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?


Friday, November 17, 2017

Another All Consuming Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It's another year and another Stop Shopping Day is upon us but we're not going to simply go on and on about all that conspicious consumption at the mall or on so-called Cyber Monday.  No, this time we're going big picture and talking about humans consuming the entire planet! Bob Massie, candidate for governor of the Commonwealth calls in to discuss his environmental platform and his concerns about Big Biomass. [UPDATE: Here's the audio link from this show] Bob wrote this to us recently: "Charlie Baker's labeling of large-scale biomass, as a form or renewable energy, is misleading at best.  Using combustion to wood products to generate heat and power is not much different from burning coal.  Both add to the already damaging high level of green house gases in our atmosphere that are affecting climate today.  In fact, burning wood pellets creates slightly more (3% more) greenhouse gases than a cogeneration plant."  We couldn't agree more.  As always we'll also take you for a holiday season visit with His Malignancy The Mad King and this week's Fool-on-the-Hill, as well as a stop off to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for............Revenge of the Critters! Nobody likes going to the dentist, right? Maybe this turkey was one of those disgruntled patients in another life? Turkeys and life at Thanksgiving time? Try this!

Speaking of conspicuous consumption let's see what The Mad King is up to these days. We guess His Malignancy wants us to burn more coal and build more nukes 'cuz that was about it for U.S. participation in the 23rd United Nations climate change conference where reps from those industries held one event and then hid in a tiny little office, maybe under their desks? A Mother Jones reporter noted: "When I visited again on Monday, a US representative stepped out of the office, noticed a group of journalists (me included), and ducked back inside." Yes, the optics are like comedy but hey, isn't it a.....CLIMATE CRISIS!!  But, on the subject of dark comedy, did you witness the cringe worthy confirmation hearing for Kathleen Hartnett White, His Malignancy’s nominee to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality? We already reported on Kathleen's climate crisis denial but as Grist reports: "Senator Sheldon Whitehouse....quizzed Hartnett White over how much excess heat in the atmosphere is absorbed by oceans. “I believe there are differences of opinions on that,” she said, “that there’s not one right answer.” For the record, the number is about 90 percent." BTW, that coal and nuke panel The Mad King's creepy clown car riders setup at the UN climate conference was totally disrupted by the Valley's own Dineen O'Rourke and others from the group SustainUS. Finally, articles of impeachment were introduced in the House of Reps on Wednesday. 

Ready to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill? We have a surprise for you! Grist tells us:  "In a joint subcommittee hearing held on Wednesday, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chair Lamar Smith said the technology “could have positive effects on the Earth’s atmosphere” and “reduce global temperatures or pull excess greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.” What?? We thought this fool didn't believe in those things?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we rerun multiple reports of a We-told-you-so! 200,000+ tar sands oil leak in the infamous TransCanada Keystone pipeline. So.........WE TOLD YOU SO! Common Dreams just reported out on this nightmare and Bill McKibben has put out a call to Promise and Protect!  Here's a video story from the BBC on Facebook regarding Garbage Island down in the Caribbean (book your stay early and avoid the rush!). Our Enviro Show Blog Action Link concerns the Mad King's nominee for head of Council on Environmental Frivolity (above). Go HERE to register your protest. 

We have Breaking News! Longtime Enviro Show listeners may be familiar with this. We read excerpts from the original World Scientists Warning to Humanity on our very first show and again on the 20th anniversary of the Warning. Now it is 25 years and counting so we all get a second notice. 

A bit of E-valley-uation here. In case you wonder why we tend to refer to our regional utility as Evilsource, get a load of this headline from the Berkshire Edge: "Utilities manipulated natural gas supplies, causing artificial shortages, soaring energy prices, study finds" . Class Action lawsuit anyone?

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

Saturday November 18, 10:30am -  12:00pm. Uphold Paris, Uphold MA's Climate Legacy

Boston Common (directly behind the Robert Gould Shaw & the 54th Regiment Memorial, across from the Massachusetts State House) Map.  Join us on November 18th to make history -- literally. During this interactive, inspiring, and family-friendly event, we'll record in a Time Capsule what Bay Staters love and are fighting to protect from climate change. We'll hold up the people and places most at risk from climate change and we'll ask Governor Baker to leave a climate legacy we can all be proud of by banning new fossil fuel infrastructure and committing us to a 100% renewable energy future! 


