get_the_lead_out_poster-thumbnailGreetings Earthlings. Did you think we got the lead out of the U.S. in the ’70s? It wasn’t just about the gasoline and the paint. Earth to humans: You still have a problem! Ben Hellerstein, State Director of Environment Massachusetts joins us to talk about this rather unknown issue these days in the 21st century. Also, joining us in the studio is Dr. David A. Reckhow, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst who headed a recent study of lead in our water. We still have lead in our air and water and it’s a BIG problem for our kids. As always, we’ll also take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Wait, do critters hate motor vehicles or just ones rich people drive?

It’s time for another two-fer in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment and this time they are Dems. Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp recently bailed on their party and voted to approve climate criminal Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). No surprise that both come from the fossil fuel producing states of  West Virginia and North Dakota, the latter being the site of the much disputed DAPL pipeline. Meanwhile Pruitt is now in the building (we had advised the employees to change the locks but they didn’t listen to us) and recently released emails shows he is considered dangerous. Someone call 911!

Time to checkout the present resident in the White House, His Malignancy, the King of Nothing. Let’s start with Rep. Maxine Waters as she drills into Big Oil and their enablers in the Administration calling them what they really are! One of those players is, of course, “T” Rex Tillerson, Big Oil’s man at the head of the U.S. State Department who is no doubt gleefully awaiting the eviction of Water Protectors at Standing Rock so the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue its course of climate destruction. His Malignancy, who has green-lighted the DAPL project he is personally invested in, has a portrait of Indian butcher, Andrew Jackson on the wall in the Oval Office, a fitting symbol of the sort of person the fake president emulates as he carries on the U.S. tradition of treaty trashing. If this were the B-grade bad TV it comes across as on a daily basis we could simply change the channel, but it’s actually happening here in what passes for the real world. We’ll rerun that piece we didn’t get to last week about how the fake president needs help.  Michael Moore seems to think his 10-point plan will “make toast” of the present resident in the White House but we don’t see forced eviction on the list?

Over in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber you don’t want to stand HERE for more than a few minutes or you actually will be toast! The Independent in the UK gives us the latest on the hell hole called Fukushima. And this from Grist: Standing Rock camp torched in traditional Native ceremony but the struggle continues. Finally, this report comes from Faux “News” so you might want some fact checking time. Be that as it may, we just love reports of flying reptiles as big as airliners (and their remains reportedly found in Transylvania no less)!

 

After our conversation with Dr. Reckhow and Ben we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Friday, February 24, 11:59pm to 12:05am. Spell to Bind Donald Trump: Mass Ritual. Join the largest mass binding spell in history as participants around the world, individually and in groups, focus their consciousness to prevent Donald Trump from doing harm. Also go to: https://www.facebook.com/bindtrump/

 

Friday, February 24, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Meeting Our Ancestors: Exploring the Future Through the Present Moment, Campus Center, Room 917, UMass, Amherst, MA.  A sacred “deep time” practice session, inspired by the work of activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. In this workshop we will consider how we might act like ancestors of future generations and reinvigorate our commitment to climate justice action. The group is facilitated by Tim Beaucage, graduate advisor/teaching associate at UMass Amherst. Go to: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/

 

Saturday, February 25, 10am. – 4pm. Non-violent Direct Action Training in Northampton, MA. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us. To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.

 

Saturday February 25, 1-4pm, The 350 Mass staff is coming to the Berkshires to hold a training to talk about techniques for new member outreach, how to act on our 100% renewables campaign, and how to be involved in our legislative work  at the UU Church in Pittsfield (175 Wendell Ave). Please register for this event here: https://goo.gl/LU7P50.  Contact: Talita Elizeu, Organizing Intern
350 Mass for a Better Future. Call: 617-435-9200. Email: talita@betterfutureproject.org

 

Saturday, February 25, 7-9:00pm. Fundraiser for Standing Rock with political prisoner Red Fawn Fallis. The Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA.    Red Fawn is a political prisoner of the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She is a Lakota water protector and medic facing felony charges stemming from an arrest during the attack on the peace encampment at Standing Rock in North Dakota on October 27, 2016. Come see videos by the West Coast Women Warriors Media Coop and others. See: http://indi.com/freeredfawn. Email:  climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

 

Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848

 

Sunday, February 26, 6:30pm. Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution‘s Climate Crisis Task Force meeting at Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/

 

Sunday, February 26, 7-8:30pm. Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign’s Monthly Phone Seminar: “The meaning of carbon neutral and why wood fuels such as wood chips and pellets do not qualify for this designation.” with Guest lecturer, Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. Register before 2/26 at: massforestrescue@gmail.com

 

Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton, MA. We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. Go to: https://climateactionnowma.org

 

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00pm. A representative for Kinder Morgan will be attending the next Sandisfield Conservation Commission meeting at the Town Hall Annex, 66 Sandisfield Road, Sandisfield, MA  to discuss the CT Expansion pipeline project. KM has renewed its request to FERC for a Limited Notice to Proceed with tree felling in Sandisfield/Otis State Forest as they appear to be anxious to complete tree felling before March 31st, during the “environmentally preferred window” related to migratory birds. In their most recent Biweekly Status Report, they again claimed to have “received all federal permits needed for tree felling.” That’s not quite true. Your presence at the meeting this month will let the company know that the people of Massachusetts will not just step aside for this pipeline. Other actions you can take are HERE.

 

Wednesday, March 1, 8:00pm. EST. National call to hear from Standing Rock organizers and learn about other pipeline fights near you. Sign up to attend here and you’ll receive the call-in info. To all of those who were spurred to action because of this fight, we need you now more than ever. It’s our duty to follow through with our solidarity and stand with communities who are facing dangerous fossil fuels projects. Sponsored by Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth, Native Organizer’s Alliance, 350.org, and many more.


Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

Sunday, March 5, 9am./All Day. 30th Annual Local Environmental Action 2017 Conference. This registration page is for both Toxics Action Center and Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) participants: https://tpin.webaction.org/c/72/t/12703/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=5  More info here: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org/

 

Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/

 

Saturday, April 22, All Day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science.  The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/

 

That’s about it for now Earthlings. Until next time remember: Listen to your Mother!

 

 

 

green-heart-recyclingGreetings Earthlings. An old Mass Earth First! bumper sticker says: “Earth, Love it or Leave it” and we really mean it when it comes to the new regime in Washington. Those climate criminals should be banished to the Phantom Zone for life so we can get on with the business of confronting the Climate Crisis for future generations on this beloved planet. Speaking of those generations, Phil Gregory from Our Children’s Trust calls in with news of their Landmark U.S. Federal Climate Lawsuit. “Their complaint asserts that, through the governments affirmative actions in causing climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” There it is. And we guess this new cabal of evil doers in congress and the White House need to be hauled into the dock and punished for their crimes. We’ll get into this love fest soon enough, as well as take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, His Malignancy and a trip to our Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!

The Dove is a symbol of love, right? So it stands to reason that this bird might take the opportunity to………occupy a cop car, right! And guess what? The cops helped out!

He’s baaaaack! This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill was last week’s (and possibly the week before that, who knows!). Yes, it’s House “Science” Committee chair and major Texas climate criminal, Lamar Smith again. This time he is busy trying to pump life into another NOAA “scandal”. Yes, it’s Climategate#2, more bad science to prove climate science is…..well, bad? What do they put in the water down there in the Lone Star state that creates folks like Lamar? Oil? Methane? Mercury? (that last one got the Mad Hatter after all).

We’re ditching our New Boss segment for the duration given that the present Boss is assuredly not the “same as the old boss” or any other boss in our memory for that matter. Soooo, a new bumper tune perhaps for the new “His Malignancy” segment? Let’s see what the Climate Criminal-in-Chief has been up to in his effort to destroy the plant. Of course, his so-called executive orders to restart DAPL & Keystone XL were expected, albeit disasters in the making. Then there’s his order to government agencies to ditch two existing rules before initiating a new one. It’s like a rollback for rolling over what’s left of the planet. By the time you read this Oklahoma climate criminal Scott Pruitt may have already been enthroned at the EPA by His Malignancy and his fellow enemies of the Earth in the U.S. Senate. So just how much damage can Pruitt do at the EPA? We go to MIT for the answer. But wait! Maybe the poor present occupant of the White House…..um…OK, so not poor…..maybe he just needs help?  A vacation to the Phantom Zone, as noted above, could give him and his cohorts in the Administration some much needed rest, yes?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we learn that The Commonwealth of Massachusetts doesn’t actually need all that fracked gas Kinder Morgan’s been trying to fool us about. Surprise! Meanwhile, someone should tell the new occupants in the White House that “If Trump does not pull back from implementing these orders [DAPL & KXL], it will only result in more massive mobilization and civil disobedience on a scale never seen of a newly seated President of the United States.” Remember on our last show we said The Scientists’ March on Washington hadn’t set a date for their event? Now they have. The Paper of Record told us it’s Earth Day, of course!

