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.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Environmental Film Series: May 27, 2019

Anote's Ark

Monday, May 27
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM: Pasta/Vegetarian Pizza & Salad Buffet followed by business, film & discussion
Runtime: 77 minutes
The documentary for the month is Anote's Ark, an outstanding film concerning the submerging of the island nation of Kiribati and the efforts of its President, Anote Tong, to protect his people.  The film is the winner of multiple awards, including  a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100% --  an  almost unheard of score.
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema – Documentary at Sundance 2018 
Note:  At the April regular meeting attendees voted on changing the meeting date because of conflicts with the City Council business sessions on the 3rd Tuesdays.  A Monday meeting was favored by almost everyone in the room.  As it turns out the 4th Monday of the month IS available.  Thus for May we will hold our meeting on a trial basis.  And we apologize to anyone with a conflict, but we had to base a change on those members who expressed a preference on April 16.
To subscribe to FOP/Climate email list: anorthc@aol.com  

Monday, May 06, 2019

3rd Annual Climate Change Art Show

2018 1st Place Winner

Greetings Climate Change Artists---

To all our 2018 Art Show participants, we wish to provide 1st notification of the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit.  Please save the dates and begin the thought processes for your 2019 submission.

TITLE:  3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit
VENUE:  Waco Winery, 708 Austin Ave., Waco, TX 
AUGUST 25:  Drop-off Art
AUGUST 26:  Hanging of Art
AUGUST 28:  Official show opening
SEPTEMBER 14:  Show reception with program & awards, 6-8pm
SEPTEMBER 28: Last day of show.
SEPTEMBER 29-30:  Pick-up Art. 
TOPIC: All pieces should relate to some aspect of man-made climate change, including the impacts on mankind & plants/animals, and solutions
ARTISTS: Professional and amateur, Juniors. 
GENRE:  All genre accepted.  Sculptures should be small due to limited space.  
JUDGING:  Members of Waco Friends of Peace/Climate & a professional artist
PRIZES:  Similar to 2018, with $1000 for 1st place, Peoples' Choice prize
INSTRUCTIONS TO ARTISTS:  formal instruction to follow soon.
INTERACTIVE PIECE:  interactive and educational exhibit planned for 2nd stairwell.  If you would like to work on this, please contact Alan Northcutt at anorthc@aol.com   

Thank you for entering the 3rd Annual Show.  We are happy to have you back.  We plan to make this year larger and even more educational and exciting.  Detailed instructions for artists will follow soon.  

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

URGENT SCHEDULE UPDATE (received from Council today, 4/30)

City Council Meeting -- April 30, Brazos Theater, Waco Convention Center

To speak to council (3 minutes), arrive at 5:45 pm for the 6:00 pm session.  Fill out a card at the table outside the Brazos Theater, and wait for your name to be called.  We wish to emphasize the urgency of the city working to mitigate climate change, why this matters (impacts of anthropogenic climate change), and why a climate denier like Bryan Shaw is NOT appropriate for a City energy consultant.
NO SRPAB Meeting May 2 -- Apparently too few Sustainability Board members were able to attend and the meeting was cancelled.  We will notify our members as soon as a new date is established. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Change In Monthly Meeting Dates

After voting at the April 16th meeting on various nights to hold future FOP/C meetings, it was determined that Monday nights were favored by almost everyone in the room.  It turns out that the 4th Monday of the month is available, so for May we will hold our meeting on the 27th on a trial basis.  The documentary for the month will be announced later.  We screen multiple films to bring you the best documentary available. 

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

Monday, April 22, 2019


At the Downtown Farmers Market in Waco, April 20th, 9am until 1pm, Waco FOP/C gave away 386 reusable shopping bags and climate information cards.  It was a beautiful day!  Most shoppers gratefully accepted the bags and were interested in the climate mitigation ideas on the small handout.  We encountered no obvious climate deniers.  

Reusable bags protect the planet from our horrendous plastic pollution & combat anthropogenic climate change (avoid fossil extraction, refining, transportation, and greenhouse gas (GHG) release from partial breakdown in landfill).

This was a wonderful annual experience of providing something beneficial for our planet completely FREE -- offered donations were not accepted.

