Greetings Earthlings. It’s to the woods once again! We focus this time on the Quabbin watershed right here in Western Massachusetts as yet another assault upon the woodlands by the State and its hirelings approaches. Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods calls in with that and we invited wildlife biologist and climate activist, Molly Hale (who supported the logging plan for the Northampton watershed forests) to express her views as well, but she has declined. Also, Tom Neilson joins us in the studio for the premier performance of his new Quabbin song that’s the soundtrack for our very own video release. Party! As always, we take you on a visit to The-Fool-on-the-Hill, to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and maybe to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Angry Birds indeed!
We open with our E-Valley-uation segment and the debut of our very own YouTube entry about the looming destruction of the Quabbin watershed. Our video is accompanied by the premier performance of Tom Neilson’s “Clear Cutting the Trees” (and don’t let anyone tell you there’s no clearcutting planned over there, they just give it another name and have at it). We give special thanks to climate activist and video artist, George Aguiar for all his work on this project. Enviro Show listeners can be part of the solution for the trees by posting the video far & wide! And, speaking of kudos, The Shut it Down Affinity Group did it yet again! (Will these women ever stop??) On Friday, May 9 leading up to Mothers Day “In pouring rain, Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin joined the Shut It Down Affinity Group Friday to block the gate at Entergy Corporation’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant here before police arrested twelve women for unlawful trespass.” Our own Jean G was there and she reports back.
This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is gassy cowguy, Sen. John Barrasso, Repugnican from Wyoming (you know, Darth Cheney territory? playground for Big Oil?). The senator’s amendment to the doomed Senate bipartisan energy efficiency bill would expedite exports of U.S. natural gas to reduce “Russian President Putin’s leverage over Europe and bolster Ukraine’s ability to stand up to his pressure” [The Cold War lives on in the tiny hearts of Repugnicans]. They also argue that it would be good for the U.S. economy……..ha….ha…ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha! That’s sooooo funny. What a kidder that cowguy is! Anyway, it’s all going nowhere in the Do-nothing Congress which, of course, is just as well.
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start with some actual good news! Tesla, the maker of high-end all-electric cars is gearing up for a model the “average consumer” can afford and they want to build it here in the U.S. Move over, Big Auto. So much for the Good, let’s go straight past The Bad to The Ugly: ATVs and the guys who ride them at their worst. Read it and weep. Now, back to The Bad: Remember Tom Neilson’s “Where Greenland Used to Be”? How about Antarctica? This from The New York Times, “A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported”. Extra! Extra! Read all about it!! Soooo, you think cutting down yet more trees is still a good idea? Finally, an Enviro Show Blog Bonus. How about GMO labeling here in the Commonwealth? Do it here!
We Meet the New Boss…….actually we can’t find him. Maybe he’s hiding under his desk in the Oval Office while his wild-eyed Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz continues advocating for fracked gas exports. Meanwhile our Senators here in Massachusetts are telling the Prez: “Don’t pass gas!”. They argued that an increase in exports would “jeopardize America’s goal of achieving energy independence.” Energy Independence? That’s soooo last year!
After our visit with Michael & Tom we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, 11am to 2pm. The 3rd Annual Sagamore Bridge ‘No Escape from the Cape’ Rally! This has always been a fun event, and one which gets a lot of press – it also educates many of the departing visitors from Cape Cod of the threat of Entergy’s Pilgrim nuke. For info cal” 508-548-6221 or go to: http://capedownwinders.org/
Monday May 26, 7pm to 9pm. Climate Action Skillshare: Initial Meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Calling all climate justice creative folk! We are planning a skillshare meeting for Western Mass climate activists interested in sharing and learning new skills that will help us get our message out. This will be a great opportunity to get to know one another, share resources and exchange ideas. If you want to join the Climate Action Skillshare Email List or can’t make the meeting on May 26 or have any other questions, comments or suggestions, please email email@example.com
Tuesday May 27, 7PM. Montague residents pipeline meeting. They will try to reserve the community room in the Police Station again. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, May 27, 7pm. Springfield’s Green Committee meets at Springfield City Hall. Contact ARISE at 413-734-4948
Wednesday, May 28, 6:30-8:30pm. NRC Annual Dog and Pony Show : Brattleboro Union High School’s Auditorium, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro. The Annual Assessment Meeting for Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. The NRC will be available to respond to questions on specific performance issues at the plant and our role in ensuring safe plant operations. Note that: “signs, banners, posters and displays affixed to any sticks, poles, or other similar devices will not be permitted in the meeting room.” Info email: email@example.com
Wednesday, June 4, 8 to 1AM. Rebroadcast on WHMP & Montague Community TV Channel 17 of a community forum on the proposal by the Kinder-Morgan company to build a gas pipeline that would run through several Franklin County towns. The two-hour forum on the proposed pipeline and on related energy and environmental policy issues.
Wednesday, June 4, 7PM. Ralph Nader will speak about his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State” at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, MA. Tickets are $5 (buy at Boswells Books), space is limited to 150, the max for that space. Only about 30 tix left!
Friday, June 6 Bee-Themed First Night Greenfield – Downtown
June 6th – 9th, 2014. No Pipelines! Action Camp for Climate Justice, Monkton, Vermont. Join organizers and activists from across Vermont for a weekend of workshops and trainings to deepen our collective understanding of the politics of extreme energy and take action to stop the fracked gas pipeline! With pipeline plans moving forward, it’s time to take to the streets and skill up for direct action. Learn how to plan creative actions from beginning to follow-up; from scouting the target, engaging media, and using a range of blockading skills to defend a livable planet for humans and all beings. Detailed agenda to be announced soon! Go to: http://www.risingtidevermont.org/kickoff-weekend-registration-form.html
Saturday, June 7, 9:30am-12noon. The newly named New England National Scenic Trail Hike runs from coastal Connecticut north from Long Island Sound to the Mass/New Hampshire border. Join Ted for a hike along a new section of the trail in Northfield and Irving. Directions to the meeting site will be provided upon registration. • FREE • Space is limited, call to register at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, (413) 256-6006
Sunday, June 8 – Just Roots Celebration includes performance of “To Bee or Not to Bee” Go to: http://ptco.org/shows/to-bee-or-not-to-bee/
Saturday, June 14, 5pm. Documentary screening: “Take Back Your Power” at Green Fields Market, 2nd Floor meeting room, at 5 pm followed by info session on electromagnetic fields and health, bees and Swiss Harmony.
Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15: Plant Flowers Greenfield! Weekend of bee-friendly flower planting around town. First three “abutter pairs” of home/business owners who contact us will receive a free 1/2 hour “pollinator corridor” consultation from expert Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome. The public is invited to listen in to these consultations at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm on 6/14. Locations TBA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, July 13,12:30pm – 4:00pm. Stop Fracked Gas Exports! Come together in Washington, DC to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Go to: StopGasExports.org
That’s it for the time being. Remember to listen to your Mother……especially if you happen to be a logger!