Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

 

treehug1Greetings Earthlings. Believe it or not, there are some good things to focus on in the New Year. Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust joins us to talk land preservation in the Age of Destruction. There are several land preservation efforts underway in our region like this and Leigh is the go-to person for info on that subject. We’ll get into that as well as another scary visit with the New Boss and this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and an excursion into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! You may have read recently that the world’s fastest critter, the Cheetah is quickly headed for extinction. And, you might be wondering what bad actors are responsible for this sorry situation, yes? OK, we’re here to say not all bad actors are responsible, some are just there to take the hit!

Last time we had a look at The New Boss he was assembling his Cabinet of Deplorables like some fiendish Dr. Caligari on steroids. This week our friends at Grist help us drill down into one of the Boss’s local New York City projects that speaks volumes about what his administration will mean for issues of climate justice. On the matter of endangered species, referenced above and in the Echo Chamber below, The Endangered Species Coalition has some critical info for the Boss that we’re sure will be filed away in…..um…..the shredder? We don’t know if this Trump Chump qualifies for the Boss’s Cabinet but he sure fits the MO. It’s Climate Crisis denier South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney for head of the Office of Management and Budget who asks ““do we really need government-funded research at all”?  Finally, here’s one we couldn’t resist: Even Trump Voters Oppose Trump’s Climate  Agenda. Enough!

We’ve been holding back on you, dear Enviro Show listeners. It seems the…..um….interesting? state of Tennessee has an entire collection of fools to choose from for the dishonor of being our Fool-on-the-Hill, so in keeping with the coming Fool’s Era (and as a New Year’s treat) we leave it to you which fool to pick from HERE. Our favorite is Rep. Chuck Fleischmann who, when asked his opinion about global warming during a candidate debate said: “I think we ought to take Al Gore, put him on an iceberg, and put him way out there.” So much for southern hospitality, but he’d better get busy with it ‘cuz icebergs are becoming……well….endangered!

Here’s our timely Quote of the Week and it’s just a short hop in the old Wayback Machine to reach the source:

“Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day.”  – Giffort Pinchot

Just when it’s time to take out the old and bring in the new we noticed things are piling up in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Let’s start with this mind bending  eye-popping multi-media show from CNN (of all people) on the mass extinction crisis. The folks over at The National Geographic brought this “Pipeline Through Paradise” to our attention. This may be the next Big Oil pipeline fight but if not, how about this one!  The Pilgrim Pipeline on Native land? That didn’t go so well for the fossil fools last time around. And speaking of land preservation, Obama has made another parting shot at the despoilers out west by creating two more National Monuments. Sadly, “The monument designation… does not affect valid existing rights for oil, gas, and mining operations, military training operations, and utility corridors.” Rights?? Finally, our Enviro Show Blog Action calls on the Dems to get some spine and block climate criminal, Scott Pruitt from taking down the EPA. 

 

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Ongoing Tuesday noon Greenfield Standing Rock vigil TD Bank, 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Vigiling every Tuesday noon til 1 pm TD bank Greenfield Corner of Main and Federal. Questions? Contact: Hattie hattieshalom@verizon.net.

 

Sunday, January 8, 11:45am. Climate Change and the Developing World.  Join Dr. Elliot Fratkin for the USNF January Hawkins Majumder lecture and discussion at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. 220 Main St. Northampton, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/.

 

Sunday January 8, 2:00-4:30pm.  Valley Mothers Out Front House Party in Amherst. An introductory presentation and discussion about MOF, including state, local, and individual climate solutions, and the company of other motivated mothers and others. RSVP Ellen ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

 

 

Monday, January 9, Noon to 1pm. Day Against Denial!  Join 350MA for a rally with music and skits, encouraging our Senators to be bold in opposing Trump’s Cabinet of Climate Deniers, and urging Governor Baker to speak out against those nominees and for the climate! Part of 350’s nationwide Day Against Denial. Park St T Station, Boston Common, Boston. RSVP here, and like/share the FB event.

 

 

Monday, January 9, 1pm. Rally at the Pilgrim Nuke Gate! Stand together, step out on the street and demand the NRC shut Pilgrim NOW. Ring in the New Year right! 600 Rocky Hill Road, Plyouth, MA. A recent alarming email from an NRC seasoned special inspector reveals the unvarnished truth that public safety cannot be assured. “We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won’t fix.” This exposure of the poor safety climate, ongoing mismanagement, lack of maintenance, training, and resources demands bold leadership from Governor Baker, Senator Markey, Senator Warren, AG Healey, and others, including the MA General Court to speak up for public safety now. The NRC needs to hear from us all! #Mobilize4Survival! Sign up to drive or ride:  https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/pxbo4q Go to: http://www.capedownwinders.info/.

 

Monday, January 9, 4 to 5pm. “Stop the Climate Denier Cabinet”! The environmental group 350.org is encouraging scores of actions decrying Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks in a nationally organized day of protest called “Stop the Climate Denier Cabinet”. As part of that coordinated effort, Climate Action NOW Western Mass will hold a standout on the Calvin Coolidge Bridge in Northampton from 4 to 5 pm demanding that climate deniers be rejected in Senate confirmation hearings. SPONSORS: 350.org, Climate Action Now, Western, MA, Represent.Us Western Mass. Contact: Climate Action Now

 

 

Saturday, January 14, 7pm. Contradance to protect Otis State Forest / Sandisfield from Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Pipeline. at the West Cummington Parish House, W. Main Street, W. Cummington, MA. Proceeds to support the legal work of Pipe Line Awareness Network for the North East (PLAN-NE). Music by Steve Howland and other great local musicians, Contradance Calling by Sadie Stull, Soup and Refreshments from Alice’s Kitchen! Suggested Donation $25 – All amounts accepted. For more information call 413-634-8043.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 – 8:30pm. AG Maura Healey’s Post-election Town Hall Meeting. Faith United Church, 52 Sumner Ave, Springfield, MA. [Be sure to ask why on Earth the state is NOT defending Article 97 of our Constitution at Otis State Forest!]

