Archive for May, 2017

Greetings Earthlings. How can we stop thoughtless humans from trashing land all over the map? It all depends on who thinks they “own” the land. On public lands there are competing forces promoting their own concepts regarding what should be “protected”. Who knew it would be so hard?  Randi Spivak from the Center for Biological Diversity joins us to look into the issues and the answers. Naturally, we’ll also take you see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to cast dispersions at His Malignancy The Mad King and his Court of Colluders as well as a bit of E-Valley-uation, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! WARNING FISHERMEN: Don’t try this bait!!

National Geographic is hardly a bastion of tree-hugging hippies but even they are not pleased with The Mad King. They recently published a piece headlined “A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment” and we’re pretty sure they don’t mean for the better! You’d think most folks with a pulse would have figured out by now that His Malignancy is fast at work ruining what’s left of the U.S. government, even many in the mainstream media have figured that out, but sadly they seem to be way behind the curve when it comes to The Mad King’s assault on the planet. We guess they haven’t been listening to this show, huh? Of course, part of that assault is on our public lands like Bear Ears National Monument and, of course Otis State Forest.   Anyone who actually has been listening to the show however, knows we’ve spent plenty of time pointing out how Big Oil in the person of T Rex Tillerson took over the State Department for fun & profit, but don’t think for a minute Big Oil’s slimy influence stops there in His Malignancy’s court. According to Grist there was plenty of bling flowing into The Mad King’s campaign coffers from other enemies of the Earth last year during the so-called presidential campaign and now it’s payback time. Speaking of Grist and His Malignancy, here’s a double whamy for you, one that makes some folks literally sick. And here’s one that’s pretty certain to make folks sick in the future.

BREAKING NEWS: A sinkhole has opened up in front of Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s Winter White House. Draw your own conclusions! You can probably guess ours.

We have a brand new candidate this week for our Fool-on-the-Hill. Florida  congressional Rep. Ted Yoho (Repugnican-FL) who recently said this about the Climate Crisis, “I think it’s a natural occurrence,” the Tea Party-aligned lawmaker said. When asked whether he even believes climate scientists, Yoho was disdainful, calling climate change “an agenda-driven science” that’s “not right.” What are they smoking at THAT Tea Party anyway??

Here’s our Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

– Aldo Leopold

Let’s get into some E-Valley-uation now. Our friends in the Sugar Shack Alliance are not going away as climate criminals from Kinder Morgan/TGP and their enablers from the Massachusetts Department of Cut & Run continue their destruction of Otis State Forest. Climate crime tree felling has been completed, and destructive stump removal and other prep work are underway for installation of the fracked gas storage pipeline.  KM/TGP will be under observation from the Thoreau Cabin moved to the site from its original home, the path of KM’s failed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Sorry climate criminals, we’re not going away! If you’re not in an affinity group and haven’t done the Sugar Shack NV training  to register go HERE.  Also, Please help to educate and fundraise for the Narragansett Tribe’s legal effort to protect the Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in Otis State Forest. Please attend the Climate Action Now meeting this Monday, May 22 at the Amherst Unitarian Society at 7 PM for our first planning meeting on this important aspect of the struggle. For more info contact: susantheberge@icloud.com .

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we pass on this sad and ironic piece from The Guardian: “Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts – No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change”. What can we say?

 

After our conversation with Randi we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

 

Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 1 – 9pm, parade starts at 7pm. Double Edge Theater’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair explores how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture, and democracy. Grown directly from the theatre’s questions about the roots of identity, the Town Spectacle extends this search to include the whole community through a kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle. This performance will not take place in a theatre—the territories of the town will be the stage map—and the ensemble will be joined by all walks of the Ashfield, Hilltown, and western MA community. The event is free and open to the public, and spectators will be free to wander from venue to venue, with a map and schedule provided upon entry. The Spectacle Fair will take place each day from 1-7 with parade down Main Street at 7, leading to a finale at the Ashfield Lake. See: https://doubleedgetheatre.org/ashfield-town-spectacle

 

Sunday, June 4, 11:45am. “The State of Our Forests” at The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St Northampton, MA. Nationally-recognized tree expert Robert T. Leverett will give his perspective on the forests of Massachusetts – what they were like in pre-settlement times, what we need to protect, and what the future might hold. He will weigh in on carbon sequestration and forest management, and share his favorite places to see impressive trees and old growth. Bob’s many publications include “The Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast.”  He is the co-founder and executive director of the Native Tree Society (ENTS), the co-founder, president, and principal old growth forest ecologist for Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, the Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Reserves Scientific Advisory Committee, and the co-founder of the American Forests National Cadre of Tree Measurers. Locally, Bob serves on the Smith College Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

 

Monday June 5, 4:30pm, 100% Renewable Towns – All Workgroups Meeting at the Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst (enter off Kellogg St). 6:00pm dinner at Pita Pockets. 7:00pm Climate Action Now Legislative Committee Meeting. [Be sure to remind everyone that biomass incineration is NOT truly renewable, OK?]