After our conversation with Phil we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, February 22, 3:30. Mass Rally at TD Bank, Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. Please show up and take a stand against TD’s investments in tar sands, the Keystone XL & DAPL & Trump’s green lighting the Keystone XL & DAPL. Be a Witness to Our Peaceful, Direct Action. Bring your great signs & songs. Contact: BEREAL@VERMONTEL.NET  OR call: 802.869.2141

 

Thursday, February 23, 6 to 9pm. Sen. Ed Markey Town Hall. Ed Markey is a defender of the planet and was spot-on in the struggle to stop Trump appointee Scott Pruitt from taking over the EPA. Show up and thank him! Smith College Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1836458143289148/

 

Friday, February 24, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Meeting Our Ancestors: Exploring the Future Through the Present Moment, Campus Center, Room 917, UMass, Amherst, MA.  A sacred “deep time” practice session, inspired by the work of activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. In this workshop we will consider how we might act like ancestors of future generations and reinvigorate our commitment to climate justice action. The group is facilitated by Tim Beaucage, graduate advisor/teaching associate at UMass Amherst. Go to: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/

 

Saturday, February 25, 10am. – 4pm. Non-violent Direct Action Training in Northampton, MA. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us. To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.
Saturday February 25, 1-4pm, The 350 Mass staff is coming to the Berkshires to hold a training to talk about techniques for new member outreach, how to act on our 100% renewables campaign, and how to be involved in our legislative work  at the UU Church in Pittsfield (175 Wendell Ave). Please register for this event here: https://goo.gl/LU7P50.  Contact: Talita Elizeu, Organizing Intern
350 Mass for a Better Future. Call: 617-435-9200. Email: talita@betterfutureproject.org

 

Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848

 

Sunday, February 26, 6:30pm. Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution‘s Climate Crisis Task Force meeting at Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/

 

Sunday, February 26, 7-8:30pm. Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign’s Monthly Phone Seminar: “The meaning of carbon neutral and why wood fuels such as wood chips and pellets do not qualify for this designation.” with Guest lecturer, Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. Register before 2/26 at: massforestrescue@gmail.com

 

Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton, MA. We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. Go to: https://climateactionnowma.org

 

Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

Sunday, March 5, 9am./All Day. 30th Annual Local Environmental Action 2017 Conference. This registration page is for both Toxics Action Center and Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) participants: https://tpin.webaction.org/c/72/t/12703/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=5  More info here: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org/

 

Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/

 

Saturday, April 22, All Day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science.  The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/

 

Ok, that’s it for now. Remember, when you’re out there resisting, listen to your Mother, OK?

 

resistwhitehouseGreetings Earthlings. We knew it would be bad but this?? It’s one thing to be the laughing stock of the civilized world as we become totally ruled by creepy clowns who have parked their creepy clown car on the People’s Lawn, but it’s quite another to have bonafide climate criminals enthroned in the few places left in the nation’s Capitol that were somewhat able to push back The Machine, albeit ineptly. Now The Machine and U.S. Government are one. Corporate America has overthrown the United States of America…….for the time being.  Susan Theberge and Irvine Sobelman of Climate Action Now WMass return to examine the remains and ask the inevitable question: Where do we go from here? Legislatively speaking we can start right HERE.  Our roving reporter and bard, Tom Neilson calls in from FLA to talk water. As usual we will also drag you over to Meet the New Boss (better bring your hot air sickness bags!) and see the Fool-on-the-Hill (if we can decide which one of soooo many to choose from), as well as visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! My Goddess, isn’t THIS ONE worth a replay?? The nation’s preeminent symbol expresses outrage!

So many fools, so little time. This week we take you to meet repeat offender, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman and climate criminal Repugnican Rob Bishop of Utah. Rob, we guess in his position as guardian of all things natural, is working hard to gut the Endangered Species Act (where’s that angry Bald Eagle when we really need him?). He claimed recently the act “has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used for control of the land”, which the eagle, for one, could easily refute. We guess Rob’s ill-advised effort will sail through congress and land on the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s desk soon enough. We also guess history will remember these criminals and it won’t be pretty.

We have Breaking News! Kinder Morgan/TGP (in their eternal wisdom) “has filed a renewed request for Notice to Proceed with Tree Felling for the entire CT Expansion Project.  (Their initial request was filed last March, after receiving the FERC certificate.) KM is anxious to complete tree felling before March 31st, during the “environmentally preferred window” to protect migratory birds. [Yesterday] they filed their Biweekly Status Report, again claiming to have ‘received all federal permits needed for tree felling.’ That’s not quite true. In addition to not having a final section 401 water quality certification from MassDEP (because of our ongoing appeal), there are several issues as yet unresolved that must be completed before FERC can consider allowing tree felling for the project.  Please comment on Docket No. CP14-529 ! Obviously this is a time-sensitive request. (How to eComment.)  [from MassPlan].  Also go HERE regarding Native stone sites at Otis. 

The sketchy New Boss is, not unexpectedly, off to a rocky start in his new position as Climate Criminal-in-Chief, but right off, let’s let our own Rachel Maddow reveal what may be THE most unsettling aspect of the Boss’ reign: how he got there in the first place. OK, putting aside all the lies and lame-ass deception for the moment, it appears a host of federal employees are worried about the Boss, no doubt sensing the same sinking feeling many in Washington are feeling, including the Boss’s staff. On Wednesday the entire senior staff of the U.S. State Department was fired unexpectedly by the New Boss or their new boss, that guy from Big Oil.  Some other federal employees find themselves being muzzled by the Boss for disseminating those old-fashioned facts called…..well, facts. Some of them don’t much care for a two-bit Ministry of Truth coming down on them with gag orders so they are launching their own real news.  Scientists are not pleased with all this unscientific behavior and have just invented a….. Scientists March on Washington! Look out Secret Service and DCPD, it’s angry geeks wielding bunsen burners & pipettes! Back to fake news, it’s no longer just those creepy never heard of sites that troll onto your Facebook news feed anymore, now it comes straight out of the Oval Office and from down the hall. Adding insult to injury, another climate criminal and familiar troll (and former repeat offender Fool-on-the-Hill winner) thinks the White House is the ONLY PLACE you should get your news!  This should be in the news soon enough: The Boss is closing in on his choice to help congressional obstructionists stack the Supreme Court with some far-right ideologue (who, of course, would never dream of being one of those activist judges!). And you’ve probably already heard about the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s executive order on DAPL and Son of Keystone XL, yes? Goddess knows we could go on and on, the Boss is an endless gushing sewer of polluted proclamations and twisted thoughts, but we have a show to put on. More next time!

You probably won’t be surprised to find our Enviro Show Quote of the Week referencing the New Boss but how about us quoting……ourselves? It’s true, d.o. can’t resist a little bit of poetry regarding the Boss and his proposed cabinet, something that has our in-house poet reflecting on Dr. Caligari’s Cabinet. Check it out HERE.

Over here in The Echo Chamber we find the Humane Society here in the Commonwealth working to bypass this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill with some state sponsored endangered and threatened species legislation. You can add your voice to that effort, OK? Did you know that two commonly used pesticides are likely to harm 97% of Endangered Species in the U.S.? We shudder to think what a Pruitt led EPA would do……rather, NOT do about this information. After you’ve voiced your concern and/or outrage we have a gift for you! Stop by our table at this Saturday’s “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton for some of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species condoms!  (yes, it’s the exploding human population that endangers the other lifeforms on planet Earth). If you miss us there just drop us an email and we’ll get some to you.

