Greetings Earthlings. It’s time to talk about priorities on this Earth Day 2014. Do you want peace & justice in the midst of climate chaos? Good luck with that! How about hazardous and hidden chemicals in everyday consumer products? Sounds more manageable, yes? Dr. Anne Steinemann calls in on that and the Good Green Witch and Tom Neilson call as well. So many calls, so little time. We will have time for some E-Valley-uation and perhaps a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and the Fools-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Another listener suggestion: 22-pound house cat goes berserk!
In our E-Valley-uation segment we continue focusing on both the proposed logging in the Quabbin watershed and the proposed fracked gas pipeline slated to run right through our community. What’s with all these bogus proposals? How about stupidity? That works! We’ll report back on the latest battle where Massachusetts residents try to keep the hydra-headed gasbag fossil fools at bay. Meanwhile, will the Gov allow loggers to trash the Quabbin woodlands yet again, without any consideration for his much touted Global Warming Solutions Plan? Will climate activists from The Better Forget it….um…Future? Project sitting down with the Gov on May 2nd even mention it?? All those trees sequester CO2 ya’ know. The ones they clearcut? Not so much.
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber the HuffPo informs us that “The Environmental Protection Agency is significantly underestimating the amount of methane that natural gas drilling operations emit, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” So, does 1,000 times higher work for you? We also have more bad news about Monsanto’s Roundup. A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health “proposes a link between Roundup (aka glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease (CKDu) of unknown origin affecting several poor farming regions around the world. The extent of the health problem is so massive that the Center for Public Integrity found that CKDu has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS and leukemia combined, over the past 5 years on record.” Well, are we headed to the last Roundup, or what? On to the good news! Here are Five Ways to help the bees. What, only five?
Once again we go plural with our Fools-on-the-Hill. As the world burns and all those pesky science types at the IPCC remind us (yet again!) that we are….well, toast if we don’t change our priorities NOW, the far-right and the corporados continue to obstruct. Of course, in a perfect world these bad players would be marched off to…..what? re-education camps? High security prisons? Some other galaxy? BUT it surely isn’t perfect in a world where the fate of the world doesn’t matter. Maybe fools is too kind a word.
After the phone is through ringing off the hook we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard to see what’s what:
Thursday, April 24, 7PM. A showing of “Gasland”, a 2010 documentary at the Leverett Library, Leverett center, MA. The film focuses on communities in the US impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking. Please come and learn about fracking, how the drilling impacts communities and why we don’t want the proposed KM/TGP pipeline in our state. Any questions, please contact Barbara Tiner 548-7919.
Thursday, April 24, 7pm. The Buckland Energy Committee is screening Gasland II. Discussion to follow. Arms Library, Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA
April 22-27. Reject & Protect Action. An alliance of pipeline fighters (that’s YOU)— ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy Indian Alliance will ride into Washington DC for the next, and perhaps final, chapter in the fight against Keystone XL. On that day, we will set up camp nearby the White House, lighting our fire and burning our sage, and for 5 days, we will bear proud witness to President Obama’s final decision on Keystone XL, reminding him of the threat this tarsands pipeline poses to our climate, land, water and tribal rights. Go to: http://rejectandprotect.org/
Saturday, April 26, 12 noon – 2 pm. Rockin’ the Shortnose in Turners Falls: a natural history hike and brown-bag picnic to celebrate the spawning of the federally-endangered shortnose sturgeon. Join sturgeon expert and Adjunct UMass Professor Dr. Boyd Kynard and writer/journalist Karl Meyer for a midday walk to view the ancient Rock
Dam formation on the Connecticut River–perennial shortnose sturgeon spawning site. Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Wildlife Society, the program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration necessary. Bring lunch; wear sturdy shoes. Meet in Turners Falls at the parking lot at the south end of L Street (turn left at the first stop sign after crossing the Eleventh Street Bridge in TF) Runs rain or shine. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturdays: April 26 and May 3 at 11am. This Saturday, bike around the mills of Holyoke, stopping along the way to visit the Green High Performance Computing Center, the former Hotel Hamilton, the dam and fish lift, and more! We’ll meet at Holyoke Heritage State Park at the DiNapoli Statue across from the Police Station. Rain date for the first tour is Sunday April 27 at 11:00 a.m. Next Saturday, bike around the Fairfield Ave historic district and view landmarks such as the Samuel Whiting House, the Henry Tuttle House, Lovering School, and more! We’ll meet at Kennedy Park. Rain date for the second tour is Sunday May 4 at 11:00 a.m. Tours are $15 each OR $26 for both. Go to: http://wistariahurst.org/events/bicycle-tour-with-craig-della-penna-around-the-mills/
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Tuesday, April 29, 7PM. Ashfield is hosting an open informational meeting about the proposed fracked gas pipeline at Sanderson Academy, Rt. 112 in Ashfield. Email Jim Cutler at: <email@example.com> for more information.
Sunday May 4, 9 am to 3 pm. Last Chance for Civil Disobedience Training For Keystone XL Action in Springfield. On or shortly after May 6 Sec. of State John Kerry is expected to make his determination about whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in our national interest. Over 90,000 people nationwide have pledged to risk arrest in the days immediately following his decision, if he recommends in favor of the pipeline. A local action that will include Civil Disobedience is planned for the TD Bank in Springfield. At previous trainings for the Springfield action, over 34 people have already committed to risking arrest. We welcome more potential arrestees, as well as people who want to help out in support roles. Go to: http://act.credoaction.com/event/kxl_pledge_local_sit_ins_attend/3228 Or contact Molly Hale at <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
Tuesday May 13,7pm There will be an information session on the proposed fracked gas pipeline project at the Windsor Town, MA Hall. Bruce Winn, from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), will provide a presentation on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) route through Windsor and other western Massachusetts towns. Rosemary Wessel , organizer of No Fracked Gas in Massachusetts (NFGIM) and a representative from Kinder Morgan have both been invited to attend and answer questions. Contact: email@example.com
Happy E-Day….make that Every day is Earth Day, OK? Remember: listen to your Mother.