 

Thursday, January 19. 8am. FERC’s Commission Meeting Action! For over two years, Beyond Extreme Energy has joined friends and allies in disrupting this meeting. It’s held once per month, is open to the public, and involves little to no risk of arrest. Please join us as we seek to pack the FERC Commission Meeting room and show the commissioners that we have the power to stop their rubber stamp machine! 8am: Meet in the Union Station, Washington, DC food court to go over the plan. 9:30am: Walk down to FERC (nearby). Info: Lee Stewart, BeyondExtremeEnergy.org 703-999-2634

 

Friday, January 20, All Day. Protest the Trump Inauguration. Thousands of protesters who have mobilized nationally since the election of Climate Criminal, Donald Trump are planning a massive convergence in Washington against the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. ANSWER, which organized a number of major anti-war protests since its founding 15 years ago, is one of many groups mobilizing against the inauguration. Other groups planning inauguration protests range from anarchist collectives to networks of immigrants and women. Online organizers, including some associated with Occupy Wall Street, have also floated proposals for a nationwide general strike. See: https://popularresistance.org/trump-era-protests-escalate-with-inauguration/

 

Friday January 20, 6 to 8pm. Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration Boston! Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand, Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Go to: http://masspeaceaction.org/event/resist-trump-occupy-inauguration-boston/

 

Saturday, January 21, All Day. The Million Women’s March on Washington Stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families [and our planet!] — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Starts 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Location: Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. Greenfield, MA bus info HERE.

 

Saturday, January 21 at 11 AM – 3 PM. Boston Women’s March for America. Boston Common,
Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Unite in Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation — among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice and reproductive justice. Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. ALL ARE WELCOME. On the day after the Inauguration, people from Massachusetts and hundreds of thousands of Americans from other cities, towns and schools across the nation and the world will march together in sister marches. Be part of history! We have LOTS of information about the March at our website—from transportation to schedule to volunteering. We also have official March t shirts and a hat—and you can chip in to help us pay for the March.
PLEASE register at our website http://www.bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org/
Or at Eventbrite bit.ly/boswmfa
PLEASE join the Boston Women’s March for America Community Page as well: Security Check Required

 

Saturday, January 21, 12:30pm. In solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, women and their allies will gather on the Greenfield Town Common (Court Square) for a rally. Echoing the message of the Washington March, local speakers, songs, signs, and personal testimony will focus on standing together for women’s and human rights. Intended as a call to action, the rally will provide information about the concrete actions participants can take to protect their rights, safety, health, and families. To volunteer to help with organizing or for more information, visit the rally’s Facebook event page at: bit.ly/2hs06Ce or call 877-925-2999.

 

Saturday, January 21, 1:00pm. Listening to a Continent Sing – Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. Join birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma as he presents his ten-week, ten-state bicycle journey that he traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, lingering and listening to our continent sing as no one has before. On remote country roads, over terrain vast and spectacular, from dawn to dusk and sometimes through the night, you will gain a deep appreciation for the natural symphony of birdsong many of us take for granted. More information: 413-863-3221 or greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org

 

Monday, January 23, 2017, 7 – 10pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Find out about upcoming actions on the national and local level. Join a break-out session: Welcome for Newcomers, Legislative Action, Soil and Forests as Carbon Sinks, and Movement Building in a Time of Climate Emergency. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6 – 8pm. “Refinery Town – Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City”. Book talk with author Steve Early. Greenfield Public Library Meeting Room, Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Steve Early, the author of this soon to be published book, recounts the struggles of the people of Richmond California against the Chevron oil company. The people of this small city put together a coalition that despite millions of dollars spent by Chevron, elected a progressive City Council. Bernie Sanders wrote the forward to this interesting book. Join us for pizza at 6:00; talk starts at 6:30. Go to: http://fccpr.us/

 

Wednesday, January 25, 10am. – 2:30pm. Mass Power Forward Lobby Day. Meet with your representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy. We’ll push for at least 50% clean power by 2040, expanded investments in solar (especially community and low-income solar), and further action on gas leaks. And we’ll call on our legislators to say no once and for all to pipelines and nuclear power. Join us! Massachusetts State House (exact location within State House TBD!), 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA. Please register with » this Google Form so that we can help you arrange meetings with your rep or senator.

 

Saturday, January 28, 3pm. “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton. Featured will be State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that will protect our earth from climate destruction. The forum will be one step in forming our segment of the massive movement that will be necessary to protect our earth and the generations to come. Contact Marty Nathan at martygjf@comcast.net

 

Monday, January 30, 6:30pm. DOE is coming to western Massachusetts to do two trainings for people who are interested in this “Solar in your Community” grant solicitation. Co-op Power will host one training in Northampton likely at the MLK Middle School. Call: 413-552-6446. Go to: https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-prize-solar-your-community-challenge

 

Tuesday, January 31, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity. UMass Amherst Campus Center. Northeast Organic Farming Association presents: in-depth, inspiring conversation on carbon sequestration. Come and learn about practical steps you can take to make a positive impact in your interactions with the landscape. From yards to farms to greenways to commons to gardens, how we treat our soils impacts the climate. read more here

 

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.

