Posts Tagged ‘Fukushima’

Greetings Earthlings. We air this time on the anniversary of the Three Mile Island Meltdown in 1979. Also we are up close and personal with fracked gas promoters here in the Commonwealth and down in the Belly of the Beast. We go critical on nukes with Deb Katz of Citizens Awareness Network and drill deep into fracked gas with our roving reporter & troubadour Tom Neilson. [Correction: I misspoke on the show saying AG Jeff Sessions was from Oklahoma. I meant EPA head Scott Pruitt – d.o. Also, another strolling troubadour of Earth First! fame, Casey Neill calls in about the upcoming Earth2Trump Roadshow coming to Northampton. As always, we’ll take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy The Mad King, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Iguana steals the show at the Miami Open….and freaks out herpetophobes!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Duncan Hunter, repugnican from California who questioned “Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, the acting deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy at a March 19 hearing. Donegan began to answer a question about the Arctic when he uttered the words, “climate change,” and Hunter cut him off. “So I don’t care about the climate change stuff at all, frankly.”  Wait! There’s more: “Here’s what the EPA has done, they’ve destroyed American business,” Hunter said, to the jeers of many in [a Town Hall] audience and cheers from others [meeting in Ramona, CA on March 11]. Yes, another young repugnican descending the ladder to the dark side, and in California!

Time to visit The Mad King but there’s no need to kneel down in his presence as we have erected a wall between our fans and His Malignancy. Safety First! Grist by way of The New Republic tells us: “In Trump’s ideal world, the agency [EPA] tasked with protecting human health and the environment would be slashed by 31 percent to $5.7 billion, its lowest level in 40 years… Nineteen percent of the current workforce, or 3,200 agency employees, would be fired.” Yes, the Climate Criminal-in-Chief continues his campaign to turn Mother Earth into the Death Star. Here’s another peek into The Mad King’s “war on the environment”. On to his unfortunate pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch!  “Throughout his career, Gorsuch has found creative ways of throwing judicial roadblocks in front of environmental litigation”, Mother Jones tells us with help from Grist. Hopefully, by the time you read this all of these guys will be perp walked out of their plush offices and brought before the dock………but probably not.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is short but not at all sweet:

“Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine”   –  David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we ask: Is all this talk of climate chaos making you sick? Guess what? It actually is! Extra, extra! Read all about it!! Here’s this week’s Blog Action Link. Some of us are ice hockey fans but terrorizing penguins for the show? We don’t think so!  Here’s one that makes it difficult to tell whose feet to lay it at, The Mad King or his enablers in congress; actually it’s both so we’ll stick it here in The Chamber by echoing Climate Central’s report, “Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits”. It seems the Enemies of the Planet “have introduced at least 11 pieces of legislation that could weaken it or prevent some threatened wildlife from being protected.” BUT, who will protect them when the whole ball of wax comes undone? No one here in the Echo Chamber! Here’s one we can lay at the feet of the Gov and some folks on Beacon Hill: The Boston Globe reports “Mass. is enforcing its environmental rules less.” That not only sounds like bad grammar but policy as well! “Enforcement actions for serious violations have dropped by more than half, statistics show, as inspections also declined. Fines collected from violators plummeted during the same period by nearly 75 percent.”, the story notes. From here it looks like you taxpayers aren’t getting your dollar’s worth but you can pretty well bet it will be blamed on The Mad King…..even before he really starts punishing us! It looks like the exact opposite is going down on the other coast where enviros are building a Thin Green Line against greedy corporados.

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On to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 – 11:00 am. Silent Protest at the Bridge of Flowers (on the Buckland Side) with a variety of “No Pipeline” themed signs. MA Secretary of Energy Beacon is coming to talk about preparing for Climate Change. We want to show that the recent permitting of a fracked gas pipeline through our state forest contradicts his message of helping us to prepare for Climate Change. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/119492241932166/

 

Wednesday April 26, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. Show up, speak up, write a letter. Please attend even if you do not intend to speak – we need people power showing support for speakers. Eversource has asked the MA Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to approve: *A 10% rate increase for residential customers in western Mass
*  Increased investor profits to a guaranteed 10.5% (exceeding the average) *Imposition of confusing demand charges on unsuspecting consumers and new fixed charges on households with solar panels. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/782542465255923/  for details on sending testimony.

