Archive for November, 2013

HolidayJunkGreetings Earthlings. Getting ready for the Holidays? Just what does that entail? Jessica Tanner of Valley Zero Waste joins us to waste not/want not for the upcoming Excessmas season. Of course, we’ll invite you into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber for the usual hi-jinks and you can visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill and maybe even Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Wild Turkeys attack church goers!  God, will they never stop!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we go directly to Rev. Billy for an exceptionally good interview on his recent bust WITH references to none other than Ed Abbey and other Earth First! founders. The Rev needs YOUR HELP to get a free get-out-of-jail card. Please go HERE.  On to more bad news (come on, did you think it was going to let up just because it’s the Holidays??). I think we mentioned this last time, but just in case you missed it: Arctic methane emissions? Twice as bad as predicted! Merry Excessmas! No really, there actually is some holiday cheer and it’s right here.OK, that’s enough of that, let’s get back to the doom & gloom. If any of this is news to you then you haven’t been paying attention. Countless numbers of us crazed enviro tree-huggers have been making these points for years. Our hope (if we can even use such a word by now) is that one of these missives will magically one day go so viral that no one will be able to avoid it…….then, when nothing is done to turn this ship around the aliens will come and……?

This week we Meet the New Boss’s State Department giving the green light (so to speak) for fracked gas to be exported from Texas to the……Alberta tar sands! You read that right, dear listener. Kinder Morgan’s Cochin pipeline (no, that’s not the name of some brain dead pop starlit) transports the evil gas to the evil tar sands where some sort of evil dilution takes place. In other words, bad energy for….bad energy! Thanks for saving the planet, Kal-El! (see this from last week).

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) who sponsored a bill in the House that “would direct that federal lands be managed for the primary purpose of energy development, rather than for stewardship balancing multiple uses including recreation,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Astonishingly, it also would curb and then penalize the public for raising concerns about oil and gas projects on public lands that may affect them.”

Time for the Quote of the Week. This time a War on Excessmass special:  “American cities are like badger holes, ringed with trash–all of them–surrounded by piles of wrecked and rusting automobiles, and almost smothered in rubbish. Everything we use comes in boxes, cartons, bins, the so-called packaging we love so much. The mountain of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use.” ― John Steinbeck

Following our interview with Jessica we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, December 4th, 3 pm. GreenWork Annual Meeting. Roundtable discussion examining industrial agriculture and GMOs. 640 Page Blvd., Sprinfield, MA.  Call 413-237-5507

Wednesday, December 4, 7pm. Amherst Planning Board hearing on preliminary subdivision plans for The Retreat at Amherst (see this). Amherst Town Hall, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, December 5, 7 to 9pm. North Valley Climate Action Now and 350MA Node Meeting. Herter Hall 601, University Massachusetts, 161 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. Contact Susan Theberge at susantheberge@comcast.net or Shanti Gaia at shantiomgaia@gmail.com.

Monday, December 9, 9AM. Occupy and Pack The Courtroom For Reverend Billy. NYC Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street, New York City, NY .
PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT OUR COMRADE AND BROTHER REVEREND BILLY AS HE FACES A YEAR IN JAIL FOR SPEAKING, ORGANIZING AND PERFORMING THE TRUTH! Press Conference at 11:00am. ALSO: PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION FOR REV. BILLY AND DO YOUR PART TO SUPPORT THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

Monday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30PM – Clean Energy Community Forum, Amherst Bangs Community Center. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Department of Energy Resources (DOER), invite residents of Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley and Holyoke to a Community Forum to discuss specific renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and ideas that will be assembled into a Clean Energy Road Map for the future. Call: David Elvin (413) 781-6045

Sunday, December 8, 2 to 4pm. Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Bridge St. School, Northampton (coming west into Northampton on Rte 9 on the right next to the cemetery). Deb Katz-Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network and others cover the issues. Contact Hattie Nestel 978-249-9400 or Jeff Napolitano 413-584-8975