 

Saturday, June 10, 1 to 4:00pm. CET Speaker Forum: What Can You Do About Climate Change? The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA. This new event will feature three experts from our community, Ezra Markowitz, Nancy Nylen, and Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who will speak on locally relevant environmental issues. The speakers will discuss innovative and practical solutions to various challenges associated with climate change through psychological, political, and community-based strategies. This event is free and open to the public! Please click here to register. Call: 413-256-6006

 

Monday, June 12, 6pm. Place TBD. Mass Clean Energy Future Tour of Senators stop in Springfield at Western New England University’s School of Law — J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room, 1st floor, Springfield, MA The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate. How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong? Go to: https://malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture

 

 

TUESDAY June 13, (TBD). The Campaign for a Clean Energy Future is inviting you to participate in our first big lobby day of the year on  at the Statehouse in Boston. We will meet at the CABA/CXC office at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge Street in Boston.  We will be looking to identify new supporters in the legislature and mobilize our current supporters to take action in advance of our eventual hearing date.  To accomplish both goals, WE NEED YOU THERE!  To train for the lobby day and set our strategic agenda for the rest of this year, we’ll be hosting our GRASSROOTS SUMMIT on SATURDAY, June 10th (location TBD). Fill out this form to sign up for these events! MCAN is proud to be a member of the campaign for a clean energy future and believes that putting a price on carbon is a key tool we have to cutting climate change impacts.  If you have questions please contact Andrew Gordon (andrew@betterfutureproject.org) or Amenda Sebert (asebert@cleanwater.org).

 

 Saturday, June 17th, 9am to 5pm. Direct Action Non-violence Training. The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership will be held at 40 Center St. Northampton. To register go to: www.truthschool.org. These are appropriate for Sugar Shack folks and others wishing to learn the skills and foundations of non-violence in order to consider taking arrest in non-violent actions. Paki Wieland and Jeff Napolitano are the trainers.

 

That’s all for now folks. Remember, when you’re out there defending the trees (or doing anything for that matter) listen to your Mother!

Greetings Earthlings. We know the planet is under vicious attack from Corporate America and its enablers in government, but we still have to keep the lights on in order to get up in their face, right? How about you lend a hand by way of a donation in any amount you can afford? You can GO HERE or, better yet, call-in a donation Tuesday evening during the show between 6 to 7pm at 413-585-1033. We will REALLY appreciated your support and we also have all sorts of swag for you if you like. How about that disturbing poetry book d.o. is always going on about? Tune-in for a rundown on all that and more. Walken Schweigert from Children of the Wild returns and Carlos Uriona, Co-Artistic Director of  Double Edge Theater , both joining us to contemplate Shays’ Rebellion and what that means to us here in the Valley in the 21st Century. Children of the Wild is collaborating with Double Edge Theatre on the Town Spectacle, and as part of that Walken is directing a scene which tells the story of Shays’ Rebellion, through a ballad he composed about the Rebellion. As always (speaking of rebellion) we pay a visit to His Malignancy The Mad King and his Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Remember the Alligator who ate the golfball? No more Mr. Nice Guy folks. How about the Croc who ate the big game hunter?   Sorry Scott, but what goes around comes around!

Let’s see what The Mad King is up to today. How about this for a headline: “World Worries as Trump Set to Dump Paris Climate Deal”? Now he’s got the whole world freaked out. How come the headline isn’t “World Court Indicts Trump for Climate Crimes”? According to the article in Common Dreams (where commoners have no voice) In 2014 His Malignancy tweeted “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop.” We guess he’s right this time, global warming really does have to stop but truth be known he went on to state: “Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.” More Fake News! Why stop there? Recently The Mad King’s viceroy in the EPA, climate criminal Scott Pruitt has said he would consider replacing academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate. This on the heels of firing at least five members of a major scientific review board. Science? Science! I doin’ need no stinkin’ science!!

