Posts Tagged ‘Oil sands’

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. Will politicians save the planet? Masses of everyday people rising up? The Pope? The Batman?? Guy McPherson, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona returns to the show after a four year hiatus for a grim update. Do not be afraid. We have nothing to fear but fear itself! As always, we’ll take you to see the Fool-on-the-Hill and into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber as well as give you some breaking news and a brief call from our roving reporter Tom Neilson, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Boy Scout leader unprepared for Bear!

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is starting to get……what? tedious? Yes, it’s none other than another return to the Hill by Senator Ted Cruz, Repugnican from…..where else? Texas! As chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, Cruz opened the gates of Hell in December and released a horde of climate change deniers to testify (if we may use the term loosely) at a hearing titled “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”. Open Inquiry was a term used truly loosely as well, given that all the speakers seemed to believe the Earth is actually flat.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have a bevy of fossil fools updates. Let’s start with the Porter Ranch methane disaster, OK? The corporate media seems to be looking elsewhere given there’s no sensationalist photos of exploding oil platforms and a giant pipe spewing vast amounts of oil into the Gulf, but guess what Editors-in-Chief, Porter Ranch is even worse for the planet you happen to live on!  We’ll bring up the online methane blowout monitor during the show. Meanwhile, the BC provincial government pulling the plug on Kinder Morgan officially opposing the expansion of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline. Sorry KM, you’re on the wrong page! Keeping with the theme, checkout this piece from a New Hampshire labor activist who says, “Opposing The Kinder-Morgan Pipeline Does Not Make Me Anti-Union”. We hope our fellow workers at LIUNA are listening. Meanwhile, across the border in New York Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast Project (Algonquin pipeline expansion) took a hit in Albany during Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address.  There’s an excellent interview with activists on WAMC here. Finally, our own Michel Klare has a piece in Salon about the Big Oil…um…tanking?

We have Broken News! Reports on historic hurricanes in January forming in both the mid-Atlantic and the Pacific. Yes, from Atlantic to Pacific, gee the weather is terrific.

 

And we have Breaking News!  Is the Texas Fed angling to have YOU bail out the fracking corporados? Too big to fail……again??

 

In our E-Vally-uation segment we take a walk, figuratively speaking, with our friends at the Leverett Peace Pagoda for MLK Walk to Stop the Proposed Kinder Morgan NED Fracked Gas Pipeline. We’ll have updates on the show for you.

 

After our conversation with Guy we stagger over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Thursday, January 28, 6:00-9:00pm. The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel will meet at the Brattleboro Area Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, 109 Sunny Acres Drive, Brattleboro, VT.   Stand up for stringent and thorough monitoring of ground water contamination. We know from Entergy’s history that it may be not comp;ete;y honest when it comes to what’s in the ground. In 2010, it denied there were underground pipes leaking tritium, covering up the truth. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday, January 30, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Presentation on Health Effects of Compressor Stations & Natural Gas Infrastructure. Frontier Regional High School, 113 N Main St., South Deerfield, MA. This presentation is especially intended for local health and safety officials, town leaders and local activist leaders from communities that could be affected by pipelines, compressor stations and natural gas electric generation plants, though the general public is also welcome. Contact: Tim Stevenson,
Post Oil Solutions. www.postoilsolutions.org.  Call: 802.869.2141

Sunday, January 31,1:00 – 4:00pm. East Meets West Forum. Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA. Learn more about what we can do to close the Pilgrim nuke sooner than later. Groups from the Eastern and Western part of the state are meeting to work in coalition to shutter the Pilgrim reactor before its anticipated closure date of 2019. Pilgrim is a systemically mismanaged reactor run by a financially troubled corporation that is cutting corners to stay in business. Pilgrim needs to be replaced now. We can’t play Russian Roulette with the state of Massachusetts. Contact: (413) 339-5781, deb@nukebusters.org

Monday, February 1, 6-8 pm. Springfield Climate Justice Committee Meeting, Baystate Brightwood Health Center Community Room, 380 Plainfield St., Springfield. Springfield, as both the largest city and the greatest urban carbon emitter in Western Mass, has a huge impact on our region. We are determined to see Springfield become a model for reducing greenhouse gasses and toxic emissions with a climate action plan firmly grounded in principles of climate justice. Contact: webteam@arisespringfield.org or call us at (413) 734 – 4948.

