Archive for October, 2016

 

keep-calm-and-celebrate-samhain-1Greetings Earthlings. Happy Samhain, All Hallows Eve or whatever. In Pagan times this was the beginning of Winter but given that we’ve pretty much vanquished that to climate chaos we’ll take chemical laden candy instead. The Good Green Witch joins us for an extended stay to….enlighten? us about the dark and that very thin veil to the other world, as well as her new book. OK, so do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? How about a creepy orange monster clown with a wig, sticking his chin out and getting all alpha male? No? Enough of that? We’re going to be……away from our desk for Halloween! Bonfires, potions, you know the drill. Anyway, after we light the fire in the studio we’ll take you on a spooky visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill, deep into the dark and dank Enviro Show Echo Chamber and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Scary Spider bites Australian man on penis……again!

Soooo, there’s no fool like an old fool we’re told and we guess that might explain repugnican Senator John McCain’s recent remarks about continued repugnican blocking of Supreme Court Justice nominations if $hillary wins in November. “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill declared.

Time for a visit with the New Boss who very recently wrote an op-ed that “promotes his vision for humans on the Mars surface in the 2030s”. Say what?? What about Earth in the 2030s! We doubt we’ll be here to experience that but the grandkids will. We applaud The Boss for signing into law H.R. 2494, The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 that will “further protect endangered species that have been targeted by poachers” but how about our endangered kids and grandkids? We need an all-out effort to confront the Climate Crisis right here on our favorite planet, never mind that barren ball of rock and dust a gazillion miles away! One can only wonder what the new New Boss will have in store for us. If that is $hillary we know what she really thinks about us enviros. If it’s that creepy clown guy, well…..we guess we can all bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. Tune in to our Election Night Enviro Show. It may be scarier than Halloween.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber of Horrors we venture beyond “The Point of No Return”! And if that’s not horrifying enough how about “11 of the last 12 months hit record high temps”? No? Greenland’s Ice Sheet Melting Faster Than Previously Thought? And this: “Throughout the U.S., trees are dying at an astonishing rate.” Here in the Northeast U.S. those of us actively trying to save the trees are usually just ignored, right? Some corporate Dems seem to think we need to “get a life” for trying to confront the Climate Crisis these days but in the Global South such activists actually get to have their lives taken away! That’s enough horror for one day. How about we pray for…. Big Oil? (that’s not some Halloween trick, kids). OK, how about we treat you to one of the bravest climate actions yet to come down the pipeline. That would be this “Act of Love”. You can donate for their legal support here.

How about a Halloween Special Quote of the Week? Ready?

The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.”    – Stephen King

We have Broken News! It seems Sunoco, a Dakota Access pipeline co-conspirator, has just allowed 55,000 gallons of gasoline to pollute the Susquehanna River. Maybe those prayers for Big Oil aren’t doing so well?

 

After our conversation with The Good Green Witch we’ll take you trick or treating to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturdays 10am. to 12pm.Weekly Standout for the Green Party. Court Square, Greenfield, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171357796292170/

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 10am to 5pm. & 6:00 – 8:00pm. Overview and discussion of potential regulations MassDEP intends to hold two stakeholder meetings on potential new Green House Gas regulations. The Worcester meetings will be held during the day, and will include discussion of different sources and regulations under consideration and will also include an early evening session for stakeholders who may not be able to attend during the day. Governor Baker signed Executive Order 569 which directed MassDEP to promulgate regulations that satisfy the mandate of Section 3(d) of Chapter 21N of the General Laws with the objective that these regulations ensure that the Commonwealth meets the 2020 statewide emissions limit mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), and to establish an internet portal through which to receive input. The Department welcomes and encourages input from the citizens of the Commonwealth and all interested parties regarding regulatory approaches to meet the requirements of section 3(d). RSVP for in-person attendance here. Additional meeting information, including a draft agenda, directions, and RSVP instructions, will be provided when they become available. MassDEP Worcester office. More information, along with instructions for submitting comments, is available on MassDEP’s web site at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, which will be regularly updated as additional information becomes available. Please see the following links for directions to the MassDEP office in Worcester. If you have questions about the stakeholder meetings, please contact Jordan Garfinkle at jordan.garfinkle@state.ma.us or 617-292-5904.

 

Thursday, November 3, 7pm.  Sneak preview screening & fundraiser for “Power Struggle” A film by Robbie Leppzer in association with HBO and NHK- Japan. A full-length documentary about the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.at Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT.  Go to: http://www.PowerStruggleMovie.com

 

Friday, November 4, 12 to 4pm. The Native American Students Association and Divest UMass, in collaboration with the Student Farmers’ Market, are hosting a #NoDAPL Standing Rock Solidarity Farmers Market at the Goodell Lawn at UMass, Amherst, Massachusetts. There will be a Speak-Out happening at 2 pm- don’t miss this important opportunity to hear native voices from our campus community speak to what’s going on in ND! November is Native American Heritage Month, and this Student Farmers market will be a moment to SHOW UP for the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline! This is a moment for everyone to come together to spread the word and show our support for the incredible front line leadership defending the right of native tribes to their water and way of life, and resisting the violent reign of the FF industry, and the environmental and cultural genocide native tribes have faced in our country for centuries. Contacts for this event: Sarah Jacqz, sjacqz@umass.edu; 978-518-0057. Shawn Provost, stprovost@umass.edu 603-313-5804. Andreus Ridley, dreus81@gmail.com;
nasa@umass.edu; 978-496-7041

