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.

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.


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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!

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