Greetings 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: George@arisespringfield.org
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: www.mountgrace.org/northfield-pipeline-hike-419
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: http://shoutroc.org/
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, 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: esmall@facil.UMass.edu 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: email@example.com
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 www.FrackFreeNation.org
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: www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information
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.: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://mutt.com/beyond-extreme-energy/#!/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!