Archive for July, 2013

s-STATUE-OF-LIBERTY-smallGreetings Earthlings. We press on with the Climate Crisis and what we all can do about it. This week, Susan Theberge and George Aguiar of Climate Action NOW! MA  join us to talk about recent and upcoming actions to confront the end of the world as we know it. We’ll get into that in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and with The-Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as in our Quote of the Week plus more, but first it’s time for….Revenge of the Critters!  Read all about it! Paper boy attacked by Deer!

We start off in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a follow-up from the last show. This Enviro Show Blog Bonus riffs on that report of Google hosting a fundraiser for climate criminal Sen. James Inhofe. Watch THIS!  We have some genetically engineered information for you here: It seems the corporate media has engineered this story of direct action into the old Memory Hole. Here’s more news you’re not getting from the corporate media: Radiation levels at Fukushima are spiking (sorry, we didn’t say it was GOOD news, but what good news have you heard from Fukushima lately?). And speaking of bad news, our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity tell us that the Alberta Tar sands are a mere piker in terms of potential carbon emissions into the atmosphere compared to the potential of the undeveloped Utah Tar Sands. Does that mean “game over” is in overtime??  This just in: Alberta tar sands seeping into surrounding environment. Surprise! Also, how about we do more to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whales, right? OK.

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week picks up yet another nomination! Grist tells us that Rep. John Boehner, the Repugnican Speaker of the House, “kept his head in the ground, denouncing any new plan for domestic action on climate change as ‘absolutely crazy’.”  We take this at face value from a guy who knows all about crazy! O, and speaking of crazy what about the key figure in the latest fossil fools disaster in the Gulf of Mexico also being a critic of safety regulations on the industry?

Our Quote of the Week is so….um….disturbing? we thought of not posting it…so here it is!  “People tend to focus on the here and now. The problem is that, once global warming is something that most people can feel in the course of their daily lives, it will be too late to prevent much larger, potentially catastrophic changes.
—Elizabeth Kolbert

In our E-Valley-uation segment Glen has a chat with Doug Wright who has been fasting on the Greenfield Town Common for over a month (in 98 degree heat) to bring attention to the Climate Crisis. We guess that qualifies as a Fearless Summer action. After our chat with folks from Climate Action Now MA and Tom’s call  it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, July 31, 6pm in the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 741 State St., Springfield, Climate Summer riders will be hosting a viewing of the documentary Gasland II, which continues exposing hydraulic fracturing as a toxic and dangerous way to extract the fossil fuel natural gas after Gasland I’s release a few years ago.
Thursday, August 1, 6pm in the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, Climate Summer riders will be holding a community meeting to discuss creating a town resolution for Springfield.  Town resolutions are not legally binding, but still strong ways to tell the state that Springfield is not interested in any further construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, especially fracking.  This resolution will be an excellent way to get Springfield’s city council thinking about making a long-term climate change plan for the last city with 40,000+ citizens in MA to not yet have one.

August 5 – August 16 , 8:30am-3:00pm. Hitchcock Center for the Environment Summer Camp. The Hitchcock Center offers opportunities for young people ages 6-10 to enjoy and learn in the natural world. Each day is designed with outside explorations, along with cooperative games, art projects, singing, and science experiments. This is a 2-week session. The theme of this session is, At Home in the Wild. Call: 413) 256-6006

Thursday, August 8, Noon. Protest outside of the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC] 40th Anniversary Conference in Chicago at the Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois. ALEC is bringing state politicians to Chicago to push a dangerous agenda that rewards greedy CEOs at the expense of the planet, low-income families, womens health, our public schools and puts our safety at risk. Forty years of ALEC is nothing to celebrate. Call: (312) 222-1000

Friday, August 9, 7:00PM. “Ending the Nuclear Age”.  McConnell Hall, Smith College, 44 College Lane, Northampton, MA (second closest building to the pond). Remembering the past and preventing future suffering from Nagasaki to Fukushima to Vermont Yankee. Featuring Anna Gyorgy, author of “No Nukes”. Introduction by Frances Crowe. Annual candle-floating ceremony on the waters of the pond at 8:30 PM.

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. We return to the Connecticut River, launching at 11 am from the New Hampshire side, at the Prospect Street Boat Launch. A simple schedule, the weather plan and a map are on www.sagealliance.net/event/flotilla-2013/ 

Saturday, August 24, 10-2 pm. Summer Wildflower Field Walk Series with Nancy Goodman, Naturalist – Podick Swamp, Amherst. Come and explore the wonders and beauties of our native wildflowers as we spend the day learning how to identify them in the field.  Nancy will help us learn how to key out plants using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Registration & Fee required. Space is limited. Call: (413) 256-6006

OK for now, but pleeeeease remember to listen to your Mother!

