Archive for April, 2015

toilettableGreetings Earthlings. Now that Spring is finally here you may be getting back to the garden, yes? We certainly don’t want to discourage you by using terms like “toilet to table” or “peecycling” so we’ll leave that to our guest, Kim Nace, founder of Rich Earth Institute. Meanwhile we will take you to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and the New Boss, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Another GoPro camera theft, this time by our national symbol, the Bald Eagle (we thought our nation advocates surveillance??)

On to our Fool! We’ve been saving this one up for you. Too bad we didn’t have an April Fools Day show this year ‘cuz this guy would have walked away with all the….um…honors? Kansas, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Repugnican-KS) addressed the subject of the proposed KXL tar sands pipeline thus: “People argue about how many jobs it would create,” the fool said. “One’s enough for me!” How about one less congressman instead!

We Meet the New Boss publicly slamming our senior Senator here in the Commonwealth over her opposition to the TPP trade deal (you know, SHAFTA?). Liz Warren shot back with a tweet: “show us the plan!”  It’s secret, of course, except for the bad stuff leaking out of the bottom. It sure is…er…interesting? to see the New Boss being cordial with all those corporate Repugnicans and their phony smiles and their fingers crossed behind their backs.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber our guest makes it onto the pages of Grist!  This month’s MUST SEE right HERE! And, we checkout another high-profile woman in politics. It’s the anti-Warren and Hillary’s record on climate is…well, globally warm? You may be old enough to remember “The Crying Indian” TV spot from back in the day. Now, we have the Incredulous Indian for Earth Day (corney, but so was his predecessor). Remember our previous coverage of leaky old gas pipelines, especially around metro Boston? Here’s an update on that. Also, an excellent op-ed in Commonwealth by Joel Wool regarding National Grid. And, in our post-Earth Day Worst Story Ever we have the last of the White Rhinos. Thanks damaged humans, what else will you screw up?? This just in! Earthquakes & the Climate Crisis. Looks like we humans…um…rock the world?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we have this photo and this press release proving we were protesting outside the private New England Governors Northeast Energy Forum and “working session” in Hartford, CT on Thursday (actually their “plan” was already worked out in smoke-free back rooms long ago). The Govs, in their infinite wisdom, want to get all renewable with you BUT they still want their fracked gas pipelines too! (and, of course, they want YOU to pay for it). Wait, did someone fail to say anything about….EXPORTS! (‘cuz that’s what these pipelines are really about). And, speaking of private meetings, would out of state organizers want to hold a Climate Summit for activists without it being public? Just asking!

After our conversation with Kim w skip over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturday, May 2, 10:00am-12:00pm. “The Pipeline and Your Rights – a Forum for Landowners, Municipalities and Citizens”. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.  This forum, sponsored by the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network, will include attorneys, land specialists, elected officials and community activists. Topics will include protecting your rights as landowners, municipalities, and communities, and engaging in FERC and state regulatory proceedings.

Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Helping Communities with Renewable Energy. UMass Amherst, in cooperation with DOER, will host its second annual one-day energy conference for city and town officials and others who work on municipal energy projects/ issues (registration and vendor/information tables at8:30 am; keynote at 9:30 am, followed by panels and workshops). Located at the UMass Amherst Campus Center, the conference will provide municipal officials with information about energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities at the local level, as well as the opportunity to network and share information with other cities and towns, and state and university energy experts. A vendor fair is also included. Registration (free to municipalities) includes coffee/light breakfast and lunch.  For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

Sunday, May 10, 9am to Noon. Hike the Montague Plains. Join Naturalist Josh Rose in a hike exploring trails on this unique interior sand plain where the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline could be built. Montague residents are encouraged to participate. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Bartlett Road (off Rt.63) near Millers Falls, MA. Info at: // 978-575-1226

May 21-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you’re planning to take part in the FERC action in DC in May you may want to checkout BXE’s rideboard at:!/ride-shares

Saturday, May 30, 8am-12 noon. “Northfield Pipeline Awareness” will have a yard sale booth at the Northfield Elementary School, Northfield, MA raising funds for MassPlan.

