ProtectWildGreetings Earthlings. Are you concerned things are getting a bit too tame these days? OK, define yur’ terms: tame as in less of the Wild around us, got it? Tom Butler returns to the show to talk about “Protecting the Wild – Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation”. Also, we delve into the recent FERC Attack on Western Mass in our E-Valley-uation segment and take you to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill and maybe to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Sharks protest Global Warming?

We Meet the New Boss as he “inches closer to disaster” in approving Shell’s oil drilling folly in the Chukchi Sea. We’ve gotta wonder what the New Boss is thinking given his alleged concern about the Climate Crisis. Obama’s legacy can be measured in inches too: it’s inches from tanking. O, and not to forget, Obama’s Environmental “Protection Agency” (EPA) recently recently stated that power plants across the United States can burn trees, tires, trash, plastic, and call it clean energy. You might want to talk to them about that here.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Jeff Duncan (Repugnican-SC) who argued on the Hill recently that fossil fuels have made life better for mankind — and that the social costs associated with global warming have been shown to benefit humans rather than harm them.  Good to know,…..right? “Fossil fuels have dramatically improved the lives of human beings,” Duncan said. “Man does better when it’s warmer. It got colder, we had the Bubonic plague. [Fossil fuels] ought to be the standard.” Well, OK Jeff, it actually IS the standard. Haven’t you noticed how that’s going?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we do a re-do of the FERC Scoping session in Greenfield on Wednesday and point you toward the Environmental Defense Fund’s study on all the methane leaks in fracked gas infrastructure d.o. referenced in his….what? short pithy testimony? 80 BILLION cubic feet wafting up into the atmosphere, and that’s NOT counting pipeline leaks and explosions!! Now it’s on to the next venues: Tuesday, August 4, 7p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Taconic High School Auditorium, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA and Wednesday, August 5, 7p.m. at the Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive (Dining Commons) Greenfield, MA. Bring those signs & banners and your friends and neighbors!

We have…Breaking News! Franklin County Residents Sue Corporate America in an Attempt to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipe Dream!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is another gem from the Pope:

“Is it realistic to hope that those who are obsessed with maximizing profits will stop to reflect on the environmental damage which they will leave behind for future generations? Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention.”

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have this from Politico: The Holes in Clinton’s Climate Plan. “Does Hillary Clinton support or oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline? Or Arctic offshore drilling? Or tougher restrictions on fracking? Or the oil industry’s push to lift the 1970s ban on exporting U.S. crude oil? Clinton avoided all those questions [recently].”  Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle the Repugs attacks on endangered species are up 600%. Way to go, enemies of the planet! Some potential good news for the bats here.  Scientists may have found an antidote for that horrendous White-Nose syndrome. Stay tuned!

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

Tuesday, August 4, 7p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Taconic High School Auditorium 96 Valentine Road Pittsfield, MA. Go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/events/

Wednesday, August 5, 7p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive (Dining Commons) Greenfield, MA.

Saturday August 8, 9:30-10:30am. Annual Citizens Awareness Network meeting.  CAN annual meeting with an update from Deb Katz on the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Chris WIlliams on Entergy Independent Vermont, Claire Chang solar actions and Amy Shollenberger on Montpelier: A Year in Review. Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA. AND: 11am. East Meets West: Making Massachusetts Nuclear Free. GCTV, 393 Main St, Greenfield, MA. CAN is organizing this forum to unite forces in Massachusetts to shutter the Pilgrim reactor and replace its power with sustainable energy solutions.

Sunday, August 91 to 2pm. Community Peace Gathering 70th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. First Congregational Church in Amherst, 165 Main Street. Songs, perspectives on peace and Prayers for Peace. Sponsors: Peacebuilders of First Church and Grace Church Peace Fellowship. Contact Katie Tolles at 259-1357 or tolleskatie @gmail.com for more info.

Tuesday, September 8. Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) has decided to organize a long-term, water-only “No New Permits Fast” this September in front of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We are undertaking this action in support of the call in Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si,” for action on the climate crisis. September 8, the day after Labor Day, and go until the end of September, until after Pope Francis has ended his six-day trip to the United States. Go to: beyondextremeenergy.org/details-of-the-fast/

Thursday, Sept. 24, 9:20am the Pope will address a joint session of Congress in Washington. After the address, we will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for a Rally for the Climate and a Just Economy. We’ll rally for our one Earth, one humanity, one living biosphere, and to recognize that all are experiencing one crisis. In addition to exciting performers and inspiring speakers from a variety of perspectives – climate justice, faith, science, labor and economic justice – we’ll celebrate the power of a people awake to the danger and the opportunity of this moment. Go to: moralactiononclimate.org

 

That’s all, folks! Remember to….what? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

stageGreetings Earthlings. [UPDATE: This show is HERE] The struggle against Kinder Morgan’s proposed NED fracked gas pipeline here in Western Mass is’t just about writing letters to politicians, attending hearings and standing around with placards chanting “We don’ need no stinking pipeline!!”. There are also artful approaches to kickin’ KM’s corporate butt! Gus Ganley and Lindsay Swan of Children of the Wild Ensemble Theater join us and our roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson in the studio to get creative about stopping this bogus project. Our own d.o. may be up for a bit of spoken word as well, but then again he’s always speaking words on the show, no? As usual, we’ll be taking you on a visit to the Fool-on-the-hill and to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe do some Breaking News as well, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Going for a hike? Stay off the beaver’s lodge!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Exxon funded, Mississippi Repugnican senator Roger Wicker, who cast the single no vote earlier this year against a symbolic “sense of the Senate” resolution that climate change was real and not a hoax. The resolution passed 98-1. Wicker, who received $14,000 from Exxon, voted no. Of course the vote was simply more smoke & mirrors from the Land of Make Believe. The sense of the Senate……wait! “sense?? Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha……(O, sorry) the document also stated the Climate Crisis was not human caused. So much for common ol’ sense.

Time for The Enviro Show Quote of the Week:  “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.”    ― Kahlil Gibran

In our E-Valley-uation segment we once again put out the call: ALL OUT! for the FERC Scoping session on the environmental aspects of Kinder Morgan’s proposed NED fracked gas pipeline aimed straight at the heart of our Valley. It’s Wednesday, July 29, 6pm at the Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. Bring family & friends, signs & more noise! We don’t need no stinkin’ pipeline!! Also this: Congrats to Bill Gibson of Springfield for getting a special “DEP hot line” to call night or day about toxic odors from the Solutia/Eastman plant. Bill reports: “DEP sends a representative to meet with the reporting folks and witness the smell, every time they call…..again, day or night. Now……the smells have stopped! We had hoped to “catch” Solutia/Eastman with DEP air monitors and perhaps see them fined along with some negative media coverage. My sense is that Solutia/Eastman now knows that DEP is involved, and they have ceased releasing toxins.” 

Breaking News time! Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concluded that Maine should not enter into contracts to purchase gas pipeline capacity because the costs of doing so would outweigh the benefits to Mainers! Massachusetts DPU, are you listening? Also this: James Hansen’s latest study spells bad news for coastal cities. To the hills!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we hear from Grist that Big Organic farming has some greenhouse gas issues. All the more reason to keep at your gardening (and to frequent the farmers market). And this: There are only 57 Javan Rhinos left in the wild. Better have a look HERE.  Speaking of critters in trouble, it’s time the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service listed the Monarch Butterfly. Go HERE to tell them, please! Look: the Monsanto Protection Act is baaaaack (and worse than ever). Finally, we echo the Union Leader in the Live free or Die state: It seems Kinder Morgan has shrunk the size of its proposed NED fracked gas pipeline (maybe ‘cuz their outlook keeps shrinking). Read about all about it!

