Waco Friends of Peace/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 Climate Change Art Exhibit, please email anorthc@aol.com

Thursday, September 19, 2019

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE DAY, SEPT 20: Waco Action at Exxon Mobile

When:  Friday, September 20, 2019,  3pm until 5pm (come when you can)

Where: Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co., 1501 Pecan Lane, Lacy-Lakeview 76705















Logistics:  This is a small Exxon building with adjacent pipeline structures.  The somewhat secluded street is a dead end and very quiet.  Spaces to protest are present alongside Pecan Lane.  Please be sure to bring your sign.  Suggestions:  Exxon Lies, the Planet Dies or Fries or People Die;  Keep it in the Ground; NO NEW Fossil Fuel Infrastructure;  Renewables are the Future;  Exxon: Climate Criminal; Exxon Knew; Fossil Fuels Kill

Why:  This action will be in solidarity with this global day of action.  Exxon Mobile is a huge reason we are in this climate emergency.  Exxon has understood the science for about 40 years and has funded lies and misinformation to delay climate action which would impact their bottom line.  One can view Exxon as essentially a criminal corporation.  No doubt word of this protest (in Waco, even) will reach the main Exxon offices.

We hope all of our members who are available at that time will join us.  The climate strategy is certainly multi-factorial, from renewable growth to divestment to government legislation.  And protests are important in building the movement, solidarity, and informing local citizens that we now LIVE WITHIN A GLOBAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY.  Please join us. 

Questions?  anorthc@aol.com




Friday, September 13, 2019

Climate Art Reception: FREE Wine, Food, Prizes


Public event by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate

Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop Patio
708 Austin Ave, Second Floor, Waco
Saturday, September 14th, 6 - 8 pm












Join us for a delightful evening of art, science, live music, art judging, voting for the People's Choice Award, free climate action info cards, jury judging awards, door prizes, free wine, snacks, & desserts. (Note:  Guests must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol).

View almost 70 pieces of art on the theme of anthropogenic climate change. Vote for your favorite.   A robust Student Division is included this year.

A brief scientific program will explain the urgency of individual action on the climate crisis.

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, People's Choice & Student awards will be announced and cash prizes given.   Door prizes for guests will be distributed.

Live music will be provided throughout the show by talented classical guitarist Frank Exum.   
Tasty vegetarian and vegan snacks & desserts will be provided. Wine and soft drinks are also free.

Recommend early arrival as numbers allowed in the venue are limited.

Questions:   anorthc@aol.com.


Sunday, September 08, 2019

NEW MEETING DAY: First Mondays

After our majority vote to move the meetings to Monday in order to avoid conflicts with Waco city council meetings, we found that the only available Monday was the 1st of each month.  We truly hope this works out for the vast majority of members.  Of course during some months we will have other meetings that will take priority.  But those months in which we do have meetings at Poppa Rollos, the 1st Monday will be utilized.  Our next Monday meeting is scheduled for October 7th. 

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

SOLAR TOUR WACO














We are pleased to announce that the Waco metropolitan area will have participation in the Nation Solar Tour on October 5 and 6.  As of today, the tour includes three residences, one non-profit, and one business.   At this point we don't think we will need workers on those days.  However, anything you can do to spread the word about the event to encourage folks to visit the sites with rooftop solar on either of those two days will be valuable.   The ultimate goal is to increase the number of homes with solar in Waco and surrounding towns.

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

NEXT STYROFOAM RECYCLING DAY: Oct 26, 2019

The citywide response to our recycling effort in August was heartening, and we have decided to do another similar event on October 26.  Please save your own styrofoam and inform all your contacts.  We can recycle food service items and block/molded styrofoam.  Peanuts, lids and straws are not accepted.  Please spread the word to help ensure a huge collection on October 26.