 

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/

 

Let’s ditch the New Year fear and take it from here, OK? Until next time, remember: Listen to your Mother.

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pure-black-wallpaper-159Greetings Earthlings. Ready for the New Boss? [UPDATE: We are decidedly not and thus have changed the title of this blog. As you might surmise, THE biggest loser in the Election of 2016 is not  progressive or liberal ideals or common decency (though they surely lose), it is the planet that sustains us. Now we must protect the Earth with whatever means are left to us – d.o.]  Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron join us to comb through those louse infested coats and others (perhaps less tainted?) for some answers. Chances are good some of that will be put to music as well! We’ll also take you to some familiar places here such as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and The Bus Stop Billboard, along with visits to this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss (who is getting a bit old, yes?), but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Aussie guy gets a BIG fright from outback. You have to see it to believe it.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is back for a repeat performance. Yes, it’s Texas…….yes, Texas….again, repugnican Rep. Lamar Smith whom even many Texans don’t care for! :O It seems in “a new poll in Texas’ 21st congressional district, 45 percent of respondents said they are less likely to vote for Rep. Smith because he refused to investigate allegations that ExxonMobil knew about climate change in the ’70s and failed to disclose the threat to the public.” It goes on but who gives a f….(sorry).who even wants to acknowledge that these people even exist? After all, Halloween is over, why must we continue to scare each other??

Time to Meet the New Boss (and various other presidential hopefulls) doing absolutely nothing about the major injustices at Standing Rock rez. Were The Boss’s efforts to stall the DAPL pipeline work on Native land back in September merely symbolic? Dave Archambault II, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has rightfully noted that Obama’s legacy rides on this critical issue of Native rights and fossil fuel expansion. We hope The New Boss (soon to be The Old Boss) will do more than “let it play out for several more weeks”. Maybe he should take the family to the movies to see “Before the Flood”!  Here’s some good analysis on what DAPL is actually about and here’s a list of what’s needed to support Standing Rock Water Protectors.

Our Quote of the Week calls for another trip in the Wayback Machine but you won’t have to leave the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

“What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?” ~ Massasoit

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber our guests join us as we find many disturbing stories on the U.S. presidential campaign of 2016, an event that may go down in history as the era when nearly everyone in The “Land of the Free” came unhinged and the body politic went psychotic. Maybe a good place to start is right here with this post-Halloween clip.  OK, so we know what the orange guy with the wig thinks about the Climate Crisis, what about his  energy plan? The Libertarian Party candidate has an interesting plan for dealing with climate chaos, all we need is an ark!  While we’re on the subject of outer space maybe these guys can help us? No? Anyway, back to the campaign, such as it is. Granted, $hillary (the candidate for president of Corporate America)  hasn’t written off the Climate Crisis as a hoax like that other guy, but surely you recall what she thinks of us leave-it-in-the-ground activists, right? Saying all of us should “get a life” seems like a bad starting point for scoring votes, yes? We think Tom may have something to sing about on that note. On to the perennial Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein who seems to take all the best enviro positions, but there are still some doubts about her on other fronts. Be that as it may, her most recent remarks about Clinton being more dangerous than Trump has raised concerns. Regarding the Lesser of Two Evils argument on voting we turn to Noam Chomsky. Sooooo, given that THE best candidate for president was cheated out of the nomination by corporate Dems what are we left with? That’s up to you, Enviro Show listeners! Time to move on to the ballot questions and obviously the one most relative to enviros is Question #3, Conditions for Farm Animals. This one cuts close to home ‘cuz reportedly the only farm effected would be Diemand Farm in Wendell, MA. We’ll be getting into that and more so tune in, OK?

After our election coverage and that call from Paki we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Thursday, November 17, 5:30pm. Springfield Climate Action & Resiliency Plan Community Engagement Meeting. Indian Orchard Covenant Church, 95 Berkshire Street, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 

Sunday, November 201pm-6pm. Climate Crisis Community Grief Ritual. Deep conversation, music, poetry, art, and ritual to share grief and find resilience about climate change and other environmental/social/racial justice issues. Donation requested to cover costs.   Wheelchair accessible.  Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St. (3 miles west of Northampton on Rt. 9). John Berkowitz  413-387-8439 johnpberk@gmail.com

 

Monday, November 21, 11am. Speak Out at the State House. Support the immediate closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor. Great Hall, 2nd Floor. Go to: www.capedownwinders.info

 

November 24, 2016, 12:00 noon. 47th National Day of Mourning: Coles Hill Plymouth, MA. Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience. Go to: http://www.uaine.org/

 

November 28, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Reports from Action/Work Groups Including: Food Justice, Healthy Soil and Sustainable Farming, Building the Climate Justice Movement in the Face of the Climate Emergency, Five College Students and more. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

Thursday, November 29, 5:30pm. Springfield Climate Action & Resiliency Plan Community Engagement Meeting. Trinity Church, 61 Sumner Avenue, Forest Park, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 

Friday, December 2, 10:30am. to 4:30pm. “Modern” Wood Heat Presentation & Tour for Municipal Officials. Pellet pirates’ dog & pony show  to promote the invasion of more bad forestry and the climate crushing pellet industry. First Floor Meeting Room, Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, MA. Wood Heat Magical Mystery Tour leaves Transit Center at Noon. Come early to protest outside or to attend if you are a town official.

