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.
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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.