Friday, January 15, 2010

The Attack of the Frankentrees Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings! So, you thought trees were all good huh? We'll checkout the ones that come out of corporado labs with Anne Peterman, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and Coordinator of the Stop GE Tree Campaign. Did we mention their goal of prohibiting the ecologically and socially devastating release of genetically engineered trees into the environment? No? That's ours too! As usual we'll be checking out the latest news in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and our E-Valley-uation segment as well as the Quote of the Week, but first it's time for... Revenge of the Critters! When trees attack! Trees are vicious, if you give them enough time. Check out this collection of photos of trees swallowing up everything in their path.

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from John Muir: "A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself."

"If I don't take care of the land" by Sarah Barchas takes us to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber where we checkout a piece in Salon on the deforestation of Haiti. Wonder who had a hand in that! O, and speaking of deforestation: how about King Coal blowing the tops off mountains down south and dumping them into rivers and streams! Guess what, scientists don't think that's such a good idea. Umm...go science? Duh! Apparently, the folks at Wendy's think it's a good idea. They're putting signs in their windows promoting.....are you ready?..."Coal for Kids!" Sign a petition to Boycott Mt. Removal Supporters HERE. And this: Senator Murkowski (R - Alaska) is trying to roll back the Clean Air Act! Finally, from Climate IMC a report-back on that Carbon Traders Ball.

In our E-valley-uation segment we have an Enviro Show Blog Bonus! Checkout the pedal plow the folks from Mass. Bike sent along. No carbon footprint to speak of AND great workout on those calves!

Following our conversation with Anne Peterman we'll stroll over to the Bus Stop Billboard and read about some events:

Saturday, January 23, 1 to 2pm. All About Beavers. Great Falls Discovery Center. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Call 413-863-3221

Sunday, January 24, 2 to 4 p.m. ENERGY EFFICIENT HOUSE EXPLORATION AND AFTERNOON TEA. Built in 2007, the house incorporates a number of energy-efficient technologies including geothermal heat pump, photovoltaic panels, good insulation, and passive solar heating. Pre-registration is required; please call The Hitchcock Center for the Environment at (413) 256-6006.

Friday Feb 5 - Sunday, Feb 7, A Feast of Lights is a festival of community, hope, Earth spirituality, and the arts taking place at the ancient Celtic midwinter festival of Imbolg. It brings together a wide range of teachers, performers and artists who join with all of the gathering's participants to create a celebratory, stimulating and fun weekend to kindle the fire within during the dark of winter. The Stag King's Masque, a masquerade dance and ritual performance on Saturday night, February 6th, is a journey into another realm. Come in costume. Call 413-238-4240.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. MA State Department of Conservation and Recreation public forum on recommendations on the best way to manage forest lands within the state parks system. Whoa! Do we have input!! Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. Call 617-626-1453

Saturday March 6, 9 pm, Burrito Rojo in Turners. Tom Neilson's new CD release gig.

Saturday, March 13 at 9am. Mountain Justice Spring Break 2010. "Stand in solidarity with communities impacted by dirty coal!"Southwest Virginia. Email: mdriggs[at]gmail[dot]com or call (508)361-0136

So much for the likes of us this week. Next time it's our Groundhog day special. Stay tuned and remember to listen to your Mother.

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