Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Rather Haunting Enviro Show

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Greetings Earthlings. All Hallow's Eve is nearly upon us so it's time to bring Michelle, our favorite house witch, back to remind us what it's all about. Also, given that spirits of the departed may be lurking upon the Earth and its environs, we hear from Tania and Brenda of Chicopee Paranormal Investigators, the Valley's own ghost busters. This and more scary stuff in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, our Fool-on-the-Hill and New Boss segments and who knows what all, but first it's time for...Revenge of the Critters!  Squeamish about cockroaches? Not this guy (but maybe he should have been!)

Speaking of fools let's do as promised on the last show and go straight to Rachel's gallery of Fools-on-the-Hill: Would you believe these guys are on the House Science Committee? Yes, it is truly scary..........but surprising? Nah! Not on THAT Hill!

Did someone say science? In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we get the Union of Concerned Scientists take on Faux News' war on science!  And this: it's not just the far-right propaganda machine that's dumb as a post, checkout these....err...sorry excuses for humans? Here's our Enviro Show Blog Bonus: some Federal agencies are still censoring scientists. Tell them to back off!

Our E-Valley-uation segment gets off the ground with our house witch, Michelle followed later by a call-in from the Chicopee Paranormal Investigators. Witches! Ghosts! What's Halloween without them??

Meet the New Boss here: Whomever the New Boss will be, neither seems to think the climate crisis is a big issue. What were we saying about science now?

"All you Zombies", by the Climate Change Zombies takes us to our interview with Chicopee Paranormal Investigators. Then we close with a walk in the dark of night to the presumed safety of the Bus Stop Billboard:


Tuesday, October 23rd through Tuesday, October 30th. The Vigil to End Climate Silence at Government Center in Boston.  It's time to break the silence on climate in the Massachusetts Senate race. We ask that candidates for federal office in Massachusetts spell out their positions on climate change between now and the election, particularly at the October 30th debate. We need to know whether the candidates acknowledge the climate crisis as the biggest issue of our time. Contact: team@350actionfund.org

Wednesday, October 24, 11:00 a.m. Please join Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine members to help end Hartford Hospital’s use of live pigs in trauma training courses. The entrance of Hartford Hospital between Jefferson St. and Zwieback St. at 80 Seymour St., Hartford, CT  Contact: gmazur@pcrm.org

Wednesday, October 24,12 pm - 1:30 pm. GreenWork Roundtable - Creating a Sustainable Public Transit System. Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield. Bring a brown bag lunch and join the conversation. GreenWork consists of advocates for a Green Economy which serves local communities; guarantees workers' rights to organize; and promotes community-owned sustainable projects. Call: (413)565-2381 

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering weekly drop-in autumn nature classes for preschoolers at its Sheep Hill property on Monday afternoons beginning Oct. 15th. The weekly classes will include nature explorations focusing on how nature prepares for winter. Come to all or just a single class. 

Sunday, October 28, 8:30am-11:30am. Field Walk Series: Bear Swamp. Join John Green for an autumn exploration of this cool rocky habitat circling a pond with diverse plants and wildlife. FREE • Space is limited • Registration required at The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA. Call (413) 256-6006

Monday, October 29, 6 to 8pm. SAGE Alliance dinner & forum. at the Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro. The purpose of the forum is twofold:  to help us all prepare comments on Entergy Vermont Yankee's license extension for two November public hearings by the Vermont Public Service Board. We have invited speakers from groups that are parties to the license extension application to speak on the issues the PSB will be considering. And to organize volunteers to make phone calls to get people out to the public hearings. Contact safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

OK, we hope none of this keeps you up at night (what was that noise?). All that's left to say is....remember to listen to your MOTHER!

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Occupy Monsanto Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It's time to revisit the genetically engineered insanity of Monsanto. Adam Eidinger of Occupy Monsanto checks in with news of the "Call to Action for a Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere"!  Also, we get a rewind of the Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend banner drop actions here over I-91 about shutting down that frightening old nuke up the river in Vernon, Vermont.  If that's not scary enough for you, we'll also visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and the Fool-on-the-Hill amongst other things, but first it's time for.......Revenge of the Critters! Warning: something's fishy about farmed salmon! 

In our E-Valley-uation segment  we review the hundred mile long anti-nuke banner drop sponsored by the SAGE Alliance during the Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend (you know, the one we used to call Columbus Day?). And this: though we're sure we can do waaaaayy better, it seems Massachusetts scores numero uno on energy efficiency, two years in a row.  Finally, since we're focused on Monsanto here, lets have a look at genetically modified organisms (GMOs) over at Whole Foods! O wait, we can't have a look, Whole Foods had YouTube take down the video! 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber there's some....um...interesting news? Would you believe the folks at Grist if they told you there might be....LIFE ON MARS!!  Then (after we calm down)  we refer you to Vandana Shiva's Seed Freedom site. It's a place Monsanto would just as soon you didn't visit. Speaking of places, checkout this killer lake.......really! And, speaking of killing, can you believe they're still out there looking to turn polar bears into rugs? (Yes, you can believe it, right?). Well, how about we try and do something about it!  And this pre-Halloween Special: Entergy isn't just a scary threat to our bucolic Valley, how about to the entire New York Metro region! We close with this tidbit from Grist: you think Weyerhaeuser or the U.S. Forest Service were bad players in the woods? How about actual gangsters

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is making a return visit after a year and a half hiatus. It's not that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has been making nice with the planet all that time, it's just that we think the present moment is appropriate for pointing out that Scotty is....well...not only into posing in the buff, but also in bed with Big Oil and ol' King Coal!  Hell, even Mass Sierra Club is done with him!


Time for our Quote of the Week. This one from one of our most favorite enviros:
"It is absolutely imperative that we protect, preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it."    -  David R. Brower

After our interview with Adam Eidinger we move on to the Bus stop Billboard:

Wednesday, October 10, 6-8pm. MassDOT Kicks Off Statewide Transportation Conversation Meetings to be Held to Help Determine Future of Transportation in MA. Final meeting to be held at UMass Amherst Campus Center -Room 168C, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst. Those who are unable to attend the meetings but wish to submit comments can do so at yourvisionourfuture@dot.state.ma.us
 Monday, October 15, 7 pm. Do you want a federal budget that meets our country’s needs, that supports the 99% instead of the 1%? Come hear Congressman James McGovern, National Priorities Project Executive Director Jo Comerford, and State Representatives Peter Kocot and Ellen Story discuss the Budget For All, which puts Americans back to work in green jobs and so much more?. Join us in the Northampton High School Auditorium. For more information, contact Western Massachusetts AFSC at 413-584-8975. 

Friday and Saturday, October 19 & 20, 5-8:30pm. Enchanted Forest. This popular two-night event comes alive with five characters performing skits along pumpkin lit trails. Each year a theme is chosen to focus on a particular habitat or animal adaptation or characteristic. The Enchanted Forest’s theme this year is “50 Something” in honor of our 50th Anniversary. You may meet a spotted salamander with 50 spots or a 50-year old Eastern Box Turtle.  Fun for all ages. Games, activities, and a fortune-teller are provided indoors while walks are held every 15 minutes. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA. Call: (413) 256-6006


October 24,12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. GreenWork Roundtable - Creating a Sustainable Public Transit System. Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield
Bring a brown bag lunch and join the conversation. GreenWork consists of advocates for a Green Economy which serves local communities; guarantees workers' rights to organize; and promotes community-owned sustainable projects. Call: (413)565-2381  

That's about it for now. Remember: while you're out there reveling in the glory of Autumn.....listen to your Mother.