 

Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/

 

Saturday, April 22, 10am. All day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science.  The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com

 

Thursday & Friday April 27, 9am – April 28. Elders Climate Action Day. American University Washington College of Law & Capitol Hill, Washington DC, 4300 NW Nebraska Ave., Washington, DC Go to: http://www.eldersclimateactionday.org/

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/   MA bus sign-up HERE.

 

Friday, May 5th 5:30pm, Saturday, May 6th 5:30pm, & SundayMay 7th 3:30pm. The Wastelands Opera At the Holyoke Creative Art Center, 384 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA. A FREE performance of The Wastelands where the opera first debuted in 2016. The Wastelands is an original experimental folk opera inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio and first in Children of the Wild’s “Rewilding Cycle.” Following Dante and Virgil through the seven stages of Purgatory, The Wastelands explores the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. More Info: https://www.childrenofthewild.org/calendar?mc_cid=afe8b5ca1e&mc_eid=e30cdb63e1

 

We go out with our roving reporting troubadour, Tom Neilson and one of our favorites, “That Pipeline Ain’t Gonna Pass” 

That’s all folks! (for now). Until next time remember, Listen to YOUR Mother!

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get_the_lead_out_poster-thumbnailGreetings Earthlings. Did you think we got the lead out of the U.S. in the ’70s? It wasn’t just about the gasoline and the paint. Earth to humans: You still have a problem! Ben Hellerstein, State Director of Environment Massachusetts joins us to talk about this rather unknown issue these days in the 21st century. Also, joining us in the studio is Dr. David A. Reckhow, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst who headed a recent study of lead in our water. We still have lead in our air and water and it’s a BIG problem for our kids. As always, we’ll also take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Wait, do critters hate motor vehicles or just ones rich people drive?

It’s time for another two-fer in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment and this time they are Dems. Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp recently bailed on their party and voted to approve climate criminal Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). No surprise that both come from the fossil fuel producing states of  West Virginia and North Dakota, the latter being the site of the much disputed DAPL pipeline. Meanwhile Pruitt is now in the building (we had advised the employees to change the locks but they didn’t listen to us) and recently released emails shows he is considered dangerous. Someone call 911!

Time to checkout the present resident in the White House, His Malignancy, the King of Nothing. Let’s start with Rep. Maxine Waters as she drills into Big Oil and their enablers in the Administration calling them what they really are! One of those players is, of course, “T” Rex Tillerson, Big Oil’s man at the head of the U.S. State Department who is no doubt gleefully awaiting the eviction of Water Protectors at Standing Rock so the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue its course of climate destruction. His Malignancy, who has green-lighted the DAPL project he is personally invested in, has a portrait of Indian butcher, Andrew Jackson on the wall in the Oval Office, a fitting symbol of the sort of person the fake president emulates as he carries on the U.S. tradition of treaty trashing. If this were the B-grade bad TV it comes across as on a daily basis we could simply change the channel, but it’s actually happening here in what passes for the real world. We’ll rerun that piece we didn’t get to last week about how the fake president needs help.  Michael Moore seems to think his 10-point plan will “make toast” of the present resident in the White House but we don’t see forced eviction on the list?

Over in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber you don’t want to stand HERE for more than a few minutes or you actually will be toast! The Independent in the UK gives us the latest on the hell hole called Fukushima. And this from Grist: Standing Rock camp torched in traditional Native ceremony but the struggle continues. This weeks science class has some important homework for you. Yes, there will be a test and it will be about deforestation, OK? . Finally, this report comes from Faux “News” so you might want some fact checking time. Be that as it may, we just love reports of flying reptiles as big as airliners (and their remains reportedly found in Transylvania no less)!

 

After our conversation with Dr. Reckhow and Ben we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, March 11, Noon: Safe & Green is hosting a vigil at Noon in Pliny Park, Main St & High St., Brattleboro to once again call attention to the on-going nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Please stand in solidarity with the evacuees of a region once as productive, beautiful and productive as our own. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

Saturday, March 11, 12 to 1:30pm. Standing WITH Standing Rock  on the Greenfield Town Common, Court Square, Greenfield, MA. Stand together in community prayer, song, and peaceful action in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors and Indigenous people. Standing Rock and Native Nations have called for solidarity actions to support their March 10th Washington DC march in prayer and action. The Standing Rock and Native Nations who are organizing the DC March say: “We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.” The Native Nations’ demands for the peaceful DC March include respect for tribal rights and the protection of the environment and future generations. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466248530054599/

 

