Posts Tagged ‘Fool-on-the-Hill’

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!

windmillGreetings Earthlings. It’s time to support The Enviro Show and Valley Free Radio.  We hope you will call in at 413-584-1160 with your pledge to help us carry on here on WXOJ-LP. If you don’t get an answer PLEASE go here and pledge your support: http://valleyfreeradio.org/donate/

After you make your IMPORTANT donation to the show and VFR we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard to see what’s what:

Monday, May 12, 7 pm. Climate Action NOW!/350MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Free, open to the public and handicap accessible. For questions/more info contact Susan at susantheberge@comcast.net

Tuesday May 13, 7pm There will be an information session on the proposed fracked gas pipeline project at the Windsor Town, MA Hall.  Bruce Winn, from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), will provide a presentation on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) route through Windsor and other western Massachusetts towns.  Rosemary Wessel , organizer of No Fracked Gas in Massachusetts (NFGIM) and a representative from Kinder Morgan have both been invited to attend and answer questions. Contact:  janet.bradley2@gmail.com

 

Thursday, May 15, 5 P.M. Gather on the Greenfield Common at the intersection of Main and Federal Streets across from Bank Row for a brief rally and then march to the J.W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA to demonstrate community opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan fracked gas pipeline!  Allen Fore, Director of Public Affairs – Kinder Morgan Energy Partners a part of the Northeast Expansion Project by Tennessee Gas will be making a Presentation to the Franklin County Council of Governments and the Franklin Regional Planning Board on the Proposed Pipeline. Public not invited inside but we own the streets!

Friday, May 16, 7PM. Viewing of Gasland Part II.  Connect with organizations involved in dynamic campaigns across the country to stop fracking and support a real renewable energy future. Bruce’s Browser & Cyber Café, 1497 Main St. Athol, Massachusetts. Go to: www.northquabbinenergy.org/wordpress

Tuesday, May 27, 7pm. Springfield’s Green Committee meets at Springfield City Hall. Contact ARISE at 413-734-4948

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30-8:30pm. NRC Annual Dog and Pony Show : Brattleboro Union High School’s Auditorium, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro. The Annual Assessment Meeting for Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.  The NRC will be available to respond to questions on specific performance issues at the plant and our role in ensuring safe plant operations. Note that: “signs, banners, posters and displays affixed to any sticks, poles, or other similar devices will not be permitted in the meeting room.” Info email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

OK? Remember: listen to your Mother.

calmtreesGreetings Earthlings. Do you mind if we mind about clearcuts? Too bad! And so-called “patch cuts” are just little clearcuts, got it? How about the critical importance of carbon sequestration by trees? Watershed protection? In the wake of Castle Northampton‘s recent dog & pony show regarding the logging in the drinking water supply forest, Chris Matera returns to these mics where he has actually been invited! We will pick through the trash and treasures with him for most of the show and get a call later from our roving reporter, Tom Neilson. In keeping with all the log smog we also put together a gigantic Forests & CO2 linkfest below just in case anyone has an interest in actual science.  This truncated version of the show still has time for some Fools-on-the-Hill, a little E-Valley-uation  and…….Revenge of the Critters! Do not turn your back on the trees.

It’s another two-fer AND a repeat performance by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Big Oil’s own chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Her chairship is accompanied by Rep. Cory Gardner, Repugnican of Colorado. “The [Senate] hearing will examine how the United States can responsibly export natural gas to promote manufacturing, create high-paying jobs and expand U.S. influence around the world to assist its allies,” the committee said in a Thursday statement. We’re not sure the entire committee agrees with that but be that as it may, like we always ask: what ever happened to “energy independence”?  O, and what ever happened to “responsible”! Did we miss something? Meanwhile, Gardner is sponsoring a bill “that would force the Obama administration to approve all pending applications for liquefied natural gas export terminals.” Cory Gardner is soooooo forceful. We guess he likes to Drill baby, drill!

In our E-Vally-uation segment we have a peek at Katy’s op-ed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette regarding the propsed Kinder Morgan/TGP coporado fracked gas pipeline aimed for a backyard near you. Then it’s on to Glen & Chris and our giant Forest & CO2 linkfest at the bottom of this post. You want the science of why we shouldn’t be hacking down our forests? Knock yourself out.

