Archive for September, 2013

climatecrisisGreetings Earthlings. Had enough of the Climate Crisis yet?  Sorry, it’s not going away. Even if you’re silly enough to think covering your eyes and humming loudly will work, climate chaos will still be there when you come out. Sooooo, how about we DO SOMETHING! George Aguiar and Jimmy Pereira of Climate Action NOW! MA  talk about recent and upcoming events to confront the Crisis and Michaelann of Arise for Social Justice calls in to join the conversation.  As usual we will also visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill, Meet with The New Boss, head over to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and hear the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Feral cats in France attack a woman and her poodle! Bouleversant!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is expecting us to still believe that old saw about “energy independence” here in the USA.  Sen. John Hoeven (Repugnican-N.D.) claimed (with a straight face) recently that:  “Right now, we’re determining how to respond in the Middle East, specifically Syria, and it shows, with the volatile situation there, how important it is that we can produce our own energy in North America and not have to get it from the Middle East.”  Whoa, Calendar check! We thought it was 2013? Keystone XL is all about exporting oil, John. We thought you knew!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from another fool, a really BIG fool, Rush Limbaugh who recently stated: “So the left asserts there’s global warming, and they assert that there’s manmade global warming, and they assert that it’s caused by CO2, and they assert that they’ve got models for it.  I can dispel all of that with my religious beliefs.  I can dispel all of that with common sense.”  Common sense? Limbaugh?? As for religion, is Rush referring to his Golden Calf, or what??

Some disturbing news in our E-Valley-uation segment: we are breaking news of our friends over at the Connecticut River Watershed Council having allowed Keystone XL’s TransCanada to be a lead sponsor of next month’s River Clean-up event. We’re thinking the river doesn’t really need a good greenwashing! Maybe CRWC should consider some other sponsors?  Ya’ think?  You can contact them here.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we repeat ourselves, this time with the help of Global Justice Ecology Project. Remember we spoke about the Utah tar sands awhile back? The ones that are even worse than the Alberta tar sands? Guess what? They are still out there and only a handful of folks seem to be paying any attention to them. 350.org, are you listening? On to what ABC News calls “A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima“.  It seems “US nuclear inspector Dale Klein is demanding the intervention of foreign experts” on this ongoing multiple nuclear meltdown. Ya’ think?  In a related matter, our own Sen. Ed Markey has gotten up in the face of the NRC over its biased study of the radiological risks of high-level radioactive waste storage pool fires in GE’s Fukushima-style reactors. You know, like the ones at VT Yankee and Pilgrim! Finally some good news: “Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions for protection of 757 imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized Endangered Species Act protection… for Nevada’s Mount Charleston blue butterfly. The butterfly occurs in just a few locations at very small numbers and is threatened by fire suppression, fuel reduction activities and recreational development.”  So much for the good news, now it seems the once ubiquitous Monarch Butterfly numbers are crashing. There is something YOU can do about this. Remember those Milkweed & Joe Pye seed bombs we talked about? Please make a note to rearm for next Spring, OK?

We Meet the New Boss doing something the old boss never would have done: oppossing destructive forestry!  The Administration is going thumb down on the Repugs newspeak House bill with the Orwellian title, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. “ ‘We’re glad President Obama is finally taking a strong stand against legislation that would open the door to clearcutting our forests and weaken vital protections for water and wildlife,’ said Randi Spivak, public lands director for the Center for Biological Diversity”. And here in Western Mass we hope the New Boss’ friend the Gov is paying attention! More good news from The Boss: strict emission standards for new coal plants…….wait!…new coal plants??

