Posts Tagged ‘Keystone Pipeline’

 

Greetings Earthlings. Can you define “renewable”? What works for you? Endlessly useful? Something of use now that dwindles with time? Is everything natural on the planet renewable? Is our very existence renewable? How? The Children of the Wild return to us in the studio to ponder this far reaching term and Ben Hellerstein of Environment Massachusetts calls in to talk about his take on the issues of so-called renewable energy. As usual we’ll introduce you to this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and once again to 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! Who is the real “snake in the grass“? The one that crawls on its belly or the ones who trash the forest to create climate-trashing plantations?

In keeping with our theme we have brought back that renewable fool Repugnican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher for our Fool-on-the-Hill. A few years back the fool said: “Just so you’ll know, global warming is a total fraud and it’s being designed because what you’ve got is you’ve got liberals who get elected at the local level want state government to do the work and let them make the decisions. Then, at the state level, they want the federal government to do it. And at the federal government, they want to create global government to control all of our lives.”  We know your tricks, United Nations!

As previously noted, His Malignancy The Mad King presents us with a never ending, seemingly renewable source of lame-ass ideas. We posted one of the most recent on our Facebook page last week. Of course Grist did a bit of photoshopping on the visuals but in this case that doesn’t make it fake news. Then again, we guess it’s not news that The Mad King is the Climate Criminal-in-Chief, right? Let’s move on to Myron Ebell, the climate criminal who led Trump’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency which cursed the planet with Scott Pruitt. Ebell has said  “he fully expected Trump to keep his promise to withdraw the US from the global agreement to fight global warming”. According to Mother Jones “Ebell, who has returned to his role at the anti-regulation think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said…. “The environmental movement is, in my view, the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world.” We guess if he’s talking about the freedom to destroy the Earth for future generations we’d have to agree! As for prosperity, there seems to be plenty of that among the ruling elite…..for the time being. Also checkout this recent segment from Rachel showing His Malignancy’s lovefest with Dow Chemical. You may never have heard of the endocrine disrupting  pesticide Chlorpyrifos but The Mad King and his lackey at the EPA, Scott Pruitt just gave it new life so it can bring on the death to bees and brain damage to farm workers and children. Think about that as you watch The Mad King and the real Agent Orange grinning at each other in the Oval Office. You can sound off about this HERE.

Time for a little E-Valley-uation! Here’s some pending legislation on Beacon Hill that surely applies to our Valley: Bill S.1872

 

Let’s open up The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and listen for what comes back to us, OK? How about “Study shows methane from power plants far exceeds EPA estimates” from E&E News via the Berkshire Environmental Action Team? Our Blog Action Link this week sends you right back into the renewed fight against the Keystone XL pipeline fight. Go HERE!  And this: Reuters reports “Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction”. We’re guessing Dow may have a hand in this, no?

 

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from the Oxford English Dictionary (so it must be correct, yes?):

Renewable is something “that is replaced naturally or controlled carefully and can therefore be used without the risk of finishing it all.”

 

After we delve into the meaning of “renewable” with our guests it’s off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Thursday, April 20, 6 pm. The Biomass Monitor hosts a conference call live debate between physicist Hans Ohanion and Evan Dell’Olio, Director of External and Regulatory Affairs for Roberts Energy Renewables, over Middlebury College’s recent claim of achieving carbon neutrality through its biomass facility. RSVP on Facebook and/or respond to this email for call-in info.

 

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 22, 10am. to 4pm. Amherst March for Science. Join us at KENDRICK PARK, at the North end of town on E. Pleasant St., in AMHERST from 9-10 AM on 4/22 in our own official Satellite City MARCH FOR SCIENCE. We will proceed from Kendrick park at 10:00 to the Town Common. Stay for the teach-ins, at the main demonstration tent on the Amherst Common for real-world science talks and demos. We will also have all-day activities and information at our booth. This is what SCIENCE looks like! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1072590262852992/

 

Saturday, April 22, 10am. – 4pm. Amherst Sustainability Fair. FREE educational AND fun for the whole family! Join us for a day of entertainment, local vendors, information on how to live a more environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle, exhibits, and more. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/604124283126941

 

Sunday, April 23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Shortnose Sturgeon Revival Celebration. Spring 2017 marks this species’ first free-swimming access from below the 1849 Holyoke Dam to its ancient, upstream Rock Dam spawning site in Turners Falls in 168 years! Join Amherst sturgeon expert and author Dr. Boyd Kynard and environmental journalist Karl Meyer for a visit to the Rock Dam in Turners Falls. The Rock Dam is the only documented natural spawning site for the federally-endangered shortnose in the Connecticut River ecosystem. Kynard covers this ancient creature’s life history and biology. Meyer covers the human and natural history of the spectacular Rock Dam site. Involves a short walk; steep dirt paths. Wear sturdy shoes. . Rain or shine; no pre-registration required. Directions: Cross the 11th St. Bridge in Turners Falls; at first stop sign turn left down G Street.  Meet at public lot at end of G Street, just before the entrance sign for the US Conte Fish Lab.

 

Monday, April 24, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! MA monthly gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Go to:  http://climateactionnowma.org/

 

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Carbon Smart gardening/landscaping. Webinar Series Part 1. Gain ideas and inspiration for transforming marginal or vacant land into vibrant gardens for healthy food. Use low-cost, local resources and simple tools to improve or create low-maintenance gardens on urban lots, lawns, or small farms. No-till, carbon smart methods treat the soil as sacred, conserve water, help restore the climate, and promote food access.  Webinar presenters Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc  Seed of Solidarity Farm and Education Center in Orange MA, Go to: https://tufts.webex.com/tufts/j.php?MTID=m2c394f9a71457e2cce4bac394308afd9

 

Wednesday April 26, 7pm. Eversource Rate Case Hearing. Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA.