GO RENEWABLE WACO CAMPAIGN & Sustainability Board

After months of inaction, the SRPAB did meet on August 21, and we had a presence at the meeting.  Sadly, the Board took no new action, only reviewing an old Annual Report.  We spoke forcefully in favor of MONTHLY meetings of the Board--our climate emergency demands this.  Although there was some support for this idea expressed by one or two members, ultimately the Board did nothing,  But the most discouraging occurrence  was the very obvious attempt of the Board to silence us.  It became very clear they didn't want our input.  They cut our comments off at 3 minutes even though there was NO written Board policy specifying such a time limit.  So after NO discussion of climate change action for 5 months, the Board silenced us and ended the meeting in about 40 minutes!  At this point we have little hope that this Board will be productive in developing additional strategies to decarbonize the City.  Although we envision us continuing to attend the meetings, we think it will be more productive to take our proposals directly to the City Council and cut out this non-receptive  middleman.  The Board is viewed as a formality and a group controlled by the Council and Mr. Stem, not as an independent source for innovative ideas and direction on the transition to a carbon free Waco.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Rooftop Solar at the Silos

Please join us in strongly encouraging Chip and Joanna to install solar panels on their empire in Waco.  The City of Waco is in the process of approving about $1 million in TIF funds for Magnolia.  At a recent Council meeting we have requested that the City require Magnolia to do rooftop solar in order to receive these TIF funds.  And if the City cannot legally require this, that the City strongly insist that they install a photovoltaic system.  To reinforce this, we ask that each member send a message to the Magnolia folks also requesting they do a solar installation.  Given the large following of Magnolia, we think it likely that homeowners in Waco would follow their example and a burst of rooftop solar could ensue.  So please take just 3 minutes and ask Chip/Joanna to do the right thing and install solar.  This would be a win for Magnolia, the City of Waco, and the climate.  Here is the link to the message form:  
https://help.magnolia.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.

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

CLIMATE ART SHOW RECEPTION: September Meeting

September 14, Saturday, 6pm until 8pm at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Avenue, Waco.  This reception will serve as our meeting for the month of September.  Of course, we encourage every member to attend.  In addition to viewing the art, a short scientific program will be provided.  Please be certain to place on your calendar NOW and invite everyone you know to join us.  Last year was inspirational and very enjoyable. 
 
There is limited parallel parking on Austin Avenue in the vicinity of the Waco Winery.  That parking is likely to be filled on a Saturday evening.  So we would suggest the parking lot directly behind the Hippodrome, which is on the same block as the Winery.  In addition, a very large parking lot is located adjacent to the Hippodrome lot, separated from it by 8th street.  That lot should have adequate space for everyone.  

We hope to see ALL of our members on September 14.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Instructions for Delivery of Art


   From Alan Northcutt:


·        DATE:  Sunday, August 25, 2pm until 8pm.   (I will be there during those hours).
·         VENUE:  Waco Winery, 708 Austin Avenue, Waco, Tx 76701.                                                      
       You enter a door at street level, proceed straight down the hallway.  At the end there is an elevator on your left and a staircase on your right.  You may use either stairs or elevator.  When you reach the 2nd floor you will find me, and we will take care of your art.
·        PARKING:  there is some parking on the street (Austin) in front of or near the Waco Winery.  However, sometimes parking is not available.  In that case I suggest the parking lot behind the Hippodrome (same block as Winery), or the parking lot across the street from the Hippodrome parking (very large). 
·        SIGN-IN SHEET:  Please look for this sheet before you leave.  This will help us to keep track of the art and the artists. 
·        ART HARDWARE:  Please be certain your art has an appropriate hanging device on the back.  Usually horizontal wires are preferred.  It the art has no hanging attachments we may have to contact the artist to return and install these.         
·        INFORMATION CARD:  It is crucial that a card be attached to the back of each piece with the following information.  You may use whatever card is available as we will provide uniform quality labels.  On your card please very carefully print the following:
                                  --the artist’s name
                                  --the title of the work, year completed
                                  --the medium of the work
                                  --the size of the work (height x width in cm)
                                  --the price of the work if for sale, with email address 
                                    or phone to contact
·         ARTIST’S STATEMENT:  If this is part of your piece, please type, or otherwise construct very neatly.   Attach to your art.

