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, 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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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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