Archive for February, 2013

stopgeoGreetings Earthlings. Will human tech ride in on a white sawhorse and save the planet at the last possible moment? Geoengineering fans think so! Do you? Rachel Smolker of Biofuelwatch and the Energy Justice Network calls in to cover the issues. Also, we checkout this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and wonder if the New Boss is fooling us, as well as everyone in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters!  Cute bunnies taking out cars in Denver! Good work, cute bunnies!

We meet The New Boss golfing in sunny FLA  with Jim Crane and Milton Carroll, leading figures in the Texas oil and gas industry, along with other men who run companies that deal in the same kinds of carbon-based disasters as the Keystone XL pipeline. The Boss was thusly engaged with Big Oil corporados while we were marching around the White House last week freezing our collective ass off to protest tar sands pipelines and fracking for gas! What? Is there something wrong in that picture? How about this headline on Grist: “Obama confirms: No big moves on climate in the works“!  As if you needed more of this, go here.

In The Enviro Echo Chamber we lead off with that haunting tune we heard echoing in the canyons of DC, “Do it Now!”.  And here’s the lyrics for your own rendition!  Also, this think-piece from Grist on some of the internal heat from the frozen streets of DC (our comments too!).   And this: back in the day we put the kabosh on the nuclear industry when we took it to Wall Street in 1980. After that historic event, investments in nukes dropped right off the chart. Today, a billionaire financier (of all people!) seems poised to deliver the same message to those who would invest in tar sands. Hey, since no one much is listening to us, listen to the billionaire!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from the father of the Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock: “”Before we start geoengineering we have to raise the following question: are we sufficiently talented to take on what might become the onerous permanent task of keeping the Earth in homeostasis?” After all, wasn’t it our technology that got us into this crisis in the first place?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we thought it would be a good idea to focus on Transition Amherst. If you go to their website you’ll see an ambitious to-do list of excellent ideas to help the town move away from non-sustainable practices. They have a Facebook page here. We’re thinking every Valley town should have a transition team. Go team! (…..sorry). Meanwhile, accross the river here in Northampton things are getting mighty Green!  Also this, draft plans are up for public comment on the The Pioneer Valley Climate Action and Clean Energy Plan. Go here to see it.

Following our conversation with Rachel and a call-in from our roving reporter (and troubadour) Tom Neilson, we checkout the Bus Stop Billboard:

February 27th, 8:30 am – 10:00 am. PV Sustain quarterly meeting. Greenfield Community College Downtown Center, Room 120/121, 270 Main Street, Greenfield. Email: jneiderbach@pvpc.org.

Wednesday Feb. 27, Noon. GreenWork Roundtable Discusion- Down to Earth: Growing a Sustainable Economy for All. Email: wmgreenworks@gmail.com

Sunday, March 10, from Noon to 3pm at the Leverett Town Hall in Leverett, MA the Daniel Shays affinity group will host a screening of “Lessons from Fukushima”, a recent talk by Arnie Gunderson on the threat of a Fukushima type nuclear event here in the Valley. The event in Leverett is timed to commemorate that tragedy and to help prevent a similar event occurring in our region. The screening will be followed by a discussion and possible planning for future efforts to address the risks of the Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Call (413)367-9352

March 8-10. “Moccasins on the Ground: Activist Training for Sacred Water/Mother Earth Protectors”. Keystone XL’s proposed northern route cuts directly through Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. So indigenous leaders are organizing a direct action training to ensure that its never built. Go here: http://www.facebook.com/events/413254655429183/

March 2-10 & March 10-17: Double Appalachian Spring Break!  Mountain Justice Spring Break is a chance to learn more about how extractive industries like coal, hydro-fracking for natural gas and nuclear energy have sucked billions of dollars in resources from the land, while leaving behind environmental and social problems and a ravaged land. Email: davecooper928@yahoo.com or phone (941) 323 0565

Saturday, Mar 9 2013 – 9:00am to Sunday, Mar 10 2013 – 9:00pm. Voices of Fukushima. The SAGE Alliance is organizing two events to honor the people of Fukushima, and to try and get through the media black out about what is happening in Japan.  1) A solemn vigil will take place at the gates of Vermont Yankee on Sunday, March 10. Details will come soon. 2) Towns around Vermont Yankee are “adopting” a Fukushima evacuation town for the day. Affinity groups are organizing events in the towns for either Saturday or Sunday, March 10 or 11. Go to: sagealliance.net/VOICES OF FUKUSHIMA