Tuesday, March 14, 6pm.: The Public Service Board has scheduled a public hearing on the sale of Vermont Yankee. Entergy and NorthStar are asking for a Certificate of Public Good for the sale.  An informational presentation will be held at 6pm. The hearing will begin at 7pm.  Most likely it will be at Vernon Elementary School, but we will confirm the location at a later date. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, March 14, 6 to 7pm. Beware the Ides of March Enviro Show. Taking down the emperor one word at a time. Actually, we have the best words……O, and real facts! Call-in with your brief poems, songs or prose, but let us know first, OK? Email: enviroshow@valleyfreeradio.org

 

Thursday, March 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Poetry reading and creative writing workshop featuring Don Ogden, author of Bad Atmosphere. A free copy of d.o.’s book will be given to the first 20 participants to arrive. Part of the Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis series. Room 2601, UMass Library , Amherst, MA. Contact: Madeleine Charney

 

Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/

 

Saturday, April 22, 10am. All day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science.  The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/   MA bus sign-up HERE.

 

That’s about it for now Earthlings. We go out with Eliot Bronson’s “Head of the River”.

Until next time remember: Listen to your Mother!

 

 

 

 

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?

tree-greenGreetings Earthlings. All these years we’ve been talking with you about the Climate Crisis and what we can do to address this greatest of all threats to life as we know it, right? Remember the part about the trees? About how trees and the soil that sustains them sequester CO2?  So how is it that people keep cutting them down! We ask that question and way more to our friend Dr. Mary Booth, Senior Scientist at The Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance. Also, we get a call from Chris at Mass Forest Watch about cutting in the Quabbin watershed and right here in Northampton! Air time is Tuesday, March 11 which also happens to be the anniversary of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster. You probably remember that. The corporate media? Not so much. We’ll tear into that in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber along with other news. As always, we’ll also take you to Meet the New Boss and The Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a side trip for some E-Valley-uation but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Moose protest! A listeners sends us this video of science gone wrong.

Beware the Ides of March (or thereabouts), especially if you’re a nuclear reactor. Last time we gave you Arnie Gunderson’s grim news on the damaged radioactive fuel storage pools at Fukushima-Daiichi Units #3 and #4. This time around, on the 3rd anniversary of those frightening ongoing multiple meltdowns we check in with long-time anti-nuke crusader, Karl Grossman here.  March 28 is also the anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania. Enformable Nuclear News ties the two events together here. We don’t have to do that live on the show ‘cuz we’ve got our own stories! Tune in for that. We return to tales of tar sands where this think piece on “piecemeal pipelines” points out: “It’s not just a matter of one pipeline — there are a number of different pipelines that are all trying to do the same thing and that’s allow the tar sands development to increase in Canada by getting increasing amounts to the market,” Doug Hayes, a staff attorney for the Sierra Club said, “I think that while the public has been largely focused on Keystone XL, the Corps and other agencies are quietly approving these projects without allowing the public to become involved in any way.”  Of course climate chaos deniers and most corporados are gung-ho for exploiting the tar sands and every conceivable energy source, but wait, some corporados are not marching in step!  On to our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus: here’s what YOU can do to protect the wolves!

We Meet the New Boss dropping the ball on addressing both the Climate Crisis and protecting wildlife off our coastline. The Obama administration released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement on oil and gas exploration off the east coast recently.  Not surprisingly, the Boss has caved to the forces of drill-baby-drill. Read it and weep…..then take action!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. George Holding, R-N.C. (you know, the Tar Heel State?) who proves he’s a heel by sponsoring the The Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act, or ALERRT. Let us alert you to this, our friends at Grist point out that the House Repugs last week celebrated what they called “Stop Government Abuse Week” by passing five dumb bills that abuse the government. Rep. Holding’s contribution to the abuse “would institute a bunch of time-wasting reporting requirements on agencies as they promulgate rules. For example: Prohibits a rule from taking effect until the information required by this Act is posted on the Internet for not less than six months.” Six months? Do they still get their news by stage coach down there? We know nothing much gets done in the U.S. House of Reprehensibles, but out here in the real world?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we’ll do a reportback on the Valley-wide organizing meeting to Stop the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Extension. You can keep up with this latest planned assault on the Commonwealth here. We will be devoting our entire April 8 Enviro Show in this effort to remind everyone: Do Not to Pass Gas in Mass! (sorry). So, act locally, think globally, yes? In its infinite wisdom, the Editorial Board at “The Paper of Record” seems to think we should be shipping a whole lot of that fracked gas to Europe just to get in Putin’s face. We responded to that gasinine idea on their pages and we hope you will as well.

