edaycakeGreetings Earthlings. We are about to turn 8 years old and besides explaining our questionable behavior it also seems like a good excuse to playback a few of our best moments (if we can find any) and maybe open up the lines for your B-day salutations.  We’ll still have time to party a bit in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber (especially since breaking news tells us that the scary Vermont Yankee nuke will be decommissioned next year!) and with the Fool-on-the-Hill and do a bit of E-Valley-uation (that would include evaluating all the  B-day gifts you sent…….what? you didn’t send any??), as well as taking a call from Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Soooo, you think you can train elephants to parade around for you, silly human? More here!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay one of last week’s scariest news items. About the shaky grounds those ongoing melting down nukes in Fukushima stand on?  While The New York Times (that would be “the paper of record”) and the rest of the corporate media in the U.S. either underplay the dire “Level 3” situation in Fukushima or ignore it all together, the international media remains on the case. The good news is that the Vermont Yankee nuke will be decommissioned in 2014! How about some scary people instead? Like, the 17 worst climate killers? That’s the New Boss’s smiley friend, Warren Buffett right at the top of the list there. Maybe these guys should be punked in this name game!

Moving on to our E-Valley-uation segment we find our troublesome producer standing around with yet another protest sign, this time by the community gardens right here in Florence (sorry, no photos please!). It seems the City of Northampton, in its wisdom, was about to spray the new athletic field in Florence with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. That would be the fields next to an organic farm and across from the Florence Organic Community Garden, just across Meadow Street? Riiiight!  Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus gives you the op to petition City Hall here.   We’ll be talking with Jay all about this. Finally, there’s a new effort to shed light on dark side forestry practices here in the Commonwealth. Check them out here.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is what we used to call a doozey (we can give you the root of that word if you want, but we’d be dating ourselves). Yes, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Repugnican-CA), a senior member of the House Science Committee, used a portion of his time at a town hall awhile back to launch into a rant about global warming, which he described as a plot by liberals to “create global government to control our lives.”  Woooooeeee! Breakout the black choppers.

After much B-day cake and celebration we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Sunday, August 25th, Noon-5pm. Global Warming Activist Rally. Greenfield Commons, Greenfield MA. Contact: info@betterfutureproject.org

Thursday, August 29, 10AM. Meeting of Climate Action Now WMass at Arise, 467 State St, Springfield, MA. Contact Susan Theberge: susantheberge@comcast.net or call 413-575-7345

Monday, September 2 (Labor Day), 11Am to 2PM. No Escape from the Cape rally.  Sagamore Bridge, Christmas Tree Parking Lot. Cape Downwinders’ contact:  Bill Maurer, 508-548-6221. Go to: http://www.pilgrimcoalition.org/

Thursday, September 5, 6 to 8pm. Franklin Community Cooperative GMO Committee meeting. Green Fields Market, Main street, Greenfield. Call: 413-773-9567

Sunday, September 8, 2:00pm. Non-violent civil disobedience to shut Vermont Yankee. This non-violent civil disobedience event will only happen if we get at least five people by 9/1. Now we have three people who will do it and one person who probably will. Please contact Eesha Williams at ewilliams@ValleyPost.org or 802-254-2531. We will notify the media and the police in advance. People are welcome to come and support us without getting arrested.

Monday, September 9, 12 to 1pm.   3rd protests in the Campaign to Boycott TD Bank– for bankrolling climate change by investing in Tar Sands Oil development and pipelines. Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Banks in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.   The key protest, with hopefully the best media coverage, will be at 1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield.   More info: John Berkowitz, Northampton 413-325-4533 johnpberk@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm (drinks, refreshments & mingling at 5pm). The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) invites you to a free community forum about new renewable (clean) energy and energy efficiency projects. Participants will be asked to share their goals and ideas for clean energy in Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, and Holyoke.  Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA. Park in Lot E (turn left at main entrance). Contact Catherine Ratte at cratte@pvpc.org or 413-781-6045 with any questions.

Sunday, Sept. 22, Northampton, 2-8pm:  Training workshop for those who are ready and willing to engage in non-violent direct action (a.k.a. ‘civil disobedience’) against TD Bank (and other possible targets) concerning climate change, stopping the Tar Sands pipelines, as well as any other issue.  Also for those not ready to risk arrest, but who want to support those who do. Over 75,000 people around the nation have signed the ‘Pledge of Resistance’, agreeing to commit civil disobedience to stop the Keystone and other Tar Sands pipelines.  It’s sponsored by Credo Mobile, the progressive phone company, and Rainforest Action Network. This training will be led by Jeff Napolitano, director of western Mass. American Friends Service Committee, and Luke Ryan, local attorney and part of the National Lawyers Guild.  Both have much experience leading similar trainings. More info:  John Berkowitz  413-325-4533  johnpberk@gmail.com

OK, us party animals are out of here until next time. Did you remember to listen to your Mother?

  1. WESTERN MASS CLIMATE JUSTICE CONFERENCE. Keynote Speaker: Jacqui Patterson

    Environmental Justice Director for the National NAACP

    Saturday, September 28, 2013

    10am to 4pm

    Doors open @ 9:15am

    Trinity United Methodist Church

    261 Sumner Avenue, Springfield

    What kind of future do you want?

    Organizing around Climate Change & Environmental Justice

    Springfield • Holyoke • Westfield • Chicopee • Pioneer Valley

    Health • Environment • Economic Equity

    Sponsored by Arise for Social Justice, Climate Action Now WM, Springfield Branch of the NAACP

    Register online at http://climateactionnowma.org/conference-registration/

    Or call Arise for Social Justice @ 413-734-4948

    Free Admission • Free Lunch • Child Care • Spanish Translation • Wheelchair Accessible

    (Graphic by Ricardo Levins Morales, RLMArts.com)

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