After we get all arty with Gus, Lindsay & Tom it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, July 22, 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Water Chestnut Pull. Barton Cove Campground & Canoe, 82 French King Highway, Gill, MA For ages 10 and older FREE Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960 Help save the Connecticut River from an alien invader! This is a great opportunity to get on the water and have some fun… all for a good cause. 

Thursday, July 23, 6pm – 8pm. Springfield Climate Justice Coalition public meeting. Wesley United Methodist Church, Springfield. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/416860505187782//

Sunday, July 26, 4pm. Concert—–6 PM Potluck. Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron in Concert kicking off the Gotta Lotta Nerve Tour. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield. Limited Space, RSVP: 609-560-9493 or 413-325-8417, lturowsky@gmail.com, Reserve seat with check to Tom Neilson, c/o Lisa Turowsky, 729 Colrain Rd Greenfield 01301 Suggested Donation $10 – 15

Sunday, July 26, 4:00pm – 5:30pm“Our Lives on the Line” Rally and Vigil. Dedham & West Roxbury. 3:00 pm Worship Across the Pipeline with local clergy (Gonzalez Field, 500 High Street, Dedham). 4:00 Rally with local elected officials (at Gonzalez Field). 4:30 Walk to Dedham-West Roxbury/Boston City Line: Hands Across our border at 5530 Washington Street, West Roxbury. Come join the residents of our communities that are opposed to the construction of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Go to: ResistThePipeline.org

Monday, July 27, 7pm – 9pm. Next Climate Action NOW/350 MASS Monthly Gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Email: climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 28, 7pm. Weren’t able to get to DC for the Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE actions last month? FERC is coming to YOU! Public Scoping session for KM’s fracked gas pipe dream, Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Rd., Pittsfield, MA.  Bring family & friends, signs & noise! Call: (413) 448-9600

Wednesday, July 29, 5:30pm. Weren’t able to get to DC for the Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE actions last month? FERC is coming to YOU! Public Scoping session for KM’s fracked gas pipe dream, Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA Bring family & friends, signs & more noise! We don’t need no stinkin’ pipeline!!
Thursday, July 30, 9:00am. Evil…er..Eversource has scheduled an herbicide application demonstration at the pull off on Shutesbury Rd. in Leverett where the power lines crosses the road. The location is just a little way up Shutesbury Road towards Shutesbury from the Shutesbury and Cushman roads intersection. This demonstration is the result of some resident concerns about the herbicide application that were expressed at a recent Selectboard meeting. All Leverett residents are welcome.

Thursday, July 30, 10:45am – 1:45pm. Soak Up the Sun Rally for Solar! 350 Mass is joining with our allies and calling on state officials to take action. Meet us at 10:45 AM for a rally in front of the State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston (Bulfinch Entrance on Beacon Street, overlooking Boston Common). Then, we’ll go into the State House to meet with legislators and their staff. The theme of the rally is “beach party,” so bring your beach gear: towels, inflatable beach balls, beach umbrellas, etc. RSVP here.

Saturday August 8, 2015 from 9:30-10:30am. Annual Citizens Awareness Network meeting.  CAN annual meeting with an update from Deb Katz on the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Chris WIlliams on Entergy Independent Vermont, Claire Chang solar actions and Amy Shollenberger on Montpelier: A Year in Review. Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, August 91 to 2pm. Community Peace Gathering 70th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. First Congregational Church in Amherst, 165 Main Street. Songs, perspectives on peace and Prayers for Peace. Sponsors: Peacebuilders of First Church and Grace Church Peace Fellowship. Contact Katie Tolles at 259-1357 or tolleskatie @gmail.com for more info.

 

 

 

That is all for now. Remember, while you’re out & about listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

GreeningGfldGreetings Earthlings. Do you hate plastic as much as we do? (OK, so this keyboard is made of plastic but does everything have to be!). Louise Amyot and Sandra Boston from Greenfield Rights of Nature (O, and some guy named Glen) join us to help paint the town green. Also we visit the usual suspects like our Fool-on-the-Hill and we 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! Heads up, Alaskan humans: bloodsucking Artic Lampreys raining from the sky!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) who earns his foolscap by blaming enviros for California’s water shortage. “Droughts are nature’s fault; water shortages are our fault,”  McClintock said “For a generation, we have failed to build the facilities needed to store water from wet years to have it in dry ones and radical environmental laws have squandered the water we did store. Our water shortage is caused by a shortage of sensible water policy.” Looks like Tom isn’t familiar with terms ending in suffixes: conservation, evaporation, realization…

OK, it looks like The New Boss has turned in his Presidential Seal for a crown, that according to arch consumer advocate, Ralph Nader. “The reason I call President Obama “King Obama” in this case is that he, and his massive corporate lobbies (royal court), have sought to circumvent the checks and balances system that is the very bedrock of our government.” states Nader. “They have severely weakened the independence of the primary branch of our government – the Congress—and fought off any court challenges with medieval defenses, such as no American citizen has any standing to sue for harm done by such treaties.”  Soooo, is Obama a royal pain in the ass? You decide!

Breaking News! This just in: 1 in 4 U.S. citizens unaware the earth orbits around the Sun! We’re pretty sure they all watch Faux “News”.

We have a fitting Enviro Show Quote of the Week for you. Who said:
“While some are concerned only with financial gain, and others with holding on to or increasing their power, what we are left with are conflicts or spurious agreements where the last thing either party is concerned about is caring for the environment and protecting those who are most vulnerable.”?

Time to move into the Echo Chamber. Please watch your head when entering. Here’s the BIG news from On High in its entirety: Pope Francis kicks ass! To your right you will notice Hillary has hired a former Keystone XL lobbyist to help her sell her candidacy for the White House. Go ahead and get all real-politic with us, claiming these people have no loyalty to any given issue, but then ask yourself what does THAT say! We have charts for your Climate Crisis denying Uncle Harry HERE from Grist. Speaking of charts (and all the nerdy science stuff that goes with it), we have good news from the pencil pushers at Stanford: 100% renewable doable for the U.S. by 2050. We can hardly wait! More good news: New York State officially bans fracking. OK, too much god news is disturbing. Let’s go to the movies!  Finally, our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus gives you the chance to go thumbs down on the totally crazed plan to build a new canal through Nicaragua??

Time for a little E-Valley-uation. Erving is the latest Massachusetts town to ban fracked gas pipelines! The folks in Erving are in good company. Look at all the other Valley towns officially opposed to Kinder Morgan’s pipe dream.  On to “Lies In July!” : The Federal Energy…er..Rubberstamp? Commission (FERC) is coming to the Valley for a Scoping Meeting where they “gather input from the public and interested agencies on the [proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline] Project. You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the Project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EIS.” [our emphasis] You find any lies in the announcement from an industry captured agency that never saw a fracked gas project it didn’t love?  Did someone say dog & pony show?  See the Billboard below for details.

