Greetings 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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeesch! So much to do! Anyway, have a frighteningly good Halloween, but pleeeeeease remember to listen to your Mother!