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, 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. 



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

 

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.


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