Greetings Earthlings. We hope you all have a timely Autumnal Equinox this time around and that you don't fall back on anything too hard, all things being equal (sorry). Our old friend the Enviro Show roving reporter bardic insurgent, singer-songwriter Tom Neilson returns to the show for a premier performance of his latest album "Give Trees a Chance". This abbreviated version of the show will feature many of our favorite cuts on the album along with our conversation with Tom. Of course, we can't forget to bring you along to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and maybe some other of the usual segments, but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! It's said "You can't fix stupid!" but maybe if you just add a bit of alcohol and a highly poisonous snake?
We have a dastardly duo for a special Fools-on-the-Hill this time. Of course Repugnican Margie Greene is no stranger to this segment but this time she's teamed up with the Minority Leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy who is more crime boss than fool and he surely hasn't been fooling around in his ugly defense of fellow domestic terrorists. In any case, Forbes ran a story on the dastardly duo's attempt at extorting telecommunications companies from honoring congressional requests: "In a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington president Noah Bookbinder, the watchdog group points to McCarthy’s statement on Tuesday that Republicans, if they retake Congress, “will not forget” if the companies comply, vowing to hold them “fully accountable under the law.” It also highlights Greene stating in a Fox News interview, “If they go along with this, they will be shut down,” suggesting both comments violate House rules requiring members to “behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Or maybe seem a bit....um...thuggish?
Since Tom's new album is dedicated to the Trees it seems fitting we fall back on The Enviro Show Echo Chamber for this one from The Guardian titled "Anti-logging protest becomes Canada’s biggest ever act of civil disobedience". This sustained action has been going on for many months now but it never got any traction here in the States (Surprise!) "A string of protests against old-growth logging in western Canada have become the biggest act of civil disobedience in the country’s history, with the arrest of least 866 people since April. The bitter fight over the future of Vancouver Island’s diminishing ancient forests – in which activists used guerrilla methods of resistance such as locking their bodies to the logging road and police responded by beating, dragging and pepper-spraying demonstrators – has surpassed the previous record of arrests set in the 1990s at the anti-logging protests dubbed the 'War in the Woods'." Naturally, our listeners well know that it's yet another front on The War Against Nature.And This from Grist: "More than 230 publications said unchecked climate change could have “catastrophic” and irreversible consequences for global health." These journals report that the Climate Crisis is “greatest threat to global public health,”
On that note, how about we check out The Enviro Show Quote of the Week for a seasonal note:
"As Summer into Autumn slips
And yet we sooner say
"The Summer" than "the Autumn," lest
We turn the sun away,
And almost count it an Affront
The presence to concede
Of one however lovely, not
The one that we have loved -
So we evade the charge of Years
On one attempting shy
The Circumvention of the Shaft
Of Life's Declivity."
- Emily Dickinson
After our conversation and listening session with Tom it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:
Monday September 20, All Day. National Day of Action - Congress Bring it Home. This fall, Congress has the opportunity to demonstrate their power to improve people’s lives by passing a robust climate centered infrastructure package that includes a Civilian Climate Corps and bold investments towards public housing, schools, transit and renewable energy – a historic piece of legislation that will kick off the Decade of the Green New Deal. Find or hold an event HERE.
Tuesday September 21, 6pm. Pulling the curtain back on The Hydrogen Hoax. Cathy Kristofferson, from the Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, tackles one of climate change's most popular misconceptions about using hydrogen as an energy source (and how industry is hyping false solutions) and the future of clean renewable energy for Massachusetts. Go HERE.
Tuesday September 21, 8:00 pm. The Truth about Old-Growth Forests, