Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Enviro Show January Hiatus

Greetings Earthlings. You'll be hearing "The Best of" for a few weeks on the radio until Glen and Mary return from their hybrid road trip later in the month. Maybe they'll post some of their adventures here or here on Facebook? Or maybe not, if they end up getting their kicks from Route 66 and forget about traveling around here in cyberspace. Meanwhile, we'll try to keep you informed and......what? entertained? with the usual segments like our visits to the Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy The Mad King, as well as It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid! but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters!  We just got a dusting of snow but did you know the Snowy Owl is said to be the second most likely bird to kill you

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is a Dem who more-or-less works for Ol' King Coal. Machine Dems just named Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Joe says "West Virginia is a leading energy producer and major contributor to advanced energy technologies, and I intend to ensure this progress is continued. The problems facing our country are serious, and I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find common sense solutions for long-term comprehensive energy policy that incorporates an all-of-the-above strategy and ensures our state and our nation are leaders in the energy future.” Got it?

Meanwhile, His Malignancy The Mad King is having his Environmental Protection Agency Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico. TruthOut tells us: "In a letter sent to EPA officials... attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency’s draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife......Center attorney Kristen Monsell said the EPA’s permit is just another example of a federal agency “rubber-stamping” permits for offshore fracking without taking a hard look at how the technology impacts the environment. The EPA, she argues, should prohibit the dumping of hazardous fracking chemicals and other wastes directly into ocean altogether." And this: The Intelligencer informs us: "The Trump administration’s policies are leading to wholesale destruction of certain birds and other wildlife. This fact has escaped most public notice amid the broader damage the Cabinet is causing to the environment. Among other measures, regulatory agencies have been working to lift protections on endangered animals, open up vast animal habitats for drilling, encourage more trophy hunting, and repress treatment standards for farm animals." No word yet on their slaughter of cute bunnies or pulling the legs off of spiders but last year scientists discovered a moth with golden hair and a tiny penis; any guess who they named it after?  His Malignancy's War on Nature is such a large part of his enablers' Deconstruction Junction, but it seems clear that train has gone off the rails. He has loaded his Dr. Caligari's Cabinet with climate deniers like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, USDA's Sonny Perdue and both his former and current EPA Administrators. Sooooo, we tried reporting on as many of The Mad King's enviro rollbacks as possible over the past but who can keep up with almost 8o! What will 2019 hold for life on planet Earth? Stay tuned! 

Our Quote of the week comes from the mouth of babes: “What is the point of learning facts when the most important facts given by the finest scientists are ignored by our politicians?” – Greta Thunberg, student activist.

OK, surely by now you know "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" [except for these guys!] but did you know that Eighty-four members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the Department of Justice last fall, asking officials to prosecute pipeline activists as “terrorists” ??  This is not a new thing. It's as old as shoot-the-messenger and in some parts of the world it's just that. But hey, we have a world to save so we have to expect adversity, right? We just need some climate courage and as many friends and allies as we can muster. The cause is just and the time is Now, Now, Now! 

On to the Bus Stop Billboard! 

EVERY THURSDAY 4 – 5PM— MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, BOSTON— #SitWithJohn, Give Us A #MassGreenNewDeal Weekly Climate Action. Since the federal government is incapable of doing anything we're pressuring the Commonwealth and the Legislature for a Massachusetts Green New Deal. The ask? A 40%-50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and completely carbon-neutral by 2050 to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street,
Boston, MA

Wednesday, January 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Join Sierra Club, Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a webinar to learn what YOU can do to make buildings more efficienct, comfortable and safer for everyone. Buildings are responsible for over half of all energy consumption in Massachusetts and 46% of carbon pollution. To mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, it is vital that we significantly lower carbon emissions from our buildings sector over the next decade. Register HERE

Thursday, Jan 17, 7-8:30pm. Road to a MA Green New Deal Webinar. 350 Mass volunteers, staff, and allies are hosting a webinar to discuss the Road to a MA Green New Deal. We've had a ton of signups already, and we'd love for you to take part! We'll discuss narrative, goals, and ways to take action within this framework. Email: 

Saturdays, January 19 and January 26, Seminar 1: Seminar 2: Saturdays, February 2 and February 9. Dawndale Farm Wildlife and Cummington Wildlife, Inc. are hosting our annual two-day seminars on "Becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator". This year we are holding two seminars consisting of two consecutive Saturdays running from 8:00am - 4:00pm each day. The cost is $180 and we have a NEW location this year! Tufts Wildlife Clinic located at 50 Willard Street, North Grafton, MA. The seminars will run from 8:00am - 4:00pm on two Saturdays.  Questions? Message us or call 413-834-5733 (Nancy), 413-695-6854 (Judy).

Wednesday, January 23, 7– 9pm.  The Lost Forests of New England Film Screening. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West St, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002.  What were New England’s woodlands like prior to 1600? What do the small old-growth remnants look like today and what special values, if any, do they hold? Lost Forests of New England addresses these and other questions in an effort to bring clarity to a subject that is often lost in the mists of time. Producer Ray Asselin, a naturalist and filmmaker from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, narrates the video. Registration and donations appreciated: 

January 27 - March 24, 2pm. Native Voices: Recovering American Histories.  “The Indian World of George Washington,” Presented by Colin Calloway, Darmouth College. This winter’s free lecture series is devoted to re-centering indigenous peoples’ experience and perspectives within broader American narratives and histories. Each presenter will share new scholarship and insights that bring to light Native men and women as active participants and autonomous history makers. Join us as we consider George Washington through the lens of great Native leaders, William Apess as a voice of and for indigenous survival and identity in the nineteenth century, and how “reverse fieldwork” can be deployed to reveal new insights into the relations between collectors and informants during the era of salvage anthropology. Go to: 

Monday January 28, 7 to 9pm.  Climate Action Now!MA monthly gathering. Unitarian Meetinghouse on N. Pleasant St (downtown), Amherst, MA.  All are welcome! Go to: 

January 30, 6pm. Sierra Club Social, Northampton. Join us for refreshments and conversations at the home of Lilly Lombard, MA Sierra Club's Peer Outreach Coordinator! Learn about our Peer Outreach campaign, regional outings, and more! Register  HERE.  

That's all folks.....for now. Remember to listen to your Mother! 

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