Tuesday, November 21, Noon to 1pm.  Weekly TD Bank Vigil to pressure TD to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline. 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Contact Hattie at 978-790-3074


Monday November 27, 7:00pm -  9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly GatheringUnitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.  Coming together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . They love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been doing this a long time. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org


Saturday December 2, 1:00pm -  3:00pm. Sustainability SocialArcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton, MA  01027 Map. Join Northeast Solar, Center for EcoTechnology, HeatSmart Northampton, and Mass Audubon for a Sustainability Social at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. We will have electric cars on view, heating and cooling efficiency experts, solar power representatives and home energy savings pros on hand to discuss many aspect of sustainable living.



Saturday, December 2, 10am - 12:30pm. Action Workshop - Eliminating Nuclear Weapons. With Trump's finger on the nuclear button, now is the time to take action before it is too late. This workshop will explore how residents, students and others in the Northampton-Amherst area can start right now implementing the new Treaty - on college campuses, at town meetings and in many other places. Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St., Suite 202, Northampton

Tuesday, December 5, 4pm - 6:30pm. Action Workshop - Eliminating Nuclear Weapons, 145 Integrated Science Building, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA. [see above]



Wednesday, December 6, 7- 8:30pm. Air Source Heat Pumps – The Latest in Efficient Heating & Cooling. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street | Amherst MA.
FREE, Registration appreciatedAn air source heat pump is a system which transfers heat from outside to inside a building, or vice versa. Air at any temperature above absolute zero contains some energy. An air-source heat pump transfers (‘pumps’) some of this energy as heat from one place to another, for example between the outside and inside of a building. This can provide space heating or cooling. A single system can be designed to transfer heat in either direction, to heat or cool the interior of the building in winter and summer respectively.

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


We go out with Tom Neilson's "Biomess" about the biomass scheme we drove out of Greenfield, Massachusetts not all that long ago. The song could use a bit of updating but certainly applies to the struggle we still face today in protecting our forests from the Biomess! 










Wednesday, November 01, 2017

An Enviro Show Special: It's the Trees, Stupid!

Greetings Earthlings. We know, we know: "When will they ever stop talking about the trees", right? How about never? Does never work for you? The fact of the matter is, without protecting and preserving the trees and forest soil climate chaos will be even worse than your worse nightmare. But don't just take our word for it (even though Glen is a soil scientist) listen to William R. Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher SchoolTufts University. We'll be devoting the entire hour to Bill's presentation last month at GCTV in Greenfield. Of course, here on the blog we'll still engage in the usual fracas with the Fool-on-the-Hill and the Mad King, as well as a raucous trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for.............Revenge of the Critters! Another listener suggested winner: Rhino takes down poacher!!

On to His Malignancy The Mad King who is trying to reverse 52 environmental rules during his brief rein; yes, one for each week of the year. We'll call it The Year of Our Discontent. Apparently, His Malignancy's  "budget proposal would slash the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget by 16 percent, including 6 percent from the National Weather Service" according to our friends at Grist. Meanwhile, The Mad King's fellow climate criminal over at the EPA has now blocked expert scientists from the agency's advisory boards even as the government's own Climate Assessment refutes all the administration's climate denial!  We guess Pruitt and the flat-Earth crowd only wants advice from their friends in Big Oil. And this:"Trump recently nominated coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to fill the number two spot at  the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), doubling down on his anti-climate agenda and his dangerous campaign promise to prop up the failing dirty coal industry." There's an action link here. Finally, it looks like The Mad King's pick for Secretary of Health comes straight out of Big Pharma. At least His Malignancy is consistent in placing corporados in high places, no? 

We have Breaking News! The air is..........too clean?

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill would also fit nicely above in The Mad King's segment.....except he's already been there recently As His Malignancy's pick to head NASA (in spite of the fact this guy has zero experience in science or engineering). Yes, it's another Oklahoma enemy of the Earth, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Repugnican climate criminal who just got trashed for his flat-Earth mentality and inexperience for the job at a nomination hearing. Watch the accompanying video on the link for some of the fool's previous remarks. We recommend you bring along a hot air sickness bag, just in case.