Now we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, March 26, 6:30pm. Screening of “Carbon Nation”. Seelye Hall 106, Smith College, Northampton, MA. Discussion following by Smith students. Free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible.  Part of Earth’s Turn film series brought to you by the Climate Action NOW/350MA; Smith College Sustainability Reps, Green Team, Divest Smith College, and others.

Wednesday, March 26, 6:30pm. Sunderland Public Library. Closing VT Yankee: How to Do It Safely & Responsibly” with Dr. Marvin Resnikoff and Dr. John R. Mullen. 20 School Street, Sunderland, Mass. Sponsored by Pioneer Valley Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and by the Sunderland Energy Committee www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org

Thursday, March 27, 10:30 to 11am. Environment Massachusetts’ Fracking Bill Press Conference. Springfield City Hall, 35 Court Street, Springfield, MA. This is about No Fracking in MA (which probably won’t happen anyway) BUT we hope they speak to the proposed corporate Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Commonwealth! See: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

Saturday, March 29, 10am to 4pm. Valley Vegfest, at JFK Middle School in Northampton.  A vegetarian festival featuring natural and cruelty-free products, vegan food, educational exhibitors, and talks by noted authors and experts including Jenny Brown, Neil Hornish, Dr. Kumara Sidhartha, and Hannah Kaminsky. For more information please go to http://www.valleyveg.org

March 29. The next (and final) CD training will be held at Smith College in Northampton. Nearly 50 people have stepped forward to say they are willing to be arrested at a local pipeline action in Springfield. Is it your time to take a stand? Even if you are… not interested in participating in the act of civil disobedience, there is a crucial need for folks to fill support roles. Email: hellomolly@comcast.net to sign up or to find out more about supporting the action.

Monday, April 1, 10:30am. Youth Walkout for Climate Justice. On March 31st, hundreds of youth across the Commonwealth will walk out of classes and take time from their jobs to converge on the Statehouse and call on Governor Patrick to draw a hard line against new fossil fuel infrastructure. Questions?  Contact info@justandstable.org.

Monday, March 31, 6:30 pm sign-in. “The Climate Crisis:  Only a Movement can Save Us!” Introduction by Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin Downing Presentation by Craig Altemose, executive director of the Better Future Project  / 350 Massachusetts. Kick-Off Meeting for Berkshire “Node” of 350MA. Berkshire Community College, Room K111, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7pm. Public safety is no joke! On APRIL FOOL’S DAY we’ll be back at the gates of Vermont Yankee. Tell Entergy they’re not fooling us, and we are not fooling around. Entergy is not fooling us, and we are not fooling around. 546 Governor Hunt Rd, Vernon, VT. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Monday, April 7, 6:30pm. Standout for No Fracked Gas in Mass! Kinder Morgan Rep. to speak to the Montague Selectboard, 7:00 pm at MontagueTown Hall,1 Avenue A, Turners Falls (by the bridge). See: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org

Tuesday, April 8, 10am to 3pm. Close Mt. Tom Power PlanProtest Against GDF Suez! 310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. Parking lot behind War Memorial on Maple Street.

Sunday, April 13, 3 to 5pm. 350MA Node meeting. 250 Shutesbury Road, Amherst, MA.

Thursday – April 17, 6 to 8m. Valley-wide Planning Meeting on the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline. Green Fields Market meeting room (upstairs), Main Street, Greenfield, MA Go to: nofrackedgasinmass.org

 

Forests & CO2 sequestering Linkfest! :

http://ijpr.org/post/rainforests-and-ecosystem-services-standing-timber

http://www.nature.com/news/tree-growth-never-slows-1.14536

https://nctc.adobeconnect.com/_a1089783514/p17zyw8ge89/

http://www.maforests.org/Dr_Eric_Chivian_Water_Supply.pdf

http://www.maforests.org/Keeton.pdf

http://www.conbio.org/publications/scb-news-blog/why-forests-need-to-be-enlisted-in-climate-change-actions

http://www.conbio.org/images/content_policy/Harmon-Mark_Carbon_Dynamics_Heinz_9-25-13.pdf

http://www.geosinstitute.org/banking-on-forests/forests-and-carbon.html

http://www.loisparshley.com/LFP_carbon_sequestration_06_25_09.pdf

http://www.parks-parcs.ca/english/pdf/549.pdf

http://w w w .o r e g o n . g o v / o d f / c l i m a t e c h a n g e
/ f o r e s t c a r b o n b a s i c s v 2 . p d f

