smilin_20jack_smallGreetings Earthlings. We are afraid we’ve lost many of our listeners over the years due to all the doom & gloom we foist on you, so this Halloween season we’ve decided to…….ramp it up! Buwaahahahaha! (sorry). The Good Green Witch returns to give us the lowdown on our favorite hollowday and Terra Friedrichs from Pass Mass Amendent along with local activist Diane McAvoy will scare the wits out of you with creepy tales of Corporate America. All that plus a dark night’s journey into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Another Walmart horror story! Prrrrrrfect for Halloween. Walmart shopper’s child  attacked by bat near the Tombstone Pizza shelf!!

It’s Fool-not-yet-on-the-Hill time again! Remember Scott Brown? This from Grist:”Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) is running for Senate in New Hampshire. In a GOP primary debate in August, asked whether he believed in human-made climate change, he said, “Uh, no.” Now that he’s in the general, he says that climate change is “a combination of manmade and natural. That’s what I’ve said, and I continue to believe that.”  Pants on fire!!

Our Quote of the Week calls for another trip in the Wayback Machine: “

“I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him…..He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.”   [Henry David Thoreau Journal, 3 January 1853]

We Meet the New Boss hedging on methane emissions enough that some of his fellow Dems have called him on it (politely of course!). The frightening idea of increased fracked gas production and transportation as a “bridge” to future renewables gives us the shivers but it’s all the rage down in DC (where disturbing gas emissions are everywhere! ). You can contact his EPA here. When will the Boss start thinking legacy? Tick-tock, tick-tock……..

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have some scary news for you: Sea Level Rise Highest Rate in 6,000 Years! Well, we guess higher seas mean more room for the whales, no? (sorry). If Big Oil has its way though, there will be even fewer whales. Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Bonus so YOU can do something about it. More scary news! Did you hear about NASA discovering a 2,500 square mile methane cloud looming over the Four Corners out West? Would you be surprised if we told you that trick is  “likely from established gas, coal, and coalbed methane mining and processing.” ?

A little E-Valleyuation here: We have pics from Yesterday’s Climate Justice March in Springfield (resulting in a City Council vote to adpt a climate plan for The City of Homes). And this: The Enviro Show endorses Rep. Stephen Kulik for another term as Massachusetts State Representative for First Franklin District of Western Massachusetts.

After we visit with The Good Green Witch , as well as chat with Diane and Terra about those corporate devils, it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Monday, October 27, from 5 to 7pm. Book launch at the Arts Block Cafe across from the Commons, on Main St.”‘To the Village  Square: From Montague to Fukushima” is about power; not just nuclear power but… the power of community to force action and make a change. This book is an homage to the power of democracy in pursuit of a safe and clean environment for all.”

Saturday, November 1, 10am-3pm. Tracking Climate in the Trees: A tour of Harvard Forest’s Ecosystems and Long-term Ecological Research. A field trip to this fascinating site. will begin with a guided tour of the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum.  Carpooling from the Hitchcock Center at 9am.  Members $30/Non-member $35 • Registration required • Space is limited. Call: 413-256-6006

November 1 – 7. Beyond Extreme Energy actions in DC. WE call on FERC to make decisions based on the well-being of current and future generations and the protection of our shared natural resources. For Valley organizing info contact: Dineen O’Rourke from Hampshire College. dineenorourke@gmail.com. General info at: www.popularresistance.org/beyond-extreme-energy-action-to-retire-fossil-fuels/

Saturday, November 8 to 11. Grassroots organizers are planning nature walks along the KM pipeline route this November. Naturalists and biologists will be leading walks on Veterans Day weekend.  They seek to highlight the land that would destroyed if the pipeline were built.  Information at www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/november-nature-walks.  Contact Julia Blyth at 413-225-3196

Saturday, November 8th, 1:00-4:00 pm. Fossil Fuel Divestment for Individuals.  Come listen to our panel of experts explain how to get it done! Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Pre-registration not required but helpful.  Contact Darcy Dumont, dumont140@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 15, 4pm. Book launch & reading by d.o. from his magnum opus, “Bad Atmosphere – a Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” published by Levellers Press at Collective Copies, North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA See: http://enviroshow.wordpress.com/bad-atmosphere/

That is all. We go out with “Corporatios are Human” by Tom Neilson, from “Between the Rivers”. Next time it’s our End of the World Book Show. Don’t forget to bring your reading glasses, freeze dried veggies and 10 years supply of coffee beans. Until then, remember………..listen to your Mother!

