Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Enviro Show Goes Offshore


Greetings Earthlings. Some of us have been entertaining dystopian nightmare visions of butt-ugly oil drilling platforms running up and down both coasts spewing out petro pollution into a sea of dead fish and industrial flotsam? What does your end of the world look like? Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director of the Surfrider Foundation calls in to help paint a picture of fossil fools run amok. We'll definitely be encouraging you to participate in the upcoming Tuesday February 27 Offshore Drilling Program Public Meeting starting with a rally outside the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA. and then join the public meeting to speak out against this horrific proposal! As always, we'll also take you see the Fool-on-the-Hill and to poke fun at His Malignancy The Mad King, plus a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters! More critter delivered justice. Poachers beware! 

Fool-on-the-Hill anyone? The Nation of Change reports: "At a House Science Committee hearing on Tuesday, several Republicans sided with Monsanto in their questioning of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen." Can you guess which fool led the pack? Yes, that would be he with a lifetime Fool-on-the-Hill standing, Rep. Lamar Smith, Repugnican of Texas claiming (with his deep understanding of science) the IARC’s findings are “unsubstantiated” and “not backed by reliable data”, a claim disputed by independent scientists.


On to His Malignancy The Mad King and his court of climate criminals. Last time you may recall we pointed out EPA chief saboteur Scott Pruitt's brilliant idea that global warming is good for you? This week it seems he wants you to believe that wood energy is carbon neutral. Wait! Haven't we put that myth on the rack multiple times?? Pruitt also seems to think taxpayers have to pay for him to travel first class because he gets called out for his actions by folks back in coach? If he's in charge of Environmental Protection maybe he should walk anyway. Since were picking mercilessly on Pruitt here's a list of his sins. On to His Malignancy's hot air about an infrastructure program he tried selling during State of the Union Advertisement. Common Dreams noted: "Climate campaigners say the plan will serve as a giveaway to corporations looking to bypass environmental reviews to quickly complete projects—including those that involve fossil-fuel carrying pipelines." Surprise! Here's one to keep the Bundy cowpoke desperadoes happy: lower the already too low rates for meat-on-the-hoof to dine on the commons. Finally, The New York Times tells us: "George David Banks was the senior White House adviser on international energy issues before he resigned last week after being told he would not be granted a full security clearance. He was known as one of the few people in the White House looking for ways to keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement." We guess His Malignancy's security clearance comedy show paid off in this case. 

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week from Van Jones probably refers to the origins of fossil fuels: dead critters from long ago.

“If we keep pulling death from the ground, we will reap death from the skies.” 

It's time for The Enviro Show Echo Chamber 's very first Public Health Warning: Japan Ships First Seaweed, Farmed 6 Miles from Fukushima Meltdowns. Wonder what the contents label will say? And this from our friends at  Partnership for Policy Integrity: "New Study Dispels Assumption that Burning Forest Residues for Energy is Carbon Neutral". Also, Yale discovers the Forest Stewardship Council is, well just about useless in protecting forests. That took awhile!  Finally, there's always space for potential good news:  "
Paleontologists discovered a huge ancient fossils trove in Bears Ears National Monument. The Triassic-period fossils were found on land that is no longer federally protected, thanks to President Trump" BUT the lawyers have already been sent in! 


Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:



Join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team – Sign up to join our local MoveOn.org's "Mueller Firing Rapid Response" campaign. It's at 50 State St (Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building) in Springfield. This is one of 350 events planned nationwide if Trump fires Mueller. But, it's not just a reactive plan—our efforts are already making news, helping show that there will be an immediate backlash if Trump fires Mueller. RSVP here to join. 


Saturday February 24, 1pm. Seeds of Solidarity farmer and co-founder Ricky will share his enthusiasm and knowledge during an hour-long workshop on No-Till Vegetable Gardening at the Hadley Garden Center, Rt. 9 in Hadley, MA.