Saturday, Dec 14, (Time TBA). First Child in the Woods/Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk. It is never too early to start to appreciate the wonders of nature! Here is your opportunity to explore the nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month. Meet other parents and caregivers while getting exercise and learning about the natural world. Each walk will be on fairly level ground as to accommodate carriages or backpack kids and end at the Arcadia Nature Play and picnic area. Meet at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Call to register 413-584-3009

Saturday, December 21, 6-9pm: Solstice Headlamp Hike at Northfield Mountain. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA

Saturday, December 21, 6 to 8:30pm. Solstice Celebration at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. At Arcadia we also have a tradition: we gather at sundown for music and community unity. Ward off the cold with the warmth of the bonfire, sip hot cider, and listen to music. We make every attempt not to cancel this event due to inclement weather, but call Arcadia if a blizzard is brewing. This is a free event, however, please bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Call: 413-584-3009.

OK for now. We’ll be back for a Winter Solstice show with The Good Green Witch and more. Until then remember: listen to your Mother!

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Posted: November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

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thanksgiving-thankstaking-no-thankkks-amerikkka-raimGreetings Earthlings. With Thanksgiving coming up we’re starting to realize what a thankless job it is reporting on the end of the world. With that in mind we think we’ll punish everyone with more doom & gloom……kidding! (sort of). Mollie Matteson, M.S. Conservation Advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity returns to tell us about the plight of the bats and what YOU CAN DO about it. With that in mind we also offer this newsflash from our friends at the Earth First! Journal. Like old times we take you to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber where our show title becomes manifest (Industrialism? corporatism? capitalism? No thanks!). Also, a visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill and a visit to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for….Revenge of the Critters! Flesh eating bacteria in BP’s tarballs!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have some serious think pieces that are waaaaayyy too long for the show. Checkout this important screed from Truthout. “Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth”? A connection? Ya’ think??  Also, in the wake of the WORST STORM EVER! we have this piece from Rachel Smolker on the COP19 climate talks. It looks like more enviros are weighing in on that call for new nukes to confront the Climate Crisis. Sorry, James Hansen but we’d rather not swap one crisis for another! Remember how we’ve talked about the Arctic methane release in a warming climate being even worse than the rising CO2 emissions? How about a side of mind-numbing science with that order of doom? Time for some good news: Climate crisis deniers ordered to pony up court costs for “not acting reasonably”. This is something we can get used to! We also could easily get used to more critters like Loukanikos and Kanellos the Greek Protest Dogs! Finally this from Grist, Divine intervention: The Pope Comes out Against Fracking.

This week we Meet the New Boss still trying to come up with that “clean coal” thing. Gosh, we thought that came from the old playbook. Didn’t he read the long think piece we just posted in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber? No? OK, how about that deal with him being sent to Earth by Jor-El to save the planet? How’s THAT working out for us?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is David McKinley, the West Virginia Repugnican who insisted during those House Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearings in September that “over the last 40 years,” there has been “almost no increase in temperature, very slight.” Sorry Dave, there’s this thing called science!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week puts you back in the back of the Wayback Machine and into the 19th century: “Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”    –  Horace Mann

After our interview with Mollie it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

November 19-25 The Hands Off Appalachia! Fall Action Camp will include intensive Non-Violent Direct Action trainings, a special Art in Activism track, affinity group trust building, a Resistance in Appalachia workshop, and so much more! Saturday training in preparation for a public demonstration on Sunday 11/24 in Stamford! The camp is located at the beautiful Voluntown Peace Trust, in Voluntown, CT. Register at: http://handsoffappalachia.com/hoa-fall-action-camp/

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm. Greening Greenfield kicks off its 5th Annual Sustainable Living film series in partnership with the St. James Episcopal Church. The theme of this year’s film series is to deepen our knowledge and spark discussion and action on the moral issues inherent in living a more sustainable life. SWITCH: Choosing Our Energy Future, a scientific documentary about energy, how we can choose our energy future and switch from fossil fuels to more Earth-friendly options and prosper. St James Episcopal Church, Parish Hall on Church Street, behind the church at 55 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA.  For more information on Greening Greenfield and the film series go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org, or call 773-5165.