      QUESTIONS:  for problems or inquiries, 254.744.1682 

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

AUGUST MEETING: Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 4 pm until approximately 5:30pm
Venue: Waco City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room


The SRPAB will finally convene again, and we will be there to greet it.  We were able to get the Board thinking about decarbonization and renewable energy, and it sent a list of recommendations to the City Council last March.  But it’s obvious the Board does not grasp the fact that we have a climate emergency, as it has not considered climate change for about 5 months.  As of today the agenda is not posted, but we need to again make the point that recycling is not enough and that the Board must consider all avenues of GHG cutting and carbon sink enhancement.  Alan Northcutt expects to speak at some point during the meeting.

Dinner will be provided after the Board meeting. 
 


Since this Board meeting falls within our ongoing Go Renewable Waco campaign, this will be considered our August meeting and we need everyone to attend.

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

STYROFOAM RECYCLING DAY: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Finally, a chance to recycle your dreaded styrofoam!














Since no styrofoam recycling is available in Waco, FOP/C has decided to offer this service free of charge on the 17th of this month.  The plan is to receive styrofoam at the large parking lot at the corner of Waco and Valley Mill Drives from 8am until 11am, and then drive the Tahoe to the Dart Container Corporation recycling drop off site in Waxahachie.  We ask that all our members support this drive by bringing your styrofoam to the drop-off site Saturday morning.  Please place your molded/shaped blocks in a bag and your food service containers and cups in a separate bag.  All items should be clean and rinsed.  Peanuts, lids and straws are not accepted.  

Come early – styrofoam will be accepted until the vehicle is full.  This will be a great opportunity to deal responsibly with this hard-to-recycle material.   If we collect a large volume of material, we may do this on a regular repeating basis. 

Please support this work by bringing your styrofoam to the parking lot Saturday morning--look for the white Tahoe SUV.

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SUSTAINABLE WACO CONFERENCE

DATE:  Monday, August 5, 9 am until 4 pm
VENUE:  Baylor Research facility, 7601 Steinbeck Bend Dr., Waco 76708
REGISTRATION:  $15, includes lunch, beverages, and snacks
TO REGISTER:  https://cereg.mclennan.edu/courses.aspx?Search=Sustainable%20Waco or call 254-299-8888

The Sustainable Waco Conference is jointly sponsored by the MCC Sustainability Committee, Waco Friends of Peace/Climate, and Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research at Baylor University. The seminar will host about 18 speakers, including activists, scientists, and policymakers, covering climate change, solutions, and sustainability.  Alan Northcutt will be one of the speakers.

All members who are available that day are encouraged to attend.



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Environmental Film Series: July 29, 2019

The End Of Meat

Monday, July 29
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Drive
Waco
6 PM: Pasta/Vegetarian Pizza & 
Salad Buffet followed by business, film & discussion

The filmmaker Marc Pierschel embarks on a journey to discover what effect a post-meat world would have on the environment, the animals and ourselves.  The documentary covers the climate benefits of a vegan diet, the health advantages, and the lessening of animal cruelty.  The film also explores the exciting new area of lab-grown meat.  This documentary fits perfectly with our new Meatless Monday campaign, is highly educational, and is enjoyable to watch.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Response to “Informal Report: Energy Guidance Plan” at City Council July 16, 2019





















From Alan Northcutt:

Deepest sincere thanks to our 16+ members who attended in support of our presentation.

I rebutted as much of the City energy plan as I could in 10 minutes and provided a handout covering the entire report.  Their report was written with climate denier Bryan Shaw, who has no understanding of the urgency of decarbonization.  Many errors were found.

