Archive for June, 2013

windmillGreetings Earthlings. If you’ve been following the show for any amount of time you probably know our support for wind power is tempered by all the poor siting that’s gone on over the years. Erecting a corporate-owned industrial wind operation the size of Manhattan in the pristine commons of Nantucket Sound and by the Great Atlantic Flyway is probably not such a great idea (even if our friends at 350.org seem to think it is). This is especially the case when when there’s countless acres of windy unoccupied space out west, like say West Texas, where no flyway exists. Then there’s the question of smaller wind plants that are poorly sited. Gini Irvine of Wind Wise Massachusetts joins us to talk about neighbors of smaller wind operations whose lives feel broken. We’ll get into some potential good news on sustainable energy in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and give the New Boss a wee bit of a break this week for coming up with a few fairly decent ideas on dealing with the Climate Crisis. As usual we’ll visit our Fool-on-the-Hill for some bad ideas, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Bats trashing churches in the UK (maybe they’re Pagans!)

We may as well start right out with the fairly good news just for the novelty. Suppose we told you that Victory’s at Hand for the Climate Movement? Read all about this and let us know what you think in the comment section below.  Then let’s head up to Maine to see some of our favorite Mainiacs in action stopping the Tar Sands Train. Soooo, what are you doing this summer? Will it be “Sovereignty Summer” or “Fearless Summer“? How about both? We guess it’s a good way to beat the Summer Heat!

There was some good news in the New Boss’s long awaited speech on the Climate Crisis.  First, here it is in a Grist nutshell. We’ll go over a Vermont critique from Global Justice Ecology Project during the show as well as a re-post they put up about some bad apples in Obama’s renewable energy barrel. Obama may not be just like the Old Boss, but in order to shed the New Boss mantle he’s going to have to do a lot more to save this planet from the human race. Having said that, the New Boss just made a good move on international trafficking of wildlife.

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this time around is actually a Dem! Yes, proof that all fools aren’t just frothing at the mouth far-rightwingers is Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia who claims Obama’s climate program is “really a war on America“.  Jeez Joe, are you and your sponsors…err…constituents in the coal industry sure about that? We thought Corporate America was at war with the United States of America. It sure looks like it!

To access The Enviro Show Quote of the Week requires another trip in the Waybback Machine. Folks who are totally psyched to put up windmills in the Atlantic Flyway might want to pay attention here. Are you ready?  “In the relations of humans with the animals, with the flowers, with all the objects of creation, there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet.”  – Victor Hugo

Our E-Valley-uation segment will be taken up with D.O.’s reportback on the tar sands action at TD Bank in Northampton on Monday. Then it’s on to our interview with Gini followed by a visit to the Bus Stop Billboard:

July 11, 7-8 pm. Come to a community meeting to discuss how to take action against fracking in Massachusetts. We will specifically be discussing how to form a town resolution. Folks from all towns in Western MA-please join us!  First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton

July 14, 2-5 pm. Anti-Fracking Rally. Lampron Park (in front of Bridge St. School), Northampton.  Come out to our rally to celebrate H.788, a bill to ban Hydraulic Fracturing, co-sponsored by Peter Kocot from Northampton!. Climate Summer MA bikers will be on-hand.

Friday, Jul 19, 7pm. Screening of  Genetic Roulette  a roundup of the ways in which GMO food is thought to be harmful to human health and the ecology. Friday night free Film series at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible.

Monday July 29 at Amherst branch of TD Bank. Add your presence and voice to call on TD to stop investing in Canada’s Tar Sands oil and the pipelines to transport it. We will urge TD customers to boycott the bank and move their money to smaller local banks. We will have signs, chants, and a letter to deliver to the branch president. If you would like to participate or contribute to this event or the broader campaign, call: 413-325-4533 or email: johnpberk@gmail.com

Saturday, August 10, 2013 (rain date Sunday August 11, 2013) at 11AM. Shutdown VT Yankee Flotilla! Along the shore and on the Connecticut River. Boat launch: Prospect Street, Hinsdale, NH. For more information go to: http://valleypost.org/node/830

That’s all for now. Did we mention to remember to listen to your Mother?

EarthfirstmonkeywrenchGreetings Earthlings. Long ago (OK, not that long ago) two of your Enviro Show co-hosts were hugging trees with the likes of Mass Earth First!, those scruffy nature-boy types who are forever locking down on logging equipment and dropping stink bombs into the corporados executive suites in defense of Mother Earth. Now that we are mature and responsible citizens we no longer engage in such disreputable actions and much prefer to stir up trouble here in the comfort of our underground bunker behind the lines. However, there’s always another bunch of green reinforcements ready to be sent up to the front and our guest, Lundy  of Western Mass Earth First! is one of those. We get into all sorts of down & dirty direct action high jinx shortly, along with visits to The New Boss and The Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as the Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Giant Snails Invade Florida!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we get right into the issues of the day where it appears that Big Brother has been found once again with its shorts down around its knees and its fingers crossed behind its back. Recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s mass spying on everyone’s phone records and online communications reminds us that Green is the New Red. We’ll devote a whole show to that in the near future but suffice it to say, Corporate America and its minions in government (O wait, there’s a difference?) would have you believe that caring about the planet is suspicious activity. So much for hot air, what about Big Wind? Well, that very same government has announced the auction of federal leases off the Atlantic Ocean coast for the development of offshore wind energy. Did someone say privatization of the Commons?

