Posts Tagged ‘Fukushima’

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!

Discarded plastic water bottles on route of London MarathonGreetings Earthlings. If the show title reminds you of Dr. Seuss and the Lorax it should because the Once-lers are still at it, promoting their no-return, throw-away ways on Beacon Hill and in the media. Their hopes may soon be dashed however, as an updated bottle bill may soon be on the ballot in Massachusetts. Phillip Sego, coordinator of the Sierra Club’s bottle bill update campaign calls in with the details. By the by, if you’re interested in collecting signatures for the Bottle Bill referendum go here.  As always we’ll take you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill (so many choices!), The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, Our E-Valley-uation segment and more, but first it’s time for…….Revenge of the Critters! The next installment of Squirrel Resistance: Peacenik Ground Squirrels undermining nuclear missiles!

Of course the big news in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber is the release of yet another climate report from the IPCC (not that further scientific confirmation of the Climate Crisis makes any difference to the DC Taliban or the sorry collection of flat-Earth deniers). Disturbingly however, the report doesn’t even consider what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: like the melting of frozen Arctic tundra and the subsequent release of vast amounts of methane (worse than CO2). Getting back to those dangerously stupid climate change deniers, we present (drum roll please) The 5 Stages of Climate Denial!  Be sure to share that with your Faux “News” addicted, low-info afflicted Uncle Phil when he comes over for dinner. O, and in the Worse-than-predicted Department we also have this: Fukushima’s event horizon. Did we mention that story rates #3 in Project Censored 25 Most Censored Stories? There’s more on Fukushima here if you dare. And, speaking of dare, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture”!  How dare they! Finally, it was revealed recently that the cost of electricity from Cape Wind would be far more than from land-based wind projects. Just sayin’!

We’ve gone wide on this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill by putting the entire teabagger caucus in the U.S. House up for the nomination……make that up for arrest for the crime of sedition. Here on the Enviro Show we name names and kick butt. These extremist freaks are putting untold numbers of their countrymen & women at risk by shutting down the government. Officer! Roundup the usual suspects!!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from on high:

“Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle.”  – Pope John Paul II

In our E-Valley-uation segment we follow-up on the last show and the sad situation with our friends at the Connecticut River Watershed Council and their allowing climate criminals like TransCanada (think Alberta tar sands, think KeystoneXL pipeline) to sponsor the Source-to-Sea river clean-up. We created a Facebook event page in the event that you might want to….um…call them on it?  Some in the Valley’s greater environmental community seem inclined to look the other way on this, to go along to get along (you know who you are!). Sorry, we don’t do complicity on this show.

After our interview with Phillip Sego we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday Oct. 9, 6:30 to 8:30.  Northampton’s 2nd Clean Energy Forum. Mayor Narkewicz invites the community to join with their friends and neighbors at the second Clean Energy Forum at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA. Participants will review and prioritize ideas generated by community members during the first Clean Energy Forum. Northampton and state partners – the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division – will have experts on hand to discuss pros, cons, and options for potential local project development and participants will review technical assessments of Northampton by our state partners.

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30pm in the Umass, Amherst Student Union Ballroom there is going to be a talk with Colin Beavan (author of No Impact Man) with a book signing to follow. No tickets required) and it’s free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 10, 8:15AM to 9:15AM. Vigil on behalf of planet earth at the Japanese Consulate, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston .We are standing in solidarity with the people of Japan, who have asked people worldwide to join them in vigils and who protest at the Prime Minister’s house every week to beg, beseech, implore demand that an international team of experts – scientists and engineers – be allowed to work on the Fukushima tragedy, which is an international emergency of the highest order. Please RSVP to Sheila Parks at sheilaruthparks@comcast.net or call with questions/comments at 617 744 6020

Saturday, October 12, Noon. March Against Monsanto! What better way to honor World Food Day than to bring awareness to the dangers of GMOs while continuing the push toward mandatory food labeling. The world is ready to March once again — who’s in? There will be an event prior to the march from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ’s Community Church Hall, Chicopee, MA. Attendees will get to visit with LOCAL organic farmers, businesses, and health care professionals support the movement and provide only 100% non-GMO products (and FREE samples of course!). At 2:00 p.m. we will congregate in the parking lot and begin our march to City Hall. We will have speakers at City Hall, where we will congregate with our posters in an effort to educate consumers. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/322150701248770/ or email at GmoFreeMassachusetts@yahoo.com

