Greetings Earthlings. [You’re probably getting pretty tired of our B-day, right? We’ve got our next show coming up on Sept.29 soooo, stay tuned!] We are now officially 10 years old so it’s OK for us to tell fart jokes on the air and nag you about…..well, almost anything, right? Rosemary Wessels of NoFrackedGasInMass.org joins us to blow out the candles and watch us open the presents like a framed baby picture of our very first show! No? How about a return to the timely visit with the toxic soup of Hurricane Katrina? Here’s a gift we grew to appreciate: a visit to The Enviro Show from Bobby Kennedy back in April of ’06 when everyone thought Cape Wind was the best thing since sliced….well…cake! One of the other gifts is a recycled very first Revenge of the Critters from our May 2006 show: Bambi Attacks!
As it turns out our E-Valley-uation segment is the longest running segment we have on the show. Back on the September 13 ’05 Bad News for Big Easy & Global WARming show d.o. never got to the story of former governor Mitt Romney’s ruminations over the MA Regional Greenhouse Gas Emmissions Initiative, something the state, in its infinite wisdom, doesn’t seem able to enforce so well. We’ve been talking about that mostly OK piece of legislation ever since and these days asking: how can the Commonwealth possibly adhere to the Initiative if Gov. Baker and the new Repugnican cabal on Beacon Hill climb in bed with Kinder Morgan and go full bore with the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline? We bet Rosemary has a few choice words on that! More to the moment there’s a bit of talk about a report saying “Pipelines? PIPELINES! We don’ need no stinkin’ pipelines!!” (OK, so it doesn’t say that exactly).
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from one of The Beatles:
“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much” – George Harrison
Our Fool-on-the-Hill segment reared it’s ugly head first on our 5th Birthday Show in August of 2010 when “every New Hampshire Republican candidate for the Senate [was] a global warming denier.” Those were the days. Now nearly every Repug seems to own that dubious distinction!
The Enviro Show Echo Chamber has been around forever but we never seem to run out of material. This week we find the governor of Hawaii leagues ahead of his fellow govs proclaiming 100% renewable energy by 2045 and no LNG. Take that Big Gas! We have an Enviro Show blog Action Bonus for you HERE! Save the Herps, OK? And this: New study in Nature Geoscience says bad winters are our lot in the Northeast given the loss of Arctic ice (long underwear now on sale!).
Time to Meet the New Boss on his much ballyhooed trip to the Arctic. Of course, everyone can’t help but point out the irony of Obama giving the go-ahead to Shell for oil drilling in the impossible environs of the Arctic at the same time he gets all greenie about the Climate Crisis. It will be more than interesting seeing how he and his handlers spin this one. We guess the least he could do is turn the place into a National Monument. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility are urging the creation of three Marine National Monuments in the Aleutians, Bering Strait and Arctic Ocean.
After our conversation with Rose we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Saturdays & Sundays, September 19 – Oct. 4, 1 to 3pm. Join local activists in protesting the use of animals for entertainment at The Big E fair. They will be protesting against pig racing, a live bear exhibit, and a petting zoo that has a long history of Animal Welfare Act violations. Please see the Facebook event for other ways to take action if you cannot make the protests. Meet outside Gate 4 on Memorial Avenue (across from Lattitude Restaurant), 1338 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA. Contact: Sheryl Becker at 413-374-1921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, September 27, 11:30am. The Enivro Show’s d.o. reading at The Garlic & Arts Festival Word Stage. Go to: garlicandarts.org/entertainment-and-activities/spoken-word-stage/
Sunday, September 27, 5 to 7pm. Fifth and Final Pipeline Procession. Richardson Conservation Area, Alexander Hill Road, Northfield, MA. Last chance to see one amazing moment in time. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org
Sunday, September 27th (afternoon TBA): A joyful, musical, spirited demonstration of the broad commitment to prevent the construction of the West Roxbury Lateral! Over 250 of you joined our last rally and march. Let’s double or triple that number in September! Please share this date with your friends! Go to: ww.resistthepipeline.org
Sunday, September 27, 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge 2nd Annual fall Music Festival & Anti-Pipeline Benefit and potluck! on the Westfield River in the beautiful Hilltowns. Proceeds are going towards funds for legal action to stop this pipeline from harming our precious land, waters, and air. Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge, 21 West Main Street in West Cummington, MA (off of route 9). Info at: (413) 238-0119 or email@example.com
Monday, September 28, 7pm – 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. Northampton Unitarian Universalist Society, Main St. Email: ClimateActionNowMass@gmail.com
Tuesday, September 29, 12pm – 5pm. Rally at Legislative Hearing on Solar, Wind, Hydro and Gas at the MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. On September 29, MA lawmakers are holding a crucial hearing about Massachusetts energy policy, including solar, offshore wind, hydropower, and proposed new gas pipelines. At noon we’ll join the rest of the Mass Power Forward coalition for a rally outside the State House. The hearing itself starts at 1 pm in Gardner Auditorium. Note that you don’t have to stay the whole time. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 29, 7:30pm. Naomi Klein at Chapin Auditorium, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Naomi’s book, “This Changes Everything” shows why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.
Saturday, October 3, Noon. Poets Against the Pipeline at Sweetzer Park in Amherst, MA. Bring your Stop the Proposed NED Fracked Gas Pipeline poems or songs. See: www.facebook.com/groups/PoetsAgainstThePipeline/
Saturday, October 3, 11:00am – 2:00pm. Boston Global March for Elephants & Rhinos. On October 3rd and 4th, 2015 people throughout the world will march as one voice for one common purpose. To educate and spread awareness about the poaching crisis, and ivory wars, that are plaguing our world RIGHT NOW. Go to: www.facebook.com/BostonGMFER . Follow Us On TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TeamBostonGMFER. @TeamBostonGMFER #StopTheIvoryTrade #ExtinctionIsForever #LetThemLive. Official EMAIL: BostonGMFER@gmail.com
They are still preparing for this event and would welcome any assistance in the next two weeks. Call 413-367-2202
Tuesdays & Fridays! Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. Contact Jan Bradley 684-3732 for more information. Hope to see you there!
OK, thanks for all those B-Day gifts……what? You didn’t send any gifts?? In any case, please remember to listen to your Mother, OK?