Friday, March 30, 2007

The Go Eco Enviro Show




OK folks, tonight it’s all about getting’ from point A to Point B without trashing the planet. It’s the Go Eco Enviro Show and we have some of the Pedal People back to remind us humans that those feet we have down there at the ends of our legs are not just for pushin’ on the gas or brake pedals. And, the big news: the Supremes go thumbs down on the Emperor's emissions! But as always, first it's time for......Revenge of the Critters! The crazy poopin’ bird!



Brrrrr! There it is again. Glen, what’s the countdown? Hopefully we won’t have to wait that long to oust Big Oil from the White House. Seems like they took quite a hit yesterday from the Supremes. Tooooo bad! And, we’re running out of space to record impeachable offenses! We don’t usually quote the likes of Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ flat-earth columnist, but he did this tidy little number on Phillip Cooney last week.



The awesome off-off-broadway hit "Cars, cars, cars!" by our own "Oiligarchy" singers takes us to our next segment: Big Oil, Big Auto, what’s the dif, right? We’ll take a brief look at Big Enviro’s campaign for higher fuel efficiency. Also, GM backs off on their electric car. BTW, On our next show we’ll get a call-in from Chelsea Sexton, Executive Director of Plug In America who was featured in the film "Who killed the electric car?" Hey, how about cars that run on....water?. No? How about air?



Finally, the Capitol Steps' "God bless my SUV" segways us into our interview with the Pedal People of beautiful downtown Florence (do you think they drove over to the studio?)



Then it's on to the ol' Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday evening, April 3rd, 7:00pm. as part of its film series on Culture, Ecology, and Sustainability, the Human Ecology Department at Greenfield Community College will sponsor a public presentation of the documentary Trudell, a film about legendary Native poet and activist John Trudell. The film will be shown in the Social Sciences Studio, Room 115, in G.C.C.’s East Building.


Wednesday April 4; 7 PM; Film: “TRINKETS AND BEADS “Arms Library ~ Bridge Street ~ Shelburne Falls. A moving story of how the Huaorani tribe living in the rainforest of Ecuador confronted international oil conglomerates who were desecrating their land with oil drilling. Guest: Cristobal Bonifaz, Conway lawyer who represented the Huaorani in their legal struggle.


Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15; Wmass Social Forum. Herter Hall? Umass, Amherst.
Call (413)584-8975 or 413-772-8898 for info. Social Forums are open spaces to discuss, reflect, debate, share, exchange, inspire, celebrate, strategize, and mobilize in the belief that “Another World is Possible,” one that puts people and planet before corporate profits. Learn more at www.westernmassafsc.org/wsf/wsf.html.


Saturday, April 14th, 12-2 p.m. Step It Up 2007: Rally for a Livable Climate. Pulaski Park, Main Street, Northampton (Rain location: First Churches, Main Street, Northampton) Contact: nell.lake@verizon.net.

Saturday, April 14; 1-3pm. Step-it Up! Greening our Roadways Festival in Amherst will start at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant St. and march to Hampshire College, where there will be a festival (booths with info, live music, etc).

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 10am THE LIFE CYCLE -- Bike for Climate Change. Meet at BUHS, Fairground Rd, Brattleboro, VT. Call: 413-863-8952.

Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22; Deep Green Resistance, Woolman Hill, Deerfield, MA. a serious meeting to address the destruction of our planet and potential effective resistance. It will include theoretical discussions of serious and confrontational strategies and tactics. It is expected that participants follow security culture. Contact: deepgreenresist@yahoo.com

Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m., Authors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman will discuss their new book, Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water. (They are the producers of the award-winning documentary film “Thirst”.) Odyssey Books, South Hadley.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Gore takes his case to congress: welcome to Krypton!




"When Earth began experiencing a series of global warming events, Gore-El investigated, and soon discovered that Earth’s atmosphere was greatly unstable, and would eventually cause floods, mega-storms, and an unstable climate, taking the entire planet and its populace into chaos. Gore-El tried to convince the members of Earth's ruling body, the U.S. Congress, of this impending disaster, and urged steps be taken to lessen the impact of the climate crisis. However, the Congress was dismissive of Gore-El's findings, and refused to comply with his plan."



