Archive for October, 2015

Witch Enviro Show?

Posted: October 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

keep-calm-and-celebrate-samhain-1Halloween Greetings Earthlings. No, the title isn’t a misspelled reference to both our Facebook pages (that we can’t rectify ‘cuz apparently there are no humans running FB), it’s referring to our favorite witch, that being The Good Green Witch who will join us for an extended visit just a few days from Samhain, a time, when the spirits more easily come into our world. Offerings of food and drink are left for them. The souls of the dead are also thought to revisit their homes. We’ll also revisit our Fool-on-the-Hill as well as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………….Revenge of the Critters! Fanged cannibalistic spiders take down barbecue!

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week is a repeat offender. Arch enemy of the planet, Repugnican Marco Rubio has a plan!  According to our friends at Grist “here are some highlights directly from Rubio’s energy platform: Immediately Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline; Immediately Lift the 1970s-Era Ban on Crude Exports, and Expedite Approval of American Natural Gas Exports” Way to go, Rubio! Your masters will be proud.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start out echoing The Good Green Witch’s latest projects like Discover Womyn Rising where you’re invited on Facebook to “share and discuss the issues facing not just women, but all of humanity. Hate will not be tolerated. It’s OK to be angry, it is not ever OK to direct that at another. Come. Learn. Talk. We have work to do.”  Also on FB she’s initiated freeproductive, a project “ensuring people all over the world have the freedom over their own reproduction.” That works! Recall our recent show on overpopulation? Elsewhere in the Chamber we find climate crusader Bill McKibben getting busted for shutting down gas pumps! Trick or treat!  Wait, we actually do have a treat! We liked this headline: “Smarter forest and land-use policy could help make Paris climate deal a success” from Grist. Ya’ think?? How about a little Pulp Fiction for Halloween? Finally, our Blog Bonus Action Special is HERE!

 

Here comes our Quote of the Week and right on the….um…mark? (and locally grown!)

“Witchcraft was hung, in History,
But History and I
Find all the Witchcraft that we need
Around us, every Day”  – Emily Dickinson
This week we Meet the New Boss as his Dept. of Energy gives the thumb up to Emera CNG for exporting fracked gas from a proposed port in Florida. Strangely enough the website Breakingenergy.com claims “The development of U.S. natural gas resources is having a transformative impact on the U.S. energy landscape, helping to improve our energy security.”  Gosh, don’t you think we’d be more secure holding on to our energy resources? Umm……..Nah!

 Breaking News! Bernie calls for DOJ investigation of Exxon/Mobil! This Breaking News is already broken but it’s ongoing. The Harper Disaster in Canada is finally over and the new kid on the block is looking soooo much better. Inside Climate News reports: “Trudeau and the Liberal Party released their proposed climate policy in February. The plan calls for a national carbon pricing policy and promises to work with Canadian provincial leaders to create a climate action plan following the treaty talks in Paris. He has also called for more stringent environmental reviews of pipeline applications, specifically to factor in a project’s climate impact.[our emphasis] The plan also calls for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, expanding renewable energy and establishing a $2 billion fund for clean energy projects. Trudeau does, however, support the Keystone XL pipeline project”.  For the moment, we trust!

 

How about a little E-Valley-uation? Remember late October 2012? Where were you when Hurricane Sandy came on October 29 to add a certain…um…chill to Halloween? At 8PM, after we air, on Tuesday, Oct. 27  the Eco-Logic show at WBAI, [streaming at wbai.org] will be doing a Superstorm Sandy special. It’s not all ghosts and goblins out there to make things a bit horrible. Think of it as Mother Nature’s Trick or Treating at your door. Too bad you didn’t give her more treats in the past!

After the Good Green Witch takes off we head on to the Bus Stop billboard:

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!

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

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
Saturdays!  Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

Sunday, November 1, 2:00-4:00PM. Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron Benefit Concert for WMass Jobs with Justice. Also, Roxanne Langevine – opening and guest mandolinist, Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thompsen. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center:221 Appleton St, Holyoke, MA. Donation. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631784437094474/

 

Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 to 8 PM, Advanced NVDA training in preparation for a potential action to stop the pipeline in WMass and NH. This training will be held in Greenfield, place to be announced. We will be asking for a small donation to cover any rental costs. Please bring your dinner and a drink. Court Dorsey and Cate Woolner will be the trainers. To register, please e-mail catewool@gmail.com

 

Thursday, November 5, 4:30 – 6:00pm. Climate Justice – Meet & Greet Gathering at the UMass Campus Center, Room 917. We will discuss the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign;  the November 19th UMass Climate Justice “Teach-In”;  the Stop the Pipeline Initiatives;  and many other local, regional, and International campaigns.  Contact: Dr. Larry Buell <larrybuell@earthlands.org>  (978) 724-0412

 

Friday, November 6 ,7pm. The 2015 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival.  The juried films will be shown beginning at Greenfield Community College’s, Cohn Dining Commons. Informative and diverse locally made films on how communities are working toward sustainable living will be presented. The audience will have an opportunity to chat with the filmmakers during a reception following the awards presentation.

