Discarded plastic water bottles on route of London Marathon Greetings Earthlings. Paper or plastic? Never mind, it’s time to “Get Drastic About Plastic”! Garrett Connelly of Greenfield Zero Waste and Greening Greenfield joins us to discuss doing away with plastic packaging in Greentown. Is that really so drastic?? We’ll try not to get too wrapped up in that so there will be time for some other E-Valley-uation and a trip to visit The-Fool-on-the-Hill and the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Another Walmart shopper punished! “Things got a bit more dicey for Jeriel Joiner. While shopping at a St. Augustine, Florida, Wal-Mart, he reached in among some potted plants in the garden center to grab a baby bottle dropped by his infant son. What he got instead was a bite on the finger from a pygmy rattlesnake. Joiner survived, but doctors had to amputate the finger.” Maybe Dad was also punished for using plastic baby bottles? Shop Local/Breast feed!

It’s another turn as our Fool-off-the-Hill (he keeps trying to join the other ones), Repugnican Congressional hopeful Art Robinson returns to the campaign trail. This time he wants voters to send him their….um…..well, their pee. We don’t have to make this stuff up ya’ know, these are, after all, Repugnicans, OK? Last time around, Robinson wanted to get rid of radioactive waste by spraying it from planes!

In our E-Valley-uation segment we want to let you know about WMass planning for the big Peoples Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21. First off, The Enviro Show has initiated a Trees & the Climate hub for the March. To take part and help plan that contingent to the March go HERE. Then there are buses leaving from various parts of the Valley. You can get onboard by contacting these bus captains: Currently, the bus captain in Amherst is Rooney Charest (rooney.c.charest@gmail.com). For bus captaining in other parts of the Pioneer Valley, including Northampton contact Brit Albritton (britalb@gmail.com). In Greenfield contact Pamela S.Kelly (pamelaskelly@comcast.net). Another bus is being organized on Facebook by the Smith College Green Team. Go here for that. We’ll be back to this segment with our guest but let’s take a walk over to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber first, OK?

Time to Meet the New Boss! This time the Boss is gutting food stamps to the tune of $8.7Billion. According to MSNBC that will cause “850,000 households to lose an average of $90 per month.” And what did the Prez have to say about that? “Congress passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that is going to make a big difference in communities across the country”. Well…….we guess!

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find our friends at Grist have discovered a certain corporate fracked gas pipeline project (does that sound familiar?). Also, our Gov here in the Commonwealth appears to be backing off on that corporate fracked gas pipeline we’ve been going on about since last February BUT that old crank Repugnican Gov. LePage up in Maine remains at full speed ahead. LePage has the distinction of being The Nation’s Craziest Governor so why not put him out front on this proposed pipe dream? And, speaking of Governors with….umm….issues? That one from the Sunshine State with the buggy eyes? It seems Rick Scott was out to lunch while meeting with climate scientists recently. At least he saved some time while doing the public’s business! Meanwhile over in Oklahoma (where they know a thing or two about crazy) folks got 20 fracking earthquakes in one day. We think that’s considered a bit above normal out there (what ever constitutes normal in Oklahoma).

After our conversation with Garrett we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:00am to 3:00pm. Practical Options for Food Production Resilience in an Increasingly Variable Climate, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst. Fee based.
Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally-acclaimed agricultural consultant with a specific message regarding sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices. Dr. Jones’ work focuses on how to maximize photosynthesis through biological processes. Her message is appropriate for anyone who raises food, for those who focus on conserving our natural resources, and for climate activists. Details and registration information can be found online at http://www.nofamass.org/events/type/farming

Monday, September 8: Fall River District Court trial of Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara. Ward & O’Hara anchored their lobster boat in the shipping channel off the Brayton Point Power Station last May in Somerset. Flying an American flag and a banner reading “#coalisstupid,” the two men blocked the delivery of 40,000 tons of Appalachian mountaintop coal to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant for a day. Now they face charges of disturbing the peace, conspiracy, and motorboat violations. Although conviction could result in nine months of jail time, they’ll admit to everything. They’ll argue that it’s really climate change and the government’s ineffective policies that should be on trial. Then they’ll ask the jury to find them not guilty by reason of “necessity.” Go to:

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

That is all. We go out with “Polluting is Fun” by Ray Korona & friends, but quite frankly it doesn’t look like much “fun” from here. Next time it’s The Peoples Climate March. Until then remember………LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

Another Enviro B-Day Show

Posted: August 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

edaycakeGreetings Earthlings. We are 9 years old now and like many at our age we are becoming “much more independent, and are developmentally mature enough to handle many responsibilities and situations with minimal adult intervention”. With this in mind we are thinking of chaining ourselves to heavy machinery and demanding an end to destructive logging on public lands or we’ll hold our breath until our faces turn blue, OK?? Did you get us a big Birthday cake? No?? Why not? You don’t love us!! We hate you!!!!……(sorry)….we didn’t mean that….we don’t know what gets into us sometimes. Anyway, we do know that the Climate Summer Riders are getting ready to ride off into the sun…..rise, actually. Georgette of the West Team calls in with a retrospect. As usual here on the show we will take you on another trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, to visit The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! You’ll have to see this to believe it (or not). Butterflies attack human!