 

After our conversation with Susan and Irvine we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:00pm. Public hearing on MA Global Warming Solutions Act. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under its authority pursuant to the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), sections 3(c), 3(d), 4 and 7, will hold public hearings at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017. Written comments may be submitted in the following three ways: through the online portal available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, by email to climate.strategies@state.ma.us or by mail to: Jordan Garfinkle, MassDEP, 7th floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108. For special accommodations for these hearings, please call MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 4pm. #HoDAPLLastStand! TD Bank, 175 Main Street, Northampton, MA. On February 7th the US Army Corps of Engineers gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the Environmental Impact Statment ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law. This is a response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project. The Water Protectors still on the ground have made a call for an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EMERGENCY ACTIONS on WEDNESDAY FEB. 8. In Western Massachusetts we are answering that call. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799108267008398/

 

Thursday, February 9, 4:00pm. The Changing Landscape: Environmental Journalism in the Age of Trump . Ziff Gallery, S414 Integrative Learning Center, 4th Fl. (located in the center of the UMASS campus, between the campus pond and Campus Center, map). Editors for global conservation news service Mongabay.com will share how they developed careers covering this beat, how they see the media landscape changing during this pivotal period, and the role of nonprofit and entrepreneurial journalism in 2017 and beyond. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, erik@mongabay.com or 413-429-5296

 

Thursday Feb 9, 7:00pm. Changes to the Land: Discussion & Live Podcast Taping w/ Harvard Forest & Mongabay. Holdsworth Hall #308 (UMASS campus, third building north of campus parking garage). Harvard Forest scientists will discuss with Mongabay.com editors their landmark report “Changes to the Land,” about forest fragmentation, climate change, and more in the Bay State and the wider region. [Be sure to ask them why increased logging in this age of Climate Crisis??] Come hear this discussion and query the panel about climate change and other changes to the land, regionally to globally. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, erik@mongabay.com or 413-429-5296
Thursday, February, 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Finding Work with Meaning in the Anthropocene: Panel Discussion, Room 2601, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. Part of Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis Spring 2017 series. Gain insights into your personal journey toward forward-thinking work in sustainable living and community building within the fields of education, entrepreneurialism, and green building, with Ofer Sharone, assistant professor, Sociology, UMass Amherst, Sara Schley, co-founder of the sustainable consulting firm Seed Systems; Ezra Small , UMass Amherst Sustainability Manager; Sarah Hebert G’13, Trinity Solar employee; and John Fabel, building and construction technology adjunct faculty member, UMass Amherst. More information on our blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/
And Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, February 11, 9:30am. to 5:30pm.  Multi-generational NVDA Training, First Churches, Main Street, Northampton, MA. This workshop will introduce you to the spirit of nonviolence and to the continuum of Non Violent Direct Actions (NVDA) and will prepare you to be part of Sugar Shack Alliance actions. The day includes time for personal reflections on Civil Disobedience, an introduction to the basic tenets of consensus decision making and horizontal leadership, exploring the purpose of affinity groups and learning about the structure of Sugar Shack Alliance. An important part of the day is to raise awareness of dynamics related to power and privilege. Please register HERE. You will  receive a confirmation email with details. Contact sugarshackalliance@gmail.com 

 

Sunday, February 12, 6:30 to 8:00pm. Frankin County Continuing the Political Revolution Climate Crisis Task Force. Green Fields Market, 144 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/

 

Saturday, February 25, 10am. – 4pm. Non-violent Direct Action Training in Northampton, MA. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us. To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.

 

February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848

 

Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/

 

That’s all folks! For now. Remember, when you’re out there, listen to your Mother.

trumpt-paperGreetings Earthlings. Yes, we said it and we’re glad. There’s no way we’re going to be all nice and civil with a president who is not. Admit it, your new president is a monster, THE worst president ever. Chances are the office was stolen anyway through foreign influence, voter suppression, hacking, and the work of the Devil. We’ll spend most of the show trashing the man who is about to trash the nation, OK? If turning the entire show into one long New Boss segment offends you, just wait a few days until he actually occupies the Oval Office and starts taking down what remains of your government. Anyway,  Paki will be calling in from DC with an update on the action. As usual, we’ll also take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, as well as a listen to our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! You’ve probably heard that the New Boss’ sons are trophy hunters, yes? This one became a kind of trophy himself! Mother Earth had him mounted on her mantle!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill may well be your next U.S. Attorney General, Yes, Senate Repugnican Jeff Sessions has a long history of climate change denial he will bring with him into the top-cop office, should he be confirmed. Do you think Sessions will be enforcing any of the dwindling environmental laws on the books? Ha,ha,ha,h,ha,ha,ha,ha……

Our Quote of the Week is, of course, about our subject this week: “”Donald Trump is not a leader or a presidential candidate. He is an outcome, a viral manifestation of a serious malignant illness … He is the outcome of the rich being able to buy anything, including our democracy … He is the outcome of an insanely violent culture, increasingly unkind with more bullying, that normalizes cruelty, industrializes punishment and declares endless war on its own citizens.” – Eve Ensler

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we pass on this news from Reuters confirmingmany projections that 2016 will exceed 2015 as the warmest since reliable records began in the 19th century”. Guess what? The Northeast U.S. is THE warmingest! :O  We’re thinking The New Boss might agree that’s one hot “Chinese conspiracy”! Maybe he can explain away why “a chunk of ice bigger than New York’s Long Island is hanging on by a relative thread” in Antarctica?…….Nah!  Meanwhile his ill-advised pick for Secretary of Oil…..O, wait, that’s State, Exxon/Mobil’s Rex Tillerson is taking a great deal of heat as his Senate confirmation hearing proceeds. Meanwhile, the Boss’ pick for head of the EPA, Oklahoma climate criminal  Senator Scott Pruitt’s Senate confirmation hearing starts tomorrow, January 18. As Common Dreams reported recently, “Pruitt has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry and the rightwing billionaires Charles and David Koch.” O wait, did we mention he’s a Climate Crisis denier? Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Action link on that one! Some sort of good news from Metropolis that seems not to involve the Boss at all: the Indian Point nukes situated dangerously close to New York City and about a gazillion people is set to be finally shutdown in April of 2021. What’s the rush, Entergy?? And this: Our own AG Maura Healey kicks Exxon/Mobil’s oily butt.

How about a bit of E-Valley-uation? Our friend, fellow traveler & roving reporter, Tom Neilson has applied for one of those Trump Ambassador positions! Hear all about it HERE.  Also, our friend and regional hero, Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “The Sixth Extinction” is the headliner at The Jones Library in Amherst these days. The Jones’ On The Same Page program features the book as part of this reading program and YOU can be a part of it. Then, after a series of related events (see here) Elizabeth makes a guest appearance at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium on Tuesday, February 28 starting at 6:30pm. See you there!

We have Broken News! (from the Wall Street Journal of all places) Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau calls for phase out of tar sands oil! That should go over well with the New Boss. And this just in: Karl Meyer tells us NOAA has a once-in-a-lifetime op to help those endangered sturgeon in the CT River deadfall. Your support is needed HERE.

 

After we’re done insulting The Climate Criminal-in-Chief we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, January 28, 3pm. “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton. Featured will be State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that will protect our earth from climate destruction. The forum will be one step in forming our segment of the massive movement that will be necessary to protect our earth and the generations to come. Contact Marty Nathan at martygjf@comcast.net

 

Sunday, January 29th, 7-8:30pm. Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign’s Monthly Phone Seminar with guest lecturer, author, scientist Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. Bill will cover the following topics:

1) The meaning of “carbon neutral” and why wood fuels such as wood chips and pellets do not qualify for this designation.

2) The Effects of wood fuel production on forest ecology and climate.

3) What do we need to know about what really qualifies as “renewable” energy and what does not? (

4.) What might we do to preserve forests to sequester carbon and toxins out of the atmosphere and prevent these forests from being cut down and used as fuel for large commercial uses?

To participate in the call/receive call-in information register before the 29th at: massforestrescue@gmail.com

 

Monday, January 30, 6:30pm. DOE is coming to western Massachusetts to do two trainings for people who are interested in this “Solar in your Community” grant solicitation. Co-op Power will host one training in Northampton likely at the MLK Middle School. Call: 413-552-6446. Go to: https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-prize-solar-your-community-challenge

 

Tuesday, January 31, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity. UMass Amherst Campus Center. Northeast Organic Farming Association presents: in-depth, inspiring conversation on carbon sequestration. Come and learn about practical steps you can take to make a positive impact in your interactions with the landscape. From yards to farms to greenways to commons to gardens, how we treat our soils impacts the climate. read more here.

