Greetings 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.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
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!