Root for the Trees Enviro Show

Posted: October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

calmtreesGreetings Earthlings. Were you aware our friends the trees have the wrong color leaves? Did you know they pollute the atmosphere? Some assistant professor at Yale seems to think so and the “Paper of Record” printed her…um…findings? on the eve of the Peoples Climate March (interesting timing, yes?). Prof. Emeritus William R. Moomaw  of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University joins us along with Michael Kellet of Restore the North Woods to parse the farce. As usual we will take you by the hand for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and to visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe treat you to the Quote of the Week and some E-Valley-uation, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! It’s another Seeing-is-Believing issue of Revenge, this one sent to us by our roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson: Fox hunter caught in his own trap!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Larry Bucshon (Repugnican-IN). Just because Larry looks very much like Curly doesn’t mean he’s a stooge (except for Big Oil & Gas). He “not only sealed himself in the books as a climate denier, but also admitted that he doesn’t accept the scientific literature on climate change because the scientists who write it need global warming to exist in order to get paid.”  Where is Moe when we really need him?

Here’s this week’s Enviro Show Quote:

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another”.

- Mahatma Gandhi

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find some troubling news for the trees from out west. We guess we should balance that with some good news, no? How about the climate criminal Koch brothers freaking out about some criticism? Speaking of criticism checkout the corporados at Forbes slamming the corporados at Big Gas. We love it when they fight among themselves. Here’s one for your uncle George who thinks “natural” gas is either non-polluting or some sort of bridge to the future: Natural Gas will Raise Emissions, Worsen Climate.  Maybe you can even get him to sign this petition! The so-called regulators who are supposed to keep Big Gas and keepers of the grid honest have our friend Karl Meyer asking who will regulate the regulators. You think Enron is history? Google “Kinder Morgan & Enron”. Finally, this week’s comic relief: Entergy Corporation One of America’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens!

In our E-Valley-uation segment it’s heads-up for dawn with a total eclipse of the Blood Moon Wednesay morning. “On Oct. 8, Interested skywatchers should attempt to see the total eclipse of the moon and the rising sun simultaneously. The little-used name for this effect is called a “selenelion,” a phenomenon that celestial geometry says cannot happen.” We love things that happen when they can’t but given the weather forcast…..maybe it can’t?  Also, we note that some 90 folks showed up at a Climate Action Now! meeting in the wake of the Peoples Climate March in NYC. Let’s hope the momentum keeps increasing, after all we are trying to…..save the planet!! CAN!’s next meeting in Amherst is on Monday October 27. Go to climateactionnowma.org for more. We are still trying to get on their agenda for a presentation on Trees & the Climate Crisis. After all, climate chaos isn’t just about emissions, right? Let’s talk carbon capture too!

After our discussion with Michael and Bill Moomaw we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday October 17 to Sunday the 19th. New England Environmental Justice Summit. St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal St., New London, CT. Call: 617-442-3343 ext.229

Monday, October 20, 5pm.. March to the City Council to Demand a Climate Action Plan for Springfield  The march will begin from two locations: Northgate Plaza, 1985 Main Street and Arise at 467 State Street. The two groups will meet on Main Street in downtown Springfield. Unified, we will go to the steps of City Hall for a speak-out, then we will pack the Council meeting and share our passion for a cleaner Springfield. More info at: susantheberge@comcast.net

Saturday October 18, All Day Stop the Pipeline Yard sales in various towns along the proposed route. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/statewide-yard-sale/

Saturday October 18, 6 to 9pm. The Fracked Gas Hall of Horrors! at the Franklin County Pumpkinfest. 177 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Stop the scary pipeline info table with extra Halloween flavor! We’ll be there representing the corporados like a wolf in sheeps clothing.

Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25, 5–8:00pm. The Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event. Sounds of the Night. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Pre-registration is a must as this event fills early. Come to the Enchanted Forest for a magical treat. You will be led along our pumpkin lit forest trails where creatures will emerge to share their stories. Fun for all ages! Fee but under 3 years free. Registration required, please call to sign up for a walk time, space is limited. Call 413-256-6006

Sunday, October 26, 1:30 to 5pm. D.O. and other poets & writers reading from their work on the final day of the Greenfield Annual Word Festival.  D.O. will be reading selections from his soon to be released Levellers Press collection of poetry & prose on the Climate Crisis titled “Bad Atmosphere”. The reading will take place at the Ocean Grill & Steakhouse banquet room, 30 Federal Street in Greenfield.

Monday, October 27, from 5 to 7pm. Book launch at the Arts Block Cafe across from the Commons, on Main St.”‘To the Village  Square: From Montague to Fukushima” is about power; not just nuclear power but… the power of community to force action and make a change. This book is an homage to the power of democracy in pursuit of a safe and clean environment for all.”

Saturday, November 1, 10am-3pm. Tracking Climate in the Trees: A tour of Harvard Forest’s Ecosystems and Long-term Ecological Research. A field trip to this fascinating site. will begin with a guided tour of the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum. Weather permitting, the trip will include an optional climb of our new, 90-foot research tower, to look out over miles of forest canopy and learn about carbon exchange between the atmosphere and a forest. Bring a picnic lunch for after the tour and expect to have some reflective, or wandering time after lunch to explore the site yourself before we leave around 3. Carpooling from the Hitchcock Center at 9am.  Members $30/Non-member $35 • Registration required • Space is limited. Call: 413-256-6006

November 1 – 7. Beyond Extreme Energy actions in DC. WE call on FERC to make decisions based on the well-being of current and future generations and the protection of our shared natural resources. For Valley organizing info contact: Dineen O’Rourke from Hampshire College. dineenorourke@gmail.com. General info at: www.popularresistance.org/beyond-extreme-energy-action-to-retire-fossil-fuels/

Saturday, November 8 to 11. Grassroots organizers are planning nature walks along the KM pipeline route this November. Naturalists and biologists will be leading walks on Veterans Day weekend.  They seek to highlight the land that would destroyed if the pipeline were built. Look for more information or contact us with a suggestion or offer of help at www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/november-nature-walks. We’re still looking for more places along the pipeline route to walk (especially west of the Connecticut River) and more naturalists to lead walks. Contact Julia Blyth at 413-225-3196

Saturday, November 8th, 1:00-4:00 pm. Fossil Fuel Divestment for Individuals. Want to stop investing in the companies that are causing the climate crisis? Wondering how to go about divesting your holdings from fossil fuel companies? Come listen to our panel of experts explain how to get it done! Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Pre-registration not required but helpful.  Contact Darcy Dumont, dumont140@yahoo.com.

 

That’s it. We go out with Tom Neilson‘s “Clearcutting the trees”.  Next time The Good green witch joins us for our Halloween special. Sooooo, if you’re out at night you better remember to listen to your Mother!

 

 

Meet the Greens Enviro Show

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRPGreetings Earthlings. Recall our breaking news on the last show about the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party coming out against logging in our public forests? This week the three GRP candidates on November’s ballot will join us to discuss that and more. Also we get an Autumnal Equinox call-in from our favorite, The Good Green Witch!  We’ll reflect on the Peoples Climate March and as usual we will also take you on a trip to meet the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! In this age of Climate Crisis we here on The Enviro Show reserve the right to include trees (our climate saviors) in the Revenge segment. With that in mind we have a two-fer for you here.

Time to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill!  Guess what? He’s baaaaackk! No, not that arch fool from Oklahoma, it’s Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Repugnican-CA). This time Dana suggested the U.S. Transportation Department is hiding a stealth global-warming “theory” behind the guise of a rail-safety crackdown. Hey, maybe all those exploding or leaking fossil fool trains are having theoretical accidents!