Sunday, February 25, 12:00 - 3:00 PM. East Meets West Anti-nuke Meeting. This is a terrific opportunity to meet and plan/strategize with our friends in MA Downwinders/ CAN/Western MA/VT. Framingham Friends Meeting House, 841 Edmands Road, Framingham, MA 01701



Monday, February 26, 9:30-11:30am. #SavethePVTA rally in front of the Old Chapel and the University of Massachusetts- Amherst . The Ways and Means Committee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be convening to have a hearing in regards to the state of the budget.  Go to: https://www.change.org/p/12991551/u/22420236? 


Monday February 26, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now MA Monthly Meeting. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Accessible and on a bus line. Go to: climateactionnowma.org   


Tuesday February 27, 3 to 7pm. Offshore Drilling Program Public Meeting. Please attend a rally outside the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199 and then join for the public meeting to speak out against the proposal! The Trump Administration has made good on its commitment to big oil by presenting an ecologically devastating proposal that seeks to open over 90% of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf to new offshore drilling, putting our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at serious risk of catastrophic oil spills, economic and environmental decimation.


Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at Smith College in Northampton, join Dr. Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, for a discussion of how our forests can help mitigate global climate change. Dr. Moomaw will present his perspective on a crucial part of the solution — how the protection and restoration of forests, wetlands, and grasslands could enable us to sequester carbon dioxide for many centuries to come. He will also share his insights on the drawbacks of using bioenergy as an alternative to fossil fuels. There will be time for a facilitated Q&A session after the presentation. Go to: https://www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/bill-moomaw-2018/


Saturday March 3, 9am. Local Environmental Action 2018. Massachusetts Climate Action Network and Toxics Action Center work together to bring you this conference every year to discuss new ideas, build skills, and strengthen our movement. Join community leaders, environmental justice and climate advocates and activists from across the region on March 3rd, and let the connections you make inspire you for the work ahead. Go to: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org 


Sunday March 4, 2-3pm. Possums, Bats & Goldenrod - O my! DCR Interpreter Nancy Huntington presents on the benefits of often overlooked flora and fauna. Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. 



Wednesday, March 14, 9:30 am to 3:30 pmPAWS II Lobby Day: Protect Animal Welfare and Safety Massachusetts State House, Room 428, Boston


Friday March 16 to April 16. March for a New Spring begins at the Leverett Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA  Go to: https://newenglandpeacepagoda.org/walk-for-a-new-spring/ 


April 5, 6-8pm. Mass Ave Listening Session. University of Massachusetts Center,1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA The Mass Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) has scheduled a series of listening sessions, offering the public a chance to comment on the Mass Save program. This is a great time for the public to give input on ideas as well as concerns they have with the program such as long wait times for energy assessments, inconsistencies in implementation of weatherization measures and commercial utilities being administrators of the program, and so on. 


So much for now. We'll be back next time with The Ides of March. Until then remember: Listen to your Mother! 

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Sierra Club Meets Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Given the present disfunction in our nation's capitol are you wondering who exactly can help steer this ship away from the GIANT iceberg looming dead ahead? We'll ask Emily  Norton, Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club about that and drill down into many of the issues confronting us and the planet. Also, Martha Klein, CT Sierra Club Excom member and Communications Chair calls in with news on the proposed offshore drilling by the fossil fools.  Of course we are hoping, and working for, the Commonwealth and local government to pick-up many of the broken pieces Washington has scattered about as it stumbles drunkenly around destroying most everything in its path. Can't we have nice things anymore! As always, we'll take you down there below the Beltway to see The Mad King and his cult of climate criminal crazies, as well as a visit to the Fool-on-the-Hill and maybe some Breaking News. Also, a visit to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it's time for............Revenge of the Critters! Tiny jellyfish mean BIG trouble! 

