Archive for October, 2013

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. We are coming up on Halloween (or Samhain, if you like) and are thinking about all the spirits lurking about as the veil between the worlds thins out. How about the spirits of all those trees the Department of Cut & Run (DCR) destroyed in the Quabbin watershed?  Will they return to haunt the likes of Elisa Campbell, of MA Sierra Club or Jonathan Yeo, Director of Division of Water Supply Protection at DCR? Let’s hope so! John Rumpler of Environment Massachusetts calls in with the gory details and  The Good Green Witch calls in with news of the season!  As usual we’ll also spook you with news from The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, a visit to The Fool-on-the-Hill and checkout some local haunts in our E-Valley-uation segment, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Beware Big Nuke: the return of the Jellies!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we might be sending some shivers down your spine with news of the most recent cyclone hitting the shaky Fukushima nukes (you know, the ones that are still MELTING DOWN!!). Also this from Grist: North Dakota oil spill goes unnoticed by feds in Repugnican government shutdown. In our Rights of Nature Department we find some critters are finally getting some socially responsible real estate deals! On the other hand, in the Department of Stupid we have a bunch of low-info hunters celebrating the take down of the sacred. What could possibly follow that act? How about Canadian cops invading the rez!  On to our Enviro Show Blog Bonus: This week’s Must See. Now, how about this week’s Must Hear? It concerns U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s proposed listing of the Northern Long-eared Bat.  Our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity note, “Of the six species known to be affected by the deadly bat-disease white-nose syndrome to date, the northern long-eared is among the hardest hit. In the U.S. Northeast, where white-nose syndrome has been killing bats for the longest period of time, the northern long-eared has declined by a shocking 98 percent.”  They also point out, “Because of the species’ strong association with large blocks of older forests, forest fragmentation, logging and forest conversion (such as clearing trees for agriculture and development) are also major threats to the species”.  Ring any bells for you?

Our Enviro Show Fool-on-the-Hill is multi-time winner Texas Repugnican Rep. Louie Gohmert who offered up this pearl of wisdom in a recent Repug dominated hearing in the Mad House:  “Let me just remind you, that if nature had its way there would be a lot more extinct species than there are now.”  One can only wonder where Gomer got his biology info from. The so-called hearing was titled: “EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy.”  Things like that makes us wish The U.S. House was shutdown instead of most of the rest of the government.

For our Quote of the Week we’ll hold the door of the Wayback Machine open for you so you can go wayyyyy back to the 19th century for this one:

“A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. … What a terrible future!”   – Anton Chekhov 1888

Our E-Valley-uation segment starts off with a HALLOWEEN HORROR STORY for our friends here in Florence, Mass. Are you ready for…….”The Return of Chemical Gene!” No? Then vote for Alisa! After that the segment will be totally dominated by news of the worsening situation over in the Quabbin watershed. After all the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments we’ll move on to the undead Bus Stop Billboard (it never ends!):

Sunday, October 20th, 3 PM, at the Frances Crowe Room at Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St., Northampton. We will watch the award-winning documentary, Gasland, and discuss possible actions.  Sample anti-fracking resolutions will be available to introduce at your Town Meeting or present to your City Council. Sponsored by the Franklin Hampshire MoveOn.org Council. Free. Snacks. Call:  413-522-4616 (9am-9pm)

Wednesday, October 23, 4 to 5:30pm. GreenWork Roundtable – Solarizing Western Mass. 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA. Come join us the 4th Wednesday of every month at 640 Page Boulevard for our community round-table discussions on issues pertaining to the green economy. Call (413) 887-9574 or email: wmgreenworks@gmail.com. Also go to: http://www.greenworkwmass.org/

Thursday, October 24, 6 to 8pm. “Fate of the Wild – Extreme energy and wilderness”. In a provocative, photo-rich presentation, writer and conservation activist Tom Butler explores the future of wild nature and human life in a toxic global energy economy. The Thoreau Institute, 44 Baker Farm Road, Lincoln, MA. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and cider at 6:00 followed by presentation at 7:00. RSVP requested. Please call 802.224.1000 or email jennifer@newildernesstrust.org

Saturday, October 26, 7pm. Tom Neilson & LynnWaldron in concert kicking off this coming winter’s  “Truth Tour” at Roundabout Books, 26 Kenwood Street, Greenfield. Tickets at door. Call 413-773-0820 for info or go to: http://www.roundaboutbookstore.com

