Archive for October, 2014

smilin_20jack_smallGreetings Earthlings. We are afraid we’ve lost many of our listeners over the years due to all the doom & gloom we foist on you, so this Halloween season we’ve decided to…….ramp it up! Buwaahahahaha! (sorry). The Good Green Witch returns to give us the lowdown on our favorite hollowday and Terra Friedrichs from Pass Mass Amendent along with local activist Diane McAvoy will scare the wits out of you with creepy tales of Corporate America. All that plus a dark night’s journey into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Another Walmart horror story! Prrrrrrfect for Halloween. Walmart shopper’s child  attacked by bat near the Tombstone Pizza shelf!!

It’s Fool-not-yet-on-the-Hill time again! Remember Scott Brown? This from Grist:”Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) is running for Senate in New Hampshire. In a GOP primary debate in August, asked whether he believed in human-made climate change, he said, “Uh, no.” Now that he’s in the general, he says that climate change is “a combination of manmade and natural. That’s what I’ve said, and I continue to believe that.”  Pants on fire!!

Our Quote of the Week calls for another trip in the Wayback Machine: ”

“I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him…..He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.”   [Henry David Thoreau Journal, 3 January 1853]

We Meet the New Boss hedging on methane emissions enough that some of his fellow Dems have called him on it (politely of course!). The frightening idea of increased fracked gas production and transportation as a “bridge” to future renewables gives us the shivers but it’s all the rage down in DC (where disturbing gas emissions are everywhere! ). You can contact his EPA here. When will the Boss start thinking legacy? Tick-tock, tick-tock……..

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have some scary news for you: Sea Level Rise Highest Rate in 6,000 Years! Well, we guess higher seas mean more room for the whales, no? (sorry). If Big Oil has its way though, there will be even fewer whales. Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Bonus so YOU can do something about it. More scary news! Did you hear about NASA discovering a 2,500 square mile methane cloud looming over the Four Corners out West? Would you be surprised if we told you that trick is  “likely from established gas, coal, and coalbed methane mining and processing.” ?

A little E-Valleyuation here: We have pics from Yesterday’s Climate Justice March in Springfield (resulting in a City Council vote to adpt a climate plan for The City of Homes). And this: The Enviro Show endorses Rep. Stephen Kulik for another term as Massachusetts State Representative for First Franklin District of Western Massachusetts.

After we visit with The Good Green Witch , as well as chat with Diane and Terra about those corporate devils, it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Monday, October 27, from 5 to 7pm. Book launch at the Arts Block Cafe across from the Commons, on Main St.”‘To the Village  Square: From Montague to Fukushima” is about power; not just nuclear power but… the power of community to force action and make a change. This book is an homage to the power of democracy in pursuit of a safe and clean environment for all.”

Saturday, November 1, 10am-3pm. Tracking Climate in the Trees: A tour of Harvard Forest’s Ecosystems and Long-term Ecological Research. A field trip to this fascinating site. will begin with a guided tour of the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum.  Carpooling from the Hitchcock Center at 9am.  Members $30/Non-member $35 • Registration required • Space is limited. Call: 413-256-6006

November 1 – 7. Beyond Extreme Energy actions in DC. WE call on FERC to make decisions based on the well-being of current and future generations and the protection of our shared natural resources. For Valley organizing info contact: Dineen O’Rourke from Hampshire College. dineenorourke@gmail.com. General info at: www.popularresistance.org/beyond-extreme-energy-action-to-retire-fossil-fuels/

Saturday, November 8 to 11. Grassroots organizers are planning nature walks along the KM pipeline route this November. Naturalists and biologists will be leading walks on Veterans Day weekend.  They seek to highlight the land that would destroyed if the pipeline were built.  Information at www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/november-nature-walks.  Contact Julia Blyth at 413-225-3196

Saturday, November 8th, 1:00-4:00 pm. Fossil Fuel Divestment for Individuals.  Come listen to our panel of experts explain how to get it done! Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Pre-registration not required but helpful.  Contact Darcy Dumont, dumont140@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 15, 4pm. Book launch & reading by d.o. from his magnum opus, “Bad Atmosphere – a Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” published by Levellers Press at Collective Copies, North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA See: https://enviroshow.wordpress.com/bad-atmosphere/

That is all. We go out with “Corporatios are Human” by Tom Neilson, from “Between the Rivers”. Next time it’s our End of the World Book Show. Don’t forget to bring your reading glasses, freeze dried veggies and 10 years supply of coffee beans. Until then, remember………..listen to your Mother!
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Root for the Trees Enviro Show

Posted: October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

calmtreesGreetings Earthlings. Were you aware our friends the trees have the wrong color leaves? Did you know they pollute the atmosphere? Some assistant professor at Yale seems to think so and the “Paper of Record” printed her…um…findings? on the eve of the Peoples Climate March (interesting timing, yes?). Prof. Emeritus William R. Moomaw  of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University joins us along with Michael Kellet of Restore the North Woods to parse the farce. As usual we will take you by the hand for a visit with The-Fool-on-the-Hill and to visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe treat you to the Quote of the Week and some E-Valley-uation, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! It’s another Seeing-is-Believing issue of Revenge, this one sent to us by our roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson: Fox hunter caught in his own trap!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Larry Bucshon (Repugnican-IN). Just because Larry looks very much like Curly doesn’t mean he’s a stooge (except for Big Oil & Gas). He “not only sealed himself in the books as a climate denier, but also admitted that he doesn’t accept the scientific literature on climate change because the scientists who write it need global warming to exist in order to get paid.”  Where is Moe when we really need him?

Here’s this week’s Enviro Show Quote:

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another”.