Ok, ok, so it’s a stretch, right? But I’ve been writing for nearly two decades now that I, myself often feel like Jor-El must have (albeit he’s a fictional character from the planet Krypton!) when he tried to raise the alarm about the threat to his planet. Back in 1992 when The World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity first appeared awareness of the planet’s plight was not exactly high. In fact, activists who are now firmly onboard the global warming bandwagon were nowhere to be found on the issue back then. However, Al Gore was not one of them. His book, “Earth in the Balance” was published in 1992. It was from that book I first saw the frightening photo of the dried-up Aral Sea.



Yesterday, March 21, 2007, the first day of spring, Al Gore took his climate crisis concerns to the U.S. Congress. Thankfully, most senators and congressional representatives were more attentive than their fictional counter-parts in the Hall of Wisdom on the planet Krypton. However, most wisdom aside, The U.S. congress has its own version of the derisive and doubtful Vad-Ar the Elder in the person of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. The Republican senator from Oklahoma has nearly built his career on trashing the science of global warming, calling it the hoax of the century. Yesterday Gore and his detractors had their "Hall of Wisdom" moment. "It is my perspective that your global warming alarmist pronouncements are now and have always been filled with inaccuracies and misleading statements," Inhofe said. "You're not just off a little, you're totally wrong," Texas Republican Joe Barton said. "Those who believe all his garbage are going to be excited to death," said Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), "and the rest of us are going to ignore it." Unlike Jor-El of Superman fame, Gore did not despair and return home to save his own. Instead he pressed on: "There is a sense of hope in this country that this United States Congress will rise to the occasion and present meaningful solutions to this crisis," Gore said. "Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination.". Let’s see if Washington can meet the challenge.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Conservation Spring-thing Enviro Show


Greetings Earthlings. Barely recovered from being stabbed in the back by the organizers of The Walk for a Divisive Climate we none-the-less carry on! It's the eve of the Vernal Equinox and our favorite in-house witch, Tamara rejoins us to ponder once again the meaning of Spring. Also, Pam Cargill tells us about a new NESEA chapter forming in Holyoke to promote energy conservation and sustainability. (Now, doesn't REAL energy conservation make more sense than building new power plants, especially on the commons!) As you may know the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association or NESEA is the Northeast's leading organization of professionals and concerned citizens working in sustainable energy and what they call, whole systems thinking (hmmm, around here we’re lucky to have partial systems thinking). AND, if time allows, we’ll try to figure out how to remove the holy dagger driven deep into our collective back for the Ides of March. Et Tu Brute! Maybe we’ll take some calls on that! ALSO, a call-in from Tim Bulloc on the Walk for a New Spring about today’s action in Roxbury by the site of the Bio-terror lab But first, it’ time for...Revenge of the Critters! Angry moose downs chopper!

The spring peepers take us to Tamara on the Vernal Equinox. Then the darkness descends with the Darth Cheney theme. Yo, Glen! There’s the theme. Tell us how soon we’ll be rid of the neo-con plague. And speaking of the plague: Big Oil's White House Residents still tuned-out on the climate crisis. We don’t just bash Bush here on The Enviro Show, it's equal opportunity vilification: Big Auto whines and spins over fuel efficency. ALSO, Greening The Hill. How about putting those solar panels back on the White House?

"Thermostat" by They Might be Giants takes us to our interview with Pam. Checkout this list of conservation measures you can take at home or where you work. Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, March 21, Noon, State House; Culmination of the Walk for a New Spring. A 4-week walk to find ways to root and nourish the power of peace and equity, locally, nationally and globally. Call Tim (202)957-8324.

Thurs, Mar 22, 6:15 – 7:30pm, Tri State CAN meeting; Meeting Rm, upstairs, Greenfields Market, Main St, Greenfield, MA. 413-339-5871.

Saturday & Sunday, MARCH 24 – 25; WALK FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE
Citizens Awareness Network (CAN) and the Buddhist order of Nipponzan Myohoji will coordinate a walk through Vermont to support safe, sustainable energy and abolish nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
* March 24, Greenfield, MA - 9 am walk, GCC parking lot, through
Greenfield, 12:30 pm lunch at East Building Rm 111, 1:30 pm Raging
Grannies, 2-4 pm panel discussion.
* March 25, Brattleboro, VT - 9 am walk, Rt 5/10, Guilford Country
Store, Guilford, VT. 12 pm lunch at SIT, 1 pm walk to Entergy HQ,
then downtown Brattleboro. 5:30 pm potluck dinner at Quaker
Meeting House, Putney, VT, on Rt 5. 6:30 pm presentation and
discussion. Call 413-339-5781 or 978-790-3074.