We have some E-Valley-uation for you. You may recall last week’s show got all up into the face of climate criminals Kinder Morgan/TGP trashing Otis State Forest to make way for yet another fracked gas pipeline? That is happening as we speak UNLESS the powers that be heed the word from the Narragansett Nation who just “filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today, accusing the agency of violating the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)”. Of course, you may also know that “FERC Don’t Work” so a “request” could well be ignored. Meanwhile, the Thoreau Cabin has been moved from blocking Kinder Morgan’s failed NED pathway and raised near the Otis Forest pathway of destruction.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill has returned from being…….what? many a past week’s Fool? Remember when Texas congressional Repugnican climate criminal, Lamar Smith went so far as to suggest that the “the only way to get the unvarnished truth” about the climate might be to get it from President Trump? [insert hysterical laughter here] Well, we have what may actually be some good news from Grist: A “Texan science nerd wants to unseat Congress’ most despised science denier”  Hmmm, Enviro show listeners might want to send a donation that-a-ways but only AFTER they donate to Valley Free Radio, of course.

It’s time for our Enviro Show Quote of the Week and, of course, it’s about your pledge:

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.”                    –  C.S. Lewis (not afraid to end a sentence with a preposition….within)

After our conversation with Walken and Carlos we take you over to the Bus stop Billboard:

 

 

Tuesday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. Billionaires Bash! “Celebrate” PRIM Support for Trump’s Agenda! 84 State Street, Boston. To highlight the irresponsible investment practices of the PRIM Board and generate support for H.3281. People dressed in colorful formal garb as at a cocktail party; brass band playing lively New Orleans style party music, opposition chanting “pensioners” vs “oligarchs”. With $2 billion of state workers’ and teachers’ retirement funds invested in oil, gas and coal, the state’s Pension Reserve Investment Management (PRIM) Board is supporting the Trump agenda in Massachusetts and putting retirees funds at risk.  H.3281 would have the pension fund divest from coal and would set up a commission chaired by the State Treasurer to make binding recommendations concerning oil and gas holdings. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/294846774269250/

 

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm. Screening of “Talking to the Wall”. It’s been 24 years since Greenfield voters rejected a Wal-Mart. This is the film that tells some of that story (but probably not Mass Earth First!s contribution). Discussion afterwards. Garden Cinema, Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

 

Saturday May 18, All Day. Green-Rainbow Party Convention. Worcester, MA. The theme this year, Building the Party and Expanding the Green-Rainbow Tent, accentuates the need for us to continue building our party in the face of today’s reality of a broken political system in America. Rosa Clemente spoke in 2008 of the Green Party as no longer the alternative, but the imperative, for us to live with social justice, freedom, and democracy. Her words were true in 2008 and still ring true today. Keynote speaker will be Jacqueline Patterson, the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Go to: http://www.gp.org/green_rainbow_convention_2017

 

Monday, May 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! WMass monthly gathering at the Amherst Unitarian Society Meeting House, East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/

 

Monday May 29 (Memorial Day), 11am. to 2pm. No Escape From the Cape Standout by the Cape Cod end of the Sagamore Bridge. Protest the nuke agencies allowing the Pilgrim reactor to continue threatening visitors and residents of the area. Go to: http://www.capedownwinders.info

 

Monday, June 12, 6pm. Place TBD. Mass Clean Energy Future Tour stop in Springfield. The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate. How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong? Go to: https://malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture

 

OK, Enviro Show listeners, last call for YOUR pledge to support the show and Valley Free Radio and to Listen to Your Mother. 🙂

 

Greetings Earthlings. Early this morning forest protectors from the Sugar Shack Alliance blocked access to tree cutting in Otis State Forest as part of their ongoing struggle to stop Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline from building a fracked gas storage pipeline in Massachusetts Article 97 protected land. In their initial statement regarding the action they said: “Despite arrests and continuing work by Tennessee Gas crews, the activists have pledged to continue their resistance to the pipeline until it is stopped.” Of course, here on The Enviro Show we stand four-square behind such statements sooooooo, we’re breaking our bad habits and airing a special show on this, our off-week. We’ll get some call-ins from participants (provided they’re not all sitting behind bars) and maybe some of them will join us in the VFR studios. If time allows we’ll get up in the face of the fossil fools during other segments of the show but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! We guess the snakes in Otis State Forest could do without another disruption from the corporados but how would they react to some dumb-ass human kissing? Ask this guy!