 

After our conversation with Sandra and Louise we move on over to the Bus Stop B-board:

 

Thursday July 9, 6:15 pm (and Saturday July 25th at 12:45pm). Mothers Out front house parties. We are a group of mothers who refuse to stand idle while climate change threatens the future of all our children. Join us in learning how to build and flex our civic muscle as we TAKE ACTION.  If you can make either house oparty, email GreenZinnia@hotmail.com. If not, or to check out their local work beforehand, go to their website at http://mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

Friday, July 10 & 14, at 6-9 pm Two Stop the West Roxbury Lateral (SWRL) non-violent direct action training sessions at the Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St. West Roxbury, MA. The campaign to resist Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline has reached a critical juncture. Spectra has started construction in Dedham, and they’ve sued the city of Boston in an attempt to seize land for the pipeline through eminent domain. With two additional Spectra pipeline proposals already in the works, we need to show Spectra that they will not be able to build this pipeline without a serious fight. Dedham, Boston and West Roxbury residents are mobilizing now and are asking supporters to sign a pledge to resist the pipeline — check it out here! If you are considering participating in nonviolent direct action against the proposed fracked gas West Roxbury Lateral pipeline project, plan on attending. To RSVP or for more information, contact Andrea at adoremus@rcn.com

Sunday, July 12, 11:15AM. Rally to Stop the Bomb Train & Mourn the Victims. Crude oil trains threaten the safety of 25 million Americans in the blast zone. The oil industry moves highly toxic tar sands and volatile Bakken crude oil in unsafe rail cars over tracks that were never designed for this dangerous cargo. Safety standards are weak and emergency responders are unprepared for derailments, spills, and explosions. We’re mobilizing to stop these oil trains that threaten our communities, our watersheds, and our climate. Memorial Hall, 240 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Contact: Daniel Ritchie, zz8daniel@yahoo.com, Climate Action NOW.

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 1 to 9PM. Benefit Event: Midsummernight Faerie-Concert Against the Pipeline!
 – A broad assortment of local music and comedy at the Singing Bridge Arts Center, beside the Westfield River, just a couple of miles from where the NED pipeline would cross it. Gaia Star Band, Rachel Laitman, Visioning BEAR Singers, Sarah Stockwell, Burrie Jenkins and more. Potluck refreshments and dinner.  All proceeds go to fight the pipeline. Singing Bridge Arts Center, West Main St. (right off Rte. 9) West Cummington, MA.

Monday, July 13, 6:30pm. Ashfield Stop the Pipeline meeting at Elmers Store.

 July 18th & 19th.  Intro to Direct Action Climbing in Washington DC. Greenpeace is hosting a 2-day Intro to Direct Action Climbing workshop at their DC warehouse.  This workshop is designed to expose potential climbers to a couple of the most popular climb systems and to develop basic climbing skills.  If you have ever wondered if climbing is for you, this is an ideal place to have a bash and see if you like it.  Skills covered will include learning basic knots, set up on rope, basic ascent and descent, rappeling, switching systems on rope, and basic problem solving.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.  Please contact James Brady directly if interested: james.brady@greenpeace.org

Tuesday, July 21 11am-1pm 350MA holds monthly demonstrations in support of fossil fuel divestment outside the state pension management board meetings at 55 State Street, Boston. For further information or to join a carpool going to Boston call Adele Franks at 413 320 9418.

Tuesday, July 27, 7pm. Weren’t able to get to DC for the Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE actions last month? FERC is coming to YOU! Public Scoping session for KM’s fracked gas pipe dream, Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Rd., Pittsfield, MA.  Bring family & friends, signs & noise!

Wednesday, July 29, 6:30pm. Weren’t able to get to DC for the Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE actions last month? FERC is coming to YOU! Public Scoping session for KM’s fracked gas pipe dream, Greenfield Middle School, 141 Davis St. (Corner of Federal St.), Greenfield, MA Bring family & friends, signs & more noise! We don’t need no stinkin’ pipeline!!

 

OK, that’s all for now. Remember to….fill-in the blank: Listen to ________________!!

Summer-Bonfire-435x580Greetings Earthlings. Can you believe we’ve been at this for ten years already? Now, another Summer Solstice is upon us and our most favorite witch joins us to mark the occasion (June 21, 2015). The Good Green Witch  will give us the goods on the Solstice and we’ll light the bonfire on the air! As always, we’ll stroll on over to see The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! June is the month for fireflies but don’t try eating them!

We have a two-fer for our Fool-on-the-hill this time. A bill filed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) would eliminate the gas tax used to pay for federal transportation projects. The Hill reports,  “The concept, commonly referred to by transportation observers as “devolution,” is popular with staunch conservatives who argue that development of road and transit infrastructure should be left up to states.” (Who would likely privatize YOUR crumbling roads while they take the chopper to their next taxpayer funded vacation!)

The New Boss took a big hit from his fellow Dems on Friday. His fixation on getting that disastrous TPP trade agreement (you know, SHAFTA?) on his resume blew up in his face when the votes went against him in the U.S. House or Reprehensibles. Sorry, Barry. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all? On the other hand Obama’s approval for oil drilling in the storm-tossed Arctic is going swimmingly as kayactivists were unable to block Shell’s behemoth floating rig as it left Seattle harbor on its journey to trash the planet. We have an ironic twist on that. Tune in.

We’re melding The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with our E-Valley-uation segment with the GCTV video of last Thursday’s Department of “Public” Utilities/Berk Gas hearing in Greenfield. If you weren’t there (we thought we saw all of you!) it’s HERE, including Holly Lovelace’s stirring testimony that moved her to go on bended knee to some startled DPU officials begging them to save her home from Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline. Our guess is the DPU won’t do anything but rubber stamp their corporate masters demands so you might want to think about helping Holly yourself by going here. Meanwhile the Gazette reports “The attorney general’s office maintains that the DPU’s mission is to find whether the proposed Berkshire Gas long-term contract with Tennessee Gas Pipeline is in the public interest, and must first examine regional pipeline capacity conditions and potential future needs, along with reasonable alternatives and other issues.”  Like our sign at the hearing said: “We’re looking at you DPU!” Back to Kinder Morgan itself: it looks like some investors are not happy with KM’s debt load. Getting back to Berkshire Gas, our guy Glen pointed out clearly at the DPU hearing that such a bucolic name belies Berk Gas’ real ownership which is right HERE (PDF). Finally, our friends at FANG got into the faces of Gas Man at an industry forum in Boston multiple times (word has it besides some rough treatment by security they also tried playing loud music to drown out the protesters – why not just play a recording of a compressor station blowdown, that’s LOUD!)

Breaking News! The Pope has released his climate crisis bombshell. Climate change deniers are already preparing their defense: the Earth is flat, OK??  “Everyone is going to ride the pope now. Isn’t that wonderful,” said Denier-in-Chief Sen. James Inhofe, who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment (!) and Public Works. “The pope ought to stay with his job, and we’ll stay with ours.” Actually Jim, the Pope IS doing his job, how about you do yours….for a change!!

For our Enviro Show Quote of the Week you don’t have to go very far:  “Right now, in the amazing moment that to us counts as the present, we are deciding, without quite meaning to, which evolutionary pathways will remain open and which will forever be closed. No other creature has ever managed this and it will, unfortunately, be our most enduring legacy.”
― Elizabeth Kolbert

 

On to the Bus Stop Billboard!

 

July 1-8, The 2015 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous, hosted by Green Mountain Earth First!, will be held on occupied Abenaki land in so-called Vermont.  Website for more info on this Rondy.

Thursday, July 2, 7pm. Montague Against the Pipeline meeting. Montague Public Safety building (180 Turnpike Rd.),  Turners Falls, MA. Montague is not only effected by the Berkshire Gas moratorium, but it is also in the path of the pipeline! All out to defend the Plains!

Monday, July 6, 7pm. Interfaith Eco-action meeting. There will be a Moral Action on Climate March on Sunday, September 20th and your church, mosque, temple, sangha, congregation, Friend’s meeting, or other community can join in!! Come to First Churches in Northampton (corner of Main and Center St.) and participate in the local planning.