 

Tuesday, November 10, 10 a.m. Action Day at the Statehouse! Rally on the Grand Staircase at 10AM before the hearing with the MA Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight scheduled in Gardner Auditorium of the Statehouse on legislation filed by Rep. Garrett Bradley, D-Hingham, on behalf of Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. This is an attempt to undermine Article 97 of our State Constitution. Go to: www.massplan.org/article97/  Bus from Sandisfield, MA info HERE. Rally info HERE.

 

Saturday, November 14, 1-4 PM. Reading the Forested Landscape  with Tom Wessels. Walking through forest and fields, you’ll learn to read a landscape by gleaning evidence that frames stories from the past.    Tom generously offers this inspiring workshop as a benefit for Seeds of Solidarity. Sliding Scale, Pre-registration necessary, space limited. Participants should dress for the outdoors and expect ample woods rambling. Email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register. Meeting location on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange will be provided to participants.

 

Thursday, November 19, 6 to 9:15pm. Let’s Stop the NED Pipeline fundraising event. Greenfield High School, Silver Street, Greenfield. Email: wight155@gmail.com

 

Monday, November 23, 9:00am. Defying The Death of A Forest: Support Danny Factor’s Act of Conscience at his trial at Cambridge District Court, 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford. Please support Danny by attending and letting others know about it. Go to: www.green-rainbow.org/save_the_silver_maple_forest

 

Sunday, November 29, 1 to 2PM. North Quabbin BioRegion Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. Uptown Common, Athol, MA Call 978-724-0412 Email: larrybuell@earthlands.org.

 

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, remember when you’re out trick or treating at night wear white AND listen to your Mother.

 

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Still Another Wild Enviro Show

Posted: October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

WalkenGreetings Earthlings. We can’t get wild enough for you out here on The Enviro Show, soooo Walken Schweigert and Gus Ganley from Children of the Wild join us in the studio to review their recent Pipeline Processions, shadowing the proposed route of Kinder Morgan’s  Northeast Energy Direct (NED) fracked gas pipedream. We continue into the Wild in our Echo Chamber and experience a different kind of wild when we visit the Fool-on-the-Hill . That and way more, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Wild game hunter killed….in the Wild!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we give you an instant replay of the science journal Nature’s recent piece on a global tree count (be sure to see the accompanying video while you’re there). We may share this planet with 3 + trillion trees but they need protection from….well….us! Here’s one of those things that’s wild (and crazy, of course) in a whole other way. It seems the climate criminals over at Exxon/Mobil knew all about their…..um..contribution?..to climate chaos way back in 1982. That’s when we were worried it would all end with a bang, not a whimper. Here’s an eye-opener from EcoWatch: “..according to Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research, dams are ‘the largest single anthropogenic source of methane, being responsible for 23 percent of all methane emissions due to human activities’ “. Damn, that sucks!  Time for a musical break! Go HERE.

Breaking News time! Given that this story appears to be buried we thought we should exhume it and….what? rebirth it? It was news to us last week that all the highly radioactive fuel in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 has gone missing. “In short, researchers do not yet know if the molten hot stuff has penetrated the steel/concrete base beyond the containment vessel, thus entering Mother Earth…….the signposts are not good, and not only that but nobody knows what to do about it. Nobody knows what to do. They really don’t.” ALSO THIS: Entergy announced today that the Pilgrim nuke will close in June 2019! We can hardly wait….tick-tock….

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week recently bailed out of the U.S. House of Reprehensibles’ Speaker’s race.  The website, Real Koch Facts quotes a list of ecological and social statements by House Repug Whip Kevin McCarthy researched by the Bridge Project, such as: “If there was ever a time to lift the oil export ban, it’s now,’ Mr. McCarthy said in a copy provided by his office of a speech that was given… in Houston. On the Climate Crisis itself McCarthy has said, “We have a major drought. Everyone is concerned about today. The president comes out and says he has a solution. He stands up and says it’s climate change. Well, that does no one any good..”. Speaking of not doing any good, another fool (not on The Hill) is Alaska Governor Bill Walker, who when asked by the BBC the other day if extra oil drilling in Alaska was needed to help pay for climate impacts stated, “Absolutely, in a responsible way as we have in the past.” Um….OK?

We’re thinking some E-Valley-uation is in order here. Of course our guests always come first and: “On Friday, October 16th, Children of the Wild invites you to take part in one last Pipeline Procession, the Pipeline Finale. From 6-10pm at Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA we will gather, watch clips from the Pipeline Processions film series, have a panel talk with Children of the Wild, and listen to live music by Children of the Wild’s side-project, Ashes to Ashes, and other bands. Together, we will share recollections and discoveries from the journey, and prepare ourselves for what is next, both in this anti-pipeline movement and in environmental movements everywhere.” Also this: The Enviro Show has joined Mass Power Forward, “a new statewide coalition of over ninety organizations advocating for an energy policy that will transition the Commonwealth away from fossil fuels and toward locally generated, clean, renewable, affordable energy sources. The coalition consists of environmental organizations, faith groups, businesses, and more… and it is growing!  Have your business, group or house of worship endorse Mass Power Forward by visiting here.”

