Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

climatecrisisGreetings Earthlings. Had enough of the Climate Crisis yet?  Sorry, it’s not going away. Even if you’re silly enough to think covering your eyes and humming loudly will work, climate chaos will still be there when you come out. Sooooo, how about we DO SOMETHING! George Aguiar and Jimmy Pereira of Climate Action NOW! MA  talk about recent and upcoming events to confront the Crisis and Michaelann of Arise for Social Justice calls in to join the conversation.  As usual we will also visit with The Fool-on-the-Hill, Meet with The New Boss, head over to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and hear the Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters! Feral cats in France attack a woman and her poodle! Bouleversant!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is expecting us to still believe that old saw about “energy independence” here in the USA.  Sen. John Hoeven (Repugnican-N.D.) claimed (with a straight face) recently that:  “Right now, we’re determining how to respond in the Middle East, specifically Syria, and it shows, with the volatile situation there, how important it is that we can produce our own energy in North America and not have to get it from the Middle East.”  Whoa, Calendar check! We thought it was 2013? Keystone XL is all about exporting oil, John. We thought you knew!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from another fool, a really BIG fool, Rush Limbaugh who recently stated: “So the left asserts there’s global warming, and they assert that there’s manmade global warming, and they assert that it’s caused by CO2, and they assert that they’ve got models for it.  I can dispel all of that with my religious beliefs.  I can dispel all of that with common sense.”  Common sense? Limbaugh?? As for religion, is Rush referring to his Golden Calf, or what??

Some disturbing news in our E-Valley-uation segment: we are breaking news of our friends over at the Connecticut River Watershed Council having allowed Keystone XL’s TransCanada to be a lead sponsor of next month’s River Clean-up event. We’re thinking the river doesn’t really need a good greenwashing! Maybe CRWC should consider some other sponsors?  Ya’ think?  You can contact them here.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we repeat ourselves, this time with the help of Global Justice Ecology Project. Remember we spoke about the Utah tar sands awhile back? The ones that are even worse than the Alberta tar sands? Guess what? They are still out there and only a handful of folks seem to be paying any attention to them., are you listening? On to what ABC News calls “A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima“.  It seems “US nuclear inspector Dale Klein is demanding the intervention of foreign experts” on this ongoing multiple nuclear meltdown. Ya’ think?  In a related matter, our own Sen. Ed Markey has gotten up in the face of the NRC over its biased study of the radiological risks of high-level radioactive waste storage pool fires in GE’s Fukushima-style reactors. You know, like the ones at VT Yankee and Pilgrim! Finally some good news: “Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions for protection of 757 imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized Endangered Species Act protection… for Nevada’s Mount Charleston blue butterfly. The butterfly occurs in just a few locations at very small numbers and is threatened by fire suppression, fuel reduction activities and recreational development.”  So much for the good news, now it seems the once ubiquitous Monarch Butterfly numbers are crashing. There is something YOU can do about this. Remember those Milkweed & Joe Pye seed bombs we talked about? Please make a note to rearm for next Spring, OK?

We Meet the New Boss doing something the old boss never would have done: oppossing destructive forestry!  The Administration is going thumb down on the Repugs newspeak House bill with the Orwellian title, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. “ ‘We’re glad President Obama is finally taking a strong stand against legislation that would open the door to clearcutting our forests and weaken vital protections for water and wildlife,’ said Randi Spivak, public lands director for the Center for Biological Diversity”. And here in Western Mass we hope the New Boss’ friend the Gov is paying attention! More good news from The Boss: strict emission standards for new coal plants…….wait!…new coal plants??

After our conversation with Michaelann, George & Jimmy it’s on the the Bus Stop Billboard:

October 1st, 8pm. “Students & Goliath: How the Youth Took on the Fossil Fuel Industry”, A documentary by Alex Leff.Featuring Five College students, Bill McKibben, Jill Stein, and Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash, this will be a big event to celebrate all the Pioneer Valley has done last year, educate, inspire, and promote further action for this new school year! Screening at Hampshire College, Main Lecture Hall in Franklin Patterson Hall. Email: Alex Leff  at
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30pm. Public Transit in Springfield – A Riders Summit. 20 Maple Street, (1199 SEIU). Join members of the local community & labor groups to let PVTA know what you think of their service! Call: 413-543-2334
Friday & Saturday, October 4 & 5. “Source to Sea” River Clean-up. You can help protect our water resources and be a part of this fun and positive event. Supporting the Connecticut River Watershed Council’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup. For more information about the Cleanup, contact River Steward Jacqueline Talbot at or 860-704-0057. Thanks for helping to keep our rivers clean! [WARNING: This event sponsored by TransCanada of Keystone XL pipeline infamy]

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

Tuesday,  Oct. 8, noon to 1pm. Protest rallies of the Campaign to Boycott TD Banks for bankrolling and worsening climate change by investing in Canadian Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Banks in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Canadian Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines. TD Bank, 1441 Main St. in downtown  Springfield, TD Bank branches in Northampton ( 175 Main St); Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection) & Greenfield (324 Main St.). More info:  John Berkowitz, 413-325-4533

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. 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.

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:

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: 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!]


That’s it for the moment. In the mean time, will you remember to listen to your Mother?