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2pm (please arrive by 1:45). Hartford March Against Monsanto:  Bushnell Park, 463 Asylum Street, Hartford Complete information available at facebook.com/activatectnow (you have to scroll down a bit to get to the post about the march and there is a “read more” prompt for more information)

Tuesday, October 15, 7pm. Screening of “More than Honey”. Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Screening followed by a panel discussion with CISA  members Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms.  CISA’s Executive Director, Phil Korman, will moderate. Go to http://www.buylocalfood.org/events

Thursday, October 17th, 7-9pm. 350MA and Climate Action Now Meeting.  Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield

Saturday, October 19 to 25, 2013. Walk for Climate & Environmental Justice. The walk will start with a rally in Westfield on October 19 at 9:00 a.m., continue across the state to Brockton and end on October 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Connecting for Change Conference in New Bedford. See: www.facebook.com/pages/WCC-2013-Walk-for-Climate-Environmental-Justice/572731996099056

Saturday, October 19, 9am to Noon. October Reuse Rally, Smith Vocational High school, 80 Locust Street, Northampton. Costume swap – Scary Stuff for Halloween!- – Art & Craft Swap – Bulky Rigid Plastic Swap – Foam Collection. More info at: http://www.northamptonma.gov/dpw/Recycling/ or call: 413-587-1059

Saturday, October 19, 10am. “First Child in the Woods”. One hour nature program for families with babies, toddlers & preschoolers. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. Also Nov. 16 & Dec.14. Go to: www.massaudubon.org/arcadia or call: 413-584-3009 [This is what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: get the kids out in the woods!]

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/

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


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

 

We’re sure there’s more going on but how will we know if you don’t talk to us? In any case, while you’re out there remember to listen to your Mother!

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. We return to the woods with a call from Everett Castro, Advocacy Director for Green Futures to talk about state sponsored MassDestruction!  Noooo, not THAT kind of destruction. It’s time to think like a tree once again, OK?  Also, we’ll checkout the situation in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and at our E-Valley-uation segment, as well as checking in with the Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Squirrel martyrs subverting the dominant paradigm!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find Naomi Klein hoping to convince unions to join the struggle against the climate crisis. This is a really fine idea ‘cuz, hey guys, there are no decent jobs when the biosphere goes down the tubes (but you know that…..right??). The latest from the ongoing multiple meltdowns in Fukushima is……wait, you didn’t forget that did you?  In any case, would you believe building an ice wall to stop highly radiated water from reaching the Pacific? No? Maybe a sand castle siege wall? No? How about magic spells from Hogwarts?  Seriously though, it’s now reported that the plant “has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours”. Does the term “out of control” seem to fit here? Here’s your Enviro Show Blog Bonus: Rachel does Fukushima (sorry, you have to wade through the set-up). Finally, recall the Fukushima tsunami debris alerts last year for the West Coast? Well, best tell your friends on the other coast that the actual radioactive plume is on the way in 2014. Not to worry though, it’s safe. They say so. Really. Yup. Safe.

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week gets an big F in history. Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Repugnican-FL)  attacked the Prez on Faux “News” for not moving more forcefully against Syria. She told Faux that Reagan never would have stood for a chemical weapons attack. In the real world, the Reagan administration not only did nothing when Saddam Hussein gassed Iranian soldiers, but actually helped target them. Also, Reagan did nothing when Saddam used poison gas Kurdish population in Northern Iraq. Sorry, Ileana not only did you fail history you also have to see the school nurse about that weird thing between your ears.

We Meet the New Boss as he and his underlings cozy up to Big Oil and such climate criminals as Warren Buffet. This in-depth analysis of the politics behind enabling Big Oil to open up global markets posted by our friends at Global Justice Ecology Project puts the lie to all the Prez’s “concerned” talk about the Climate Crisis. We have little use for the likes of Sarah Palin, but….umm….how’s that hopey changey thing working for ya’?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we celebrate the Northampton City council’s vote to divest from fossil fuels.  Now, if they’d only divest from Monsanto’s Roundup!

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

Wednesday, September 11, 4:30 pm, Western Mass. Green Consortium’s monthly Green Night kicking of a new series of monthly information and networking events at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton.  The September Green Night will feature a presentation by Bart Bales on Green Heating Systems.  Green Night takes place every 2nd Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton. Email: westernmagreenconsortium@gmail.com

Sept 12, 3:30pm Transportation Justice Meeting at the Greenfield Public Library. Transportation Justice is a lobbying coalition for public transportation service that more people in Franklin County can use. Rep Paul Mark is coming to this event, a good turnout would help our cause.  Go to: http://transportationjustice.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm (drinks, refreshments & mingling at 5pm). The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) invites you to a free community forum about new renewable (clean) energy and energy efficiency projects. Participants will be asked to share their goals and ideas for clean energy in Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, and Holyoke.  Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA. Park in Lot E (turn left at main entrance). Contact Catherine Ratte at cratte@pvpc.org or 413-781-6045 with any questions.