Sincerest THANK YOU to our volunteers:  Harrison Ward, Adrian Northcutt, Richard Childers, Tom Rinard, Bonnie Rinard, Victoria Vasek & an additional lady whose name slipped my mind -- sorry.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sixth Annual Earth Day Shopping Bag Distribution

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate will give away free reusable shopping bags Saturday, April 20th, from 9 am until 1 pm at the Waco downtown farmers market.  Volunteers to help with the FOP/C booth would be much appreciated.

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Waco Friends Of Peace/Climate Business Cards

New Waco Friends of Peace/Climate BUSINESS CARDS, with organization description, list of climate actions for individuals & recommended information sources. Cards to be distributed to members at the April 16 meeting. (Thanks to Waco Animal Save for the concept). 

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

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Environmental Film Series: April 16, 2019

Paris To Pittsburgh

Tuesday, April 16th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 PM: Pasta/Vegetarian Pizza & Salad Buffet
followed by business, film & discussion

Film runtime 60 min.

Business will include  Go Renewable Waco status, Earth Day, action review, next steps

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate has been selected to provide a special screening of the informative documentary Paris to Pittsburgh. The film brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.  Set against the national debate over the United States' energy future--and the Trump administration's explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate agreement--the film captures what's at stake for the communities around the country, and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.
A National Geographic production narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Broshahan.

   "...Paris to Pittsburgh serves as a compelling call to action and a persuasive rebuttal to the idea that saving the environment means sacrificing the economy." --- Physics Today 

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


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

TONIGHT (April 2): MORE Voices at City Council

We created a powerful action 2 weeks ago with 12 speakers in succession at the Business Session of Waco City Council. 

Several members plan to speak April 2, to continue the message that anthropogenic climate change is a global emergency, and that the City of Waco must step up NOW and take action on mitigation.

If you did not have an opportunity to speak on March 19, or wish to speak again,  please join us.

Arrive 5:45pm at the Bosque Theater of the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Waco 76701.  If you park in the large lot behind the Center and Hilton, enter on the right side at the back (farthest from Hilton).  The Bosque Theater is seen immediately after entering the outside doors.  Fill out a request to speak card and enter the Theater (auditorium).  After about 30 minutes of business beginning at 6pm,  the comment segment begins.  Names are called from the cards.  3 minutes are allowed, and a yellow light on the podium indicates 30 seconds remaining.

PLEASE JOIN US.  This is an excellent opportunity for us to keep up the pressure on the City to join 100s of cities moving to decarbonize.  Since the Council people still do not seem to grasp the urgency of climate action, our voices for the biosphere are crucial.

Speaking at this forum is the right thing to do and also FEELS GREAT.

With any questions, feel free to contact:  anorthc@aol.com or 254.744.1682.

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

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate Participate in Cesar Chavez Event

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate was honored to participate in the Cesar Chavez Event, 3/30/2019, with a table containing a climate science quiz, a sea level rise VR (virtual reality) experience, and our new business card-size information cards.  Multiple visitors took the quiz, and the data card was well received.  The card lists 15 key things individuals can do to combat climate change, a description of our organization, and reference sites. Quiz results & $50 winner to follow.  

Thanks to Adrian Northcutt for helping man the table, Jose Abel Raymundo for organizing the event, and all the individuals and groups who maintained tables, performed, provided food, displayed low riders and exhibited art. 

We celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez, a leader of the environmental justice movement of that time.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Friends of Peace/Climate Members Address Waco City Council

From Alan Northcutt:

Twelve Waco Friends of Peace/Climate members spoke about the urgency of action to mitigate anthropogenic climate change at the Waco City Council Business Session, March 19, 2019 (photos in alpha order). I have never been so proud of our organization, as each speaker demonstrated strong knowledge of climate science, while placing their personal perspective on the issue. The members truly spoke truth to power, emphasizing the scientific urgency of acting NOW, in the face of voices of misinformation and delay on the Council and Boards.

The Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board recommendations for decarbonization (derived from our proposals) were presented to the Council at 3:00pm. And then, unbelievably, Bryan Shaw, an engineer, spoke to the Council, uttering climate-denier memes and misinformation on renewable energy. I used my three minutes to refute his deceptions. I am hopeful the Council members recognize our truth, based on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and other current climate data.

My deepest gratitude to all our members who spoke or attended the session.

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