The War on Excessmas Enviro Show

Posted: November 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
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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 or Shanti Gaia at

Monday, December 9, 9AM. Occupy and Pack The Courtroom For Reverend Billy. NYC Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street, New York City, NY .

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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