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Meet the Greens Enviro Show

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRPGreetings Earthlings. Recall our breaking news on the last show about the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party coming out against logging in our public forests? This week the three GRP candidates on November’s ballot will join us to discuss that and more. Also we get an Autumnal Equinox call-in from our favorite, The Good Green Witch!  We’ll reflect on the Peoples Climate March and as usual we will also take you on a trip to meet the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! In this age of Climate Crisis we here on The Enviro Show reserve the right to include trees (our climate saviors) in the Revenge segment. With that in mind we have a two-fer for you here.

Time to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill!  Guess what? He’s baaaaackk! No, not that arch fool from Oklahoma, it’s Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Repugnican-CA). This time Dana suggested the U.S. Transportation Department is hiding a stealth global-warming “theory” behind the guise of a rail-safety crackdown. Hey, maybe all those exploding or leaking fossil fool trains are having theoretical accidents!

We Meet the Boss as his corporate captured Federal Energy Regulatory Commission downplays disaster. Three grassroots groups are calling on FERC to withdraw a “fatally flawed” Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed fracked gas pipeline that would extend from New York to Massachusetts. “The groups maintained one of the many “glaring holes” in the DEIS is its failure to adequately address the “potentially catastrophic impacts” of placing a 42-inch diameter, high pressure gas pipeline near residential neighborhoods, an elementary school and the Indian Point nuclear power plants” and their vast store of spent fuel rods. What could possibly go wrong??

Just inside the door to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find an invitation to stand up for the Trees on Sunday’s big climate march in NYC. Of course, if you’re reading this after the fact the good news is….you can still stand up for the Trees! How about starting here? [UPDATE: Checkout our Facebook page on the Rodale, Inc. “press conference” in the wake of the big march] Further into the chamber you may feel a…..chill? when you read about 2012 & 2013 bringing the largest CO2 increase in 30 years to planet Earth.

Our E-Valley-uation segment begins with a celebration. The corporate backers of “The Retreat”, the proposed upscale student housing project slated for the woods behind Cushman Village in Amherst, have…..retreated! Score one for the Spotted Salamanders. What now?  [UPDATE: Read our Letter in The Amherst Bulletin here]. Now, we have that conversation with the Greens. Then it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 pm, Why We Need a Climate Change Plan in Springfield and How to Get It. Gerena School, 200 Birnie Ave., Springfield, MA. The city of Springfield still doesn’t have a climate action plan. But a good plan could be the best thing to happen to Springfield in decades. We can pay less for electricity, spark economic development, create jobs, pollute less and clean up our air. We can protect our children, our neighborhoods, our water and our air. Food & Childcare available. Call: 413-734-4948 or 787-5191.

September 18, 6:00 to 7:30PM. The Town of Greenfield will hold a Solar Challenge public informational event at the Greenfield Public Library Meeting Room at 402 Main Street on Thursday, September 18 from 6 to 7:30 PM. The Solar Challenge Team will provide an overview of the program and answer questions about this opportunity for Greenfield residents and businesses to take advantage of solar electric systems.This opportunity to contract for a solar electric system at lower-than-usual cost will end on Nov. 15, with the lower prices due to group buying. For more information email SolarChallenge@greenfield-ma.gov or call 413-772-1389

October 1, 6 pm Arise/Climate Action Now! community meeting at South Congregational Church, 45 Maple St., Springfield.

In early November Beyond Extreme Energy, a coalition of people taking action to retire fossil fuels is calling for a non-violent sit-in at FERC,  a captured agency licensed by the US Department of Energy to issue permits for the building of large-scale oil, gas and electrical infrastructure. More here: https://sites.google.com/site/beyondextremeenergy/action-overview
That’s it for now. Remember, listen to your Mother!

 

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s-statue-of-liberty-small1.jpg Greetings Earthlings. We’re devoting most of this show to The Peoples Climate March taking place in New York City on Sunday, September 21 in conjunction with a UN summit on the climate crisis. Of course, the March goes down to the Westside of the City and the UN is very much on the Eastside, but in spite of that bit of counter-intuitiveness the event may well prove to be historic. If it’s not historic enough for you the good news is that the UN is not going anywhere. It will still be on 1st Avenue between 42nd and 48th Street and some groups like the Global Climate Convergence and Beyond the March are planning actions close-by such #FloodWallStreet on Monday. Also, there are other events planned during the week such as the NYC Climate Convergence and the Peoples Climate Justice Summit. In other words, it’s all climate all week long and on this show we’ll get a call from Peoples’ Climate March HQ plus most of the Valley’s bus captains will be in the studio to help us all think local. We’ll get into that as well as a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……….