 

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/   BUS INFO from AMHERST/NORTHAMPTON/HOLYOKE: Check GoTo: ClimateMarch.org for updates
Climate Action Now is organizing buses for DC. Some subsidies available. Leaving from a variety of location including Holyoke and Northampton.
NORTHAMPTON:
Please visit GoTo: ClimateMarch.org to sign up and get the mailing address for payment. Tickets for the Northampton buses will be $65 dollars, plus merchant fees. Northampton buses will depart Sheldon Field around 12:00 AM and the Round House lot around 12:15 AM, and arrive in DC by 9:00 AM. They will depart DC around 6:00 PM, and will return home around 2 AM. Buses will stop at a rest area every two hours.
HOLYOKE:
We may have seats. Will update here.
AMHERST:
The Sierra Club has two buses leaving from Amherst. Tickets are $65 each, plus PayPal fees
sierraclub.org/massachusetts/chapter-store
Buses will leave UMass Amherst and Hampshire College around 9:30-10 PM on Friday, April 28, arriving in Washington DC Saturday morning, April 29. The buses will then depart Washington, DC around 7-8 PM, returning to their departure point early morning Sunday, April 30.
BUS INFO FOR BERKSHIRES: email Berkshires@350MA.org
#climatemarch #peoplesclimate #peoplesclimatemarch

 

Saturday April 29 10:30 am to Noon. Rally for Climate Jobs, and Justice. Energy Park, 50 Miles St., Greenfield, MA. On April 29th there will be a massive demonstration in Washington DC for “Climate, Jobs & Justice”. The Trump administration is rapidly doing away with any progress that has been made in saving our planet. For those who aren’t going to DC. there will be a sister March in Greenfield, that is being organized by the “Pint Huddle for Climate Change Rally” and is co-sponsored by FCCPR.

 

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

 

Saturday May 6, 1:00- 3:00pm. “Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste:The Road from Vermont Yankee to Texas.” A New England tour of speakers who will connect the dots between ‘our’ nuclear waste and impacts on Texas communities. First Congregational  Church, Greenfield, MA. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

That’s all folks! Remember…..what? TO LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

 

 

green-heart-recyclingGreetings Earthlings. An old Mass Earth First! bumper sticker says: “Earth, Love it or Leave it” and we really mean it when it comes to the new regime in Washington. Those climate criminals should be banished to the Phantom Zone for life so we can get on with the business of confronting the Climate Crisis for future generations on this beloved planet. Speaking of those generations, Phil Gregory from Our Children’s Trust calls in with news of their Landmark U.S. Federal Climate Lawsuit. “Their complaint asserts that, through the governments affirmative actions in causing climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” There it is. And we guess this new cabal of evil doers in congress and the White House need to be hauled into the dock and punished for their crimes. We’ll get into this love fest soon enough, as well as take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, His Malignancy and a trip to our Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!

The Dove is a symbol of love, right? So it stands to reason that this bird might take the opportunity to………occupy a cop car, right! And guess what? The cops helped out!

He’s baaaaack! This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill was last week’s (and possibly the week before that, who knows!). Yes, it’s House “Science” Committee chair and major Texas climate criminal, Lamar Smith again. This time he is busy trying to pump life into another NOAA “scandal”. Yes, it’s Climategate#2, more bad science to prove climate science is…..well, bad? What do they put in the water down there in the Lone Star state that creates folks like Lamar? Oil? Methane? Mercury? (that last one got the Mad Hatter after all).

We’re ditching our New Boss segment for the duration given that the present Boss is assuredly not the “same as the old boss” or any other boss in our memory for that matter. Soooo, a new bumper tune perhaps for the new “His Malignancy” segment? Let’s see what the Climate Criminal-in-Chief has been up to in his effort to destroy the plant. Of course, his so-called executive orders to restart DAPL & Keystone XL were expected, albeit disasters in the making. Then there’s his order to government agencies to ditch two existing rules before initiating a new one. It’s like a rollback for rolling over what’s left of the planet. By the time you read this Oklahoma climate criminal Scott Pruitt may have already been enthroned at the EPA by His Malignancy and his fellow enemies of the Earth in the U.S. Senate. So just how much damage can Pruitt do at the EPA? We go to MIT for the answer. But wait! Maybe the poor present occupant of the White House…..um…OK, so not poor…..maybe he just needs help?  A vacation to the Phantom Zone, as noted above, could give him and his cohorts in the Administration some much needed rest, yes?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we learn that The Commonwealth of Massachusetts doesn’t actually need all that fracked gas Kinder Morgan’s been trying to fool us about. Surprise! Meanwhile, someone should tell the new occupants in the White House that “If Trump does not pull back from implementing these orders [DAPL & KXL], it will only result in more massive mobilization and civil disobedience on a scale never seen of a newly seated President of the United States.” Remember on our last show we said The Scientists’ March on Washington hadn’t set a date for their event? Now they have. The Paper of Record told us it’s Earth Day, of course!

