Archive for July, 2014

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. [Sorry about the….umm….missing links? Talk to WordPress about it if you can find a human there] Humans are such a flawed species. Most climate activists are still not listening to the trees. Perhaps they don’t speak their language? We can struggle against all the emissions we want but that’s only part of the equation. We need to increase packing away carbon, getting it out of the atmosphere, and one of the few ways available to most of us for doing just that is helping trees, the understory, soils and crops to do their work. Ecological designer, Connor Stedman joins us to talk about his Carbon Farming course and how our rooted relations can help us with the very Climate Crisis we have created. As always we will also take you on a stroll into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and for a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and more, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! We read that some guy got bitten by a scorpion while shopping for bananas at Walmart?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill actually never made it to the Hill and it’s just as well ‘cuz they are overrun by fools down there. We couldn’t resist raising the specter of Darth Cheney by way of his spawn Liz who made a run for Congress but more-or-less crashed and burned. In any case, during an interview Liz noted: “….a much greater threat to us [than climate change], frankly, is this massive expansion and growth of the bureaucratic state here in Washington.” Whoa! And to think we all thought is was the growth of CO2 and methane in the atmosphere?

We start off The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a calculated effort to wake-up certain climate activists with this handy tool. And this: It looks like the nice people at Living on Earth have discovered that corporate fracked gas pipeline aimed at the Commonwealth!. So they’re a little late coming out of the gate, so what? Speaking of timely (or not) Wednesday is the BIG day for resistance to that highly bogus project. Everything you need to know about the rally in Boston isat Nofrackedgasinmass.org. Finally this: The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing enough to prevent methane from escaping from natural gas pipelines,. Surprise!

Our Quote of the Week is spot on for this week’s show:

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” – John Muir

After our conversation with Connor we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the State House to Say NO to the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline. The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline will deliver postcards and petitions to the statehouse, and a rally will be held across the Boston Common. We (pipeline opponents from around the state) imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

August 8 to 10 is the NOFA Conference at UMass Amherst. Connor will be doing his workshop there on “Carbon Farming – Regenerative agriculture for the climate” on Saturday, August 9, 8 to 9:30am at Campus Center room 162-75. Go to: http://www.nofasummerconference.org

Saturday, August 9th, from 7pm to 8:30pm. AFSC, the Nuclear Free Future Coalition and Traprock Center will be holding our annual Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembrance on at Smith College. At 6:30pm, members of the Leverett Peace Pagoda will be processing, with members of the community, from the intersection of King and Main Streets in Northampton to the McConnell Building on Smith Campus. There, we will hear from renowned nuclear activists like Dr. Ira Helfand, Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Several brief clips from important films regarding the nuclear age will also be shown. Email: hphynes@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

That is all……..except you should remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

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frackingGreetings Earthlings. [ Here’s the Podcast link for this show]  The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline, going from one end of Massachusetts to the other, is now in the Valley.  Mary King joins us just after coming off the Orange/Athol leg of the March.  Also, Jim Cutler who was recently featured in The Valley Advocate concerning his opposition to the Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline will call-in with some background and updates. As usual we’ll drag you to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and some E-Valley-uation. Maybe we’ll finish you off with our Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Speaking of The Advocate, this week’s entry was in their News of the Weird column: Deadly spiders as big as dinner plates!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay Clean Water Action’s press release on the Gov signing that leaking gas pipeline legislation. The bill, like all that leaking methane, STINKS! Clean Water Action notes: “More work remains to be done to address the methane pollution and ratepayer burden from gas pipeline leaks.”  Our translation?  O so green Massachusetts is letting Big Gas charge YOU for its leaks and doesn’t give a damn about methane’s disastrous effect on the Climate Crisis. Legislation doesn’t always go to Beacon Hill to die, it also goes there to be abused!  Apparently no one on Beacon Hill has read THIS.  We rerun Grist’s news that “kudzu and other invasives can release carbon that had been sequestered in the soil” just in case you thought all green things are our friends. Dare we mention invasives in the Quabbin watershed? Well…..yeah! O, and speaking of Grist (and of STINKS!) they did an op-ed that relates directly to our last show. “Should Wilderness get the ax?” they ask. How about giving the ax to the corporados who’ve taken over The Nature Connivancy…..er…Conservancy?