Our basic points:

  • City rooftop solar installation should begin immediately.  All new city construction should have rooftop solar.  The report’s objections to solar are largely spurious.
  • New City energy contracts in 2021 must be 100% renewables.
  • Waco lags seriously behind in number of solar installations.
  • Switch City heating/cooling to electricity from natural gas by 2050.
  • Natural gas is not a bridge fuel.  Emissions are equal to or greater than coal, health impacts are serious, and fracking induces earthquakes.
  • Waco has only two EV charging facilities.  The City should install these at the two malls and downtown.  Apply for TCEQ grants.
  • The City should begin transition to EVs immediately.  Long range affordable EVs are available.
  • Contrary to the report, long range electric garbage trucks are available.
  • Develop incentives for residential/business rooftop solar and EVs, as Austin and San Antonio have done.
  • Complete efficiency audits of all city buildings.
  • The Shaw report does not mention that we must be carbon net zero by 2050.
  • Our formal final decarbonization report will coincide with the City’s Shaw report in September.

Complimentary dinner at Clay Pot followed the meeting.

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

URGENT ACTION -- Tuesday, July 16

All members needed: 5:45pm, Tuesday, at the Bosque Theater of the Waco Convention Center, the Business Session of Waco City Council.

Alan Northcutt will provide a 10 minute Powerpoint Peoples' Response to the preliminary report of the energy consultant and climate denier Bryan Shaw.  We MUST have 10 members present for Alan to have the allowed 10 minutes to speak.

As expected, the Shaw report is weak, has many shortcomings, and does not address at all the urgency of action on decarbonization.

We have had a tremendous influence on the City, forcing it to at least begin the process of transition to a green economy.  But we must continue to apply pressure by speaking the TRUTH and conveying the science, which tells us climate change is a global emergency.

Dinner will be complimentary after the Council session.

Your presence is vital Tuesday:  without adequate numbers, our voice will be silent Tuesday.  PLEASE JOIN US TO ACT ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF OUR TIME.

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

More Art Show Info

From Alan Northcutt:

1) Many thanks to all artists who attended the lunch July 11 at Bangkok Royale Restaurant in Waco.  It was great to see everyone there and discuss the 3rd Annual Show.

2) Per request of one of our artist-judges, please do not post the pieces you plan to enter in the Climate Exhibit on social media.  This will allow greater anonymity of the art, and increase the fairness of judging.

3) One of our artists asked for more information on possible topics to address in submitted art.  First, I would remind everyone that in the Instructions for Artists I included a relatively thorough list of climate change impacts, and any of those could be the theme of one's contribution to the show.  Second, I will include a link here from Scientific American entitled "Climate Change is a Public Health Emergency," which is a concise review of some major climate change impacts.   I do think it would be helpful if artists this year addressed some of the dangers of climate change that have not been focused upon in the past 2 years.  If anyone has questions about appropriate topics, please feel free to contact me at anorthc@aol.com

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/climate-change-is-a-public-health-emerge ncy/

4) I would like to request now that each of you who intend to enter the show shoot me a very quick email confirming this.  I don't need details, just a statement of plans to enter, to help in planning for space utilization, etc.  Thank you very much.

Thanks to everyone one of you planning to enter the show this year.  The Climate Art Show is unique among the many art shows in Waco:  in addition to displaying your creativity and  talent, your effort will have a positive impact on mankind's struggle to preserve a livable home on this planet.  You will be contributing to the preservation of human civilization for your children and all the children of this world.  The fact that over 600 cities/countries have recently declared a climate change emergency emphasizes how truly critical our situation is.

Alan Northcutt, MD
Curator
3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit
July 12, 2019 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Greetings Climate Change Art Exhibit Participants














Yes, contrary to popular belief--there IS a free lunch.

In appreciation of the work many of you have done in previous years of the Climate Show, and in anticipation of the 2019 Show, we are offering a gratis lunch to you all this Thursday.  In addition to expressing our appreciation, we would like to solicit your input on the Show--things you like or dislike, and any additions you might suggest.  

