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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Environmental Film Series: December 2, 2019

Cooked: Survival By Zip Cod

Monday, December 2nd
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 pm: Free Pasta/Vegetarian Pizza & Salad Buffet followed by business, film & discussion
Run Time 76 Minutes

This film dissects the 1995 heatwave in Chicago that killed 700 people.  One reason the documentary is valuable is the fact that heatwaves are the number one killer among climate-related disasters in the United States.  In this Chicago heatwave most of the deaths were on the South Side, emphasizing the connection between poverty, adaptation, extreme weather events, and death rates.  In other words, this powerful film focuses on environmental justice.

COOKED was the recipient of at least 9 film festival awards, including DOC NYC 2018, EarthXFilm, and Woods Hole Festival.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Meatless Monday

Here is a link to the Meatless Monday website:  https://www.meatlessmonday.com/.

Climate Change Art Show Second Peoples' Choice Award

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Peoples' Choice Award winner:

                        Shawn Knuckles
                        We Have Crossed THAT Bridge, 2019
                        Oil on canvas
                        107cm X 133cm

You will recall that we announced the 1st Peoples' Choice winner at the Show reception in September.  But since the Show extended through October, we did a 2nd Peoples' Choice to allow new visitors to vote and to further recognize our artists.

Shawn's piece also won 1st place in the judging of the show.  It's clear that his entry appeals to the professional artist judges, the scientist judges and the general public.

Congratulations to Shawn. And we congratulate all artists for recognizing the critical importance of the climate crisis and thus applying their talent to help combat this existential danger.

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

Ciclovia 2019 at MCC

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate had a table at Ciclovia 2019 at MCC on November 9th.  "Ciclovia " translates "bikeway", and it promoted biking and other forms of exercise and wellness.  There was reasonable attendance for their first year.

Our table provided free reusable shopping bags and climate information cards. Our quiz of five questions covered bikes, E-bikes, transportation and the climate crisis.  We provided lots of free materials, collected email addresses and challenged/educated with our difficult test. All test subjects received bumper stickers as prizes.

Many thanks to our new member, Monty Suffern, for volunteering and for great assistance. Thanks also to Ruben Salazar for organizing the Ciclovia at MCC.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019


From Alan Northcutt:

It has been almost two years since we first introduced the climate crisis and the "Go Renewable Waco" campaign to the Waco City Council.  Unfortunately, the City is extremely slow to change.  Our efforts led to the City of Waco hiring climate science denier Bryan Shaw to develop a City energy plan, due out in September 2019.  Obviously the plan is late.  We wait for the plan's release; we plan to review it and then release a critique, or a People's Energy Plan.  

The Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board released a set of recommendation on climate change, after the pressure of our campaign.  But for the last 7 months the Board has done nothing further on decarbonization. As of today, no meeting is on the calendar for November.  We will continue to apply pressure on the Board, demanding that it send more recommendations to the city council. But in all honesty, the October meeting demonstrated that they do NOT want to hear the voices of the public.  The Board session had discussed nothing but recycling.  I spoke at the end about the climate crisis and provided handouts.  The Board would not allow me 15 seconds over 3 minutes to complete my points.  And the Board session concluded after less than 1 hour.  Very disappointing.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Environmental Film Series: November 4, 2019

Climate Hackers

Monday, November 4th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 pm: Free Pasta/Vegetarian Pizza & Salad Buffet followed by business, group action, film & discussion
Run time: 27 minutes

Before the film, we will perform a group action to advance renewable energy.

The documentary, Climate Hackers, explains multiple proposed geoengineering techniques -- the advantages and risks.  This short film of 27 minutes will allow time for business and a group-wide action.  This is an excellent, concise documentary.

