Greetings 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: email@example.com.
Wednesday Feb. 27, Noon. GreenWork Roundtable Discusion- Down to Earth: Growing a Sustainable Economy for All. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.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!)