After our conversation with Mary and Chris we take you over to the Bus stop Billboard for this:

Saturday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A  presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Cummington Community House, Main Street, Cummington, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 10, 11am. Wake-up the Governor Rally! Close the Pilgrim nuke/No more Fukushimas!  Grand Staircase, State House, Boston,MA. After repeated requests for a response, Governor Patrick has ignored all the Cape voters who passed a resolution last year calling for him to respectfully request the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uphold its mandate to close Pilgrim because the public safety cannot be assured. Citizens and representatives from each town will gather at the Grand Staircase and deliver statements. After, we will gather written testimony and the 15 town extracts of the votes and deliver to the Governor’s office up the stairs. A bus is leaving Harwich, MA at 8:00 AM with stops in Barnstable and Sagamore.  Reservations can be made by calling Elaine at 508-432-5023 or 508-246-4563.  The round trip cost is $16 or less according to ability to pay.  The bus leaves Boston at 2:00.  Go to: http://capedownwinders.org/

Wednesday, March 12, 4:30 pm, The Western Mass. Green Consortium’s monthly Green Night event takes place on as part of a new series of monthly information and networking events at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton located at 1 Atwood Drive in Northampton, just off Route 5 south of the Exit 18 ramps to I-91.  For more information about Green Night and the Western Mass. Green Consortium, visit the WMGC web site or Facebook page at westernmassgreenconsortium.org.

Wednesday, March 12, 6:30pm. Climate Action Now! will join Smith College environmental student groups and faculty to host the first in a weekly film series, “Earth’s Turn”, which focuses on the effects of climate change on our global environment. Contact: Marty Nathan  413-531-9915 or  email: martygjf@comcast.net

Saturday, March 15, 9am.  Sign up to attend the Civil Disobedience training on March 15 in Springfield in preparation our local Pledge action, Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. To learn more contact Molly Hale at: hellomolly@comcast.net or 413-585-0791.

Wednesday, March 15, 3pm. 2nd Valley organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County and all across northern Massachusetts. Co-op Power, 15 A West Street (Rt.5-10), W. Hatfield, MA. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

Monday, March 24, 6 to 7:30pm. Air Pollution in Your neighborhood. Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Refreshments. Call Arise at 413-734-4948

March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed “Retreat” is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what’s left of the woods? Let’s not find out!].  The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email info@hitchcockcenter.org and leave us your contact information.

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

s-statue-of-liberty-small1.jpgGreetings Earthlings. It seems we just can’t have enough of a bad thing. This time around it’s the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline slated for the Berks and here in the Valley straight through Franklin County and across the Connecticut & Deerfield Rivers. Add to that the planned clearcutting of parts of the Quabbin watershed, a mysterious leak at the Alberta tar sands and the soon to be decided upon Keystone XL pipeline, freakin’ fearful Fukushima, then add the bizarre idea of burning coal deposits underground and you have the makings for a nasty Climate Stew. Adam Hall, who was featured in this recent article by Appalachian Voices and Heather Doyle of Hands Off Appalachia join us to ponder the latter and the likes of UBS and mountain top removal. As always we’ll take you for a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill, to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and maybe to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! Polar Bear gang moves into town. There goes the neighborhood!

Since Old King Coal is slated to take a beating during this show, how about here in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we delve right into this absolutely over-the-top notion about burning coal right where it sits underground, OK? Then it’s on to the next lame-ass idea, this update on Big Oil’s effort to change the law of the land and export the crude oil that’s SUPPOSED to give us “energy independence”. Surely you remember THAT reason to “Drill, baby drill!”? Since we’re talking oil here, let’s have a look at the results of destroying the planet to mine the Alberta tar sands! That would be right…..here. Now we move on to that other dangerous form of energy, the one that splits atoms? It seems the ongoing meltdown in Fukushima (you know, the multiple meltdown the corporate media forgot?) has still more surprises for all of us! Sorry to shock you BUT we actually have some good news! Science may finally trump in invasive Zebra Mussel.