 

Saturday, November 5, 7am. Quabbin Reservoir Naturalists Exploration Field Trip. Millers River Environmental Center, 1o0 Main Street, Athol. Carpooling available, pre-registration required. Email: dave@dhsmall.net

 

Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 8pm. Screening of Sea Shepherd’s first full-length film, “Why Just One?” on at Café Evolution, 22 Chestnut St, Florence, MA. A 30 min. Q & A session with Vic Guerin of Sea Shepherd will follow. Free Cafe Evolution treats will be provided , but feel free to bring your own vegan finger foods too. This wonderful new documentary exposes the courageous battle Sea Shepherd has taken on to save sea turtles, the world’s last dinosaur. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/cafe-evolution-116705117589/

 

November 12, 9:30am. – 5:30pm. Non-violent Civil Disobedience Training at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. A minimum of 30 folks needed to sign up for this to work and we are especially reaching out to college age folks but everyone is welcome. OTIS STATE FOREST IS AT STAKE! The full-day training has lots of interactive opportunities including a long role play simulation of an actual action. The Sugar Shack Alliance will also help you form or find an Affinity Group which will be necessary to participate in a non-violent direct action where we are intentionally risking arrest, and, to be part of the decision-making process of the Alliance. There is no charge, but we do pass a hat to cover costs of materials, gas and time for the trainers. Folks usually throw in from $5 to$20 each. Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

November 28, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Reports from Action/Work Groups Including: Food Justice, Healthy Soil and Sustainable Farming, Building the Climate Justice Movement in the Face of the Climate Emergency, Five College Students and more. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

 

 

Scary enough for you? Just wait ’til our next show on Election Day! :O  Until then remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

Advertisements

 

quabbinfallq2Greetings Earthlings. Given that the Climate crisis is upon us and aiming to take everybody out of here shouldn’t we be doing EVERYTHING possible to mitigate the circumstances? Our friend Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods returns to help us blaze a new trail. Also, our intrepid roving reporter & bard Tom Neilson calls in from the road with news of the western forests.  As always we’ll also take you to meet our latest Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Black Bear not pleased with Sunoco’s pipelines in PA!

We have another twofer for this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill. Utah Repugnicans Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz take the prize for both old-school Manifest Destiny thinking and for…..well….just being damn fools! They want to take 100,000 acres of Ute tribal lands and hand them over to oil and mining companies.  Just when you thought the GOP couldn’t get any worse they come up with shit like this!

Time to Meet the New Boss and just when you thought he was coming around on enviro issues and doing the right thing he disappoints you with outrageous actions like THIS!  DeSmog Blog reports: “the Obama administration… quietly auctioned off thousands of acres of [public] land for oil and gas drilling in national forests, opened up 119 million acres for offshore drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, and delivered a blow to the Endangered Species Act” last week. Of course, this is the ugly manifestation of his ongoing support for fracking’s Bridge to Nowhere! So much for that legacy, Boss.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we get The Rolling Stone’s take on a Trump energy policy which, you may NOT be surprised to learn, turns the planet into more of a commodity than she is already….mistaken for. But wait, there’s more! Trump’s choice for Secretary of Interior (you know, the guy who would oversee our national parks?) is an oil billionaire! Did we say wait? Wait again! The Donald has also chosen a climate change denier to lead his EPA transition team! (should he ever, Goddess forbid, transition). Why stop there! Trump just picked a fracking lobbyist and Koch Industry hack, Mike Catanzaro to lead his Energy Team. Of course it goes without saying (not that we won’t) the implications would be Yuuuuge! We may as well stick with the bad news, right? How about the warmest on Earth in 2 million years? No? How about Fukushima worse than reported? Does that qualify, huh? We’ll wrap this trip into the Chamber with a good news/bad news medley: For the first time ever some bees have been listed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife as endangered but only in Hawaii  which leads to the obvious question: WTF! Ok, ok, enough.

Time for the Quote of the Week: “”There is just one hope of repulsing the tyrannical ambition of civilization to conquer every niche on the whole earth. That hope is the organization of spirited people who will fight for the freedom of the wilderness.”  – Bob Marshall, Co-founder, The Wilderness Society.

 

Our E-Valley-uation segment is all about what our guest will be covering, so after that we’ll take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Thursday, October 20, 1 – 3pm. Speakout on the Pilgrim Nuke. Come join State Senator Dan Wolf and others speaking up for public safety. With Entergy’s Pilgrim nuclear reactor one step from federally mandated shutdown, we do not accept the risk of ongoing operation. After the speakout, we will deliver another letter to Governor Baker calling on him to use his position as chief safety officer of the Commonwealth to demand the Nuclear Regulatory Commission close Pilgrim NOW. Check our website for updates at www.capedownwinders.info or contact us at capedownwindersinfo@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, October 20, 6 pm. Biomass Monitor Conference Call: The Future of Biomass Energy in New England with Evan Dell’Olio, Director of External and Regulatory Affairs for Roberts Energy Renewables, who has analyzed current trends to lay out his predictions for the future of biomass energy in New England. RSVP on Facebook or go to: thebiomassmonitor@gmail.com to receive call-in number and code.