Our Quote of the Week fits nicely into the theme of this show on trees. It's from Jim McCaffrey formerly of  MA Sierra Club: 



"Many of you may remember fighting for strong biomass regulations for electricity production. Thanks to grassroots action, we won battles to shut down biomass plants in Greenfield and Russell, and to adopt the strictest standards in the nation for Massachusetts’ Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.
Now the MA Department of Energy Resources is trying to push through even weaker biomass regulations for heat generation that will encourage more dirty biomass boilers to be built in communities across the state."

If Enviro Show listeners want to do something to stop this madness please go HERE

On to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and this post-Halloween scare from Grist. Speaking of frightful things we read recently that the MA Department of Cut & Run .......err, sorry, Conservation? and Wreckreation? whatever, has considered actually poisoning beech trees in some of our state forests! 


On to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Saturday, November 4, 10 AM – 1 PM. It’s easy to take trees for granted if you see them everyday, but our region still holds some historic forests. Come walk among one of the Valley’s examples of old growth forest, guided by old growth forest expert and educator, Bob Leverett. You’ll learn what the mature forests on Mount Tom reservation contribute ecologically, historically, culturally, aesthetically, and even from a human health perspective. Space is limited and registration is required. Rain date: November 5.  Fee: Free (Donations appreciated) RSVP: Required online  



Sunday, November 5, 5:30pm. A climate march with candles and banners from Northampton High School on Elm Street to City Hall. This is a replay of our hopeful march 2 years ago when we demanded that President Obama stand up for the future of the world in Paris at the 2015 UN Climate Conference. We will rally with people young and old, elected officials and religious leaders and demand that that hopeful future be reclaimed. Contact: <martygjf@comcast.net



Monday, November 6, 12:15 to 12:45pm. A  stand out in front of Charlie Baker’s Office at Dwight Street in Springfield. We will demand that he Stand Up to Reclaiming Our Future. We will deliver a list of demands to make Massachusetts a fossil fuel-free model for the country and ask him to meet with us. Contact: <martygjf@comcast.net


Thursday, Nov 16, 12:15-12:45. Reclaiming Our Future event #3.  Protest Rally in Springfield  in front of State Office Building 436 Dwight St. Springfield. We'll be showing up outside Gov Baker's Springfield office at lunchtime. We have an executive order which we think Governor Baker should sign. This day marks the start of this year's international climate conference. Reclaiming Our Future March & Protest Rally in Northampton on the Eve of the Bonn Climate Talks.  We are protesting the policies even in our own state of Massachusetts that keep us on the path toward climate breakdown. The Trump administration withdrew USA from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, making us one of only 2 countries in the entire world who have not agreed to work together to reduce emissions. Contact: <martygjf@comcast.net

That's  all for now. Remember to do what? Listen to your Mother, of course!




Sunday, October 22, 2017

Another Scary Halloween Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. What could be more scary this Halloween than the sociopathic narcissist in the White House? Maybe all the freaks that gather around him? The Good Green Witch calls in to commiserate and dig down into the season. Would you care to join us for some trick or treating in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber? How about we mercilessly taunt this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and play some tricks on The Mad King? However, before we get into all that it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters!  Horrific spider attack.....at 20,000 feet?

When it comes to monsters you have to go a ways to top His Malignancy The Mad King. We're not sure if he ever drowned any innocent children or strangled some random villager, but he sure has done his share of monstrous things. We're guessing threatening nuclear holocaust should be somewhere on top of the list but denying the reality of climate chaos and doing everything in his power to reverse climate policy as historic hurricanes ravage the planet and polar ice slips away is a holocaust as well. His Malignancy's callous comments regarding hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico, to grieving widows of murdered U.S. service men, or about women in general are The Mad King's stock and trade. Of course, his sorry-ass minions are busy carrying out horror shows as well. While some were caught trying to spin the failed hurricane relief in PR others had been plotting for months to ditch the Clean Power Plan. Add to that, His Malignancy's pick of  to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality (or lack thereof) is yet another Climate Crisis denier. Meanwhile, over at the alleged Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt is planning on purging scientists who aren't fossil fools.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Repugnican Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah who says the Antiquities Act that protects thousands of acres of scenic and historic sites in the nation is "a menace to constitutional government". Trick or treat? It's that old far-right bait 'n switch trick by the actual menaces to constitutional government! Don't be fooled by this guy's costume, folks. There's another monster inside that thousand dollar suit.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week requires another trip in the Wayback Machine to get you all the way back to............HERE.