 

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00pm. “Renewables Are Ready” Slide Presentation. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton. Slide presentation developed in response to the defining issue of our times: climate change. The program finishes with inspiring examples of action and activism that serve as a springboard for brainstorming about individual and community actions to make renewables our energy future. Fee. Registration is required.  call 413-584-3009 to register by phone. Register by mail: program registration form For more information, contact: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton, MA.arcadia@massaudubon.org

 

Friday, February 5, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. “Bear With Us!” slide presentation and two half-day field workshops. As for living in harmony with black bears, it’s entirely up to us, as this program will solidly demonstrate. “Bear safety” is achieved largely because of what we do out there, whether it be in the wild or around our home and farmyard. It is more about what we can do to minimize the hazards we pose to bears. Slide Show: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA. Field Workshops will be held at 525 West Main Street, Plainfield, MA (on property owned by Judy and Dudley Williams). For more information about the slide show and field workshops, contact Patti Steinman of Massachusetts Audubon at psteinman@massaudubon.org.

 

Sunday, February 21, 2 – 4 pm. The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association is presenting two talks on Climate Change. Free and open to the public. The first is the Science behind Climate Change offered by David S. Jones, Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

Saturday, February 27, 9:00am. to 6pm. Intergenerational Non-Violent Direct Action Training. Unitarian Society of Amherst, North Pleasant Street, Amherst (on a bus line and handicap accessible). To form affinity groups and prepare for non-violent direct action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Please join Hampshire Climate Justice Coalition and Climate Action Now whether you are considering CD or planning to serve in a support role as part of an affinity group. If you have taken Part 1 of the NVDA training you may join us for the afternoon only (Part 2). Email: climateactionnowmass@gmail.com

 

Monday February 29th, 2016. Have you ever thought about being a wildlife rehabilitator? New England Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation course teaches students practical skill sets while giving them the knowledge necessary to rehabilitate the many wild species found in New England. The rehabilitation course will run every Monday 6:30 – 9:00 for 10 weeks. The course costs a total of $400, with options to pay as you go ($40 a week) or to pay in full ($350 to pay in full). The course is popular, so if you are interested please call our front desk at 781-682-4878 to ask about availability. Go to: www.newildlife.org/

 

Sunday, March 13, 2 – 4 pm. “Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You can do” offered by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society. Free and open to the public. Amherst College’s Stirn Auditorium, Amherst, MA. Email: annekwilliamson@gmail.com

 

March 17 to 20, 2016. Taking Steps to a Renewable Future. 4 Day Walk from the Sites of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Compressors from Windsor to Northfield, MA. Email: sugarshackalliance@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA. Kinder Morgan’s subsidiary, TGP, filed three petitions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeking authority to enter some 450 private properties to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain” for the proposed NED fracked gas pipeline project. Many landowners have received multiple letters and visits from the company’s agents over the course of two years, even after denying survey permission on multiple occasions. The pipeline company’s recent DPU filings do not include a request to enter the majority of the 100+ publicly and privately held conservation parcels in Massachusetts that are on the proposed pipeline route, the majority of which are protected from development under the Massachusetts constitution. Written comments may be submitted through Friday May 6, 2016. Written comments should be emailed to: dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and Hearing Officer Stephen August at Stephen.August@state.ma.us. More here: www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dpu/ned-survey-hearing-schedule.pdf

 

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm. DPU Public Comment Session for Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Survey Petitions, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP). Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal St., Greenfield, MA. [See above]

 

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Tuesdays & Fridays!   Please plan to routinely picket Kinder Morgan’s North St office at 137 North Street ( near the corner of North St. and Depot St. Park at McKay St., off Depot St) in Pittsfield at Noon on Fridays and at Berkshire Gas, 115 Cheshire Rd, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays noon-1pm. weather permitting.  Contact Jan Bradley 413-684-3732 for updates & more information.

 

Wednesdays! Winchester, NH No Pipeline Visibility Vigils are every week at the Town Hall corner 4:30 to 5:30. Corner of route 10 and 119. Time change in November 4-5. Just over the border from Northfield, MA.

