Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bee with The Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Do you think bees are just nasty little critters out to ruin your picnic? (What? that sweet critter pictured here by our friends at the Beehive Design Collective?) Suppose we told you there would bee no fruit in your bowl or few veggies on your plate without them? Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield gives us the latest buzz on the dreaded Colony Collapse Disorder and other issues facing our winged companions. As always, we visit the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, The Quote of the Week, Meet the New Boss and the week's Fool-on-the-Hill, but first it's time for....
Revenge of the Critters! Golfers beware! There's a fox guarding the links!

In our Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find Smokey the Bear getting a clue about carbon sequestering trees. And on the subject of trees: the EPA needs to hear from You about its decision not to regulate biomass carbon emissions. Also this: the WWF's greenwashing timber scheme! Did someone say scheme? We checkout Bobby Kennedy's piece on the Cape Wind rip-off as well as the trailer for a new film, "Cape Spin". And this: Tim Dechristopher gets two years for punking Big Oil! Finally, wonder what you can do at home to help stem the climate crisis besides changing light bulbs and your lifestyle? How about painting your roof white?

Our Fool-on-the-Hill, Republican Rep. Sandy Adams (Repugnican-Fla.) wants to limit funding for Department of Energy websites that educate kids about efficiency. Way to go smarty-pants Sandy. Maybe we can put those kids to work in the coal mines while we're at it.

Then it's time to Meet the New Boss, who still hasn't got it right on mileage standards for all that 19th century technology jamming our roads and highways out there. We think he needs to hear from Enviro Show listeners like You 'cuz he won't listen to us at all! It seems like he isn't listening to other enviros either. Maybe he's kicking the environment can down the road? ARRGHHHH!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is attributed to both Mark Twain and Robert Heinlein. Take your pick.

"Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get."

We move into our interview with Dan Conlon with a clip from the film, "Queen of the Sun". Like the guy in the film says, without bees we'd all be eating oatmeal and a few nuts. Borrrrring! But hey, what's happening to the bees is no laughing matter. In China things are so bad that people have to hand pollinate fruit trees! And now we learn that even the bumblebees are dying off.

Finally, over at the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, August 3,7pm. Charlie King & Karen Brandow in concert with special guest Leon Rosselson. Unity Church, 6 Arch St., Greenfield. Call Charlie and Karen 413-625-8115 for advance tickets.

Thursday, August 4th, 3 pm, the Climate Reality Check coalition will hold the latest in our series of national conference calls to help strengthen community organizing on climate, entitled: The Labor Movement and Climate Change Organizing. If you have any questions please contact Rose Braz, Center for Biological Diversity:rbraz@biologicaldiveristy.org

Wednesday, August 10th,10:00AM to Noon. Sustainability workshops for families and kids. North Amherst Community Farm, home of Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant St. (across from Puffton Village) in North Amherst. In this workshop we will visit the Simple Gifts sheep and learn about their wool. Other workshops scheduled. Registration required. Email Michelle Parrish at programs@nacfonline.org or call 413-624-6223.

Wednesday, August 10, 11am. Demo asking Kerry and Brown to Support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011! Boston City Hall Plaza. Free superhero capes for all kids who attend (please RSVP to guarantee a cape for your kid(s) at cluppi@cleanwater.org)** Kids can participate in the fun and ask their Senators to be a hero by supporting The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. For more information, please contact: Cindy Luppi by email or phone: cluppi@cleanwater.org or call: 617/338-8131 x208.

Monday-Friday, August 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. LATE SUMMER NATURE DISCOVERY DAYS (AGES 6-8). Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst. Pre-registration required; please call 256-6006.

August 20th – September 3rd. Protest tar sands mining and the proposed Keystone pipeline! With people power and time-tested tactics of civil disobedience - join thousands of people from across the continent in a wave of sustained sit-ins at the White House. Together we’ll amplify our voices and escalate the movement and stop the Keystone XL pipeline to the Canadian tar sands. Go to: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/ or Contact tarsandsaction@gmail.com

Saturday, August 27,1-4pm. Western Mass Green Consortium’s annual BBQ & Clambake: “Celebrate Sustainable Living” . Come have learn about projects, have fun, eat great food, dance to live music!! If you plan on attending, please register at www.westernmassgreenconsor​tium.org

Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00pm - September 15 at 9:00pm. 24 Hours of Reality is a worldwide event that will share the reality of the climate crisis. From Tonga to Cape Verde, Mexico City to Alaska, Jakarta to London, people living with the impacts of climate change every day will tell their story. The event features a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, in every time zone around the globe. Go to: http://climaterealityproje​ct.org/the-event/

Saturday, September 17 at 6:00am. Occupy Wall Street! On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices. It's time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY!
Go to: http://www.adbusters.org/b​logs/adbusters-blog/occupy​wallstreet.html

That is all and remember.....listen to your Mother!

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