Let's see if The Mad King is available for some.....um...scrutiny? Of course we already know His Malignancy has adopted climate denial as his go-to strategy for dealing with the pesky planet he needs to, well SURVIVE ON! However, The Mad King and his climate criminal enablers also are changing the digital climate by sending science down the ol' memory hole. Checkout this PDF for all the gruesome details. One finding states: "Language about climate change has been systematically changed across multiple [federal government] agency and program websites. In many cases, explicit mentions of “climate change” and “greenhouse gases” have been replaced by vaguer terms such as “sustainability” and 'emissions'." We guess this headline qualifies for speaking the obvious: "Business Interests are winning out over science under [His Malignancy]" And, we don't need to guess who The Mad King is favoring by placing tariffs on imported solar panels. Meanwhile, over at the National Park Service their Advisory Board became so freaked out by The Mad King's crazed courtesans that most of them resigned. Whatever happened to "Stand up, Fight Back!"?? Over at the Dept. of Health and Human Services it appears some bible-banging operatives are angling for a kind of Handmaidens Tale. So much for the separation of Church and State. Last time we got all up into frat boy Rep. Devin Nunes' face for his efforts to keep The Mad King on his teetering throne. This time WMass' pride and joy, Rachel Maddow goes after a whole pack of Repugnican collaborators! Watch it here. You might recall our coverage of His Malignancy's offshore drilling scheme during the last show? Now, nearly every governor in the coastal U.S. is opposed.
Also, concerning he who breaks near everything he touches. Yes, His Malignancy has  nominated an anti-climate and BP disaster enabler to be the DOJ's top environmental lawyer. "Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a lawyer who has repeatedly challenged the scientific foundations of U.S. climate policy and was part of a legal team that represented BP in lawsuits stemming from the nation's worst oil spill, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster" according to Inside Climate News. Finally, it looks like The Mad King's EPA lackey, Scott Pruitt is taking an old page out of the flat-Earth guide to climate denial: Global warming is good for you!

We don't know who, but some Fool-on-the-Hill kicked the spokes out of the effort to get more folks to bike to work in that bogus Repugnican tax scam that passed last year. According to HuffPo: "Since 2009, businesses have been able to give workers who commute on bikes a tax-free benefit worth $20 a month to cover bike-related expenses. Not anymore: Cyclists will now have to pay taxes on that money." If anyone out there can put a name to the Fool-on-the-Hill who did this please let us know, OK?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we bring you potential good news! (can you believe it?). Yale Climate Connections reports a Stanford research team developed special cooling panels. "When placed over pipes of warm water, they draw heat out of the water, then convert and emit it at a wavelength that passes into outer space." There's a short audio clip about this here. On to the bad news! Another threat to our friends the Bees has surfaced, this time it's fungicides. Here's our Enviro Show Blog Action Link for this week: No Offshore Drilling!

After our conversation with Emily we move over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team – Sign up to join our local MoveOn.org's "Mueller Firing Rapid Response" campaign. It's at 50 State St (Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building) in Springfield. This is one of 350 events planned nationwide if Trump fires Mueller. But, it's not just a reactive plan—our efforts are already making news, helping show that there will be an immediate backlash if Trump fires Mueller.  RSVP here to join. 





Sunday, February 25, 12:00 - 3:00 PM. East Meets West Anti-nuke Meeting. This is a terrific opportunity to meet and plan/strategize with our friends in MA Downwinders/ CAN/Western MA/VT. Framingham Friends Meeting House
841 Edmands RoadFramingham, MA 01701


Monday February 26, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now MA Monthly Meeting. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Accessible and on a bus line. Go to: climateactionnowma.org   


Tuesday February 27, 3 to 7pm. Offshore Drilling Program Public Meeting. Please attend a rally outside the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199 and then join for the public meeting to speak out against the proposal! The Trump Administration has made good on its commitment to big oil by presenting an ecologically devastating proposal that seeks to open over 90% of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf to new offshore drilling, putting our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at serious risk of catastrophic oil spills, economic and environmental decimation.


Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at Smith College in Northampton, join Dr. Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, for a discussion of how our forests can help mitigate global climate change. Dr. Moomaw will present his perspective on a crucial part of the solution — how the protection and restoration of forests, wetlands, and grasslands could enable us to sequester carbon dioxide for many centuries to come. He will also share his insights on the drawbacks of using bioenergy as an alternative to fossil fuels. There will be time for a facilitated Q&A session after the presentation. Go to: https://www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/bill-moomaw-2018/


Saturday March 3, 9am. Local Environmental Action 2018. Massachusetts Climate Action Network and Toxics Action Center work together to bring you this conference every year to discuss new ideas, build skills, and strengthen our movement. Join community leaders, environmental justice and climate advocates and activists from across the region on March 3rd, and let the connections you make inspire you for the work ahead. Go to: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org



Sunday March 4, 2-3pm. Possums, Bats & Goldenrod - O my! DCR Interpreter Nancy Huntington presents on the benefits of often overlooked flora and fauna. Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. 