Thursday, September 19, 7:30 PM. The Environmental Consequences of War and the National Security State. Find out why the military-prison-industrial complex is one of the most serious threats to the environment and the future of the planet. West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College. Free & open to the public. Wheelchair accessible

Saturday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. (noon). Pioneer Valley’s “Draw the Line” climate action rally to protest Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile pipeline being built by a foreign corporation to move oil sands bitumen from Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. for foreign export. Participants encouraged to wear black (the color of oil spills) and be prepared to march 1 mile. North Commons (South Pleasant and Main Streets), Amherst MA. More info at http://act.350.org/event/draw_the_line/6272. The rally is part of 350.org‘s national day of action on Keystone XL

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-8pm:  Training workshop for those who are ready and willing to engage in non-violent direct action against TD Bank (and other possible targets) concerning climate change, stopping the Tar Sands pipelines, as well as any other issue.  This training will be led by Jeff Napolitano, director of western Mass. American Friends Service Committee, and Luke Ryan, local attorney and part of the National Lawyers Guild.  Both have much experience leading similar trainings. More info:  John Berkowitz  413-325-4533  johnpberk@gmail.com

September 25th,11:30 am – 2:30 pm. Citizen Lobbying Day for GMO Labeling. MA State House, Boston. Members Lounge, 3rd Floor. Email legislative action coordinator, Pat Fiero at: patfiero@yahoo.com

Thursday, September 26, 4:00 to 7:00pm. Greenfield Master Plan Fall Gathering – a kid-friendly event.  Court Square by the Town Common, Greenfield, MA. (If rain – the Pushkin at Main and Federal Streets). 12 interactive tents! Come see what the Master Planning Committee has come up with on how to implement our vision of a more Sustainable Greenfield and cast your vote. (Add your strategies, thoughts, and ideas!  Share your ideas online! Click on MindMixer at http://www.GreenfieldMasterPlan.com or on Facebook at  GreenfieldSustainableMasterPlan.

Saturday, September 28,10am to 4pm. Climate Action Now Conference 2013 – Growing the Movement in Our Communities. Concentrating on the issues of climate change and environmental injustice that directly affect the people that live in Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield looking to build stronger networks among the people living in the Connecticut River Valley. Trinity United Methodist Church, 261 Sumner Ave, Springfield. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

Sunday, October 6, 11am. 23rd Anniversary Celebration of the New England Peace Pagoda. Special guest, Dennis Banks, Co-founder of The American Indian Movement. Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA Call: 413-367-2202

That’s it for another show. Until the next, remember: listen to your Mother!

edaycakeGreetings Earthlings. We are about to turn 8 years old and besides explaining our questionable behavior it also seems like a good excuse to playback a few of our best moments (if we can find any) and maybe open up the lines for your B-day salutations.  We’ll still have time to party a bit in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber (especially since breaking news tells us that the scary Vermont Yankee nuke will be decommissioned next year!) and with the Fool-on-the-Hill and do a bit of E-Valley-uation (that would include evaluating all the  B-day gifts you sent…….what? you didn’t send any??), as well as taking a call from Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Soooo, you think you can train elephants to parade around for you, silly human? More here!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay one of last week’s scariest news items. About the shaky grounds those ongoing melting down nukes in Fukushima stand on?  While The New York Times (that would be “the paper of record”) and the rest of the corporate media in the U.S. either underplay the dire “Level 3” situation in Fukushima or ignore it all together, the international media remains on the case. The good news is that the Vermont Yankee nuke will be decommissioned in 2014! How about some scary people instead? Like, the 17 worst climate killers? That’s the New Boss’s smiley friend, Warren Buffett right at the top of the list there. Maybe these guys should be punked in this name game!

Moving on to our E-Valley-uation segment we find our troublesome producer standing around with yet another protest sign, this time by the community gardens right here in Florence (sorry, no photos please!). It seems the City of Northampton, in its wisdom, was about to spray the new athletic field in Florence with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. That would be the fields next to an organic farm and across from the Florence Organic Community Garden, just across Meadow Street? Riiiight!  Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus gives you the op to petition City Hall here.   We’ll be talking with Jay all about this. Finally, there’s a new effort to shed light on dark side forestry practices here in the Commonwealth. Check them out here.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is what we used to call a doozey (we can give you the root of that word if you want, but we’d be dating ourselves). Yes, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Repugnican-CA), a senior member of the House Science Committee, used a portion of his time at a town hall awhile back to launch into a rant about global warming, which he described as a plot by liberals to “create global government to control our lives.”  Woooooeeee! Breakout the black choppers.