We Meet the Boss as his corporate captured Federal Energy Regulatory Commission downplays disaster. Three grassroots groups are calling on FERC to withdraw a “fatally flawed” Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed fracked gas pipeline that would extend from New York to Massachusetts. “The groups maintained one of the many “glaring holes” in the DEIS is its failure to adequately address the “potentially catastrophic impacts” of placing a 42-inch diameter, high pressure gas pipeline near residential neighborhoods, an elementary school and the Indian Point nuclear power plants” and their vast store of spent fuel rods. What could possibly go wrong??

Just inside the door to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find an invitation to stand up for the Trees on Sunday’s big climate march in NYC. Of course, if you’re reading this after the fact the good news is….you can still stand up for the Trees! How about starting here? [UPDATE: Checkout our Facebook page on the Rodale, Inc. "press conference" in the wake of the big march] Further into the chamber you may feel a…..chill? when you read about 2012 & 2013 bringing the largest CO2 increase in 30 years to planet Earth.

Our E-Valley-uation segment begins with a celebration. The corporate backers of “The Retreat”, the proposed upscale student housing project slated for the woods behind Cushman Village in Amherst, have…..retreated! Score one for the Spotted Salamanders. What now?  [UPDATE: Read our Letter in The Amherst Bulletin here]. Now, we have that conversation with the Greens. Then it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 pm, Why We Need a Climate Change Plan in Springfield and How to Get It. Gerena School, 200 Birnie Ave., Springfield, MA. The city of Springfield still doesn’t have a climate action plan. But a good plan could be the best thing to happen to Springfield in decades. We can pay less for electricity, spark economic development, create jobs, pollute less and clean up our air. We can protect our children, our neighborhoods, our water and our air. Food & Childcare available. Call: 413-734-4948 or 787-5191.

September 18, 6:00 to 7:30PM. The Town of Greenfield will hold a Solar Challenge public informational event at the Greenfield Public Library Meeting Room at 402 Main Street on Thursday, September 18 from 6 to 7:30 PM. The Solar Challenge Team will provide an overview of the program and answer questions about this opportunity for Greenfield residents and businesses to take advantage of solar electric systems.This opportunity to contract for a solar electric system at lower-than-usual cost will end on Nov. 15, with the lower prices due to group buying. For more information email SolarChallenge@greenfield-ma.gov or call 413-772-1389

October 1, 6 pm Arise/Climate Action Now! community meeting at South Congregational Church, 45 Maple St., Springfield.

In early November Beyond Extreme Energy, a coalition of people taking action to retire fossil fuels is calling for a non-violent sit-in at FERC,  a captured agency licensed by the US Department of Energy to issue permits for the building of large-scale oil, gas and electrical infrastructure. More here: https://sites.google.com/site/beyondextremeenergy/action-overview
That’s it for now. Remember, listen to your Mother!

 

s-statue-of-liberty-small1.jpg Greetings Earthlings. We’re devoting most of this show to The Peoples Climate March taking place in New York City on Sunday, September 21 in conjunction with a UN summit on the climate crisis. Of course, the March goes down to the Westside of the City and the UN is very much on the Eastside, but in spite of that bit of counter-intuitiveness the event may well prove to be historic. If it’s not historic enough for you the good news is that the UN is not going anywhere. It will still be on 1st Avenue between 42nd and 48th Street and some groups like the Global Climate Convergence and Beyond the March are planning actions close-by such #FloodWallStreet on Monday. Also, there are other events planned during the week such as the NYC Climate Convergence and the Peoples Climate Justice Summit. In other words, it’s all climate all week long and on this show we’ll get a call from Peoples’ Climate March HQ plus most of the Valley’s bus captains will be in the studio to help us all think local. We’ll get into that as well as a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……….

UPDATES! There are still seats available on a Brattleboro bus that may pick-up in Greenfield. Go HERE to find out more. For other Valley transportation info go HERE

AND Revenge of the Critters! WARNING foodies: Watch out for body parts!