Wednesday, March 14, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. PAWS II Lobby Day: Protect Animal Welfare and Safety Massachusetts State House, Room 428, Boston



That's all for now. Remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Another Sustainable Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the definition of "sustainable" is  "to be maintained at a certain rate or level, able to be upheld or defended". Dinnen O'Rourke, who knows a thing or two about defending the planet, joins us to talk about the group SustainUS and her recent exploits at the climate talks in Germany (that would be the one where agents of Old King Coal and the nuclear industry were the only US presence). As always we will also take you to see The Mad King continue his quest to ruin everything and to hear about this week's Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Camels laid siege to town down under! Like in many of these stories man-made climate chaos is suspected.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill offers a double dose of foolishness, though "foolish" is putting it mildly when we are talking about enabling TREASON! (sorry). Let's begin with the usual climate change denial by Repugnican Rep. Devin Nunes of California who stated: "Despite dire predictions and prophetic warnings contained in a host of poorly researched Hollywood productions, there is no proof that our planet is warming because of mankind and there is certainly no proof that any of the radical changes proposed by environmentalists will end recent warming trends." Whoa! Which environmentalist ever said we can "end recent warming trends"?? Anyway, Nunes' position on climate chaos pales in comparison to his slavish enabling of The Mad King's efforts to...well...DESTROY THE NATION!  Frat-boy Devin Nunes is front and center in the Repugnican effort to undermine Special Council Mueller's investigation into the present occupants in the White House of Lies efforts to profit from caving to Russian oligarchs and kleptocrats while simultanously gutting government and the Constitution.

Did someone say Mad King? His Malignancy The Mad King has outdone himself lately with the madness. Where to begin?? We guess his edict to "drill baby, drill" for oil up and down both U.S. coastlines is a bad enough place to start. Of course, he did give a pass to Florida.....where his summer palace is! By the time you read this many governors will have registered their opposition to this harebrained scheme that was abandoned over 30 years ago. O wait, except for that creepy clown governor in Maine. BTW, Where's Charlie??  Here's another outrage from The Hill: "A former National Park Service (NPS) official who improperly helped the owner of the Washington Redskins cut down more than 130 trees near his Potomac, Md., estate in 2004 will assume the deputy director post at the agency." We guess His Malignancy remains on target for gutting agencies in Washington and trashing what's left of useful regulations, we just can't figure where the "Making America great again" comes in. You? Speaking of the oceans, The Mad King also hopes to shrink National Ocean Monuments, maybe to make room for more of his faulty drilling platforms! There has been a bit of a setback for His Malignancy and his courtisans recently, a concept that even the industry shills at FERC couldn't stomach! Energy Secretary? Rick Perry was trying to prop up the dying coal and nuke industries on your tab. "Perry unveiled a proposed solution in which utility companies would pay coal and nuclear power plants “for all their costs and all the power they produce, whether those plants are needed or not”, MSNBC reports. And to think we used to say "FERC don't work".

Our Quote of the Week requires another trip in the ol' Wayback Machine. Are you ready?

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons — the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.

-- Walt Whitman

It's getting mighty hot in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber! Newsweek tells us that the roads are melting Down Under. "A heatwave sweeping parts of Australia sent temperature soaring to more than 104F, prompting authorities to warn residents to stay inside to protect themselves from the “killer” heat that is fueling fires and melting roads." We have an Enviro Show Blog Action Link here regarding that criminal scheme to drill for oil offshore, but we're not convinced anyone at the Dept. of Interior really cares what we think. We'd probably be better off occupying their offices but, of course, we'd NEVER suggest THAT! 

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

Join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team – Sign up to join our local MoveOn.org's "Mueller Firing Rapid Response" campaign. It's at 50 State St (Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building) in Springfield. This is one of 350 events planned nationwide if Trump fires Mueller. But, it's not just a reactive plan—our efforts are already making news, helping show that there will be an immediate backlash if Trump fires Mueller.  RSVP here to join. 