Here are the details:
Event:  3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit Artist's Lunch
Date:   Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time:   12 Noon.
Venue: Bankok Royal Thai Restaurant, 215 S. University Parks Dr. Waco, Tx 76701
Cost:    Free.  
Questions:  email anorthc@aol.com

We hope many of your are able to join us.  If you know other artists who are interested in this art exhibit, please invite them as well. Everyone is welcome:  those artists who entered in previous years and those anticipating joining this year.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

CLIMATE ACTION CALENDAR

From Alan Northcutt:

Now:  Because we didn't have chance to speak at City Council June 18, I emailed my support for rooftop solar on municipal buildings to the Mayor and Councilpersons.  Please email the statement you planned to give also. 

July 16 (tentative):  Save the date.  Waco City Council meeting:  we may receive "consultant" report from climate denier Bryan Shaw.  I will probably do a 10 minute Powerpoint response if the Shaw report is received early.  We need everyone to attend at 6pm.  This is HUGE:  Shaw's report is likely counterproductive to decarbonization.  We must be prepared to fight misinformation.  Details to follow.

July 29:  Regular monthly meeting at Poppa Rollo’s, 6 pm.  Program of lecture or documentary to be announced.  Since Monday won out in voting, we are doing this Monday on a trial basis.  If anyone has a favorite climate documentary to suggest, please email me at anorthc@aol.com.

August 25-26:  Drop off of climate art at Waco Winery.
August 28-September 28:  3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit.
September 14, 6-8pm:  Reception for Climate Art Exhibit.  Music by Frank Exum. 

December 2-December 13:  COP 25 in Santiago.  Possible contingent from Waco FOP/C.  














YARD SIGNS
We are currently working on a design for an eye-catching yard sign.  One consideration is a background of flames with the words "Climate Emergency NOW."  We request all ideas from our members in order to obtain the best possible yard sign.  We think these are powerful, and will help create more awareness.  Please email your ideas:  anorthc@aol.com

MEATLESS MONDAYS
Now that the campaign is underway, please spread to your schools, churches, neighborhoods, colleagues, friends and families.  Bring your ideas as this movement grows with time.  Please record the names of any institutions which adopt this campaign.  Remember that a "Plant rich diet" is ranked # 4 of 100 climate change solutions in the amazing reference text Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken.













THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019
For all our members who could not attend the City Council action June 18, we were not able to give our comments in support of the City installing rooftop solar on municipal buildings.  (About 60 people were there to speak on an agenda item before us.)  We felt our speeches would be too late when everyone was exhausted and it would not be a good strategy.

But I want to DEEPLY THANK the 12 or 13 members who attended, most of whom prepared to speak.  I was moved by our numbers, which increased since our similar action March 19.  Please don't think your efforts were wasted.  First, anytime we prepare a speech, we research and increase our knowledge base.  Second, the Council was aware of our continued presence, every session, and they realize we are committed and persistent.  Third, it demonstrates our cohesion and friendships.  Fourth, we enjoyed a delicious meal together at Clay Pot.

So, what do we do going forward?  First, I realize that because of my daughter's wedding out of town, I will not be able to attend the next session on July 2.  And councilpersons have indicated to me that a report from climate denier Bryan Shaw will be out later in the month.  So it may be best for us to respond to this report specifically.  And given his prior address to the Council, I expect it to promote natural gas and nix or go slow on renewables.  Thus,  I recommend we delay our organized multi-speaker action until later in the month of July.

Finally, our efforts at the June 18 Council meeting were not wasted, and I know you will all rise to the occasion when called on next time.  I will be in touch with plans for the next City Council action.  And to clarify:  I DON’T think focusing on the Council is the only possible approach, but I think if the Council were to move briskly to decarbonize it would set a direction and vision for other sectors of the city.

Please feel to email me with any questions or ideas:   anorthc@aol.com.

And again, sincere THANKS,

Alan