We have a fresh new face for our Fool-on-the-Hill (because Congress is the gift that keeps on giving) in the person of Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Repugnican-Okla. It seems ol’ Jim is “ready to accept President Barack Obama’s “apology” for spending too much on climate change research”.  Go to the link and check this fool out. We think Central Casting sent him down to do the classic big far-right slob out to destroy the universe. Hey, it’s Oklahoma! Small labor & gene pool.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is one of our all-time favorites:

“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist”   – Kenneth Boulding

Our E-Valley-uation segment is pretty much taken up by our guests but we’ll make time for tales of The Enviro Show’s Frankenstein Pipeline being chased off the Montague Plains by angry townspeople! Also, we do want to note that some of our…..friends? over at Climate Action Now MA have taken the Quabbin logging issue down from their website. That’s odd given that even some mainstream Dems are opposed to the destructive logging. We have asked for time at their next meeting to do a presentation on the Quabbin & the Climate.  No word back yet.  We know that some folks over there have connected the dots between CO2 emissions and sequestration, but not everyone!   After that we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday July 16, 9:30 AM Athol leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline meets at the Hannafords on Rte 2A. We will walk 2.5 miles to have a quick break for water and snacks at the Athol Environmental Center. We’ll walk to the town common for a rally (around 11:00 am). Afterwards, we’ll walk up Rte. 32 to Tully Lake. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/rolling-march/

July 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Bike Path Bingo! Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring. All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Free & open to the public.
Go to: greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/

July 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Join Climate Action Now/350MA Pioneer Valley for our General Meeting at the Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the State House to Say NO to the Kinder Morgan Fracked Gas Pipeline. The Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline will deliver postcards and petitions to the statehouse, and a rally will be held across the Boston Common. We (pipeline opponents from around the state) imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

 

We are so out of here…..for the moment BUT remember: Listen to Your Mother! (not people who act like your mother)

 

The Enviro Show’s Frankenstein Pipeline being run off the Montague Plains by angry townsfolk. That’ll teach us to get all ironic!

Here’s Friday’s Valley leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline.

Look for The Enviro Show Frankenstien Pipeline! (noooo, not on the map!)

Here's the route for the Shelburne leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline! 

We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farms (303 Upper Rd, Deerfield) via Bardwells Ferry Road to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany Rd.

Here’s the route for the Shelburne leg of the Rolling March to Stop the Pipeline!

We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farms (303 Upper Rd, Deerfield) via Bardwells Ferry Road to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany Rd.

THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE IS:

Rolling March to the Statehouse
Starts Sunday, July 6 – Join in Where You Can!

Sunday, July 6- Richmond

Pipeline Resistance Relay Walk Kickoff in Richmond
On Sunday, July 6th, the walk starts with a Kick-Off  Celebration at Hilltop Orchards, Canaan Rd. (Rte. 295) in Richmond. Arrival time is 11-11:30, during which people can browse the Winery and Store and enjoy the expansive south-country view. From 11:30 – 1:00, there will be a buffet-style luncheon, with music and speakers from the anti-pipeline movement, Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Jim Cutler of Hilltown Community Rights.  The Kick-Off will be $12 per person, $5 for children, with proceeds going to area pipeline resistance organizations. Tickets can be purchased in advance at eventbrite.com or at the door at Hilltop Orchards.  Participation in the Kick-Off Celebration is not required to join the walk.
At 1:00, the Pipeline Resistance Relay Walk begins at Hilltop Orchards. Walkers are asked to gather at least 15 minutes early. The path will cross 5-1/2 miles through Richmond to Pittsfield very close to the proposed pipeline path, including East Road, carrying a baton in the form of a symbolic pipeline to the next leg of the journey.  Rides back to parking at Hilltop Orchards will be available.