 

That is all for now. Next tie it’s Standing with Standing Rock. Until then keep on listening to your other, OK?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keep-calm-and-celebrate-samhain-1Greetings Earthlings. Happy Samhain, All Hallows Eve or whatever. In Pagan times this was the beginning of Winter but given that we’ve pretty much vanquished that to climate chaos we’ll take chemical laden candy instead. The Good Green Witch joins us for an extended stay to….enlighten? us about the dark and that very thin veil to the other world, as well as her new book. OK, so do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet? How about a creepy orange monster clown with a wig, sticking his chin out and getting all alpha male? No? Enough of that? We’re going to be……away from our desk for Halloween! Bonfires, potions, you know the drill. Anyway, after we light the fire in the studio we’ll take you on a spooky visit with our Fool-on-the-Hill, deep into the dark and dank Enviro Show Echo Chamber and more, but first it’s time for……….Revenge of the Critters! Scary Spider bites Australian man on penis……again!

Soooo, there’s no fool like an old fool we’re told and we guess that might explain repugnican Senator John McCain’s recent remarks about continued repugnican blocking of Supreme Court Justice nominations if $hillary wins in November. “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill declared.

Time for a visit with the New Boss who very recently wrote an op-ed that “promotes his vision for humans on the Mars surface in the 2030s”. Say what?? What about Earth in the 2030s! We doubt we’ll be here to experience that but the grandkids will. We applaud The Boss for signing into law H.R. 2494, The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 that will “further protect endangered species that have been targeted by poachers” but how about our endangered kids and grandkids? We need an all-out effort to confront the Climate Crisis right here on our favorite planet, never mind that barren ball of rock and dust a gazillion miles away! One can only wonder what the new New Boss will have in store for us. If that is $hillary we know what she really thinks about us enviros. If it’s that creepy clown guy, well…..we guess we can all bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. Tune in to our Election Night Enviro Show. It may be scarier than Halloween.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber of Horrors we venture beyond “The Point of No Return”! And if that’s not horrifying enough how about “11 of the last 12 months hit record high temps”? No? Greenland’s Ice Sheet Melting Faster Than Previously Thought? And this: “Throughout the U.S., trees are dying at an astonishing rate.” Here in the Northeast U.S. those of us actively trying to save the trees are usually just ignored, right? Some corporate Dems seem to think we need to “get a life” for trying to confront the Climate Crisis these days but in the Global South such activists actually get to have their lives taken away! That’s enough horror for one day. How about we pray for…. Big Oil? (that’s not some Halloween trick, kids). OK, how about we treat you to one of the bravest climate actions yet to come down the pipeline. That would be this “Act of Love”. You can donate for their legal support here.

How about a Halloween Special Quote of the Week? Ready?

The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.”    – Stephen King

We have Broken News! It seems Sunoco, a Dakota Access pipeline co-conspirator, has just allowed 55,000 gallons of gasoline to pollute the Susquehanna River. Maybe those prayers for Big Oil aren’t doing so well?

 

After our conversation with The Good Green Witch we’ll take you trick or treating to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturdays 10am. to 12pm.Weekly Standout for the Green Party. Court Square, Greenfield, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171357796292170/

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 10am to 5pm. & 6:00 – 8:00pm. Overview and discussion of potential regulations MassDEP intends to hold two stakeholder meetings on potential new Green House Gas regulations. The Worcester meetings 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). RSVP for in-person attendance here. 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. Please see the following links for directions to the MassDEP office in Worcester. If you have questions about the stakeholder meetings, please contact Jordan Garfinkle at jordan.garfinkle@state.ma.us or 617-292-5904.

 

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

 

Friday, November 4, 12 to 4pm. The Native American Students Association and Divest UMass, in collaboration with the Student Farmers’ Market, are hosting a #NoDAPL Standing Rock Solidarity Farmers Market at the Goodell Lawn at UMass, Amherst, Massachusetts. There will be a Speak-Out happening at 2 pm- don’t miss this important opportunity to hear native voices from our campus community speak to what’s going on in ND! November is Native American Heritage Month, and this Student Farmers market will be a moment to SHOW UP for the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline! This is a moment for everyone to come together to spread the word and show our support for the incredible front line leadership defending the right of native tribes to their water and way of life, and resisting the violent reign of the FF industry, and the environmental and cultural genocide native tribes have faced in our country for centuries. Contacts for this event: Sarah Jacqz, sjacqz@umass.edu; 978-518-0057. Shawn Provost, stprovost@umass.edu 603-313-5804. Andreus Ridley, dreus81@gmail.com;
nasa@umass.edu; 978-496-7041

 

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

 

Wednesday, November 9, 6 – 8pm. Screening of Sea Shepherd’s first full-length film, “Why Just One?” on at Café Evolution, 22 Chestnut St, Florence, MA. A 30 min. Q & A session with Vic Guerin of Sea Shepherd will follow. Free Cafe Evolution treats will be provided , but feel free to bring your own vegan finger foods too. This wonderful new documentary exposes the courageous battle Sea Shepherd has taken on to save sea turtles, the world’s last dinosaur. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/cafe-evolution-116705117589/

 

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/

 

November 28, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Reports from Action/Work Groups Including: Food Justice, Healthy Soil and Sustainable Farming, Building the Climate Justice Movement in the Face of the Climate Emergency, Five College Students and more. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

 

 

Scary enough for you? Just wait ’til our next show on Election Day! :O  Until then remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

autumn-flora-fallingGreetings Earthlings. All things being equal, we’re pretty sure the Autumnal Equinox is overshadowed by “Leaf Peeping Season” here in New England but guess what makes peeping possible! The Good Green Witch joins us to make colorful remarks about the season and Rosemary Wessel of No Fracked Gas in Mass returns to connect the dots between Otis State Forest (our public lands) and Kinder Morgan’s ongoing attempts to turn Southern New England into yet another fracked gas playground for filthy rich oilmen.  As per usual, we’ll take to to meet this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as treat you to our Quote of the week, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! Another human no longer left to their own devices.