Tuesday, February 6, 8pm EST. No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge Orientation Call. It’s past time for our politicians and political candidates to reject support from the fossil fuel industry and protect the health of our families, our climate, and our democracy. Join this orientation call to learn how to get candidates in your town, city or state to sign on, too. Go to: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/no-fossil-fuel-money-pledge-orientation-call


Saturday February 10, 9:30 AM - 5 PM. Non Violent Direct Action Training. Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room. For info and registration contact Tim at 802-869-2141 or email bereal@vermontel.net 


Sunday, February 25, 12:00 - 3:00 PM. East Meets West Anti-nuke Meeting. This is a terrific opportunity to meet and plan/strategize with our friends in MA Downwinders/ CAN/Western MA/VT. Framingham Friends Meeting House



Tuesday February 27, 3 to 7pm. Offshore Drilling Program Public Meeting. Please attend a rally outside the Hyatt Regency Boston and then join for the public meeting to speak out against the proposal! The Trump Administration has made good on its commitment to big oil by presenting an ecologically devastating proposal that seeks to open over 90% of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf to new offshore drilling, putting our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at serious risk of catastrophic oil spills, economic and environmental decimation.


Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. at Smith College in Northampton, join Dr. Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, for a discussion of how our forests can help mitigate global climate change. Dr. Moomaw will present his perspective on a crucial part of the solution — how the protection and restoration of forests, wetlands, and grasslands could enable us to sequester carbon dioxide for many centuries to come. He will also share his insights on the drawbacks of using bioenergy as an alternative to fossil fuels. There will be time for a facilitated Q&A session after the presentation. Go to: https://www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/bill-moomaw-2018/


Saturday March 3, 9am. Local Environmental Action 2018. Massachusetts Climate Action Network and Toxics Action Center work together to bring you this conference every year to discuss new ideas, build skills, and strengthen our movement. Join community leaders, environmental justice and climate advocates and activists from across the region on March 3rd, and let the connections you make inspire you for the work ahead. Go to: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org



Sunday March 4, 2-3pm. Possums, Bats & Goldenrod - O my! DCR Interpreter Nancy Huntington presents on the benefits of often overlooked flora and fauna. Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA. 



That's all, folks! Remember to listen to your Mother, OK? 

Friday, December 29, 2017

The 2018 New Start Enviro Show

New Years Greetings Earthlings! Given how awful 2017 has been we look forward to new possibilities in the new year. Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren joins us to talk about it in the days leading up to a candidates forum in Greenfield on January 6. As always, we will also take you to see The Mad King at The White House of Lies and our Fool-on-the-Hill as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters! Usually docile Sea Lion seems to have had enough of human swimmers.

His Malignancy The Mad King and his court of crazed climate criminals closed out 2017 by opening up the Arctic Wildlife Refuge for their friends at Big Oil to trash. Yes, it was the sweetener in the recent Repugnican tax scam that got this week's Fool-on-the-Hill, Sen. Murkowski's vote to make the filthy rich richer and screw the rest of us. Speaking of wasteful energy, His Malignancy's Energy Department has decided to ignore the legal mandate to update energy efficiency of appliances. According to ThinkProgress "The standards have historically enjoyed strong bipartisan support and demonstrated clear results" but it's still the era of The Mad King, right? We are happy to report that the smug-ass filthy rich Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his obnoxious wife received a beautifully wrapped box of horseshit for the Holidaze! And here's a list of His Malignancy's regulatory rollbacks from 2017, just in case you're counting. BUT, given who he is more rollbacks keep coming like on offshore safety drilling standards (think Deep Sea Horizon!) and for fracking standards and for migratory bird protection from industry. On the subject of 2017, surely you remember The Mad King's lie about the Repugnican tax scam being hard on the 1%? Turns out he said the exact opposite while hanging out with them at the Florida White House of Lies.

Our Quote of the Week seems fitting as a follow-up to The Mad King segment:


"The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then go back to the office and sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece."   

