Monday, September 25, 2017

The Now Do You Believe in Climate Chaos Enviro Show?

Greetings Earthlings. We'll bet few climate change deniers are left in coastal Texas or the Caribbean these days but down in the Belly of the Beast where The Mad King dwells? Michael Rawlins, Associate Director of Climate System Research Center and Extension Associate Professor of Geosciences at UMass, Amherst returns to revisit the stormy subject with us. If you are wondering where to donate to any of the victims of the recent climate chaos go HERE or HERE or why not head on down South and pitch in. As always, in spite of these troubled times, we'll take you to visit those who are partly responsible for the trouble, like The Mad King and his crazed court of Enemies of the Earth and their enablers like The Fool-on-the-Hill. Also we checkout The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and various other nooks and crannies here on the show, but first it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters! We guess those flotillas of Fire Ants down south are not all that pleased with a human-caused Climate Crisis. If you happen upon them.......go the other way!

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Tim Walberg (Repugnican-Mich.) who told a constituent last May that God can solve the problem of climate change if the global phenomenon truly exists. We guess that god is running behind schedule?

As most of you know, His Malignancy The Mad King and his enablers deny the existence of the Climate Crisis (or say they do) so recent rumors of any change in their minds about pulling out of the Paris climate accord are.....well, fake news. Meanwhile, His Malignancy "is continuing to put ideological extremists into every level of government. The latest attempt is his pick to lead NASA: Oklahoma Congressman and known climate change denier, Jim Bridenstine." There's an effort to stop that appointment, so here's your Enviro Show Blog Action Link. We guess you won't be surprised to read that "[The Mad King's] policies put the most vulnerable Americans in danger"?.....Nah! And this:
--> His malignancy’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke “recommends allowing commercial fishing in… three marine monuments discussed in [a] memo. He also writes that “the boundary should be revised,” a euphemism from shrinking the monument, for four monuments in the western U.S. after noting that the monument designations impacted grazing, water rights or mineral extraction.”  In other words, ATTENTION CORPORADOS: BIG SALE ON PUBLIC LANDS! Meanwhile, over at The Mad King's EPA (mismanaged by climate criminal Scott Pruitt) we find this gratifying headline from Grist: “EPA employees eagerly leak documents from their mandatory anti-leaking class.”
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Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is spot on!  "The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives, homes and businesses lost, ecosystems destroyed, species driven to extinction, infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced."     – David Suzuki

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber our own Harvey Wasserman reminds us Nukes and Hurricanes don't exactly mix well. Surprise! And this: Grist's rundown on the grim numbers in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The New York Times tells us the island nation has lost 80% of its crops. Let's stay with Grist for this potent headline: 
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After our conversation with Michael Rawlins we take you over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

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Monday, September 25, 7 to 9pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst,  121 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, Mass. Accessible and on the PVTA bus line. Eric Toensmeier, one of the world's foremost experts on edible perennial gardening and sustainable permaculture will be speaking. Go To: http://climateactionnowma.org

Tuesday, September 26, 7 to 8pm. Webinar on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). 
--> MCAN and 350 Mass, along with the Mass Power Forward coalition, invite you to join a webinar that will help you understand what aggregation is, how it can be used to get your community towards its climate goals, and how to get it done in your community. Online - RSVP here, and we will send you instructions to get on the webinar 2 days ahead of time (please note, you must RSVP to join this webinar).

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Wednesday September. 27, 6:30pm. Screening of "The Age of Consequences" at Forbes Library Northampton. This film shows the connection between climate change and war. Post film speaker to kick off discussion is Smith College Government Professor Greg White whose specialty is global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, and international political economy.


Wednesday September 27, 7:00-8:00pm. What is Carbon Pricing –  Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street, Amherst. Have you been wondering what "Carbon Pricing" is or what a "Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate" would be? Come find out. "What is Carbon Pricing?" presentation by Mary Jo Maffei, Chair, Carbon Pollution Fee and Rebate Committee, Climate Action Now.  


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Friday, September 29, 10:30 to 11:30am. Story Hour for Kids: Bats!  Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities or games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. Great Falls Discovery Center, Avenue A, Turners falls, MA.  For ages 3-6. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Go to: http://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/


Wednesday, October 4, 7 to 8:30pm. "Forests, the Critical Component for Addressing Long-Term Climate Change" with Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy. GCTV Studios, 393 Main Street, 3rd floor, Greenfield, MA.

That's all folks! Remember this: Listen to your Mother, OK? 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The Great Climate Debate



We've headed for hills for the next two weeks as massive climate chaos fueled hurricanes pound our nation's coast lands. In the mean time we thought you'd be inspired by this important Climate Crisis debate, one that finally reflects the actual realities of that "debate". Enjoy.......and batten down the hatches!