Greetings Earthlings. Recall our past rant about those explosive fracked oil trains? We call them Bomb Trains for a reason. Alex Ramel from Stand. Earth calls in with some background and we get into some interesting local aspects of this….um….volatile issue? Get out your binocs kids and remember this hazmat number: #1267. If you see that on the side of a long line of tanker cars on the tracks here in the Valley guess what? The Bomb Train has come to town! As always, we’ll also take you to to see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to visit the New Boss as well as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Tired of all those people left to their own devices in public? Some critters are too!
Let’s start off a little different this time with a Quote of the Week that sets the tone for this show, OK?
“If we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.” – President Obama
We can only wonder at what the New Boss must be thinking as he continues having fracking Ernest Moniz as his Energy Czar when the guy keeps fronting for the fossil fools. Moniz’s latest delivery of extremely hot air was at a DOE field hearing in Seattle last week convened by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Remember our rant about endless Bomb Trains passing through the middle of Seattle? Albany? Maybe Greenfield? (We say maybe ‘cuz we have no confirmation but hey! Give Pan Am Railway a call and ask: Customer service – 800-955-9212). Those ticking time bombs don’t seem to bother the senator either. Cantwell said the oil and gas boom has achieved “energy independence” in making the nation less dependent on foreign oil. Sooooo, that’s why they’re shipping it offshore?? OK……….reality check!
Time to visit that classic Fool-on-the-Hill again! Guess who said this? “Our kids are being brainwashed. My own granddaughter came home one day and said … ‘Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming? I did some checking, and.. the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, they are brainwashed — you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.” Name the Fool & win the prize!
Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:email@example.com or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com
Saturday, September 17, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.
Saturday, September 17, 7:30pm. Teaching at the Edge of Time – A Talk by Joanna Macy. Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro. Marlboro College is pleased to present world-renowned eco-philosopher and author Joanna Macy in a talk titled “Teaching at the Edge of Time.” Educators and students are particularly encouraged to attend, and Joanna’s talk will be preceded by a community gathering and cheese plate hour starting at 6:30. Call: (802) 254-4730.
Saturday,September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105
Wednesday, September 21, 12:30-2:00pm. A Conversation about Climate Change. Floor 26, Du Bois Library. Thought provoking prompts will guide a climate-related conversation. Includes time for sharing resources, action-based opportunities, and ideas. Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, Fall 2016 SERIES. All events are free and open to the UMass community and the public. Limited seating – please arrive early. Go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/
Saturday, September 24, 12 Noon. A legal and peaceful People Over Pipeline Walk along the segment of Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion that passes through our state. The walk will begin at the soon to be expanded compressor station in Agawam, MA, half a mile north of the CT border, and will continue along the pipeline route in Suffield and East Granby. A walk initiated by The CT Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 CT to call attention to this interstate project that is unnecessary and will profit Eversource and Iberdrola at the expense of our clean and safe environment. Call: 860-236-4405
Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25,10:00 AM – 5:00pm. Rain or Shine. The North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA. Be sure to checkout The Portal to the Future as well as our own d.o. reading from his book, “Bad Atmosphere” at The Spoken Word Stage on Saturday at 3pm. Go to: https://garlicandarts.org/
Monday, September 26, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now gathering in Amherst. Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004, USA (map). 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. Go to: climateactionnowma.org
Saturday October 1, Noon to 11pm. Harvest of Hope Festival/Cosecha de Esperanza 2016 at The Common Park, Pittsfield MA. Building solidarity at the intersection of Cultural, Social, Economic, and Ecological Justice here in Berkshire County! The Harvest of Hope vision of weaving unity in our community will be showcased in an array of creative outpourings: storytelling, collective art creation, theater arts, spoken and musical performances, a planetary puppet procession, live civic workshops, and tables held by partnering organizations and sponsors on social, economic, and environmental topics. The event culminates in a multi-cultural Harvest Feast, and if you can stay up late enough: World Groove Dance-In! You don’t want to miss it! If you are on Facebook the event page is: www.facebook.com/events/303648303335170/.
Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, “A Quabbin National Park: Protecting Nature, Climate and Health for Future Generations” with Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE the North Woods. Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA. See: www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth/
That’s it for now, but remember to listen to your Mother, OK?