Greetings 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Shanti Gaia at email@example.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.