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.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Below are the instructions for the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, to be held in September 2019. To enter the exhibit, please hit reply to this email and fill in the appropriate fields  which describe your art. The reply email is to anorthc@aol.com. We will accept late entries on August 25 and 26, if space allows.

3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit hosted by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Ave., Waco, Tx September 2019

The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is a local non-profit organization dedicated to direct action and education to combat anthropogenic climate change. The goal of the art show is to raise awareness of climate change, emphasize that climate change is a global emergency, portray the ongoing effects, and suggest hopeful solutions. We believe that art, through its emotional/spiritual/mystical impact, enhances the scientific understanding of the subject. All submitted art should address some aspect of climate change. To encourage all artists, professional and amateur, to consider submitting their work, this 3rd annual show will take place in a larger, beautiful venue, requires no entry fee, and offers cash prizes.

The following are aspects of manmade climate change that could serve as topics for submitted art:
• Temperature increase of air, water, land
• Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, death
• Melting polar sea ice with loss of habitats (polar bears)
• Melting glaciers
• Sea level rise
• Flooding, submerged island nations
• Increased heavy rainfall with freshwater flooding
• More severe hurricanes (superstorms)
• Increased tornado clusters and more Eastern US tornados
• Flooded cities around the globe
• Worsening wildfires with longer wildfire seasons
• Coral bleaching and death, worldwide
• Ocean acidification with damage to shelled creatures
• Ocean dead zones
• Deforestation
• Forest damage due to increased temperatures
• Drought
• Crop failure
• Air pollution secondary to burning fossil fuels
• Famine
• Emigration and internation conflict
• Water shortage
• Loss of species, the 6th mass extinction, biodiversity collapse
• Spreading diseases, especially spread by mosquitos, ticks, other insect vectors
• Melting permafrost with methane release
• Fossil fuel company funding of misinformation to delay regulation of greenhouse gases.
• Impact on the military, with flooded bases, threat “multiplication”
• Renewable energy, including photovoltaic (solar panels), solar thermal (concentrated solar), hydropower, wave, tidal, geothermal, biomass and biofuels, waste-to-energy
• Geoengineering, including atmospheric aerosols (sulphates), carbon capture and storage, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
• Electric cars, electric busses, electric trucks, hybrid cars, hydrogen fuel cell cars
• Solar and electric aircraft.
• Batteries
• Plant-rich diet
• Soil and forest restoration including regenerative agriculture
• Green buildings, including green roofs, LED lighting, smart thermostats
• Household recycling and composting
• Alternative cement
• Refrigerant management
• Floating cities

This list is not comprehensive, as the climate system is extremely complex. Any topic related to mitigation of or adaptation to anthropogenic climate change is welcome.

Entry of Art by email: May 21 through August 24.
Entry Deadline: August 24 (please email by this date if possible so that we may plan our exhibit. We will accept pieces on August 25 & 26, however.)
Delivery of Art to Waco Winery: Sunday August 25, 2pm until 8pm & Monday, August 26, 2pm until 5pm.
Hanging of Art by Our Staff: Monday, August 26, 2pm until 6pm
Official Show Opening: Wednesday August 28, 2pm.
Voting for Peoples’ Choice Award: Wednesday August 28, 2pm, until Friday September 13, 12midnight.
Artist Reception with Awards: Saturday, September 14, 6pm until 8pm.
Closing Date of Show: Saturday, September 28, 12 midnight.
Pick-up of Art: Sunday, September 29, 2pm until 8pm & Monday, September 30, 2pm until 5pm.

The adult art will be judged as one group (all media), and given 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with a People's Choice award. The Student Award will include all entries by those 18 years of age and younger. Judging will be performed by members of Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and a professional artist, and results are final. The following prizes will be awarded at the Reception: 1st-$1000, 2nd-$600, 3rd-$400, People's Choice- $400, Student $500. Art will be judged on relevance to the topic of climate change and on artistic merit.

• Age: there are no age restrictions in entering this art exhibit.
• Geography: entries are limited to those with residence within the state of Texas.
• Size: most sizes of hanging art (of any medium) are acceptable, except for murals. Space is           available for a few small to large sculptures. If a large sculpture is anticipated, please check with me to confirm space is available (anorthc@aol.com).
• Capacity: the venue size will allow approximately 65 pieces of hanging art, and multiple sculptures.
• Number of entries: three (3) entries are allowed per artist.
• Hanging requirements: all entries should be ready to hang, with a metal wire across the back of the piece. If received without this wire, the artist will be required to come to the venue to attach the wire.
• Each piece should be delivered with an 8.5X11 inch piece of white paper containing title of piece, medium, and name of artist. (A typed sheet is preferred) An artist statement is also allowed and must be typed and printed.
• Insurance: since the venue is a public place, the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate cannot guarantee there will be no damage to the artwork. The venue does not provide insurance for the art. Artists should consider purchasing their own insurance policy.
• Shipping: if the artist needs to ship her/his piece to the venue, the cost will be paid by the artist.
• Sales: Sales are between the artist and the buyer. No commission is received by the host of the show or the venue. It is requested that all art which is sold during the exhibit remain in place until the end of the show, September 28.
• Public Relations: the host of the show reserves the right to use images of any submitted art for PR purposes.
• Waco Friends of Peace/Climate is assisted by local artist Julie Milstead. We are deeply grateful for her expert consultation.