This time our Fool-on-the-Hill is another one of those whacky far-right over-the-hill operatives, meaning he operates under the Beltway but not directly on The Hill, just over the hill, somewhere, out there. Anyway, he’s one of Donald Trump’s latest economic advisors who, our friends at Grist inform us, “might be even more confused about climate and energy than Trump himself”. It’s Stephen Moore, “a notoriously foolish and dishonest “senior distinguished fellow” at the right-wing Heritage Foundation and a former Wall Street Journal editorialist. That alone says a lot, but Salon’s take down makes one wonder why this guy even got a phone call from someone as shallow as Trump.

Our Quote of the Week concerns the recent gasoline pipeline disaster down in Alabama where some 300,000 gallons leaked into a pond not all that far from the Cahaba River. Incredibly all the reporting on this regional outrage concerns…..rising gas prices! Here’s our telling quote from Cahaba Riverkeeper: “There has been a great deal of speculation that the leak is larger than reported. We are not qualified to make a guess at the volume of the spill, but after listening to a good deal of discussion related to how these estimates are calculated, we have no reason to believe the company isn’t publishing a good faith estimate using the most reliable models available.” WHAT?? Where were you guys during the BP Gulf disaster? Maybe out on the town with the guys from the Colonial Pipeline Co.? We guess the bogus media spin and weak-kneed environmentalism has nothing to do with reports that the pipeline is partially owned by Koch. ………….nah.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we may hear from d.o. concerning efforts by PanAm Railroad to bust him for trespassing when he was investigating whether Bomb Trains are traveling through WMass. Also, Breaking News from MassPlan here’s an “update regarding the citizen appeal of the 401 Water Quality Certification issued by MassDEP for the Connecticut Expansion project: TGP’s response to the appeal was to sue all of the petitoners, and MassDEP, in federal court. A hearing is scheduled for September 29th at the U.S. District Court in Boston. TGP claims that MassDEP lacks jurisdiction to continue with its administrative process, because a section in the Natural Gas Act provides for ultimate review at the federal Circuit Court of Appeals (rather than state court, which is normally where final DEP orders are reviewed after the internal agency appeals process is complete).”

We have more Breaking News! Over 200 groups blasted the EPA on Monday for that agency’s flawed study on fracking. They say the EPA has “done the public a disservice” by helping to promote toxic drilling. Ya’ think?? Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find The Worst Congress Ever returning to confer on the so-called Energy “Modernization” Act. Given the political climate these days in DC (not much better than the climate climate) we can probably expect a LOT of watering down, a severe shortage of useful ideas, and EVEN MORE hot air. You can send a message to your senator about the dirty energy bill HERE.  And this: Democracy Now! tells us “a federal appeals court has officially halted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access [Bakun oil] pipeline within 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahe along the Missouri River. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals says this ruling will give the court more time to rule on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction against construction over concerns it could destroy sacred sites and burial grounds.”  Also, in case this one got by you here in the Colonies, here’s a PDF entitled “European Power From U.S. Forests”. We guess some things never change! In other news, it looks like China might be pulling the rug out from under all those Repugnicans (and certain candidates for president) who bad mouth international climate agreements because that big nation won’t hold up their end. Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link for the week: This Bill Saves Wildlife in Peril!  Finally, the Zika freakout down south has cost the lives of countless bees and other pollinators. Ok, the score is 43 not dead vs. millions upon millions dead as doornails. Who won?

We thought we might have to ditch our Meet the New Boss segment (until a better candidate comes on the scene) ‘cuz Obama keeps doing good things to try and save the planet! Checkout our friend Elizabeth Kolbert’s latest in the New Yorker titled “Obama the Conservationist”. BUT, then we saw this from DeSmog Blog: “On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline’s owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters. However, at the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe….another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar. In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines — the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines — also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico.” Thanks, Boss!

 

After our conversation with The Good Green Witch and Rosemary we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Friday, October 7, 2016. 6pm – 10pm. Rock Against the TPP Concert @ Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA. The TPP is basically terrible for everything you care about. It would export the worst parts of U.S. copyright law and Internet policy on the rest of the world, undermining free speech and opening the floodgates for SOPA-style online censorship. [1] Beyond that, it would grant monopolistic corporations extraordinary powers to circumvent our basic democratic process, affecting everything from the environment to food safety to access to medicine to basic workers’ rights. All ages. Wheelchair accessible. FREE! RSVP required. Email: team@fightforthefuture.org

 

Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, “A Quabbin National Park: Protecting Nature, Climate and Health for Future Generations” with Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE the North Woods. Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA. See: www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth/

 

Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15, 5pm-8pm. The Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event – Creatures that Build. Come to the Enchanted Forest at our new site for a magical treat along our pumpkin lit trail. Since we’ve just built this new building we’ve invited out animals friends to join us and share how they build; from a bird’s nest to Caddis Fly’s case to the engineering of a Beaver dam. Fun for all ages. Fee. Advanced online registration required to sign up for a walk time, space is limitedCall (413) 256-6006 or Go to: http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

 

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, All day. 350VT is hosting a Climate Organizer Leadership Training at the Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., First Floor Brattleboro, VT. “Explore climate justice and racial justice, theory of change and campaign building, and we will learn about core organizing skills.” Register HERE. More info: brittany@350VT.org

 