Climate Control: How Northwest Old-Growth Forests Can Help Fight Global Warming
http://www.oregonwild.org/oregon_forests/global-warming-and-northwest-forests/Climate%20Control%20(Oregon%20Wild%20Global%20Warming%20Report%20May%2008).pdf

Heiken, D. Myths & Facts on Forest, Carbon and Global Warming slide show
http://www.slideshare.net/dougoh/forest-carbon-climate-myths-presentation/

Interactive Effects of Environmental Change and Management Strategies
on Regional Forest Carbon Emissions
http://terraweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/pubs/Hudiburg%20Interactive%20effects%20of%20envl%20change%20and%20management_EST13.pdf

Dept. of Interior Releases Study of Carbon Storage and Sequestration
in Western Ecosystems as Part of National Assessment
http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/interior-releases-study-of-carbon-storage-and-sequestration-in-western-ecosystems-as-part-of-national-assessment.cfm#

Oregon State University. “Oldest trees are growing faster, storing
more carbon as they age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily,15 January 2014.
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140115132740.htm

Role of Forests in Climate Mitigation
B.E. Law – Oregon State University, February 23, 2014
http://forestpolicypub.com/2014/03/13/dr-law-role-of-forest-ecosystems-in-climate-change-mitigation/comment-page-1/

 

Had enough? We go out with Loreena McKennitt’s “Ancient Pines” representing “the Earth’s yearning for release from the oppression of the human hand”.

Remember this: listen to your Mother!

bikerightGreetings Earthlings. While the weather here in the Northeast isn’t all that conducive to biking at the moment, the hardy among us press on. Jimmy Pereira from Mass Bike in Springfield calls in with some E-Vally-uation on biking in that city while out on the Other Coast, our favorite hydrologist cum bike activist, Dylan Ahearn from Beacon Bikes gives us the picture on bike issues in Seattle. As always, we hope to entertain you with visits to The Fool-on-the-Hill and The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe we’ll even get to The Enviro Show Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Listen up, dog people: don’t kick snow in the cat’s face, OK?

The name of this Week’s Fool-on-the-Hill sounds awfully familiar. We think he’s been here before. Be that as it may, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) was the lead sponsor of H.R. 1900 — Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. What would the “reform” do? “It would rush approval of natural gas pipelines with disregard for potential impacts on the public and on clean water and air,” NRDC explains. “In essence, this legislation is a direct extension of the entire House Republican effort that is focused on eliminating the transparent environmental review process that is required when energy projects are proposed.”  Well, we know one thing that is transparent for sure: Repugnicans make for bad Earthlings.

Our Quote of the Week is right on target for this show, but once again you’ll have to jump into The Wayback Machine (don’t despair, it’s geothermal powered!) for this:  “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”      –  H. G. Wells

 
 

We find none other than our Senior Senator from the Commonwealth, Elizabeth Warren in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but she’s certainly not echoing the corporate line on the Alberta tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline. OpEd News susses out how Liz is no Hillary when it comes to destroying the planet. While Hillary is big on Keystone XL a whole lot of others….not so much. Two young women activists down in Oklahoma are being charged with “terrorism hoax”. What for? Glittering! Be very afraid people, remain in the no sparkle zone. You can donate to Moriah Stephenson and Stefan Warner’s defense here.  BTW, did you know the evil Koch brothers actually own a big chunk of the Alberta tar sands? And this: in Massachusetts comes the good news that the updated Bottle Bill may become a reality. We got enough signatures to get the initiative on the 2014 ballot in November if the folks on Beacon Hill don’t pass legislation beforehand. And this from one of our favorite listeners: “Somali Piracy: a Model for Tomorrow’s Life in the Anthropocene?” It’s what survival looks like in a world out of balance. Time for the Polar Vortex Report! Chris Mooney, who we had on the show back during the Bush Era, gives a simple explanation for the frigid temps lately: The Arctic is Drunk and has wandered off the rez! Recall us going off in the past about the phony excuse Big Oil and its corporate pimps in Washington periodically trotted out for increased oil production in the U.S.? “Energy Independence” or “Energy Security” they proclaimed (even as they cut more deals to export more oil via new pipelines & facilities). Now Grist tells us these corporados are planning to export crude oil as well, something that is presently illegal.  Finally, and in keeping with this show’s theme we have good news from Portlandia: no one died on a bike this past year? Given the extent of carmageddon out there, we guess that’s good news…….no?

Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival reminds us about “Cars, cars, cars” (often the nemesis of bikes, bikes, bikes!) before we move on to our E-Valley-uation interview with Jimmy from Mass Bike. Then we hear from the Other Coast and close out with the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tues, January 14, 7pm  Public Service Board hearing on VT Yankee.  Brattleboro interactive tv location is at Brattleboro Union High School, Room 125, Fairgrounds Road. From I-91 Exit 1 – Take a Right at the first set of lights. The high school is at the end of the block. Not from Vermont? The PSB still wants to hear from you. Please make it clear that ordinary citizens should have a direct voice, and that based on the record, we do not trust Entergy. The state and the PSB must hold Entergy accountable to clean up the financial and environmental mess it has made.

 Saturday, January 18, 11am to 2pm Pedal People Bike Workshop at 12 Northern Ave in Northampton, MA. Call: 413-586-8591  Email: mail@pedalpeople.coop
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:30PM. Screening of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our lives”. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the
deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting our health. If you eat food this is a must see movie. Share it with everyone you know and let’s get GMOs out of our food supply. Saint James Church Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door.   Info at: 773-5165

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm. Climate Justice Conference Update.  Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield. Contact Susan at susantheberge@comcast.net

Saturday, January 25th, 10am-noon. Community Forum and Panel Discussion on State Divestment Legislation. Springfield Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street, Springfield, Ma.  Email: george@climateactionnowma.org

Saturday, January 25, 10:30am. Winter Pre-school series: Who’s been here? Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA Call: (413) 863-3221

Friday, January 31, 7:30am – 12:00pm. Walk/Ride Day. Join the celebrations on the last Friday of every month!  People throughout New England are doing it! Just use green transportation that day: commuting by bike is great, but going by foot, bus, or train – even carpooling and walking part way – count!  If you wear something green to show your support, you can also get discounts and freebies from an ever-growing list of sponsoring businesses throughout the region. For more information, and to register your company in Walk/Ride Day friendly competitions including a year-long Cambridge, MA mayor’s challenge, visit www.gogreenstreets.org.

Saturday, February 1, 9:30am to 4pm. Carbon Free Nuclear Free Workshop at  Park House, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT.  The Citizens Awareness Network is partnering with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research to train organizers and provide the materials and information they need to organize on the local and state levels for sustainable energy solutions. The goal is to train people on the sustainable energy transition and technological issues so they can rap them out and begin organizing. Participants will include representatives from groups in the tri-state community (MA, VT, NH), as well as New York.  If interested please contact: Citizens Awareness Network  413 339 5781

Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. Screening of “High Power” about nukes in India at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. Discussion follows.

That’s about it, unless you can think of something we missed. Until next time remember: listen to your Mother!

thanksgiving-thankstaking-no-thankkks-amerikkka-raimGreetings Earthlings. With Thanksgiving coming up we’re starting to realize what a thankless job it is reporting on the end of the world. With that in mind we think we’ll punish everyone with more doom & gloom……kidding! (sort of). Mollie Matteson, M.S. Conservation Advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity returns to tell us about the plight of the bats and what YOU CAN DO about it. With that in mind we also offer this newsflash from our friends at the Earth First! Journal. Like old times we take you to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber where our show title becomes manifest (Industrialism? corporatism? capitalism? No thanks!). Also, a visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill and a visit to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for….Revenge of the Critters! Flesh eating bacteria in BP’s tarballs!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have some serious think pieces that are waaaaayyy too long for the show. Checkout this important screed from Truthout. “Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth”? A connection? Ya’ think??  Also, in the wake of the WORST STORM EVER! we have this piece from Rachel Smolker on the COP19 climate talks. It looks like more enviros are weighing in on that call for new nukes to confront the Climate Crisis. Sorry, James Hansen but we’d rather not swap one crisis for another! Remember how we’ve talked about the Arctic methane release in a warming climate being even worse than the rising CO2 emissions? How about a side of mind-numbing science with that order of doom? Time for some good news: Climate crisis deniers ordered to pony up court costs for “not acting reasonably”. This is something we can get used to! We also could easily get used to more critters like Loukanikos and Kanellos the Greek Protest Dogs! Finally this from Grist, Divine intervention: The Pope Comes out Against Fracking.

