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.

To subscribe to our email list and learn about our meetings, campaigns and actions, please email anorthc@aol.com

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

Sunday, March 22, 2020

WACO FRIENDS OF PEACE/CLIMATE Update 3/21/2020

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this is a difficult time for the climate movement.Most important is for everyone to follow CDC recommended precautions and remain healthy.  We will attempt to make some progress during this period.  We wish for all our members to remain healthy, as we do for all our fellow humans on this planet.  And we appreciate your continued dedication as we work to preserve a livable biosphere.

APRIL 6 FRIENDS OF PEACE/CLIMATE MEETING:  Cancelled.
It appears impossible at this point that social distancing secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic will be ended in 2 weeks.  If an unexpected change should happen, we will announce a reinstatement of the the meeting.

Instead of the in person meeting, we will attempt to devise a local online climate action that all members can perform.

Of course we all look forward to our meetings and it is frustrating to feel some momentum of the climate movement is being lost.  But we must follow the science and do what is necessary to keep our members and all citizens of Waco safe.  We can hope for a May 4 meeting, but that is also questionable at this moment.

7th ANNUAL EARTH DAY  REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG DISTRIBUTION
This event was originally scheduled for April 18, 4 days before Earth Day.  We have received a  fresh supply of the canvas bags, but is is also very likely the Downtown Farmer's Market will be closed that day.  This is  heartbreaking, as this action has become a Waco tradition.  And recall that last year we published lifecycle analyses demonstrating that these bags DO have a lower GHG emissions impact, lower energy requirement, and lower litter weight than various plastics.  We will play this by ear, and provide the bags if possible.

Here is an alternative idea.  Since Wacoans will have to go to local grocery stores at times to buy groceries, maybe the HEBs and others would allow us to leave stacks of bags outside the stores around Earth Day, so that we could provide this service with NO added risk.  Although HEB does sell similar bags, I am hopeful they might allow us to provide bags given this unique, emergency situation.

STYROFOAM RECYCLING, PART 4, EARTH DAY EDITION
With this event scheduled  approximately one month from today, its occurrence is also highly questionable.  I think it could be done safely if our workers removed the styrofoam from trunks and the contributors did not leave their vehicles.  However, since this is not urgent, the best option may be to reschedule.

4th ANNUAL CLIMATE CRISIS Art Exhibit:  September 30 through October 24, 2020
The Call for Artists has been sent out this week, in hopes that by October social distancing will not be required.  In any event, we felt we must inform artists now if we are to continue with excellent participation numbers.  The big change this year, to accommodate student entries, is an October rather than September show month.  We will continue at the beautiful Waco Winery venue and our cash awards have increased to $3200.   The climate show is our biggest event of the year,  so we ask all members to do two things at this time:

  1. If you are an amateur or professional artist, please start planning and thinking and acting to begin your piece for the show.  Up to 3 pieces may be entered. 
  2. Spread the word about the show to artists you know, as well as students.  Supply them with the URL for the Artist Instructions, which are in a previous post on this website.

GO RENEWABLE WACO:  Let's Continue the Victory Momentum
After the victory of the City decision to go all renewable in their power contract for 2022, we presented a spread sheet at Council Meeting demonstrating that EVs may actually be cheaper on a lifecycle cost basis.  After that, the pandemic engulfed us, and it’s a difficult time to make progress on climate.  We have proposed that FOP/C donate a Level 2 charger for the City, destined for Cameron Park, and the City handle the installation and upkeep.  Since other organizations make donations to the City, this seems like a reasonable proposal that would help lower emissions, represent concrete evidence of the City's concern with climate, and be a good PR action for our organization.

DAVE MORROW FOR MAYOR
Many of our member know Dave.  He clearly recognizes the climate crisis and is much stronger on climate than his opponent, Dillon Meek.  He has requested our members also host yard signs if possible.  We encourage our members to do this.  If Dave should win, it would be vastly easier to accomplish our climate agenda.  If you can display a sign, please email Dave at: dave@dave4mayor.com 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Greetings Climate Crisis Artists

A message from Alan Northcutt:



I would like to open the 4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit to all you wonderful artists.  
I recognize that the world is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic at this moment, and it is very serious.  But we cannot forget the ongoing climate crisis, which will be even more catastrophic to mankind in the long-run.  Therefore, it is important to announce the show.  

Further, while most of us are social distancing, this may be a good time to utilize the solitary hours working on a project for the show.  (Also, since we don't know the duration of the pandemic, delaying this announcement could prevent some artists from having adequate time for their entries).

Note that the major change is that the show will take place in October rather than September, primarily to provide students with more time to complete their projects.  We have also added 2 more prizes to the Student Division. 
     
