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……….
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!