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

 

Wednesday, February 22, 3:30. Mass Rally at TD Bank, Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. Please show up and take a stand against TD’s investments in tar sands, the Keystone XL & DAPL & Trump’s green lighting the Keystone XL & DAPL. Be a Witness to Our Peaceful, Direct Action. Bring your great signs & songs. Contact: BEREAL@VERMONTEL.NET  OR call: 802.869.2141

 

Thursday, February 23, 6 to 9pm. Sen. Ed Markey Town Hall. Ed Markey is a defender of the planet and was spot-on in the struggle to stop Trump appointee Scott Pruitt from taking over the EPA. Show up and thank him! Smith College Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1836458143289148/

 

Friday, February 24, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Meeting Our Ancestors: Exploring the Future Through the Present Moment, Campus Center, Room 917, UMass, Amherst, MA.  A sacred “deep time” practice session, inspired by the work of activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. In this workshop we will consider how we might act like ancestors of future generations and reinvigorate our commitment to climate justice action. The group is facilitated by Tim Beaucage, graduate advisor/teaching associate at UMass Amherst. Go to: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/

 

Saturday, February 25, 10am. – 4pm. Non-violent Direct Action Training in Northampton, MA. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us. To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.
Saturday February 25, 1-4pm, The 350 Mass staff is coming to the Berkshires to hold a training to talk about techniques for new member outreach, how to act on our 100% renewables campaign, and how to be involved in our legislative work  at the UU Church in Pittsfield (175 Wendell Ave). Please register for this event here: https://goo.gl/LU7P50.  Contact: Talita Elizeu, Organizing Intern
350 Mass for a Better Future. Call: 617-435-9200. Email: talita@betterfutureproject.org

 

Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848

 

Sunday, February 26, 6:30pm. Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution‘s Climate Crisis Task Force meeting at Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/

 

Sunday, February 26, 7-8:30pm. Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign’s Monthly Phone Seminar: “The meaning of carbon neutral and why wood fuels such as wood chips and pellets do not qualify for this designation.” with Guest lecturer, Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. Register before 2/26 at: massforestrescue@gmail.com

 

Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton, MA. We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. Go to: https://climateactionnowma.org

 

Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

Sunday, March 5, 9am./All Day. 30th Annual Local Environmental Action 2017 Conference. This registration page is for both Toxics Action Center and Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) participants: https://tpin.webaction.org/c/72/t/12703/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=5  More info here: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org/

 

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, 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/

 

Ok, that’s it for now. Remember, when you’re out there resisting, listen to your Mother, OK?

 

resistwhitehouseGreetings Earthlings. We knew it would be bad but this?? It’s one thing to be the laughing stock of the civilized world as we become totally ruled by creepy clowns who have parked their creepy clown car on the People’s Lawn, but it’s quite another to have bonafide climate criminals enthroned in the few places left in the nation’s Capitol that were somewhat able to push back The Machine, albeit ineptly. Now The Machine and U.S. Government are one. Corporate America has overthrown the United States of America…….for the time being.  Susan Theberge and Irvine Sobelman of Climate Action Now WMass return to examine the remains and ask the inevitable question: Where do we go from here? Legislatively speaking we can start right HERE.  Our roving reporter and bard, Tom Neilson calls in from FLA to talk water. As usual we will also drag you over to Meet the New Boss (better bring your hot air sickness bags!) and see the Fool-on-the-Hill (if we can decide which one of soooo many to choose from), as well as visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! My Goddess, isn’t THIS ONE worth a replay?? The nation’s preeminent symbol expresses outrage!

So many fools, so little time. This week we take you to meet repeat offender, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman and climate criminal Repugnican Rob Bishop of Utah. Rob, we guess in his position as guardian of all things natural, is working hard to gut the Endangered Species Act (where’s that angry Bald Eagle when we really need him?). He claimed recently the act “has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used for control of the land”, which the eagle, for one, could easily refute. We guess Rob’s ill-advised effort will sail through congress and land on the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s desk soon enough. We also guess history will remember these criminals and it won’t be pretty.

We have Breaking News! Kinder Morgan/TGP (in their eternal wisdom) “has filed a renewed request for Notice to Proceed with Tree Felling for the entire CT Expansion Project.  (Their initial request was filed last March, after receiving the FERC certificate.) KM is anxious to complete tree felling before March 31st, during the “environmentally preferred window” to protect migratory birds. [Yesterday] they filed their Biweekly Status Report, again claiming to have ‘received all federal permits needed for tree felling.’ That’s not quite true. In addition to not having a final section 401 water quality certification from MassDEP (because of our ongoing appeal), there are several issues as yet unresolved that must be completed before FERC can consider allowing tree felling for the project.  Please comment on Docket No. CP14-529 ! Obviously this is a time-sensitive request. (How to eComment.)  [from MassPlan].  Also go HERE regarding Native stone sites at Otis. 

The sketchy New Boss is, not unexpectedly, off to a rocky start in his new position as Climate Criminal-in-Chief, but right off, let’s let our own Rachel Maddow reveal what may be THE most unsettling aspect of the Boss’ reign: how he got there in the first place. OK, putting aside all the lies and lame-ass deception for the moment, it appears a host of federal employees are worried about the Boss, no doubt sensing the same sinking feeling many in Washington are feeling, including the Boss’s staff. On Wednesday the entire senior staff of the U.S. State Department was fired unexpectedly by the New Boss or their new boss, that guy from Big Oil.  Some other federal employees find themselves being muzzled by the Boss for disseminating those old-fashioned facts called…..well, facts. Some of them don’t much care for a two-bit Ministry of Truth coming down on them with gag orders so they are launching their own real news.  Scientists are not pleased with all this unscientific behavior and have just invented a….. Scientists March on Washington! Look out Secret Service and DCPD, it’s angry geeks wielding bunsen burners & pipettes! Back to fake news, it’s no longer just those creepy never heard of sites that troll onto your Facebook news feed anymore, now it comes straight out of the Oval Office and from down the hall. Adding insult to injury, another climate criminal and familiar troll (and former repeat offender Fool-on-the-Hill winner) thinks the White House is the ONLY PLACE you should get your news!  This should be in the news soon enough: The Boss is closing in on his choice to help congressional obstructionists stack the Supreme Court with some far-right ideologue (who, of course, would never dream of being one of those activist judges!). And you’ve probably already heard about the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s executive order on DAPL and Son of Keystone XL, yes? Goddess knows we could go on and on, the Boss is an endless gushing sewer of polluted proclamations and twisted thoughts, but we have a show to put on. More next time!

