Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Dept. of Consternation & Reprobation Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Do you trust the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) to care for your forests? What do you think of clear-cuts in the Quabbin? Licensed forester, Dave Gafney calls in to bring us up to date on the state of forestry in the Commonwealth. We'll have a look at their present DCR "Vision" thing while we're at it. Like on near every show, we'll give you some of the latest news in our Echo Chamber, have a look at local enviro situations in our E-Valley-uation segment, give you The Enviro Show Quote of the Week and checkout the Bus Stop Billboard, but first it's time for....Revenge of the Critters! Fox.......Run!

In The Enviro Show Echo chamber we visit the ever entertaining state of Texas and their resistance to.....clean air! And speaking of clean air, wouldn't it be excellent to have municipal utilities that are more accountable to the community for air quality? Sign the petition here. Did you hear about our new ally in the struggle against the climate crisis? It's Osama!.......or maybe the Ghost of Osama, depending on who you want to believe on that account.

In our E-Valley-uation segment we re-run last week's Forest thing in Amherst and chat about clearcuts at the Quabbin and on our public lands (where do we get these people??). Also, the Greenfield Distort....err...Recorder steps away from the world of journalism with their frontpage piece on spewing sewage into our atmosphere. And, our own Harvey Wasserman takes a dim view of that tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee nuke.

In our infamous "Meet the New Boss" segment it's time to address the Obama Administrations embrace of GMOs. In December, the USDA released its review of Monsanto's GE alfalfa seed and determined that Monsanto's alfalfa met the Obama Administration's standards, despite the risk of organic contamination. This conclusion came despite the acknowledgment by USDA researchers that GE alfalfa is virtually certain to "contaminate" normal seeds. You guess it: Franken Hay!

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week is a re-run from FDR and appropriate to our theme:

"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."

"The Tree" sung by Marie Mason from her "Not fror Profit" disc takes us to our interview with Dave, then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, February 17, 12 PM - 1 PM. Brown Bag Lunch, not Tea Bags! Join us as we keep vigil in front of Rep. Richard Neal's office to stop the escalation and funding for war. 300 State Street, Springfield, MA. If you have questions about this vigil, please contact Tim Carpenter at

Saturday February 20, 2pm. Students of the so-called Leadership Campaign are coming from all over the state to hold a Sleep-out this weekend on the Amherst Common (see: the idea being to avoid sleeping in houses heated with non-renewable least for a few days we guess (hey, why not wait 'til summer??....kidding!). Contact Kaia Zimmerman,, who is a local high school student and one of the organizers.

Monday, February 22 at 7:00pm. Climate 350 Campaign invites you to an organizing meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield. Contact:

Thursday, February 25, 7 to 9 p.m. Spotted Salamanders & the Tunnels. As many of us know, the first amphibian tunnels in North America were installed on Henry Street in Amherst in 1987. The history of the tunnels is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of international conservation and the interface with local species preservation efforts. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

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

Thursday, March 11. All Day it's Bottled Water Free Day! Checkout

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

March 15 there will be a drawing for five FREE trees for Greenfield residents! To apply call Janine at the DWP at 772-1528 x 106 or just stop by the Greenfield Town Hall. The FREE trees are made possible by the Memorial Tree Fund.

That is all. Tune in next time for our visit with Derrick Jensen. Until then remember: listen to your Mother!

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