Time to Meet the New Boss! This time we find The Boss and his Administration (under the guise of the Bureau of Land Management) selling coal mining leases on our public lands to Old King Coal “at far below their market value, and even farther below the cost of their pollution on society.” That, dear taxpayer, will cost YOU something in the order of……$50 billion! Fork it over……suckers.

Our Fool-on-the-Hill is a lot like Freddie Kruger: he just keeps coming back for more. Yup, it’s none other than Repugnican Senator James Inhofe who “blocked Senate Democrats on July 28 from passing a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change.” Once a fool, always a fool, or so they say. We can’t help but agree and history? Well, history is bound to agree….if there is any.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we lead off with a success story (sorry, doom & gloom fans). After years of controversy over dam removals it appears the proponents were correct. The fish are returning (they are sooooo forgiving!). This from Nature. In Massachusetts news we’re told by the Sierra Club that the updated bottle bill will be on the ballot in November as Question 2. They need volunteers to counter the onslaught of industry propaganda. If you’re up for that go here. Back to the Doom and Gloom! Did you read about the “mysterious” giant crater appearing in the Arctic Circle? Mystery solved!. O, and it gets worse. That should be enough scary news for now, yes?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we thought we’d point out to our listeners that those corporados at Kinder Morgan (who want to turn our communities into a climate sacrifice zone) are holed up just over the border in Enfield, CT! They’re at 8 Anngina Drive in Enfield in case you want to have a word with them. Just sayin”! And speaking of going places, are YOU going to the BIGGEST climate action ever? Buses are already being filled for The Peoples Climate March here in the Valley. You can get onboard by contacting these bus captains: Currently, the bus captain in Amherst is Rooney Charest (rooney.c.charest@gmail.com). For bus captaining in other parts of the Pioneer Valley, including Northampton contact Brit Albritton (britalb@gmail.com). In Greenfield contact Pamela S.Kelly . Another bus is being organized on Facebook by the Smith College Green Team. Go here for that if you’re on FB.

On to the Bus Stop Billboard!

Sunday August 17 & 24, 8:30 to 9:45AM. Canal Side Nature Walk. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center. All ages are welcome. We will leisurely explore level, accessible, and paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canal-side Bike Path of Turners Falls. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, and cultural or industrial history. Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring water, bug repellent, and sun screen. Call: 413-863-3221

Saturday, August 23, 10am-2pm. Come to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and explore native wildflowers and learn how to identify them in the field. Come to one, two or all three classes. Please bring lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, a hand lens & a copy of Newcomb’s wildflower book if you own one. Please also wear sturdy shoes that could possibly get wet. Directions provided with registration. Fee based • Space is limited, call to register Shelly Kahan, Center Coordinator, at (413) 256-6006 or shelly@hitchcockcenter.org.


Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement
is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

That’s all folks! (until next time when Bruce Winn joins us to talk ill conceived fracked gas pipelines). Wait! What did we forget?………….to listen to our Mother!

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. [Sorry about the....umm....missing links? Talk to WordPress about it if you can find a human there] Humans are such a flawed species. Most climate activists are still not listening to the trees. Perhaps they don’t speak their language? We can struggle against all the emissions we want but that’s only part of the equation. We need to increase packing away carbon, getting it out of the atmosphere, and one of the few ways available to most of us for doing just that is helping trees, the understory, soils and crops to do their work. Ecological designer, Connor Stedman joins us to talk about his Carbon Farming course and how our rooted relations can help us with the very Climate Crisis we have created. As always we will also take you on a stroll into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and for a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and more, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! We read that some guy got bitten by a scorpion while shopping for bananas at Walmart?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill actually never made it to the Hill and it’s just as well ‘cuz they are overrun by fools down there. We couldn’t resist raising the specter of Darth Cheney by way of his spawn Liz who made a run for Congress but more-or-less crashed and burned. In any case, during an interview Liz noted: “….a much greater threat to us [than climate change], frankly, is this massive expansion and growth of the bureaucratic state here in Washington.” Whoa! And to think we all thought is was the growth of CO2 and methane in the atmosphere?

We start off The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a calculated effort to wake-up certain climate activists with this handy tool. And this: It looks like the nice people at Living on Earth have discovered that corporate fracked gas pipeline aimed at the Commonwealth!. So they’re a little late coming out of the gate, so what? Speaking of timely (or not) Wednesday is the BIG day for resistance to that highly bogus project. Everything you need to know about the rally in Boston isat Nofrackedgasinmass.org. Finally this: The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing enough to prevent methane from escaping from natural gas pipelines,. Surprise!

Our Quote of the Week is spot on for this week’s show:

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” – John Muir

After our conversation with Connor we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the State House to Say NO to the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline. The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline will deliver postcards and petitions to the statehouse, and a rally will be held across the Boston Common. We (pipeline opponents from around the state) imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

August 8 to 10 is the NOFA Conference at UMass Amherst. Connor will be doing his workshop there on “Carbon Farming – Regenerative agriculture for the climate” on Saturday, August 9, 8 to 9:30am at Campus Center room 162-75. Go to: http://www.nofasummerconference.org

Saturday, August 9th, from 7pm to 8:30pm. AFSC, the Nuclear Free Future Coalition and Traprock Center will be holding our annual Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembrance on at Smith College. At 6:30pm, members of the Leverett Peace Pagoda will be processing, with members of the community, from the intersection of King and Main Streets in Northampton to the McConnell Building on Smith Campus. There, we will hear from renowned nuclear activists like Dr. Ira Helfand, Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Several brief clips from important films regarding the nuclear age will also be shown. Email: hphynes@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