You probably won’t be surprised to find our Enviro Show Quote of the Week referencing the New Boss but how about us quoting……ourselves? It’s true, d.o. can’t resist a little bit of poetry regarding the Boss and his proposed cabinet, something that has our in-house poet reflecting on Dr. Caligari’s Cabinet. Check it out HERE.

Over here in The Echo Chamber we find the Humane Society here in the Commonwealth working to bypass this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill with some state sponsored endangered and threatened species legislation. You can add your voice to that effort, OK? Did you know that two commonly used pesticides are likely to harm 97% of Endangered Species in the U.S.? We shudder to think what a Pruitt led EPA would do……rather, NOT do about this information. After you’ve voiced your concern and/or outrage we have a gift for you! Stop by our table at this Saturday’s “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton for some of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species condoms!  (yes, it’s the exploding human population that endangers the other lifeforms on planet Earth). If you miss us there just drop us an email and we’ll get some to you.

 

After our conversation with Susan and Irvine we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:00pm. Public hearing on MA Global Warming Solutions Act. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under its authority pursuant to the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), sections 3(c), 3(d), 4 and 7, will hold public hearings at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017. Written comments may be submitted in the following three ways: through the online portal available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, by email to climate.strategies@state.ma.us or by mail to: Jordan Garfinkle, MassDEP, 7th floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108. For special accommodations for these hearings, please call MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 4pm. #HoDAPLLastStand! TD Bank, 175 Main Street, Northampton, MA. On February 7th the US Army Corps of Engineers gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the Environmental Impact Statment ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law. This is a response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project. The Water Protectors still on the ground have made a call for an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EMERGENCY ACTIONS on WEDNESDAY FEB. 8. In Western Massachusetts we are answering that call. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799108267008398/

 

Thursday, February 9, 4:00pm. The Changing Landscape: Environmental Journalism in the Age of Trump . Ziff Gallery, S414 Integrative Learning Center, 4th Fl. (located in the center of the UMASS campus, between the campus pond and Campus Center, map). Editors for global conservation news service Mongabay.com will share how they developed careers covering this beat, how they see the media landscape changing during this pivotal period, and the role of nonprofit and entrepreneurial journalism in 2017 and beyond. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, erik@mongabay.com or 413-429-5296

 

Thursday Feb 9, 7:00pm. Changes to the Land: Discussion & Live Podcast Taping w/ Harvard Forest & Mongabay. Holdsworth Hall #308 (UMASS campus, third building north of campus parking garage). Harvard Forest scientists will discuss with Mongabay.com editors their landmark report “Changes to the Land,” about forest fragmentation, climate change, and more in the Bay State and the wider region. [Be sure to ask them why increased logging in this age of Climate Crisis??] Come hear this discussion and query the panel about climate change and other changes to the land, regionally to globally. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, erik@mongabay.com or 413-429-5296
Thursday, February, 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Finding Work with Meaning in the Anthropocene: Panel Discussion, Room 2601, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. Part of Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis Spring 2017 series. Gain insights into your personal journey toward forward-thinking work in sustainable living and community building within the fields of education, entrepreneurialism, and green building, with Ofer Sharone, assistant professor, Sociology, UMass Amherst, Sara Schley, co-founder of the sustainable consulting firm Seed Systems; Ezra Small , UMass Amherst Sustainability Manager; Sarah Hebert G’13, Trinity Solar employee; and John Fabel, building and construction technology adjunct faculty member, UMass Amherst. More information on our blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/
And Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, February 11, 9:30am. to 5:30pm.  Multi-generational NVDA Training, First Churches, Main Street, Northampton, MA. This workshop will introduce you to the spirit of nonviolence and to the continuum of Non Violent Direct Actions (NVDA) and will prepare you to be part of Sugar Shack Alliance actions. The day includes time for personal reflections on Civil Disobedience, an introduction to the basic tenets of consensus decision making and horizontal leadership, exploring the purpose of affinity groups and learning about the structure of Sugar Shack Alliance. An important part of the day is to raise awareness of dynamics related to power and privilege. Please register HERE. You will  receive a confirmation email with details. Contact sugarshackalliance@gmail.com 

 

Sunday, February 12, 6:30 to 8:00pm. Frankin County Continuing the Political Revolution Climate Crisis Task Force. Green Fields Market, 144 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/

 

Saturday, February 25, 10am. – 4pm. Non-violent Direct Action Training in Northampton, MA. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us. To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.

 

February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848

 

Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

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/

 

That’s all folks! For now. Remember, when you’re out there, listen to your Mother.

