Greetings Earthlings, we trust you’ve recovered from the labors of the day. It’s the One Thousand Five hundred thirty first anniversary of the fall of the Roman Empire today! We’ll see if what goes around comes around. Lynn DiTullio of the River Valley Market Green Team comes to these microphones with news of the new green building going up out on the north end of King Street for the River Valley Market co-op, and Chris Mason, the new Northampton Energy officer joins us to envision a greener Paradise City for the future. As usual, Amherst’s David Kroodsma calls in from the Ride for Climate. Speaking of empire, we return to chilling subject of Darth Cheney. We’ll celebrate the fall of Enemy of the Earth, Larry Craig, AND we delve briefly into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for......Revenge of the Critters! We read another episode of Bambi’s Revenge AND link to our first video edition: The Buck Stomps Here!.
OK, things are still heating up in Montague as citizens rise-up to protect their water rights. Posters are going up and chat rooms are filling up as folks prepare for the next steps in resisting the corporados from Nestle who have set their sights on the Montague Plains aquifer as a source for a corporate water bottling operation. We’ve put the latest info up on our blog, but for tonight we’re just asking you to pen a letter of protest [see sample] to the Mass Fish & Wildlife Board who manage the Montague Plains Wildlife Refuge and fax it to (508) 389-7890 or mail it to: One Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough MA 01581. Tell them the Board should re-affirm its policy and indicate that Nestle cannot use public resources for private gain. The Board’s mandate is clear: preserving lands and water acquired for biological resources and habitat protection. Talking points are posted on the MontagueMA.net website.
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we note the just passed second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with this encouraging story from the LA Times.
Of course, the fall of Repugnican Senator Larry Craig was all over the news this past week, but let’s have a look at what WASN’T reported: the guy’s awful environmental voting record!
Pink Floyd's "Signs of Life", reminds us there’s signs of life in the old quarry out on the end of King Street. We do our interview with Chris Mason, Energy Officer for Northampton and Lynn DiTullio of the River Valley Market Green Team.
Glen! There’s the theme, what’s the count?? Let’s checkout Scott Ritter’s thoughts on Why Cheney really is that bad. We couldn’t agree MORE!!
Finally, it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Thursday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. Paul Jahnige, Director of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Greenways and Trails Program will be speaking at the Edwards Library on East St. in Southampton.
Thursday, Sept 6, 5pm Join the Citizens Awareness Network’s contingent in the Franklin County Fair Parade! Greenfield Middle School parking lot, Greenfield, MA. We will have the MOCK NUCLEAR WASTE CASK and Cows!! Bring signs, voices and good energy!! Bicycles too!
Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. NON-VIOLENCE TRAINING. Edwards Church, Main St., Northampton, Mass. Facilitators include: Peggy Anderson, Jo Commerford and Paki Wieland. A day of non-violence training will include reflections on theory and on our place in the rich history of alternatives to violence. Of course this might come in VERY handy if you're planning to confront the war machine in DC or say, Nestle on the Montague Plains?? To register please email Peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paki at email@example.com.
Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Amherst’s Energy Conservation Task Force presents its 3rd Annual Renewable Energy Fair. On the Amherst Town Common. Free and open to the public; please join us for a day of resources, information, and presentations designed to help you lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Also, Saturday, September 15, all day, March on Washington,DC. End the war now! Protesting is not enough. Come for the rally, stay for a week of direct action. For local bus info call Tristan at 508-517-3864.
Wednesday, September 19, 7 - 9 p.m. Late Summer Insect Concert! Late summer evenings are wonderful times to listen to the many varied sounds made by grasshoppers, crickets and katydids. We’ll spend some time indoors with images and virtual calls and then go outside to listen. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Register at (413) 256-6006
We'll go out with Dar Williams' "The end of the summer". So much for the likes of us. Stay tuned for more rabble rousing in the near future; same bat channel, same bat time! And remember: listen to your Mother!!