Greetings Earthlings. We just said that to get your attention (sorry if we dashed your last best hope). Actually the show isn’t going extinct (yet) but everything else is! Elizabeth Kolbert calls in on her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction wherein we humans of the Anthropocene take out all manner of lifeforms as we grow beyond the planets capacity to sustain us. Great stuff, huh! Like they say: “The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.” Listen up all you secular humanists! With the Summer Solstice coming up it’s time to check in with The Good Green Witch to get the meaning. As always we check in with our Fool-on-the-Hill and take a spin through The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as have a listen to the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! When endangered species attack!
Our Fool-on-the-Hill is the one who almost got away. In February of ’07 Congress held its first hearing on the landmark IPCC report on climate change. That report concluded that global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950. During the hearing, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — one of the 87 percent of congressional Republicans who do not believe in man-made global warming — questioned the authors of the report about a period of dramatic climate change that occured 55 million years ago. “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?’ Mr. Rohrabacher is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we echo the Daily Hampshire Gazzette’s piece on the closing of the Mt. Tom coal plant this coming October. Regular Enviro Show listeners know we’ve seen this coming for a long time now but given how much longer we’ve all been trying to shut that dirty sucker down it seems like a good time to celebrate. Folks in Holyoke are certainly celebrating. OK, now that we’ve done that, let’s talk about what’s going to be done with old clunker! Natural gas? We don’t think so! Next: you know we’ve been trying hard to stop the logging of the Quabbin woodlands at the hands of our ever so environmentally conscious Commonwealth, right? Why stop there? How about an Enviro Show Blog Bonus about deforestation in far-off Tasmania? Some of the tallest trees in the world are about to be trashed. Make you mad? Do something here! Make that two Blog Bonuses: here is a handy interactive map on seafood fraud.
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is totally in keeping with this show:
“What is your personal carrying capacity for grief, rage, despair? We are living in a period of mass extinction. The numbers stand at 200 species a day. That’s 73,000 a year. This culture is oblivious to their passing, feels entitled to their every last niche, and there is no roll call on the nightly news.”
― Lierre Keith, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet
In our E-Valley-uation segment we once again remind everyone here in this beautiful valley that THE largest intact forest in Southern New England is about to be destructively logged by the bluest state in the Union (that would be the Quabbin woodlands if you haven’t been paying attention). See our video HERE. Then call the Gov and tell him to STOP IT!! Call 888-870-7770 or 617-725-4005. Did we mention that we need intact forests and undisturbed forest floors to sequester vast amounts of CO2 in this age of climate chaos? No? We wish organizations like 350MA & the Better Future Project would actually DO SOMETHING about this! How about YOU ask them to? (they’re not listening to us anymore…….pesky dirt worshipping treehuggers that we are). And speaking of dirtworshipping, checkout d.o.’s latest commentary on our Climate page here.
After our visit with Elizabeth & The Good Green Witch we move over to the Bus Stop billboard:
June 18, 7 pm. KM/TGP Fracked Gas Pipeline Presentation. The “CAFE”, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield, MA. For info email: Snowalkerjim@gmail.com
Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Screening of “Chasing Ice,” the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of his first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. Leverett Library, Montague Rd., Leverett, MA
June 15-20: Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” will be the featured speaker as UMass Dining hosts the Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The conference will feature a conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan on Tuesday, June 17 at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444
June 21-22, 2014, Transitioning to Community & Regional Resilience. A gathering for Sharing, Learning & Launching Regional Initiatives. All Souls Unitarian Church, Greenfield, Massachusetts. Hefty fee, but scholarships may be available. For more information: Go to http://www.TransitionUS.org, or contact Susal Stebbins (email@example.com) or Tina Clarke (TinaClarke@TransitionNetwork.org)
Monday, June 23rd, 7pm. Climate Action NOW/350 MA general meeting at the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, featuring a presentation on the new Environmental Protection Administrations regulations on CO2. The meeting is free, open to the public, handicap accessible and light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, June 26, 6pm. Community Meeting. Why We Need a Climate Change Plan in Springfield & How to Get It. Wesley United Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Springfield, MA. Food & childcare available. Call: 413-734-4948
June 27-July 2 Northampton. Climate Summer Riders Team West start their journey in Northampton. Climate Summer riders travel exclusively by bicycle in small teams across New England, spending approximately one week in a community before biking on to the next. While in each town, riders connect with community leaders who are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 28, 4:00-6:00PM. CAN’s Annual Meeting. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield, MA. Annual meeting to find out what Entergy and the nuclear industry is up to! Hear what’s happening and what CAN is planning in the next year. We’ll have pizza and other refreshments. Please join us! Info at: email@example.com
That’s all folks! (for now). We go out with “The Naure Hatin’ Blues by The Lone Tones. Remember, it’s never too late to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!