Greetings 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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?