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


Skip Landos, a friend of our organization and a personal friend, is sponsoring a documentary to be screened at the Unity Spiritual Center.  Below is their flyer, announcing the film for October 22.  We all owe Skip a great debt, as he formed the Waco Friends of Peace at the beginning of the Iraq War.  We have evolved since that 2002 origin, with a focus on climate, but we are still indebted to Skip.  I encourage as many members as possible join me at this event..I know we will all benefit.

From the flyer:

AN ENDLESS WAR? Getting Out of Afghanistan
A documentary film sponsored by:
Waco Friends for Responsible Government
(Advocacy Team of the Friends Committee on National Legislation)
Unity Spiritual Center
Waco Friends (Quaker) Worship Group
Tues., October 22, 2019   7-8:30 pm
Unity Spiritual Center 400 S. First St., Hewitt,TX
Free & open to the public.  Light Refreshments
A documentary film.  Directed by Bob Coen  Produced by Jean-Louis Bourgeois
FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects Quaker testimonies with legislation in the U.S. Congress and the administration.

FOP Joins Protest At Donald Trump Rally

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate had a contingent of three at the protest of Trump at his rally on Oct 17th at the American Airline Center in Dallas.  The FOP members joined about fifty protesters from Dallas. Given Trump's 45+ actions destructive to the climate, how could we not join this protest?

It was a high-spirited protest, with constant chants and yells. There was frequent interaction with poorly informed Trumpians wearing red 'MAGA' caps. Most troubling was the large number of young Trump supporters there. The Trumpians shouted out zealous climate denial memes and sometimes cursed us. It felt great to be there, joining others, opposing the EVIL that is Donald Trump.

The action was peaceful except for the person who tore and destroyed Emily's sign. Many thanks to Travis and Emily for speaking truth to power with great courage and conviction.

One block away was an intense group of about 200 Kurdish protestors, furious at Trump'slatest foreign policy blunder.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

PROTEST the Climate Criminal Trump, Thursday, October 17th

Trump  has a rally scheduled in Dallas, October 17th, 7pm, at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Tx 75219.  Waco FOP/C will have a contingent:  This is mandatory given Trump's record on the climate and environment, which is the worst in US history.  No president has sold our natural resources, damaged our progress on climate mitigation, and attacked biodiversity as much as Trump.
The Dallas protest is organized as an anti-white supremacy protest, but we can certainly join them in solidarity, while emphasizing his climate crimes.

Meet at the parking lot of the new HEB on I35 at 4pm.  We will gather at the parking area nearest the I35 access road. Alan has space for one more activist in his EV; thus additional cars will be needed if a large number wish to attend.
In our view this is an opportunity too perfect to miss.  We all complain about this psychopathic president and all the damage he has done to our hard work in mitigation of warming.  Here is the chance to do something about it--to speak out to Trump in person.
Please make your own signs. etc.  Alan plans to make climate related messages and something with the Extinction Rebellion logo.
QUESTIONS:  Anorthc@aol.com or 254.744.1682

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Styrofoam Recycling Day

Drop off at the huge parking lot at Waco Dr. & Valley Mills Dr., in front of Ocean Buffet. Come early:  styrofoam accepted until our vehicle is full.

Put shaped/molded foam in one container,  and food service items (cups, containers) in a separate container. Rinse all pieces so they are clean. NO peanuts, lids, or straws.

We will take Styrofoam to Waxahachie, Tx, for recycling. This is a great opportunity to get rid of this hard-to-recycle material in a responsible manner. Help keep our land and waters free of styrofoam waste, lessen material in landfills, and cut GHG emissions.

This service is FREE.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Environmental Film Series: Oct 7th, 2019

The Curse of Abundance

Monday, August 7th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
6 pm: Free Pasta/Vegetarian Pizza & Salad Buffet followed by business, film & discussion
Run time: 69 minutes

This 2019 documentary details the conflict between the indigenous people of the Yasuni Park, those who wish to preserve the biodiversity of the Amazon, and the oil companies committed to extraction.  At stake is one of the most important tropical rain forests and carbon sinks on the planet.  