 

Tuesday, January 31, Noon. #Resisttrump #2. Keep Resisting! Senate Repugnicans are trying to jam as many confirmation hearings through their respective committees as possible to confirm Trump’s notorious nominees. It must be stopped. Rally to Resist Trump’s Nominees at Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey’s Springfield District Offices, 1550 Main St, Springfield, Massachusetts. Elizabeth Warren confirmed Ben Carson to HUD?? We need to keep up the pressure and ensure that she does not confirm anymore! Go to:moveon.org/jan31  or https://www.facebook.com/events/249468255479285/

 

Tuesday, January 31, 7 p.m. Climate Change and the Connecticut River: What Unexpected Events We Should Begin to Expect – Dr. Richard Palmer explores what we can expect to occur to with respect stream-flows in the Connecticut River basin as we move into the 21st century. The talk will begin with a brief introduction to why our climate is changing and evidence for that change. The impact of these changes on stream-flows in the Connecticut River and the related impact on hydro-power and the river’s ecosystems will also be discussed. Woodbury Room, Jones Library, Amity Street, Amherst, MA. For more info and other related events go to: http://www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage

 

Monday, February 6, Rally & Hearing on Otis State Forest Settlement. 1pm Rally around Park Square, Pittsfield/ 2pm. Hearing in Berkshire Superior Court, Pittsfield. On December 29, 2016 the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office announced that, on behalf of the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), they reached a settlement with Kinder Morgan for the pipeline Right of Way through Otis State Forest in Sandisfield.. A hearing on this settlement will take place on at 2:00 pm at Berkshire Superior Court, 76 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. 1:00 pm – Stand-Out in Opposition to the OSF Settlement on the Sidewalks around Park Square area
(See maps for acceptable protest locations and parking)

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:00pm. Public hearing on MA Global Warming Solutions Act. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under its authority pursuant to the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), sections 3(c), 3(d), 4 and 7, will hold public hearings at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017. Written comments may be submitted in the following three ways: through the online portal available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, by email to climate.strategies@state.ma.us or by mail to: Jordan Garfinkle, MassDEP, 7th floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108. For special accommodations for these hearings, please call MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request.

 

Saturday, February 11, 9:30am. to 5:30pm.  Multi-generational NVDA Training, First Churches, Main Street, Northampton, MA. This workshop will introduce you to the spirit of nonviolence and to the continuum of Non Violent Direct Actions (NVDA) and will prepare you to be part of Sugar Shack Alliance actions. The day includes time for personal reflections on Civil Disobedience, an introduction to the basic tenets of consensus decision making and horizontal leadership, exploring the purpose of affinity groups and learning about the structure of Sugar Shack Alliance. An important part of the day is to raise awareness of dynamics related to power and privilege. Please register HERE. You will  receive a confirmation email with details. Contact sugarshackalliance@gmail.com 

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/

 

OK, our work is done here….for now. Remember to listen to your Mother!

 

 

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. Believe it or not, there are some good things to focus on in the New Year. Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust joins us to talk land preservation in the Age of Destruction. There are several land preservation efforts underway in our region like this and Leigh is the go-to person for info on that subject. We’ll get into that as well as another scary visit with the New Boss and this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and an excursion into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! You may have read recently that the world’s fastest critter, the Cheetah is quickly headed for extinction. And, you might be wondering what bad actors are responsible for this sorry situation, yes? OK, we’re here to say not all bad actors are responsible, some are just there to take the hit!

Last time we had a look at The New Boss he was assembling his Cabinet of Deplorables like some fiendish Dr. Caligari on steroids. This week our friends at Grist help us drill down into one of the Boss’s local New York City projects that speaks volumes about what his administration will mean for issues of climate justice. On the matter of endangered species, referenced above and in the Echo Chamber below, The Endangered Species Coalition has some critical info for the Boss that we’re sure will be filed away in…..um…..the shredder? We don’t know if this Trump Chump qualifies for the Boss’s Cabinet but he sure fits the MO. It’s Climate Crisis denier South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney for head of the Office of Management and Budget who asks ““do we really need government-funded research at all”?  Finally, here’s one we couldn’t resist: Even Trump Voters Oppose Trump’s Climate  Agenda. Enough!

We’ve been holding back on you, dear Enviro Show listeners. It seems the…..um….interesting? state of Tennessee has an entire collection of fools to choose from for the dishonor of being our Fool-on-the-Hill, so in keeping with the coming Fool’s Era (and as a New Year’s treat) we leave it to you which fool to pick from HERE. Our favorite is Rep. Chuck Fleischmann who, when asked his opinion about global warming during a candidate debate said: “I think we ought to take Al Gore, put him on an iceberg, and put him way out there.” So much for southern hospitality, but he’d better get busy with it ‘cuz icebergs are becoming……well….endangered!

Here’s our timely Quote of the Week and it’s just a short hop in the old Wayback Machine to reach the source:

“Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day.”  – Giffort Pinchot

Just when it’s time to take out the old and bring in the new we noticed things are piling up in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Let’s start with this mind bending  eye-popping multi-media show from CNN (of all people) on the mass extinction crisis. The folks over at The National Geographic brought this “Pipeline Through Paradise” to our attention. This may be the next Big Oil pipeline fight but if not, how about this one!  The Pilgrim Pipeline on Native land? That didn’t go so well for the fossil fools last time around. And speaking of land preservation, Obama has made another parting shot at the despoilers out west by creating two more National Monuments. Sadly, “The monument designation… does not affect valid existing rights for oil, gas, and mining operations, military training operations, and utility corridors.” Rights?? Finally, our Enviro Show Blog Action calls on the Dems to get some spine and block climate criminal, Scott Pruitt from taking down the EPA. 

 

After our conversation with Leigh we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Ongoing Tuesday noon Greenfield Standing Rock vigil TD Bank, 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Vigiling every Tuesday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield Corner of Main and Federal. Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net.

 

Sunday, January 8, 11:45am. Climate Change and the Developing World.  Join Dr. Elliot Fratkin for the USNF January Hawkins Majumder lecture and discussion at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. 220 Main St. Northampton, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/.

 

Sunday January 8, 2:00-4:30pm.  Valley Mothers Out Front House Party in Amherst. An introductory presentation and discussion about MOF, including state, local, and individual climate solutions, and the company of other motivated mothers and others. RSVP Ellen ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

 

 

Monday, January 9, Noon to 1pm. Day Against Denial!  Join 350MA for a rally with music and skits, encouraging our Senators to be bold in opposing Trump’s Cabinet of Climate Deniers, and urging Governor Baker to speak out against those nominees and for the climate! Part of 350’s nationwide Day Against Denial. Park St T Station, Boston Common, Boston. RSVP here, and like/share the FB event.

 

 

Monday, January 9, 1pm. Rally at the Pilgrim Nuke Gate! Stand together, step out on the street and demand the NRC shut Pilgrim NOW. Ring in the New Year right! 600 Rocky Hill Road, Plyouth, MA. A recent alarming email from an NRC seasoned special inspector reveals the unvarnished truth that public safety cannot be assured. “We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won’t fix.” This exposure of the poor safety climate, ongoing mismanagement, lack of maintenance, training, and resources demands bold leadership from Governor Baker, Senator Markey, Senator Warren, AG Healey, and others, including the MA General Court to speak up for public safety now. The NRC needs to hear from us all! #Mobilize4Survival! Sign up to drive or ride:  https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/pxbo4q Go to: http://www.capedownwinders.info/.

 

Monday, January 9, 4 to 5pm. “Stop the Climate Denier Cabinet”! The environmental group 350.org is encouraging scores of actions decrying Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks in a nationally organized day of protest called “Stop the Climate Denier Cabinet”. As part of that coordinated effort, Climate Action NOW Western Mass will hold a standout on the Calvin Coolidge Bridge in Northampton from 4 to 5 pm demanding that climate deniers be rejected in Senate confirmation hearings. SPONSORS: 350.org, Climate Action Now, Western, MA, Represent.Us Western Mass. Contact: Climate Action Now

 

 

Saturday, January 14, 7pm. Contradance to protect Otis State Forest / Sandisfield from Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Pipeline. at the West Cummington Parish House, W. Main Street, W. Cummington, MA. Proceeds to support the legal work of Pipe Line Awareness Network for the North East (PLAN-NE). Music by Steve Howland and other great local musicians, Contradance Calling by Sadie Stull, Soup and Refreshments from Alice’s Kitchen! Suggested Donation $25 – All amounts accepted. For more information call 413-634-8043.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 – 8:30pm. AG Maura Healey’s Post-election Town Hall Meeting. Faith United Church, 52 Sumner Ave, Springfield, MA. [Be sure to ask why on Earth the state is NOT defending Article 97 of our Constitution at Otis State Forest!]