Monday, July 7-Pittsfield, Dalton
Stop the Pipeline Standout Rally & Bike Ride in Pittsfield & Dalton
On Monday, July 7th, the Pittsfield and Dalton leg of the journey will start with a “standout” rally at Park Square.  Those who oppose the proposed high-pressure gas transmission line are invited to come to Park Square from 8:30 – 9:30 am and stand in opposition. There will be signs available, or participants are invited to get creative and make their own.
The journey from Pittsfield, through Dalton to Windsor will happen by bicycle, relaying the symbolic pipeline from Richmond to Windsor on it’s way across the state. Any and all bike riders in the area are encouraged to join for the 20 mile round trip. The riders will be departing from Park Square at 9:00 with a send-off from the Stand-Out protestors. RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary. Please contact Cheryl Rose to confirm 413-842-5141.

Tuesday, July 8-Windsor
The Windsor pipeline walk will take place next Tuesday on July 8th. It will begin at 8:30 from the Alpine solar home located on North St where we will pick up the baton left for us by the Dalton group. Those who would like to have their car parked at the destination location can meet at the West Cummington Parish house at 8 am to car pool back to North St. The walk will go along route 9 for ~6.5 miles to West Cummington. Walkers are welcome to join us along the way; parking is available at Sangar’s general store and at Notchview. The terrain is a bit hilly. We anticipate a 2.5-3 hour walk. Bring signs and a water bottle. There will be water available for refills along the route. We are also looking for drivers to transport walkers back to their cars if they don’t park at the Parish house and for drivers to drop jugs of water along the route. Bring a sign and join us for some or all of the route!

Wednesday, July 9-Cummington, Plainfield
Gather at the West Cummington Parish House at 8:00 (coffee will be served!); depart at 8:30, walking to Earthdance (all are welcome to continue on through Plainfield. or return to the Parish House to disperse).

Plainfield will begin at Earthdance, estimated departure time: 9:30. More info to come.

Thursday, July 10- Ashfield
Meet at theintersection of Campbell and Watson roads on the border of Plainfield and Ashfield at 9 am.  Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Watson road to Bear Swamp road to Hawley road, across route 112 and into Ashfield center on Main street.  Walkers will rest at the Mobil gas station called Neighbors where bathroom facilities will be available. From there we invite those whose wish can ride a hay wagon through town as a mini parade.  This is an opportunity for parents with small children and the elderly to participate in a way that works for them. From the center of Ashfield the walkers will turn North on Baptist Corner road and then right on Bellus (the only dirt segment) which connects to Beldingville road to the Conway border.

Anyone who needs a ride back to where they parked their car will be shuttled by the march organizers but to facilitate transportation we are suggesting that walkers carpool and park some vehicles at the beginning and the end of the walk so that they can get back to their car without relying on the march organizers to shuttle them. There will be a chase car with 2-way communications, first aid and water.

The Northeast Woodlands Indigenous People’s Cleansing & Protection Ceremony After the march there will be a cleansing and protection ceremony at the site of the proposed compressor station next to the power lines on Pfersick road.  The ceremony will begin at 6 pm. This is a traditional indigenous ceremony run by women. The press and participants are welcome to take pictures before and after the ceremony but not during.

Friday, July 11- Conway, Shelburne
Meet at intersection of Beldingville and Pfersick roads on the Conway/Ashfield border. Arrivals will be instructed where to park at that location. Marchers will walk from there along Beldingville/Sabans and Pine Hill road to Shelburne Falls road turning right and following Shelburne Falls road, turning left on Newhall road then turning right on Newhall Xing then left on Bardswell Ferry road to the Bardswell Ferry bridge.

Anyone who needs a ride back to where they parked their car will be shuttled by the march organizers but to facilitate transportation we are suggesting that walkers carpool and park some vehicles at the beginning and the end of the walk so that they can get back to their car with relying on the march organizers to shuttle them. There will be a chase car with 2-way communications, first aid and water.

Shelburne- Meet at Bardwells Ferry Bridge at 12:00. We will walk to Clarkdale Fruit Farm via Bardwell’s Ferry to Taylor to S. Shelburne Rd to Old Albany.

An event to welcome walkers is being planned at Clarkdale Fruit Farms. Details to come. Starting time around 1:00 PM; walkers expected between 2:30 and 3:00 PM

Saturday, July 12-Greenfield
Meet at Clarkdale Fruit Farms at 9:00 AM to walk to the Greenfield Common via Wisdom Way. We’ll join the Peace Vigil group on the common around 11 am. Afterwards we will walk south on Rte 5/10, handing off the baton at the Cheapside Bridge around noon.

