stop shopping, Black Friday, Walmart, over-consumption, lifestyles, shopping, fat, Boycott Black Friday, Buy Nothing DayGreetings Earthlings. We’re coming up on another frenzy of over-consumption that says so much about life in the U.S.  The aptly named Black Friday is more like a funeral for the planet than anything to celebrate or use as a hook for yet more commerce. Just how much junk from China do you need, anyway??  Reverend Billy  joins us once again to sell the concept of not shopping (make that preach). We hope you’ll buy into our other segments as well, like The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, our E-Valley-uation thingy and a visit with this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  (We love this one) Moose chases logger in Shutesbury!

We want to put Naomi Klein’s recent piece “Superstorm Sandy – a peoples’s shock?” right on top of the Echo Chamber here. It fits rather nicely into our theme for this show: a colorfully wrapped consumer item that’s flying off the shelves…….right into the faces of those who can least afford it. It seems the corporados (and their far-right minions) would just love to turn Climate Crisis storm ravaged areas into……..”free trade” zones! No? You don’t care for that concept? How about a…………high-pressure gas line and metering station  where Hurricane Sandy destroyed everything?  Who thinks this stuff up, anyway?? Hey, if these ideas piss you off we have just the thing: some teens in Africa invented a generator that runs on……well, urine!  If you think that idea….stinks, how about solar for under $500? Also, some of Big Oil’s BP criminals may do time BUT how about the CEOs??  Finally, if you’d like to wade into some minutia on the “debate” over the Climate Crisis (yes, some Kryptons are still in denial) go to “It’s Global Warming, Stupid!” here.

This week we have at least two less Fools-on-the-Hill to trash. The Washington Post notes that “Environmental groups… helped defeat GOP Reps. Francisco R. Canseco (Tex.) and Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.), whom they targeted for denying the connection between human activity and climate change.”  A whole lot of money was spent by the corporados and the Repugs to try and keep these and other flat-Earth trogs in office. So much for investing in……the past. HOWEVER, recall our last Fools-on-the-Hill concerning the House “Science” Committee? We have an update on that scary collection of fools here.  But let’s be clear here: policy on the Climate Crisis is made in the streets and once again folks are taking the issue to the streets right by the Hill and hopefully to a street near YOU.

Time to Meet the New Boss. Guess what? Yes, he is the same as the old boss……thank Goddess. Having said that, the Boss needs us to hold his feet to the climate change induced fire. If his past record is any indicator, it’s double-down…..make that triple-down time for the future. Barry needs to go down in history as the guy who stemmed the tide (even though it will really be you and me that dragged him along).

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week calls for a looooong ride in the Wayback Machine. We’ll have to go all the way to ancient Rome for this one: “For greed all Nature is too little” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

After our interview with the good Reverend we stumble over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday, November 23, All day. Solidarity with Walmart Workers on Black Friday. Events at various Walmart sites. 10am at Northampton store. Contact WMass Jobs with Justice at:  wmjwj@wmjwj.org

Saturday,  November 24, 3pm.  Learn all about Adverse Weather Bicycling. What we will address: How to dress defensively: avoid overheating and freezing both during and after the ride. How to ride defensively: Lighting/visibility, protection against slipping, water and salt. What to do to make sure you reach your destination: tools, gear, and route choices. Gabor’s “Neighborhood Bicycle Resource Center”, 44 Beston Street, Amherst. This workshop is free. If you have questions Gabor can be reached at gaborzol@gmail.com or at 413-253-9755 via phone.

Sunday November 25, 11am. Action Plan for Climate Change rally.  Faneuil Hall, Boston.  Help us put global warming back on the national agenda.  Help us start the revolution to save the planet.  It starts here.  Email : kholland@environmentalleague.org

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 pm. Forum on nuclear power with featured speakers Dr. Ira Helfand, PSR and Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network. First Churches, Main Street.

Wednesday, November 28, Noon to 1:30pm. GreenWork Roundtable. Creating Sustainable Transportation in WMass. Pioneer Vally Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA. For more information email Mary Vogel at: maryvogel@builtbest.org.

Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1. From the Soil to the Sky: Organizing a Revolution for Climate Justice – A convergence hosted by Ecosocialist Horizons. The convergence will begin on Friday, November 30th at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton, MA, with a public event from 7 to 9pm. The following day, on December 1st, at Hampshire College in the West Lecture Hall of Franklin Patterson Hall, the convergence will continue. Starting with breakfast at 9am, we will kick off at 10am with a full day of presentations, workshops and discussions. Contact Kanya D’Almeida / kanyaldalmeida@gmail.com / 646 664 5658

Saturday December 1st. Five College Rally Against Climate Silence. Amherst Town Common. Schedule of events: 2:00pm- Meet on the Green for rally and musical performances. 3:00pm- Student speeches followed by open mic (personal testimonials- how has the climate crisis affected YOU!).  4:00pm- Spread out to encircle the Green, then meet with local environmental
organizations. Share/RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/371024976316844/?fref=ts.  Share on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegesEndCS  Our futures are at stake, let’s get to work. For more information contact: Emily Keppler/ ek11@hampshire.edu or Laura Hayden/ hayde22l@mtholyoke.edu.

We are done here, except to say support Occupy Sandy either in body or in your pocketbook and, while you’re at it, our station, Valley Free Radio could use some help too. Otherwise we’ll be left out in the cold, putting up old-fashioned posters and holding protest signs in the rain……O wait, we’ll be doing that anyway. Sooooo, remember STOP SHOPPING and LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

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  1. The past few days we’ve been hearing all about the “Fiscal Cliff” in the corporate media (when we weren’t hearing about the latest sex “scandal”). Yesterday during Obama’s first press conference since the election, the Prez spoke a whole lot about that Fiscal Cliff in response to reporters’ questions. Finally, toward the end of the conference some reporter asked about climate change and Obama’s trip to New York City today. The Prez hit on many of the talking points we are familiar with when the subject turns to the Climate Crisis, but he also made it clear that the U.S. economy comes before doing much of anything about the human-caused climate disruption. My response, posted on our Facebook page, was “You can’t put the economy in front of the planet that supports it. – Sandy”. I didn’t get any response on that so now I’m coining a new phrase (and you can quote me on this!):

    “The Fiscal Cliff is just a step down compared to the Climate Chasm”

    – d.o.

  2. greinauer says:

    Awesome show! Thought you might be interested in this song by Melodeego inspired by Tim DeChristopher. The video features over 100 social and environmental justice orgs from 20 countries!

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