 

Thursdays, 3pm – 4pm. Weekly Stop the Pipeline vigil at Town Hall, Northfield, MA. Weekly protest about proposed compresser station site on Gulf Road in Northfield every Thursday. Contact Hattie for more info 978-790-3074

 

Saturdays! Northfield 8:30 AM Downtown Stop the Pipeline Vigil in front of Town Hall. We had alot of traffic honking of horns, thumbs up and waving. Come on by next week and chat. Northfield Gas Pipeline Group.

 

That’s all folks….for now. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TheEndIsNearGreetings Earthlings. We will be your server this evening. We have an exceptional selection of disasters for you tonight on our menu. First, we have a melange of melted Vermont fuel rods, highly radioactive, spewed over a gorgeous landscape of locally sourced organic flora and fauna, blended with a variety of intriguing house dressings. Leslie Sullivan Sachs of Safe & Green will be doing the presentation. Also on the menu this evening, a fabulous selection of tar sands piped into a vibrant bed of earthen textures, lending an irresistible atmosphere of……well…..doom, actually. In addition, we offer some selections that are surprisingly good for you!  As always, for your listening enjoyment, we offer today’s  special family-sized portion of The-Fool-on-the-Hill as well as The New Boss to aid in your….er…digestion, or maybe not, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters!  “Snowball” the goat gets even.

Back to our disastrous menu in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber.  We rewind Think Progress’ piece on the U.S. State Department serving up a tasteless word salad to go with a heaping pile of steaming Keystone XL.  They also presented us with a side dish chocolate ordure! Of course, it’s up to the Chef whether or not to serve this dish to everyone on the planet and we’ll get to that when we Meet the New Boss. Also on the menu: a seared medley of regionally sourced coastal flavors we call Pilgrim’s Fry! There’s “No Escape from the Cape” with this dish. Finally, we go off-menu to advise everyone that wolf hunts are truly stupid. Did someone say stupid? How about Great Moments in Stupid!

[Last night during the show we broke the news about that ruling in Vermont on a proposed biomass plant. Here’s a news link on that]

We Meet the New Boss, along with other Corporate Dems, hyping disastrous trade deals for their corporate masters. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) always reminds us of toilet paper for some reason. We are not alone in that association: Flush the TPP!  Interestingly, some Dems and even some Repugnicans are saying no deal (or at least no fast tracking the deal). In our E-Valley-uation segment you should find some news on the local stop the TPP action in front of Rep. Richie Neil’s office in Springfield but instead we put it HERE! Now, on to that Keystone XL pipeline entree: it looks like The Boss may be looking for some way to dodge this bullet (the one in the……House Chamber?). You can lean on Secretary of State John Kerry concerning Keystone HERE if you like. Maybe remind him how concerned he once was about the CLIMATE CRISIS!! Will science and common sense prevail? What? In Washington?? Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha………

We’ve gone plural in the past in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment but this time it’s a virtual feast! Are you ready? Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, maybe even some…um…hot air sickness bags? OK, prepare to cast off with the entire ship of fools! Ahoy, mateys! (sorry about the mixed metaphors….would you like something to drink with that?). If however you want avoid any unpleasantness with hot air sickness might we recommend something less overwhelming? How about just one fool? Say Doc Hastings? He just released a proposal to dismantle key portions of the Endangered Species Act. What’s up with that, Doc!

In our E-Valley-uation segment we first turn to the Stop Keystone XL vigil we co-sponsored with a host of other Valley groups on the Amherst Town Common on February 3rd. During the event it was reported that “Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, a representative of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, asked those in attendance to ‘fight for a habitable planet’ “.  Yes! This is what we’ve been saying: it’s the fight of your life! Fight for life on Earth and future generations! AND, part of that fight involves protecting our community from the frightening number of old decaying radioactive fuel rods improperly stored just up the river at Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuke. Leslie will get into that before we ship off to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30 to 4:30pm. Next meeting of Transportation Justice Franklin County at The Brick House, 24 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA

Friday, February 14, 7:30pm. Love in the Time of Surveillance with Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron. Music & song to start the year out. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St (Routes 116 & 47), in the Village Commons, S Hadley. Cover charge.  http://www.odysseybks.com

Friday February 14, 7pm. Special Showing of “Students and Goliath”, with local film-maker Alex Leff. It is fitting that this will be the last film shown in the Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation, as the film’s purpose is to educate, empower, and promote action on the most important issue of our time– climate change.  Students & Goliath follows the divestment campaigns of five schools: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, capturing a burgeoning movement that now engulfs colleges nationwide. Come see this film, engage in discussion with the local film-maker, and pay tribute to the Northampton Committee to Stop War which has sponsored films like this one over the past ten years, in the community room donated by the Media Education Foundation. The Frances Crowe Community Room of the Media Education Foundation is located at 60 Masonic Street, Northampton (behind Woodstar Café).