This week we Meet the New Boss still trying to come up with that “clean coal” thing. Gosh, we thought that came from the old playbook. Didn’t he read the long think piece we just posted in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber? No? OK, how about that deal with him being sent to Earth by Jor-El to save the planet? How’s THAT working out for us?

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is David McKinley, the West Virginia Repugnican who insisted during those House Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearings in September that “over the last 40 years,” there has been “almost no increase in temperature, very slight.” Sorry Dave, there’s this thing called science!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week puts you back in the back of the Wayback Machine and into the 19th century: “Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”    –  Horace Mann

After our interview with Mollie it’s on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

November 19-25 The Hands Off Appalachia! Fall Action Camp will include intensive Non-Violent Direct Action trainings, a special Art in Activism track, affinity group trust building, a Resistance in Appalachia workshop, and so much more! Saturday training in preparation for a public demonstration on Sunday 11/24 in Stamford! The camp is located at the beautiful Voluntown Peace Trust, in Voluntown, CT. Register at: http://handsoffappalachia.com/hoa-fall-action-camp/

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm. Greening Greenfield kicks off its 5th Annual Sustainable Living film series in partnership with the St. James Episcopal Church. The theme of this year’s film series is to deepen our knowledge and spark discussion and action on the moral issues inherent in living a more sustainable life. SWITCH: Choosing Our Energy Future, a scientific documentary about energy, how we can choose our energy future and switch from fossil fuels to more Earth-friendly options and prosper. St James Episcopal Church, Parish Hall on Church Street, behind the church at 55 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA.  For more information on Greening Greenfield and the film series go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org, or call 773-5165.

Saturday, Nov 23, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Boreal Forest Ecology and Cellar Hole Hike. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Tamarack Hollow, Windsor, MA. Learn about the unique high elevation boreal forest located above 2000 feet elevation in MA. Identify evergreen trees and plants such as the balsam fir, red spruce, Christmas fern and bunchberry in their early winter stages. Visit cellar holes from the 1800’s along the way and learn about life in the hilltowns. This is a three mile moderate hike. Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

On Sunday Nov. 24, the Western Mass. Change Walmart Campaign will do a basic training to prepare you for direct engagement with Walmart workers to build their organization, OUR Walmart – which you will do teamed with more experienced organizers. It will be at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Campus Center Room 324A, 375 Church St, North Adams, 12:30-4:30pm, led by Patrick Burke (Western Mass. Jobs with Justice) and Nate Garand (United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1459), with help from me and maybe Ruthie Clement, an OUR Walmart member. To register for this training, please click here: I’ll Be There 11/24!

Black Friday, November 29, Noon. We will rally outside of the Walmart Supercenters and protest their corrupt ways. We will stand in solidarity with the Walmart workers who are on strike and any others who join us. Walmart, 337 Russell St, Hadley, MA  & Walmart, 180 N King St, Northampton, MA. Call: (413) 827-0301. Also, 1105 Boston RD, SPRINGFIELD MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstCorruptionSpringfieldMA#!/events/185518358303412/

Wednesday, December 4th, 3 pm. GreenWork Annual Meeting. Roundtable discussion examining industrial agriculture and GMOs. 640 Page Blvd., Sprinfield, MA.  Call 413-237-5507

Wednesday, December 4, 7pm. Amherst Planning Board hearing on preliminary subdivision plans for The Retreat at Amherst (see this). Amherst Town Hall, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, December 5, 7 to 9pm. North Valley Climate Action Now and 350MA Node Meeting. Herter Hall 601, University Massachusetts, 161 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. Contact Susan Theberge at susantheberge@comcast.net or Shanti Gaia at shantiomgaia@gmail.com.

Monday December 9, Occupy and Pack The Courtroom For Reverend Billy. New York City, NY 9:00 -Location To be announced. Contact: http://www.revbilly.com/contact

Sunday, December 8, 2 to 4pm. Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Bridge St. School, Northampton (coming west into Northampton on Rte 9 on the right next to the cemetery). Deb Katz-Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network and others cover the issues. Contact Hattie Nestel 978-249-9400 or Jeff Napolitano 413-584-8975

Saturday, Dec 14, (Time TBA). First Child in the Woods/Caregiver and Infant/Toddler Walk. It is never too early to start to appreciate the wonders of nature! Here is your opportunity to explore the nature and beauty of Arcadia with your youngster each month. Meet other parents and caregivers while getting exercise and learning about the natural world. Each walk will be on fairly level ground as to accommodate carriages or backpack kids and end at the Arcadia Nature Play and picnic area. Meet at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Call to register 413-584-3009

That is all until next time when we open another front on the “War on Christmas”. Until then, remember to listen to your Mother.