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climatecrisisGreetings Earthlings. [Here’s that link we promised on MA House bill No.788 outlawing fracking in the Commonwealth] Notice that it’s getting hot out there? And it’s not just the Climate Crisis heating things up, it’s climate action too!  Alison Goyer of Climate Summer MA joins us to talk about biking around Western Mass to spread the word. Speaking of word, we’ll also send The Enviro Show Quote of the Week your way, as well as take you on a visit to The-Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo chamber, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Zoo chimp aims to make himself perfectly clear.

There’s a lot going on in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Let’s start with the latest industrial disaster (so many choices, so little time). How about the runaway train carrying tankers of fracked crude oil from North Dakota derailing and exploding into an enormous fireball in the middle of a Canadian town?  Upwards of 50 people (and untold numbers of critters) may have died at the hands of Big Oil on that day. This was the same rail line that folks from Maine Earth First! and 350 Maine tried blocking a few weeks ago. Face it, the corporados can’t be trusted with this planet! We need to rewrite the book on energy, now!  Meanwhile the Exxon tar sands oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas last month has resulted in a slew of sickness in that suburban neighborhood. Had enough? No? How about: “Britain’s offshore rigs and platforms have leaked oil or other chemicals into the North Sea on 55 occasions over the past month alone.”  And that’s just the Brits!* Need we mention the BP disaster in the Gulf?  Big Oil corporados are not only actively destroying the place, they’re also actively working against fixing it! (we’re talking Koch brothers here).  Hey, maybe China has the answer to stopping corporados from destroying the planet. [*Back to the Brits: 6 Greenpeace women climbing the highest building in the UK (The Shard) to protest Shell & Gazprom’s drilling in the Arctic? That works!]

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill comes from The House of Fools: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) says cuts in clean energy “gets back to the basics.” The GOP-crafted $30.4 billion fiscal 2014 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill nearly halves clean-energy spending from last year’s enacted levels. Basics…..basically suicidal…….basically sociopathic…um…basically Repugnant? Speaking of which, Google’s DC office is hosting a fundraiser (and has already thrown some funds) for former Fool,   Sen. James Inhofe. Why? Search me! (sorry). Actually, how about telling Google you’ll search somewhere else if they don’t stop supporting climate criminals!

We Meet the New Boss as his Environmental “Protection” Agency (EPA) sucks-up to the fracking corporados and caves to far-right enemies of the planet like Sen. James Inhofe.  First the EPA says:  Sure! Critters can drink all the fracking waste they want! Then they abandon studying just how contaminated the waste water is!  Thanks for the “protection” EPA!  “The EPA has just put a ‘kick me’ sign on it,” John Hanger, a Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania and the former secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, wrote on his blog  in response to the EPA news. “Its critics from all quarters will now oblige.”

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from one of our favorite fellow broadcasters:

“Having an energy conversation without talking about climate is like talking about smoking and not talking about cancer.”   ― Chris Hayes

Our E-Valley-uation segment looks at another Get-on-the-Bus moment, this time to the BIGGEST coal-burner north of Maryland right here in the Commonwealth. Protest the Brayton Coal Plant on the Cape!  Get on the Bus! Then it’s Alison Goyer, and talk about Climate Summer MA and potential fracking right here in this beloved Valley. Then it’s on 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.

Saturday July 20th, 10am-5pm, and Sunday July 21, 9am-4pm.  350MA Climate Leader Workshop.  Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut St, Springfield. Advanced registration required for this workshop. Email: info@betterfutureproject.org

July 27-28th,  Come together for a mobilization at the Brayton Point Coal Plant, the largest fossil fuel plant between Maryland and Maine. We will call for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and others to immediately close the Brayton Point coal plant on Cape Cod and ensure a just transition for workers and host communities from the West Virginian mines to Somerset. Bus info from WMass: http://climateactionnowma.org/brayton-point-transportation/

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

Sunday 7/21  FREE CT riverfront festivities as we “Celebrate Rowing on a Cleaner River.”

* 11am-2pm: A rowing or paddling trip on the Connecticut River from Holyoke to Springfield, MA.

* 12:30pm-2pm: Kayaking, biking, and learn-to-row field trips departing from the Riverfront Club in Springfield, MA.

* 2:30-4:30pm: A celebration along the river featuring light refreshments and music, river success stories and the presentation of the Bud Foster award for outstanding devotion, service and commitment to the river.

More information and event registration available online at http://www.ctriver.org/news-events/annual-meeting or call 413-772-2020.

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

There it is. Will you remember, until next time, to listen to your Mother?