That is all……..except you should remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

frackingGreetings Earthlings. [ Here's the Podcast link for this show]  The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline, going from one end of Massachusetts to the other, is now in the Valley.  Mary King joins us just after coming off the Orange/Athol leg of the March.  Also, Jim Cutler who was recently featured in The Valley Advocate concerning his opposition to the Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline will call-in with some background and updates. As usual we’ll drag you to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and some E-Valley-uation. Maybe we’ll finish you off with our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Speaking of The Advocate, this week’s entry was in their News of the Weird column: Deadly spiders as big as dinner plates!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay Clean Water Action’s press release on the Gov signing that leaking gas pipeline legislation. The bill, like all that leaking methane, STINKS! Clean Water Action notes: “More work remains to be done to address the methane pollution and ratepayer burden from gas pipeline leaks.”  Our translation?  O so green Massachusetts is letting Big Gas charge YOU for its leaks and doesn’t give a damn about methane’s disastrous effect on the Climate Crisis. Legislation doesn’t always go to Beacon Hill to die, it also goes there to be abused!  Apparently no one on Beacon Hill has read THIS.  We rerun Grist’s news that “kudzu and other invasives can release carbon that had been sequestered in the soil” just in case you thought all green things are our friends. Dare we mention invasives in the Quabbin watershed? Well…..yeah! O, and speaking of Grist (and of STINKS!) they did an op-ed that relates directly to our last show. “Should Wilderness get the ax?” they ask. How about giving the ax to the corporados who’ve taken over The Nature Connivancy…..er…Conservancy?

We have a fresh new face for our Fool-on-the-Hill (because Congress is the gift that keeps on giving) in the person of Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Repugnican-Okla. It seems ol’ Jim is “ready to accept President Barack Obama’s “apology” for spending too much on climate change research”.  Go to the link and check this fool out. We think Central Casting sent him down to do the classic big far-right slob out to destroy the universe. Hey, it’s Oklahoma! Small labor & gene pool.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is one of our all-time favorites:

“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist”   – Kenneth Boulding

Our E-Valley-uation segment is pretty much taken up by our guests but we’ll make time for tales of The Enviro Show’s Frankenstein Pipeline being chased off the Montague Plains by angry townspeople! Also, we do want to note that some of our…..friends? over at Climate Action Now MA have taken the Quabbin logging issue down from their website. That’s odd given that even some mainstream Dems are opposed to the destructive logging. We have asked for time at their next meeting to do a presentation on the Quabbin & the Climate.  No word back yet.  We know that some folks over there have connected the dots between CO2 emissions and sequestration, but not everyone!   After that we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday July 16, 9:30 AM Athol leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline meets at the Hannafords on Rte 2A. We will walk 2.5 miles to have a quick break for water and snacks at the Athol Environmental Center. We’ll walk to the town common for a rally (around 11:00 am). Afterwards, we’ll walk up Rte. 32 to Tully Lake. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/rolling-march/

July 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Bike Path Bingo! Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring. All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Free & open to the public.
Go to: greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

July 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Join Climate Action Now/350MA Pioneer Valley for our General Meeting at the Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the State House to Say NO to the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline. The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline will deliver postcards and petitions to the statehouse, and a rally will be held across the Boston Common. We (pipeline opponents from around the state) imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

 

We are so out of here…..for the moment BUT remember: Listen to Your Mother! (not people who act like your mother)

 

The Enviro Show’s Frankenstein Pipeline being run off the Montague Plains by angry townsfolk. That’ll teach us to get all ironic!

Here’s Friday’s Valley leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline.

Look for The Enviro Show Frankenstien Pipeline! (noooo, not on the map!)

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Here’s the route for the Shelburne leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline!

We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farms (303 Upper Rd, Deerfield) via Bardwells Ferry Road to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany Rd.

THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE IS:

Rolling March to the Statehouse
Starts Sunday, July 6 – Join in Where You Can!

Sunday, July 6- Richmond

Pipeline Resistance Relay Walk Kickoff in Richmond
On Sunday, July 6th, the walk starts with a Kick-Off  Celebration at Hilltop Orchards, Canaan Rd. (Rte. 295) in Richmond. Arrival time is 11-11:30, during which people can browse the Winery and Store and enjoy the expansive south-country view. From 11:30 – 1:00, there will be a buffet-style luncheon, with music and speakers from the anti-pipeline movement, Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Jim Cutler of Hilltown Community Rights.  The Kick-Off will be $12 per person, $5 for children, with proceeds going to area pipeline resistance organizations. Tickets can be purchased in advance at eventbrite.com or at the door at Hilltop Orchards.  Participation in the Kick-Off Celebration is not required to join the walk.
At 1:00, the Pipeline Resistance Relay Walk begins at Hilltop Orchards. Walkers are asked to gather at least 15 minutes early. The path will cross 5-1/2 miles through Richmond to Pittsfield very close to the proposed pipeline path, including East Road, carrying a baton in the form of a symbolic pipeline to the next leg of the journey.  Rides back to parking at Hilltop Orchards will be available.