GreeningGfldGreetings Earthlings. Does a name like Greenfield indicate all things green? Nancy Hazard joins us to suss it out here on Election Day where we elect to act locally & globally. Also, we take you on a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, a visit to The Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…..Revenge of the Critters! Ducks invade CVS…..complain about service? poor product placement? corporate domination of health care? maybe “where’s the pond that used to be here??”

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we start off with one of Naomi Klein’s most important pieces ever: “Why Science is Telling Us All to Revolt“.  Don’t care to read yet another IMPORTANT link? How about we give it to you pictures?  Also, we note that “Entergy’s Nuclear Limbo Threatens Public Safety”. Gosh! Corporate austerity trumps the Public Good? Nah!  There’s been some excellent back channel discussion here in Massachusetts between anti-nuke folks and climate activists regarding the nuclear carbon footprint. Here’s one of the studies that came up in the conversation. Hopefully everyone will realize that nukes are NOT the answer to the Climate Crisis.  And speaking of carbon footprint, our friends at Grist and at Ring of Fire passed on info that “300 oil pipeline spills that occurred in the state in less than two years have gone unreported”. Surprise! Big Oil owns North Dakota. Did someone say Climate Crisis? The media is buzzing with leaks about the draft version of the second installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest review of the global scientific consensus on the global warming and climate change. It’s not good. Now, on to the fun stuff: our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is a Must See by the Sea (it’s like a Revenge of the Critters two-fer!). NEWS FLASH! This just in: The Toxic Monster is coming!!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill goes plural again but this time deep into the Repugnican staffers den of iniquity. Some fools are paying taxes to have their far-right climate denying operatives load the “majority page” on The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works with sophomoric posts about “The Top Ten Reasons The Government Shutdown Isn’t All Bad”. Among them: “Fewer bureaucrats at the EPA makes it less likely that they’ll make up science on new regulations”.  We don’t know about you, but we smell young College Repugnican Club types gathered around the desktop in their J. Press giggling over inane groupthink. Hey kids, It’s recess time! Go play outside now.

We Meet the New Boss on his recent visit to the Commonwealth where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act. Climate activists were in the crowd reminding him that going forward with the KeystoneXL pipeline is “game over” for the climate. Many blinkered Obama fans booed the activists but the Prez called them off before telling the activists that they were at the wrong event…….like health and climate have no relation?

Our E-Valley-uation segment is our focus for this show: greening Greenfield with Nancy. But first, are you a bus rider? If so, a word from public transit activists: “In order to help the public transit authority (PVTA) in our area to hear from a variety of voices, we have created a survey and ask that you complete it.  It is our hope to help the public transit authority to complete an evaluation of its bus and public transit service that represents all its users. This is an important moment to let our voices be heard and speak out on our needs and priorities when it comes to public transit access. Let your voice be heard; please take a few moments to fill this out. You may complete the survey online and email it to mcarroll@stavros.org using the button at the top [of the survey] or you may print it and return it to our Springfield office at 262 Cottage Street, Springfield MA 01104  by November 27.”    Now it’s off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30pm. Air Pollution: What is pollution? Can it hurt you? What will you do?  ARISE for Social Justice, 467 State Street, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 Friday, November 8th from 7-8:30pm. Attend the free kick-off of Valley Zero Waste (VZW) in Amherst at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst.  The meeting is in the Glass Room on the lower level. There will be a short film and plenty of discussion in a problem/solution format.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information contact Jessica at valleyzerowaste@yahoo.com, or 413-727-3295. The second launch event will be held in Springfield for the convenience of people in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley. It is scheduled for Sunday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in the Community Room at the Central Library on State St.  The Community Room is located to the right as you enter the building.  There is aboveground parking across the street.

Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-2pm:  5th monthly protest at TD Banks (major investor in Tar Sands oil pipelines) in  Springfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield branches. TD Bank,  1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield, and  protests on same day and time at TD Banks in Northampton ( 175 Main St); Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection) & Greenfield (324 Main St.). More info:  John Berkowitz, 413-325-4533  Email: johnpberk@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10. Green Economy & Solidarity Conference. Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St, Worcester, MA. Do you believe there are alternatives to corporate greed? That we can live with harmony with our community and our planet? That we can create new economic and social relations that challenge oppression and create justice? Email: bwshear@yahoo.com

Thursday,  November 14, 6pm-8pm. Parenting and Climate Change Discussion with Colleen Kelley, Ruthie Ireland, and Casey Beebe, environmental educators and parents. How do we help our children navigate climate change? How do we do that without terrifying them or making them feel helpless even if that is how we feel? Hitchcock center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA. Call: (413) 256-6006

Friday, November 15, 7:00 PM. Decommissioning Forum, First Congregational Church of Amherst, at 165 Main St., Amherst, MA. Envisioning a Responsible and Safe Cleanup Of Vermont Yankee. In order to learn more about the situation with the shut down and the storage of the nuclear waste, the Old Reliables affinity group has invited Deb Katz, the director of the Citizen’s Action Network (CAN) to speak in Amherst at the First Church.

December 4th, 3 pm. GreenWork Annual Meeting. Roundtable discussion examining industrial agriculture and GMOs. 640 Page Blvd., Sprinfield, MA.  Call 413-237-5507

That’s all folks, for now. Remember to…..listen to your Mother!

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. We are coming up on Halloween (or Samhain, if you like) and are thinking about all the spirits lurking about as the veil between the worlds thins out. How about the spirits of all those trees the Department of Cut & Run (DCR) destroyed in the Quabbin watershed?  Will they return to haunt the likes of Elisa Campbell, of MA Sierra Club or Jonathan Yeo, Director of Division of Water Supply Protection at DCR? Let’s hope so! John Rumpler of Environment Massachusetts calls in with the gory details and  The Good Green Witch calls in with news of the season!  As usual we’ll also spook you with news from The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, a visit to The Fool-on-the-Hill and checkout some local haunts in our E-Valley-uation segment, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!  Beware Big Nuke: the return of the Jellies!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we might be sending some shivers down your spine with news of the most recent cyclone hitting the shaky Fukushima nukes (you know, the ones that are still MELTING DOWN!!). Also this from Grist: North Dakota oil spill goes unnoticed by feds in Repugnican government shutdown. In our Rights of Nature Department we find some critters are finally getting some socially responsible real estate deals! On the other hand, in the Department of Stupid we have a bunch of low-info hunters celebrating the take down of the sacred. What could possibly follow that act? How about Canadian cops invading the rez!  On to our Enviro Show Blog Bonus: This week’s Must See. Now, how about this week’s Must Hear? It concerns U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s proposed listing of the Northern Long-eared Bat.  Our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity note, “Of the six species known to be affected by the deadly bat-disease white-nose syndrome to date, the northern long-eared is among the hardest hit. In the U.S. Northeast, where white-nose syndrome has been killing bats for the longest period of time, the northern long-eared has declined by a shocking 98 percent.”  They also point out, “Because of the species’ strong association with large blocks of older forests, forest fragmentation, logging and forest conversion (such as clearing trees for agriculture and development) are also major threats to the species”.  Ring any bells for you?

Our Enviro Show Fool-on-the-Hill is multi-time winner Texas Repugnican Rep. Louie Gohmert who offered up this pearl of wisdom in a recent Repug dominated hearing in the Mad House:  “Let me just remind you, that if nature had its way there would be a lot more extinct species than there are now.”  One can only wonder where Gomer got his biology info from. The so-called hearing was titled: “EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy.”  Things like that makes us wish The U.S. House was shutdown instead of most of the rest of the government.

For our Quote of the Week we’ll hold the door of the Wayback Machine open for you so you can go wayyyyy back to the 19th century for this one:

“A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. … What a terrible future!”   – Anton Chekhov 1888

Our E-Valley-uation segment starts off with a HALLOWEEN HORROR STORY for our friends here in Florence, Mass. Are you ready for…….”The Return of Chemical Gene!” No? Then vote for Alisa! After that the segment will be totally dominated by news of the worsening situation over in the Quabbin watershed. After all the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments we’ll move on to the undead Bus Stop Billboard (it never ends!):

Sunday, October 20th, 3 PM, at the Frances Crowe Room at Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St., Northampton. We will watch the award-winning documentary, Gasland, and discuss possible actions.  Sample anti-fracking resolutions will be available to introduce at your Town Meeting or present to your City Council. Sponsored by the Franklin Hampshire MoveOn.org Council. Free. Snacks. Call:  413-522-4616 (9am-9pm)

