Friday, January 01, 2010

The Living Simply Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. How about a New Years resolution (or should that be revolution?) to live simply so others can simply live? Jonathan & Susan von Ranson call-in to talk about their efforts in Wendell. As usual we wander into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber for some recent news. Also we return to the Quote of the Week and our E-Valley-uation segment, but first it's time for.... Revenge of the Critters! alien carp turn the tables on fisherfolk & G-men!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber this op-ed in the New York Times reminds us that "To Save the Planet, [we must] Save the Seas!" (but watch that REDD hype!). Climate Indymedia tells us there's an Action in New York City against carbon trading corporados on January 12 & 13!

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes short & sweet from south of the border:

"If the climate were a bank, the US would have saved it." - Hugo Chavez

"Let's Go Swimming" by emma's Revolution takes us to our E-Vally-uation segment where we direct you to Bob Leverett's powerpoint presentation: The Special Public Forests of Massachusetts. This will be required reading for all Enviro Show listeners. Yes, there WILL be a quiz.

Then it's on to our interview with Jonathan & Susan who have actually had a bit of a struggle trying to live simply. Gosh, you'd think it would be simple! One of the issues we'll be discussing is energy use per person on a global scale.

Posted on the Bus Stop Billboard you'll find:

Thursday, January 7, 7:30pm. emma's revolution will appear at the Echo Lake Concert Series, in the Leverett Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett. More info: 413-548-9394 and go to

Friday, January 8, 7:00pm. Fighting the Massachusetts Chainsaw Massacre! Speakers Chris Matera and Dave Gafney of Massachusetts Forest Watch Presentation with photos. Media Education Center 60 Masonic St, Northampton. Learn about the clear cutting of State public forests, watersheds and parks, and the latest developments surrounding proposed wood burning Biomass plants in Western Massachusetts.

Today through January 13. “Step It Up to Shut it Down” A Winter’s Walk From Brattleboro to Montpelier to tell the Vermont Legislature to “Retire Vermont Yankee!” and Replace it with Safe, Renewable Power Sources. Sponsored by the Safe & Green Campaign. Call: (802) 254-9098 or email: More information is available at

January 12-13th the Second Annual Carbon Trade Summit will be convened in New York City, bringing together representatives of some of the most polluting industries, industry associations, carbon financiers, banks, government officials and corporate "big greens." Participants will include executives from JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Duke Energy, and many more. To join this effort and take a stand for climate justice, for real solutions, and for the future of our planet, please contact:

Friday, January 15, 7:30PM. Charlie King, Karen Brandow and Kim and Reggie Harris will rock Greenfield's St. James Church (8 Church Street) to celebrate and benefit the work of organizations such as National Priorities Project, Traprock Peace Center, AFSC, Arise for Social Justice and Jobs with Justice. Concert information: NPP, 413.584.9556, and

Fridays, January 8-February 12. NATURE DISCOVERY PRESCHOOL: WINTER WONDERS (Ages 3-5). Each day will include a combination of hands-on activities, songs, stories, games, movement and crafts. This program is designed for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. The group will go outside for a short exploration each day unless temperatures are extreme. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006. Partial scholarships may be available. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst.

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

That's it for the first show in 2010. We guess we should start the New Year out correctly by reminding you to listen to your Mother! Next time it's the Attack of the Frankentrees (and this time we REALLY mean it!)

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