                                                                                                    - Hunter S Thompson

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill, as promised, is Repugnican Sen. Lisa Murkowski who sold out Alaska's wildlife for a few pieces of gold to her friends at Big Oil. An op-ed in The Hill makes the case many have already put forward: "Murkowski knows drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is unpopular. That’s why she slipped it into tax law, with the bogus promise that it will send $1 billion to U.S. Treasury, helping cover tax cut costs. It’s a preposterous claim, first because no one knows how much oil lies beneath the refuge, and second because $1 billion is only a sliver of the $1.5 trillion tax cut." We might add the tax SCAM is a cut mostly for the filthy rich. You commoners get to pay for it in the future with less entitlements and higher taxes thanks in part to this fool. 


In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we go to The Washington Post for that disturbing new study on how us humans have changed the planet that Glen talked about on the last show. May as well get sober for the New Year! And since we're getting all serious here, how about this from tech crunch.com: "The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can’t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public." One point was do not keep the phone right next to your body. Finally some good news! This from 350.org: "After more than five years of inspiring and creative campaigning from the climate movement, the New York City and State pensions are moving forward to freeze new investments in fossil fuels and divest. This victory is huge. Combined, the city and state pension funds are worth a whopping $390 billion, making this the largest coal, oil and gas divestment in THE WORLD." Finally, Grist reports what we've known.....forever? Macho guys think Green is girly!  Listen up, Joeys, real men save the planet! 



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


Join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team – Sign up to join our local MoveOn.org's "Mueller Firing Rapid Response" campaign. It's at 50 State St (Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building) in Springfield. This is one of 350 events planned nationwide if Trump fires Mueller. But, it's not just a reactive plan—our efforts are already making news, helping show that there will be an immediate backlash if Trump fires Mueller.  RSVP here to join. 



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, NOON. STAND OUT!  CALL FOR THE SHUTDOWN OF THE CONNECTICUT EXPANSION PIPELINE! TENNESEE GAS HEADQUARTERS 
1615 Suffield St, Agawam, MA. Meet at the abandoned 2 Silos Mall on Rt. 57 in Agawam (just down the road from the Tennessee Gas Co headquarters) at 11:30 a.m. We will shuttle to the driveway due to snow.



Thursday, January 11. Tell the Governor we want Pilgrim nuke closed now.  We will gather at 1:00 in Rep. Peake's office and then at the Governor's Office at 2:00.  Come with a 2 minute statement to express your concerns.  For carpooling and more information, contact me at 508.776.3132/Elaine 508.246.4563/Susan 774.268.1695/Mary 508.237.4147


January 16, 7 pm. Screening of “Chasing Coral”. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 
 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst. Chasing Coral is a beautiful and informative film about climate change. Coral reefs are an integral part of the ocean's ecosystem, and are dying at an unprecedented rate due to warming oceans. The filming includes gorgeous underwater photography and stories of scientists gathering real data in the ocean. A discussion will follow the film.



Saturday January 20, 2018 11am to 1pm. Northampton Women’s March - Year One. We will march to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. The march will once again begin at Sheldon Fields and culminate at Northampton City Hall, where we will rally with a inspiring speakers and performers. This is a peaceful, family-friendly event. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/200256233873115


Monday January 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! Western MA monthly meeting at the Unitarian Meetinghouse on North Pleasant St. downtown Amherst. Go to: climateactionnowma.org




Wednesday January 27, 2018, 1:30pm - Workshop, Pollinator Habitat Design for All Seasons, W. Mass Poll. Networks at Hadley Garden Center, Rt. 9, Hadley, MA.


Saturday, January 27, All Day. 350MA  Summit.  Looking to carry the momentum into 2018 by developing new and emerging leaders in the movement. That's why we are hosting a statewide summit in MetroWest. The day will be spent on learning new organizing techniques and building new action plans for 2018. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to Andy Gordon.  


That's it for now. Remember, when you're out there be sure to listen to your Mother, OK?

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The 2017 Winter Solstice Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Once again it's that time of year when we welcome back the Light and celebrate what the Earth provides. We have a question to ask our guest, The Good Green Witch when she calls in; If "The War on Christmas" is pretty much over where's all the peace?? As always, we will also take you to visit the Fool-on-the-Hill and his Malignancy The Mad King so you can wish them a Happy Holidaze. Also a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber may be in order since we took the time to deck the hall for the season. However, first it's time for............Revenge of the Critters! You might want to send the kids out of the room for this one 'cus yes, we can't help but rerun that video of Santa's reindeer attacking him  (even if it's rumored to be a reenactment).