Wednesday, October 23, 4 to 5:30pm. GreenWork Roundtable – Solarizing Western Mass. 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA. Come join us the 4th Wednesday of every month at 640 Page Boulevard for our community round-table discussions on issues pertaining to the green economy. Call (413) 887-9574 or email: wmgreenworks@gmail.com. Also go to: http://www.greenworkwmass.org/

Thursday, October 24, 6 to 8pm. “Fate of the Wild – Extreme energy and wilderness”. In a provocative, photo-rich presentation, writer and conservation activist Tom Butler explores the future of wild nature and human life in a toxic global energy economy. The Thoreau Institute, 44 Baker Farm Road, Lincoln, MA. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and cider at 6:00 followed by presentation at 7:00. RSVP requested. Please call 802.224.1000 or email jennifer@newildernesstrust.org

Saturday, October 26, 7pm. Tom Neilson & LynnWaldron in concert kicking off this coming winter’s  “Truth Tour” at Roundabout Books, 26 Kenwood Street, Greenfield. Tickets at door. Call 413-773-0820 for info or go to: http://www.roundaboutbookstore.com

Sunday, October 27, 3pm. Screening of “Gaslands” in the Frances Crowe Room at the Media Education Foundation, Masonic Street behind the Woodstar Cafe. Discussion follows and sample anti-fracking resolutions will be available to introduce at your Town Meeting or present to your City Council. Sponsored by the Franklin Hampshire MoveOn.org Council. Free. Snacks. Contact Pat Fiero, Lead Regional Organizer, New EnglandMoveOn.org  413-522-4616 (9-9)

Monday, October 28, 6pm Open House, 7pm NRC Public Hearing on the extended storage of nuclear waste. Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford-Lowell, 10 Independence Drive Chelmsford, MA NIRS has created a webpage on the issue and the hearings: www.nirs.org/radwaste/wasteconfidence.htm

Monday,  October 28. The  Vermont House Natural Resources Committee and House Commerce Committee will be in Vernon at the elementary school to look at post-closure issues. The 1:30 p.m. session will be geared toward local officials from towns including Vernon, Guilford and Brattleboro. That session is open to the public, but residents who want to testify should attend the 5 p.m. session for the general public.

October 30th. Deadline for return of all MA Bottle Bill ballot forms – even if they have just one signature. Return them to Mass Sierra Club, Bottle Bill Petitions, 10 Milk Street #632, Boston MA 02108-4621

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:30am-4pm. 350MA Statewide Campaign Summit. Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Main St., Worcester. Bonus session from 4-5:45pm. Info at: info@betterfutureproject.org

 November 2nd, 6pm -10:30pm. People Power Party! Saturday, YES! Vermont Yankee IS closing!! We ARE going to celebrate their surrender, before we work harder than ever to make our voices heard on keeping the plant safe for the next year and then doing clean up right. Join us November 2nd in West Brattleboro at the Unitarian Universalist Church (West Village Meetinghouse). We have the whole hall from 6:00pm until their 11pm curfew. Here are our ideas … evolving for the next month. Music by John Shelton and Friends. Entertainment & Light Show! Pot Luck & Donated Dinner & Desserts & more! Looking for VOLUNTEERS to (1) set up 4:30pm (2) take down 10:30-11pm (3) create your skits, songs, satire and such (4) solicit food and drink donations  (5) Ideas for the Front Hall Activists activity room. Donations before, during and after the Party welcome! Safe & Green Campaign and Citizens Awareness Network are co-sponsors. Contact Leslie safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-2pm:  5th monthly protest at TD Banks (major investor in Tar Sands oil pipelines) in  Springfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield branches. TD Bank,  1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield, and  protests on same day and time at TD Banks in Northampton ( 175 Main St); Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection) & Greenfield (324 Main St.). More info:  John Berkowitz, 413-325-4533  Email: johnpberk@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10. Green Economy & Solidarity Conference. Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St, Worcester, MA. Do you believe there are alternatives to corporate greed? That we can live with harmony with our community and our planet? That we can create new economic and social relations that challenge oppression and create justice? Email: bwshear@yahoo.com

Yeesch! So much to do! Anyway, have a frighteningly good Halloween, but pleeeeeease remember to listen to your Mother!