 

Thursday, January 19. 8am. FERC’s Commission Meeting Action! For over two years, Beyond Extreme Energy has joined friends and allies in disrupting this meeting. It’s held once per month, is open to the public, and involves little to no risk of arrest. Please join us as we seek to pack the FERC Commission Meeting room and show the commissioners that we have the power to stop their rubber stamp machine! 8am: Meet in the Union Station, Washington, DC food court to go over the plan. 9:30am: Walk down to FERC (nearby). Info: Lee Stewart, BeyondExtremeEnergy.org 703-999-2634

 

Friday, January 20, All Day. Protest the Trump Inauguration. Thousands of protesters who have mobilized nationally since the election of Climate Criminal, Donald Trump are planning a massive convergence in Washington against the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. ANSWER, which organized a number of major anti-war protests since its founding 15 years ago, is one of many groups mobilizing against the inauguration. Other groups planning inauguration protests range from anarchist collectives to networks of immigrants and women. Online organizers, including some associated with Occupy Wall Street, have also floated proposals for a nationwide general strike. See: https://popularresistance.org/trump-era-protests-escalate-with-inauguration/

 

Friday January 20, 6 to 8pm. Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration Boston! Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand, Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Go to: http://masspeaceaction.org/event/resist-trump-occupy-inauguration-boston/

 

Saturday, January 21, All Day. The Million Women’s March on Washington Stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families [and our planet!] — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Starts 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Location: Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. Greenfield, MA bus info HERE.

 

Saturday, January 21 at 11 AM – 3 PM. Boston Women’s March for America. Boston Common,
Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Unite in Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation — among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice and reproductive justice. Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. ALL ARE WELCOME. On the day after the Inauguration, people from Massachusetts and hundreds of thousands of Americans from other cities, towns and schools across the nation and the world will march together in sister marches. Be part of history! We have LOTS of information about the March at our website—from transportation to schedule to volunteering. We also have official March t shirts and a hat—and you can chip in to help us pay for the March.
PLEASE register at our website http://www.bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org/
Or at Eventbrite bit.ly/boswmfa
PLEASE join the Boston Women’s March for America Community Page as well: Security Check Required

 

Saturday, January 21, 12:30pm. In solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, women and their allies will gather on the Greenfield Town Common (Court Square) for a rally. Echoing the message of the Washington March, local speakers, songs, signs, and personal testimony will focus on standing together for women’s and human rights. Intended as a call to action, the rally will provide information about the concrete actions participants can take to protect their rights, safety, health, and families. To volunteer to help with organizing or for more information, visit the rally’s Facebook event page at: bit.ly/2hs06Ce or call 877-925-2999.

 

Saturday, January 21, 1:00pm. Listening to a Continent Sing – Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Join birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma as he presents his ten-week, ten-state bicycle journey that he traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, lingering and listening to our continent sing as no one has before. On remote country roads, over terrain vast and spectacular, from dawn to dusk and sometimes through the night, you will gain a deep appreciation for the natural symphony of birdsong many of us take for granted. More information: 413-863-3221 or greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org

 

Monday, January 23, 2017, 7 – 10pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Find out about upcoming actions on the national and local level. Join a break-out session: Welcome for Newcomers, Legislative Action, Soil and Forests as Carbon Sinks, and Movement Building in a Time of Climate Emergency. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6 – 8pm. “Refinery Town – Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City”. Book talk with author Steve Early. Greenfield Public Library Meeting Room, Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Steve Early, the author of this soon to be published book, recounts the struggles of the people of Richmond California against the Chevron oil company. The people of this small city put together a coalition that despite millions of dollars spent by Chevron, elected a progressive City Council. Bernie Sanders wrote the forward to this interesting book. Join us for pizza at 6:00; talk starts at 6:30. Go to: http://fccpr.us/

 

Wednesday, January 25, 10am. – 2:30pm. Mass Power Forward Lobby Day. Meet with your representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy. We’ll push for at least 50% clean power by 2040, expanded investments in solar (especially community and low-income solar), and further action on gas leaks. And we’ll call on our legislators to say no once and for all to pipelines and nuclear power. Join us! Massachusetts State House (exact location within State House TBD!), 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA. Please register with » this Google Form so that we can help you arrange meetings with your rep or senator.

 

Saturday, January 28, 3pm. “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton. Featured will be State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that will protect our earth from climate destruction. The forum will be one step in forming our segment of the massive movement that will be necessary to protect our earth and the generations to come. Contact Marty Nathan at martygjf@comcast.net

 

Monday, January 30, 6:30pm. DOE is coming to western Massachusetts to do two trainings for people who are interested in this “Solar in your Community” grant solicitation. Co-op Power will host one training in Northampton likely at the MLK Middle School. Call: 413-552-6446. Go to: https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-prize-solar-your-community-challenge

 

Tuesday, January 31, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity. UMass Amherst Campus Center. Northeast Organic Farming Association presents: in-depth, inspiring conversation on carbon sequestration. Come and learn about practical steps you can take to make a positive impact in your interactions with the landscape. From yards to farms to greenways to commons to gardens, how we treat our soils impacts the climate. read more here

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:00pm. Public hearing on MA Global Warming Solutions Act. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under its authority pursuant to the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), sections 3(c), 3(d), 4 and 7, will hold public hearings at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017. Written comments may be submitted in the following three ways: through the online portal available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, by email to climate.strategies@state.ma.us or by mail to: Jordan Garfinkle, MassDEP, 7th floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108. For special accommodations for these hearings, please call MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request.

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/

 

Let’s ditch the New Year fear and take it from here, OK? Until next time, remember: Listen to your Mother.

wintersunset.jpgGreetings Earthlings. In the wake of the longest election year ever we come upon the longest night of the year, a time to celebrate another Winter Solstice. We’ll be praying the “Coming of the Light” will extend into the political sphere here in Bizarro World. You? The Good Green Witch joins us for the traditional lighting of the bonfire (no, we won’t be burning books, not just yet). As always we will also escort you to Meet the New Boss and this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a trip into The Enviro Show Echo Camber, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Another dumb selfie move! This time it’s deer.

Ready for the real New Boss? Did you bring your hot air sickness bag? Sedatives? Passport? Here we go! We can’t resist repeating this headline: “Trump, Putin, and ExxonMobil team up to destroy the planet“. That about says it all but we may as well give it some additional context and then delve into the New Boss’ Cabinet of Deplorables!  It puts poor old Dr. Caligari’s Cabinet to shame. Enough. This is supposed to be a celebration after all.

O wait, there’s more! Our Fool-on-the-Hill can be found herein: “The 2016 Republican platform instructs Congress to divest “certain federally controlled public lands” to the states, without specifying which lands, and to amend the Antiquities Act, giving Congress and the states veto power over designation of national monuments. The loudest individual voice in this argument belongs to Representative Rob Bishop, Republican of Utah and chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, who recently called on Donald J. Trump to abolish national monuments (most notably, Grand Staircase-Escalante, in Utah) created by Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton” according to the New York Times. Of course, the New Boss’ Secretary of the Interior Rodgers (above) who, “In 2011…co-sponsored a bill that called for “disposal” of 3 million acres of federal land”, will be four-square behind whatever dodgy privatization scheme crosses her desk.

Time for a timely Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

“The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians.”    – George Monbiot

Shall we proceed into the Echo Chamber? We have a bit of good news! Renewable energy may be the runaway train the Trump cabal can’t stop. And some more good news, albeit short lived: “With his days in office numbered, Obama has pushed ahead with several executive actions aimed at protecting the nation’s land, air and water, even as he acknowledges his successor may try to undo the work before the ink is dry.” More here. OK, here’s the bad news from the EU which is bad news for our forests here in the U.S.  Also, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action link for the protection of lions.