Monday, July 7-Pittsfield, Dalton
Stop the Pipeline Standout Rally & Bike Ride in Pittsfield & Dalton
On Monday, July 7th, the Pittsfield and Dalton leg of the journey will start with a “standout” rally at Park Square.  Those who oppose the proposed high-pressure gas transmission line are invited to come to Park Square from 8:30 – 9:30 am and stand in opposition. There will be signs available, or participants are invited to get creative and make their own.
The journey from Pittsfield, through Dalton to Windsor will happen by bicycle, relaying the symbolic pipeline from Richmond to Windsor on it’s way across the state. Any and all bike riders in the area are encouraged to join for the 20 mile round trip. The riders will be departing from Park Square at 9:00 with a send-off from the Stand-Out protestors. RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary. Please contact Cheryl Rose to confirm 413-842-5141.

Tuesday, July 8-Windsor
The Windsor pipeline walk will take place next Tuesday on July 8th. It will begin at 8:30 from the Alpine solar home located on North St where we will pick up the baton left for us by the Dalton group. Those who would like to have their car parked at the destination location can meet at the West Cummington Parish house at 8 am to car pool back to North St. The walk will go along route 9 for ~6.5 miles to West Cummington. Walkers are welcome to join us along the way; parking is available at Sangar’s general store and at Notchview. The terrain is a bit hilly. We anticipate a 2.5-3 hour walk. Bring signs and a water bottle. There will be water available for refills along the route. We are also looking for drivers to transport walkers back to their cars if they don’t park at the Parish house and for drivers to drop jugs of water along the route. Bring a sign and join us for some or all of the route!

Wednesday, July 9-Cummington, Plainfield
Gather at the West Cummington Parish House at 8:00 (coffee will be served!); depart at 8:30, walking to Earthdance (all are welcome to continue on through Plainfield. or return to the Parish House to disperse).

Plainfield will begin at Earthdance, estimated departure time: 9:30. More info to come.

Thursday, July 10- Ashfield
Meet at theintersection of Campbell and Watson roads on the border of Plainfield and Ashfield at 9 am.  Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Watson road to Bear Swamp road to Hawley road, across route 112 and into Ashfield center on Main street.  Walkers will rest at the Mobil gas station called Neighbors where bathroom facilities will be available. From there we invite those whose wish can ride a hay wagon through town as a mini parade.  This is an opportunity for parents with small children and the elderly to participate in a way that works for them. From the center of Ashfield the walkers will turn North on Baptist Corner road and then right on Bellus (the only dirt segment) which connects to Beldingville road to the Conway border.

Anyone who needs a ride back to where they parked their car will be shuttled by the march organizers but to facilitate transportation we are suggesting that walkers carpool and park some vehicles at the beginning and the end of the walk so that they can get back to their car without relying on the march organizers to shuttle them. There will be a chase car with 2-way communications, first aid and water.

The Northeast Woodlands Indigenous People’s Cleansing & Protection Ceremony After the march there will be a cleansing and protection ceremony at the site of the proposed compressor station next to the power lines on Pfersick road.  The ceremony will begin at 6 pm. This is a traditional indigenous ceremony run by women. The press and participants are welcome to take pictures before and after the ceremony but not during.

Friday, July 11- Conway, Shelburne
Meet at intersection of Beldingville and Pfersick roads on the Conway/Ashfield border. Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Beldingville/Sabans and Pine Hill road to Shelburne Falls road turning right and following Shelburne Falls road, turning left on Newhall road then turning right on Newhall Xing then left on Bardswell Ferry road to the Bardswell Ferry bridge.

Anyone who needs a ride back to where they parked their car will be shuttled by the march organizers but to facilitate transportation we are suggesting that walkers carpool and park some vehicles at the beginning and the end of the walk so that they can get back to their car with relying on the march organizers to shuttle them. There will be a chase car with 2-way communications, first aid and water.

Shelburne- Meet at Bardwells Ferry Bridge at 12:00. We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farm via Bardwell’s Ferry to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany.

An event to welcome walkers is being planned at Clarkdale Fruit Farms. Details to come. Starting time around 1:00 PM; walkers expected between 2:30 and 3:00 PM

Saturday, July 12-Greenfield
Meet at Clarkdale Fruit Farms at 9:00 AM to walk to the Greenfield Common via Wisdom Way. We’ll join the Peace Vigil group on the common around 11 am. Afterwards we will walk south on Rte 5/10, handing off the baton at the Cheapside Bridge around noon.

Sunday, July 13-Deerfield, Montague, Erving
Join Deerfield at Rte 5/10 Bridge over the Deerfield River “Cheapside Bridge” at 9am for a short walk down River Road to the Bike Path Bridge over the Connecticut.

At 10 am, walkers from Montague will meet at the Connecticut River Bicycle Bridge for a photo op- canoeists and kayakers are encouraged to paddle in for a photo up- be under the Deerfield/ Montague bike bridge at 10–with a sign if possible!  After pictures, we’ll walk through the Montague Plains to Millers Falls-Erving Rte. 63 Bridge over the Millers River. About 6 miles.

At 2 pm, Montague walkers will pass the baton to Erving at the Millers River Bridge for a scenic 3 mile walk along the Connecticut River. We will walk under the French King Bridge and end at the Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area across from Northfield Mountain.

Contact Diane Macavoy orand Peter Hudyma for more information.

Monday, July 14- Northfield, Erving
We’ll meet at Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area at 9 am to walk up over the mountain. We’ll join with Erving and continue on to Laurel Lake for a celebratory swim. Approximately 9 miles. Walkers encouraged to join for all or part. Options include meeting at the top of South Mountain Rd for the second (downhill) half of the walk or ending there. Contact Julia at jablyth@gmail.com for details. A shuttle from Laurel Lake and various points along the way will be available.