UPDATES! There are still seats available on a Brattleboro bus that may pick-up in Greenfield. Go HERE to find out more. For other Valley transportation info go HERE

AND Revenge of the Critters! WARNING foodies: Watch out for body parts!

BREAKING NEWS – This just in from MA Green-Rainbow Party Secretary of the Commonwealth candidate Danny Factor: “I am very pleased to announce that yesterday, the Green-Rainbow Party Administrative Committee ruled that the GRP opposes all logging on Massachusetts public lands. This is now the official position of the Green-Rainbow Party.” This is great news! Now……where does this leave the Dems? Lost in the woods? We will have the Green Party candidates on our next show, btw.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Nebraska Repugnican Congressman Lee Terry who wins the Cornhusker State’s trophy for being Nebraska’s Top Climate Denier. Think Progress tells us, “Terry has called himself a “light green,” and has said that his policy decisions will be based on “where the science goes.” However, he has publicly rejected the fact that scientists overwhelmingly accept that climate change is real and caused by humans.” That green is so light it looks transparent from here!

We Meet the New Boss as his Council on Environmental Quality caves to the corporados. According to our friends over at Climate Connections: “Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions.” We can only imagine where those agencies will get their guidance from!

A few notes here in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber: Vermont Digger tells us the so-called Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a new Waste Confidence Rule. “The previous Waste Confidence Rule determined that spent fuel could be safely stored on site for at least 60 years after a plant permanently ceased operations,” said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC. In the new standard, Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule, NRC staff members reassessed three time frames for the storage of spent fuel — 60 years, 100 years and indefinitely. But Sandy Levine, senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, said the new rule is business as usual for the nuclear industry. “The waste will stay at the plants indefinitely. Long-term storage of nuclear waste continues to be a problem the US has refused to grapple with.” Think Vermont Yankee people! Meanwhile back at the Peoples Climate March, Chris Hedges stirs the pot with his latest smackdown on liberals. It’s a good think piece in spite of the off-putting headline. Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is a must-see. You MUST go HERE. Finally, you may recall our cynical remarks way back last winter about the KM corporate fracked gas pipeline being mostly intended for the export market? Check this out.

In our E-Valley-uation segment the Peoples Climate March bus captains will update you on seating availability in your area. If you are in Springfield, MA go here for that info. After that we….um…march? over to the Bus Stop billboard:

Sunday, September 7, 5pm. Screening of “Disruption”Unitarian at the Universalist Social Hall at 121 N. Pleasant St. in Amherst. Get together to watch the new movie and have a discussion about what we can all do to fight climate change. This film is released in anticipation of the People’s Climate March on September 21st in NYC. Join us for the film and some refreshments!

Wednesday, September 10, 6pm. North End Coalition to Hold Climate Justice/Air Pollution Community Meeting at the NEON Office, Gerena School Main Street entrance.
A Springfield North End health-focused coalition will be holding a community meeting to discuss how to combat air pollution and climate change. Call: 413-732-3229

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Book launch for “Danger at the Gates”. Alice Ott, cyber sleuth, veteran activist, and Raging Granny,(modeled on Francis Crowe) returns to sound the alarm in highly suspicious murder case. When the body of a woman is found at the front gates of an aging nuclear power plant, Homeland Security is called in. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA Coolidge Room, Forbes Library. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/peace.comm.9#!/events/1494514134121983/

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bird Puppet-Making Session 2, Heritage Park, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke. Make hand-held bird puppets from cardboard for the People’s Climate March with theatre artist and activist Beth Fairservis. We hope to fill the streets with flocks of birds handmade by groups in Western MA. RSVP to Beth Fairservis: bethbirth@crocker.com.

Saturday, September 13, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Green-Rainbow Party gathering to define actions and roles of volunteers for the 7 weeks leading to the November 4, 2014 state election. Worcester Public Library, Banx Room, 3 Salem St. Go to:http://www.green-rainbow.org/

Sunday, September 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bird Puppet-Making Session 3, Yurt in the Woods Studio, Haydenville

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 pm, Why We Need a Climate Change Plan in Springfield and How to Get It. Gerena School, 200 Birnie Ave., Springfield, MA. The city of Springfield still doesn’t have a climate action plan. But a good plan could be the best thing to happen to Springfield in decades. We can pay less for electricity, spark economic development, create jobs, pollute less and clean up our air. We can protect our children, our neighborhoods, our water and our air. Food & Childcare available. Call: 413-734-4948 or 787-5191.

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 it for now. See you in the Big Apple but remember: listen to your Mother!