– Mahatma Gandhi

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find some troubling news for the trees from out west. We guess we should balance that with some good news, no? How about the climate criminal Koch brothers freaking out about some criticism? Speaking of criticism checkout the corporados at Forbes slamming the corporados at Big Gas. We love it when they fight among themselves. Here’s one for your uncle George who thinks “natural” gas is either non-polluting or some sort of bridge to the future: Natural Gas will Raise Emissions, Worsen Climate.  Maybe you can even get him to sign this petition! The so-called regulators who are supposed to keep Big Gas and keepers of the grid honest have our friend Karl Meyer asking who will regulate the regulators. You think Enron is history? Google “Kinder Morgan & Enron”. Finally, this week’s comic relief: Entergy Corporation One of America’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens!

In our E-Valley-uation segment it’s heads-up for dawn with a total eclipse of the Blood Moon Wednesay morning. “On Oct. 8, Interested skywatchers should attempt to see the total eclipse of the moon and the rising sun simultaneously. The little-used name for this effect is called a “selenelion,” a phenomenon that celestial geometry says cannot happen.” We love things that happen when they can’t but given the weather forcast…..maybe it can’t?  Also, we note that some 90 folks showed up at a Climate Action Now! meeting in the wake of the Peoples Climate March in NYC. Let’s hope the momentum keeps increasing, after all we are trying to…..save the planet!! CAN!’s next meeting in Amherst is on Monday October 27. Go to climateactionnowma.org for more. We are still trying to get on their agenda for a presentation on Trees & the Climate Crisis. After all, climate chaos isn’t just about emissions, right? Let’s talk carbon capture too!

After our discussion with Michael and Bill Moomaw we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday October 17 to Sunday the 19th. New England Environmental Justice Summit. St. James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal St., New London, CT. Call: 617-442-3343 ext.229

Monday, October 20, 5pm.. March to the City Council to Demand a Climate Action Plan for Springfield  The march will begin from two locations: Northgate Plaza, 1985 Main Street and Arise at 467 State Street. The two groups will meet on Main Street in downtown Springfield. Unified, we will go to the steps of City Hall for a speak-out, then we will pack the Council meeting and share our passion for a cleaner Springfield. More info at: susantheberge@comcast.net

Saturday October 18, All Day Stop the Pipeline Yard sales in various towns along the proposed route. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/statewide-yard-sale/

Saturday October 18, 6 to 9pm. The Fracked Gas Hall of Horrors! at the Franklin County Pumpkinfest. 177 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Stop the scary pipeline info table with extra Halloween flavor! We’ll be there representing the corporados like a wolf in sheeps clothing.

Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25, 5–8:00pm. The Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event. Sounds of the Night. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Pre-registration is a must as this event fills early. Come to the Enchanted Forest for a magical treat. You will be led along our pumpkin lit forest trails where creatures will emerge to share their stories. Fun for all ages! Fee but under 3 years free. Registration required, please call to sign up for a walk time, space is limited. Call 413-256-6006

Sunday, October 26, 1:30 to 5pm. D.O. and other poets & writers reading from their work on the final day of the Greenfield Annual Word Festival.  D.O. will be reading selections from his soon to be released Levellers Press collection of poetry & prose on the Climate Crisis titled “Bad Atmosphere”. The reading will take place at the Ocean Grill & Steakhouse banquet room, 30 Federal Street in Greenfield.

Monday, October 27, from 5 to 7pm. Book launch at the Arts Block Cafe across from the Commons, on Main St.”‘To the Village  Square: From Montague to Fukushima” is about power; not just nuclear power but… the power of community to force action and make a change. This book is an homage to the power of democracy in pursuit of a safe and clean environment for all.”

Saturday, November 1, 10am-3pm. Tracking Climate in the Trees: A tour of Harvard Forest’s Ecosystems and Long-term Ecological Research. A field trip to this fascinating site. will begin with a guided tour of the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum. Weather permitting, the trip will include an optional climb of our new, 90-foot research tower, to look out over miles of forest canopy and learn about carbon exchange between the atmosphere and a forest. Bring a picnic lunch for after the tour and expect to have some reflective, or wandering time after lunch to explore the site yourself before we leave around 3. Carpooling from the Hitchcock Center at 9am.  Members $30/Non-member $35 • Registration required • Space is limited. Call: 413-256-6006

November 1 – 7. Beyond Extreme Energy actions in DC. WE call on FERC to make decisions based on the well-being of current and future generations and the protection of our shared natural resources. For Valley organizing info contact: Dineen O’Rourke from Hampshire College. dineenorourke@gmail.com. General info at: www.popularresistance.org/beyond-extreme-energy-action-to-retire-fossil-fuels/

Saturday, November 8 to 11. Grassroots organizers are planning nature walks along the KM pipeline route this November. Naturalists and biologists will be leading walks on Veterans Day weekend.  They seek to highlight the land that would destroyed if the pipeline were built. Look for more information or contact us with a suggestion or offer of help at www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/november-nature-walks. We’re still looking for more places along the pipeline route to walk (especially west of the Connecticut River) and more naturalists to lead walks. Contact Julia Blyth at 413-225-3196

Saturday, November 8th, 1:00-4:00 pm. Fossil Fuel Divestment for Individuals. Want to stop investing in the companies that are causing the climate crisis? Wondering how to go about divesting your holdings from fossil fuel companies? Come listen to our panel of experts explain how to get it done! Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst. Pre-registration not required but helpful.  Contact Darcy Dumont, dumont140@yahoo.com.

 

That’s it. We go out with Tom Neilson‘s “Clearcutting the trees”.  Next time The Good green witch joins us for our Halloween special. Sooooo, if you’re out at night you better remember to listen to your Mother!