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

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. 

Questions?  anorthc@aol.com




Friday, September 13, 2019

Climate Art Reception: FREE Wine, Food, Prizes


Public event by Waco Friends of Peace/Climate

Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop Patio
708 Austin Ave, Second Floor, Waco
Saturday, September 14th, 6 - 8 pm












Join us for a delightful evening of art, science, live music, art judging, voting for the People's Choice Award, free climate action info cards, jury judging awards, door prizes, free wine, snacks, & desserts. (Note:  Guests must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol).

View almost 70 pieces of art on the theme of anthropogenic climate change. Vote for your favorite.   A robust Student Division is included this year.

A brief scientific program will explain the urgency of individual action on the climate crisis.

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, People's Choice & Student awards will be announced and cash prizes given.   Door prizes for guests will be distributed.

Live music will be provided throughout the show by talented classical guitarist Frank Exum.   
Tasty vegetarian and vegan snacks & desserts will be provided. Wine and soft drinks are also free.

Recommend early arrival as numbers allowed in the venue are limited.

Questions:   anorthc@aol.com.


Sunday, September 08, 2019

NEW MEETING DAY: First Mondays

After our majority vote to move the meetings to Monday in order to avoid conflicts with Waco city council meetings, we found that the only available Monday was the 1st of each month.  We truly hope this works out for the vast majority of members.  Of course during some months we will have other meetings that will take priority.  But those months in which we do have meetings at Poppa Rollos, the 1st Monday will be utilized.  Our next Monday meeting is scheduled for October 7th. 

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

SOLAR TOUR WACO














We are pleased to announce that the Waco metropolitan area will have participation in the Nation Solar Tour on October 5 and 6.  As of today, the tour includes three residences, one non-profit, and one business.   At this point we don't think we will need workers on those days.  However, anything you can do to spread the word about the event to encourage folks to visit the sites with rooftop solar on either of those two days will be valuable.   The ultimate goal is to increase the number of homes with solar in Waco and surrounding towns.

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

NEXT STYROFOAM RECYCLING DAY: Oct 26, 2019

The citywide response to our recycling effort in August was heartening, and we have decided to do another similar event on October 26.  Please save your own styrofoam and inform all your contacts.  We can recycle food service items and block/molded styrofoam.  Peanuts, lids and straws are not accepted.  Please spread the word to help ensure a huge collection on October 26.

GO RENEWABLE WACO CAMPAIGN & Sustainability Board

After months of inaction, the SRPAB did meet on August 21, and we had a presence at the meeting.  Sadly, the Board took no new action, only reviewing an old Annual Report.  We spoke forcefully in favor of MONTHLY meetings of the Board--our climate emergency demands this.  Although there was some support for this idea expressed by one or two members, ultimately the Board did nothing,  But the most discouraging occurrence  was the very obvious attempt of the Board to silence us.  It became very clear they didn't want our input.  They cut our comments off at 3 minutes even though there was NO written Board policy specifying such a time limit.  So after NO discussion of climate change action for 5 months, the Board silenced us and ended the meeting in about 40 minutes!  At this point we have little hope that this Board will be productive in developing additional strategies to decarbonize the City.  Although we envision us continuing to attend the meetings, we think it will be more productive to take our proposals directly to the City Council and cut out this non-receptive  middleman.  The Board is viewed as a formality and a group controlled by the Council and Mr. Stem, not as an independent source for innovative ideas and direction on the transition to a carbon free Waco.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Rooftop Solar at the Silos

Please join us in strongly encouraging Chip and Joanna to install solar panels on their empire in Waco.  The City of Waco is in the process of approving about $1 million in TIF funds for Magnolia.  At a recent Council meeting we have requested that the City require Magnolia to do rooftop solar in order to receive these TIF funds.  And if the City cannot legally require this, that the City strongly insist that they install a photovoltaic system.  To reinforce this, we ask that each member send a message to the Magnolia folks also requesting they do a solar installation.  Given the large following of Magnolia, we think it likely that homeowners in Waco would follow their example and a burst of rooftop solar could ensue.  So please take just 3 minutes and ask Chip/Joanna to do the right thing and install solar.  This would be a win for Magnolia, the City of Waco, and the climate.  Here is the link to the message form:  
https://help.magnolia.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.

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

CLIMATE ART SHOW RECEPTION: September Meeting

September 14, Saturday, 6pm until 8pm at the Waco Winery, 708 Austin Avenue, Waco.  This reception will serve as our meeting for the month of September.  Of course, we encourage every member to attend.  In addition to viewing the art, a short scientific program will be provided.  Please be certain to place on your calendar NOW and invite everyone you know to join us.  Last year was inspirational and very enjoyable. 
 
There is limited parallel parking on Austin Avenue in the vicinity of the Waco Winery.  That parking is likely to be filled on a Saturday evening.  So we would suggest the parking lot directly behind the Hippodrome, which is on the same block as the Winery.  In addition, a very large parking lot is located adjacent to the Hippodrome lot, separated from it by 8th street.  That lot should have adequate space for everyone.  

We hope to see ALL of our members on September 14.