Greetings Earthlings. The saga continues: the catastrophic BP oil well blowout is transforming the Gulf of Mexico into some kind of futuristic end-of-times disaster film. Guess what? It's not a movie (though there's plenty enough footage on YouTube to make you sad/crazy/mad!) Take your pick: Toxic Oil Spill Rains on Crops?; It's raining oil?; Surf on Pensacola Beach boiling like acid? BP disaster unstoppable?; or, our favorite: the End of the World! While you are at it, checkout our Enviro Show Banish BP! page and kick BP out of the Valley. Diane Wilson, fisher, activist, hell-raiser calls in to mull over these and more (unless, of course, she's in jail for one of her many actions, in which case, Scott Eustis rejoins us from New Orleans). Also, Katie McGonagle of the local Climate Summer bike ride calls in with an update. As always, we wander into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and maybe our Meet the New Boss segment, as well as checkout the Enviro Show Quote of the week, but first it's time for....
Revenge of the Critters! Direct action in West Palm Beach by a "crazy bird"! Given what's going on down there, maybe it's not so crazy!
In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, speaking of direct action, if YOU want to go down to New Orleans and help out, call The Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster at (504)644-7214 or email them at email@example.com. Also, several protests are in the works. Most notably: Spill onto the Washington Mall, Labor Day weekend, September 4 to 6 and Rally @ BP Headquarters! 4101 Winfield Road, Warrenville, IL on Monday, July 19, 10am to 3pm. Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus concerns oil too (surprise!). Checkout The Video BP & Big Oil Don't Want You to See. In keeping with our theme here, should Big Oil pay their income tax? 61 Senators vote No. Finally, about erecting those giant windmills next to the Great Atlantic Flyway?
A short but sweet YouTube clip for you in our E-Valley-uation segment here.
The Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from Albert Einstein: "A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty."
Following our interview with either Diane or Scott, we venture over to the Bus Stop billboard to see what's happening in the area:
Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m. Vermont Public Service Board Hearing RESCHEDULED. Brattleboro Union High School, Fairgrounds Rd, Brattleboro, VT. Call 413 339-5781
Friday, July 16, 7pm. “Dirt! The Movie” takes a humorous and substantial look at the history and current state of the living organic matter we come from and will later return to. Northampton Committee to Stop the War film series at the Media Education Foundation’s Frances Crowe Community Room, 60 Masonic Street, behind Woodstar Café, in downtown Northampton. Call 413-584-3158
Friday July 16 - 18. Solarfest. The Northeast's premier renewable energy and arts festival—a three-day, family-friendly festival that combines world-class entertainment with not-to-be-missed workshops in renewable energy, sustainability and community engagement. http://www.solarfest.org/
Monday, July 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm. Rally at BP Headquarters! 4101 Winfield Road, Warrenville, IL. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday July 25 - August 8. Earth Activist Training. To teach visionary and practical solutions and personal sustainability to social change activists, and to teach practical skills, organizing and activism to visionaries EarthActivistTraining(at)gmail.com
Enough! We go out with "When we ruled the world", by Mel Plant. Maybe next time we'll have some good news to report? For now, remember to listen to your Mother (don't you wish everyone did?).