Thursday July 9, 6:15 pm (and Saturday July 25th at 12:45pm). Mothers Out front house parties. We are a group of mothers who refuse to stand idle while climate change threatens the future of all our children. Join us in learning how to build and flex our civic muscle as we TAKE ACTION.  If you can make either house oparty, email GreenZinnia@hotmail.com. If not, or to check out their local work beforehand, go to their website at http://mothersoutfront.org/amherst_community_team

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 1 to 9PM. Benefit Event: Midsummernight Faerie-Concert Against the Pipeline!
 – A broad assortment of local music and comedy at the Singing Bridge Arts Center, beside the Westfield River, just a couple of miles from where the NED pipeline would cross it. Gaia Star Band, Rachel Laitman, Visioning BEAR Singers, Sarah Stockwell, Burrie Jenkins and more. Potluck refreshments and dinner.  All proceeds go to fight the pipeline. Singing Bridge Arts Center, West Main St. (right off Rte. 9) West Cummington, MA.

July 18th & 19th.  Intro to Direct Action Climbing in Washington DC. Greenpeace is hosting a 2-day Intro to Direct Action Climbing workshop at their DC warehouse.  This workshop is designed to expose potential climbers to a couple of the most popular climb systems and to develop basic climbing skills.  If you have ever wondered if climbing is for you, this is an ideal place to have a bash and see if you like it.  Skills covered will include learning basic knots, set up on rope, basic ascent and descent, rappeling, switching systems on rope, and basic problem solving.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.  Please contact James Brady directly if interested: james.brady@greenpeace.org

Tuesday, July 21 11am-1pm 350MA holds monthly demonstrations in support of fossil fuel divestment outside the state pension management board meetings at 55 State Street, Boston. For further information or to join a carpool going to Boston call Adele Franks at 413 320 9418.

 

That’s all folks! remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

stinkGreetings Earthlings. Have you about had it up to here with Berkshire Gas? As you may recall Berkshire Gas imposed a moratorium on new customers and any new use by existing customers because of an alleged energy crisis and until the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP pipeline project is complete. Sound like an ultimatum? Corporate extortion? Bullshit? You decide! The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. (you can send them your thoughts by going HERE). Sooooo, Rosemary of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns and stirs the pot with us. As always we’ll send you over to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and with a visit to The Fool-on-the-Hill, maybe to Meet the New Boss as well. Also we have a zinger for our Quote of the Week, but first it’s  time for……Revenge of the Critters! Kids do all the wrong things as bear approaches in Amherst.

Let’s jump right to our Quote of the Week so d.o. can go on-and-on about his recent visit with proto-tree hugger, Thom Jefferson at Monticello. You’ll have to climb directly into the Wayback Machine for this one ‘cuz it’s back to the 18th century!  “The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.” – Thomas Jefferson

Breaking News! Kinder Morgan’s/TGP proposed Direct Hit on your Community Pipeline plans to build the largest fracked gas compressor station on the East Coast by scenic woodlands in Northfield, MA! It will be 80,000 horsepower. The Lusitania was just 72,000 horsepower but we bet it made a bit of noise before it sunk! How crazy is that??

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find the new Gov carrying water for…..(are you ready?) ALEC!  Baker’s actions promoting the proposed KM fracked gas pipeline and pulling the rug out from under efforts to expand solar power  makes it clear where his loyalties lie: Corporado in the Capitol!  Did we just mention Kinder Morgan? Check this out: KM hires off-duty cops to deter protests. Wait, isn’t THAT against the law?? How about THIS? Speaking of cops in league with corporados, Sherrie Anne Andre’s tree-sit in Rhode Island protesting the proposed Spectra fracked gas pipeline was raided. Check it out HERE. And, checkout FANG’s Week of Action, June 6 to 12 HERE. And this: going boating in Cape Cod or Massachusetts Bay this summer? OK, but watch out for whales! How about we go out with some good news! Maryland bans fracking!!

Time to Meet the New Boss making life even harder for endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity notes “The [Obama] administration has quietly passed a series of regulatory changes that limit protections for species’ critical habitat, make it harder for species to gain protection as threatened or endangered, and sharply curtail citizen participation in implementation of the law.” After you checkout this page (PDF) you’ll probably want to TAKE ACTION!  Also this: the White House’s new plan simply doesn’t cut it. We need to get most pesticides off the market, OK? For more on that go HERE.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Florida Repugnican and presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio who stated recently on ABC’s “This Week” that “Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed… I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.”  It gets worse: on the god awful Bill O’Reilly Show Rubio said “there’s no scientific consensus on human responsibility for climate change, that surface temperatures have stabilized over the last two decades, that cutting carbon emissions would destroy the economy, and that U.S. policies won’t do anything about the problem.” (he may be…..um..right? about that last one).

A bit of E-Valley-uation here: we note the passing of longtime activist and friend of the planet Juanita Nelson who was memorialized  last Saturday with a full-blown New Orleans style funeral procession and standing room only program in Greenfield. You can see some of that HERE. That’s d.o. in black with Juanita’s famous “You don’t gotta'” quote and Rev. Billy behind the banner. Happy trails, Juanita! Presente!

After our conversation with Rosemary we move along to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, June 10 – 3:30-4:30pm. Franklin County Transportation Justice meeting. TJ was formed by local riders and concerned citizens for the general discussion and the bettering of Public Transportation in Franklin County. Discussion to be of the nature to influence the improvement and expansion of Public Transportation in Franklin County. The Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 Third St, Turners Falls MA 01376

 

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm. A special hearing on Berkshire Gas’ application with the DPU to buy gas from Kinder Morgan on NED. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield. We need to get Berk Gas customers – commercial and residential – who are opposed to NED out in numbers!

June 6, 13 & 27. HALT: Hands across loved trails in New Hampshire. Hiking beloved trails affected by the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline. Go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/halt-hand-across-loved-trails-events/

Saturday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 16. March for Our Children. The Pilgrim nuke is among the 5 worst run reactors in the US.   Join the citizen’s march to revoke Pilgrim’s operating license and remove this nuclear threat from our lives.   Refuse to be a radiation refugee! We will march 54 miles over 4 days – from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to the Boston State House. You can join us for part of, or all of the march. Good company, meals and accommodations will be provided. go to: www.madownwinders.org/calendar/march-for-our-children/

Sunday, June 14, 10AM to Noon. Hike Poplar Mountain. The hike starts in the Erving State Forest and ascends the mountain, following the route of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct fracked gas pipeline. Go to: www.mountgrace.org/

Sunday, June 14 – 15. Red Ribbon Walking Vigil in Opposition to the West Roxbury-Dedham Lateral Pipeline! There will be a Red Ribbon Walking Vigil from Dedham to West Roxbury the week before the pipeline construction is to begin. Please join us before 1:00 on the green outside of First Church in Dedham, 670 High Street on June 15th for this event. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171590446252348/

Sunday, June 14, 2 to 6pm. National Climate Mobilization Day. Climate mobilization Teach-in. Bowling Green Park, Financial District, NYC. Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir will on hand. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/2085722818235104/  Also go to: www.theclimatemobilization.org/  and sign the pledge!

Monday, June 15, 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Please join us at the NY State Capitol in Albany, NY at the close of the legislative session for a Peaceful Vigil for A Clean and Safe Energy Future. Call on Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature to take real Climate Action now, Shut Down Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power and produce an Energy Plan that gives us 100% Clean Renewable Community Owned Power. Stop Bakken Oil Bomb Trains, Stop Proposed Fracked Gas Pipelines, Stop Proposed LNG Storage and Export Facilities and Shut Down Indian Point while we phase out fossil fuels and nuclear power and shift to 100% clean renewable energy. Contact: abram@frackfreenation.org  or call 607 345-4865

Wednesday June 17, 7:00pm. The Greenfield Town Council will be voting on the ordinance to create limits and standards for commercial biomass burners in Greenfield. Residential wood burning is exempted, and large scale burners as well as waste to energy facilities would be banned. Please attend and support the Town Council in voting for this precedent setting ordinance. People are allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting. Please express your support! GCTV, 393 Main St. 3rd Floor, Greenfield,MA.