Sunday, July 13-Deerfield, Montague, Erving
Join Deerfield at Rte 5/10 Bridge over the Deerfield River “Cheapside Bridge” at 9am for a short walk down River Road to the Bike Path Bridge over the Connecticut.

At 10 am, walkers from Montague will meet at the Connecticut River Bicycle Bridge for a photo op- canoeists and kayakers are encouraged to paddle in for a photo up- be under the Deerfield/ Montague bike bridge at 10–with a sign if possible!  After pictures, we’ll walk through the Montague Plains to Millers Falls-Erving Rte. 63 Bridge over the Millers River. About 6 miles.

At 2 pm, Montague walkers will pass the baton to Erving at the Millers River Bridge for a scenic 3 mile walk along the Connecticut River. We will walk under the French King Bridge and end at the Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area across from Northfield Mountain.

Contact Diane Macavoy orand Peter Hudyma for more information.

Monday, July 14- Northfield, Erving
We’ll meet at Riverview Picnic and Recreation Area at 9 am to walk up over the mountain. We’ll join with Erving and continue on to Laurel Lake for a celebratory swim. Approximately 9 miles. Walkers encouraged to join for all or part. Options include meeting at the top of South Mountain Rd for the second (downhill) half of the walk or ending there. Contact Julia at jablyth@gmail.com for details. A shuttle from Laurel Lake and various points along the way will be available.

Tuesday, July 15- Warwick, Orange
Details to come.

Wednesday July 16- Athol
Details to come.

Thursday, July 17- Royalston
Details to come.

Friday, July 18- Winchendon
We’ll meet at 8:00 am at the Lake Dennison swim area on Route 202, and thenwalk to the Cornerstone Church.  This is a 9 mile walk with six water stops. These stops will offer opportunities for some walkers to end their participation (shuttles available) and others to begin their part of the walk from that point if they do not wish to complete the full 9 miles. There will be water and snacks available (free of charge), as well as a chance to sign the petition at these points.
Stops and approximate times:
Lucky Dragon Restaurant, 8:30am (1 mi)
Waterville Plaza, 9:15am (3 mi)
United Parish, 9:45am (4 mi)
Winchendon Golf Course Clubhouse, 10:30am (5 mi)
Silver Hawk, 11am (6.5 mi)
Brian’s Place, 11:45am (8.5)
Cornerstone Church, 12pm (9 mi)

Saturday, July 19- Ashburnham
Details to come.

Sunday, July 20- Ashby
Details to come.

Monday, July 21- Townsend
Details to come.

Tuesday, July 22- Pepperell
Meet at the North Middlesex High School at 10 am. There will be a group photo at noon at the Town Hall.  Nashua River Crossing led by Marion Stoddart—around 2:30pm.

Wednesday, July 23- Groton
Details to come.

Thursday, July 24- Dunstable
Details to come.

Firday, July 25- Tyngsboro
Details to come.

Saturday, July 26- Dracut
Details to come.

Wednesday, July 30th – Rally at the Statehouse
Details to come.

Feel free to contact organizers, Julia or Mary to sign up, join in or ask any questions. Schedule below: (average of about 7-8 miles per day).

WALKERS — Remember to bring water, sun protection, rain gear, a snack, and hopefully some to spare for your fellow walkers!!  And don’t forget to invite your State and Congressional Legislators and the Governor to events happening along the walk in your town.

(“We” are a group of local pipeline opponents from around the state)

-We’re doing a town to town relay from Richmond to Dracut.  Local walkers will follow the route on roads that parallel the route, and walk along the route more closely through conservation areas, etc.

-We’ll likely have a celebration in Dracut on July 26th.

-On July 29th or 30th we’ll deliver the petitions to the statehouse, after a rally across the Boston Common.  We imagine this being populated by any citizens and organizations who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House.

Details still emerging – send your ideas and/or connection to Massachusetts notables to attend to organizers, Julia or Mary

-We’ll have concurrent rallies at town halls — we’re imagining giving select boards of towns that haven’t passed a resolution a pile of the resolutions from all other towns have passed them – 20 so far!

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