Sunday, October 16, 3:00-5:00pm. Clean Water Action Celebration. Mi Tierra Restaurant, 48 Russell St, Hadley, MA. Tickets – $30 /Student/tight budget – $15 /Sponsor – $75 (includes 2 tickets). Purchase tickets and sponsorships online. Questions? Contact Sara Moffett , smoffett@cleanwater.org 413-584-9830 x4

 

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

 

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

 

 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

 

 

That’s it. We are soooo out of here, but remember this: Listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

 

 

BombTrainGreetings Earthlings. Recall our past rant about those explosive fracked oil trains? We call them Bomb Trains for a reason. Alex Ramel from Stand. Earth calls in with some background and we get into some interesting local aspects of this….um….volatile issue? Get out your binocs kids and remember this hazmat number: #1267. If you see that on the side of a long line of tanker cars on the tracks here in the Valley guess what? The Bomb Train has come to town! As always, we’ll also take you to to see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to visit the New Boss as well as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Tired of all those people left to their own devices in public? Some critters are too! 

Let’s start off a little different this time with a Quote of the Week that sets the tone for this show, OK?

“If we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.”   – President Obama

We can only wonder at what the New Boss must be thinking as he continues having fracking Ernest Moniz as his Energy Czar when the guy keeps fronting for the fossil fools. Moniz’s latest delivery of extremely hot air was at a DOE field hearing in Seattle last week convened by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Remember our rant about endless Bomb Trains passing through the middle of Seattle? Albany? Maybe Greenfield? (We say maybe ‘cuz we have no confirmation but hey! Give Pan Am Railway a call and ask: Customer service – 800-955-9212). Those ticking time bombs don’t seem to bother the senator either. Cantwell said the oil and gas boom has achieved “energy independence” in making the nation less dependent on foreign oil. Sooooo, that’s why they’re shipping it offshore?? OK……….reality check!

Time to visit that classic Fool-on-the-Hill again! Guess who said this? “Our kids are being brainwashed. My own granddaughter came home one day and said … ‘Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming? I did some checking, and.. the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, they are brainwashed — you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.” Name the Fool & win the prize!

Time for The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! We guess by now you heard about this: “President Barack Obama signed into law the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday”.  This is excellent news to our friends here in New England who struggled for years to make this happen but Obama didn’t stop there. For the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service the Prez also designated new National Monuments to Cesar Chavez in California, the Pullman porters in Chicago, and the folks who stood up for equality at Stonewall in New York City, and quadruple the Papahānaumokuākea Hawaii Monument—creating the world’s largest protected marine area! Also this, more good news (if you can stand it!): Evilsource and National Grid bail on Spectra’s Access Northeast fracked gas pipeline! Will the corporados actually spend their own money to build it now that they can’t tax us to pay for it? Stay tuned! Here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link. It’s about that lame Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline they want to ram through Lakota territory. Finally this: If there’s any climate change deniers left out there maybe they should read this piece about a Manatee hanging out in the warm water off the Cape? When was the last time a live Manatee was up north here, huh?
After our conversation with Alex we move on to the Bus Stop billboard:

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.

 

Saturday, September 17, 7:30pm. Teaching at the Edge of Time – A Talk by Joanna Macy. Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro. Marlboro College is pleased to present world-renowned eco-philosopher  and author Joanna Macy in a talk titled “Teaching at the Edge of Time.” Educators and students are particularly encouraged to attend, and Joanna’s talk will be preceded by a community gathering and cheese plate hour starting at 6:30. Call: (802) 254-4730.

 

Saturday,September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105

 

Wednesday, September 21, 12:30-2:00pm. A Conversation about Climate Change. Floor 26, Du Bois Library. Thought provoking prompts will guide a climate-related conversation. Includes time for sharing resources, action-based opportunities, and ideas. Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis, Fall 2016 SERIES. All events are free and open to the UMass community and the public. Limited seating – please arrive early. Go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, September 24, 12 Noon. A legal and peaceful People Over Pipeline Walk along the segment of Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion that passes through our state. The walk will begin at the soon to be expanded compressor station in Agawam, MA, half a mile north of the CT border, and will continue along the pipeline route in Suffield and East Granby. A walk initiated by The CT Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350 CT to call attention to this interstate project that is unnecessary and will profit Eversource and Iberdrola at the expense of our clean and safe environment. Call: 860-236-4405

 

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25,10:00 AM – 5:00pm. Rain or Shine. The North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA. Be sure to checkout The Portal to the Future as well as our own d.o. reading from his book, “Bad Atmosphere” at The Spoken Word Stage on Saturday at 3pm. Go to: https://garlicandarts.org/

 

Monday, September 26, 7pm – 9pm. Climate Action Now gathering in Amherst. Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01004, USA (map). We face a monumental challenge with climate change, but we will face it together! Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just a concerned citizen who wants to find out more about actions being taken in our area, we would love to have you join us. Go to: climateactionnowma.org

 

Saturday October 1, Noon to 11pm. Harvest of Hope Festival/Cosecha de Esperanza 2016 at The Common Park, Pittsfield MA. Building solidarity at the intersection of Cultural, Social, Economic, and Ecological Justice here in Berkshire County! The Harvest of Hope vision of weaving unity in our community will be showcased in an array of creative outpourings: storytelling, collective art creation, theater arts, spoken and musical performances, a planetary puppet procession, live civic workshops, and tables held by partnering organizations and sponsors on social, economic, and environmental topics. The event culminates in a multi-cultural Harvest Feast, and if you can stay up late enough: World Groove Dance-In! You don’t want to miss it! If you are on Facebook the event page is: www.facebook.com/events/303648303335170/.