Step this way into the Echo Chamber, please. There's nothing much to be afraid of unless losing 75% of the insects in Germany (and who knows where else) is disturbing to you. What? you don't like insects anyway? OK, but you "need insects to pollinate many of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts that we eat daily". Here's a scary Halloween story from The Guardian for you: Global pollution kills 9 million people a year and threatens the survival of human societies.  And here's our Enviro Show Blog Action link. Finally some good news: The Roadless Rule victories won by Earth Justice.

After our conversation with the Good Green Witch we sneak over to the Bus Stop Billboard:



Thursday, October 26, 10am. Pipeline tax hearing. At the Massachusetts State House hearing room A-2. As we prepare for the hearing, we need you to call your rep! Our champions in the legislature, Representatives Stephen Kulik and Kenneth Gordon, have drafted joint testimony about the pipeline tax and Department of Public Utilities (DPU) reform bills. They need as many of their fellow House representatives as possible to sign on. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462686040466237/ 



Sunday October 29, 1-5pm.
 “Mending the Web of Life - A workshop of inspirational exploration to move toward action” at Temple Israel, Greenfield. Sarah Pirtle and Emily Koester are facilitators of the Work That Reconnects. What do you want to do in service to life on earth? How are you called -- and what stops you? A sliding scale of $10 - $40 is suggested. Snacks and tea will be provided. Contact Sarah Pirtle  (pirtle22@hotmail.com)


Sunday October 29,  5 - 7:30pm. Benefit Concert: Protecting Indigenous Sacred Stone SitesShea Theatre arts Centre 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. A benefit concert will be held to raise funds for the protection of Indigenous sacred stone landscapes. Joe Graveline, musician and long-time Indigenous activist, has gathered fellow musicians to perform. Tickets:  $15 online at Sheatheater.org; $18 at the door. For more information or to make online contributions, go to tinyurl.com/protectsacredstones


Wednesday November 1, 8:00 - 9:30pm Eastern. You are invited to NIRS’s next national telebriefing, Trump’s Nuclear and Coal Revival Plan: What It Means for our Energy Future, featuring world-renowned energy expert Amory Lovins, Last month, the Trump administration unveiled a radical plan to promote nuclear power and coal with a massive national bailout. The plan has far-reaching implications for energy and the environment. And it will cost the public over $100 billion in higher energy bills! The telebriefing is free, but registration is required.

Sunday, November 5, 5:30pm. A climate march with candles and banners from Northampton High School on Elm Street to City Hall. This is a replay of our hopeful march 2 years ago when we demanded that President Obama stand up for the future of the world in Paris at the 2015 UN Climate Conference. We will rally with people young and old, elected officials and religious leaders and demand that that hopeful future be reclaimed. Contact: <martygjf@comcast.net

Monday, November 6, 12:15 to 12:45pm. A  stand out in front of Charlie Baker’s Office at Dwight Street in Springfield. We will demand that he Stand Up to Reclaiming Our Future. We will deliver a list of demands to make Massachusetts a fossil fuel-free model for the country and ask him to meet with us. Contact: <martygjf@comcast.net> 


That's it for now. Have a Happy Halloween and remember to listen to your Mother, OK?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Not Really Renewable Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. You may have heard there's movement afoot for Massachusetts to go 100% renewable energy, yes? What you should also know is the Gov, the wood pellet and chip industry, various odd politicians and even some climate activists want large-scale wood biomass included as "renewable energy". We don't think so! Carol Oldham, Executive Director of Massachusetts Climate Action Network calls in to talk about the issues. [UPDATE: Go here] Also, Michael Kellett from Restore The North Woods gives us a call with an update on the latest machinations from the biomess crowd. Once again we'll also take you see our Fool-on-the-Hill and to mock His Malignancy's latest tweets, as well as another journey into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Wild turkey gets into the car chase scene......with a cop, of course.

Another cameo appearance for this week's Fool-on-the-Hill. It's far-right Climate chaos denying House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith again.  This time our favorite nut job Texan is demanding Facebook turn over info on anti-fracking ads, ostensibly bought by the Ruskies (but more likely in an effort to track down all you tree hugging solar moles who may have clicked on such ads). So Lamar, what other ways do you have to waste taxpayers money anyway?