Please find the instructions for artists and the entry form in the post below.  The instructions are very similar to the instructions for the 2019 Exhibit. To help us provide the best show of education and inspiration possible, we encourage all artists to  reply to this email and complete the simple entry form.  And remember our first place judged award remains at $1000.  
     
Best wishes on your inspiration and completion of your art.  We look forward to seeing every one of you again, on September 25 or before.
     
Please feel free to email me with any questions, anorthc@aol.com

Best wishes,

Alan D. Northcutt, MD
Curator
4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit.

CALL FOR ARTISTS











4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibit
Hosted by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate
Waco Winery, 708 Austin Ave, Waco, TX
October 2020 



OVERVIEW
    
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 the climate crisis, 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 the climate crisis.  To encourage all artists, professional and amateur, to consider submitting their work, this 4th annual show will again take place in a larger, beautiful venue, requires no entry fee, and offers cash prizes. 
    
The following are aspects of the manmade climate crisis 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
·         Altered ocean and atmospheric currents
·         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
·         Extinction rebellion symbol (climate change symbol):  a circle containing an hourglass, as a metaphor for the limited time remaining to take action.
 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.

SHOW TIMELINE                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Early Entry:  March 18 until September 25, 2020.  When you have title(s) for your art (maximum 3 pieces), fill out the entry form below and send to anorthc@aol.com   This will ensure a space for your work in the show.

4TH  ANNUAL CLIMATE CRISIS ART EXHIBIT Entry Form

Artist Name ____________________________________
Artist email Address _____________________________

Entry 1 Title ___________________________________
Medium _______________________________________

Entry 2 Title ___________________________________
Medium _______________________________________

Entry 3 Title ___________________________________
Medium _______________________________________  


      Early Entry Deadline:  September 25. Although early entry ensures your space in the show, works are accepted on delivery day, space permitting.   
      Delivery of Art to Waco Winery:  Sunday, September 27, 2pm until 8pm.
(Almost all art will be delivered during that time.  However, if you will be out of town September 27, email anorthc@aol.com to make special arrangements.
      Hanging of Art by Our Staff:  Monday, September 28, 2pm until 8pm.   
      Official Show Opening:  Wednesday September 30, 2pm.    
      Voting for People’s Choice Award:  Wednesday September 30, 2pm until Saturday October 17, approx. 7pm. 
      Artist Reception with Awards:  Saturday, October 17, 6pm until 8pm. 
      Closing Date of Show:  Saturday, October 24, 12 midnight.
      Pick-up of Art:  Sunday, October 25, 2pm until 8pm. This is very important, as the Winery does not have space for storage of the art.    


PRIZES 
   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: Adult 1st-$1000, Adult 2nd-$600, Adult 3rd-$400, People's Choice- $400, Student 1st-$500, Student 2nd-$200, Student 3rd-$100.  Art will be judged on relevance to the topic of the climate crisis and on artistic merit.  At times, special awards may be added. 

 RULES
·      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 95 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 hanging device appropriate to hold its weight.  For heavy pieces, a wire across the back of the piece is recommended.  The artist must ensure the mounting device is adequate for the piece’s weight.  If a piece of art has NO hanging device, the artist must return and attach one.   
·      Each piece should be delivered with an index card or paper of index card size with the following information:  Artist name, title of piece, medium, dimensions in cm., sale price, contact phone number or email address for sale. Please make 2 identical cards: 1 is attached to the art and the second is given to me during drop-off.  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.  The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate and the Waco Winery are not responsible for any damage to the art.  Artists accept this fact upon entering the show. However, in the first 3 years of the exhibit no theft of art or damage of art was reported. 
·      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. By entering the art show, the artist agrees to leave the piece in place until the end of the show, October 25/
·      Public Relations:  the host of the show reserves the right to use images of any submitted art for PR purposes.     

The 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.

Note March 2020:  We remind all artists this year to focus firmly on the topic of the climate crisis.  Although trash and plastic pollution are very serious problems, they are not major causes of the climate crisis.  Please refer to the list of suggested aspects of the climate crisis above.  And I further suggest that for 2020 we have more emphasis on solutions to this existential threat.   


 For any questions or concerns, please email the Director of our organization, Alan Northcutt, MD at anorthc@aol.com  

Monday, March 09, 2020

Three EVs Invade Car Show

At the car show on Saturday at the Church of the Open Door in Bellmead, where hundreds of ICE (internal combustion engine) cars were displayed, there were three EVs:   Teresa Porter's black Nissan Leaf, Alan Northcutt’s black Chevy Bolt (#316 of the first production of this car), and an engineer's beautiful "Shock Yellow" Chevy Bolt with cool underlights.

The reception by car enthusiasts was very POSITIVE.  This matters because TRANSPORTATION is the #1 source of GHG emissions in the U.S.

