 

 

Thursday, October 13, 7 PM, “A Quabbin National Park: Protecting Nature, Climate and Health for Future Generations” with Michael Kellett, Executive Director of RESTORE the North Woods. Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 W Pelham Rd, Shutesbury, MA. See: www.facebook.com/4climatenhealth/

 

That’s it for now, but remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

shhhh-feature-featureGreetings Earthlings. Suppose we told you 32% of Eversource’s and 17% of Natural Grid’s reported gas leaks simply “disappeared” last year. We’d just love to tell you all those leaks were repaired but it seems they were just removed from the database without explanation. Albert Carter, MIT Data Wrangler joins us to talk LostLeaks, Big Grid’s cooked books? Also joining us in the studio is Andra Rose from Mothers Out Front on some Valley specific gas leak info. As always we’ll take on a trip to meet out Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss as well as a visit to the Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for………..Revenge of the Critters! Remember how the cowpeople nearly wiped out the Buffalo back in the day? Looks like the Buffalo remember!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill spends most of his time passing out checks on the Hill (to fellow Republicans we assume) and pretending he’s all kinds of concerned about the Climate Crisis (he doesn’t call it that). Grist tells us Jay Faison, “the wealthy businessman announced last year that he would be spending $175 million to promote climate action to Republicans and promote Republicans to climate-minded voters”. But wait, there’s more! “Faison has not endorsed or proposed any policies specifically designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whether from the electricity system, transportation, agriculture, or any other sector.” Huh? You mean he’s just full of shit??

Time to Meet the New Boss !  This time we find Obama going soft on Arctic oil drilling. “It may be the case that the [new] rules require safer drilling practices, but the simple fact is that there’s no safe way to drill for oil in the Arctic with the climate crisis deepening all around us,” says David Turnbull of Oil Change International. Also, it appears The Boss’ EPA has gone and approved “nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity.” Toss in his Arctic oil drilling green light, his undying support for TPP and we’d say it’s time to head out to Martha’s Vineyard for some First Family vacation summertime standouts!

We usually don’t begin our Enviro Show Echo Chamber with a Blog Action link BUT this one is truly an exception: Tell FERC to reject all pending fracked gas pipeline permits! It looks like Obama has something to tell FERC as well (maybe he’s not like the old boss!), in this case to take the climate into consideration when they’re doing environmental reviews of large projects. Wait, didn’t former FERC Commissioner, LaFleur say “We don’t do warming”?  OK, so it’s a hot humid summer, right? We guess most of you don’t live in a naturally cooled Earth sheltered house like some of us gloating owner-builders so allow us to rub it in with this from Grist. We did this one last time but to our way of thinking it warrants an Enviro Show Rerun.

How about a Quote of the Week to go with our theme of collusion? “I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.” – Queen Elizabeth I

A little E-Valley-uation here: We showed up for the Destroy the Quabbin Forestry Tour the other day and we didn’t even get a lousy T-shirt! However, Glen got entertained with DCR (MA Department of Cut & Run) and QUAC’s (Quabbin “Advisory” Committee) utter lack of understanding about forests and old growth in this age of Climate Chaos! Too bad the Recorder reporter left before Glen set their hair on fire 😉

After our conversation about cooked books and leaking gas we turn to The Enviro Show’s Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. Stand Out Against DPU’s Pro-fracking Actions – 6:30pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA., “For Review and Approval of its Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan for the five-year forecast period 2016/2017 through 2020/2021”. Any person who desires to file written comments or to participate otherwise in this proceeding shall file an original and two (2) copies of such written comments or petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station,Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, no later than 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, August16, 2016, and serve one copy on counsel for the Company, James Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. The filing is available on the Department’s website: http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber     (enter docket number “16-103”).

 

September 10, All Day. The Sugar Shack Alliance is sponsoring a full day non-violence direct action training in Pittsfield MA, at the UU Church on Wendell Ave. People do NOT need to be already in an affinity group to participate nor do they need to already know whether they are prepared to risk arrest. The trainings will support you to consider all your options. 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. To register, contact Cheryl Rose at crose002@gmail.com no later than Sept 1.

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 1 to 2pm. It’s Your River So What Are You Going To Do About It? Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA. Join CRWC’s Director Andrew Fisk to learn about the past, present, and future of the Connecticut River. Free.

 

Saturday, September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

Monday, September 19, 7:30pm. Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee meeting. This is a public meeting held at the Quabbin Administration Building, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. It’s a good place to talk with the hook & bullet crowd about how bad logging is for watersheds and on public lands in the Commonwealth! Call: (413) 323-6921 x105

 

That is all….for now. We go out with another Enviro Show Premier Performance by Tom Neilson! It’s “1200 Leaks” and yes, it’s a gas!  BTW, Please remember as you’re out there recreating to listen to your Mother, OK?

SAVE_THE_BEES_1016x1524.inddGreetings Earthlings. Let’s talk bees here and now, OK? Angela Roell of Yard Birds Farm in Greenfield, MA joins us for that and we distract you from a long hot, dry summer with a visit to the Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss, as well as cooling off in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……………Revenge of the Critters! Wild Boar goes to the……. library? (maybe it was the AC?)