 

ProtectWildGreetings Earthlings. Are you concerned things are getting a bit too tame these days? OK, define yur’ terms: tame as in less of the Wild around us, got it? Tom Butler returns to the show to talk about “Protecting the Wild – Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation”. Also, we delve into the recent FERC Attack on Western Mass in our E-Valley-uation segment and take you to meet The-Fool-on-the-Hill and maybe to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Sharks protest Global Warming?

We Meet the New Boss as he “inches closer to disaster” in approving Shell’s oil drilling folly in the Chukchi Sea. We’ve gotta wonder what the New Boss is thinking given his alleged concern about the Climate Crisis. Obama’s legacy can be measured in inches too: it’s inches from tanking. O, and not to forget, Obama’s Environmental “Protection Agency” (EPA) recently recently stated that power plants across the United States can burn trees, tires, trash, plastic, and call it clean energy. You might want to talk to them about that here.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Jeff Duncan (Repugnican-SC) who argued on the Hill recently that fossil fuels have made life better for mankind — and that the social costs associated with global warming have been shown to benefit humans rather than harm them.  Good to know,…..right? “Fossil fuels have dramatically improved the lives of human beings,” Duncan said. “Man does better when it’s warmer. It got colder, we had the Bubonic plague. [Fossil fuels] ought to be the standard.” Well, OK Jeff, it actually IS the standard. Haven’t you noticed how that’s going?

In our E-Valley-uation segment we do a re-do of the FERC Scoping session in Greenfield on Wednesday and point you toward the Environmental Defense Fund’s study on all the methane leaks in fracked gas infrastructure d.o. referenced in his….what? short pithy testimony? 80 BILLION cubic feet wafting up into the atmosphere, and that’s NOT counting pipeline leaks and explosions!! Now it’s on to the next venues: Tuesday, August 4, 7p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Taconic High School Auditorium, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA and Wednesday, August 5, 7p.m. at the Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive (Dining Commons) Greenfield, MA. Bring those signs & banners and your friends and neighbors!

We have…Breaking News! We have some good breaking news for you: Franklin County Residents Sue Corporate America in an Attempt to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipe Dream! Also, some folks think yesterday’s release of the Obama Administration’s clean power plan is good news but Grist points out: “..the new rule hasn’t closed a loophole for natural gas. The rule considers only carbon emitted directly from power plants, but doesn’t factor in methane leakage in the production and transportation of natural gas. That could encourage utilities to switch from coal to gas instead of to renewables, even though gas might not be better for the climate over its whole life cycle. The administration addressed this concern to some extent with incentives in the final version to switch specifically to renewables. There are other green concerns about the rule’s details. For example, it allows nuclear energy to count as clean..” Others complain the plan is playing with numbers and, of course, emissions trading is in there along with biomass (albeit qualified).

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is another gem from the Pope:

“Is it realistic to hope that those who are obsessed with maximizing profits will stop to reflect on the environmental damage which they will leave behind for future generations? Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention.”

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have this from Politico: The Holes in Clinton’s Climate Plan. “Does Hillary Clinton support or oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline? Or Arctic offshore drilling? Or tougher restrictions on fracking? Or the oil industry’s push to lift the 1970s ban on exporting U.S. crude oil? Clinton avoided all those questions [recently].”  Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle the Repugs attacks on endangered species are up 600%. Way to go, enemies of the planet! Some potential good news for the bats here.  Scientists may have found an antidote for that horrendous White-Nose syndrome. Stay tuned!  Finally, there’s something you can do to help prevent future outrages like the bogus trophy hunt of Cecil the Lion. Go here.

After our conversation with Tom we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, August 4, 7p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Taconic High School Auditorium 96 Valentine Road Pittsfield, MA. Go to: www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/events/

Wednesday, August 5, 6:30p.m. MA Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on the proposed KM/NED fracked gas pipeline at the Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive (Dining Commons) Greenfield, MA. We can use our rally and this hearing to tell Governor Baker that Western Mass says no to the pipeline! Bring signs, songs & friends. Pass it on.

Thursday, August 6, 7pm. Valley Free Radio 10th Anniversary Celebration! We’ll have live music from Eva Cappelli and Friends of VFR, free food, a cash bar, door prizes, and a raffle. Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet your favorite VFR DJs and mingle with the folks who started the station. Thirteenth Floor Music Lounge Upstairs at JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main St. Florence, MA. All ages. Suggested donation $10 in advance, $20 at the door. E-mail rachel@valleyfreeradio.org to register without making a donation.

Saturday August 8, 9:30-10:30am. Annual Citizens Awareness Network meeting.  CAN annual meeting with an update from Deb Katz on the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Chris WIlliams on Entergy Independent Vermont, Claire Chang solar actions and Amy Shollenberger on Montpelier: A Year in Review. Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA. AND: 11am. East Meets West: Making Massachusetts Nuclear Free. GCTV, 393 Main St, Greenfield, MA. CAN is organizing this forum to unite forces in Massachusetts to shutter the Pilgrim reactor and replace its power with sustainable energy solutions.

Sunday, August 91 to 2pm. Community Peace Gathering 70th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. First Congregational Church in Amherst, 165 Main Street. Songs, perspectives on peace and Prayers for Peace. Sponsors: Peacebuilders of First Church and Grace Church Peace Fellowship. Contact Katie Tolles at 259-1357 or tolleskatie @gmail.com for more info.

Monday, August 10 , 6-8pm. The First Pipeline Procession. Children of the Wild and PLAN-NE (Pipeline Awareness Network for the Northeast) invite you to take part in a journey through the Wastelands of our own grief, darkness, and despair into the Wilds of imagination, hope, and sufficiency that lie within. United in story and song, audience and performers will hike from a designated location to a site directly in the proposed market path of the Kinder Morgan NED Pipeline to experience a shared world of ecological and poetic understanding. Bring hiking boots. Rain or shine. Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds. West Cummington Congregational Church, 27 West Main Street, West Cummington, MA.