On to His Malignancy, The Mad King. Where to begin with the "gift" that keeps giving?? How about His Malignancy's own Katrina! His woefully ongoing inadequate and down right mean responses to the climate disaster in Puerto Rico is actually classic Mad King and his clueless dishonest comments during a visit to that devastated island were more of the same. Under His malignancy's watch the richest nation on Earth was days late and dollars short with emergency response. The Mad King and his court lied and continue to lie in a lame effort to cover up their sins. Given the present occupants of the White House and their lackeys are all about "alternative facts" should we be surprised they also want to change the definition of "waters of the United States" too? Nah! And this: if you're stumped about what to dress up as for Halloween this year how about a Trump Swamp Monster? It looks like his promise to "drain the swamp" in DC went south on His Malignancy, in fact it seems to have dragged him under! Elsewhere in the swamp we find The Mad King's guy in the Environmental "Protection" Agency, Scotty spreading the slime around at taxpayer's expense.

We have Breaking News!  “The war on coal is over,” [EPA head Pruitt said]. “Tomorrow in Washington, D.C., I will be signing a proposed rule to roll back the Clean Power Plan. No better place to make that announcement than Hazard, Kentucky.” We always knew Pruitt was a hazard, now he’s actually proving it.

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we rerun Common Dreams' Jessica Corbett getting into the face of Big Oil here. And this from The Globe and Mail in Canada: "TransCanada kills controversial Energy East Pipeline project".  Note that "the related Eastern Mainline, a natural gas pipeline that complemented the crude-carrying Energy East.." was also canceled. Remember all our talk about carbon sequestration in the soil? It turns out the folks over at Harvard Forest have been on the case for years. Read about it here.

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate:

“If we want to use forests as a weapon in the fight against climate change, then we must allow them to grow old, which is exactly what large conservation groups are asking us to do.” 
(OK, not most large conservation groups but hey, we're working on that)

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



Monday October 16, 4pm. Hearts in Action: Creative Responses to Climate Change, UMass Science and Engineering Library, 3rd floor conference room. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/


Monday, October 16, 5:30pm. Greening Greenfield will hold a public panel discussion at the John Olver Transit Station at the intersection of Bank Row and Olive streets, to report on a study they had done in the summer of 2016 to assess the number of gas leaks in Greenfield’s aging distribution system.  The panel is free, and refreshments will be served.


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Saturday October 21, 1:30pm. 46th Annual Meeting of the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution. 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT. Bring a friend! The public is encouraged to attend.  Go to: http://necnp.org/


Saturday October 21, 7:30pm. Colleen Kattau & Martin Espada. Come enjoy an Evening of Music and Poetry  and support hurricane relief aid to Puerto Rico. Mount Toby Meeting 194 Long Plain Rd. (Rt. 63), Leverett, MA. For reservations call 413-336-2589. Suggested donation: $10 to $30


Sunday October 22, 3 to 7pm. House Concert with Tom Neilson, Lynn Waldron & friends at 729 Colrain Rd Greenfield . Reserve with check to Tom Neilsonand mail to Lisa Turowsky, 729 Colrain Rd Greenfield 01301. Donation $10-20


Monday October 23, 7:00 - 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering, Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St. Northampton, MA. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org/ 


Sunday October 29, 1-5pm. “Mending the Web of Life - A workshop of inspirational exploration to move toward action” at Temple Israel, Greenfield. Sarah Pirtle and Emily Koester are facilitators of the Work That Reconnects. What do you want to do in service to life on earth? How are you called -- and what stops you? A sliding scale of $10 - $40 is suggested. Snacks and tea will be provided. Contact Sarah Pirtle  (pirtle22@hotmail.com)


Sunday October 29,  5 - 7:30pm. Benefit Concert: Protecting Indigenous Sacred Stone Sites, Shea Theatre arts Centre 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. A benefit concert will be held to raise funds for the protection of Indigenous sacred stone landscapes. Joe Graveline, musician and long-time Indigenous activist, has gathered fellow musicians to perform. Tickets:  $15 online at Sheatheater.org; $18 at the door. For more information or to make online contributions, go to tinyurl.com/protectsacredstones



That's it until our pre-Halloween show on October 24. Do not be afraid BUT listen to your Mother.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Now Do You Believe in Climate Chaos Enviro Show?