Saturday, Nov 23, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Boreal Forest Ecology and Cellar Hole Hike. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Tamarack Hollow, Windsor, MA. Learn about the unique high elevation boreal forest located above 2000 feet elevation in MA. Identify evergreen trees and plants such as the balsam fir, red spruce, Christmas fern and bunchberry in their early winter stages. Visit cellar holes from the 1800’s along the way and learn about life in the hilltowns. This is a three mile moderate hike. Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

On Sunday Nov. 24, the Western Mass. Change Walmart Campaign will do a basic training to prepare you for direct engagement with Walmart workers to build their organization, OUR Walmart – which you will do teamed with more experienced organizers. It will be at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Campus Center Room 324A, 375 Church St, North Adams, 12:30-4:30pm, led by Patrick Burke (Western Mass. Jobs with Justice) and Nate Garand (United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1459), with help from me and maybe Ruthie Clement, an OUR Walmart member. To register for this training, please click here: I’ll Be There 11/24!

Black Friday, November 29, Noon. We will rally outside of the Walmart Supercenters and protest their corrupt ways. We will stand in solidarity with the Walmart workers who are on strike and any others who join us. Walmart, 337 Russell St, Hadley, MA  & Walmart, 180 N King St, Northampton, MA. Call: (413) 827-0301. Also, 1105 Boston RD, SPRINGFIELD MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstCorruptionSpringfieldMA#!/events/185518358303412/

Wednesday, December 4th, 3 pm. GreenWork Annual Meeting. Roundtable discussion examining industrial agriculture and GMOs. 640 Page Blvd., Sprinfield, MA.  Call 413-237-5507

Wednesday, December 4, 7pm. Amherst Planning Board hearing on preliminary subdivision plans for The Retreat at Amherst (see this). Amherst Town Hall, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, December 5, 7 to 9pm. North Valley Climate Action Now and 350MA Node Meeting. Herter Hall 601, University Massachusetts, 161 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. Contact Susan Theberge at susantheberge@comcast.net or Shanti Gaia at shantiomgaia@gmail.com.

Monday December 9, Occupy and Pack The Courtroom For Reverend Billy. New York City, NY 9:00 -Location To be announced. Contact: http://www.revbilly.com/contact

Sunday, December 8, 2 to 4pm. Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Bridge St. School, Northampton (coming west into Northampton on Rte 9 on the right next to the cemetery). Deb Katz-Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network and others cover the issues. Contact Hattie Nestel 978-249-9400 or Jeff Napolitano 413-584-8975

Saturday, Dec 14, (Time TBA). First Child in the Woods/Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk. It is never too early to start to appreciate the wonders of nature! Here is your opportunity to explore the nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month. Meet other parents and caregivers while getting exercise and learning about the natural world. Each walk will be on fairly level ground as to accommodate carriages or backpack kids and end at the Arcadia Nature Play and picnic area. Meet at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Call to register 413-584-3009

That is all until next time when we open another front on the “War on Christmas”. Until then, remember to listen to your Mother.

GreeningGfldGreetings Earthlings. Does a name like Greenfield indicate all things green? Nancy Hazard joins us to suss it out here on Election Day where we elect to act locally & globally. Also, we take you on a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, a visit to The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! Ducks invade CVS…..complain about service? poor product placement? corporate domination of health care? maybe “where’s the pond that used to be here??”

