Greetings Earthlings. It’s time for our yearly reminder that every day is Earth Day…..but you already know that, right? Bart Bouricius of the Native Tree Society joins us to talk old trees and carbon sequestration. As usual we’ll visit the New Boss and the Fool-on-the-Hill to see what they have to offer the planet lately. We’ll take you by the hand and walk you into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and maybe do some E-Valley-uation too, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! Fair warning here: leave the beavers ALONE!
Usually we get into the Wayback Machine for our Enviro Show Quote of the Week, but this time we’re inviting you aboard for another visit to the BIGGEST Fool-on-the-Hill. Yes, once again we’ve nominated Sen. James Inhofe (Repugnican – Hell) as our fool just so you can see some of his climate denial blather countered on this nifty site here. Did we forget to mention that this bottom feeder is the ranking minority member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment (Yes, the environment!) and Public Works? More here!
On to Meet the New Boss. You may recall our moaning & groaning awhile back about the Boss’s appointment of MIT fracademic, Ernest Moniz to head the Dept. of Energy. Now as Moniz heads into his confirmation hearings it’s been revealed that he’s not only up to his funny hair in fracking, but is also a long-time corporate consultant for BP and is also on the Board of Directors of ICF International, one of the three corporate consulting firms tasked to perform the Supplemental Environmental Impact Study for….are you ready? TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline! Nice work, Boss. Grab your hot air sickness bag ‘cuz there’s more here. Had enough? No? How about the New Boss being up for radiation standards that “would permit annual radiation doses that could cause as many as one in about 20 people to develop cancer over a 30-year period.”?
In the Enviro Echo Chamber we want to rewind a segment from Living on Earth concerning “new research from Sweden (that) suggests that tiny fungi in the soil may deserve a little more credit for slowing global warming.” Steve Curwood talks mushrooms with ecologist Karina Clemmensen, but our own in-house soil scientist, Glen Ayers has been on this issue like a dog on a bone for years now. We’ll run the tape….o sorry, it’s not tape anymore it’s electrons or whatever. We’ll also carry this info with us whenever saw-happy loggers and developers start going on about the need to take out mature trees, like say the majestic oaks in Amherst center? What, the same Amherst that’s a member of Tree City USA? Also this: Bill McKibben lets go on the Fossil Fools here.
Time for a little E-Valley-uation. We’ve been thinking quite a bit lately how inadequate the 10-mile evacuation zone is for the scary old VT. Yankee nuke. Think Fukushima on that one. In Leverett, MA potential nuclear disaster is going to be addressed at Town Meeting, but folks are freaking out about it elsewhere as well. And this: “Two women of the Shut It Down Affinity Group face charges of trespass and vandalism after police arrested them in the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant driveway covered with spray-painted, stenciled images of rats and the statement “I smell a rat.” “It is important to link the recent dangerous loss of electric power to the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant with the possibility of a similar event at Vermont Yankee,” Hattie Nestel said. “For several days, damaged radioactive fuel rods heated up in a spent fuel pool at Fukushima because a rat had crawled into electrical circuits and died. The same thing could happen at Vermont Yankee. The Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor is the same reactor as at Fukushima,” Nestel said. “It wouldn’t take an earthquake or a tsunami to wreak havoc with offsite power. A rat could do it.” Also: Greenfield Town Council passes biomass moratorium! The moratorium only lasts until Sept. 15, 2014. Maybe by then everyone will know what a biomess biomass is? [Your affirmation here].
After our interview with Bart we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, April 24, 7 to 9 “Beneath the River” Film Screening. Sunderland Public Library, Sunderland, MA. Join The Connecticut River Watershed Council and the Sunderland Public Library to explore the depths of the Connecticut River. Beneath the River takes you on a journey through time to explore the origins of the Connecticut River and the Connecticut River Valley. Email: email@example.com
Wednesday – Friday, April 25 – 26, Noon. Smith College Earth Week events on the Chapin Lawn. Go to: http://www.smith.edu/green/sustainability_greenteam.php Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, April 25, 4 to 5pm. Julian Agyeman, Professor and Chair of Urban and Policy and Planning, Tufts University with the topic: “Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining e/quality, living within limits.” Julian Agyeman is the originator of the concept of “just sustainabilities” the integration of social/spatial justice and sustainability, defined as the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. Hills North. Room: 105 UMass Amherst Campus. Call: 413-545-2255
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 7:45 Regular monthly meeting of the Pioneer Valley Green-Rainbow Party! Green Fields Market Meeting Room. 144 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.