Saturday, June 20, 9 p.m. – late night. 5th Annual Moth Ball. Join ABNC president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house, 1542 Pleasant St., Athol, to search for Lunas, underwings, silkmoths and other night flying insects. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share and favorite moth baits. (Don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!) Info: Dave Small, 978-413-1772 or Dave@dhsmall.net.

Mon, June 22, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now MA General Meeting. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060, United States (map). We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 1 to 9PM. Benefit Event: Midsummernight Faerie-Concert Against the Pipeline!
 – A broad assortment of local music and comedy at the Singing Bridge Arts Center, beside the Westfield River, just a couple of miles from where the NED pipeline would cross it. Gaia Star Band, Rachel Laitman, Visioning BEAR Singers, Sarah Stockwell, Burrie Jenkins and more. Potluck refreshments and dinner.  All proceeds go to fight the pipeline. Singing Bridge Arts Center, West Main St. (right off Rte. 9) West Cummington, MA

We go out with Tom Neilson’s “Hole in the Ground” in case you missed the part about fracked gas. OK, that’s enough of that. What are we going to remember now? Right, to listen to our Mother!

 

 

StopFercusGreetings Earthlings. Remember when we asked you if you wanted to runaway to the FERCus awhile back? Jimmy Betts of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) returns to the show to help you make that dream become a reality! As always we also take you for a visit with  the Fool-on-the-Hill, The New Boss and to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as give you the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! It’s as clear as black & white: wild critters are NOT pets!

We have another multiple! It’s our latest FOOLS-on-the-Hill offering, one that seems to have passed under our radar, interestingly  around Earth Day. Anyway, here it is: 59 members of that august body, the United States Senate voted to deny that humans are causing the Climate Crisis. If it’s any comfort, they did state that global warming exists……but it’s perfectly natural! Feel better? No?

You don’t have to travel far this time for our Quote of the Week (unless you want to hear it in person): “Surely by now there can be few here who still believe the purpose of government is to protect us from the destructive activities of corporations. At last most of us must understand that the opposite is true: that the primary purpose of government is to protect those who run the economy from the outrage of injured citizens.”  ― Derrick Jensen

Breaking News! Would you find it hard to believe the “good corporate citizens” at Kinder Morgan would pay for pro-pipeline shills in your community? Yes? Tune in for updates on the latest astroturf alert! And this: FERC is trying to run BUT they can’t hide (by changing the date of their next “hearing” on the latest fracked gas schemes). Would you like to go to the FERCus on May 14 and see the early show? It’s a 3fer! Finally this: Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls for a second public hearing on the Berk Gas/KM deal (see below for May 26 DPU hearing).

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we pass on various notifications of THE worst oil pipeline to date and guess who’s behind it? Did someone say TransCanada? DING! You win! It’s called Energy East and like some proposed fracked gas pipelines we know it’s all about EXPORTS. Here’s a for-what-it’s-worth petition if you want. Time to go to the movies! We have a free double feature in store for you HERE and HERE. Maybe now that you’ve had an earful of bad ideas from a dysfunctional government you’d like a breather? Sorry, there’s more! Enemies of the Planet in Congress want to make it harder for critters to survive, especially on the shoreline where their motorhead friends like to race their ORVs. Tell the National Park Service what you think of that HERE.

This week we find The New Boss dragging his foot on fossil fuel infrastructure safety. He REALLY needs to appoint a new boss for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (you know, the person who oversees all those exploding trains and pipelines?). Actually some of his potential choices aren’t half bad. Just do it, Boss!

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

 

May 28-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you are coming from Massachusetts  please contact bobbywego@gmail.com who is coordinating transportation statewide. Also checkout BXE’s rideboard at: http://mutt.com/beyond-extreme-energy/#!/ride-shares

Tuesday, May 26, 2pm – 4pm. Standout at DPU Hearing for Berkshire Gas. Department of Public Utilities, Hearing Room A, One South Station, Boston. Comment Deadline, May 22. You do NOT need to mail paper copies of your comments.  Email to dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and to the DPU Hearing Officer, Laurie Weisman (laurie.e.weisman@state.ma.us) will be adequate to get your comments filed.

May 26 thru June 7. Bee Weeks! Greenfield & Northampton. Go to: www.beeweek.org  or email: jonathan@ptco.org

Saturday, May 30, 8am-12 noon. “Northfield Pipeline Awareness” will have a yard sale booth at the Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MA raising funds for MassPlan.

Sunday, May 31, Noon. CT Climate March. It’s time to march in CT at the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT. For more info go to: 350CT.org/ or contact Toka at 860-680-7247

Saturday, May 30, 9am to 5pm. Green Rainbow Party Convention. Be a part of the yearly meeting of all Green-Rainbow Party members. Hear guest speakers and engage in discussion groups about a green and just future that we can make happen. Vote to elect officers to help guide us into the 2016 election in which we plan to run many candidates. First Unitarian Church, Worcester, MA. Go to: www.green-rainbow.org/

Saturday, June 6, 9AM to 3PM. Keep Fracked Gas out of Mass! Learn the skills you need to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, and help us show Governor Baker that we don’t want new fracked gas pipelines in Massachusetts! On June 6, join 350 Mass and other groups for a workshop on direct action featuring trainers from FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas). We’ll also have a workshop on media skills led by journalist Maura Stephens! After the workshop, we’ll march to Governor Baker’s home in Swampscott and call on him to support clean energy, not new gas pipelines. Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave, Swampscott, Massachusetts. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/837581519689905/
Saturday, June 6, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Not-in-anyones-backyard Sale – Stop the Pipeline! Red Barn – Barnard & Shelburne Center Road – Shelburne, MA. Questions or to Arrange Pick Up:  JoAnn 610-762-3365 or Debbie 413-625-8218

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm. A special hearing on Berkshire Gas’ application with the DPU to buy gas from Kinder Morgan on NED. Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal St., Greenfield. We need to get Berk Gas customers – commercial and residential – who are opposed to NED out in numbers!

 

That’s it. We are out of here except to remind you to….what? Right! Listen to your Mother!

toilettableGreetings Earthlings. Now that Spring is finally here you may be getting back to the garden, yes? We certainly don’t want to discourage you by using terms like “toilet to table” or “peecycling” so we’ll leave that to our guest, Kim Nace, founder of Rich Earth Institute. Meanwhile we will take you to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and the New Boss, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Another GoPro camera theft, this time by our national symbol, the Bald Eagle (we thought our nation advocates surveillance??)

On to our Fool! We’ve been saving this one up for you. Too bad we didn’t have an April Fools Day show this year ‘cuz this guy would have walked away with all the….um…honors? Kansas, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Repugnican-KS) addressed the subject of the proposed KXL tar sands pipeline thus: “People argue about how many jobs it would create,” the fool said. “One’s enough for me!” How about one less congressman instead!