Greetings Earthlings. We'll bet few climate change deniers are left in coastal Texas or the Caribbean these days but down in the Belly of the Beast where The Mad King dwells? Michael Rawlins, Associate Director of Climate System Research Center and Extension Associate Professor of Geosciences at UMass, Amherst returns to revisit the stormy subject with us. If you are wondering where to donate to any of the victims of the recent climate chaos go HERE or HERE or why not head on down South and pitch in. As always, in spite of these troubled times, we'll take you to visit those who are partly responsible for the trouble, like The Mad King and his crazed court of Enemies of the Earth and their enablers like The Fool-on-the-Hill. Also we checkout The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and various other nooks and crannies here on the show, but first it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters! We guess those flotillas of Fire Ants down south are not all that pleased with a human-caused Climate Crisis. If you happen upon them.......go the other way!

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Tim Walberg (Repugnican-Mich.) who told a constituent last May that God can solve the problem of climate change if the global phenomenon truly exists. We guess that god is running behind schedule?

As most of you know, His Malignancy The Mad King and his enablers deny the existence of the Climate Crisis (or say they do) so recent rumors of any change in their minds about pulling out of the Paris climate accord are.....well, fake news. Meanwhile, His Malignancy "is continuing to put ideological extremists into every level of government. The latest attempt is his pick to lead NASA: Oklahoma Congressman and known climate change denier, Jim Bridenstine." There's an effort to stop that appointment, so here's your Enviro Show Blog Action Link. We guess you won't be surprised to read that "[The Mad King's] policies put the most vulnerable Americans in danger"?.....Nah! And this:
--> His malignancy’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke “recommends allowing commercial fishing in… three marine monuments discussed in [a] memo. He also writes that “the boundary should be revised,” a euphemism from shrinking the monument, for four monuments in the western U.S. after noting that the monument designations impacted grazing, water rights or mineral extraction.”  In other words, ATTENTION CORPORADOS: BIG SALE ON PUBLIC LANDS! Meanwhile, over at The Mad King's EPA (mismanaged by climate criminal Scott Pruitt) we find this gratifying headline from Grist: “EPA employees eagerly leak documents from their mandatory anti-leaking class.”
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Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is spot on!  "The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives, homes and businesses lost, ecosystems destroyed, species driven to extinction, infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced."     – David Suzuki

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber our own Harvey Wasserman reminds us Nukes and Hurricanes don't exactly mix well. Surprise! And this: Grist's rundown on the grim numbers in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The New York Times tells us the island nation has lost 80% of its crops. Let's stay with Grist for this potent headline: 
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After our conversation with Michael Rawlins we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

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Monday, September 25, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst,  121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass. Accessible and on the PVTA bus line. Eric Toensmeier, one of the world's foremost experts on edible perennial gardening and sustainable permaculture will be speaking. Go To: http://climateactionnowma.org

Tuesday, September 26, 7 to 8pm. Webinar on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). 
--> MCAN and 350 Mass, along with the Mass Power Forward coalition, invite you to join a webinar that will help you understand what aggregation is, how it can be used to get your community towards its climate goals, and how to get it done in your community. Online - RSVP here, and we will send you instructions to get on the webinar 2 days ahead of time (please note, you must RSVP to join this webinar).

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Wednesday September. 27, 6:30pm. Screening of "The Age of Consequences" at Forbes Library Northampton. This film shows the connection between climate change and war. Post film speaker to kick off discussion is Smith College Government Professor Greg White whose specialty is global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, and international political economy.


Wednesday September 27, 7:00-8:00pm. What is Carbon Pricing –  Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst. Have you been wondering what "Carbon Pricing" is or what a "Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate" would be? Come find out. "What is Carbon Pricing?" presentation by Mary Jo Maffei, Chair, Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Committee, Climate Action Now.  


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Friday, September 29, 10:30 to 11:30am. Story Hour for Kids: Bats!  Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities or games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners falls, MA.  For ages 3-6. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Go to: http://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/


Wednesday, October 4, 7 to 8:30pm. "Forests, the Critical Component for Addressing Long-Term Climate Change" with Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy. GCTV Studios, 393 Main Street, 3rd floor, Greenfield, MA.

That's all folks! Remember this: Listen to your Mother, OK?