Tuesday, July 15- Warwick, Orange
Details to come.

Wednesday July 16- Athol
Details to come.

Thursday, July 17- Royalston
Details to come.

Friday, July 18- Winchendon
We’ll meet at 8:00 am at the Lake Dennison swim area on Route 202, and thenwalk to the Cornerstone Church.  This is a 9 mile walk with six water stops. These stops will offer opportunities for some walkers to end their participation (shuttles available) and others to begin their part of the walk from that point if they do not wish to complete the full 9 miles. There will be water and snacks available (free of charge), as well as a chance to sign the petition at these points.
Stops and approximate times:
Lucky Dragon Restaurant, 8:30am (1 mi)
Waterville Plaza, 9:15am (3 mi)
United Parish, 9:45am (4 mi)
Winchendon Golf Course Clubhouse, 10:30am (5 mi)
Silver Hawk, 11am (6.5 mi)
Brian’s Place, 11:45am (8.5)
Cornerstone Church, 12pm (9 mi)

Saturday, July 19- Ashburnham
Details to come.

Sunday, July 20- Ashby
Details to come.

Monday, July 21- Townsend
Details to come.

Tuesday, July 22- Pepperell
Meet at the North Middlesex High School at 10 am. There will be a group photo at noon at the Town Hall.  Nashua River Crossing led by Marion Stoddart—around 2:30pm.

Wednesday, July 23- Groton
Details to come.

Thursday, July 24- Dunstable
Details to come.

Firday, July 25- Tyngsboro
Details to come.

Saturday, July 26- Dracut
Details to come.

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the Statehouse
Details to come.

Feel free to contact organizers, Julia or Mary to sign up, join in or ask any questions. Schedule below: (average of about 7-8 miles per day).

WALKERS — Remember to bring water, sun protection, rain gear, a snack, and hopefully some to spare for your fellow walkers!!  And don’t forget to invite your State and Congressional Legislators and the Governor to events happening along the walk in your town.

(“We” are a group of local pipeline opponents from around the state)

-We’re doing a town to town relay from Richmond to Dracut.  Local walkers will follow the route on roads that parallel the route, and walk along the route more closely through conservation areas, etc.

-We’ll likely have a celebration in Dracut on July 26th.

-On July 29th or 30th we’ll deliver the petitions to the statehouse, after a rally across the Boston Common.  We imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House.

Details still emerging – send your ideas and/or connection to Massachusetts notables to attend to organizers, Julia or Mary

-We’ll have concurrent rallies at town halls — we’re imagining giving select boards of towns that haven’t passed a resolution a pile of the resolutions from all other towns have passed them – 20 so far!

» Check back here for more details

tree-greenGreetings Earthlings. Transparent apparently is the new green. Tom Butler returns to the show to delve into “Keeping the Wild – Against the Domestication of Earth”, an anthology of revelations into Corporate America’s latest ploy to destroy as well as a reminder of how things are supposed to be. Tom and his colleagues direct the sunlight onto what some call the “new conservationists”, most typified by the likes of the so-called Nature Conservancy. We call them the same old/same old Dominion freaks. [Excerpts here and here.] We’ll have a look at the likes of them and the wonders they seek to ruin, hopefully a call from the Climate Summer Riders‘ Georgette Sordellini as well as take you to a visit in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and with our Fool-on-the-Hill and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Tick-tock, time for some tick talk!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is actually nicknamed Hil! It’s been awhile since she was on the Hill but that doesn’t mean she’s no longer a fool! We guess by now you know who we’re talking about, right? Yup, it’s Hillary Clinton and even if you are a die-hard fan (we are not) you have to admit her…..umm….unposition? on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is…..well…..mighty foolish.

We have some news from the smoke-free back rooms in various State  Houses and faux non-profit boardrooms in our E-Valley-uation segment and from here it looks like a true fracking disgrace. Our favorite hometown paper, The Montague Reporter picks up on the nefarious behind closed doors goings on regarding the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to ram through our blue-green state of Massachusetts. Other area news outlets have covered the story as well, here and here. Of course, the story of destructive logging about to take place in the Quabbin watershed continues to go unreported in this o, so green Valley (except by those tree-hugging dirt worshippers on The Enviro Show). Getting back to the fracked gas pipeline that’s getting all the press, remember The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board hearing on the KM/TGP debacle that never happened? (It turned into a spirited demo instead). Well, it’s back on and scheduled for Thursday, July 24 at 6pm. Those fracking coprporados will be there, will YOU? Now there’s talk of rerouting the proposed disastrous gas pipeline on Interstate right-of-ways. Our response to that is: If these guys want to run energy infrastructure along the Interstates why not go for wind & solar and be done with it! Finally this: March organizers and marchers are needed for Deerfield section of Stop the Pipeline March through Ma. July 12 and 13. Email peterhud82@comcast.net at the Montague pipeline group. If you are in Greenfield email: Emily Greene at guacomolly@windstream.net.  There’s a Facebook page for this action here.

Our Quote of the Week comes straight out of the book we are building this show around, but if you want the original you’ll have a very loooooong trip in the Wayback Machine, going all the way back to the first century BC when Lao Tsu said:

“Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?/I do not believe it can be done./The universe is sacred./You cannot improve it./If you try to change it, you will ruin it.”