Sunday, October 27, 3pm. Screening of “Gaslands” in the Frances Crowe Room at the Media Education Foundation, Masonic Street behind the Woodstar Cafe. Discussion follows and sample anti-fracking resolutions will be available to introduce at your Town Meeting or present to your City Council. Sponsored by the Franklin Hampshire MoveOn.org Council. Free. Snacks. Contact Pat Fiero, Lead Regional Organizer, New EnglandMoveOn.org  413-522-4616 (9-9)

Monday, October 28, 6pm Open House, 7pm NRC Public Hearing on the extended storage of nuclear waste. Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford-Lowell, 10 Independence Drive Chelmsford, MA NIRS has created a webpage on the issue and the hearings: www.nirs.org/radwaste/wasteconfidence.htm

Monday,  October 28. The  Vermont House Natural Resources Committee and House Commerce Committee will be in Vernon at the elementary school to look at post-closure issues. The 1:30 p.m. session will be geared toward local officials from towns including Vernon, Guilford and Brattleboro. That session is open to the public, but residents who want to testify should attend the 5 p.m. session for the general public.

October 30th. Deadline for return of all MA Bottle Bill ballot forms – even if they have just one signature. Return them to Mass Sierra Club, Bottle Bill Petitions, 10 Milk Street #632, Boston MA 02108-4621

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:30am-4pm. 350MA Statewide Campaign Summit. Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Main St., Worcester. Bonus session from 4-5:45pm. Info at: info@betterfutureproject.org

 November 2nd, 6pm -10:30pm. People Power Party! Saturday, YES! Vermont Yankee IS closing!! We ARE going to celebrate their surrender, before we work harder than ever to make our voices heard on keeping the plant safe for the next year and then doing clean up right. Join us November 2nd in West Brattleboro at the Unitarian Universalist Church (West Village Meetinghouse). We have the whole hall from 6:00pm until their 11pm curfew. Here are our ideas … evolving for the next month. Music by John Shelton and Friends. Entertainment & Light Show! Pot Luck & Donated Dinner & Desserts & more! Looking for VOLUNTEERS to (1) set up 4:30pm (2) take down 10:30-11pm (3) create your skits, songs, satire and such (4) solicit food and drink donations  (5) Ideas for the Front Hall Activists activity room. Donations before, during and after the Party welcome! Safe & Green Campaign and Citizens Awareness Network are co-sponsors. Contact Leslie safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-2pm:  5th monthly protest at TD Banks (major investor in Tar Sands oil pipelines) in  Springfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield branches. TD Bank,  1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield, and  protests on same day and time at TD Banks in Northampton ( 175 Main St); Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection) & Greenfield (324 Main St.). More info:  John Berkowitz, 413-325-4533  Email: johnpberk@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10. Green Economy & Solidarity Conference. Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St, Worcester, MA. Do you believe there are alternatives to corporate greed? That we can live with harmony with our community and our planet? That we can create new economic and social relations that challenge oppression and create justice? Email: bwshear@yahoo.com

Yeesch! So much to do! Anyway, have a frighteningly good Halloween, but pleeeeeease remember to listen to your Mother!

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Discarded plastic water bottles on route of London MarathonGreetings Earthlings. If the show title reminds you of Dr. Seuss and the Lorax it should because the Once-lers are still at it, promoting their no-return, throw-away ways on Beacon Hill and in the media. Their hopes may soon be dashed however, as an updated bottle bill may soon be on the ballot in Massachusetts. Phillip Sego, coordinator of the Sierra Club’s bottle bill update campaign calls in with the details. By the by, if you’re interested in collecting signatures for the Bottle Bill referendum go here.  As always we’ll take you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill (so many choices!), The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, Our E-Valley-uation segment and more, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! The next installment of Squirrel Resistance: Peacenik Ground Squirrels undermining nuclear missiles!

Of course the big news in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber is the release of yet another climate report from the IPCC (not that further scientific confirmation of the Climate Crisis makes any difference to the DC Taliban or the sorry collection of flat-Earth deniers). Disturbingly however, the report doesn’t even consider what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: like the melting of frozen Arctic tundra and the subsequent release of vast amounts of methane (worse than CO2). Getting back to those dangerously stupid climate change deniers, we present (drum roll please) The 5 Stages of Climate Denial!  Be sure to share that with your Faux “News” addicted, low-info afflicted Uncle Phil when he comes over for dinner. O, and in the Worse-than-predicted Department we also have this: Fukushima’s event horizon. Did we mention that story rates #3 in Project Censored 25 Most Censored Stories? There’s more on Fukushima here if you dare. And, speaking of dare, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture”!  How dare they! Finally, it was revealed recently that the cost of electricity from Cape Wind would be far more than from land-based wind projects. Just sayin’!