After our Winter Solstice celebration we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Sunday, January 1, 2017, Noon to 2 pm. Ring in the New Year in the Valley with Kestral Trust’s annual New Year’s Day hikes, one on each side of the river! Register online with the links below to learn the meeting locations. (Heavy snow or rain cancels.) On the East side, we’ll head to Belchertown to explore the Reed Conservation Area with Dave King, Wildlife Biologist. Dave makes ecology fun and fascinating! CLICK HERE TO RSVP for the Belchertown Walk. 

On the West side, enjoy a festive Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area hike with naturalist John Body and Kestral Trust Board member Dave Herships. Look for signs of wildlife amid the various habitat types–who knows what you’ll see! Easy hiking terrain. CLICK HERE TO RSVP for the Northampton walk.

Saturday, January 14, 7pm. Contradance to protect Otis State Forest / Sandisfield from Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Pipeline. at the West Cummington Parish House, W. Main Street, W. Cummington, MA. Proceeds to support the legal work of Pipe Line Awareness Network for the North East (PLAN-NE). Music by Steve Howland and other great local musicians, Contradance Calling by Sadie Stull, Soup and Refreshments from Alice’s Kitchen! Suggested Donation $25 – All amounts accepted. For more information call 413-634-8043.

Thursday, January 19. 8am. FERC’s Commission Meeting Action! For over two years, Beyond Extreme Energy has joined friends and allies in disrupting this meeting. It’s held once per month, is open to the public, and involves little to no risk of arrest. Please join us as we seek to pack the FERC Commission Meeting room and show the commissioners that we have the power to stop their rubber stamp machine! 8am: Meet in the Union Station food court to go over the plan. 9:30am: Walk down to FERC (nearby). Info: Lee Stewart, BeyondExtremeEnergy.org 703-999-2634

Monday, January 23, 2017, 7 – 10pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Find out about upcoming actions on the national and local level. Join a break-out session: Welcome for Newcomers, Legislative Action, Soil and Forests as Carbon Sinks, and Movement Building in a Time of Climate Emergency. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

We hope you’re able to find some joy this Winter Solstice. Just because so many humans have gone south on us doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the planet that sustains us. O, and remember: Listen to your Mother, OK?

 

standing rock-petitionGreetings Earthlings. We may sound like a broken record to some, but given the critical issues involved we’re not about to let go of reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Water Protectors by the Standing Rock rez in North Dakota. Paki calls in once again from Standing Rock while Susan Theberge and Irvine Sobelman of Climate Action Now! and Adin Buchanan and Natalie Strohm of Hampshire College Climate Justice join us in the studio to bring you the latest. As always we’ll be sure to introduce you to this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and, of course, the real New Boss (groan), along with a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………….Revenge of the Critters! Shutterbugs and Selfieites Beware: Buffalo are decidedly NOT another form of entertainment.

We have Breaking News! The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that other routes for the DAPL project are now being considered. It’s a temporary victory for Water Protectors at Standing Rock but just another day in the fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground. There are many oil pipeline projects already in progress as well as fracked gas pipelines. It’s time to celebrate today and reactivate tomorrow.

It’s time once again to dive headlong into the New Boss’s cesspool of climate catastrophe! His much touted media interview at The New York Times found members of the Fourth Estate grasping for footholds in their rotting floors. Try as they might to find some hope for the planet in the Boss’s….um…thinking?…the fact remains we seem stuck with a Climate Criminal-in-Chief. Now for a word from our friends at Grist: What will the Boss’ EPA look like? (if you dare look!). Meanwhile to Old Boss scrambles to do what he feels he can do to make the world safe for his kids?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill hasn’t been among the portraits in our Hall of Fools since January of 2014, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy fooling around with the viability of life on Earth for future generations. Rep. Mike Pompeo (Repugnican-Kan.) is one of the New Boss’ nominees for Director of the CIA. This fool “has been an outspoken critic of factoring climate change into national security issues during his tenure in the House of Representatives. In a December 2015 statement, Pompeo said, “For President Obama to suggest that climate change is a bigger threat to the world than terrorism is ignorant, dangerous, and absolutely unbelievable.” Wait! isn’t climate crime the definition of terrorism??

We have an Enviro Show Quote of the Week to get your mind off bad news. OK, everyone pile into the Wayback Machine! Ready?

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”   – Henry David Thoreau

It’s time to take you to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber to see some 24/7 climate crimes committed by so-called law enforcement. We have a whole host of things you can do here to support the Water Protectors. The list doesn’t include boycotts of the banksters behind DAPL, that would be here. And then there’s Sunoco, of course. Our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity just noted that in “a new paper just published in the journal Scienceresearchers’ [made] urgent recommendations for protecting pollinators come on the heels of last week’s release of the largest and most comprehensive global assessment ever of pollinators, which found that 40 percent of pollinating insects are threatened with extinction.” More on that here. Speaking of our flying friends as well as Standing Rock it looks like there’s a little known connection in the air! Finally this: Evil Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State?? Why the pretense? Just appoint fucking Satan!!

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

 

Tuesday, December 13, 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Mass Power Forward Local Clean Energy Webinar. Want to do more locally on clean energy? Join this webinar to learn how to use the Clean Energy Checklist to assess your town or city’s actions so far, and to learn about our toolkit to get local clean energy projects and policies going in your community! SIGN UP HERE. Detailed webinar information will be sent upon sign-up.

 

Wednesday, December 21, Sundown. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary annual winter solstice celebration and bonfire. Celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. At Arcadia we also have a tradition: we gather at sundown for music and community unity. Ward off the cold with the warmth of the bonfire, sip hot cider, and listen to music. We make every attempt not to cancel this event due to inclement weather, but call Arcadia or check our Facebook page if a blizzard is brewing. This is a free event thanks to sponsorship from River Valley Co-op, Peoples Bank and Northeast Solar. Registration is not required for this program. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. Arcadia can be reached at (413) 584-3009. www.massaudubon.org/

 

Thursday, December 15, 5 pm. Join The Biomass Monitor on a Conference Call: Cellulosic Biofuels, Food Security, and Land Rights where Kelly Stone, Policy Analyst for ActionAid USA, discusses a new cellulosic biofuels paper along with concerns related to food security and land rights. RSVP on Facebook and email thebiomassmonitor@gmail.com to receive call-in number and code.

 

Friday, Deceber 16, Noon to 1:00pm. Weekly TD BANK Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline, 215 Main St., Brattleboro, VT. #NoDAPL #bankexit

 

Tuesday, December 20, Noon to 1pm. Weekly TD BANK Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline, 324 Main St., (near Federal St corner). Greenfield, MA. #NoDAPL #bankexit

 

Monday, January 23, 2017, 7 – 10pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Find out about upcoming actions on the national and local level. Join a break-out session: Welcome for Newcomers, Legislative Action, Soil and Forests as Carbon Sinks, and Movement Building in a Time of Climate Emergency. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

 

That’s it for us until our Winter Solstice show on December 20th. Until then remember what? Listen to your Mother!

bds-poster-standing-rock-sioux-protests-solidarity-e1474157212128Greetings Earthlings. [UPDATE: Standing Rock national ride board HEREIn case you were operating under the mistaken assumption the Indian Wars out West were a thing of the past allow us to enlighten you! Paki Wieland of Occupy the Airways fame back from Standing Rock to shed some light on that and get into some depth about the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners, (where the alleged President-elect is invested) as well as the Standing Rock defenders. The most recent attack on the Water Protectors calls for immediate solidarity. Dallas Goldtooth, of the Indigenous Environmental Network reported that nearly 200 people were injured and 12 people were hospitalized for head injuries. One protester went into cardiac arrest but was revived by the medic team. As always we’ll also take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss. If you behave and stop asking “are we there yet?” we’ll also take you to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and out for ice cream, but first it’s tie for…………Revenge of the Critters! Deer attacks driver who hit him!