 

After our conversation with Walken and Gus we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Sunday October 18, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training with Mary Link and Court Dorsey. Plainfield Town Hall, Plainfield, MA. To register contact: Jane Crosby: 617.699.0671; Email: jkingcrosby@gmail.com

 

Sunday, October 18, Noon to 2pm. No KM Pipeline Yard Here! (or anywhere). 184 East Main St.. (Rt. 116) just east of Plainfield Transfer Station. Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipe yard site is on 300 acres of land protected under an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR). An access road for trucks would be built through the field and the staging area would be used for other construction materials including explosives for blasting. Soil would be compacted by heavy equipment and trucks; soil contamination may result from storage of hazardous materials along with leakage of oil and hydraulic fluids. Contact info: 413-634-8043. Carpool information: email susantheberge@comcast.net

 

Sunday, October 18, 6:30pm. Screening of Toxic Hot Seat, an HBO documentary brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned fire safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes. Film screening followed by panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Amherst College, Stirn Auditorium, 41 Quadrangle Drive  Amherst, MA RSVP:  Sara Moffett  –  email  –  413-584-9830 x1

 

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 – 9 pm. Spectra Pipeline Civil Disobedience & Legal Rights Training. If you’re interested in learning more about NVCD or would like to play a support (non-arrest) role in an upcoming action, considering attending one of our trainings. Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA Please RSVP here. Trainings will be held weekly. Go to: www.resistthepipeline.org/

 

Wednesday,  October 21, 6:00PM The Springfield Public Health Council will take up the issue of a site assignment for the Palmer Renewable Energy biomass plant at their meeting at 1145 Main St. in Springfield. This incinerator would have direct and disastrous effects on public health throughout the region in the decades to come. Please consider attending this meeting to register your concern about this threat to public health and the environment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Submissions can also be sent to:
Shirley L Rodriguez,Administrative Assistant to Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Health and Human Services * 413-886-5018 [P] | 413-787-6458 [F] * shirleyrodriguez@springfieldcityhall.com

 

Thursday, October 22, 1 – 3PM. Cape Downwinders is planning a ‘Shut Pilgrim NOW!’ speak out at the State House. MA State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston. More information: Diane Turco, http://www.madownwinders.org/

 

Saturday, October 24, 10AM – 4PM.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Trainers: Jeff Napolitano and Paki Wieland. Location:  White Elephant, 19 East Main Street in Orange. To register:  contact Hattie Nestel Hattieshalom@verizon.net or call me at 978-790-3074

 

Saturday, October 24, 2 – 9PM. Visit The Enviro Show’s booth at the Franklin County Pumpkin Fest on Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA. See scary Kinder Morgan’s proposed fracked gas pipeline in action! The Fracked Gas Bridge to Nowhere! Children of the Wild! Explosions! Thrills! Chills! Accessible, Free, Fun!

 

Sunday, October 25, 3pm. Northfield Pipeline Awareness will present a talk on the health effects of gas pipeline compressor stations with Dr. Curtis Nordgaard. The event will take place at the Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church at 147 Main Street at 3:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Julia Blyth at: jablyth@gmail.com or 413-225-3196

 

Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. is scheduled to hold three additional “public community forums” in Massachusetts for the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. The Northfield forum will be at
Northfield Elementary School, 104 Main Street, Northfield, MA. Go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org. Contact Cate Woolner <catewool@gmail.com> 

 

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!

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

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
Saturdays!  Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

Sunday, November 1, 2:00-4:00PM. Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron Benefit Concert for WMass Jobs with Justice. Also, Roxanne Langevine – opening and guest mandolinist, Wylie Robbins Thorne-Thompsen. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center:221 Appleton St, Holyoke, MA. Donation. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631784437094474/

Saturday, November 14, 1-4 PM. Reading the Forested Landscape  with Tom Wessels. Walking through forest and fields, you’ll learn to read a landscape by gleaning evidence that frames stories from the past.    Tom generously offers this inspiring workshop as a benefit for Seeds of Solidarity. Sliding Scale, Pre-registration necessary, space limited. Participants should dress for the outdoors and expect ample woods rambling. Email solidarity@seedsofsolidarity.org to register. Meeting location on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange will be provided to participants.

 

Sunday, November 29, 1 to 2PM. North Quabbin BioRegion Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. Uptown Common, Athol, MA Call 978-724-0412 Email: larrybuell@earthlands.org.

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/

 

 

That’s all for now, children. Remember now to listen to whom? Yes, your Mother. Thank you!