Earth 101 Enviro Show

Posted: November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Greetings Earthlings. Time to return to the issue of Nature Deficit Disorder. What are the kids learning? Fighting bad guys in the rec room on Carrier Command: Gaea Mission or maybe some other kind of mission out here in the real world, on Gaia? Neill Bovaird, founder and director of  Wolf Tree Programs  joins us to talk about children’s curiosity and connection to nature. And, it’s in our nature here on the show to keep pestering you with news of the planet in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, our E-Valley-uation segment and visits with the Fool-on-the-Hill and maybe some time to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Horny stag in Bushy Park, west London trees human!

In our E-Valley-uation segment The Valley Advocate informs us that “Late this summer, the U.S. Geological Survey announced that it had located several new veins of natural gas in the eastern U.S. One, known as the Hartford Basin, extends well into Western Massachusetts. And so the possibility of fracking in the Valley arises.”  Fracking in this Valley? We don’t think so!  An event page on Facebook is already up: “What can we do in the Pioneer Valley to beat back fracking? Learn and organize” says  the Pioneer Valley Green-Rainbow Party and the Western Massachusetts chapter of Progressive Democrats of America. They’ve called a meeting for Thursday, December 6 at 7pm at the Christ United Methodist Church, 271 Rocky Hill Rd, Northampton.  So far it looks like a full house. We’ll be there. How about you?  Also, some E-Valley-uation of the sentence passed down on The Shut it Down Affinity Group by Windham County, Vermont Judge John Wesley. Each woman was fined $350, but no jail time. The Brattleboro Reformer notes, “On the way out…[Hattie] Nestel and the other protesters remained unrepentant and said they would not pay a dime of the fine Wesley had imposed.”  And, they’ll be back!   Here’s Valley Free Radio’s own Paki Weiland’s statement on being in court. Finally, a report-back on Saturday’s Colleges Against Climate Silence rally  on the Amherst Town Common.  How’s THAT for Earth 101!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Senator John Barrasso, a Repubnican from Wyoming who recently said, “Closing the Climate Change Center a the CIA is the right decision. It’s critically important for the CIA to focus its resources on terrorism and keeping Americans safe.” About that last part? The keeping safe part? It’s reported that the Climate Crisis will triple the number of just heat related deaths in the U.S. That’s just heatwaves, never mind freak storms, drought and the rest of it. We’re talking thousands of deaths every year. Sorry, how many terrorist attacks has there been lately?

Let’s Meet the New Boss once again. Besides Obama signing on to the above ( the Administration recently axed the Center on Climate Change and National Security at the Central Intelligence Agency), it has been reported that his seeming pick for Hillary’s old job at the State Department, that being Susan Rice, has extensive investments in Canadian tar sands. Of course that won’t have ANY influence on how she acts with regard to the Keystone Pipeline. Nooooo! And this from Grist: the New Boss, in his first post-election test on the climate, gets an F-minus. Obama signs bill exempting U.S. airlines from E.U. carbon plan!

Time to wander into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber where we direct you to Climate IMC. We’ve been putting up posts there all week about the pathetic COP18 climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar. Be sure to checkout Chris Hedges’ piece “Stand Still for the Apocalypse”.  Since we’re talking Climate Crisis here it looks like the other coast could take a hit as well, this time instead of a massive hurricane it could be the Pineapple Express. And this: it looks like the net is closing in on one of King Coal’s worse players, Don Blankenship, formerly of Massey Energy. Enviro Show listeners may recall our earlier posts of this arch enemy of the planet. Visualize incarceration.

After our interview with Neill Bovaird we’ll move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, December 6, 7pm. What can we do in the Pioneer Valley to beat back fracking? Learn and organize. Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Green-Rainbow Party and the Western Massachusetts chapter of Progressive Democrats of America. Christ United Methodist Church, 271 Rocky Hill Rd, Northampton.

Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm. The McKnight Neighborhood Council, Arise for Social Justice, and Partners for a Healthier Community are sponsoring a forum on brownfields at the Mason Square Library Community Room.

Thursday, December 6, 7pm. Screening of “Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands” at Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, VT.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 pm on. Arise Holiday fund raiser party. Hosted by the Arise Advisory Committee at 359 Main St #2a, Easthampton (Merri Ansara’s house)

Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. “Shale Gas in Massachusetts”.  This is Program Organizer: American Ground Water Trust. The American Groundwater Trust has staked out a position that the extraction of energy sources should not cause environmental problems, and that all “stakeholders” need to come to the table and let their concerns be known. OK stakeholders, grab your stakes and circle up! Lincoln Campus Center, UMass. Phone to register:800-423-7748 or online: www.agwt.org (events).

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 15 – 16 Earthlands’ Annual Solstice Ritual and Workshop. with optional Sat. evening ritual only starting at 5 PM. Exact times still to be determined, as well as the cost. The focus is on moving into the new era, the shifting of our consciousness, the opening of our heart and the feeding the Mother.  http://www.earthlands.org   office@earthlands.org  Call: (978) 724-3448

Update from David Stember, Northeast Tar Sands Coordinator for 350.org.  Save the date for a major 350 New England Northeast Tar Sands Action that will most likely take place on January 19th, 2013 in Portland, Maine, where the Enbridge/Exxon pipeline ends.  The pipeline ends in Portland and it is from there that Canadian Tar Sands would find their way to global markets.  Lets make sure New England prevents tar sands from ever getting to Portland.

That’s all folks…..except: remember to listen to your Mother!

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