Time to really Meet the New Boss and a good place to start is here with his transition team….such as it is. Yes, we may as well replace Obama with that other guy in the silly wig ‘cuz we just can’t resist……..No, wait! We CAN resist! Sorry, bad choice of words…..’cuz we have sooooo much material to work with we have to start now or we’ll be backed-up like a failed septic system by the time January rolls around. For starters the Boss just promised [on Day One] to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy — including shale energy and clean coal,” but didn’t say which restrictions he wanted to eliminate. Another interesting aspect of The New Boss is his tendency to deny the Climate Crisis. Noam Chomsky had something to say about that recently. O hey, here’s something that might qualify as Breaking News: “Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser Says Pesticides Aren’t Bad for You“! Who knew! Finally, are you familiar with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari? Here’s a Wikipedia quote for you: “In his influential book From Caligari to Hitler, Siegfried Kracauer says the film reflects a subconscious need in German society for a tyrant, and it is an example of Germany’s obedience to authority and unwillingness to rebel against deranged authority”.  OK? Let’s talk about the New Boss’s cabinet! 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is 4% better than Sen. James Inhofe. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who will succeed current Senate Committee on “Environment” and Public Works Chair James Inhofe, is new & improved! Yes, he’s a Climate Crisis denier like Inhofe and “has voted against nearly every pro-planet bill since joining the Senate in 2007” BUT his lifetime League of Conservation Voters score is 9 percent while Inhofe scored 5 percent. See? Barrasso is 4% better! OK? Celebrate! Things are looking up!!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find the fossil fools falling all over each other to get back into the fracking fuel export race. In a Trump era there will be way more stories like this. What could possibly go wrong?? Speaking of wrong, Chomsky returns here again to remind us about what was mostly overlooked during that whole selection process. We could not agree more. Time for our Enviro Show Blog Action link and it has everything to do with Standing Rock & YOU. Finally, here’s one of our favorite rants on the vote rote from our friend at The Center for Biological Diversity.

We have Breaking News! (and it’s actually good news). Riverkeeper reports ““This is a monumental day. This [NY Supreme Court] decision effectively stops the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from re-licensing Indian Point.” We love New York!

 

After Paki fills us in on the latest from Standing Rock we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Thursday, December 1, All Day.  NoDAPL Day of Action: Divest TD Bank As part of the #NoDAPL Dec. 1 Day of Action, this event will bring community members together to put pressure on TD Bank to divest their funding from the Dakota Pipeline project. TD Bank Northampton, 175 Main Street, Northampton, MA. For 10am. action go to: https://actionnetwork.org/events/nodapl-day-of-action-divest-td-bank Host Contact Info: kgkollman@gmail.com. For 4 to 6pm. action go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683404271971115/

 

Friday, December 2, 10:30am. to 4:30pm. “Modern” Wood Heat Presentation & Tour for Municipal Officials. Pellet pirates’ dog & pony show  to promote the invasion of more bad forestry and the climate crushing pellet industry. First Floor Meeting Room, Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, MA. Wood Heat Magical Mystery Tour leaves Transit Center at Noon. Come early to protest outside or to attend if you are a town official.

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016. March for Jobs, Justice, and a Livable Earth! Hartford, CT (time and location TBD). The fight to preserve our planet and halt climate warming is inextricably tied to the struggle for all the other elements of a decent human life: jobs, health, equality, and justice.  The threat of catastrophic global warming requires a just emergency transition, in Connecticut and every other state, to an energy grid and mass transportation system powered by 100% clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. Send your endorsement to: organizers@350ct.org. For more information, call Ben at 203-215-0395 or Diane at 203-922-2151.

 

Saturday, December 10, 9:30A to 5:30PM. (Location TBA) Sugar Shack Nonviolence Training in Amherst MA. We will help you connect to an Affinity Group. You need to have this training and be in a Sugar Shack Affinity Group to participate in a Sugar Shack direct action where folks are risking arrest. The training is a full day from 9:30 to 5:30 with trainers Paki Wieland and Mary Link. Go HERE.

 

Saturday, December 10, 5 to 8pm. Standing Rock Benefit Dinner and Lecture. In observance of Human Rights Day, Nuestras Raices and the United Congregational Church of Holyoke invite you to a benefit dinner and lecture about the Standing Rock Water Protectors and how to support their cause. We are honored to host Jennifer Weston, a researcher, writer, and producer from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas. United Congregational Church of Holyoke, 395 High St., Holyoke, MA

 

We go out with Tom Neilson’s “Echos of Wounded Knee”

Now,we are sooooo out of here……’til next time, remember: Listen to your Mother!

 

pure-black-wallpaper-159Greetings Earthlings. Ready for the New Boss? [UPDATE: We are decidedly not and thus have changed the title of this blog. As you might surmise, THE biggest loser in the Election of 2016 is not  progressive or liberal ideals or common decency (though they surely lose), it is the planet that sustains us. Now we must protect the Earth with whatever means are left to us – d.o.]  Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron join us to comb through those louse infested coats and others (perhaps less tainted?) for some answers. Chances are good some of that will be put to music as well! We’ll also take you to some familiar places here such as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and The Bus Stop Billboard, along with visits to this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss (who is getting a bit old, yes?), but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Aussie guy gets a BIG fright from outback. You have to see it to believe it.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is back for a repeat performance. Yes, it’s Texas…….yes, Texas….again, repugnican Rep. Lamar Smith whom even many Texans don’t care for! :O It seems in “a new poll in Texas’ 21st congressional district, 45 percent of respondents said they are less likely to vote for Rep. Smith because he refused to investigate allegations that ExxonMobil knew about climate change in the ’70s and failed to disclose the threat to the public.” It goes on but who gives a f….(sorry).who even wants to acknowledge that these people even exist? After all, Halloween is over, why must we continue to scare each other??

Time to Meet the New Boss (and various other presidential hopefulls) doing absolutely nothing about the major injustices at Standing Rock rez. Were The Boss’s efforts to stall the DAPL pipeline work on Native land back in September merely symbolic? Dave Archambault II, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has rightfully noted that Obama’s legacy rides on this critical issue of Native rights and fossil fuel expansion. We hope The New Boss (soon to be The Old Boss) will do more than “let it play out for several more weeks”. Maybe he should take the family to the movies to see “Before the Flood”!  Here’s some good analysis on what DAPL is actually about and here’s a list of what’s needed to support Standing Rock Water Protectors.

Our Quote of the Week calls for another trip in the Wayback Machine but you won’t have to leave the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

“What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?” ~ Massasoit

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber our guests join us as we find many disturbing stories on the U.S. presidential campaign of 2016, an event that may go down in history as the era when nearly everyone in The “Land of the Free” came unhinged and the body politic went psychotic. Maybe a good place to start is right here with this post-Halloween clip.  OK, so we know what the orange guy with the wig thinks about the Climate Crisis, what about his  energy plan? The Libertarian Party candidate has an interesting plan for dealing with climate chaos, all we need is an ark!  While we’re on the subject of outer space maybe these guys can help us? No? Anyway, back to the campaign, such as it is. Granted, $hillary (the candidate for president of Corporate America)  hasn’t written off the Climate Crisis as a hoax like that other guy, but surely you recall what she thinks of us leave-it-in-the-ground activists, right? Saying all of us should “get a life” seems like a bad starting point for scoring votes, yes? We think Tom may have something to sing about on that note. On to the perennial Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein who seems to take all the best enviro positions, but there are still some doubts about her on other fronts. Be that as it may, her most recent remarks about Clinton being more dangerous than Trump has raised concerns. Regarding the Lesser of Two Evils argument on voting we turn to Noam Chomsky. Sooooo, given that THE best candidate for president was cheated out of the nomination by corporate Dems what are we left with? That’s up to you, Enviro Show listeners! Time to move on to the ballot questions and obviously the one most relative to enviros is Question #3, Conditions for Farm Animals. This one cuts close to home ‘cuz reportedly the only farm effected would be Diemand Farm in Wendell, MA. We’ll be getting into that and more so tune in, OK?

