Greetings Earthlings. Are things getting wild enough out there for you? Of course “wild” has many meanings and takes us many places. This week we take you to The Wastelands Project, a “story of rewilding: how and why it happens, both in landscapes and in the human heart” and an original post-apocalyptic opera with Walken Schweigert. Also, roving reporter Tom Neilson calls in once more from the wilds of the Southlands, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Puppy shots puppy killer!
Time to Meet the New Boss. This time the Boss has let his own Department of Energy advance the corporate goals of the fossil fools by “allowing the export of 0.8 billion cubic feet a day of U.S. natural gas to be exported out of New England via pipeline, to Canada, where it will then be exported.” Yes, that’s the same boss who’s all concerned about the Climate Crisis (and perhaps his legacy?). Our own Sen. Ed Markey is not pleased. Are we talking about existing pipelines? Maybe proposed new ones?
We have the prrrrrfect Enviro Show Quote of the Week for that last segment:
“I am no longer accepting things I can not change. I am changing things I can not accept.” – Angela Davis
This Week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is actually off The Hill and possibly off her rocker given how much she is in bed with Big Oil and the frackers (and banksters and Wall Street and….). Yes, it’s former Senator Hillary Clinton who claims all those monstrous campaign donations she gets from the corprados have absolutely no influence…..ha!…ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha…um…sorry.. on her decisions. Meanwhile, allow us to give you Bernie Sanders’ “Radical Environmental Proposal“!
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we’re told by Reuters that the massive Porter Ranch gas blowout has been temporarily plugged. OK, sooooo what are they going to do about all that damage to the climate? It was reported on NPR that methane emissions compared to those of entire nations in Europe. Climate Crime!! And speaking of climate-trashing methane guess what fossil fool lobbyists are doing with that O so loaded energy bill in congress? More LNG exports? Develop methane hydrates? Expedited permitting for natural gas gathering lines in fracking fields located on Federal and Indian lands? Pile on! Still looking at climate crimes here: The Supremes are on the cusp of being in the Climate Criminals Hall of Shame. Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Bonus: Do it for the critters, OK? Also this: Indian Point nuke leaks into the Hudson River worse than we knew.
We have some Broken News! In case you’ve just this moment returned from an extended trip to the bottom of the ocean while every media outlet in this crazed nation reported on the surprise death of arch enemy of the planet and Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, we pass on some of the expected blowback. The “interesting times” we live in just got a whole lot more interesting.
In our E-Valley-uation segment we checkout BagShare, another answer to all those plastic shopping bags up in that tree by your place. And this: Are you, like a good scout, prepared for the potential invasion of the fracking corprados? Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. there’s an Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst to form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Be prepared!
On to the Bus Stop Billboard…
Monday, February 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence , 220 Main Street, Northampton (on a bus line and handicap accessible). Come and help us to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice! Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/ Email: ClimateActionNowMass@
Tuesday, February 23 7-9pm. “Renewables are Ready” – is a slide presentation and discussion led by Pat Hynes, environmental engineer. Leverett Library 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA. This presentation was developed collaboratively with Nuclear-and Carbon-Free Future, the American Friends Service Committee of western Massachusetts and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (http://traprock.org).
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. MassWildlife invites the public to an informational meeting about our plan to establish a small population of endangered rattlesnakes at the Quabbin Reservoir. The Timber Rattlesnake is listed as an Endangered Species in Massachusetts and has experienced the greatest modern decline of any native reptile. As part of an overall conservation strategy, MassWildlife is planning to establish a small number of rattlesnakes on Mount Zion, a large island closed to the public at the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts. Mahar Regional High School, 507 South Main Street (Rte 122), Orange, MA.
Wednesday, February 24 6:30-8:30pm. “Renewables are Ready” – is a slide presentation and discussion led by Pat Hynes, environmental engineer. Leverett Library 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA. This presentation was developed collaboratively with Nuclear-and Carbon-Free Future, the American Friends Service Committee of western Massachusetts and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (http://traprock.org). First Congregational Church Silver St. Greenfield, MA
Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst (on a bus line and handicap accessible). To form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Please join Hampshire Climate Justice Coalition and Climate Action Now whether you are considering CD or planning to serve in a support role as part of an affinity group. If you have taken Part 1 of the NVDA training you may join us for the afternoon only (Part 2). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 28, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Conservation in Northampton with Laurie Sanders – Ecologist/Historian. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Small fee. Call: 413-584-3009. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
Monday February 29th, 2016. Have you ever thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator? New England Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation course teaches students practical skill sets while giving them the knowledge necessary to rehabilitate the many wild species found in New England. The rehabilitation course will run every Monday 6:30 – 9:00 for 10 weeks. The course costs a total of $400, with options to pay as you go ($40 a week) or to pay in full ($350 to pay in full). The course is popular, so if you are interested please call our front desk at 781-682-4878 to ask about availability. Go to: www.newildlife.org/
Tuesday, March 1, 10am. Tell your legislators to keep solar working for Massachusetts! MA Statehouse, Gardner Auditorium. We need your help urging Massachusetts legislators to expand one of our state’s most successful solar programs: net metering. A cap on net metering, which gives customers fair credit for their solar power, is endangering continued solar growth and thousands of jobs across the state. Contact: email@example.com.