BREAKING NEWS – This just in from MA Green-Rainbow Party Secretary of the Commonwealth candidate Danny Factor: “I am very pleased to announce that yesterday, the Green-Rainbow Party Administrative Committee ruled that the GRP opposes all logging on Massachusetts public lands. This is now the official position of the Green-Rainbow Party.” This is great news! Now……where does this leave the Dems? Lost in the woods? We will have the Green Party candidates on our next show, btw.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Nebraska Repugnican Congressman Lee Terry who wins the Cornhusker State’s trophy for being Nebraska’s Top Climate Denier. Think Progress tells us, “Terry has called himself a “light green,” and has said that his policy decisions will be based on “where the science goes.” However, he has publicly rejected the fact that scientists overwhelmingly accept that climate change is real and caused by humans.” That green is so light it looks transparent from here!

We Meet the New Boss as his Council on Environmental Quality caves to the corporados. According to our friends over at Climate Connections: “Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions.” We can only imagine where those agencies will get their guidance from!

A few notes here in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber: Vermont Digger tells us the so-called Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a new Waste Confidence Rule. “The previous Waste Confidence Rule determined that spent fuel could be safely stored on site for at least 60 years after a plant permanently ceased operations,” said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC. In the new standard, Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule, NRC staff members reassessed three time frames for the storage of spent fuel — 60 years, 100 years and indefinitely. But Sandy Levine, senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, said the new rule is business as usual for the nuclear industry. “The waste will stay at the plants indefinitely. Long-term storage of nuclear waste continues to be a problem the US has refused to grapple with.” Think Vermont Yankee people! Meanwhile back at the Peoples Climate March, Chris Hedges stirs the pot with his latest smackdown on liberals. It’s a good think piece in spite of the off-putting headline. Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is a must-see. You MUST go HERE. Finally, you may recall our cynical remarks way back last winter about the KM corporate fracked gas pipeline being mostly intended for the export market? Check this out.

In our E-Valley-uation segment the Peoples Climate March bus captains will update you on seating availability in your area. If you are in Springfield, MA go here for that info. After that we….um…march? over to the Bus Stop billboard:

Sunday, September 7, 5pm. Screening of “Disruption”Unitarian at the Universalist Social Hall at 121 N. Pleasant St. in Amherst. Get together to watch the new movie and have a discussion about what we can all do to fight climate change. This film is released in anticipation of the People’s Climate March on September 21st in NYC. Join us for the film and some refreshments!

Wednesday, September 10, 6pm. North End Coalition to Hold Climate Justice/Air Pollution Community Meeting at the NEON Office, Gerena School Main Street entrance.
A Springfield North End health-focused coalition will be holding a community meeting to discuss how to combat air pollution and climate change. Call: 413-732-3229

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Book launch for “Danger at the Gates”. Alice Ott, cyber sleuth, veteran activist, and Raging Granny,(modeled on Francis Crowe) returns to sound the alarm in highly suspicious murder case. When the body of a woman is found at the front gates of an aging nuclear power plant, Homeland Security is called in. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA Coolidge Room, Forbes Library. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/peace.comm.9#!/events/1494514134121983/

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bird Puppet-Making Session 2, Heritage Park, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke. Make hand-held bird puppets from cardboard for the People’s Climate March with theatre artist and activist Beth Fairservis. We hope to fill the streets with flocks of birds handmade by groups in Western MA. RSVP to Beth Fairservis: bethbirth@crocker.com.

Saturday, September 13, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Green-Rainbow Party gathering to define actions and roles of volunteers for the 7 weeks leading to the November 4, 2014 state election. Worcester Public Library, Banx Room, 3 Salem St. Go to:http://www.green-rainbow.org/

Sunday, September 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bird Puppet-Making Session 3, Yurt in the Woods Studio, Haydenville

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 pm, Why We Need a Climate Change Plan in Springfield and How to Get It. Gerena School, 200 Birnie Ave., Springfield, MA. The city of Springfield still doesn’t have a climate action plan. But a good plan could be the best thing to happen to Springfield in decades. We can pay less for electricity, spark economic development, create jobs, pollute less and clean up our air. We can protect our children, our neighborhoods, our water and our air. Food & Childcare available. Call: 413-734-4948 or 787-5191.

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 it for now. See you in the Big Apple but remember: listen to your Mother!

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!