Sunday, February 16, 7:00-9:30pm. Pete Seeger Celebration. First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street, Amherst. Free & open to all. Songleaders will include: Karen Brandow & Charlie King, Sarah Pirtle, Paul Kaplan, Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Lorre Wyatt, Jay Mankita, Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron, & more.  We will share songs, stories, and memories of Pete.  Please bring a copy of Rise Up Singing if you have one.

Sunday, February 23, 9:30 AM.  Local Pledge of Resistance training, to prepare for protest of the Keystone XL tarsand oil pipeline: We will from 9:30 to a little after noon (focussing on protest preparation), break for lunch, and then continue from 1:30 to 3:30pm (focussing on organization and planning). Pledge of Resistance Brattleboro Community Room, Brattleboro Food CoOp, 7 Canal St. Brattleboro, VT . Email: crumbs@marlboro.edu

Wednesday, Wed. Feb. 26, 6:30 pm. Screening of “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”.  A fresh look at the global bee crisis, from multiple angles, and offers proactive life-affirming solutions. Certain pesticides called neonicotinoids have been identified as having a particularly devastating impact on bee health and survival by weakening the bee’s immune system. There will be a discussion after the film led by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield Massachusetts. Saint James Church Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door. Call:  413-773-5165

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 pm. The Native Bee and Native Plant Connection at Nasami Farm, Whately, MA. With the decline of the European honeybee, pollination crisis awareness is on the rise but the most bio-diverse pollinators in New England are native bees. Learn the basic needs of native bees, their nesting strategies, and native flower resources attracting high numbers of native bees to your landscape by creating beautiful pesticide-free restored habitat.  Registration & fee required. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Call: (413) 256-6006 or email: info@hitchcockcenter.org

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

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder  Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be in Northampton (place TBA). Go to: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

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

And with that we say……….listen to your Mother!

bikerightGreetings Earthlings. While the weather here in the Northeast isn’t all that conducive to biking at the moment, the hardy among us press on. Jimmy Pereira from Mass Bike in Springfield calls in with some E-Vally-uation on biking in that city while out on the Other Coast, our favorite hydrologist cum bike activist, Dylan Ahearn from Beacon Bikes gives us the picture on bike issues in Seattle. As always, we hope to entertain you with visits to The Fool-on-the-Hill and The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, maybe we’ll even get to The Enviro Show Quote of the Week, but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Listen up, dog people: don’t kick snow in the cat’s face, OK?

The name of this Week’s Fool-on-the-Hill sounds awfully familiar. We think he’s been here before. Be that as it may, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) was the lead sponsor of H.R. 1900 — Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. What would the “reform” do? “It would rush approval of natural gas pipelines with disregard for potential impacts on the public and on clean water and air,” NRDC explains. “In essence, this legislation is a direct extension of the entire House Republican effort that is focused on eliminating the transparent environmental review process that is required when energy projects are proposed.”  Well, we know one thing that is transparent for sure: Repugnicans make for bad Earthlings.

Our Quote of the Week is right on target for this show, but once again you’ll have to jump into The Wayback Machine (don’t despair, it’s geothermal powered!) for this:  “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”      –  H. G. Wells

 
 

