Greetings Earthlngs. It's that time of year again: Summer Solstice, time for the fire festival. Happy Midsummer Eve! O, guess what? IT'S RAINING OIL IN LOUISIANA! Our in-house pagans, Laura & Penny return to (ahem!) enlighten us all. Also, roving reporter (and Bardic Insurgent) Tom Neilson calls in from the U.S. Social Forum. And, a call from Mike Howells, an activist from New Orleans with his finger on the pulse of what's going on with grassroots response to BP's crimes against the planet. As always, we'll scope out the news in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, as well as locally in our E-Valley-uation segment where we introduce (fanfare please) our very first Annual Enviro Show Big Green Clear Cutters Award!, but first, it's time for......Revenge of the Critters! Gardeners beware! It's the Attack of the Killer Mutant Leek Moths!
OK Enviro Show fans, let's get right to it: here in our E-Vally-uation segment we present the Annual Enviro Show Big Green Clear Cutters Award! This award goes to out to someone who professes to be "green", but who actually is a sort of mottled crud gray with brown streaks. OK? Are you ready? The envelope please............this years Annual Enviro Show Big Green Clear Cutters Award goes to the Massachusetts Sierra Club's Elisa Campbell!! Elisa is receiving the award for her recent vote at the Quabbin Watershed Advisory Committee to continue clearcutting in the Quabbin watershed. What's that you say? The same Elisa Campbell of Mass. Sierra who is a proponent of nukes and developments? You are correct! Now for the VERY good news on our local Biomess: Manomet Study confirms activists warning: Biomass incineration worse than coal! (OK, so the Post story says zip about about activists but......WE TOLD YOU SO!)
"Oil and water don't mix" by Recycleman & the Dumpster Divers takes us to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber where Robert Reich reminds us that BP is not a person (you know, like D.O. is?....sort of?). And this:....Big Oil eats its young: BP thrown under the bus. However, Big Oil's friend Rep. Joe Barton fell all over himself to....are you ready? apologize to BP! No apologies from Diane Wilson though; she got in BP honcho, Tony Hayward's face at those hearings in DC. Hey! Speaking of apologies, what's all this self-flagellation about us oil-consuming commoners being part of the problem? It's not like we're given many choices on transportation and alternative fuel by the corporados, right? Stop beating yourself up! Also, remember the International Whaling Commission is meeting to discuss the resumption of whaling? (can you believe these people??). Why not be one one in a million and say NO WAY! Finally, speaking of driving critters to extinction, how about defending the lions!
[Our interview with Mike Howells covered a lot of ground as to grassroots action in Louisiana. If YOU want to get involved down there contact them here: firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE: 504-644-7214]
In our Meet the New Boss segment the group, Seize BP responds to Obama's speech from the Oval Office on the BP/Haliburton crime against the planet. Also, checkout our own Rachel Maddow's fake president speech to the nation!
Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
June 22-26. U.S. SOCIAL FORUM , Detroit. The US Social Forum is a very special kind of gathering. It isn't a conference with an agenda and a program of events; it's a convergence of movements, communities, and cultures whose participants produce their own agenda and programs. It is a MOVEMENT BUILDING process. It is a space to come up with peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. Info: http://www.ussf2010.org.
Wednesday, June 23, 12:30-2pm. GREENWORK: THE WESTERN MASS GREEN ECONOMY WORKING GROUP. Brown Bag Lunch at Noon, Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Hall, 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield (732-7970).
Saturday, June 26, all day. Draw a Line in the Sand. Go to: www.350.org/hands
Monday, June 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. DEP public hearing on the scope of the C&D study for the proposed Biomass incinerators. John F. Kennedy Middle School (Cafeteria) , 1385 Berkshire Avenue , Indian Orchard. C&D incineration will remain under consideration as an energy source despite the outcome of the ballot initiative because it can be a very profitable industrywithout tax credits due to tipping fees. The Manomet study only addresses virgin wood.Call (617)292-5500 for more info.
Tuesday, June 29, 6:00pm -8:00pm. Massachusetts Gubernatorial Forum on Energy and the Environment. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. to noon. HERBWALK: WILD PLANTS AND THEIR ROLES AS MEDICINES AND FOODS. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006. Hitchock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst.
That is all. Another incredible week on Planet Earth. Soooo, remember when you're out there: listen to your Mother!