Greetings Earthlings. Do you mind if we mind about clearcuts? Too bad! And so-called “patch cuts” are just little clearcuts, got it? How about the critical importance of carbon sequestration by trees? Watershed protection? In the wake of Castle Northampton‘s recent dog & pony show regarding the logging in the drinking water supply forest, Chris Matera returns to these mics where he has actually been invited! We will pick through the trash and treasures with him for most of the show and get a call later from our roving reporter, Tom Neilson. In keeping with all the log smog we also put together a gigantic Forests & CO2 linkfest below just in case anyone has an interest in actual science. This truncated version of the show still has time for some Fools-on-the-Hill, a little E-Valley-uation and…….Revenge of the Critters! Do not turn your back on the trees.
It’s another two-fer AND a repeat performance by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Big Oil’s own chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Her chairship is accompanied by Rep. Cory Gardner, Repugnican of Colorado. “The [Senate] hearing will examine how the United States can responsibly export natural gas to promote manufacturing, create high-paying jobs and expand U.S. influence around the world to assist its allies,” the committee said in a Thursday statement. We’re not sure the entire committee agrees with that but be that as it may, like we always ask: what ever happened to “energy independence”? O, and what ever happened to “responsible”! Did we miss something? Meanwhile, Gardner is sponsoring a bill “that would force the Obama administration to approve all pending applications for liquefied natural gas export terminals.” Cory Gardner is soooooo forceful. We guess he likes to Drill baby, drill!
Now we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30pm. Screening of “Carbon Nation”. Seelye Hall 106, Smith College, Northampton, MA. Discussion following by Smith students. Free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible. Part of Earth’s Turn film series brought to you by the Climate Action NOW/350MA; Smith College Sustainability Reps, Green Team, Divest Smith College, and others.
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30pm. Sunderland Public Library. “Closing VT Yankee: How to Do It Safely & Responsibly” with Dr. Marvin Resnikoff and Dr. John R. Mullen. 20 School Street, Sunderland, Mass. Sponsored by Pioneer Valley Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and by the Sunderland Energy Committee www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org
Thursday, March 27, 10:30 to 11am. Environment Massachusetts’ Fracking Bill Press Conference. Springfield City Hall, 35 Court Street, Springfield, MA. This is about No Fracking in MA (which probably won’t happen anyway) BUT we hope they speak to the proposed corporate Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Commonwealth! See: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org
Saturday, March 29, 10am to 4pm. Valley Vegfest, at JFK Middle School in Northampton. A vegetarian festival featuring natural and cruelty-free products, vegan food, educational exhibitors, and talks by noted authors and experts including Jenny Brown, Neil Hornish, Dr. Kumara Sidhartha, and Hannah Kaminsky. For more information please go to http://www.valleyveg.org
March 29. The next (and final) CD training will be held at Smith College in Northampton. Nearly 50 people have stepped forward to say they are willing to be arrested at a local pipeline action in Springfield. Is it your time to take a stand? Even if you are… not interested in participating in the act of civil disobedience, there is a crucial need for folks to fill support roles. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or to find out more about supporting the action.
Monday, April 1, 10:30am. Youth Walkout for Climate Justice. On March 31st, hundreds of youth across the Commonwealth will walk out of classes and take time from their jobs to converge on the Statehouse and call on Governor Patrick to draw a hard line against new fossil fuel infrastructure. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Monday, March 31, 6:30 pm sign-in. “The Climate Crisis: Only a Movement can Save Us!” Introduction by Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin Downing Presentation by Craig Altemose, executive director of the Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts. Kick-Off Meeting for Berkshire “Node” of 350MA. Berkshire Community College, Room K111, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA
Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7pm. Public safety is no joke! On APRIL FOOL’S DAY we’ll be back at the gates of Vermont Yankee. Tell Entergy they’re not fooling us, and we are not fooling around. Entergy is not fooling us, and we are not fooling around. 546 Governor Hunt Rd, Vernon, VT. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 7, 6:30pm. Standout for No Fracked Gas in Mass! Kinder Morgan Rep. to speak to the Montague Selectboard, 7:00 pm at MontagueTown Hall,1 Avenue A, Turners Falls (by the bridge). See: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org
Tuesday, April 8, 10am to 3pm. Close Mt. Tom Power PlanProtest Against GDF Suez! 310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. Parking lot behind War Memorial on Maple Street.
Sunday, April 13, 3 to 5pm. 350MA Node meeting. 250 Shutesbury Road, Amherst, MA.
Thursday – April 17, 6 to 8m. Valley-wide Planning Meeting on the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline. Green Fields Market meeting room (upstairs), Main Street, Greenfield, MA Go to: nofrackedgasinmass.org
Forests & CO2 sequestering Linkfest! :
http://w w w .o r e g o n . g o v / o d f / c l i m a t e c h a n g e
/ f o r e s t c a r b o n b a s i c s v 2 . p d f
Climate Control: How Northwest Old-Growth Forests Can Help Fight Global Warming
Heiken, D. Myths & Facts on Forest, Carbon and Global Warming slide show
Interactive Effects of Environmental Change and Management Strategies
on Regional Forest Carbon Emissions
Dept. of Interior Releases Study of Carbon Storage and Sequestration
in Western Ecosystems as Part of National Assessment
Oregon State University. “Oldest trees are growing faster, storing
more carbon as they age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily,15 January 2014.
Role of Forests in Climate Mitigation
B.E. Law – Oregon State University, February 23, 2014
Had enough? We go out with Loreena McKennitt’s “Ancient Pines” representing “the Earth’s yearning for release from the oppression of the human hand”.
Remember this: listen to your Mother!