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber is empty. All the echoes can be found above in our E-Valley-uation segment. Why? We don’t know. Maybe somebody left the door open and all the echoes floated up into the atmosphere? Wait! We are mistaken. Just found this Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action on the Monarch Butterflies. All you have to do is…….do it!  And there’s more and it’s a big f’ing deal: the New York Supreme Court ruled that towns can prohibit fracking. Can’t wait to see what the other Supreme Court has to say about THAT!

After out conversation with Tom Butler we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

July 1 thru 13. Climate Summer’s West Team cycles through the Valley. Climate Summer is a leadership development program for young adults who learn by doing. Participants engage communities across New England as educators, activists, and organizers as they travel exclusively by bicycle, calling for action on climate change and fossil fuels in communities across the region. Schedule & contacts here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/climate-summer-teams/

Saturday, July 12 thru Monday, July 14. Valley leg of the Rolling March Against the Pipeline to the State House! Walkers link in relay march across the state from Richmond to Dracut, then finish at the State House in Boston.  Kick the walk off with lots of support in Richmond, July 6th and  likely have a celebration in Dracut on July 26th. On July 30th  petitions go to the statehouse, after a rally across the Boston Common.  The vision is a sort of Daniel Shays drama —non-violent storming the statehouse with big flags, etc?  We imagine this being populated by 350.org, other such organizations looking for a way to make a big moment, as well any citizens who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Full schedule & contacts here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/rolling-march/

Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13 All day. The Green River Festival. Many of our favorite enviro groups will have tables and info. Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301. Greenfield is located at the juncture of I-91 (exit 26) and Route 2 in Western Massachusetts.  Go to: http://www.greenriverfestival.com/

Sunday, July 13,12:30pm – 4:00pm. Stop Fracked Gas Exports! Come together in Washington, DC to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Go to: StopGasExports.org

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

That’s all for now but PLEASE remember to listen to your Mother!

 

This just in from Don Berwick’s aide, Dave Marsh:

Don is deeply committed to conservation and environmental protection. Don supports the Environmental League of Massachusetts’ call for an increase in investment in environmental protection programs to 1% of the state budget. In fact, he would go further and propose doubling the 0.6 % of the budget currently spent on environmental stewardship and protection to 1.2%.

In addition to the crucial intrinsic value of protecting our beautiful open spaces for our posterity and preserving treasurers that have become part of the identity of our state, a focus on conservation has several tangible benefits:


  • Preserving open space and maintaining plant life helps reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. For the scientific reasons you mention, development and logging are directly contrary to our goals of carbon neutrality
  • Conservation is a job creator. Data indicates that every dollar spent on conservation creates a minimum of 3 dollars in sustainable economic activity (as opposed to the one-time economic benefits from the logging industry). 
  • An insistence on conservation encourages denser housing, transit oriented development, vibrant downtowns and complete streets. This will reduce our reliance on cars and encourage more environmentally friendly modes of transportation, which also a crucial part of our push towards carbon neutrality.

 

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. We just said that to get your attention (sorry if we dashed your last best hope). Actually the show isn’t going extinct (yet) but everything else is! Elizabeth Kolbert calls in on her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction wherein we humans of the Anthropocene take out all manner of lifeforms as we grow beyond the planets capacity to sustain us. Great stuff, huh! Like they say: “The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.” Listen up all you secular humanists! With the Summer Solstice coming up it’s time to check in with The Good Green Witch to get the meaning. As always we check in with our Fool-on-the-Hill and take a spin through The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as have a listen to the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! When endangered species attack!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill is the one who almost got away. In February of ’07 Congress held its first hearing on the landmark IPCC report on climate change. That report concluded that global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950. During the hearing, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — one of the 87 percent of congressional Republicans who do not believe in man-made global warming — questioned the authors of the report about a period of dramatic climate change that occured 55 million years ago. “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?’ Mr. Rohrabacher is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we echo the Daily Hampshire Gazzette’s piece on the closing of the Mt. Tom coal plant this coming October. Regular Enviro Show listeners know we’ve seen this coming for a long time now but given how much longer we’ve all been trying to shut that dirty sucker down it seems like a good time to celebrate. Folks in Holyoke are certainly celebrating.  OK, now that we’ve done that, let’s talk about what’s going to be done with old clunker! Natural gas? We don’t think so!  Next: you know we’ve been trying hard to stop the logging of the Quabbin woodlands at the hands of our ever so environmentally conscious Commonwealth, right? Why stop there? How about an Enviro Show Blog Bonus about deforestation in far-off Tasmania? Some of the tallest trees in the world are about to be trashed. Make you mad? Do something here! Make that two Blog Bonuses: here is a handy interactive map on seafood fraud.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is totally in keeping with this show:

“What is your personal carrying capacity for grief, rage, despair? We are living in a period of mass extinction. The numbers stand at 200 species a day. That’s 73,000 a year. This culture is oblivious to their passing, feels entitled to their every last niche, and there is no roll call on the nightly news.”

