Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Coming Biomess Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Eric takes over on the board for this one 'cuz Glen went and scheduled some kind of meeting (what was he thinking??) We return to the issue of public lands in the Commonwealth being sacrificed for a slew of proposed biomass energy plants (some, like Glen for instance, would say INCINERATORS!), all in the name of .....what? the climate crisis? sustainability? pick a buzz-word, any buzz-word! Chris Matera of Mass Forest Watch returns to these microphones with that story. And this JUST IN: we may be laying the Swine Flu Outbreak at the feet of Big Meat! We'll also checkout some national enviro news in the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, hear the Quote of the Week and some tunes, but first it's time for..... Revenge of the Critters! Talk about a biomess: Ruffed grouse calls for destruction of Massachusetts forests!

The sounds of Spring Peepers brings us to our Enviro Show Quote of the Week. This one from FDR:

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber it's a two-fer from the New York Times: EPA clears way for Greenhouse gas rules. And in an accompanying piece: Company hopes to store CO2 beneath ocean. Finally, an Enviro Show Blog Bonus Action Link on protecting our National Forests: Tell AG Holder - Stop defending Bush's policies on the Roadless Rule! More good news from the Obama machine: Bush-era endangered species rule revoked!

In our E-Valley-uation segment "Ancient Pines",by Loreena McKennitt takes us to our interview with Chris Matera of Mass Forest Watch

Then we catch the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, April 29, 10 - 2 pm. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, VT. 10am - Join the Mock Nuclear Evacuation March from City Hall to the State house. 10:30am - It's Y(our) Choice : Mock Evacuation and Renewable Energy Fair on the State house lawn. 12 pm - Opportunities to Lobby legislators. Join us in a day of action to show WE CAN REPLACE VERMONT YANKEE! Rain or Shine! For more info - 802-377-7403 (There is a bus going up from Brattleboro)

Wednesday, April 29, 7pm. "Are There Ways To Get Around Without Polluting The Planet?". Screening at ACTV, 246 College Street (Rt. 9) in Amherst. For more information, call 413-256-6005

Wed. April 29, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Screening of "Future Car" Alan Alda visits the research labs of the Big Three auto makers to find out what people will be driving in the future. Also includes a short: Enjoy the Ride. A local story about the rise of the bicycle as transportation and recreation in the PioneerValley. Greening Greenfield Film/Discussion Series at the Greenfield Public Library.

Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2, Sustainable Energy Summit, UMass. Friday kick-off 7-9pm. Music by The Raging Grannies * Verne McArthur * Jose Ayerve * Tom Neilson & Kat Allen * Red Valley Fog * Jay Mankita. Speech by long-time community and labor organizer Stewart Acuff. Info at:

Saturday May 2 12 to 6pm. Free Ridebuzz Music Festival at Kendrick Park, Amherst. Call 253-0681

Monday, May 4, 5 - 8 pm. Greening Greenfield 10% Challenge Fundraiser at Hope & Olive, in Greenfield. Contact Nancy Hazard, WorldSustain & Co-chair, Greening Greenfield 413-774-5667

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Rail Trails: Bringing community consensus. Dick Williamson will be the upcoming speaker at the Southampton Greenway monthly presentation. Edwards Public Library Meeting Room, 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.

Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, 11 am. The Fourth Annual Peaceable Planet Mother's Day Puppet Parade! Meet at the Bridge Street School, in Northampton, at the bottom of town on Rte 9, as you round the corner to get to the bridge towards Amherst. The School will be on your left. Bring puppets, banners & kids! Call 413-268-3588

That about does it. We go out on the 88's with "Church of Trees" by Liz Story. Next time it's Greening Greenfield (wait! isn't it green already??) And in case it's slipped your mind, remember to.......listen to your MOTHER!

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