Friday, May 20, 2011

The Little Green Schoolhouse Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. With the Five College Area headed for summer break and young kids thinking about anything but school, we have a look at green education (what? contrary?). Abbie Jenks, founder of the Peace, Justice and Environmental Studies program at Greenfield Community College calls in. Also joining us in the studio, Marcy Gregoire, founder and proud member of Under the Tree Music Company where they practice "kidTunage to Love Up the Earth Mamacita" (sounds like we're on the same page, yes?). As usual, we see who this week's Fool-on-the-Hill might be, checkout our E-Valley-uation segment, as well as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it's time for......Revenge of the Critters! Since owls seem to be associated with wisdom, and since we're talking education here, did these guys score some smarts? Maybe not target #1, Byron Unger, "an award-winning world class racer [who] owns a wide variety of racing boats and automobiles". Maybe this wise owl was teaching Byron a lesson about carbon footprints?

It's E-Vally-uation time: Does Springfield really need fewer trees? We don't think so! And while we're in Springfield we report back on last week's Rally and City Council Meeting on the Springfield biomass incinerator that threatens Western Mass air, forests and communities! [This just in: City Council votes to revoke biomess permit!]. Meanwhile, up the river by Turners Falls we get an update from Karl Meyer on fixing the ocean connection on the Connecticut River. Karl is asking Enviro Show fans to notify their MA state reps and State Senator Stan Rosenberg about the need to "Build the long-overdue fish lift at the dam and return regulated spring flows to the crippled dead reach of the river below the dam". Save the shad! And a follow-up on Mass. Sierra Club's Elisa Campbell and her winning The Enviro Show Big Green Clearcutters Award. We can't get pro-clearcutting Campbell to pick-up the award no matter how hard we try, even offering it to her on the Mass. Sierra Facebook page (said offer vanished soon after posting....what's that about?).

We get in the Wayback Machine for our Enviro Quote of the Week which comes from Chief Luther Standing Bear of the Lakota Sioux:

"I am going to venture that the man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures, and acknowledging unity with the universe of things, was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization."

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we can only wish we were echoing the corporate media about the ongoing multiple radioactive meltdowns at Fukushima but hey, that story is so last month! Not here though, we spotlight nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen who says that the containment vessels for reactors 1, 2 and 3 are all leaking. This is not good news, but here is something to cheer you up: direct action against the biomess in the UK (we celebrate where we can!). Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus is this Greenpeace action link. Stop whaling! Also: everyone loses on the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. And finally (and we really mean finally): Mickey & Minnie busted for tree-hugging!

This week's Fool-on-the-hill? Utah Rep. Rob Bishop who wants you to believe, "There are no special subsidies or tax breaks for oil companies, period." We used to call that lying, these days it's called.....messaging? How about a gaggle of fools: Senate wimps out on oil subsidies bill.

"Earth" by The Green Rockers takes us to our interviews. Then we're on to the Bus Stop Billboard (look at all these post-End of the World events!):

Wednesday May 25, 12:30pm (brown bag lunch at noon). Green Works meeting. Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield. Call: (413) 827-0301, Email:

Wednesday, May 25, 2-4 pm. Deadly Deal: From Nuclear Waste to Depleted Uranium Weapons –What Have We Learned? A discussion will feature the 30-minute documentary film,
“Uranio 238”. Bangs Center - Room 101, Boltwood Walk, Amherst. Call: (413)522-7505

Friday, May 27, 10:30 to 11:30am. Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour explores Fish (especially for children ages 3-6). After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity. Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls. Call: (413)863-3221

Friday, May 27, 7pm. Screening of A Killer Bargain The work that globalization offers often comes with pollution and life-threatening working conditions. Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton. Enter via Woodstar Cafe, at the front of the building. The venue is accessible. The screenings are free unless otherwise noted. Discussion follows.

Tuesday, May 31, 5:30pm. Citizens Action Network organizing meeting. Solar Store of Greenfield, 2 Fiske Ave, Greenfield. Come and get the latest info on ENVY, Entergy's lawsuit, Fukushima catastrophe. Come with ideas for possible actions. Come and help determine the next steps for CAN

Wed.-Fri. June 1-3, All day. Slow Living Summit, an intensive two-and-a-half day exploration to find ways to build healthy, thriving local economies while encouraging, mentoring and supporting a new generation of activists, entrepreneurs and engaged citizens. Featuring Bill McKibben. WARNING: Pricey! Go to:

Saturday, June 4, 10am to 2pm. Fort River Celebration Day in Amherst. Please visit for more information and further program and event listings.

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 4-5:30, potluck at 5:30. 7:00pm, meeting. Green-Rainbow Party - Pioneer Valley Chapter. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst. Call: 413-320-3747.

On June 6, environmental groups, labor unions and other activists and organizations will unite for the March on Blair Mountain, a five-day trek merged with workshops, cultural festivities and music. On the sixth day, a large rally will be held in Blair, followed by a march to the crest of Blair Mountain. MA contact: or call (304)854-0390

Thursday, June 9, 8pm? War criminal Karl Rove will be Keynote speaker for the 2011 Annual Landmen (Big Oil businessmen) Meeting at the The Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza At Arlington Street, Boston). Rove is scheduled to speak at 9 AM. Bring handcuffs! Email:

Saturday, June 11, 9am to Noon. Geo Plus River Walk. Steve Winters, now working as Holyoke Community College’s first full-time Earth Science instructor, will again make the geologic rounds in Turners. Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls. Call: (413)863-3221

Satruday June 11. 10am to 4pm. Riverfest, celebrating the Deerfield RIver, Shelburne Falls. Call (413) 625-2526

Saturday, June 11, 3:00 p.m.: 250th Shutesbury Anniversary Parade, hopefully featuring our friends the trees. Parade from elementary school to town common along Leverett Road., after the parade: Festivities at Shutesbury Athletic Club! 5:30 p.m. barbecue; 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., performance by Briefcase Full of Blues. See:

Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24. Clamshell Alliance reunion & resurgence:For rooms, tenting and dining, the World Fellowship can accommodate up to 150 overnight, so reserve soon ( if you plan to stay over. This is a link to organizing materials on the Clamshell Alliance website: For information, connection and conversation, join, visit the website and Facebook at

Lots to do, yes? We go out with "Teach your children well" by Crosby, Stills & Nash (not sure if Neil Young is in there). In any case, remember to listen to your Mother, ok?

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