After much B-day cake and celebration we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Sunday, August 25th, Noon-5pm. Global Warming Activist Rally. Greenfield Commons, Greenfield MA. Contact: info@betterfutureproject.org

Thursday, August 29, 10AM. Meeting of Climate Action Now WMass at Arise, 467 State St, Springfield, MA. Contact Susan Theberge: susantheberge@comcast.net or call 413-575-7345

Monday, September 2 (Labor Day), 11Am to 2PM. No Escape from the Cape rally.  Sagamore Bridge, Christmas Tree Parking Lot. Cape Downwinders’ contact:  Bill Maurer, 508-548-6221. Go to: http://www.pilgrimcoalition.org/

Thursday, September 5, 6 to 8pm. Franklin Community Cooperative GMO Committee meeting. Green Fields Market, Main street, Greenfield. Call: 413-773-9567

Sunday, September 8, 2:00pm. Non-violent civil disobedience to shut Vermont Yankee. This non-violent civil disobedience event will only happen if we get at least five people by 9/1. Now we have three people who will do it and one person who probably will. Please contact Eesha Williams at ewilliams@ValleyPost.org or 802-254-2531. We will notify the media and the police in advance. People are welcome to come and support us without getting arrested.

Monday, September 9, 12 to 1pm.   3rd protests in the Campaign to Boycott TD Bank– for bankrolling climate change by investing in Tar Sands Oil development and pipelines. Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Banks in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.   The key protest, with hopefully the best media coverage, will be at 1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield.   More info: John Berkowitz, Northampton 413-325-4533 johnpberk@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm (drinks, refreshments & mingling at 5pm). The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) invites you to a free community forum about new renewable (clean) energy and energy efficiency projects. Participants will be asked to share their goals and ideas for clean energy in Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, and Holyoke.  Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA. Park in Lot E (turn left at main entrance). Contact Catherine Ratte at cratte@pvpc.org or 413-781-6045 with any questions.

Sunday, Sept. 22, Northampton, 2-8pm:  Training workshop for those who are ready and willing to engage in non-violent direct action (a.k.a. ‘civil disobedience’) against TD Bank (and other possible targets) concerning climate change, stopping the Tar Sands pipelines, as well as any other issue.  Also for those not ready to risk arrest, but who want to support those who do. Over 75,000 people around the nation have signed the ‘Pledge of Resistance’, agreeing to commit civil disobedience to stop the Keystone and other Tar Sands pipelines.  It’s sponsored by Credo Mobile, the progressive phone company, and Rainforest Action Network. This training will be led by Jeff Napolitano, director of western Mass. American Friends Service Committee, and Luke Ryan, local attorney and part of the National Lawyers Guild.  Both have much experience leading similar trainings. More info:  John Berkowitz  413-325-4533  johnpberk@gmail.com

OK, us party animals are out of here until next time. Did you remember to listen to your Mother?

poserpirates2Greetings Earthlings. We are all over the nukes again given the SAGE Alliance’s Flotilla action across from the scary Vermont Yankee plant on Saturday, August 10, but also because of the out-of-controll multiple meltdowns STILL GOING ON! in Fukushima, Japan and in the Pacific Ocean. Deb Katz of Citizens Awareness Network returns with the latest. Also, we look for radioactive leaks in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe even some leaks from The New Boss or our Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as a call-in from our roving reporter, Tom Neilson but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Last time the paper boy was attacked. This week:  Dragon attacks editor!! 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Repugnican Rep. Martha Blackburn of Tennessee who has gotten her drawers all up in knot over what she believes is an attempt by the Obama Administration to……um…..confiscate her ceiling fan??  According to The Paper of Record, “The House adopted, largely along party lines, an energy appropriations bill that among other things forbids the government from enforcing energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans, light bulbs, refrigerators and freezers. Sponsors of these measures said they had enough of President Obama’s nanny-state policies.”  But vaginal probes? That’s OK with the Repugs!  Maybe Rep. Blackburn should go for a reset?  Ya’ think?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber it appears we’ve gone wall-to-wall with planetary catastrophe. Keeping with this show’s theme let’s start in  Fukushima, Japan as mentioned above. Surely you recall the multiple ongoing meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (Tepco) nuclear facility that began two years ago? It seems “Tepco admitted for the first time last month that radioactive groundwater had breached an underground barrier and been leaking into the sea, but said it was taking steps to prevent it.” That’s not working out so well. This why we call it a MELTDOWN!  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it’s A Nation On Fire: Climate Change And The Burning Of America.“Scientists and fire experts… say the nation is moving into an era when massive and destructive wildfires of the kind that occurred only sporadically over the last century will now be a regular occurrence.” Holy climate change, Batman! How’d that happen?? Speaking of flames, Big Oil, in it’s eternal wisdom, is still burning off gas in it’s massive North Dakota oil fracking operation……$100 million dollars worth! But up in Canada they’re just…..well, wondering how to stop the tar sands oil from oozing up everywhere? Maybe they should just stuff it….into what we call The End Run Pipeline. Just when you thought we’d never come up with anything hopefull, grab some non-GMO popcorn, settle back and watch this.

