Greetings 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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!