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start off with one of Naomi Klein’s most important pieces ever: “Why Science is Telling Us All to Revolt“.  Don’t care to read yet another IMPORTANT link? How about we give it to you pictures?  Also, we note that “Entergy’s Nuclear Limbo Threatens Public Safety”. Gosh! Corporate austerity trumps the Public Good? Nah!  There’s been some excellent back channel discussion here in Massachusetts between anti-nuke folks and climate activists regarding the nuclear carbon footprint. Here’s one of the studies that came up in the conversation. Hopefully everyone will realize that nukes are NOT the answer to the Climate Crisis.  And speaking of carbon footprint, our friends at Grist and at Ring of Fire passed on info that “300 oil pipeline spills that occurred in the state in less than two years have gone unreported”. Surprise! Big Oil owns North Dakota. Did someone say Climate Crisis? The media is buzzing with leaks about the draft version of the second installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest review of the global scientific consensus on the global warming and climate change. It’s not good. Now, on to the fun stuff: our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is a Must See by the Sea (it’s like a Revenge of the Critters two-fer!). NEWS FLASH! This just in: The Toxic Monster is coming!!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill goes plural again but this time deep into the Repugnican staffers den of iniquity. Some fools are paying taxes to have their far-right climate denying operatives load the “majority page” on The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works with sophomoric posts about “The Top Ten Reasons The Government Shutdown Isn’t All Bad”. Among them: “Fewer bureaucrats at the EPA makes it less likely that they’ll make up science on new regulations”.  We don’t know about you, but we smell young College Repugnican Club types gathered around the desktop in their J. Press giggling over inane groupthink. Hey kids, It’s recess time! Go play outside now.

We Meet the New Boss on his recent visit to the Commonwealth where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act. Climate activists were in the crowd reminding him that going forward with the KeystoneXL pipeline is “game over” for the climate. Many blinkered Obama fans booed the activists but the Prez called them off before telling the activists that they were at the wrong event…….like health and climate have no relation?

Our E-Valley-uation segment is our focus for this show: greening Greenfield with Nancy. But first, are you a bus rider? If so, a word from public transit activists: “In order to help the public transit authority (PVTA) in our area to hear from a variety of voices, we have created a survey and ask that you complete it.  It is our hope to help the public transit authority to complete an evaluation of its bus and public transit service that represents all its users. This is an important moment to let our voices be heard and speak out on our needs and priorities when it comes to public transit access. Let your voice be heard; please take a few moments to fill this out. You may complete the survey online and email it to mcarroll@stavros.org using the button at the top [of the survey] or you may print it and return it to our Springfield office at 262 Cottage Street, Springfield MA 01104  by November 27.”    Now it’s off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30pm. Air Pollution: What is pollution? Can it hurt you? What will you do?  ARISE for Social Justice, 467 State Street, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 Friday, November 8th from 7-8:30pm. Attend the free kick-off of Valley Zero Waste (VZW) in Amherst at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst.  The meeting is in the Glass Room on the lower level. There will be a short film and plenty of discussion in a problem/solution format.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information contact Jessica at valleyzerowaste@yahoo.com, or 413-727-3295. The second launch event will be held in Springfield for the convenience of people in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley. It is scheduled for Sunday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in the Community Room at the Central Library on State St.  The Community Room is located to the right as you enter the building.  There is aboveground parking across the street.

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

Thursday,  November 14, 6pm-8pm. Parenting and Climate Change Discussion with Colleen Kelley, Ruthie Ireland, and Casey Beebe, environmental educators and parents. How do we help our children navigate climate change? How do we do that without terrifying them or making them feel helpless even if that is how we feel? Hitchcock center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA. Call: (413) 256-6006

Friday, November 15, 7:00 PM. Decommissioning Forum, First Congregational Church of Amherst, at 165 Main St., Amherst, MA. Envisioning a Responsible and Safe Cleanup Of Vermont Yankee. In order to learn more about the situation with the shut down and the storage of the nuclear waste, the Old Reliables affinity group has invited Deb Katz, the director of the Citizen’s Action Network (CAN) to speak in Amherst at the First Church.

December 4th, 3 pm. GreenWork Annual Meeting. Roundtable discussion examining industrial agriculture and GMOs. 640 Page Blvd., Sprinfield, MA.  Call 413-237-5507

That’s all folks, for now. Remember to…..listen to your Mother!