We can’t resist a bit of trashing on His Malignancy The Mad King here because he recently trashed the…..are you really ready? The U.S. Constitution!   It seems The Mad King told his freaky Faux “News” friends, “It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.” Well, at least it fits well with his suspected TREASON! But His Malignancy didn’t stop there, he’d like to go after some National Monuments as well!

We have some Broken News! This just in: 18 blockaders were arrested late this morning and are under going the whole booking thing. Apparently the State police mistook the activists for the real culprits, the ones in garish orange helmets starting to trash the forest so more fossil fuels can go into the atmosphere and endanger future generations. Sad.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we’d like to rerun ourselves with this link about “The Great American Stand” report we spoke about on the last show. This may well be one of THE most important climate related papers to come out with regard to forests and carbon sequestration. We can’t stress that enough……so we will.

After our special coverage of the action in Otis State Forest today we’ll march you over to the Bus Stop Billboard to checkout future action:

 

 

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will hold a Public Information Session at the lodge at the Berkshire East Ski Resort, 66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont, MA. on the proposed State legislation to establish a Special Designation for the region [Yes, turn WMass into a Biomass Pellet or Wood Chip Plantation! Be sure to bring your hot air sickness bags!]

 

Tuesday, May 9, 7pm. 100% Renewables for All Informational meeting. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive St., Greenfield Is it possible?  What are the benefits? How do we get there? Campaign Tool Kit – by Mass Power Forward. Next Steps in your community. Greenfield event Organized by:Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution (FCCPR) & Greening Greenfield. Contact: at info@fccpr.us;  413-624-6557

 

Wednesday, May 10, 7 to 8:45pm. Writers as Climate Activists. We’ll share our creative responses to the climate crisis…come share yours with us too! Looking forward to an inspiring discussion. Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765667723745196/1770007056644596/

 

Saturday, May 13, 10am to 9pm. Spring Enviro Action Fair & Expo. @ The Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Avenue, Dalton, MA. Email Judy Eddy at judy@thebeatnews.org or call her at 413.652.5387. We need your help to make this day a success!! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557078597654473/

 

Tuesday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. Billionaires Bash! “Celebrate” PRIM Support for Trump’s Agenda! 84 State Street, Boston. To highlight the irresponsible investment practices of the PRIM Board and generate support for H.3281. People dressed in colorful formal garb as at a cocktail party; brass band playing lively New Orleans style party music, opposition chanting “pensioners” vs “oligarchs”. With $2 billion of state workers’ and teachers’ retirement funds invested in oil, gas and coal, the state’s Pension Reserve Investment Management (PRIM) Board is supporting the Trump agenda in Massachusetts and putting retirees funds at risk.  H.3281 would have the pension fund divest from coal and would set up a commission chaired by the State Treasurer to make binding recommendations concerning oil and gas holdings. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/294846774269250/

 

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm. Screening of “Talking to the Wall”. It’s been 24 years since Greenfield voters rejected a Wal-Mart. This is the film that tells some of that story (but probably not Mass Earth First!s contribution). Discussion afterwards. Garden Cinema, Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

 

Saturday May 18, All Day. Green-Rainbow Party Convention. Worcester, MA. The theme this year, Building the Party and Expanding the Green-Rainbow Tent, accentuates the need for us to continue building our party in the face of today’s reality of a broken political system in America. Rosa Clemente spoke in 2008 of the Green Party as no longer the alternative, but the imperative, for us to live with social justice, freedom, and democracy. Her words were true in 2008 and still ring true today. Keynote speaker will be Jacqueline Patterson, the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Go to: http://www.gp.org/green_rainbow_convention_2017

 

Monday, May 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! WMass monthly gathering at the Amherst Unitarian Society Meeting House, East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/

 

Monday, June 12, 6pm. Place TBD. Mass Clean Energy Future Tour stop in Springfield. The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings throughout the Commonwealth to get input from you on pressing issues in clean energy and climate. How do you think the legislature should keep our state healthy, sustainable and strong? Go to: https://malegislature.gov/cleanenergyfuture

 

That should keep you busy, yes? OK, we’re out of here for now. Please remember, like those brave souls standing in the rain in Otis State Forest, to listen to your Mother, OK?