Thursday, April 25, Funny Songs About Peace & Justice, 71 Solar Way, Greenfield, 7:00 PM, $15 or pay what you can; RSVP – Space is limited – Reserve seat with check to Roy Zimmerman c/o Neilson 37 Solar Way, Greenfield 01301 email@example.com, 413-219-6975
Saturday, April 27, 10am to 4pm. Amherst Sustainability festival. Amherst Town Common. Learn & take part. Food & entertainment. Go to: http://www.amherstma.gov/sustaining
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Climate Revival will be held in downtown Boston. An ecumenical festival of preaching, prayer and music to inspire Christians across New England with Resurrection hope and resolve as we face the climate crisis. [of course, we need a lot more than prayer! -ed] We are delighted to let you know that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black have agreed to preach at the Revival. Worship will begin at 10 a.m. at Old South Church, and will end at Trinity Church at 3:00 p.m., followed by a climate justice rally held outside in Copley Square that ends at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated. Visit: http://bostonclimaterevival2013.eventbrite.com For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-6:30pm, Q&A 7:00-8:00pm. NRC Annual Assessment of VT Yankee nuke. Multipurpose Room, Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT. The NRC staff will host an open house to discuss Entergy’s performance at Vermont Yankee during calendar year 2012 Following the open house, the NRC will host a Q&A session during which members of the public will be able to ask questions regarding our role in ensuring safe plant operation. Contact: Ronald R. Bellamy, Ph.D., Chief, Projects Branch 5 610-337-5200 E-mail: RonaldBellamy@nrc.gov
Saturday, May 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, Cycling Savvy Pioneer Valley is excited to offer its first class ever, at 3350 Main St. Springfield! CyclingSavvy (http://cyclingsavvy.org) is a wildly successful, paradigm-shifting, nation-wide cycling training program. Learn essential skills for successful bicycle travel. Bicycle travel can be safe, easy, and carefree. Take control of your experience on the street. Go anywhere, at any time, under any conditions. Feel relaxed, confident, and powerful. Contact Eli Damon at 413-530-3861
May 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MA Bureau of “Forestry” Pre-harvest Tour. Federated Women’s Club State Forest, Petersham. DCR Forester Mike Gieryk will lead a tour of the 43-acre planned timber sale in an oak pine forest type. Meet at the intersection of State Forest Road and West Road in Petersham. Access this location by driving south on State Forest Road 1.8 miles from Highway 122 in Petersham. State Forest signs are posted on Highway 122. For additional information about the tours and Dept. of Cut & Run forest management on state forests, parks, and reservations, please contact William Hill, Management Forestry Program Supervisor, at 413-545-3891.
DCR Forester Mike Gieryk will lead a tour of the 43-acre planned timber sale in an oak pine forest type. Meet at the intersection of State Forest Road and West Road in Petersham. Access this location by driving south on State Forest Road 1.8 miles from Highway 122 in Petersham. State Forest signs are posted on Highway 122.
Saturday, May 11, 9:00AM-4:00PM. Co-op Power’s 9th Annual Sustainability Summit will be held at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. The Annual Meeting will directly follow the Summit from 4-6:30 and all are welcome to attend. Contact email@example.com
Friday & Monday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 & May 27). Shut Down VT Yankee BANNER DROP. Contact Leslie firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 9th Save Our Bay Flotilla Cape Cod Bay. We are trying to get a better idea of who is participating and how many people/boats will be there. You can send responses to me directly at email@example.com
That’s all folks. Remember to……..LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!