We're wondering if His Malignancy The Mad King might consider doing an appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge for the Holidaze since that mean old miser hated kids and His Malignancy's lawyers are presently hard at work dissing Our Children's Trust who are suing the U.S. government for willfully infringing on their constitutional right to a stable climate. According to Grist: "Trump administration lawyers are trying to get the case thrown out on a technicality, alleging that the act of sifting through decades of documents in preparation for trial would cause the government “irreparable harm.” Given the historic irreparable harm of climate chaos enabled by the likes of His Malignancy and his minions we've got a hunch there's some confusion going on there. We imagine The Mad King is wondering why these pesky kids are cluttering up the courtrooms. "If they are to die, then let them die, and reduce the surplus population!". We guess His Malignancy isn't much into older grad students either 'cuz the tax scam he and his Repugnican friends are trying to ram through congress before Christmas taxes them (not to mention most of us) mightily. See more of the Mad King's nefarious dealings below as he and his court of crazies attempt to sell off some of our national treasures to the corporate climate criminals.  Also  His Malignancy is threatening the Mueller investigation and the FBI which are one of the few hopes we have to rid the world of The Mad King. Be prepared!  And THIS JUST IN! His Malignancy will reportedly announce today that the Climate Crisis  is no longer a global security risk. Aren't you relieved??

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Utah Repugnican Chris Stewart and others in the House Natural Resources Committee who recently defamed our friends at Patagonia claiming their attempts to save Bear's Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument was just  “hijacking the public lands debate” in an attempt to sell more products."  Of course, hijacking the public lands themselves is just what fools like Stewart are up to in congress. They just can't resist incriminating themselves! Who does THAT remind you of?

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week is all sorts of seasonal: “The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians.”

                                                                                                  - George Monbiot

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find this headline in the Guardian: "EU must not burn the world's forests for 'renewable' energy"  There it is! And speaking of burning, recall all those forest fires out West? Grist passes on info from a science study noting 1/3 of those forests aren't regenerating. Renewable takes another hit from climate chaos. And this: A new study published in Nature finds the warming in the Arctic could put a dent in wind energy. Finally, here's our Enviro Show Blog Action Link Stop felling Canada’s centuries-old forest giants for lumber!

After we hang out with the Good Green Witch and listen to some Solstice Holiday tunes we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:



Join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team – Sign up to join our local MoveOn.org's "Mueller Firing Rapid Response" campaign. It's at 50 State St (Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building) in Springfield. This is one of 350 events planned nationwide if Trump fires Mueller. But, it's not just a reactive plan—our efforts are already making news, helping show that there will be an immediate backlash if Trump fires Mueller.  RSVP here to join. 



Saturday January 6, 10 am to 3:30 pm. Arrive 9:30 to start on time. Connecting Ages, Changing Ageism Conference. What do you want to share with someone of a different age engaged in progressive work? Northampton Quaker Meetinghouse, 43 Center Street, second floor, near bus stops on Route 9, center of town.  We encourage everyone attending to register in advance, and people walking in last minute are also welcome. If the event needs to be postponed due to a snow storm, we will contact people who have registered.  Email Larkin Christie at larkmc@comcast.net or phone Sarah Pirtle at (413) 625-2355


Monday, January 22, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now! Western MA monthly meeting at the Unitarian Meetinghouse on North Pleasant St. downtown Amherst. Go to: climateactionnowma.org



January 27, 2018, 1:30pm - Workshop, Pollinator Habitat Design for All Seasons, W. Mass Poll. Networks at Hadley Garden Center, Rt. 9, Hadley, MA.


