Greetings Earthling. Time once again to check the spin cycle on the old greenwashing machine. Jeff Conant, Communications Director for our friends at the Global Justice Ecology Project joins us to look into Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation or REDD. While being hyped as oh so green such programs will have serious negative impacts and will not mitigate climate change. Also on the show: the Fool-on-the-Hill, our E-Valley-uation segment, The Enviro Show Quote of the Week, and a trip to the Echo chamber, but first it's time for......Revenge of the Critters! Fox mugs large human for groceries!
House Budget Committee chairman Repugnican Paul Ryan once again wins the prize: the biggest Fool-on-the-Hill. Ryan rode his stupid Trojan Horse up the Hill to a sort of pyrrhic victory with the expected passage of his draconian budget in the Repugnican dominated House. Obama called it "a prescription for decline". We call it a steaming pile of toxic waste (and that's just for when we're on the air in mixed company).
This time our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is actually a Guess the Quote. Who said:
"First, I worry about climate change. It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it, and make a lot of the other efforts that we're making irrelevant and impossible".
We have a special prize for anyone who guesses correctly.
"Judi Bari"by Dave Rovics takes us to the Echo Chamber where we find the ghost of Judi Bari back in the news. Also this interesting piece in HuffPo. So, protect the atmosphere, right? How about protecting it from this Total disaster? A six mile long plume of gas, maybe going on for months in the North sea? Did someone say BP-like blowout 2.0? In our Dept. of Useless Humans we have the meth-head who burned down a 3,500-year old tree while taking pictures of it with her cellphone. And this: cowboys & corporados are fixin' to close the door forever on Navajo and Hopi food and water sovereignty, security and self-reliance. You can do something about it here. And speaking of doing something, how about pledging to protect Bluefin Tuna here?
Good news in the E-Valley-uation segment: Occupy Holyoke Community College General Assembly passed a proposal to endorse the movement to Shut Down Vermont Yankee - As Scheduled In 2012 ! More and more Occupiers are becoming aware of the radioactive threat the corporados at Entergy are laying on us. Also this: recent letters in the Valley Advocate in favor of continued clearcutting in the Quabbin watershed have generated some push back. With that in mind, we announce this year's winner of the Enviro Show Big Green Clearcutter's Award !
After our visit with Jeff we take a peek at the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 to 8:30pm. Panel on Oil. Michael Klare & Michael Lynch debate "Can the U.S. rely on oil as a source of energy in the future? Smith College Campus Center, Carroll Room. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 14, Noon. Rally to Support Vermont Shut Down Vermont Yankee. Brattleboro, VT Town Common. Keynote speaker: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders with Special Musical Guests, including the 12-piece Afro-beat ensemble, Fenibo. Please join us for a rally to support the democratic will of the people and elected officials of Vermont to shut down the dangerous Vermont Yankee nuke rather than permit it to operate beyond its original 40-year license. Go to: http://sagealliance.net
Sunday, April 15, 9:30am 99% Spring Training - Pioneeer Valley Central Labor Council., 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield. Call: (413) 732-7970
Friday, April 20, 21, 27, 28, at 8 PM, and April 22, 29, at 2 PM, in Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Based on real events, Radium Girls tells the story of young American women who went to work painting watch dials for the U.S. Radium Corporation in 1917. Decent and good paying jobs for women were hard to come by. U.S. Radium paid top dollar and thousands of women went to work painting watch dials with a glow-in-the dark radium-based paint. Numerous women became sick with a crippling illness and died. The corporation blamed the victims and practiced a cover-up. But the “Radium Girls”, in the face of death, refused to go quietly. Called “a genuine theatrical gift” by the Chicago Stage Review, Radium Girls is a compelling drama. Tickets are available at the door, can be purchased at the World Eye Bookshop, Greenfield, and the Jones Library, Amherst. Contact: Robert Freedman, 413-586-6095, http://www.arenacivictheatre.org/.
Saturday April 21, 10:00 AM - 4:00pm. The 3rd Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival on the Amherst Town Common. Bring unwanted clean & dry clothing, rags & household textiles to benefit the Amherst Survival Center & Fisher Home Hospice Shop. Tree identification activities and games led by Jim Terruso, Mt Tom Park Ranger. Participate in the Eco-Hero Hunt and win great prizes! Learn about home energy savings, renewable energy options, tree care, waste footprint reduction, sustainable energy, tree planting demonstration. Support local businesses, local artisans, environmental organizations, and the environment.
Saturday, April 21, 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Would you support a food co-op in downtown Amherst? Meeting at Food for Thought Bookstore, 106 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. We invite you to attend a community interest meeting about the Amherst Community Market, a food cooperative for our town. A cooperative business is one that is owned and operated by and for the community it serves.
Sunday, April 22, 1:00pm - 6:00pm. Earth Day Festival 2012. Library Lawn, UMass Amherst Campus. Join over 35 student organizations at the sustainability fair to learn about how students are making UMass Amherst the greenest campus! Contact: Ezra Small, email@example.com (413) 545-0799
Sunday, Apr 22, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Occupy Earth Day. BP Gas Station, 300 Lafayette St., New York City. Occupy Earth Day begins with a second line funeral march for the Gulf Coast commemorating the anniversary of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010. We will march from the BP station to Union Square for a rally reclaiming Earth Day from corporate greenwashers and bringing it back to its radical roots. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm. Ignite is an energizing, geek event hosted in over 100 cities worldwide. At the event, UMass Amherst student and alumni presenters will be given the exciting opportunity to share their ideas about sustainability to an audience of colleagues, friends, professors, and students via 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of five minutes. Student Union, UMass, Amherst.
Saturday, April 28, 10am & 2pm. Unwanted Drug Collection. Ensure that unused drugs are disposed of safely by bringing them to a Saturday collection at Wildwood Elementary School, 813 N Pleasant St (enter off Strong Street) in Amherst. Antibiotics, Vitamins, prescription, non-prescription & veterinary meds are welcome. No liquids will be accepted.
Next time we drag Chris Matera into the studio for a few rounds of whack-a-mole...err...we mean clearcutter. They keep popping up! Until then remember: listen to your Mother!