March 16 – 23. A week of action is in solidarity with Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance’s direct action training camp to stop the KXL in Oklahoma thats happening at the same time. Investors are becoming uncertain about the future of Keystone XL and that’s why Tar Sands Blockade and our allies are calling for a Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers. Go to: www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30pm, Fixing the Future. Second Congregational Church on the Common. How can we ceate local jobs and build prosperity based on shared prosperity, wellness, sustainability and creativity?  Film and Discussion. Refreshments. Donations accepted. Call: 413-773-7004

Saturday, March 30, Registration @ 9:15 – 9:45 am  Workshop 10am – 4pm. Social change through Non-violent Direct Action. UMASS Campus – Herter Hall – Rm 601. Cost: $20 (scholarships available) Contact: Mary McCarthy at email: TraprockPeaceJustice@gmail.com  (for info / registration) or phone:  413-775-1127. Traprock website:  http://www.traprock.info

That’s it. Saved by the…..machine? (until next time…..listen to your Mother!)

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climaterallyGreetings Earthlings. What are you doing for the eve of Presidents Day? Want a date? We’ll meet you in DC and march to the White House, OK?  You should be able to recognize us easily, we’ll be holding a giant pipeline! BTW, Daniel Kessler at 350.org will be calling in and most of this show will be focused on the Forward on Climate Rally on Sunday, February 17 at Noon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  We can gather at the northeast corner of the Washington Monument. Does that work for you? If you need a ride we’ll have Mary McCarthy on the show to tell you how. Who knows, maybe when you’re in DC you’ll see our Fool-on-the-Hill or Meet the New Boss even!  For now, we’ll treat you to a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  American Eagles attack American guy!

Let’s start off on the right foot here (that would be the left one) in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber replaying a cut from the film “Chasing Ice” in which part of a glacier as big as a city calves. You have to see this to believe it. This is what happens when humans get carried away with their toys. What? You think there’s no such thing as climate change? Maybe you got indoctrinated by ALEC in public school?? Now, about those tar sands in Alberta? Have a look at this!   Maybe it’s time for some good news? It looks like Gov. Cuomo is at least paying attention to green restoration in response to Hurricane Sandy as opposed to things like GIANT sea walls!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week has…umm…capitalized? on the Superbowl power outage last week, viewing it as a need to…guess what! Drill, baby drill!  Yes, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Repugnican from Alaska wants oil leasing off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. She wants increased in drilling on federal lands,  drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and overturning the Interior Department’s plan to set aside half the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska for wildlife, wilderness and recreation. Murkowski also wants to speed approval for resource production on Alaska Native lands (whose lands was that??) and  is resistant to federal regulation of fracking.  Is there more? Yes, there is!  She is pushing for immediate approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, of course!  We bet there’s even more, BUT this alone earns the Senator from Alaska our Fool-on-the-Hill award of the week. Good work, Lisa!

Time to Meet the New Boss. Just after we go off the air on Tuesday, the Boss will come on the air with his State of the Union Address. How much time will he devote to the end of the world? Will the issue have any prominence in his speech? Stay tuned! O wait, don’t just sit there and be passive on this. We highly recommend you….er…advise? the Prez on the way to go with this pressing issue (that, you know, end of the world thing) by going here.  But hey, why stop there! How about calling out the boss on his presumed pick for Energy secretary? MIT’s Ernest Moniz is a cheerleader for….are you ready?….fracking!

Our E-valley-uation is mostly taken up with our conversation with Mary on WMass logistics for the Forward on Climate Rally but we wanted folks to know about a developing energy issue over in Westfield (Mary’s up on that one as well). You can read about Westfield Concerned Citizens here, but we’ll be speaking with Mary Ann Babinski on a show in the near future as well. And this: clearcutting in the Quabbin watershed? No way! Tell the Gov here.

