The Summer Heat Enviro Show, Part II

Posted: July 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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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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