After our conversation with Michaelann, George & Jimmy it’s on the the Bus Stop Billboard:

October 1st, 8pm. “Students & Goliath: How the Youth Took on the Fossil Fuel Industry”, A documentary by Alex Leff.Featuring Five College students, Bill McKibben, Jill Stein, and Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash, this will be a big event to celebrate all the Pioneer Valley has done last year, educate, inspire, and promote further action for this new school year! Screening at Hampshire College, Main Lecture Hall in Franklin Patterson Hall. Email: Alex Leff  at alexleff@comcast.net
 
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30pm. Public Transit in Springfield – A Riders Summit. 20 Maple Street, (1199 SEIU). Join members of the local community & labor groups to let PVTA know what you think of their service! Call: 413-543-2334
 
 
Friday & Saturday, October 4 & 5. “Source to Sea” River Clean-up. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event. Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup. For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at cleanup@ctriver.org or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean! [WARNING: This event sponsored by TransCanada of Keystone XL pipeline infamy]
 
 

Sunday, October 6, 11am. 23rd Anniversary Celebration of the New England Peace Pagoda. Special guest, Dennis Banks, Co-founder of The American Indian Movement. Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA Call: 413-367-2202

Tuesday,  Oct. 8, noon to 1pm. Protest rallies of the Campaign to Boycott TD Banks for bankrolling and worsening climate change by investing in Canadian Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Banks in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Canadian Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. TD Bank, 1441 Main St. in downtown  Springfield, TD Bank branches in Northampton ( 175 Main St); Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection) & Greenfield (324 Main St.). More info:  John Berkowitz, 413-325-4533  johnpberk@gmail.com

Saturday, October 12, Noon. March Against Monsanto! What better way to honor World Food Day than to bring awareness to the dangers of GMOs while continuing the push toward mandatory food labeling. The world is ready to March once again — who’s in? There will be an event prior to the march from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ’s Community Church Hall. Attendees will get to visit with LOCAL organic farmers, businesses, and health care professionals support the movement and provide only 100% non-GMO products (and FREE samples of course!). At 2:00 p.m. we will congregate in the parking lot and begin our march to City Hall. We will have speakers at City Hall, where we will congregate with our posters in an effort to educate consumers.

Thursday, October 17th, 7-9pm. 350MA and Climate Action Now Meeting.  Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield

Saturday, October 19 to 25, 2013. Walk for Climate & Environmental Justice. The walk will start with a rally in Westfield on October 19 at 9:00 a.m., continue across the state to Brockton and end on October 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Connecting for Change Conference in New Bedford. See: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WCC-2013-Walk-for-Climate-Environmental-Justice/572731996099056

Saturday, October 19, 10am. “First Child in the Woods”. One hour nature program for families with babies, toddlers & preschoolers. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. Also Nov. 16 & Dec.14. Go to: http://www.massaudubon.org/arcadia or call: 413-584-3009 [This is what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: get the kids out in the woods!]

 

That’s it for the moment. In the mean time, will you remember to listen to your Mother?

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treehug1Greetings Earthlings. We return to the woods with a call from Everett Castro, Advocacy Director for Green Futures to talk about state sponsored MassDestruction!  Noooo, not THAT kind of destruction. It’s time to think like a tree once again, OK?  Also, we’ll checkout the situation in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and at our E-Valley-uation segment, as well as checking in with the Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Squirrel martyrs subverting the dominant paradigm!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find Naomi Klein hoping to convince unions to join the struggle against the climate crisis. This is a really fine idea ‘cuz, hey guys, there are no decent jobs when the biosphere goes down the tubes (but you know that…..right??). The latest from the ongoing multiple meltdowns in Fukushima is……wait, you didn’t forget that did you?  In any case, would you believe building an ice wall to stop highly radiated water from reaching the Pacific? No? Maybe a sand castle siege wall? No? How about magic spells from Hogwarts?  Seriously though, it’s now reported that the plant “has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours”. Does the term “out of control” seem to fit here? Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Bonus: Rachel does Fukushima (sorry, you have to wade through the set-up). Finally, recall the Fukushima tsunami debris alerts last year for the West Coast? Well, best tell your friends on the other coast that the actual radioactive plume is on the way in 2014. Not to worry though, it’s safe. They say so. Really. Yup. Safe.