― Lierre Keith, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet

In our E-Valley-uation segment we once again remind everyone here in this beautiful valley that THE largest intact forest in Southern New England is about to be destructively logged by the bluest state in the Union (that would be the Quabbin woodlands if you haven’t been paying attention).  See our video HERE. Then call the Gov and tell him to STOP IT!! Call 888-870-7770 or 617-725-4005. Did we mention that we need intact forests and undisturbed forest floors to sequester vast amounts of CO2 in this age of climate chaos? No? We wish organizations like 350MA & the Better Future Project would actually DO SOMETHING about this! How about YOU ask them to? (they’re not listening to us anymore…….pesky dirt worshipping treehuggers that we are). And speaking of dirtworshipping, checkout d.o.’s latest commentary on our Climate page here.

After our visit with Elizabeth & The Good Green Witch we move over to the Bus Stop billboard:

June 18, 7 pm. KM/TGP Fracked Gas Pipeline Presentation.  The “CAFE”, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield, MA. For info email: Snowalkerjim@gmail.com

Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Screening of “Chasing Ice,” the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of his first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. Leverett Library, Montague Rd., Leverett, MA

June 15-20: Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” will be the featured speaker as UMass Dining hosts the Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The conference will feature a conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan on Tuesday, June 17 at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

June 21-22, 2014, Transitioning to Community & Regional Resilience. A gathering for Sharing, Learning & Launching Regional Initiatives. All Souls Unitarian Church, Greenfield, Massachusetts. Hefty fee, but scholarships may be available. For more information: Go to http://www.TransitionUS.org, or contact Susal Stebbins (susalstebbins@hotmail.com) or Tina Clarke (TinaClarke@TransitionNetwork.org)

Monday, June 23rd, 7pm. Climate Action NOW/350 MA general meeting at the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, featuring a presentation on the new Environmental Protection Administrations regulations on CO2. The meeting is free, open to the public, handicap accessible and light refreshments will be served.
Email: martygjf@comcast.net

Thursday, June 26, 6pm. Community Meeting. Why We Need a Climate Change Plan in Springfield & How to Get It. Wesley United Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Springfield, MA. Food & childcare available. Call: 413-734-4948

June 27-July 2 Northampton. Climate Summer Riders Team West start their journey in Northampton. Climate Summer riders travel exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England, spending approximately one week in a community before biking on to the next. While in each town, riders connect with community leaders who are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Email: marla@betterfutureproject.org

June 28, 4:00-6:00PM. CAN’s Annual Meeting. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield, MA. Annual meeting to find out what Entergy and the nuclear industry is up to! Hear what’s happening and what CAN is planning in the next year. We’ll have pizza and other refreshments. Please join us! Info at: can@nukebusters.org

 

That’s all folks! (for now). We go out with “The Naure Hatin’ Blues by The Lone Tones. Remember, it’s never too late to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

Dirtworshippers

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

On The Enviro Show we often refer to ourselves ironically as tree hugging dirtworshippers. Of course we do this to own the terms and deflate those Enemies of the Earth who use those words derisively. I have no problem hugging a tree now and then when the spirit moves me (it’s safer than hugging bears), perhaps just as some macho owner of a gas guzzling overpowered SUV may have no problem with fondly caressing his pathetic machine with a soapy sponge. As for dirtworshipping there is a whole other level involved.

My co-host on the show, Glen Ayers, is a soil scientist and he often points out to our listeners that undisturbed soil in the woods and the lifeforms within it sequester even more CO2 than the trees above. In fact, soils are the largest terrestrial pool of carbon, storing some 22% or more of carbon. Forest soils in the U.S. have the potential to store from 48 to 185 million metric tons of CO2 per year. With this in mind. one can’t help but realize that dirt, like the trees the soil supports, helps us to live in balance on the plane……theoretically. Yet, when the soil and all the life within are disturbed, say by logging or development, all that stored CO2 is emitted back into the atmosphere. The worse the soil is disturbed the more CO2 is released.

As you may have heard, us humans have managed to increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to 400ppm (parts per million), something not seen since the Miocene Era some 15 million years ago, with no human soul in sight. Now, scientists and a good many of your neighbors are warning us that we must reduce these emissions (especially the even more destructive methane emissions) and store more CO2 if our children and grandchildren are to survive in any semblance of a livable world. Soils, the lifeforms within them, and the trees and understory must be preserved. All the old notions about new commercial or residential developments and so-called forestry need to be updated for the Climate Crisis.

It’s been said that trees are our climate saviors, but so is the soil, dirt. It is a savior you can see, in fact you are standing on it.

 

- d.o.

chemical_toxicityGreetings Earthlings. We take a brief hiatus from trying to save the Qhabbin woodlands and stopping the proposed fracked gas pipeline in order to talk bees. Hopefully by now you’ve all heard how threatened the bees are by Corporate America’s seeming endless penchant for inventing things to kill them. It gets worse: now they want to invent….bees!  RoboBees to bee precise. Rev. Billy calls in on that travesty and Alisa and Karen from Mothers Out Front will remind you to listen to your Mother! As always, we visit the Fool-on-the-Hill and Meet the New Boss on our way to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Bees Unite, Run-off Human!