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this week is none other than disgraced establishment Dem, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She’s a fool for helping to defeat Bernie Sanders and his anti-fracking pro-climate policies in the party primaries while supposedly being neutral as head of the DNC. The party leadership threw Deb under the bus on the very eve of the nominating convention when WikiLeaks released those damning emails…….. then they dragged her out and gave her a cushy spot in $hillary’s campaign, a haven for many fools.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have Grist telling us about “11 ways the Republican platform attacks the environment”. What? Only 11?? We all know how much the Repugnicans hate the planet, right? And we always wonder why they don’t just leave it. It really would be best for everyone. But no, they just keep hanging around like that lame-ass kid from across the way who keeps following you and your friends around and yammering about the stupidest things! Anyway, look what their CEO wants to do if he ever gets in the Oval Office: Your fired! At least he’s staying in character, yes? Wait, there’s more!  Heir Trump has as an energy advisor we wish he’d also fire.  Of course, the Dems are only marginally better when it comes to protecting the nest and $hillary’s VP pick is a good example, given his support for fracked gas LNG exports, offshore drilling for oil, and the TPP. Here’s one both camps of the duopoly don’t seem to realize: “New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals”. Surprise! The Boston Globe reminds us about the push for wood pellet production (and, of course, FOREST DESTRUCTION!) here in the so-called Commonwealth. OK, repeat after us: “Biomass my ass!”. Got it? Finally, here’s our Enviro Show Blog Action Link and it’s exactly spot on for this week’s theme: Save the Bees!

Time to Meet the New Boss as he tells the world  “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”  We guess that leaves out an awful lot of other people, many of whom are actually so concerned about life on Earth that they are calling for a ban on fracking and trade deals that threaten the planet. Anyway, at least the new boss will be…..the same as the old boss!

How about some E-Valley-uation? As a constituent of President Rosenberg, would you be willing to call (617-722-1500) or email (Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov) him to urge him to support H.4187? Massachusetts must pass this bill immediately to become the third state in the country to restrict bee-killing pesticides and save bees, OK? Here’s an update on the situation with Kinder Morgan and their proposed assault on the Otis State Forest. And this: Good news from Karl Meyer about the sturgeon in that dead reach of the CT River!

Here comes the Quote of the Week: “I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it a million more times – I’m concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we’re losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides.” – Patti Smith

 

After our conversation with Angela we take you by the hand over to the Bus stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, August 13, 10am-4pm. Butterfly Festival. Rain Date: August 14, 2016, 10am-4pm. Celebrate butterflies with a day of educational fun at the 9th Annual Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester, MA. Walks, workshops, art and crafts, children’s activities, face painting, food, and more! Go to: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/broad-meadow-brook/news-events/butterfly-festival

 

Monday, August 15, 3:00 to 6:00pm. DCR-Public Tour of Proposed Quabbin Forestry Projects. Meet at DCR New Salem Field Office 21 Elm Street, New Salem, MA off Rte. 202- East of Pelham, MA. The tour will run for roughly 3 hours. Please be prepared for walking in rough terrain through the forest. Go to: http://massforestrescue.org

 

Tuesday, August 16, 7 PM, Sandisfield Conservation Commission meeting. We have been told by people in Sandisfield that having us show up at the meeting is incredibly helpful in the struggle to push back against kinder Morgan/TGP’s proposed fracked gas pipeline loop. If you go statements need to be related directly to Conservation Commission business. There is no need to speak, though.  It is people showing up that is really needed. We have been welcomed by the Con Com and our presence is noted by Kinder Morgan. Town Hall Annex, Sandisfield, MA. Go to: www.sandisfieldtaxpayers.org/

 

Wednesday, Aug 17, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Beaver and “Sturgeon Moon” Canoe Trip. Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Join us for an evening canoe trip on the night of this full moon. The sturgeon moon, sometimes called the fishing moon as well, was named because more sturgeon were caught at this time of year. We don’t expect to see sturgeon [nonetheless catch any!] , but we will be learning about the natural history of the beaver. After a short introduction, we will head out in the canoes to watch for beaver and the full moon rising to the east. We’ll then explore the Mill River and the Oxbow. Basic canoe experience required. Registration & fee is required. Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016 we are celebrating National Honey Bee Day Massachusetts & our 5th Anniversary in Harvard Square (Follow The Honey Square, 1132 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.)  ~ please join us for a day into evening of apis melliferous inspired education and celebration with our 7pm keynote DAN CONLAN in from his Warm Colors Apiary in Western MA to talk ‪#‎RUSSIANQUEENS‬ & Hive Management New England Style. Email: mary@followthehoney.com

 

Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm. DPU Berkshire Gas Hearing. Greenfield Middle School 195 Fereral Street, Greenfield, MA., “For Review and Approval of its Long-Range Forecast and Supply Plan for the five-year forecast period 2016/2017 through 2020/2021”. Any person who desires to file written comments or to participate otherwise in this proceeding shall file an original and two (2) copies of such written comments or petition for leave to intervene in the proceeding with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station,Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, no later than 5:00 p.m. onTuesday, August16, 2016, and serve one copy on counsel for the Company, James Avery, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, 100 Summer Street, Suite 2250, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. The filing is available on the Department’s website: http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber     (enter docket number “16-103”)

 

Sunday, September 11 4pm. Tom Neilson & Friends house concert. Limited space. RSVP: 413-325-8417 or email: lturowsky@gmail.com. 729 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA. Concert followed by potluck.

 

Saturday, September 17, 10am-4pm. “The Bee Festival”. They will have a cooking demonstration, mead and honey tastings, bee talks and open our new Queen yard to the public for the first time. Honey ice cream, varieties of honey, products will be on sale. Free and open to everyone with an interest in bees and beekeeping. Contact: Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River, South Deerfield, MA. Email:warmcolors@verizon.net or call: 413-665-4513. Go to: warmcolorsapiary.com

 

Saturday, September 17, 7am,. to 10:30pm. Energizing & Democratizing New England’s Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Smith College, Northampton, MA . Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College. Contact: erik@cooppower.coop

 

 

That’s it ’til next time. Remember….what? To LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! (sorry)