Greetings Earthlings. We are 9 years old now and like many at our age we are becoming “much more independent, and are developmentally mature enough to handle many responsibilities and situations with minimal adult intervention”. With this in mind we are thinking of chaining ourselves to heavy machinery and demanding an end to destructive logging on public lands or we’ll hold our breath until our faces turn blue, OK?? Did you get us a big Birthday cake? No?? Why not? You don’t love us!! We hate you!!!!……(sorry)….we didn’t mean that….we don’t know what gets into us sometimes. Anyway, we do know that the Climate Summer Riders are getting ready to ride off into the sun…..rise, actually. Georgette of the West Team calls in with a retrospect. As usual here on the show we will take you on another trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, to visit The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! You’ll have to see this to believe it (or not). Butterflies attack human!
Time to Meet the New Boss! This time we find The Boss and his Administration (under the guise of the Bureau of Land Management) selling coal mining leases on our public lands to Old King Coal “at far below their market value, and even farther below the cost of their pollution on society.” That, dear taxpayer, will cost YOU something in the order of……$50 billion! Fork it over……suckers.
Our Fool-on-the-Hill is a lot like Freddie Kruger: he just keeps coming back for more. Yup, it’s none other than Repugnican Senator James Inhofe who “blocked Senate Democrats on July 28 from passing a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change.” Once a fool, always a fool, or so they say. We can’t help but agree and history? Well, history is bound to agree….if there is any.
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we lead off with a success story (sorry, doom & gloom fans). After years of controversy over dam removals it appears the proponents were correct. The fish are returning (they are sooooo forgiving!). This from Nature. In Massachusetts news we’re told by the Sierra Club that the updated bottle bill will be on the ballot in November as Question 2. They need volunteers to counter the onslaught of industry propaganda. If you’re up for that go here. Back to the Doom and Gloom! Did you read about the “mysterious” giant crater appearing in the Arctic Circle? Mystery solved!. O, and it gets worse. That should be enough scary news for now, yes?
In our E-Valley-uation segment we thought we’d point out to our listeners that those corporados at Kinder Morgan (who want to turn our communities into a climate sacrifice zone) are holed up just over the border in Enfield, CT! They’re at 8 Anngina Drive in Enfield in case you want to have a word with them. Just sayin”! And speaking of going places, are YOU going to the BIGGEST climate action ever? Buses are already being filled for The Peoples Climate March here in the Valley. You can get onboard by contacting these bus captains: Currently, the bus captain in Amherst is Rooney Charest (firstname.lastname@example.org). For bus captaining in other parts of the Pioneer Valley, including Northampton contact Brit Albritton (email@example.com). In Greenfield contact Pamela S.Kelly . Another bus is being organized on Facebook by the Smith College Green Team. Go here for that if you’re on FB.
On to the Bus Stop Billboard!
Sunday August 17 & 24, 8:30 to 9:45AM. Canal Side Nature Walk. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center. All ages are welcome. We will leisurely explore level, accessible, and paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canal-side Bike Path of Turners Falls. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, and cultural or industrial history. Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring water, bug repellent, and sun screen. Call: 413-863-3221
Saturday, August 23, 10am-2pm. Come to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and explore native wildflowers and learn how to identify them in the field. Come to one, two or all three classes. Please bring lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, a hand lens & a copy of Newcomb’s wildflower book if you own one. Please also wear sturdy shoes that could possibly get wet. Directions provided with registration. Fee based • Space is limited, call to register Shelly Kahan, Center Coordinator, at (413) 256-6006 or firstname.lastname@example.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/
That’s all folks! (until next time when Bruce Winn joins us to talk ill conceived fracked gas pipelines). Wait! What did we forget?………….to listen to our Mother!