Sunday, May 31, Noon. CT Climate March. It’s time to march in CT at the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT. For more info go to: or contact Toka at 860-680-7247


That is all. Next time we return to the FERCus! Until then remember: listen to your Mother, got it?


Pay_the_piper-300x222Greetings Earthlings. Is April the cruelest month? Only if Enviro Show listeners don’t help us stay on the air! [UPDATE: We guess it really is cruel ‘cuz YOU didn’t call with one single pledge!] We delve deep into the Valley Free Radio Spring On-air Fund Drive and ask for your support. Naturally, we will still take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill and perhaps to hear our Quote of the Week, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and we play a few appropo tunes, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Sacred monkey Luddites at work!

This week’s Fool was probably last month’s Fool. Who can remember? These names keep coming back to haunt us.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? Sound familiar? This time he’s “warning other countries to ‘proceed with caution’ in [climate] negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone.” Yup, it’s the Repugnican Undermine Separation of Powers Foreign Policy offensive! And, it’s not only offensive, but potentially…..illegal? (and really….foolish).

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we keep hearing about the historic drought in California. Last time we talked about how Gov. Moonbeam seemed inclined to dump all the burden of water conservation (OK, it’s not supposed to be a burden) on residents while letting the fracking Fossil Fools continue to waste and poison vast amounts of H2O, not to forget operations like Nestles and Big Ag thumbing their noses at conservation. Well, Breaking News! The Fossil Fools have come to the rescue! Sell their toxic waste to….Big Ag to water the crops! Great……..(right?).  MORE Breaking News! The Boston Globe goes all squishy on the KM fracked gas pipeline proposal, gets in ISO’s face and comes out for energy conservation.  And this must see: Vince Premus’ recent op-ed in Commonwealth gets directly into the face of ISO-New England’s CEO Gordon Van Welie for going along to get along with the Fossil Fools. Here’s some good news: d.o. got a letter from Sen. Liz Warren saying “I will push back against efforts to scale back the Endangered Species Act.” That’s not just any politician’s push back. Ouch, she hurts! Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action Link. The Guardian and Bill McKibben are asking you to tell the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels. Also, fracking gag orders in Frackatopia with obfuscation for desert!  Finally, we posted the funnies on our Facebook page!

Maybe we should initiate a new segment here? Enviro Super Heros? We abhor elitism and the “star” mentality, BUT checkout our first candidate for the title! U.S. Army veteran, Kinessa Johnson is really listening to her Mother!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is truly in keeping with the theme of this show. Strap yourself into the Wayback Machine ‘cuz we’re headed for 1915: “..if we resort to an indirect test, and ask Nature: ‘Who are the fittest: those who are continually at war with each other, or those who support one another?’ we at once see that those animals which acquire habits of mutual aid are undoubtedly the fittest.”  – Peter Kropotkin

After we convince you to make the BIGGEST donation ever to us & Valley Free Radio we’ll take you to our famous community resource worth supporting: The Bus Stop Billboard:


Saturday, April 18, Noon. National Day of Action against Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast Track Press Conference. Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield, MA. Contact: Jon Weissman,

Sunday, April 19, 2:30pm. Earth Day Walk & Rally for Climate Justice. This family-friendly, festive march and rally in Springfield will bring together diverse communities of race, class, and color as we call upon the mayor of Springfield to support a climate action plan for the city. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details! Organized by Campaign Nonviolence and Springfield Climate Justice Coalition. Email:

Sunday, April 19, 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Stop the Pipeline Hike in Northfield, MA. Meet at Northfield Town Hall: 69 Main Street, Northfield. Contact: Sam Richardson of the Northfield Trails Assocaition: 413-498-5931 Go to:

Sunday, April 19, 10am – 3pm. SHOUT Heard Round the World Rolling Rally. Walk or bike along Paul Revere’s route to help sound the alarm about the Climate Crisis or just join us at the end rally where there will be music, speakers, theater, and information about opportunities to act! Let Patriots’ Day, once again, be the start of something revolutionary. Let it again inspire a new vision of what the world can be. Start at Bunker Hill Monument (43 Monument Sq, Charlestown); end at Old North Bridge in Concord, MA Go to:

