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

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 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Update: 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Show


Greetings 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit Participants--

We are excited about the upcoming climate show and are greatly appreciative of your participation. Here we would like to discuss a few important issues.

Students. Since we now have a Student Division of the show, with a separate judging and prize, we have a section on the entry form with the choice of "Adult" or "Student."  If this is completed by our artists, it will be easier for us to assign pieces for judging and prize distribution.

Extinction Rebellion.  As a bit of good news, it appears the climate movement finally has a recognizable symbol.  The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement has done myriad climate protests and other actions throughout Europe and in the United States.  Their symbol is that of an hourglass within a circle, representing the very short time the science says we have to complete decarbonization.  And we mention it here also, as we think some artists may wish to incorporate the XR symbol in their art.  Here is the symbol:













Spread the Word.  We know that anthropogenic climate change is an existential threat.  Therefore, it is important that our art show reach as many citizens as possible.  Thus, it is vital that all artists spread the word about the show to their colleagues, students, friends and family.  This is one of the most effective methods of increasing entries in the event.  The flyer below is very useful for this effort.  We are very appreciative of your help in this work.

















Installation/Interactive Display.  We hope to use the accessory stairwell and landings at the Waco Winery for a larger exhibit, designed to be educational and hopefully interactive.  We have some scientific ideas but we would like to collaborate with one or more of our artists on this project.  We will offer some funding to cover the costs.  If interested, please email immediately at anorthc@aol.com.

We hope everyone is busy visualizing their piece or constructing it, and we wish all participants the best of luck.  Please remember that relevance to anthropogenic climate change is an extremely important criterion in the judging.  Please feel free to email anorthc@aol.com with any questions.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

JUNE MEETING/ACTION: SPEAK CLIMATE TRUTH AGAIN AT CITY COUNCIL: Install Rooftop Solar NOW

DATE:  Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

TIME: 
 Arrive 5:45pm, Session at  6:00pm.


WHERE:  Waco City Council meeting at the Bosque Theater of the Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue.  Bosque Theater is adjacent to the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel and City Hall.  Ample parking in these lots.  As soon as you enter the doors the Bosque Theater is evident.

LOGISTICS:  A table is present in front of the Theater doors.  Fill out a white card stating your demographics and your topic (municipal rooftop solar).  Enter Brazos Theater.  After short business items, individuals will be called by name to speak. 


SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER:  Each person has 3 minutes to speak, and a yellow light comes on the podium at 2 minutes 30 seconds. Given the short time for each speaker, there is absolutely nothing wrong with writing down your speech--this is very helpful when a talk is brief and has no associated slides. We are pushing the City of Waco to take a concrete step toward decarbonization by doing rooftop solar on some municipal buildings.  I suggest that each person talk about the part of solar energy that is most important to them.  Possible areas of discussion include:  cutting of GHG emissions, eventual monetary savings on energy, cleaner air, water conservation, improved citizen health, health cost savings, improved building resale value, creation of solar technician jobs, setting example for the public sector, improved Waco's image, impact on our children's future, and City demonstration of positive action NOW. 


STUDENTS/CHILDREN:  No students should be required to speak, but if they feel strongly about climate change and wish to speak, they should be encouraged to do so.  The presence of babies would help emphasize how critical climate action is to the next generation. 


SUPPORTERS:  We need everyone present in the Council auditorium:  those who don't feel able to speak, your presence and solidarity/support are critical. 


DRESS CODE:  The new Waco FOP/C T-shirts are recommended for all our members, to create a unified appearance. 


DINNER:  Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant, typically within walking distance of the Brazos Theater.  Of course, vegan options will be available. 


TRANSPORTATION NEEDED?: email anorthc@aol.com


QUESTIONS:  email anorthc@aol.com 
On March 19th, 10 FOP/C members spoke at this  City Council session and the result was very powerful.  We hope those 10 members will speak and that others will join.   The Go Renewable Waco campaign is ongoing, and we must continue the pressure for climate action.  Since the campaign began, the Sustainability Board did pass some recommendations for the council, but these were relatively weak, and not followed by action, to my knowledge.  Thus we will demonstrate our ongoing concern about anthropogenic climate change and demand  action.


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

PROTEST AT EXXON-MOBILE ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS' MEETING, DALLAS

On May 29, Serena Teakell Rigby, her newborn daughter Elowyn, and Alan Northcutt joined about 50 other activists protesting  outside the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, where the shareholders of the climate criminal corporation Exxon-Mobile were meeting.  Excellent chants and short speeches ensued. It felt great to participate, knowing that the deception of this company is a major factor that has positioned our planet in a struggle now to avoid destruction of modern human civilization.   





























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Waco Friends of Peace/Climate table at Democratic Party "Blue Bench Training: Texas" June 8th, at University High, Waco


Provided business size cards with climate change action suggestions, contact info, references for further reading.

Gave out flyers for our September 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit. Interested artists please go to www.friendsofpeace.org

Slide Show on continuous loop describing 15 impacts of climate change.

Distributed free reusable shopping bags: we know the lifecycle of single use plastic bags yields a large amount of GHGs.

Gave a brief summary of our work on climate action & education to the attendees at lunch.

Thanks to Mary Mann for inviting us to participate.



















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SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE PRACTICES ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS?


The April meeting ended early with no time for discussion of climate or renewables, the May 2nd and May 9th meetings were cancelled and reportedly there will be no meetings in June or July.  That will mean this Board will have done nothing on our existential threat issue for 5 months.  And this is from a Board that claimed it wanted to handle climate change.  We remained committed to the formations of a new Climate Action Board:  we have spoken at City Council and written about this.  It is truly an unbelievable and deeply disappointing situation.  If your house is on fire, you don't wait 5 months to put it out.  If the Board does meet again, we will be there!

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