This week we Meet the New Boss with a reminder about that climate speech back in June. Also, the Prez is attempting to put Larry Summers in charge of…….the world economy! Yup, the guy who helped crash our economy last time around, the guy who green lighted Enron is on The New Boss’s short list for head of the Fed. Somebody STOP HIM!

For our Quote of the Week we jump back in the Wayback Machine for a short hop to 1974 when then President Gerald Ford said, “H.R. 11510 also creates a new Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which will assume the licensing and regulatory responsibilities previously carried out under the Director of Regulation within the Atomic Energy Commission. The highly technical nature of our nuclear facilities and the special potential hazards which are involved in the use of nuclear fuels fully warrant the creation of an independent and technically competent regulatory agency to assure adequate protection of public health and safety.”  Riiiiiiight.

After our conversations with Deb and Tom we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard to see what’s happening:


Thursday, August 15th, 7-9pm. Hearing on Northampton Divestment Resolution. Council chambers (behind city hall), 212 Main St, Northampton

Fiday. August 16, 7:00 p.m. “American Meltdown” Free Films 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. The screenings are free unless otherwise noted. Discussion follows.

Monday, August 19, 6:30pm. Next meeting of Climate Action Now Wmass at Arise, 467 State St, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-575-7345

Monday, August 19, 7:00-8:30pm. Fossil Fuel Divest Meeting. Community Room, 26 Greenleaves Dr., Amherst

Thursday, August 22,6:30pm “Reclaiming Democracy”, an inspiring documentary film with Thomas Linzey and Shannon Biggs. This film talks about the groundwork being laid by communities that are adopting a ‘Community Bill of Rights.’ These ‘Bill of Rights’ will help bring about constitutional change, and create a new legal framework that will strip corporations of their “rights”, and recognize the rights of nature and of communities.  All Souls Unitarian Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield, MA. For more info call Sandra Boston at 413-774-5952.

Saturday, August 24, 10am. Join Us for CAN’s Annual Meeting. A great breakfast will be served to all who come. We have a great chef creating this splendid breakfast. This is our gift to the community for all the years you’ve supported us and our work. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield, MA. Email: CAN@nukebusters.org

Saturday, August 24, 10-2pm. Summer Wildflower Field Walk Series with Nancy Goodman, Naturalist – Podick Swamp, Amherst. Come and explore the wonders and beauties of our native wildflowers as we spend the day learning how to identify them in the field.  Nancy will help us learn how to key out plants using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Registration & Fee required. Space is limited. Call: (413) 256-6006

Sunday, August 25th, Noon-5pm. Global Warming Activist Rally. Greenfield Commons, Greenfield MA. Contact: info@betterfutureproject.org

Sunday, September 8, 2:00pm. Non-violent civil disobedience to shut Vermont Yankee. This non-violent civil disobedience event will only happen if we get at least five people by 9/1. Now we have three people who will do it and one person who probably will. Please contact Eesha Williams at ewilliams@ValleyPost.org or 802-254-2531. We will notify the media and the police in advance. People are welcome to come and support us without getting arrested.

Monday, September 9, 12 to 1pmThis will be the 3rd rally of the Campaign to Boycott TD Bank for bankrolling climate change by investing in Tar Sands Oil development and pipelines. Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Bank at 1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. More info: John Berkowitz, Northampton 413-325-4533 johnpberk@gmail.com

That is all. We go out with Tom and Kat’s “Tritium” Sooooo, until next time remember this: Listen to your Mother!