Sunday April 19,8 – 10 p.m. Moonlight, Morning Star & Miro in concert. Premier of their Stop the Pipeline Song/Poem. Deja Brew Cafe in Wendell, MA

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm. Renewable energy: Lessons from Germany. Featured Speaker: Andrew Dey. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst.  Andrew ‘s talk and slideshow will discuss Germany’s renewable energy policies and its Bioenergy Villages.  Andrew recently spent a year living in Berlin, Germany where he researched and learned firsthand about policies, projects and systems for renewable energy and building energy efficiency that are making Germany one of world’s renewable energy leaders.

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. DCR Announces Public Meeting for Forest Resource Management Plan Update (forest management! DCR! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha….). The FRMP will be offered for public review at the John Olver Transportation Center, 12 Olive St., Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. University of Massachusetts Amherst Earth Day Festival. Goodell Lawn, UMass Amherst Campus. Join us as we explore what it means to be a socially conscious inclusive green community. For more information email Ezra Small at: or call 413-545-0799.

Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. University of Massachusetts Amherst Screening of “Gasland”. Integrated Learning Center Room 331S, UMass Amherst Campus. “Gasland” is an Academy Award Nominated documentary which tells the story of communities affected by hydraulic fracturing. For more information contact Liz Pongratz at:

Wednesday, April 22, 11am to 8pm. Earth Day Rally & Action. Frack Free Nation invites you to sign on and join us in a Global day of action in order to send a powerful message, “It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels – Renewables Now!” West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. Read More and Sign on at

Wednesday, April 22, 7 to 9pm. Pipeline Forum. Greenfield Community College’s Green Campus Committee is organizing a pipeline forum on Earth Day  at Greenfield Community College. Speakers will be Katy Eiseman and Rose Wessel from No Fracked Gas in Mass, Jim Cutler from MassPLAN, and possibly others. 

Saturday, April 23, 11am to 2pm., Earth Day Festival at Smith College offers an eclectic, cross-disciplinary, entertaining smorgasbord of activities and opportunities that entail far more than just environmental issues. The festival, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Chapin Lawn (rain location: Scott Gym).

Thursday, April 23, 7pm. No. Quabbin Pipeline Action will be hosting their April meeting in Montague in conjunction with the Montague pipeline group at the Montague Public Safety building (180 Turnpike Rd.). The meeting, to address updates regarding the anti-pipeline struggle, will begin at 7 pm. However, those unfamiliar with the issue are invited to arrive earlier, at 6:45pm, to learn some of the background regarding the fight. All Franklin County, but especially Montague residents are welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 25, 10am to 4pm. 6th Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival. Performances, Central Demonstration Areas, Tree Identification Games and Activities, Kids activities, Recycling Drive and more. Go to:

Monday, April 27, Noon to 1 p.m. Springfield United for Climate Action: Just, Healthy and Green! Rally at City Hall Steps
Music! Arts! Speakers! City Hall, 36 Court St, Springfield. We call on Mayor Dominic Sarno to fully implement the city’s Climate Action Resolution. Contact: Arise for Social Justice (413-734-4948).

Monday, April 27, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA General Meeting. We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Info on location, etc.:

Saturday, May 2, 10:00am-12:00pm. “The Pipeline and Your Rights – a Forum for Landowners, Municipalities and Citizens”. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.  This forum, sponsored by the Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network, will include attorneys, land specialists, elected officials and community activists. Topics will include protecting your rights as landowners, municipalities, and communities, and engaging in FERC and state regulatory proceedings.

May 21-29. Mass Action at FERC! If you’re planning to take part in the FERC action in DC in May you may want to checkout BXE’s rideboard at:!/ride-shares


OK, so you’ve made your pledge to Valley Free Radio, right? [UPDATE:WRONG!!] Then thanks very much and remember this: Listen to your Mother!