We Meet the New Boss publicly slamming our senior Senator here in the Commonwealth over her opposition to the TPP trade deal (you know, SHAFTA?). Liz Warren shot back with a tweet: “show us the plan!”  It’s secret, of course, except for the bad stuff leaking out of the bottom. It sure is…er…interesting? to see the New Boss being cordial with all those corporate Repugnicans and their phony smiles and their fingers crossed behind their backs.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber our guest makes it onto the pages of Grist!  This month’s MUST SEE right HERE! And, we checkout another high-profile woman in politics. It’s the anti-Warren and Hillary’s record on climate is…well, globally warm? You may be old enough to remember “The Crying Indian” TV spot from back in the day. Now, we have the Incredulous Indian for Earth Day (corney, but so was his predecessor). Remember our previous coverage of leaky old gas pipelines, especially around metro Boston? Here’s an update on that. Also, an excellent op-ed in Commonwealth by Joel Wool regarding National Grid. And, in our post-Earth Day Worst Story Ever we have the last of the White Rhinos. Thanks damaged humans, what else will you screw up?? This just in! Earthquakes & the Climate Crisis. Looks like we humans…um…rock the world?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we have this photo and this press release proving we were protesting outside the private New England Governors Northeast Energy Forum and “working session” in Hartford, CT on Thursday (actually their “plan” was already worked out in smoke-free back rooms long ago). The Govs, in their infinite wisdom, want to get all renewable with you BUT they still want their fracked gas pipelines too! (and, of course, they want YOU to pay for it). Wait, did someone fail to say anything about….EXPORTS! (‘cuz that’s what these pipelines are really about). And, speaking of private meetings, would out of state organizers want to hold a Climate Summit for activists without it being public? Just asking!

After our conversation with Kim w skip over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturday, May 2, 10:00am-12:00pm. “The Pipeline and Your Rights – a Forum for Landowners, Municipalities and Citizens”. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.  This forum, sponsored by the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network, will include attorneys, land specialists, elected officials and community activists. Topics will include protecting your rights as landowners, municipalities, and communities, and engaging in FERC and state regulatory proceedings.

Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Helping Communities with Renewable Energy. UMass Amherst, in cooperation with DOER, will host its second annual one-day energy conference for city and town officials and others who work on municipal energy projects/ issues (registration and vendor/information tables at8:30 am; keynote at 9:30 am, followed by panels and workshops). Located at the UMass Amherst Campus Center, the conference will provide municipal officials with information about energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities at the local level, as well as the opportunity to network and share information with other cities and towns, and state and university energy experts. A vendor fair is also included. Registration (free to municipalities) includes coffee/light breakfast and lunch.  For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

Sunday, May 10, 9am to Noon. Hike the Montague Plains. Join Naturalist Josh Rose in a hike exploring trails on this unique interior sand plain where the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline could be built. Montague residents are encouraged to participate. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Bartlett Road (off Rt.63) near Millers Falls, MA. Info at: plarson24@hotmail.com // 978-575-1226

May 21-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you’re planning to take part in the FERC action in DC in May you may want to checkout BXE’s rideboard at: http://mutt.com/beyond-extreme-energy/#!/ride-shares

Saturday, May 30, 8am-12 noon. “Northfield Pipeline Awareness” will have a yard sale booth at the Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MA raising funds for MassPlan.

Sunday, May 31, Noon. CT Climate March. It’s time to march in CT at the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT. For more info go to: 350CT.org/ or contact Toka at 860-680-7247

 

That is all. Next time we return to the FERCus! Until then remember: listen to your Mother, got it?

Pay_the_piper-300x222Greetings Earthlings. Is April the cruelest month? Only if Enviro Show listeners don’t help us stay on the air! [UPDATE: We guess it really is cruel ‘cuz YOU didn’t call with one single pledge!] We delve deep into the Valley Free Radio Spring On-air Fund Drive and ask for your support. Naturally, we will still take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill and perhaps to hear our Quote of the Week, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and we play a few appropo tunes, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Sacred monkey Luddites at work!

This week’s Fool was probably last month’s Fool. Who can remember? These names keep coming back to haunt us.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? Sound familiar? This time he’s “warning other countries to ‘proceed with caution’ in [climate] negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone.” Yup, it’s the Repugnican Undermine Separation of Powers Foreign Policy offensive! And, it’s not only offensive, but potentially…..illegal? (and really….foolish).

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we keep hearing about the historic drought in California. Last time we talked about how Gov. Moonbeam seemed inclined to dump all the burden of water conservation (OK, it’s not supposed to be a burden) on residents while letting the fracking Fossil Fools continue to waste and poison vast amounts of H2O, not to forget operations like Nestles and Big Ag thumbing their noses at conservation. Well, Breaking News! The Fossil Fools have come to the rescue! Sell their toxic waste to….Big Ag to water the crops! Great……..(right?).  MORE Breaking News! The Boston Globe goes all squishy on the KM fracked gas pipeline proposal, gets in ISO’s face and comes out for energy conservation.  And this must see: Vince Premus’ recent op-ed in Commonwealth gets directly into the face of ISO-New England’s CEO Gordon Van Welie for going along to get along with the Fossil Fools. Here’s some good news: d.o. got a letter from Sen. Liz Warren saying “I will push back against efforts to scale back the Endangered Species Act.” That’s not just any politician’s push back. Ouch, she hurts! Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action Link. The Guardian and Bill McKibben are asking you to tell the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels. Also, fracking gag orders in Frackatopia with obfuscation for desert!  Finally, we posted the funnies on our Facebook page!

Maybe we should initiate a new segment here? Enviro Super Heros? We abhor elitism and the “star” mentality, BUT checkout our first candidate for the title! U.S. Army veteran, Kinessa Johnson is really listening to her Mother!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is truly in keeping with the theme of this show. Strap yourself into the Wayback Machine ‘cuz we’re headed for 1915: “..if we resort to an indirect test, and ask Nature: ‘Who are the fittest: those who are continually at war with each other, or those who support one another?’ we at once see that those animals which acquire habits of mutual aid are undoubtedly the fittest.”  – Peter Kropotkin

After we convince you to make the BIGGEST donation ever to us & Valley Free Radio we’ll take you to our famous community resource worth supporting: The Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, April 18, Noon. National Day of Action against Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast Track Press Conference. Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield, MA. Contact: Jon Weissman, jon@wmjwj.org

Sunday, April 19, 2:30pm. Earth Day Walk & Rally for Climate Justice. This family-friendly, festive march and rally in Springfield will bring together diverse communities of race, class, and color as we call upon the mayor of Springfield to support a climate action plan for the city. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details! Organized by Campaign Nonviolence and Springfield Climate Justice Coalition. Email: George@arisespringfield.org

Sunday, April 19, 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Stop the Pipeline Hike in Northfield, MA. Meet at Northfield Town Hall: 69 Main Street, Northfield. Contact: Sam Richardson of the Northfield Trails Assocaition: 413-498-5931 Go to: www.mountgrace.org/northfield-pipeline-hike-419

Sunday, April 19, 10am – 3pm. SHOUT Heard Round the World Rolling Rally. Walk or bike along Paul Revere’s route to help sound the alarm about the Climate Crisis or just join us at the end rally where there will be music, speakers, theater, and information about opportunities to act! Let Patriots’ Day, once again, be the start of something revolutionary. Let it again inspire a new vision of what the world can be. Start at Bunker Hill Monument (43 Monument Sq, Charlestown); end at Old North Bridge in Concord, MA Go to: http://shoutroc.org/

Sunday April 19,8 – 10 p.m. Moonlight, Morning Star & Miro in concert. Premier of their Stop the Pipeline Song/Poem. Deja Brew Cafe in Wendell, MA

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm. Renewable energy: Lessons from Germany. Featured Speaker: Andrew Dey. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst.  Andrew ‘s talk and slideshow will discuss Germany’s renewable energy policies and its Bioenergy Villages.  Andrew recently spent a year living in Berlin, Germany where he researched and learned firsthand about policies, projects and systems for renewable energy and building energy efficiency that are making Germany one of world’s renewable energy leaders.

