Greetings Earthlings. Remember when the Amherst Salamander Crossing was national news? Remember when the Amherst Department of Public Works, the University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and local residents worked together to build the Spotted Salamander Crossing on Henry Street so the critters would stop getting run over by cars every spring? We’re wondering if those same folks will work together to protect those same salamanders from having their habitat trashed by construction of corporate student housing? Ya’ think?? Wildlife biologist Dr. Jeremy Coleman joins us for some spotting. As usual we’ll visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and take a tour of the Enviro Show Echo Chamber. We have an excellent Quote of the Week and some serious E-Valley-uation, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Beware: giant salamanders ahead!
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we thought we’d repeat that crazy climate change hoax that The New York Times reported on last week, the one about the planet’s human-caused CO2 level reaching 400ppm? Well, guess what? it’s only 399.89. Whew! Dodged THAT bullet! On to the resistance! It’s going to be a looooong hot summer and 350.org’s regional Summer Heat actions in July are just the place for YOU.
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill apparently never heard the old one about what to do when you find yourself in a deep hole. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) just keeps digging away with his climate crisis denial tools…..while the planet burns. How so, you may say? Where to begin! How about here, or here, or here! O, did we mention this fool is chairman of the subcommittee responsible for climate change issues for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee? No? How about space? Can we send him into outer space? Now?
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is one Glen dug out of a recent ruling by Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. The judge asserted that corporations have no constitutional rights:
“…the constitution vests in business entities no special rights that the laws of this Commonwealth cannot extinguish. In sum, [corporations] cannot assert [constitutional privacy] protections because they are not mentioned in its text..…it is axiomatic that corporations, companies, and partnerships have no ‘spiritual nature,’ ‘feelings,’ ‘intellect,’ ‘beliefs,’thoughts,’ ‘emotions,’ or ‘sensations,’ because they do not exist in the manner that humankind exists… They cannot be ‘let alone’ by government, because businesses are but grapes, ripe upon the vine of the law, that the people of this Commonwealth raise, tend, and prune at their pleasure and need.”
Our E-valley-uation segment is pretty well taken up by our interview with Wildlife biologist Jeremy Coleman and the double crossing of the Spotted salamanders, but we still have time to note that the movement to confront Monsanto and their genetically engineered organisms has returned to the Valley after a decade long trek in the wilderness of forgotten causes! Does anyone out there remember Biodevastation2000? 2004? No? In any case, on Saturday, May 25 at 2pm folks will gather at 815 State St. in Springfield for a March Against Monsanto. There’s also an anti-GMO event in Hartford, in fact there are events all across the planet! March Against Monsanto announced that on May 25, tens of thousands of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in 36 countries, totaling events in over 250 cities, and in the US, events are slated to occur simultaneously in 47 states. Let’s go Valley dwellers! And this: “security breach” at the Quabbin? What about a meltdown at VT Yankee?? Finally, we take The Amherst Bulletin and The Daily Hampshire Gazette to task for their lack of reporting on Leverett Town Meeting’s vote to abolish the NRC and expand the VT Yankee evacuation zone to 50 miles. Letters to the Editor to correct the oversight went unpublished as well. Did someone say corporate media?? We thought these were hometown papers!
After our interview with Jeremy we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, May 22, Noon – 1:30 pm. Green Work Monthly Roundtable. Speakers: Dan Finn, Pioneer Valley Local First & Peter McAvoy, ReEnergizer. 640 Page Blvd, Springfield MA. Contact John Arvanitis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 25 at 2pm, gather at 815 State St. in Springfield for a March Against Monsanto. Call: Arise for details at: (413) 734-4948
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. Together with Westfield Concerned Citizens and Climate Action Now! Massachusetts, the Greens are holding a public meeting on May 23 to promote the Green Communities Act and solar energy. The meeting is at the Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street, Westfield. For more details visit the News page of BeatBackFracking.org.
Friday & Monday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 & May 27). Shut Down VT Yankee BANNER DROP. Contact Leslie email@example.com
Wednesday, May 29, 7:30pm. Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, Chikako Nishiyama, a nuclear refugee from Kawauchi, Japan will be on a speaking tour of our area with Chiho Kaneko. Kawauchi , formerly a town of 2,300 hundred people 15 miles from the Fukushima reactors, is the sister city of Greenfield, Massachusetts. As part of the Safe and Green Campaign’s “Voices of Fukushima” project to commemorate the three year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, we learned that Greenfield, Mass. is a sister city to Kawauchi. Call: 802-763-8459
Thursday, June 6. Day of Action at Walmart. Contact: WMass Jobs with Justice <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sunday, June 9th Save Our Bay Flotilla Cape Cod Bay. Cape Cod Baywatch is trying to get a better idea of who is participating and how many people/boats will be there. You can send responses directly to: email@example.com
That’s it for now. Please remember to lisen to your Mother.