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Friday, March 06, 2020

Alan Northcutt Address Waco City Council About EVs


Alan D Northcutt spoke at the Waco City Council meeting on March 3, 2020, as part of the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate Go Renewable Waco campaign, calling for rapid transition to EVs. He provided a spreadsheet showing seven EVs with lifecycle costs less than those of Ford Taurus & Chevy Impala.  EVs have about 1/2 the fuel costs and much lower maintenance costs. This builds on the 100% renewable energy purchase for municipal power needs announced two weeks ago. EV names are green if lifecycle costs less than ICE vehicles.




Tuesday, March 03, 2020

THE PEOPLE SPEAK: 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY IN WACO

The following was submitted for publication to the Waco Tribune-Herald by Alan Northcutt:

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported on February 20th that the upcoming 2022 power contract for the City of Waco will be sourced from 100% clean, renewable energy.  This is a critical milestone for the City and the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate (FOP/C) thank and congratulate the City Council on this decision.  For the past two years, FOP/C’s Go Renewable Waco campaign has vigorously exhorted the City to make the transition to all renewable energy, and we are gratified by this outcome.  Understanding the history of this transition is vital to making future progress on energy. 
   
The People Speak.  Beginning in February 2018, the FOP/C, with a crowd of about 50 members, called on the City Council to join over 100 U.S. cities and take the pledge to go 100% renewable by 2050.  This pledge entails the transition to clean energy by all users in all sectors:  power generation, transportation, buildings, cooling, heating, cooking, industry, and agriculture.  The pledge was supported by 1500 petition signatures, a dozen local churches and non-profits, over 100 major corporations, over 45 U.S. universities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  But most important, we spoke for those 76,000 Waco residents who call for the City Council to do more to mitigate global warming (Yale poll, 2018).
   
Over this 2-year period, we gave multiple similar presentations to City administrative groups, the Sustainable Resource Practices Advisory Board, and the biweekly City Council Hearing of Visitors.  Throughout this time, we stressed that the greatest impetus for rapidly moving away from fossil fuels was the ongoing climate and biodiversity crises.  To respect the IPCC deadline of 45% decarbonization by 2030, we asserted that it was mandatory the 2022 City energy contract be 100% renewable.  Further, major energy analyses, from Lazard and Bloomberg NEF, found that in 2017 wind and solar electricity were already globally cheaper than natural gas- derived power.
   
The “Expert” Speaks.  The City’s reaction to our demands was the hiring of an energy consultant, Bryan Shaw, Ph.D.  Unfortunately, multiple publications had reported that Shaw rejected contemporary climate science.  In fact, he gave a presentation in Waco in March 2019 brimming with denialist memes, including “climate has changed, always has, always will.”  Placing Shaw in charge of energy planning was like placing a cancer denier in charge of chemotherapy.  Unsurprisingly, Shaw’s “Energy Guidance Document” does not mention climate change, the climate crisis, or global warming, and praises natural gas.  It fails to acknowledge the urgency of moving to renewable energy and provides no comparison of fossil fuel and renewable energy prices.
     
The City of Waco Decides.  Thus, the City Administration and Council were hearing two voices.  First, the alarmed citizens demanded renewable energy in response to the climate emergency, noting this choice would also save money.  Second, the consultant’s energy report ignored the climate emergency, praised natural gas, and provided no cost comparison.   Fortunately, the City followed the view of its citizens and chose a 7-year contract for wind and solar energy, shrinking its carbon footprint, while saving about $414,000 annually.  Although the City will save money with this renewable energy agreement, it is very clear that persistent citizen demand led to this decision.  Footnote:  the flawed report from Bryan Shaw cost the City over $40,000; accurate input from the citizens was free.
   
Hire Assistant City Manager for Sustainability and Climate.  The all renewable electricity contract for municipal needs is a great victory for which our compliments go to the City.  However, this is just a first step:  the total switch to clean energy must involve all City sectors, plus residences and businesses. To complete this Herculean task before the IPCC deadline of 2050, we firmly believe the City must have an employee dedicated to this assignment only.  We call on the City to create the position of Assistant City Manager for Sustainability and Climate.  This Manager must be deeply knowledgeable in climate science, IPCC deadlines, and the multitude of climate solutions.
 
If you are one of the 135,000 McLennan County residents who want the City to act on the climate crisis to help protect the future of your children, please take one minute to sign our petition calling for the hiring of this Assistant City Manager. Go to www.change.org, use search box for “Waco climate manager,” and sign the petition.
   
Recently, one billion of our fellow creatures perished in the climate enraged bushfires in Australia.  Do we need to witness more devastation to take action?   

Alan D. Northcutt, M.D.
Waco, Tx
February 25, 2020

Alan Northcutt is a Waco physician and Director of the climate action organization, the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate                                                                                                                                                                     
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