Monday, August 17, 6-8pm. Second Pipeline Procession, 421 Beldingville Road. Ashfield, MA. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm. Third Pipeline Procession. Woolman Hill Retreat Center, 107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA. With an Introduction to Nonviolent Direct Action 3-5pm. and Potluck Dinner 5-6pm. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Saturday, September 5 , 5-7pm. Fourth Pipeline Procession. Montague Plains, Montague, MA. We’ll be there! Details forthcoming. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Tuesday, September 8. Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) has decided to organize a long-term, water-only “No New Permits Fast” this September in front of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We are undertaking this action in support of the call in Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si,” for action on the climate crisis. September 8, the day after Labor Day, and go until the end of September, until after Pope Francis has ended his six-day trip to the United States. Go to: beyondextremeenergy.org/details-of-the-fast/

Sunday, September 13, 5-7pm. Fifth Pipeline Procession. Richardson Conservation area, Northfield, MA. Details forthcoming. Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

Sunday, September 20, 5-7pm. Sixth Pipeline Procession. Pulpit Falls, Winchester, NH. Details forthcoming.  Go to: www.childrenofthewild.org

 

Thursday, Sept. 24, 9:20am the Pope will address a joint session of Congress in Washington. After the address, we will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for a Rally for the Climate and a Just Economy. We’ll rally for our one Earth, one humanity, one living biosphere, and to recognize that all are experiencing one crisis. In addition to exciting performers and inspiring speakers from a variety of perspectives – climate justice, faith, science, labor and economic justice – we’ll celebrate the power of a people awake to the danger and the opportunity of this moment. Go to: moralactiononclimate.org

 

That’s all, folks! Remember to….what? LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!

 

isowants2Greetings Earthlings. We return to the issue of one of Corporate America’s most recent assaults on our Commonwealth and upon our neighbors. Yes, it’s the Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas pipe dream and Rich Cowan of Dracut/Tyngsboro Pipeline Watch calls in with the latest on this epic struggle. As always we will take you on a magical mystery tour to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and to a visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Jet-ski freak hits the wrong shark while fouling the ocean.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, a Repugnican, who offered an amendment to the bill that would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The amendment calls for additional paperwork and costs to every conservation effort that requires federal designation or land purchase by a U.S. agency. Think Progress reports that “The Fischer amendment echoes a proposal introduced by Representative Don Young (R-AK) in the House of Representatives last week that would strip current and future presidents’ authority to designate new national monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act.” Of course, creating parks and monuments simply gets in the way of trashing the planet.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke, Massachusetts-based ISO-New England. This is the guy responsible for keeping the lights on. He was recently reported to have said: New England could operate solely and reliably on natural gas, but only if pipelines are “robust enough to meet demand” and if sufficient local storage of gas is available. Now you tell us, is it OK for the guy in charge of the grid to rely solely on one form of energy?? Should he start looking for a new job? While we’re at it let’s talk about “robust” gas pipelines ‘cuz the ones that exist aren’t being properly maintained by their owners who maybe should get busted! You think that’s extreme? We think THIS is a climate crime in progress.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we replay Mina Hamilton’s paper “More than a Pipeline” concerning the compressor stations that keep the f’ing fracked gas flowing through the f’ing pipelines. Speaking of Repugnicans and pipelines, look who our new Lt. Gov is! We had no idea the Baker ticket had former anti-abortion tea party fan and lifetime NRA member, Karyn Polito onboard. And it looks like she may be a fan of the Kinder Morgan/TGP pipeline invasion!  WAIT! Did someone say Kinder Morgan? The same Kinder Morgan that grew out of Enron, the infamous California electricity market manipulator? That can’t happen HERE right? And this: how about a trip to the movies? Playing Now: Endocrine Disruption & Gas!  Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is this action link calling on the DEP to keep nukes out of the MA Clean Energy Standards BUT don’t stop there. You can edit the letter and add biomass as well!! 

Time to Meet the New Boss. You may have endured the State of the Union Address with all the staging, yes? All the good enviro stuff is here. BUT the New Boss also felt compelled to say, “America is number one in oil and gas” and who knows what THAT means? Export away, Corporate America, we’ve got yur’ TPP?   O, did we mention Obama’s green light for oil drilling off the East Coast? And this: The Prez’s climate plan could threaten U.S. forests?

In our E-Valley-uation segment inquisitive minds want to know: Why is WEMECO & National Grid gouging rate payers for so much when the wholesale price of electricity and natural gas are both down more than 50 percent! And why does the name Enron keep coming to mind??

After we chat with Rich we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7pm. Poetry and Song about the Climate Crisis – a community gathering to take heart–and inspire action and resilience—in response to worsening climate change. (Snow date: Thurs. Feb.5) Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St. (Nearest Parking Lots: on  Gothic St. behind police station and behind Thorne’s Market.)