Waco Friends of Peace/Climate encourages all artists to consider entering this exhibit. There are many art shows in Waco. However, this climate art exhibit allows artists to utilize their artistic skill to play a role in combating mankind’s greatest challenge of anthropogenic climate change. Artists can take action to help preserve a livable biosphere for their descendants and for all the children of this world. For any questions or concerns, please email the Director of our organization, Alan Northcutt, MD at anorthc@aol.com

Art Show Entry Form

Thank you for your interest in the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit.  Immediately below this Note are the Instructions for Artists. Please read carefully. To enter the show, please fill out the "Art Show Entry Form" below.  To do this, copy and paste the Form into an email.  Fill out the few fields with Artist Name, Name of Piece, Medium, etc.  Then email to anorthc@aol.com.  Please email by August 24 if possible.  We can accept late entries on August 25 and 26, as space permits. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me also at this email address.  Many thanks for entering the exhibit, and thus contributing to the fight against anthropogenic climate change.

All art should relate to mitigation of or adaptation to climate change.  Any medium is accepted, except for murals or very large sculptures.  Three (3) pieces may be submitted by each artist.  There is NO entry fee and top prize is $1000.  Please send your reply email by August 24th, and as soon as possible.  If the venue becomes full, we will accept pieces according to the date the email was received.

Since the 2018 show, climate science tells us that our situation is even more dire, and that action to combat climate change is urgently needed.  A recent UN report also informs us that biodiversity is extremely threatened, with 1 million species at risk of extinction.  Thus by entering this exhibit, you are using your skills to help  combat mankind's greatest challenge, which is an existential threat.

Questions: anorthc@aol.com
Thank you for entering.

Alan D. Northcutt, MD
Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
May 20, 2019



Entry #1
Title of Art:
Artist Name:
Email address:
Phone number:

Entry #2
Title of Art:
Artist Name:

 Entry #3
Title of Art:
Artist Name:

By submitting this entry form and by my name below, I release the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and the Waco Winery and their representatives of all liability and responsibility for any injury, damages, or loss sustained by exhibitors, guests, or works of art before, during, or after the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit as a result of the display of my artwork or materials.  I agree  to deliver and pick up my artwork during the dates and times specified in the attached Instructions for Artists.  I, an artist, certify that the work I submitted is original and produced solely by myself.

Name:                                                (typed)
Date:                                                  (typed)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE on the Lynn Woolley radio program, Friday, May 17, from 2 to 3pm

From Alan Northcutt:

Thanks to Lynn Wooley for providing time for the most important issue facing mankind. Lynn debated strongly but was fair, giving me equal time and never cutting my microphone (to my knowledge).

I believe I addressed adequately the issues Lynn brought up, except for one:
Lynn feels Al Gore, especially his lifestyle, is very important in this debate. Other conservatives bash VP Gore as well, and use this attack as a justification for rejecting climate science. I did not fully address the Gore question, since I had not really paid attention to his lifestyle, as it was irrelevant to me. This is my more complete response:

  • Mitigating climate change will depend primarily on POLICY changes, such as a carbon fee and dividend, or the Green New Deal. Individual choices are important, but policy is key. 
  • To create international policies, meetings of diplomats and scientists are necessary, and will require airline flight. The emissions from airplanes are an investment in creating policies which will produce the required massive slashing of GHG emissions. Thus VP Gore flies to international meetings to participate in these crucial negotiations. (And if deniers do not accept the connection of GHG emissions to temperature, why would they care about his airline flight history?). Further, Gore DOES purchase carbon offsets when he flies. 
  • By creating worldwide awareness of anthropogenic climate change, Mr. Gore did deserve the NOBEL PRIZE.
  • Analogy: if a researcher informed the entire world about a new deadly disease, would you reject his breakthrough because he drove a Mercedes and lived in a mansion? 
  • Most important, the greenhouse effect is a principle of physics discovered over 100 years ago. It will not be altered by rejection based on politics, or the personal habits of an individual, such as Al Gore.
However, personal actions DO affect GHG emissions, so it is important to look at the truth about Gore's lifestyle [data from Snopes]:
  • Gore does live in a very large house, but it was used as a home and as offices for Gore's business and his wife's business. 
  • Gore purchases his electricity from a provider that sources renewable-generated electricity.
  • Gore has installed solar panels on his home. 
  • Gore, in addition, has a rainwater collection system, geothermal heating., LED lighting.
  • Gore's home was rated 2nd highest category by US Green Buildings.
  • Gore purchases carbon offsets when flying.
I am certain this information ends any attempt to use VP Al Gore as a reason to reject the science of anthropogenic climate change.

Thanks again to Lynn and I hope we will discuss this vital issue on his show again very soon. 

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.
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