Have a Happy Winter Solstice and remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

Friday, December 01, 2017

Another Not Really Renewable Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Just in case you are thinking us crazed tree huggers are the only ones going on and on about the critical need to protect and preserve as many trees as possible in these times of climate chaos and that wood pellet and chip produced energy is not really renewable, we have invited Sasha Stashwick , Senior Advocate for Energy, Transportation and Food and Agriculture Programs at  the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to join us this week. [UPDATE: INTERVIEW HERE] Given that NRDC "combines the power of more than three million members and activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild" maybe you'll give us dirt worshipping tree huggers a bit more cred on this issue? We hope so. As always, we'll also take you to visit this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to see His Malignancy The Mad King, as well as a trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters! It's deer hunting season once again here in WMass so it seems a good time to once again run a piece about the hunted turning the tables on the hunter.

Our Fool-on-the-Hill this time is none other than the Senate Majority leader who garnered this recent headline: "Mitch McConnell says his top goal as Senate leader is to remake the judiciary, a higher priority even than tax reform." Of course his idea of "remake" is what we used to call packing the court, in this case with unqualified reactionary far-right ideologues. It's party over country with these guys and, if they have their way, you can kiss the biosphere and your constitutional rights goodbye.


His Majesty The Mad King is next in line for our.......admonitions? We may not be big on buying in to the term "consumers" but unlike some of His Malignancy's recent picks for agencies meant to protect folks who might call themselves by that dehumanizing moniker we're not trying to shaft them.   The most prominant of these is longtime Repugnican operative, Mick Mulvaney who is trying to upend the Consumer Finance Protection Agency our senator Liz Warren created to go after Wall Street. Another protector of so-called consumers is the Consumer Product Safety Commission that The Mad King wants pro-corporate litigator Dana Baiocco to drive off the cliff.  Over at what we used to call the Environmental Protection Agency [inset hysterical laughter here] His Malignancy's troll continues to hack away at the branch. We have a Blog Action Link HERE calling for an investigation. O, and the Repugs in the Senate confirmed The Mad King's pick for head of the Mine Health and Safety Administration, of course he slithered out from under one of those violation prone mining corps. How about having a lawyer who was "most recently at the Hunton & Williams law firm, whose client list includes the American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Chemistry Council and the National Association of Manufacturers" head the EPA Office of Air and Radiation?  What could go wrong! Finally, the White House Council on Environmental Quality garners this headline: "More Than 300 Scientists Pen Letter Opposing Trump's Pick for Top Climate Post, but Senate Committee Confirms Her Anyway" That would be Kathleen Harnett White, she of little knowledge.

How about a video Quote of the Week this time? Checkout our "Silent Friends" 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we rerun The Guardian's report on how our recent hurricanes have influenced people's thinking about the Climate Crisis. "
About 54% said that climate change worsened the extreme heat waves, wildfires, and hurricanes that pummeled the country in 2017." Maybe 46% weren't watching TV or are Flat-Earth enthusiasts? And this from HuffPo: Leonard Higgins found guilty of shutting down tar sands pipeline after being barred from mentioning climate chaos in court!  The Berkshire Eagle, that's been doing excellent coverage of the Otis State Forest vs. Kinder Morgan issue all this time, has an eye-opener concerning the toxic water KM/TGP has created in our state forest. Read all about it!


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




Tuesday December 19th at 11am 350MA will be traveling with great cheer around the Massachusetts State House to deliver  actual holiday wish lists to their offices. PLEASE SIGN your name onto the list headed to your legislators by filling out this form. If you are available, come help us deliver them!


Wednesday December 20, 6 to 7:30pm. Celebrate the Winter Solstice! Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, Hadley, MA. RSVP: Required online  The Winter Solstice, and the longest night of the year, is fast approaching. Solstice means “sun stands still,” giving us a moment to pay homage to the stillness of this seasonal turning point, the stillness of the natural world, and our own inner stillness through the practice of mindfulness.


Join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team – Sign up to join our local MoveOn.org's "Mueller Firing Rapid Response" campaign. It's at 50 State St (Springfield MA U.S. District Court Building) in Springfield. This is one of 350 events planned nationwide if Trump fires Mueller. But, it's not just a reactive plan—our efforts are already making news, helping show that there will be an immediate backlash if Trump fires Mueller.  RSVP here to join.     


That's all  folks! Until next time remember: Listen to your Mother, OK?