We find none other than our Senior Senator from the Commonwealth, Elizabeth Warren in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but she’s certainly not echoing the corporate line on the Alberta tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline. OpEd News susses out how Liz is no Hillary when it comes to destroying the planet. While Hillary is big on Keystone XL a whole lot of others….not so much. Two young women activists down in Oklahoma are being charged with “terrorism hoax”. What for? Glittering! Be very afraid people, remain in the no sparkle zone. You can donate to Moriah Stephenson and Stefan Warner’s defense here.  BTW, did you know the evil Koch brothers actually own a big chunk of the Alberta tar sands? And this: in Massachusetts comes the good news that the updated Bottle Bill may become a reality. We got enough signatures to get the initiative on the 2014 ballot in November if the folks on Beacon Hill don’t pass legislation beforehand. And this from one of our favorite listeners: “Somali Piracy: a Model for Tomorrow’s Life in the Anthropocene?” It’s what survival looks like in a world out of balance. Time for the Polar Vortex Report! Chris Mooney, who we had on the show back during the Bush Era, gives a simple explanation for the frigid temps lately: The Arctic is Drunk and has wandered off the rez! Recall us going off in the past about the phony excuse Big Oil and its corporate pimps in Washington periodically trotted out for increased oil production in the U.S.? “Energy Independence” or “Energy Security” they proclaimed (even as they cut more deals to export more oil via new pipelines & facilities). Now Grist tells us these corporados are planning to export crude oil as well, something that is presently illegal.  Finally, and in keeping with this show’s theme we have good news from Portlandia: no one died on a bike this past year? Given the extent of carmageddon out there, we guess that’s good news…….no?

Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival reminds us about “Cars, cars, cars” (often the nemesis of bikes, bikes, bikes!) before we move on to our E-Valley-uation interview with Jimmy from Mass Bike. Then we hear from the Other Coast and close out with the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tues, January 14, 7pm  Public Service Board hearing on VT Yankee.  Brattleboro interactive tv location is at Brattleboro Union High School, Room 125, Fairgrounds Road. From I-91 Exit 1 – Take a Right at the first set of lights. The high school is at the end of the block. Not from Vermont? The PSB still wants to hear from you. Please make it clear that ordinary citizens should have a direct voice, and that based on the record, we do not trust Entergy. The state and the PSB must hold Entergy accountable to clean up the financial and environmental mess it has made.

 Saturday, January 18, 11am to 2pm Pedal People Bike Workshop at 12 Northern Ave in Northampton, MA. Call: 413-586-8591  Email: mail@pedalpeople.coop
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:30PM. Screening of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our lives”. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the
deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting our health. If you eat food this is a must see movie. Share it with everyone you know and let’s get GMOs out of our food supply. Saint James Church Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door.   Info at: 773-5165

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm. Climate Justice Conference Update.  Arise for Social Justice, 467 State St., Springfield. Contact Susan at susantheberge@comcast.net

Saturday, January 25th, 10am-noon. Community Forum and Panel Discussion on State Divestment Legislation. Springfield Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street, Springfield, Ma.  Email: george@climateactionnowma.org

Saturday, January 25, 10:30am. Winter Pre-school series: Who’s been here? Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA Call: (413) 863-3221

Friday, January 31, 7:30am – 12:00pm. Walk/Ride Day. Join the celebrations on the last Friday of every month!  People throughout New England are doing it! Just use green transportation that day: commuting by bike is great, but going by foot, bus, or train – even carpooling and walking part way – count!  If you wear something green to show your support, you can also get discounts and freebies from an ever-growing list of sponsoring businesses throughout the region. For more information, and to register your company in Walk/Ride Day friendly competitions including a year-long Cambridge, MA mayor’s challenge, visit www.gogreenstreets.org.

Saturday, February 1, 9:30am to 4pm. Carbon Free Nuclear Free Workshop at  Park House, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT.  The Citizens Awareness Network is partnering with the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research to train organizers and provide the materials and information they need to organize on the local and state levels for sustainable energy solutions. The goal is to train people on the sustainable energy transition and technological issues so they can rap them out and begin organizing. Participants will include representatives from groups in the tri-state community (MA, VT, NH), as well as New York.  If interested please contact: Citizens Awareness Network  413 339 5781

Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. Screening of “High Power” about nukes in India at the Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. Discussion follows.

That’s about it, unless you can think of something we missed. Until next time remember: listen to your Mother!

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. 350.org, 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 alexleff@comcast.net
 
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 cleanup@ctriver.org 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  johnpberk@gmail.com

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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WCC-2013-Walk-for-Climate-Environmental-Justice/572731996099056

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: http://www.massaudubon.org/arcadia or call: 413-584-3009 [This is what we’ve been talking about on the show for years: get the kids out in the woods!]

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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