5:00 – 10:00pm – Dinner Service
7:00pm – OUTDOOR performance
8pm – music by Ashes to Ashes, the musical side project of Children of the Wild, performing traditional depression-era folk music.
Following Ashes to Ashes will be a special surprise musical guest – Not to missed! Donations suggested. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/1198463500183443/
Sunday, March 6, 2016. Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Training, Part I & Part II to stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and keep fossil fuels in the ground. 9:30 AM to 6 PM (including lunch, AM & PM breaks). 3:30 to 6 PM for Part II only. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, Brattleboro, Vermont People do NOT need to be already in an affinity group to participate nor do they need to already know whether they are prepared to risk arrest. TO REGISTER: write to Tim Stevenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday March 8, 7-9 pm. Western Mass Code Pink Honors Women Resisting Pipelines. 129 Main St., First Churches, Northampton, MA. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2016, Western Mass Code Pink is hosting an event that focuses on women doing pipeline resistance in the Valley – and beyond. There has been a wide range of anti-pipeline activism in our area and a lot of that activism has been done by women. We invite you to join us on International Women’s Day in recognizing the importance of pipeline resistance for the future of this place and the planet, and in celebrating women involved in local pipeline resistance! Email: email@example.com
Saturday, March 12, Fukushima Anniversary vigil at Pliny Park in Brattleboro to honor the 100,000 Japanese people still unable to return to their homes and share what we have learned about Fukushima five years after the disaster began. Please join us from 10am to Noon. Details will be coming soon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go To: www.safeandgreencampaign.org/
Sunday, March 13th, 2016, All Day. Toxic Action Center Conference at Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Boston. Community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England gather. We strive to make the conference affordable and open to all. We offer conference volunteers free admission. If you are able to volunteer in exchange for a ticket, please fill out the form on the “volunteer” tab. If you are unable to volunteer and are in need of a scholarship to attend, please contact Michelle at email@example.com or 617-747-4358.
Sunday, March 13, 2 – 4 pm. “Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You can do” offered by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society. Free and open to the public. Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@
March 17 to 20, 2016. “Taking Steps to a Renewable Future”. A 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir will be at the Shelburne Falls event the evening of March 18! More info HERE. Facebook page HERE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 26, 1 to 3:30pm. Poets Against the Pipeline reading & fundraiser. Arts Block, Greenfield, MA The Enviro Show’s d.o. will be there! You? Go to: www.facebook.com/groups/PoetsAgainstThePipeline/
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA. Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, TGP, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions. The pipeline company’s recent DPU filings do not include a request to enter the majority of the 100+ publicly and privately held conservation parcels in Massachusetts that are on the proposed pipeline route, the majority of which are protected from development under the Massachusetts constitution. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016. Written comments should be emailed to: email@example.com and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us. More here: www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dpu/ned-survey-hearing-schedule.pdf
Wednesday, March 30, 7pm. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP). Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. [See above]
Saturday, April 9, 9:30am.to 6:30pm. A two-part non-violence training to prepare you to participate in actions to stop the NED Pipeline will be taught all in one day. If you haven’t taken any training you can take both parts in one day; if you have taken the first part you can come in the afternoon to take the second part. You do not need decide whether you are willing to risk arrest in order to take the training, nor do you need to be in an affinity group. The training is necessary for those who will risk arrest, but also important for those who want to serve as support or peacekeepers, or simply to learn the principles of non-violence.
To sign up or for more information, please contact Amanda at NoTeaParty@gmail.com. Space is limited. There is no fee for the training but donations are welcome/encouraged.
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. weather permitting. Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.
Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline 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, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074
Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline 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.
OK, we are over & out. Do not forget this one thing: Listen to your Mother. Got it?