A fascinating film with a length of 69 minutes, leaving ample time for discussion. 

Everyone invited - Students welcome    

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SOLAR TOUR WACO, Oct 5 and 6, 2019

Solar owners across the Waco area are opening their homes and businesses the weekend of October 5 & 6 as part of the National Solar Tour. The Tour will bring together solar supporters, home and business owners, and community members to celebrate and help grow solar in their communities.

1.     Urban REAP, Mission Waco
1509 N. 15th St., Waco, Tx 76707
Sat. Oct. 5, 10am-2pm
Non-profit organization
Light refreshments provided
·         36 rooftop solar panels (installed by Holtek, 2017)
·         3,600 galloon aquaponics system
·         Industrial composting machine
·         Rain catchment system
·         Garden bed demonstration
·         Garden supply center

2.     Residence
619 Stone Manor Dr., McGregor, Tx 76657 (Stone Creek Ranch subdivision off Hwy 84 near McGregor)
Sat. Oct. 5, 9am-4pm
Sun. Oct. 6, 9am-3pm
Light refreshments provided
·         30 rooftop solar panels (installed by Holtek, 2015)
·         Backyard composting
·         Plug-in hybrid car (PHEV)
·         Battery electric car (BEV)

3.      Residence
3301 Loma Vista Dr., Waco, Tx 76708
Sat. Oct. 5, 10am-2pm
Sun. Oct. 6, 1pm-5pm
Light refreshments provided
·         Rooftop solar panels & ground-based array (installed by Sunpro, 2019)
·         Rain catchment system

4.     Holtek Solar
500 Jewell Dr., Waco, Tx 76712
Sat. Oct. 5, 10am-12noon
Sun. Oct. 6, 10am-12noon
Light refreshments provided
·         Rooftop solar panels (installed by Holtek, 2017)
·         Real-time monitoring of Holtek’s system and 40 additional systems installed by Holtek in the area.

5.     Kittner and Pate Design Associates
4915 Lakewood Dr., Waco, Tx 76710
Sat. Oct. 5, 9am-5pm
Signage for explanation
·         Rooftop solar panels (9) on office (installed by Holtek, 2019)
·         Pedestal mounted on asphalt shingle roof
·         Grid-tied system with monitoring

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Climate Change Art Show Reception

This year’s climate change art show has been a great success, with about 65 quality entries.  There were approximately 200 guests at the reception.  The winners, announced at the reception, were:

1st:  Shawn Knuckles.  We Have Crossed THAT Bridge
2nd:  Elaine Earl.  Time's Up
3rd:  Kay Skipper Reinke.  Only the Beginning
Honorable Mention:  John Ciaburri.  Wilted
Honorable Mention:  Deborah Reed-Propst. Global Warming No. 2

1st:  Zander Lim. Hope
2nd: V. Speedwell. Flaming Hot Cheetos
3rd. Caitlyn Veazey. Where Would You Chose to Live?
Honorable Mention: James Johnson. Blind to the Fact.

Peoples' Choice
James Johnson. Blind to the Fact 

The show has been extended one month, which is fantastic news.  More people will be impacted, and education and inspiration are the primary goals of the event. So, as a result, the last day of the exhibit is now Nov. 2nd.  Everyone who entered the show made an important contribution by recognizing our climate crisis and using their talent to combat our existential threat of climate change.

Please note that we have continued the voting on the Peoples' Choice Award.  We presented this award to student James Johnson for his submission at the reception,  but we have decided to issue another such award to increase interest and enjoyment for exhibit visitors, to be able to recognize another deserving piece of art, and to also provide our artists another chance to win a cash ($$) award.  This award will be given to a different artist than the first Peoples Choice and will be announced near the end of the show.

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. 

Exxon Mobile Action

About ten activists mounted a protest at the Exxon Mobile Pipeline Co. on Friday, September 20th, in support of the global climate strike day.

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