 

Thursday, October 20, 7pm. Film screening and discussion of “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” directed by Josh Fox. Floor 26, Du Bois Library, UMass, Amherst. A funny, tragic, inspiring documentary that introduces a host of climate change “warriors” while examining the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of our planet. Go to: www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am – 1:00pm. Tree ID Using Bark and Habitat Clues. Join naturalist Nancy Goodman and take a close look at trees and other botanical wonders we encounter at Northfield Mountain. Become familiar with the characteristic bark of different trees in different habitats and at different stages of growth, as well as identification from leaves and other clues.  Bring binoculars, water, lunch, sturdy walking shoes. Meet in the Riverview parking area at 10 or at the Northfield Mountain Visitors Center at 9:45 a.m. for a short walk to Riverview. For ages 16 and older. FREE Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960

 

Saturday October 22, 1pm. 45th Annual New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution Membership Meeting. Helping Nature Heal the Vermont Yankee Nuke Site is a narrated photo-presentation by NEC technical adviser Ray Shadis. Between 1997 and 2005, Ray negotiated record-setting environmental surveys, spent-fuel protections and radiological clean-up for the Maine Yankee site. The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend. “118 Elliot” at 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro,VT. Fully ADA accessible. Your RSVP at 802-257-0336 if you are planning to attend is helpful, but not required.

 

Sunday, October 23, Gathering starting a 1PM – Ride Starts at 1:30pm. Springfield Complete Streets Bicycle Network Family Ride. Rain or Shine. Meeting at Parking Lot by Picknelly Field outside Route 5 Entrance to Forest Park. 16.4 Mile Loop Around Forest Park, East Forest Park, 16 Acres Neighborhoods, Watershop Ponds, Plumtree Road Bike Lane, Forest Park. WalkBike Springfield -Information: email betsy@bgjohnson.com. Go to: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17149478

 

Sunday, October 23, 2pm. Sneak preview screening & fundraiser for “Power Struggle” A film by Robbie Leppzer in association with HBO and NHK- Japan. A full-length documentary about the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Academy of Music, Main Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: www.PowerStruggleMovie.com

 

Monday, October 24, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society, Main Street, Northampton, MA. All welcome! Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/

 

 Sunday, October. 30, 2-5p.m. Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Justice Meeting, First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow Street (Hwy 5), Longmeadow. Leaders, activists, and concerned individuals from Springfield area congregations of all faiths will explore ways of working together to address concerns of global warming and climate change. For more information, contact Joelle Million, (413) 754-3550 jmillion46@gmail.com

 

Thursday, November 3, (TBA) MassDEP intends to hold two stakeholder meetings on potential new Green House Gas regulations. The Worcester meeting will be held during the day, and will include discussion of different sources and regulations under consideration and will also include an early evening session for stakeholders who may not be able to attend during the day. Governor Baker signed Executive Order 569 which directed MassDEP to promulgate regulations that satisfy the mandate of Section 3(d) of Chapter 21N of the General Laws with the objective that these regulations ensure that the Commonwealth meets the 2020 statewide emissions limit mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), and to establish an internet portal through which to receive input. The Department welcomes and encourages input from the citizens of the Commonwealth and all interested parties regarding regulatory approaches to meet the requirements of section 3(d). Additional meeting information, including a draft agenda, directions, and RSVP instructions, will be provided when they become available. MassDEP Worcester office. More information, along with instructions for submitting comments, is available on MassDEP’s web site at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, which will be regularly updated as additional information becomes available.

Thursday, November 3, 7pm.  Sneak preview screening & fundraiser for “Power Struggle” A film by Robbie Leppzer in association with HBO and NHK- Japan. A full-length documentary about the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.at Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT.  Go to: http://www.PowerStruggleMovie.com

 

Saturday, November 5, 7am. Quabbin Reservoir Naturalists Exploration Field Trip. Millers River Environmental Center, 1o0 Main Street, Athol. Carpooling available, pre-registration required. Email: dave@dhsmall.net

 

November 12, 9:30am. – 5:30pm. Non-violent Civil Disobedience Training at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. A minimum of 30 folks needed to sign up for this to work and we are especially reaching out to college age folks but everyone is welcome. OTIS STATE FOREST IS AT STAKE! The full-day training has lots of interactive opportunities including a long role play simulation of an actual action. The Sugar Shack Alliance will also help you form or find an Affinity Group which will be necessary to participate in a non-violent direct action where we are intentionally risking arrest, and, to be part of the decision-making process of the Alliance. There is no charge, but we do pass a hat to cover costs of materials, gas and time for the trainers. Folks usually throw in from $5 to$20 each. Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com  Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

We are so out of here…until our very scary Halloween show on October 25! Until then be sure to have a frightfully good time and remember: Listen to your Mother, OK?