Saturday, March 24, 3-4:30 pm - Rally for Climate Rescue, Copley Square, Boston; Call: 617-338-8131 (billed as the BIGGEST rally on the climate crisis in U.S. history....um...by the same folks who brought you The Walk for a Divisive Climate..hmm).

Wednesday April 4; 7 PM; Film: “TRINKETS AND BEADS “Arms Library ~ Bridge Street ~ Shelburne Falls. A moving story of how the Huaorani tribe living in the rainforest of Ecuador confronted international oil conglomerates who were desecrating their land with oil drilling. Guest: Cristobal Bonifaz, Conway lawyer who represented the Huaorani in their legal struggle.

That's all folks! Now wasn't that easy?

Friday, March 02, 2007

The Ides of March Enviro Show


Coming up on the infamous Ides of March we asked the musical question: Will Caesar meet his just deserves? How can Planet Earth hold-up under Caesar’s rule? Yes, it was Ways around the Empire here on the Enviro Show (non-violent, of course!). Doug Renick returned to these microphones to talk about the upcoming Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue starting right here in Northampton and going to Genetown. While we love having Doug on the show, unfortunately the group's decison makers (not Doug) have turned down our Enviro Show endorsement of their event due to our position on Cape Wind. I guess it's OK with them to use our show to publicize their event but not OK to have our name on their website....hmmmm. With that in mind, D.O. has renamed their event The Interfaith Walk for a Divisive Climate! Also, we aired a brief interview with the organizers of the Deep Green Resistance conference to be held on Woolman Hill in Deerfield the weekend of April 6. AND, our usual news & views, but first, it was time for....Revenge of the Critters! Psycho killer raccoons terrorize Olympia.



Melissa Ethiridge's Oscar winning song "I need to wake-up" from Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth", took us to our interview with Doug Renick. Had we known that the organizers of the Interfaith Walk for a Divisive Climate were so into the Ides of March that they stabbed US in the back, we would've invited the lot of them onto the show so they could explain their mean-spirited actions! So much for the Golden Rule, huh? We followed that with the Darth Cheney theme (very dark, no?). Glen told us how much longer we have to endure these people? (the neo-cons, that is). OK, more Bush-bashing fun facts: Citizens for Ethics sues the bastards! Soon the neo-cons will be extinct, right?



Let's move on to the good news: from the road to extinction to the Bronx River! The return of the beaver.



We aired a pre-recorded Deep Green Resistance interview. Then we visited another band of idealists in North Carolina who are taking it back to the land (hopefully with more smarts than the last time ‘round). The satirical tune, "America the Pitiful", by Ray Owens was supposed to take us to this from a recent issue of Green Living:Zero Waste, but we ran out of time. An Enviro Show bonus link: how’s your ecological footprint?



Then we moved on to our Bus Stop Billboard:

Thurs, Mar 8, 6:15 - 7:30 pm. Tri State CAN meeting; upstairs, Greenfields Market, Main St, Greenfield, MA; call 413-339-5781 for more info.

Friday, March 9, 2007 at 7:00-9:30 p.m. Music of This Sphere: A Concert for Climate Rescue. Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton. $15 suggested donation. No advance tickets. For more information, contact cmoran[at]smith.edu,
or rbtjonas[at]aol.com.

Sun, March 11, 7 p.m. Update on Environmental Legislation
Quaker Meeting House, 43 Center Street. Northampton, MA (Between the Police Station and Masonic Bldg.) The Environmental Task Force Of the Hampshire Interfaith Council Present: State Representatives: Ellen Story; Peter Kocot; John Scibak and State Senator Stan Rosenberg.

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. Virtual Visit to Mt. Toby; Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls. Slideshow presentation on the cultural history, special species and habitat changes that have taken place at Mount Toby. Explore the multiple methods of land conservation practiced at Mount Toby that currently protect this treasured place.. For more information, call (413) 863-3221 ext. 1. A $5 donation is appreciated.

Enough! Next time it's energy conservation. Another no brainer! Maybe if we put as much juice into energy conservation as we do in hyping NEW sources of "sustainable" energy or stabbing our allies in the back we'd be in a lot better shape around here, huh? Stay tuned!