We’ve gone wide on this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill by putting the entire teabagger caucus in the U.S. House up for the nomination……make that up for arrest for the crime of sedition. Here on the Enviro Show we name names and kick butt. These extremist freaks are putting untold numbers of their countrymen & women at risk by shutting down the government. Officer! Roundup the usual suspects!!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from on high:

“Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle.”  – Pope John Paul II

In our E-Valley-uation segment we follow-up on the last show and the sad situation with our friends at the Connecticut River Watershed Council and their allowing climate criminals like TransCanada (think Alberta tar sands, think KeystoneXL pipeline) to sponsor the Source-to-Sea river clean-up. We created a Facebook event page in the event that you might want to….um…call them on it?  Some in the Valley’s greater environmental community seem inclined to look the other way on this, to go along to get along (you know who you are!). Sorry, we don’t do complicity on this show.

After our interview with Phillip Sego we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday Oct. 9, 6:30 to 8:30.  Northampton’s 2nd Clean Energy Forum. Mayor Narkewicz invites the community to join with their friends and neighbors at the second Clean Energy Forum at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA. Participants will review and prioritize ideas generated by community members during the first Clean Energy Forum. Northampton and state partners – the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division – will have experts on hand to discuss pros, cons, and options for potential local project development and participants will review technical assessments of Northampton by our state partners.

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30pm in the Umass, Amherst Student Union Ballroom there is going to be a talk with Colin Beavan (author of No Impact Man) with a book signing to follow. No tickets required) and it’s free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 10, 8:15AM to 9:15AM. Vigil on behalf of planet earth at the Japanese Consulate, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston .We are standing in solidarity with the people of Japan, who have asked people worldwide to join them in vigils and who protest at the Prime Minister’s house every week to beg, beseech, implore demand that an international team of experts – scientists and engineers – be allowed to work on the Fukushima tragedy, which is an international emergency of the highest order. Please RSVP to Sheila Parks at sheilaruthparks@comcast.net or call with questions/comments at 617 744 6020

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, Chicopee, MA. 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. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/322150701248770/ or email at GmoFreeMassachusetts@yahoo.com

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2pm (please arrive by 1:45). Hartford March Against Monsanto:  Bushnell Park, 463 Asylum Street, Hartford Complete information available at facebook.com/activatectnow (you have to scroll down a bit to get to the post about the march and there is a “read more” prompt for more information)

Tuesday, October 15, 7pm. Screening of “More than Honey”. Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Screening followed by a panel discussion with CISA  members Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms.  CISA’s Executive Director, Phil Korman, will moderate. Go to http://www.buylocalfood.org/events

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: www.facebook.com/pages/WCC-2013-Walk-for-Climate-Environmental-Justice/572731996099056

Saturday, October 19, 9am to Noon. October Reuse Rally, Smith Vocational High school, 80 Locust Street, Northampton. Costume swap – Scary Stuff for Halloween!- – Art & Craft Swap – Bulky Rigid Plastic Swap – Foam Collection. More info at: http://www.northamptonma.gov/dpw/Recycling/ or call: 413-587-1059

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: 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!]

Wednesday, October 23, 4 to 5:30pm. GreenWork Roundtable – Solarizing Western Mass. 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA. Come join us the 4th Wednesday of every month at 640 Page Boulevard for our community round-table discussions on issues pertaining to the green economy. Call (413) 887-9574 or email: wmgreenworks@gmail.com. Also go to: http://www.greenworkwmass.org/

Saturday, October 26, 7pm. Tom Neilson & LynnWaldron in concert kicking off this coming winter’s  “Truth Tour” at Roundabout Books, 26 Kenwood Street, Greenfield. Tickets at door. Call 413-773-0820 for info or go to: http://www.roundaboutbookstore.com


Saturday, November 2nd, 9:30-4pm. 350MA Statewide Campaign Summit. Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Main St., Worcester. Bonus session from 4-5:45pm. Info at: info@betterfutureproject.org

 

We’re sure there’s more going on but how will we know if you don’t talk to us? In any case, while you’re out there remember to listen to your Mother!