Greetings Earthlings. Happy Air Quality Awareness Week! How's that "Drill, Baby Drill!" working out for 'ya? We'll be looking into some of the slippery characters and their corporado friends responsible for the slippery critters in the unmitigated disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; that during The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Research professor at the Department of Natural Resources Conservation, UMass Amherst, and leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Stephen DeStefano joins us to talk about those critters slipping through your yard. His recent book, "Coyote at the Kitchen Door" is making the rounds here in the studio. As usual, we'll delve into some of the local news in our E-Valley-uation segment and do The Enviro Show Quote of the Week, but first it's time for....
Revenge of the Critters! Sea Turtles aren't simply victims of us four-leggeds 'ya know. Tables turned on the little surfer girl!
In the Enviro Show Quote of the Week we turn to Rachel Carson once again:
"It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life".
"Beds are Burning" by Midnight Oil takes us to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber where we go straight to Hell via the Gulf of Mexico. Opps! Sorry, wrong Hell. We meant to go HERE. The BP oil well blow-out disaster took the lives of 11 workers, but how many other beings will die? Will the Gulf Deadzone be ....um..deader? What about the effect of all those dispersants? And this: how about MORE OFFSHORE OIL WELLS! No? Then tell Obama to forget oil drilling off our coastlines! And while you're at it go HERE and pledge to boycott BP! Finally, did MMS rubber stamp BP's oil well operation? Would that be the same MMS that rubber stamped the Cape Wind corporate giveaway??
In our E-Valley-uation segment we focus on The Quabbin Walk scheduled for Monday, May 17 to Sunday, May 23. Will you be joining us on the Walk? Up a tree?
Then it's on to our interview with Stephen DeStefano followed by a trip to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Friday, May 14 Day of Action in response to the Gulf Coast oil crisis. The price of burning fossil fuels is too high. From extraction to combustion, the oil industry poisons our communities, destroys ecosystems, and destabilizes the climate. Now is the time to stop offshore drilling dead in its tracks. Take action at: BP gas stations and offices, Federal Buildings or Offices of members of Congress. Go to: http://www.actagainstoil.com/
Saturday. May 15 & Sunday, May 16. Training for Transition. The First Congregational Church and the Montague Grange in Montague Center. At the Training for Transition course, you will Explore how the Transition process increases community resilience in energy and other aspects of self-reliance. Call: 413-781-6045 x311
Monday, May 17 to Sunday, May 23. Beginning in North Orange going eastward toward Petersham and ending in New Salem, the Walk hopes to raise awareness that future survival of life on Earth for all species is being threatened by deforestation all over the planet. Call (413) 522-7505
Thursday, May 20, 5pm to 7pm. Compost and Rain barrel Distribution at the DPW, 125 Locust St., Northampton. Contact GREEN Northampton, info@GREENNorthampton.org or Karen at the DPW, 413-587-1570 x314
Friday, May 21st at 7 pm. Financial Crisis, Peak Oil & You, Or How To Build A Lifeboat. Nicole M. Foss, Energy Consultant and Financial Blogger, to Speak at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St, Northampton. Suggested donation. Call: (413) 268-0068
Friday, May 21, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Understanding Net Energy. How its availability shaped our world, and what its decline means for the future. Wendell Town Hall. Call Jonathan von Ranson at (978) 544-3758
Sunday, May 23, 6pm Potluck, 7pm Concert with Tom Neilson to benefit the 2010 Greenfield Ballot Committee. 322 Adams Road, Greenfield. Call: 773-8974 eves/ 774-5541 days.
Friday, May 28 (TBA) Thom Hartman comes to the Valley! First Churches, Northampton. Go to: www.whmp.com
June 29 – July 6. North Woods Round River Rendezvous! The Earth First! Round River Rendezvous is a week long gathering for anyone interested in or involved in the Earth First! movement. Annually, this week-long gathering is held in a bioregion that is threatened with ecological devastation. And this year, the Maine North Woods is hosting the gathering. Email: maine(a)earth-first.net or call 207-469-2552.
What a week for Mother Earth(groan). Next time it's Forest Forensics with Tom Wessels. Tune in and remember: listen to YOUR Mother!