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. DCR Announces Public Meeting for Forest Resource Management Plan Update (forest management! DCR! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha….). The FRMP will be offered for public review at the John Olver Transportation Center, 12 Olive St., Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. University of Massachusetts Amherst Earth Day Festival. Goodell Lawn, UMass Amherst Campus. Join us as we explore what it means to be a socially conscious inclusive green community. For more information email Ezra Small at: esmall@facil.UMass.edu or call 413-545-0799.

Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. University of Massachusetts Amherst Screening of “Gasland”. Integrated Learning Center Room 331S, UMass Amherst Campus. “Gasland” is an Academy Award Nominated documentary which tells the story of communities affected by hydraulic fracturing. For more information contact Liz Pongratz at: epongrat@umass.edu

Wednesday, April 22, 11am to 8pm. Earth Day Rally & Action. Frack Free Nation invites you to sign on and join us in a Global day of action in order to send a powerful message, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. Read More and Sign on at www.FrackFreeNation.org

Wednesday, April 22, 7 to 9pm. Pipeline Forum. Greenfield Community College’s Green Campus Committee is organizing a pipeline forum on Earth Day  at Greenfield Community College. Speakers will be Katy Eiseman and Rose Wessel from No Fracked Gas in Mass, Jim Cutler from MassPLAN, and possibly others. 

Saturday, April 23, 11am to 2pm., Earth Day Festival at Smith College offers an eclectic, cross-disciplinary, entertaining smorgasbord of activities and opportunities that entail far more than just environmental issues. The festival, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Chapin Lawn (rain location: Scott Gym).

Thursday, April 23, 7pm. No. Quabbin Pipeline Action will be hosting their April meeting in Montague in conjunction with the Montague pipeline group at the Montague Public Safety building (180 Turnpike Rd.). The meeting, to address updates regarding the anti-pipeline struggle, will begin at 7 pm. However, those unfamiliar with the issue are invited to arrive earlier, at 6:45pm, to learn some of the background regarding the fight. All Franklin County, but especially Montague residents are welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 25, 10am to 4pm. 6th Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival. Performances, Central Demonstration Areas, Tree Identification Games and Activities, Kids activities, Recycling Drive and more. Go to: www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information

Monday, April 27, Noon to 1 p.m. Springfield United for Climate Action: Just, Healthy and Green! Rally at City Hall Steps
Music! Arts! Speakers! City Hall, 36 Court St, Springfield. We call on Mayor Dominic Sarno to fully implement the city’s Climate Action Resolution. Contact: Arise for Social Justice (413-734-4948).

Monday, April 27, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA General Meeting. We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Info on location, etc.: info@climateactionnowma.org

Saturday, May 2, 10:00am-12:00pm. “The Pipeline and Your Rights – a Forum for Landowners, Municipalities and Citizens”. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.  This forum, sponsored by the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network, will include attorneys, land specialists, elected officials and community activists. Topics will include protecting your rights as landowners, municipalities, and communities, and engaging in FERC and state regulatory proceedings.

May 21-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you’re planning to take part in the FERC action in DC in May you may want to checkout BXE’s rideboard at: http://mutt.com/beyond-extreme-energy/#!/ride-shares

 

OK, so you’ve made your pledge to Valley Free Radio, right? [UPDATE:WRONG!!] Then thanks very much and remember this: Listen to your Mother!

StopFercusGreetings Earthlings. Have you always wanted to runaway to the circus? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you! You can join up with hundreds of other like-minded folks and runaway to the FERCus. It’s like the circus, only more freaky! Jimmy Betts of Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE)  and Rosemary at NoFrackedGasinMass join us for a peak into the worst sideshow on Earth! (that being the corporate captive Federal Energy “Regulatory” Commission) and the upcoming action in May!  We’ll do that as well as take you on a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill, to Meet the New Boss and more but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! It’s Magpie swooping season Down Under and far too many two-leggeds are seemingly clueless……but not for long!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week was captured on national television in full climate denial mode……..O, and he wants to be President. Breakout your tin-foil hats, Enviro Show fans ‘cuz, it’s the Texas bred, Canadian born frat boy from Hell, Ted Cruz who keeps careful tabs on satellites that tell him there’s no Climate Crisis.

We have a bit of E-Valley-uation to pass on here: one of our favorite legal beagles, Christobal Bonifaz is going after those outrageous electrical rate hikes. The Greenfield Recorder reports that, “Bonifaz, a Conway lawyer representing the town of Deerfield and some of its residents in their fight to stop the pipeline from passing through town, has sent a letter to Attorney General Maura Healey requesting a formal investigation into the winter electric price hike.” You know, the bogus rate hikes allegedly prompted by a “shortage” of fracked gas infrastructure? We celebrate the anniversary of 1st U.S. town completely illuminated by electric lighting in 1880 by wishing AG Healey happy hunting and passing on some revealing data from David Keith.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we celebrate FERC Ringmaster, Cheryl LaFleur’s descent from the FERCus!! Also, we echo our previous warnings concerning all the focus on the Keystone XL pipeline with this piece from Common Dreams. KXL is just one of many and 350.org needs to repeatedly make that clear. In fact, Enbridge 61 appears to be even worse! How about a little good news? It looks like FEMA is about to do something right! Deny funds to Climate Crisis denying Govs! Speaking of climate denying governors, remember last time we got into Florida’s weird Gov. Scott and his gag order on saying the words “global warming” or “climate change”? Well, they actually busted someone for that thought crime. Read all about it!  Finally, about the drought? In California? Suppose we told you greedy corporados like Nestle are still sucking water out of our National Forests even as critters are dying of thirst and the greens are going dry!

Time to Meet the New Boss who, as far as we know, still supports the disastrous TPP trade deal. Checkout what ace consumer advocate Ralph Nader has to say in the wake of recent Wiki Leaks here.

After our conversation with Rose & Jimmy we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, April 1. Pipeline Pilgrimage beginning in Pittsfield 4/1 and ending in Dracut 4/12. Go to: http://pipelinepilgrimage.org/logistics/  to find out when they’ll be near your town.

Monday, April 6, 7pm. Kevin Kamps will make a presentation on nuclear waste management and dry cask storage, hosted by the Safe & Green Campaign at the Parlor, Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, Brattleboro. Few topics are more important for our future, and future generations, than what to do with the radioactive waste generated by VT Yankee. Kevin serves as Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear. He specializes in high-level rad. waste management and transportation. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 7, 11am to 5pm. Divestment Actions and Lobby Days. Please make an appointment with your legislators for a meeting. If you’d like to be involved in the planning, email Darcy DuMont, dumont140@yahoo.comRSVP here

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm. National Stand Up for Transportation Day! GCC Main Street Campus, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Contact: Russ Fisher 413-512-1762, TJusticeFC@comcast.net.

Thursday, April 9, 7pm. Screening of “GMO OMG!” at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA. Contact # is 413-522-4616

Friday, April 10. All Day is Becquerels Awareness Day ! BECQUEREL AWARENESS FOR FOOD SAFETY! URGENT! CONSUMERS to WYDEN & OBAMA: “Block Fast Track of TPP NOW!” The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a classified, secret trade agreement that will allow more radioactive food from Japan to enter the U.S. Senator Wyden of Oregon is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and will decide whether to Fast Track the TPP as soon as April 13th! Tell him NO! to Fast Track and that the FDA radiation levels in the U.S. food supply are by far the highest in the world and must be lowered. Call Senator Wyden at 202-224-5244 / President Obama 202-456-1111. Learn more at www.FFAN.us,

Sunday, April 12, 2 to 4pm. Screening of “Gasland II – The Dangers of Fracking” Join us at the Arise office on 467 State St in Springfield for a free screening of GASLAND PART II! This is one of a series of events during Public Health Month to raise awareness of, and participation in, the growing Springfield climate justice movement!