Let’s Meet the New Boss as his Environmental “Protection” Agency proposes to expand the use of yet more bee-toxic pesticides, “neonicotinoids” a newer class of systemic insecticides that are absorbed by plants and transported throughout the plant’s vascular tissue, making the plant potentially toxic to insects. Hopefully YOU will be inclined to tell the EPA to clean up its act by going here. Without the bees we will bee in BIG trouble. Also: PLEASE do not buy plants from Home Depot or Lowe’s until they STOP using these pesticides………wait! why would you even shop at those corporate stores?? Sorry, we were thinking of someone else. Did we mention Monarch Butterflies are also being…um…sold down the river by big box stores? OK, so a lot of folks who should know better are falling all over each other praising the New Boss’s EPA Climate Plan announced Monday. Some are making “it’s a start” noises. And, of course some like us are saying…..what? It’s a climate CRISIS, not a climate bullet point. O, and guess what’s back if this plan flies…….cap & trade! (or if you prefer: pay-to-pollute). Remember how well that worked last time around?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Sen. Marco Rubio, Repugnican of Florida. The Daily Kos tells us  “..during a brief exchange at the National Press Club, a member of the audience asked through a moderator ‘what information, reports, studies or otherwise are you relying on to inform and reach your conclusion that human activity is not to blame for climate change?’ He couldn’t name a single source.”  We think that might be a source for some concern, no? What? You think he didn’t want to credit Faux “News”?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we see that Grist might bee thinking about the hives! And this: Evil corporados trying to sue the EU for protecting bees? Also this: Bill McKibben calls for the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change. Sooooo, we’ll see you in September for the UN Climate Summit. That’s Saturday & Sunday, September 20th and 21st. Bring your friends. Tell them it’s no thing, we’re just trying to SAVE THE PLANET!! And this: Bad Santa!….up north….in Putney?

Just a reminder here in our E-Valley-uation segment, since we’re talking about saving the planet, saving the trees in the Quabbin woodlands is part of that, OK? O, and that fracked gas pipeline the corporados want to ram down your Valley? It looks like Truthout has discovered it. Can the Rolling Stone be far behind? Also, Katy of NoFrackedGasinMass on the phantom jobs a new pipeline might create. Like we’ve said from the get-go on this show: want jobs? FIX THE LEAKEY OLD PIPELINE!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is a rocker:  “I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it a million more times – I’m concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we’re losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides”.   – Patti Smith.   But why stop there? Here’s a closer to home quote from our own Sen. Ed Markey: “The next major piece of the West Antarctic glacier that breaks off into the ocean should be reserved as an island for climate deniers”!  We’re not sure “glacier” was the correct term but why are we thinking of Galt’s Gulch?

After our interview we take by the hand over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, June 4, 8 to 1AM.  Rebroadcast on WHMP & Montague Community TV Channel 17 of a community forum on the proposal by the Kinder-Morgan company to build a gas pipeline that would run through several Franklin County towns. The two-hour forum on the proposed pipeline and on related energy and environmental policy issues.

Wednesday, June 4, 7PM. Ralph Nader will speak about his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State” at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, MA. Tickets are $5 (buy at Boswells Books), space is limited to 150, the max for that space. Only about 30 tix left!

Friday, June 6  Bee-Themed First Night Greenfield – Downtown

June 6th – 9th, 2014. No Pipelines!  Action Camp for Climate Justice, Monkton, Vermont.  Join organizers and activists from across Vermont for a weekend of workshops and trainings to deepen our collective understanding of the politics of extreme energy and take action to stop the fracked gas pipeline!   Go to: http://www.risingtidevermont.org/kickoff-weekend-registration-form.html

Saturday June 7, 2014. The Great Holyoke Brick Race! Performance art meets sport. Think pine wood car derby but with using bricks instead. VFR has an entry. Come out and cheer us on! Preliminaries: 11:00 – 1:00, Race: 1:00 – 4:00ish. Go to: http://www.brickrace.org/

Sunday, June 8, 6 to 7pm –  Spring Farm Festival includes performance of “To Bee or Not to Bee”. Greenfield Community Farm, 34 Glenbrook Dri, Greenfield, MA. Call: 413.325.8969 or Email: info@justroots.org.  Go to: http://ptco.org/shows/to-bee-or-not-to-bee/

Monday, June 9, 7pm.  “Citizen Journalism: Building A Media Action Team” at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst.  Our featured presenter will be Paki Wieland sharing skills learned by being there, where it matters and being loud and proud and most often with a video camera in hand. For more info email:  SkillShare@ClimateActionNowMa.org

Saturday, June 14, 5pm. Documentary screening: “Take Back Your Power” at Green Fields Market, 2nd Floor meeting room, at 5 pm followed by info session on electromagnetic fields and health, bees and Swiss Harmony.

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15: Plant Flowers Greenfield! Weekend of bee-friendly flower planting around town. First three “abutter pairs” of home/business owners who contact us will receive a free 1/2 hour “pollinator corridor” consultation from expert Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome. The public is invited to listen in to these consultations at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm on 6/14. Locations TBA. Email: info@ptco.org

Sunday, July 13,12:30pm – 4:00pm. Stop Fracked Gas Exports! Come together in Washington, DC to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Go to: StopGasExports.org

June 18, 7 pm. KM/TGP Fracked Gas Pipeline Presentation. The “CAFE”, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield, MA. Contact Jim Cutler – Snowalkerjim@gmail.com for more information

June 15-20: Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” will be the featured speaker as UMass Dining hosts the Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The conference will feature a conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan on Tuesday, June 17 at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

June 28, 4:00-6:00PM. CAN’s Annual Meeting. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield, MA. Annual meeting to find out what Entergy and the nuclear industry is up to! Hear what’s happening and what CAN is planning in the next year. We’ll have pizza and other refreshments. Please join us! Info at: can@nukebusters.org

 

That’s it. We are so out of here. One more thing though: remember what?……..to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!