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.

To subscribe to our email list and learn about our meetings, campaigns and actions, please email anorthc@aol.com

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Go Renewable Waco Campaign Presentation

At the February 20th meeting of the Waco City Council, the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate gave its Go Renewable Waco campaign presentation to the Council, along with a petition containing 1098 signatures.  Alan Northcutt addressed the Council with an excellent PowerPoint presentation, as well as providing each council member with a comprehensive handout that contained all 36 PowerPoint slides plus supporting articles and research.  About 70 activists were there in support of the presentation.  The Council seemed receptive, but the result remains to be seen.

Along with the 70 activists present, thanks go to the efforts of Ana, Serena Kristiana Teakell Rigby, Travis Hipp, Harrison Ward, David Garcia Arreola, Dustin Weins, Laura Whisman Abbruzzese, and Toby Rigby.  Thanks also to Ingrid Martine for speaking to the Council after Alan’s presentation, reaffirming the moral imperative for climate action.  The presentation and petition were the culmination of six months work, but of course our efforts will continue.

After the Council meeting, a number of those attending ate together at Bangkok Royal, compliments of FOP/C.

Here are some images from the Council meeting, a few of the slides, and the dinner at Bangkok Royal.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 20th City Council Meeting Update

We have selected Bangkok Royale for our complimentary dinner after the City Council session.  The restaurant is within walking distance across the street, offers good Thai fare, and also has vegan options.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Waco Friends of Peace/Climate joined Sierra Club, Environment Texas, & others in this action, which took place at the Embassy Suites by Hilton on Clayton Lane in Austin on Tuesday, February 6th.   About 20-25 activists rallied outside the hotel with short statements of the issues by leaders.   We then marched into the meeting room, signed a log, and left our written statements.  They would not allow signs inside the meeting room.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is about leases for exploration & new reserves. Basically, the BOEM officials seemed to have little knowledge of climate science and greenhouse gas emissions.  Nobody used the words ‘climate change.’  We explained that with our C02 budget of 565 gigatons, we can only safely burn 20% of known reserves and none of newly discovered deposits.

This face-to-face discussion with BOEM staff members at the public meeting was powerful. They learned about the C02 budget & why we can not burn any new oil that is discovered—thus more exploration is senseless. This data seemed to be new to them!  That fact is frightening. We know our oral comments were heard; we have no certainty the written comments were read. 
Many thanks to our members Ana & Serena, who braved intense cold and rainy skies to speak truth to power.

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

Friday, February 02, 2018


February 20: "Go Renewable Waco" presentation at Waco City Council, 5:45pm.
March 29:  David Rovics "Concert for the Climate," Jubilee Theater, 6-9pm.
April 17:  Solar Energy Presentation by Freedom Solar of Austin.  Poppa Rollos Pizza, 6pm.
April 21: 4th Annual Free Renewable Shopping Bag Distribution, Downtown Farmers Market, 9am-1pm.
May 15: Regular Business Meeting with Climate Documentary or Lecture, 6pm.


We now have over 1000 signatures on our petition requesting that the City Council of Waco pledge to go 100% renewable by 2050.  The next step is our 10 minute Powerpoint presentation to the City Council on Feb. 20, where we will make our case for the importance of Waco taking the pledge.  At that time we need a huge crowd of supporters to help emphasize to the City the strength of the renewable energy movement.  Thus we fervently request that everyone plan now to attend Feb. 20 if possible.

The petition and organization endorsements are important, but vital is a meeting room filled with live supporters.  So please plan to attend, and invite everyone you know who supports the rapid growth of renewable energy.   Remember: the science is clear that we must convert our energy system completely to green energy by 2050 to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Below are the details for the FOP/C action on February 20th:

  • Waco Convention Center Bosque Theater, 100 Washington Avenue, Waco
  • Arrive by 5:45pm (session begins at 6:00pm).
  • If transportation needed, contact Travis Hipp :  hipptravis@gmail.com
  • Not necessary to fill out card at entrance.
  • Simply enter theater and sit together.
  • Wear some shade of green top, shirt, blouse, etc.
  • Our single presenter should begin within 20 minutes of session beginning and will last for 10 minutes.  We may leave after the presentation is completed.
  • Our organization will provide dinner to all attendees after the session (details to follow).
  • Please forward any remaining petition signatures to: anorthc@aol.com.
  • MOST IMPORTANT: to FILL the theater with a sea of green.  Please bring everyone from McLennan County you can find-- family members, kids, friends, colleagues, co-workers, etc. We would greatly appreciate all our BAYLOR friends support on this day.
  • Questions: anorthc@aol.com