive, and most understood the crisis of plastic pollution of the oceans.  Many also understood the connection to climate change.
Thanks to Adrian for volunteering for the full four hours. Thanks also to Ana for help with clean-up, and thanks to the Market staff for providing the booth space.
The 6th annual event is scheduled for April 20, 2019.












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Monday, April 16, 2018

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ROOFTOP SOLAR IN CENTRAL TEXAS

The following column by Alan Northcutt appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald on Sunday, April 15th:


Climate science has clearly determined that to maintain a livable planet the mean global temperature increase above pre-industrial must be limited to 2 degrees C., through rapid reduction of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  In the United States, the largest sources of emissions are electricity generation, and transportation.  In a previous Trib column I reviewed hybrid and battery electric cars.  In this column I will discuss rooftop solar, using photovoltaic or PV cells, in Central Texas, incorporating my personal experience of 27 months.  

Availability.  Waco encounters an average of 230 sunny or partly sunny days per year, and is thus an outstanding locale for rooftop solar for residences or businesses.  The primary requirement is a roof unobstructed by trees or other objects.  (But if obstructions exists, many installers can erect ground based solar arrays.)  A south facing roof generates maximum energy, but is not mandatory.  Although homeowner’s associations will often assert that rooftop solar is not permitted, this claim is false, and they are not able to prevent installations under Texas law.  In fact, the claim that solar panels are unsightly is actually a myth.  Their sleek, black futuristic appearance is a visual improvement over mundane gray shingles.     

Cost.  Although the exact price of a home solar system depends on multiple variables, I will provide a representative example.  A 6000 watt (6kWp) system has a list price of approximately $18,000.  For those in the ONCOR service area, a properly oriented system could receive an incentive of about $4,200, reducing the upfront cost to $13,800.  (Note that the ONCOR incentive varies throughout the year).  Later, applying the 30% federal tax credit, the final out of pocket cost would be only $9660.  Although the price of PV cells has plummeted over a decade, the new Trump tariff on panels is expected to increase the price of a typical residential system by $500-$1000 in 2018, and by less in 2019-2021.  The average time for a system to pay for itself is 7 to 8 years, and the system thereafter saves the owner money.  The good news is that the two predominant installers in Central Texas, Holtek of Waco and Freedom of Austin, now both offer financing, making home systems highly affordable.

Installation.  Waco is fortunate to have an experienced local installer in Holtek , whom I utilized. I can attest to Holtek’s excellent customer service.  Freedom Solar has also received a glowing review from a friend who used the company.  Installation usually involves attaching the panels to the roof, attaching the inverter (converts DC to AC) to an outside wall, and wiring the system components, connecting to the existing electric service.  The process surprisingly is completed in approximately 3 days.

Operation.  One delight of home solar is monitoring the function of the system.  Through one’s computer or smart phone app, data is displayed, including: daily, weekly, monthly, and annual electricity output; total home consumption; and dollar cost savings.  And through net metering, the excess production during the sunny hours is credited by the grid provider, further lowering one’s electricity bill.  My system of 30 panels has had an average monthly generation of 1,198kWh, a maximum monthly generation of 1,660kWh, and several months with NO bill for electricity consumption! With no moving parts, PVC systems are essentially care free.  In 27 months, the only maintenance I performed was rinsing the panels once with a garden hose during a very dry, dusty month.  

Rationale.  In conclusion, the reasons to install rooftop solar are multiple:
·     Once the system cost is recovered, monthly electricity bill savings represent income.  Further, the systems are guaranteed to produce 80% of initial output for 25 years!
·     Home value may increase 3 to 4% upon the addition of rooftop solar systems, according to a 2011 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. 
·     Conversion of the world’s energy system to renewables is a race against time, to avoid climate catastrophe.  Installation of rooftop solar is thus a powerful contribution to our children’s well-being.
·     Replacing fossil fuel energy with solar energy has many additional benefits: cleaner air with decreased cardiopulmonary disease, water savings during time of drought, decreased pipeline disasters, and fewer fracking calamities.     


Alan D. Northcutt, M.D. is a local physician, and director of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
(www.friendsofpeace.org

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

5th ANNUAL EARTH DAY Distribution of FREE Reusable Shopping Bags


On Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, FOP/C members will distribute complimentary re-usable shopping bags at the Waco Downtown Farmers' Market.  This will be the fifth year that we have done this.  The shoppers at the Market seem to love this tradition and we give away from 500 to 800 bags each year.  Hopefully, 2018 will also be successful. 

We know that this event serves 2 purposes:  it helps decrease litter associated with single use plastic bags, and it decreases the global carbon emissions associated with the plastic bags.  The vast majority of shoppers at local groceries are STILL using plastic bags.  Our mission is to reverse that pattern by our example as we shop, and by supplying the bags folks need in order to ditch the plastic.  And never forget:  if we don't change our behavior, by 2050  the OCEAN WILL CONTAIN MORE PLASTIC BY WEIGHT THAN FISH!!  We must help prevent that disaster.

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