Now we wander over to the old Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, February 13th, 4pm Western Mass Gree Night at the Clarion Hotel & Cafe, located at 1 Atwood Drive, Northampton Ma. Come hear Abrah Dresdale talk about the first year start-up of a new Farm & Food Systems program at Greenfield Community College teaching Sustainable Agriculture, and then stay to network over a drink or dinner.  Please see the WMGC Website for more exciting details….!  www.westernmassgreenconsortium.org

Wednesday, February 13, 8:30-9:30 demonstration and rally across the street from the courthouse 9:00 pretrial hearing begins. COME SUPPORT THE PILGRIM 14 AT THE PRETRIAL HEARING.  PILGRIM IS SHUT DOWN NOW-KEEP IT SHUT FOR GOOD! Plymouth District Court, 52 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA. Fourteen antinuclear activists attempted to deliver a letter last May to Entergy Corporation regarding the clear and present dangers at its forty year old Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. The Pilgrim reactor is the same make and model as those which failed at Fukushima. The letter was refused and the activists were arrested for criminal trespass.

Friday, February 15: Walk for the People of the Earth. 2:30 Vigil at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Reactor; 3:30 Walk from Burger King to Brattleboro Common; 6:00 Potluck Supper & Community Discussion. Green Trees Gallery, 105 Main St., Northfield, MA. Charmaine White Face, Oglala Sioux and founder of Defenders of the Black Hills will speak on “America’s Chernobyl,” the impact of uranium mining, and a nuclear free future. Contact walkfornewspring@gmail.com  or go to: www.newenglandpeacepagoda.org/

February 15, 7pm. Screening of A Burning Question The Media Education Foundation looks at how perception management confounds the reality of Global Warming. Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. Email: info@northamptoncommittee.org

Saturday, February 16, 9am. Northampton to Amherst Walk for a New Spring initiated and led by the New England Peace Pagoda. This year’s walk for community, sustainability and disarmament is designed to help awaken people to the need for foster human connection and caring; to promote environmental sustainability, focusing on alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels; and for disarmament and peace. Potluck dinner and Evening event at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst.  Potluck dinner 5:30   Evening program 7:00. Call Tim Bullock at 413-485-8469 or e-mail:walk4newspring@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 16, 9am-12pm. Join us to walk the nearly unchanged rich natural history of the river, farm and mountain between the Connecticut River and Mt. Toby.  Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them, carpooling from the Hitchcock Center • FREE • Space is limited • Registration required. Hitchcock Center for the Environment: (413) 256-6006

February 17th and make the Forward on Climate rally the biggest climate demonstration yet. Our goal is to form a massive human pipeline through Washington, and then transform it into a giant symbol of the renewable energy future we need – and are ready to build, starting right away. Go to: act.350.org/signup/presidentsday/ . For possible bus options go to: http://www.climatewma.org/  [No Nukes contingent: Come to the  “THE CASTLE” (aka Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, the big red spiraled brick building) and look for the “No Nukes” messages on The Mall.  We will then walk over together to the  Washington Monument to join the main march staging area  by 11:30 AM  as requested by the organizers for the march to the White House.]

Monday Feb. 18 & Tuesday, Feb. 19 Toxics Action Center are coming to help ARISE organize.  We fought a C & D incinerator in Springfield and now the loopholes in Gov. Patrick’s plan could bring C & D back across the state! Call Arise at (413) 734-4948 or or (413) 455-3829.

Friday, February 22, 7-9pm [Snowdate: Friday, April 12, 7-9pm] Join tracker/photographer Sue Morse for a presentation on mountain lions. Throughout North America, Sue is highly regarded as a natural history and tracking expert. Hitchcock or Audubon Members $8/Non-members $12 • Registration required call Arcadia at 413-584-3009

Saturday, February 23, 7 – 11pm. Power Shift II: party for a nuke free future.  Stone Church, Brattleboro. Three Bands Plus Food, Speakers and More, to celebrate the shaky state of affairs for Entergy, and pump us up for more action.  This is a work in progress – to get involved, email Court court@crocker.com

SOLAR PANEL RAFFLE III – Citizens Awareness Network’s (CAN) most popular, and most success­ful fundraiser raffle of four 240+ watt solar panels with inverters will conclude on March 23, 2013. Only 350 tickets will be sold at $20 per chance! Buy your tickets from a CAN representative or call 413-625-6177 or buy online www.nukebusters.org

That should do it for now, but remember to……listen to your Mother……OK?