After our election coverage and that call from Paki we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Thursday, November 17, 5:30pm. Springfield Climate Action & Resiliency Plan Community Engagement Meeting. Indian Orchard Covenant Church, 95 Berkshire Street, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 

Sunday, November 201pm-6pm. Climate Crisis Community Grief Ritual. Deep conversation, music, poetry, art, and ritual to share grief and find resilience about climate change and other environmental/social/racial justice issues. Donation requested to cover costs.   Wheelchair accessible.  Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St. (3 miles west of Northampton on Rt. 9). John Berkowitz  413-387-8439 johnpberk@gmail.com

 

Monday, November 21, 11am. Speak Out at the State House. Support the immediate closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor. Great Hall, 2nd Floor. Go to: www.capedownwinders.info

 

November 24, 2016, 12:00 noon. 47th National Day of Mourning: Coles Hill Plymouth, MA. Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience. Go to: http://www.uaine.org/

 

November 28, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Reports from Action/Work Groups Including: Food Justice, Healthy Soil and Sustainable Farming, Building the Climate Justice Movement in the Face of the Climate Emergency, Five College Students and more. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

Thursday, November 29, 5:30pm. Springfield Climate Action & Resiliency Plan Community Engagement Meeting. Trinity Church, 61 Sumner Avenue, Forest Park, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 

Friday, December 2, 10:30am. to 4:30pm. “Modern” Wood Heat Presentation & Tour for Municipal Officials. Pellet pirates’ dog & pony show  to promote the invasion of more bad forestry and the climate crushing pellet industry. First Floor Meeting Room, Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, MA. Wood Heat Magical Mystery Tour leaves Transit Center at Noon. Come early to protest outside or to attend if you are a town official.

 

That is all for now. Next tie it’s Standing with Standing Rock. Until then keep on listening to your other, OK?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keep-calm-and-celebrate-samhain-1Greetings Earthlings. Happy Samhain, All Hallows Eve or whatever. In Pagan times this was the beginning of Winter but given that we’ve pretty much vanquished that to climate chaos we’ll take chemical laden candy instead. The Good Green Witch joins us for an extended stay to….enlighten? us about the dark and that very thin veil to the other world, as well as her new book. OK, so do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? How about a creepy orange monster clown with a wig, sticking his chin out and getting all alpha male? No? Enough of that? We’re going to be……away from our desk for Halloween! Bonfires, potions, you know the drill. Anyway, after we light the fire in the studio we’ll take you on a spooky visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill, deep into the dark and dank Enviro Show Echo Chamber and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Scary Spider bites Australian man on penis……again!

Soooo, there’s no fool like an old fool we’re told and we guess that might explain repugnican Senator John McCain’s recent remarks about continued repugnican blocking of Supreme Court Justice nominations if $hillary wins in November. “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill declared.

Time for a visit with the New Boss who very recently wrote an op-ed that “promotes his vision for humans on the Mars surface in the 2030s”. Say what?? What about Earth in the 2030s! We doubt we’ll be here to experience that but the grandkids will. We applaud The Boss for signing into law H.R. 2494, The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 that will “further protect endangered species that have been targeted by poachers” but how about our endangered kids and grandkids? We need an all-out effort to confront the Climate Crisis right here on our favorite planet, never mind that barren ball of rock and dust a gazillion miles away! One can only wonder what the new New Boss will have in store for us. If that is $hillary we know what she really thinks about us enviros. If it’s that creepy clown guy, well…..we guess we can all bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. Tune in to our Election Night Enviro Show. It may be scarier than Halloween.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber of Horrors we venture beyond “The Point of No Return”! And if that’s not horrifying enough how about “11 of the last 12 months hit record high temps”? No? Greenland’s Ice Sheet Melting Faster Than Previously Thought? And this: “Throughout the U.S., trees are dying at an astonishing rate.” Here in the Northeast U.S. those of us actively trying to save the trees are usually just ignored, right? Some corporate Dems seem to think we need to “get a life” for trying to confront the Climate Crisis these days but in the Global South such activists actually get to have their lives taken away! That’s enough horror for one day. How about we pray for…. Big Oil? (that’s not some Halloween trick, kids). OK, how about we treat you to one of the bravest climate actions yet to come down the pipeline. That would be this “Act of Love”. You can donate for their legal support here.

How about a Halloween Special Quote of the Week? Ready?

The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.”    – Stephen King

We have Broken News! It seems Sunoco, a Dakota Access pipeline co-conspirator, has just allowed 55,000 gallons of gasoline to pollute the Susquehanna River. Maybe those prayers for Big Oil aren’t doing so well?

 

After our conversation with The Good Green Witch we’ll take you trick or treating to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturdays 10am. to 12pm.Weekly Standout for the Green Party. Court Square, Greenfield, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171357796292170/

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 10am to 5pm. & 6:00 – 8:00pm. Overview and discussion of potential regulations MassDEP intends to hold two stakeholder meetings on potential new Green House Gas regulations. The Worcester meetings will be held during the day, and will include discussion of different sources and regulations under consideration and will also include an early evening session for stakeholders who may not be able to attend during the day. Governor Baker signed Executive Order 569 which directed MassDEP to promulgate regulations that satisfy the mandate of Section 3(d) of Chapter 21N of the General Laws with the objective that these regulations ensure that the Commonwealth meets the 2020 statewide emissions limit mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), and to establish an internet portal through which to receive input. The Department welcomes and encourages input from the citizens of the Commonwealth and all interested parties regarding regulatory approaches to meet the requirements of section 3(d). RSVP for in-person attendance here. Additional meeting information, including a draft agenda, directions, and RSVP instructions, will be provided when they become available. MassDEP Worcester office. More information, along with instructions for submitting comments, is available on MassDEP’s web site at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, which will be regularly updated as additional information becomes available. Please see the following links for directions to the MassDEP office in Worcester. If you have questions about the stakeholder meetings, please contact Jordan Garfinkle at jordan.garfinkle@state.ma.us or 617-292-5904.

 

Thursday, November 3, 7pm.  Sneak preview screening & fundraiser for “Power Struggle” A film by Robbie Leppzer in association with HBO and NHK- Japan. A full-length documentary about the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.at Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT.  Go to: http://www.PowerStruggleMovie.com

 

Friday, November 4, 12 to 4pm. The Native American Students Association and Divest UMass, in collaboration with the Student Farmers’ Market, are hosting a #NoDAPL Standing Rock Solidarity Farmers Market at the Goodell Lawn at UMass, Amherst, Massachusetts. There will be a Speak-Out happening at 2 pm- don’t miss this important opportunity to hear native voices from our campus community speak to what’s going on in ND! November is Native American Heritage Month, and this Student Farmers market will be a moment to SHOW UP for the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline! This is a moment for everyone to come together to spread the word and show our support for the incredible front line leadership defending the right of native tribes to their water and way of life, and resisting the violent reign of the FF industry, and the environmental and cultural genocide native tribes have faced in our country for centuries. Contacts for this event: Sarah Jacqz, sjacqz@umass.edu; 978-518-0057. Shawn Provost, stprovost@umass.edu 603-313-5804. Andreus Ridley, dreus81@gmail.com;
nasa@umass.edu; 978-496-7041

 

Saturday, November 5, 7am. Quabbin Reservoir Naturalists Exploration Field Trip. Millers River Environmental Center, 1o0 Main Street, Athol. Carpooling available, pre-registration required. Email: dave@dhsmall.net

 

Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 8pm. Screening of Sea Shepherd’s first full-length film, “Why Just One?” on at Café Evolution, 22 Chestnut St, Florence, MA. A 30 min. Q & A session with Vic Guerin of Sea Shepherd will follow. Free Cafe Evolution treats will be provided , but feel free to bring your own vegan finger foods too. This wonderful new documentary exposes the courageous battle Sea Shepherd has taken on to save sea turtles, the world’s last dinosaur. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/cafe-evolution-116705117589/

 

November 12, 9:30am. – 5:30pm. Non-violent Civil Disobedience Training at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. A minimum of 30 folks needed to sign up for this to work and we are especially reaching out to college age folks but everyone is welcome. OTIS STATE FOREST IS AT STAKE! The full-day training has lots of interactive opportunities including a long role play simulation of an actual action. The Sugar Shack Alliance will also help you form or find an Affinity Group which will be necessary to participate in a non-violent direct action where we are intentionally risking arrest, and, to be part of the decision-making process of the Alliance. There is no charge, but we do pass a hat to cover costs of materials, gas and time for the trainers. Folks usually throw in from $5 to$20 each. Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

November 28, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Reports from Action/Work Groups Including: Food Justice, Healthy Soil and Sustainable Farming, Building the Climate Justice Movement in the Face of the Climate Emergency, Five College Students and more. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

 

 

Scary enough for you? Just wait ’til our next show on Election Day! :O  Until then remember to listen to your Mother, OK?