Sunday, April 19, 2:30pm. Earth Day Walk & Rally for Climate Justice. This family-friendly, festive march and rally in Springfield will bring together diverse communities of race, class, and color as we call upon the mayor of Springfield to support a climate action plan for the city.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details! Organized by Campaign Nonviolence and Springfield Climate Justice Coalition. Email: George@arisespringfield.org

Sun, April 19, 10am – 3pm. SHOUT Heard Round the World Rolling Rally. Walk or bike along Paul Revere’s route to help sound the alarm or just join us at the end rally where there will be music, speakers, theater, and information about opportunities to act! Let Patriots’ Day, once again, be the start of something revolutionary. Let it again inspire a new vision of what the world can be. Start at Bunker Hill Monument (43 Monument Sq, Charlestown); end at Old North Bridge in Concord, MA  Go to: http://shoutroc.org/

Wednesday, April 22, 11am to 8pm. Earth Day Rally & Action. Frack Free Nation invites you to sign on and join us in a Global day of action in order to send a powerful message, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. Read More and Sign on at http://www.FrackFreeNation.org

Thursday, April 23, 7pm. No. Quabbin Pipeline Action will be hosting their April meeting in Montague in conjunction with the Montague pipeline group at the Montague Public Safety building (180 Turnpike Rd.).  The meeting, to address updates regarding the anti-pipeline struggle, will begin at 7 pm.  However, those unfamiliar with the issue are invited to arrive earlier, at 6:45pm, to learn some of the background regarding the fight.  All Franklin County, but especially Montague residents are welcome to attend.

April 24 – 26. Northeast Climate Organizers Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA. The Summit is designed to bring together representatives from a wide range of organizations, networks and groups so that we can have the broadest possible input and collaboration as we figure out the next steps for building a broad based and inclusive climate movement. Go to: 350vermont.org/necos/

Monday, April 27, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA General Meeting. We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Info on location, etc.: info@climateactionnowma.org

May 21-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you’re planning to take part in the FERC action in DC in May you may want to checkout BXE’s rideboard at: http://mutt.com/beyond-extreme-energy/#!/ride-shares

OK, that’s enough of that. Move along. Nothing to see here BUT remember to do what? Right. Listen to your Mother!

 

recyclemeatGreetings Earthlings. Are you into recycling? How about being recycled yourself after your expiration date? It’s not Soylent Green but it’s close enough! Katrina Spade, Founder and Director of the Urban Death Project joins us to talk End Times. As always, we bring you along for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! If you’re considering burial instead of being composted when your number’s called take a look at this! Crab drags snooping human’s toy underground.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Whom Grist refers to as “a far-right, coal-country, climate-denying conservative of the old school.” We’ll just stick with calling him a fool. Why? How about this: His amendment to the Science Advisory Board bill in Congress dictates “when considering what to do about carbon pollution, EPA may not consider what America’s best scientists have concluded about it, what an international panel of scientists has concluded about it, how the federal government has officially recommended calculating its value, or the most comprehensive solutions for it.”

Time once again to Meet the New Boss! While his speechifying in Selma was an unqualified success we’re sorry to report that the New Boss dropped the ball on protecting us from exploding rail cars full of planet trashing oil. You might say our national energy policy has gone….off the rails? That also applies to Obama’s so-called Environmental Protection Agency where burning down forests for energy is still on the front burner.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we honor the Celts during St. Patrick’s Day with this link to another Enviro Show on the Emerald Isle.  And this: the Women’s Council on Energy & Environment awards industry-captured agency FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur “Woman of the Year”? (we thought it was time for a little levity). Then it’s on to this eye-opening report [Pdf] from Obama’s Dept. of Energy with some key findings regarding certain proposed fracked gas pipelines: 1)Diverse sources of natural gas supply and demand will reduce the need for additional interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure; and 2) Higher utilization of existing interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure will reduce the need for new pipelines. Are you listening Kinder Morgan? Spectra? Speaking of  gas pipelines, are you headed over to the Boston metro area any time soon? Maybe you’ll want to have a streetview look at those leaking gas pipes first? And this from our Dept. of Lame-ass Ideas: Washington Repugs and their enablers out west want to sell off our National Parks! Here’s this week’s Blog Bonus Action Link. Save the Long-eared Bats! Remember awhile back we criticized the New York Times for discontinuing their Environment section? We are happy to report that the UK’s Guardian is decidedly NOT on the same page!

We’ve got a bit of E-Valley-uation for you here. While local coverage of Direct Action Everywhere left, well…a little to be desired you can go here for the bigger picture. Once again we’re asking: What will future generations say about us eating meat?

After our conversation with Katrina we move along to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday, March 20, 7 to 9pm. Rachel Laitman, a gifted young songwriter with a beautiful voice is doing a Benefit Concert for No Fracked Gas in Mass at the  Cummington Congregational Church, 27 West Main Street, Cummington, MA. Email: nofrackedgasinmass@gmail.com

Saturday, March 21, 9:30 to 5pm. Nonviolent direct action and affinity group building workshop. This training will cover the history of nonviolent direct action, introduce some of the roles and skills needed to carry out direct actions and prepare people to organize affinity groups to carry out actions. Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave,
Hartford, ConnecticutPre-registration email: nick@fangtogether.org

Monday, March 23, Noon. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will be hosting Paratransit Riders Meeting as an opportunity for individuals to voice any comments, suggestions, or concerns to PVTA staff at the Northampton Senior Center, 60 Conz Street, Northampton. Call (413) 781-6045

Monday, March 23, 6:00pm. Gas Leaks Campaign Kickoff Meeting. Nate Smith House on corner of Lamartine and Paul Gore in Jamaica Plain, MA. Contact Judy, Boston Climate Action Network, (617) 522-9713;  judyarmenia@verizon.net

Monday, March. 24, 7-9 pm. Climate Action Now!MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Email:  climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 25 thru Saturday, May 2. Springfield Climate Justice Workshops. North End Organizing Network Office, Gerena School, 3018 Main Street, Springfield, MA. Call for details: 413-732-3229 or 413-531-9915

Wednesday, March 26, 6 to 9pm. NDCAP Meeting at Multi-Purpose Room, Brattleboro Union High School, Fairgrounds Rd., Brattleboro. Let’s keep the public pressure on to keep the “Citizen” in Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday, March 28, 1 to 2:30pm an author signing for “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” will be held at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Local writer, poet and producer of The Enviro Show,  d.o. marks the 36th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown (he’ll mark your copy of his book also).

Wednesday, April 1. Pipeline Pilgrimage beginning in Pittsfield 4/1 and ending in Dracut 4/12. Go to: pipelinepilgrimage.org/

Monday, April 6, 7pm.  Kevin Kamps will make a presentation on nuclear waste management and dry cask storage, hosted by the Safe & Green Campaign at the Parlor, Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, Brattleboro. Few topics are more important for our future, and future generations, than what to do with the radioactive waste generated by VT Yankee. Kevin serves as Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear. He specializes in high-level rad. waste management and transportation. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm. National Stand Up for Transportation Day!  GCC Main Street Campus, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Contact: Russ Fisher 413-512-1762, TJusticeFC@comcast.net.

Wednesday, April 22, 11am to 8pm. Earth Day Rally & Action. Frack Free Nation invites you to sign on and join us in a Global day of action in order to send a powerful message, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. Read More and Sign on at www.FrackFreeNation.org

April 24 – 26. Northeast Climate Organizers Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA. Go to: 350vermont.org/necos/

 

We’ve got a major mass action at FERC coming up in May. More on that on our next show. Until then remember, listen to your Mother, got it?