Archive for August, 2015

The 10th Enviro B-Day Show!

Posted: August 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

birthdaypandaGreetings 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 sher1earth69@gmail.com.

 

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 mariam@wiseways.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: marlon@betterfutureproject.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

Sunday Oct. 4th, 10:30 am. 30th Anniversary of the New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett Massachusetts.
10:30 am Opening Prayers Wampanoag Nation
Nipponzan Myohoji Sacred Ceremony – Prayers for World Peace
11:50 Music Amandla Chorus and others from Western Mass.
12:00 Keynote Address: Kazu Haga-Director of the East Point Peace Academy of Oakland Ca.
12:20 Celebratory Dance and Song: Cultural Presentations from Asia, Cambodia, India, and Japan
1:00 Closing Ceremony- Wampanoag Nation
1:30 Hearty Lunch served to all.

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!

Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Gulf Rd, Northfield, MA 01360, USA (map). Weekly protest at proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield EVERY Thursday 4:30 to 5:30 contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074
Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29. Global Climate March! With the big Paris Climate talks on the horizon, our job is to focus attention on what it will really take to get serious: keeping at least 80% of fossil fuels under ground and getting to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Go to: 350.org/roadthroughparis/

 

 

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?

 

 

 

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Another Wild Enviro Show!

Posted: August 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

GRPGreetings Earthlings. You may have noticed we’ve been talking a lot about The Wild lately, yes? Do you really wonder why?  Of course, we are totally psyched about The Children of the Wild and the Pipeline Procession. We’ll get into that in our E-Valley-uation segment and on The Bus Stop billboard. Also, Joel Wool of Clean Water Action calls in with news of preparations for wild weather in the Commonwealth and more. As usual we’ll also take you on a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss and more, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! This from the Paper of record: In the idyllic suburb of Rye, New York, dotted with basketball hoops, training wheels and bubbling creeks, life has been upended by mangy intruders that seem to be on a tear: coyotes,”!  Beware! Mangy Intruders!!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is actually called Hil! (Wait, have we done this before??) Anyway, she may not be on the Hill made from fill at the moment, but she’s close enough and we simply can’t resist the poetics. Hillary Clinton’s “ambitious goals” to address the Climate Crisis may fool some of the people some of the time but they don’t fool us. That Hil knows the drill from Big Oil!

We open up The Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a short piece from HuffPo that says it all regarding U.S. export of fracked gas LNG. This from Grist: How desperate are they getting over the mega-drought in LA? Try floating 96 million “shade balls” on the City Reservoir! But the fracking continues?? And this too: AC is actually making us hotter. 

Looks like the New Boss is going north on us. Later this month he’s headed to the Arctic to checkout the Climate Crisis. Yes, that would be the same Climate Crisis soon to be aggravated by Shell’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic……the plan The Boss just gave the finalOK on!  We’re hoping the trip is just a trope, that he’ll come back saying “Whoa! You guys can’t drill for oil there!” Step right up, place your bets, folks. Also this: Our Children’s Trust sues the Boss for climate change!

In our E-Valley-uation segment we have this amazing theatrical trailer for your viewing pleasure. By the time we go on-air the Second Pipeline Procession  from Children of the Wild will have happened in Ashfield. After that the troupe heads on to the Third Pipeline Procession at Woolman Hill Retreat Center in Deerfield on Saturday, August 29 (see below). Also this: Stan Rosenberg calls on Berk Gas to drop its moratorium on new gas hook-ups. No noise from the gasman yet. O wait, where’s the front office? Spain? New Haven? Texas??

Breaking News! We mark this one as Great Moments in Fail: Judge OKs Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon? We have action links for this outrage here and here.

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week has some special meaning for recent developments. Who said:

“The culture of consumerism, which prioritizes short-term gain and private interest, can make it easy to rubber-stamp authorizations or to conceal information.”  ?

 

After our interview we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:30pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline Vigil at Gulf Road, Northfield, MA. For more info, contact Hattie Nestel: hattieshalom@verizon.net or 978-790-3074 #nopipeline

Monday, August 17, 6-8pm. Second Pipeline Procession, 421 Beldingville Road. Ashfield, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Monday, August 24, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA meeting at the Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, Main Street, Northampton

Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm. Third Pipeline Procession. Woolman Hill Retreat Center, 107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA. With an Introduction to Nonviolent Direct Action 3-5pm. and Potluck Dinner 5-6pm. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Aug 29 at 2:00pm to Aug 30 at 6:00pm. Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary – Reflections on Climate, Race & Justice. Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center ,100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts . Go to: www.facebook.com/350Mass

Saturday, September 5 , 5-7pm. Fourth Pipeline Procession. Montague Plains, Montague, MA. We’ll be there! Meet at The Mohawk Ramblers Motorcycle Club 1/2 mile down Bartlett Road off Lake Pleasant Road (off Rt.63). Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Tuesday, September 8. Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) has decided to organize a long-term, water-only “No New Permits Fast” this September in front of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We are undertaking this action in support of the call in Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si,” for action on the climate crisis. September 8, the day after Labor Day, and go until the end of September, until after Pope Francis has ended his six-day trip to the United States. Go to: beyondextremeenergy.org/details-of-the-fast/

Sunday, September 13, 5-7pm. Fifth Pipeline Procession. Richardson Conservation Area, Alexander Hill Road, Northfield, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Sunday, September 20, 5-7pm. Sixth Pipeline Procession. Pulpit Falls (Parking at 60 Wolf Tree Road), Winchester, NH.  Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Thursday, Sept. 24, 9:20am the Pope will address a joint session of Congress in Washington. After the address, we will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for a Rally for the Climate and a Just Economy. We’ll rally for our one Earth, one humanity, one living biosphere, and to recognize that all are experiencing one crisis. In addition to exciting performers and inspiring speakers from a variety of perspectives – climate justice, faith, science, labor and economic justice – we’ll celebrate the power of a people awake to the danger and the opportunity of this moment. Go to: moralactiononclimate.org

Thursday, September 24, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. The Springfield Climate Justice Rally, Springfield  City Hall, Springfield, MA. Can’t get to DC for the big climate action? Join us in demanding that our local government take meaningful steps toward implementing the Climate Action Resolution that was passed by the Springfield City Council last year. Go to: www.facebook.com/springfieldclimatejusticecoalition

Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Montague/Gill Source to sea River Cleanup. We have made an impact in the last 18 years collecting debris from beautiful natural areas! Volunteers have removed 37 full 30-cubic-yard dumpsters, 2,057 tires, thousands of pounds of scrap metal, MANY appliances, furnishings, and tens of thousands of recyclable cans and bottles. call: 800-859-2960. For the whole Valley go to: www.ctriver.org/volunteers-needed-for-source-to-sea-river-cleanup-this-fall/

 

That’s it for now. Remember now, if you’re out at night on your bike wear white and….Listen to your Mother!!