Thursday, February 5, 6 to 8pm. Kinder Morgan Open House! Bring Stop the Pipeline signs and all your friends. Greenfield Community College Cafeteria; One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. More info at: NoFrackedGasinMass.org

Monday, February 9, 7-9 pm. Climate Action Now! MA General Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St., Amherst. Come meet others who share your passion for climate justice and find out where you can plug in. Go to: climateactionnowma.org/

Thursday, February 12, 12 pm-2pm.  Global Divestment Day Voices for Divestment rally at the Gardner Autorium, MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA. Hundreds of Global Divestment Day events are planned around the world to demand that governments, institutions, and individuals take action by divesting from oil, coal and gas companies. Also events throughout the day, including a carbon risk panel with financial experts from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, lobbying from 2 pm to 3 pm, and a high school student panel from 3 pm to 5 pm. Wear orange! More info at: www.facebook.com/events/1520630274863588/

Wedesday, February, 18, 7pm. Poetry and Song about the Climate Crisis. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. (Snow date:  Thurs. Feb. 19) * John Berkowitz, Northampton poet  (Saving—and Savoring—the World) * d.o., The Enviro Show    (Bad Atmosphere, Levellers Press) * Ben Grosscup, Greenfield singer/songwriter, coordinator of People’s Music Network

Thursday, February 19, 6-9pm NRC Meeting on Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT.  For info contact veronique@nukebusters.org.

Sunday, February 22, 3 pm. From No Nukes to No Pipeline: Protecting our Communities & Future. Announcing an anniversary screening of the classic film “Lovejoy’s Nuclear War” to benefit No Fracked Gas in Mass. Arts Block Main Hall, 289 Main St, Greenfield, MA

 

That is all for now except please remember to what?……….LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!!

thanksgiving-thankstaking-no-thankkks-amerikkka-raimGreetings Earthlings.  We’ve been trying to get Jean’s friend and longtime activist for the planet, Vandana Shiva into the studio for years now but given that Vandana is seemingly in constant motion around the globe all we’ve ever been able to do is get the recorded version. With that in mind, we roll the tapes! Naturally, we will also send you over for a visit with the Fool-on-the-Hill and with the New Boss and deep into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……Revenge of the Critters! Another loyal listener recommended story, this one held back just for this occasion: our first snowfall of the season.  Tables turned on loud snowmobile enthusiasts chasing moose in Maine. Their claim not to be chasing the critter is trumped by their urge to be on TV. Stupid human motorized recreation freaks! Roll their tape.

This week we go plural yet again as 31 Dems and 221 Repugs vote in the U.S. House of Reprehensibles to go full bore on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline from Hell. Of course, it’s yet another Repugnican inspired act of futility given that The New Boss has indicated he will veto the bill [See New Boss below], but these Fools simply can’t resist making asses of themselves. It’s just what they do!

And here he is! The New Boss is finally doing what he’s supposed to do: Save the Planet!  It’s reported that the bogus KXL bill will garner a big fat veto when it reaches Obama’s desk. It’s legacy time in the White House nowadays and we can expect to see some more backbone than we have in the past. That’s a good thing and we think he should be encouraged to do more. Can he arrest the Enemies of the Planet in DC and send them to Gitmo? No? Why not?? Anyway, those climate criminals are freaked out about the climate deal The Boss cut with China. Our take? Meh!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from none other than our recorded guest:

“Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.” – Vandana Shiva

In our Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have a full……well, chamber! Funny that the New Boss should be speaking about the climate at the G20 just days after we read that “G20 Countries Spending 88 Billion a Year to Subsidize Climate Disaster” Maybe his new legacy schtick will rub off on the other capitalists, no? This seems like a good time to rerun this story from RT that ties together trashing the planet with the fracked gas boom (pun intended) in the U.S., our regional gas pipeline struggles, and the growing talk of a trade war with Russia. Dare we say “think globally act locally”? Or regionally for that matter: here’s a pretty fascinating reportback on that direct action at FERC in DC.  And speaking of FERC get this juicy quote: “FERC isn’t responsible for gauging projects’ impact on warming” — FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur. You’re on your own citizen!  We hope forest activists in Peru won’t be on there own. They need international support because they are being killed by enemies of the planet. Last Saturday’s New York Times had a disturbing piece on amphibians around the world threatened by two pathogenic fungus, one called Bs for short. No surprise that the fungus is spreading rampantly via the pet trade (which we’ve always thought was bs anyway). And finally, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Bonus: We need more solar in the Commonwealth! When you go to the form here you can boost the % up above the weak 20% indicated. We’re thinking we’ll double and raise them.

After we run the Vandana tapes by you we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

November 17th21st, Monday through Friday, at 12:00 – 1:00PM . Mothers out Front “Power Up at the Statehouse – Stand Up and be Counted”. The time is now for Governor Patrick, with the power mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, to make Massachusetts the first state in the country to draw the line against fossil fuels for its new energy needs, and make a better, more just, choice for everyone. Friday is the “Final Power Rally”. Go to: http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Cowspiracy Screening at Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and XD, 367 Russell St, Hadley.

Monday, November 24, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now / 350MA Node Meeting. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst

 

Friday, November 28 Black Friday at Walmart events:

Orange ~ 11:00pm-Midnight Thanksgiving Night 11/27

Westfield ~ 10:00-11:00am

Chicopee ~ 11:30am-12:30pm

Pittsfield ~ Noon-1:00pm

North Adams ~ 1:00-2:00pm

Northampton ~ 1:15-2:15pm

East Windsor ~ 1:30-2:30pm

Ware ~ 1:30-2:30pm

Hadley ~ 1:30-2:15pm

Bus from Hadley to Springfield ~ 2:15pm

Springfield Rally ~ 3:00-4:00pm ~ Pioneer Valley stores are scheduled so that everyone can come to Springfield.

