"Think you gotta be shut down", by The Soviettes (no, not THOSE Soviets) reminded us that last Tuesday was time for some Fall House-cleaning and while we were at it we cleaned out the Senate as well! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha..! Arch-enemy of the Earth, Congressman Richard Pombo, FORMER chair of the House Resources Committee was tossed into the electoral shredder on the Other Coast by a mere novice. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with Senator James Inholfe until ’08, but he's out of a job as the chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment (did we just hear the planet sigh?). Did we fail to mention that tree-hugging Barbara Boxer is taking his place? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha...! Meanwhile, here in the real world, we had events across the globe for the International Days of Action Against Climate Change. We just forgot to cover them in our crazed excitement over the elections. We did manage to remember to read an excerpt from a piece on the recent occupation of NOAA headquarters. Also, checkout Joe Public Film's Out of Balance in case you’ve forgotten how evil Exxon/Mobil is. And, checkout their fake news STILL trying to debunk the climate crisis. You can do something about it on-line or, better yet, in the real world (use your imagination!).
There’s that theme again! Glen gave us the countdown for the boy-emperor's much longed for exit and we took a body count of all those neo-cons being thrown under the bus by their own ..um...fellow travelers? Plus, we heard about an investigation into the Bush regime's political appointees' having, oh maybe just prevented climate researchers at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from conveying their findings to the public (you know: the public who pays their SALARIES!!) Meanwhile, here in the Commonwealth Gov. Mitt, in his infinate wisdom, has slashed $425 mil in state spending on such needless items as, O say ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGS! See all the damage here.
"What if you knew" by Dave Rovics took us to our interview with Marni Wasserman and Ashley Maroney of Umass MassPirg. Sadly, we never got to some good news from poor old Brocton out on the eastern end of the Commonwealth.
Finally, it was time to checkout the Bus Stop Billboard (the bus was late 'cuz of all those ...err..bumps in the road?):
Wednesday November 29, 7-9pm PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART, Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Fighting the Wal-Mart in Hadley and maybe in Greenfield, working on Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaigns, giving mutual aid to the coalition members fighting Wal-Mart in many ways. Info: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday November 14, 7pm. BARRY LOPEZ at Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mt Holyoke College, Rt 116, S. Hadley. Mount Holyoke College's Center for the Environment, in collaboration with the Odyssey Bookshop, hosts award-winning essayist and short-story writer Barry Lopez for a speaking engagement and book signing of “Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape”. Lopez writes often about the relationship between human culture and the physical landscape. Info: Odyssey Bookshop, 534-7307 or 800-540-7307; mailto:email@example.com; www.odysseybks.com.
Wednesday November 15, 5:30pm. SOUP & SEEDS: RESHAPING OUR ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS TO LAND & FOOD. Lyman Hall, First Churches, 129 Main St, Northampton. Presentations from local activist Juanita Nelson & biodynamic CSA farmer Jean Paul Courtens. Hot soup & bread. Info: Equity Trust, 863-9038, mailto:Rebecca@equitytrust.org, www.equitytrust.org.
Friday November 17, 7pm “SWEET MISERY: A POISONED WORLD” Film screening at the NACUL Center, 592 Main St at North Whitney St, Amherst, a half mile east from Amherst center; accessible by bus. Donations gratefully accepted. About the chemical sweetener aspartame that can have multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects and is known to erode intelligence and affect short-term memory. Yet this product remains on grocery shelves remains a multi-million dollar business. Discussion follows. Wide-Angle Films.
Sunday, Nov 19 Tom Neilson & Glen Johnson perform at 10 Harrison Ave., 2nd floor, Greenfield. 5pm potluck, 6:30 concert. RSVP (413)522-5409
Friday November 24, 11am-1pm. BLACK FRIDAY VISIBILITY at Holyoke Crossing - along the main road to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside in Holyoke. The day after Thanksgiving is "Buy Nothing Day"(http://adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd) and is also called "Black Friday" because, it’s the day retail businesses supposedly go into the black. The Waronoke Peace Action group invites all like-minded groups and individuals to remind the throngs of holiday shoppers that a needless war and military occupation in Iraq again mar this season of "peace on earth" for another year: “Promote Peace, No War Toys”. [and we here at The Enviro Show remind you that over-consumption SUCKS!] Bring your own sign or share WPA’s. Info: mailto:webmaster@WaronokePeace.org, www.WaronokePeace.org.
Thursdays November 30, 5:30-7:30pm TRI STATE CITIZENS AWARENESS NETWORK (CAN) MEETING, Room 121, Greenfield Community College Downtown Office, 270 Main St, Greenfield. Join our neighbors working to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor. Broad public involvement is essential.
All done. Now you tell us, was this past week amazing or what?