Time to checkout yet another Fool-on-the-Hill. This week it’s Tennessee Repugnican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the current vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and we hope she was doing a slow burn by the time Bill Nye the Science Guy was done with her on Meet the Press (a corporate media noise machine). When the discussion moved to the potential effects of climate change and ways to combat them, Blackburn insisted that all potential remedies must be subject to short-term cost-benefit analysis [insert groan here]. That was after she quoted two totally discredited scientists. Of course the moderator let that slide since….well….you know, in the interest of the corp….er…of fairness! Sorry!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week :

“Congressional committees overseeing industries succumb to the allure of campaign contributions, the solicitations of industry lobbyists, and the siren song of experts whose livelihood is beholden to the industry. The interests of industry and government become intertwined and it is regulation that binds those interests together. Business succeeds by getting along with politicians and regulators. And vice-versa through the revolving door. We call that system not the free-market, but crony capitalism. It owes more to Benito Mussolini than to Adam Smith.”    –  Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we are glad to report that opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipeline (headed for a town near you!) is growing by leaps and bounds. Here is the link to “No Fracking Gas in Mass!” where they have coined such catchy phrases as “Do Not Pass Gas in Mass!” or “We Are Bean-o to Your Gas”. You’ll note on the site that there are events listings and things you can do to help kick this project to the curb…….unless, of course, you don’t mind a Kinder Morgan 3′ diameter fracked gas pipeline exploding in your neighborhood, say in the middle of your morning coffee just after the kids have gone off to meet the school bus? O, did we mention the CLIMATE CRISIS and CO2 emissions? Fracking fluids in someone’s drinking water? No? Also we take a call from Sam King about the upcoming student led Keystone XL action scheduled for DC on March 2!

After our  interviews we move to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Sunday, March 2, 2014, all day. XL Dissent!  On March 2nd, throngs of young people from around the country will converge at Georgetown University to demand of President Obama that he follow through on the promise he made there during his speech. From Georgetown, we will march to the White House. When we get there we will have a huge rally featuring speakers from communities that are at the frontlines of the fight against tar sands oil.  We will proceed to engage in an act of peaceful and principled civil disobedience at the White House gate. We hope that this action will set the record for the largest single-day act of civil disobedience at the White House in American history. This is a student-led action.  Go to: xldissent.org/

Sunday, March 2, 9am & all day.  This year, Toxics Action Center and Massachusetts Climate Action Network are collaborating to jointly put on the Local Environmental Action Conference at Northeastern University in Boston. It’s an opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration.  Go to: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org/

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Valley organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder  Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be at Co-op Power, 15A West St. (Rt. 5-10), West Hatfield, MA. Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

Saturday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A  presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Cummington Community House, Main Street, Cummington, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 10, 11am. Wake-up the Governor Rally! Close the Pilgrim nuke/No more Fukushimas!  Grand Staircase, State House, Boston,MA. After repeated requests for a response, Governor Patrick has ignored all the Cape voters who passed a resolution last year calling for him to respectfully request the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uphold its mandate to close Pilgrim because the public safety cannot be assured. Citizens and representatives from each town will gather at the Grand Staircase and deliver statements. After, we will gather written testimony and the 15 town extracts of the votes and deliver to the Governor’s office up the stairs. A bus is leaving Harwich, MA at 8:00 AM with stops in Barnstable and Sagamore.  Reservations can be made by calling Elaine at 508-432-5023 or 508-246-4563.  The round trip cost is $16 or less according to ability to pay.  The bus leaves Boston at 2:00.  Go to: http://capedownwinders.org/

 

Saturday, March 15, 9am.  Sign up to attend the Civil Disobedience training on March 15 in Springfield in preparation our local Pledge action, Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. To learn more contact Molly Hale at: hellomolly@comcast.net or 413-585-0791.

March: Help out with the Henry Street Salamander Tunnel Maintenance on some weekend in March determined by the weather and snow cover. As the snows of winter melt and the ground gradually warms, spotted salamanders are cued to initiate their annual breeding migration. [Of course, if the proposed “Retreat” is built in the woodlands of Cushman where the salamanders live all your work might be in vain!] Call or email Hitchcock Center to volunteer your help cleaning out the sands of winter and repairing the drift fences that guide the animals to the tunnel entrances. We’ll also have a brief talk on these wonderful animals, their adaptations and life cycle [Will they adapt to heavy machinery ripping up their habitat? Will they adapt to drunken students throwing toxic trash in what’s left of the woods? Let’s not find out!].  The Center will email you when they have scheduled the work day, either a weekend or weekday late afternoon. All are welcome! Bring work gloves and a shovel. Call 413-256-6006 or email info@hitchcockcenter.org and leave us your contact information.

Enough! Remember……….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!