It’s time once again to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and since there are soooooo many to choose from how about another two-fer! Our friends at Grist tell us that Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), along with 22 of their deluded colleagues wrote a letter to the Prez to not consider climate change when he makes his decision on Keystone. No connection there, right? Never mind the science. Science? Science! We don’t need no stinking science!!

We Meet the New Boss as his administration announces plans to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states, abruptly ending one of America’s most important species recovery programs. [We have an Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action on this right here.] “This is like kicking a patient out of the hospital when they’re still attached to life support,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Wolves cling to a sliver of their historic habitat in the lower 48, and now the Obama administration wants to arbitrarily declare victory and move on. They need to finish the job that Americans expect, not walk away the first chance they get. This proposal is a national disgrace.”  OK Noah, we’ll just add it to the growing list of national disgraces, like say the NSA’s massive domestic spying PRISM program!  The Boss says “You can’t have 100 percent security and also have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a government.”  What? Like the choice between the Fourth Amendment and some elusive perception of security? Maybe not.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is fitting for our interview with Lundy of WMass EF! because it comes from the spiritual father of that movement: “Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.” – Ed Abbey

After our conversation with Lundy we take a hike…….over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30PM. Planning meeting for the second Climate Action NOW conference to be held this September in Springfield. Arise for Social Justice,  467 State St, Springfield, MA Phone:(413) 734-4948

Saturday, June 22, from 3 to 5 pm Bicycle Repair Workshop at Gabor’s Neighborhood Bicycle Resource Center, 44 Beston street, in the framework of another Transition Amherst Reskilling workshop. As usual the workshop is free, bring yourself and your questions. If you bring your bike we will oil it too.Go to: http://www.transitionamherst.org/blog/2013/06/how-to-take-care-of-your-bike/

Tuesday, June 25, 7pm. World Renowned Oceanographer John Englander, the former CEO of the Jacque Cousteau Society, is coming to the Academy of Music for a speaking, polar slide slow, and Q and A engagement on Global Warming and Rising Oceans. Entry fee. For info call: 413-320-3653.

Wednesday, June 26, 4 to 5:30pm. Greenwork Roundtable: Springfield’s MGM Casino – Will it be green? Western New England University, Science & Pharmacy, Room 20, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield. Email: mvogel@tcimass.org

July 27th-28th: As a strategic anchor event in 350.org‘s Summer Heat Campaign, MA activists are planning an event for a direct action against at Brayton Point, New England’s largest coal plant.  Go to: 350MA.org

Friday, June 28, 7pm. Screening of “Bidder 70”, Activist  Tim DeChristopher interferes with an auction of petroleum leases on public lands. Gets busted. Goes public in a big way. Northampton Committee’s Free Films at the 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

Sunday, June 30, climate activist from across Massachusetts will meet at Worcester State University to celebrate the first year anniversary of 350MA.org and to participate in the People’s Action Assembly. We will leave with a vision and an 18-month strategic plan for a stronger statewide climate movement. We will explore the current state of the following themes and define going forward plans for each through November 2014. [Good place to plead the case against Cape Wind, the privatization of the Commons, and major bird & bat kills!]  Go to 350MA.org

Monday, July 1,  Noon to 1pm, Boycott TD North Bank! Stop Investing in Tar Sands Oil, and Bankrolling Climate Change!! Join protests calling on TD to stop investing in Canada’s Tar Sands oil and the pipelines to transport it (in the Midwest, northern VT and NH, and southern Maine!). TD Bank, Main St., Northampton. Legal protest, with speakers, signs, leaflets, music, etc., urging customers to move their checking/savings accounts and loans to other smaller local banks. Info at: 413-325-4533   johnpberk@gmail.com

July 1-7 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous near Boone, North Carolina. People can get more information at summerrondy2013.wordpress.com.

Brattleboro’s 4th of July Parade !  Join CAN, Nuclear Free Vermont, Safe and Green Campaign and Bessie the Cow and march for a nuclear free future. Line up begins around 9:00 am, Brattleboro (VT) Union High School, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT

We go out with “Digging us a hole” by Melodeego & MHC Divest!  OK, can we go home now? Only if you remember to listen to your Mother!