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week gets an big F in history. Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Repugnican-FL)  attacked the Prez on Faux “News” for not moving more forcefully against Syria. She told Faux that Reagan never would have stood for a chemical weapons attack. In the real world, the Reagan administration not only did nothing when Saddam Hussein gassed Iranian soldiers, but actually helped target them. Also, Reagan did nothing when Saddam used poison gas Kurdish population in Northern Iraq. Sorry, Ileana not only did you fail history you also have to see the school nurse about that weird thing between your ears.

We Meet the New Boss as he and his underlings cozy up to Big Oil and such climate criminals as Warren Buffet. This in-depth analysis of the politics behind enabling Big Oil to open up global markets posted by our friends at Global Justice Ecology Project puts the lie to all the Prez’s “concerned” talk about the Climate Crisis. We have little use for the likes of Sarah Palin, but….umm….how’s that hopey changey thing working for ya’?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we celebrate the Northampton City council’s vote to divest from fossil fuels.  Now, if they’d only divest from Monsanto’s Roundup!

After our conversation with Everett we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, September 11, 4:30 pm, Western Mass. Green Consortium’s monthly Green Night kicking of a new series of monthly information and networking events at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton.  The September Green Night will feature a presentation by Bart Bales on Green Heating Systems.  Green Night takes place every 2nd Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton. Email: westernmagreenconsortium@gmail.com

Sept 12, 3:30pm Transportation Justice Meeting at the Greenfield Public Library. Transportation Justice is a lobbying coalition for public transportation service that more people in Franklin County can use. Rep Paul Mark is coming to this event, a good turnout would help our cause.  Go to: http://transportationjustice.wordpress.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.

Thursday, September 19, 7:30 PM. The Environmental Consequences of War and the National Security State. Find out why the military-prison-industrial complex is one of the most serious threats to the environment and the future of the planet. West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College. Free & open to the public. Wheelchair accessible

Saturday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. (noon). Pioneer Valley’s “Draw the Line” climate action rally to protest Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile pipeline being built by a foreign corporation to move oil sands bitumen from Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. for foreign export. Participants encouraged to wear black (the color of oil spills) and be prepared to march 1 mile. North Commons (South Pleasant and Main Streets), Amherst MA. More info at http://act.350.org/event/draw_the_line/6272. The rally is part of 350.org‘s national day of action on Keystone XL

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-8pm:  Training workshop for those who are ready and willing to engage in non-violent direct action against TD Bank (and other possible targets) concerning climate change, stopping the Tar Sands pipelines, as well as any other issue.  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

September 25th,11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Citizen Lobbying Day for GMO Labeling. MA State House, Boston. Members Lounge, 3rd Floor. Email legislative action coordinator, Pat Fiero at: patfiero@yahoo.com

Thursday, September 26, 4:00 to 7:00pm. Greenfield Master Plan Fall Gathering – a kid-friendly event.  Court Square by the Town Common, Greenfield, MA. (If rain – the Pushkin at Main and Federal Streets). 12 interactive tents! Come see what the Master Planning Committee has come up with on how to implement our vision of a more Sustainable Greenfield and cast your vote. (Add your strategies, thoughts, and ideas!  Share your ideas online! Click on MindMixer at http://www.GreenfieldMasterPlan.com or on Facebook at  GreenfieldSustainableMasterPlan.

Saturday, September 28,10am to 4pm. Climate Action Now Conference 2013 – Growing the Movement in Our Communities. Concentrating on the issues of climate change and environmental injustice that directly affect the people that live in Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield looking to build stronger networks among the people living in the Connecticut River Valley. Trinity United Methodist Church, 261 Sumner Ave, Springfield. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

Sunday, October 6, 11am. 23rd Anniversary Celebration of the New England Peace Pagoda. Special guest, Dennis Banks, Co-founder of The American Indian Movement. Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA Call: 413-367-2202

That’s it for another show. Until the next, remember: listen to your Mother!