 

Thursday, December 4, 11:30am to 4pm. ISO New England – Consumer Liaison Group Meeting. Stakeholder forum between ISO New England and regional consumer organizations and advocates to exchange information about the economic impacts of New England’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets. A FERC rep may be there along with other fracked as pipeline proponents…..opps! FERC is supposed to be unbiased. Sorry. The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA.

 

That is all. Next time it’s Buy Nothing Amherst/Northampton with Robin Jaffee and Rev. Billy calling in from the Church of Stop Shopping. We go out with Tom Neilson‘s “Something you ate” from the “It’s a Crime to Tell the Truth” album.

 

 

 

tree-greenGreetings Earthlings. Transparent apparently is the new green. Tom Butler returns to the show to delve into “Keeping the Wild – Against the Domestication of Earth”, an anthology of revelations into Corporate America’s latest ploy to destroy as well as a reminder of how things are supposed to be. Tom and his colleagues direct the sunlight onto what some call the “new conservationists”, most typified by the likes of the so-called Nature Conservancy. We call them the same old/same old Dominion freaks. [Excerpts here and here.] We’ll have a look at the likes of them and the wonders they seek to ruin, hopefully a call from the Climate Summer Riders‘ Georgette Sordellini as well as take you to a visit in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and with our Fool-on-the-Hill and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Tick-tock, time for some tick talk!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is actually nicknamed Hil! It’s been awhile since she was on the Hill but that doesn’t mean she’s no longer a fool! We guess by now you know who we’re talking about, right? Yup, it’s Hillary Clinton and even if you are a die-hard fan (we are not) you have to admit her…..umm….unposition? on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is…..well…..mighty foolish.

We have some news from the smoke-free back rooms in various State  Houses and faux non-profit boardrooms in our E-Valley-uation segment and from here it looks like a true fracking disgrace. Our favorite hometown paper, The Montague Reporter picks up on the nefarious behind closed doors goings on regarding the proposed corporate fracked gas pipeline Kinder Morgan wants to ram through our blue-green state of Massachusetts. Other area news outlets have covered the story as well, here and here. Of course, the story of destructive logging about to take place in the Quabbin watershed continues to go unreported in this o, so green Valley (except by those tree-hugging dirt worshippers on The Enviro Show). Getting back to the fracked gas pipeline that’s getting all the press, remember The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board hearing on the KM/TGP debacle that never happened? (It turned into a spirited demo instead). Well, it’s back on and scheduled for Thursday, July 24 at 6pm. Those fracking coprporados will be there, will YOU? Now there’s talk of rerouting the proposed disastrous gas pipeline on Interstate right-of-ways. Our response to that is: If these guys want to run energy infrastructure along the Interstates why not go for wind & solar and be done with it! Finally this: March organizers and marchers are needed for Deerfield section of Stop the Pipeline March through Ma. July 12 and 13. Email peterhud82@comcast.net at the Montague pipeline group. If you are in Greenfield email: Emily Greene at guacomolly@windstream.net.  There’s a Facebook page for this action here.

Our Quote of the Week comes straight out of the book we are building this show around, but if you want the original you’ll have a very loooooong trip in the Wayback Machine, going all the way back to the first century BC when Lao Tsu said:

“Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?/I do not believe it can be done./The universe is sacred./You cannot improve it./If you try to change it, you will ruin it.”

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber is empty. All the echoes can be found above in our E-Valley-uation segment. Why? We don’t know. Maybe somebody left the door open and all the echoes floated up into the atmosphere? Wait! We are mistaken. Just found this Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action on the Monarch Butterflies. All you have to do is…….do it!  And there’s more and it’s a big f’ing deal: the New York Supreme Court ruled that towns can prohibit fracking. Can’t wait to see what the other Supreme Court has to say about THAT!

After out conversation with Tom Butler we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

July 1 thru 13. Climate Summer’s West Team cycles through the Valley. Climate Summer is a leadership development program for young adults who learn by doing. Participants engage communities across New England as educators, activists, and organizers as they travel exclusively by bicycle, calling for action on climate change and fossil fuels in communities across the region. Schedule & contacts here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/climate-summer-teams/

Saturday, July 12 thru Monday, July 14. Valley leg of the Rolling March Against the Pipeline to the State House! Walkers link in relay march across the state from Richmond to Dracut, then finish at the State House in Boston.  Kick the walk off with lots of support in Richmond, July 6th and  likely have a celebration in Dracut on July 26th. On July 30th  petitions go to the statehouse, after a rally across the Boston Common.  The vision is a sort of Daniel Shays drama —non-violent storming the statehouse with big flags, etc?  We imagine this being populated by 350.org, other such organizations looking for a way to make a big moment, as well any citizens who have been waiting to bring this fight to the State House. Full schedule & contacts here: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/rolling-march/

Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13 All day. The Green River Festival. Many of our favorite enviro groups will have tables and info. Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301. Greenfield is located at the juncture of I-91 (exit 26) and Route 2 in Western Massachusetts.  Go to: http://www.greenriverfestival.com/

Sunday, July 13,12:30pm – 4:00pm. Stop Fracked Gas Exports! Come together in Washington, DC to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Go to: StopGasExports.org

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 21 The biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement is happening in New York City. The People’s Climate March will be held as world leaders and members of the United Nations gather to discuss the climate crisis. If we expect real action on global warming, we need to make our voices heard. Tens of thousands of activists are gathering for this important event. This peaceful protest for a healthy climate will include a massive march through New York City, street theater, music, speakers and whatever creative energy you and your friends can bring. Go to: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

That’s all for now but PLEASE remember to listen to your Mother!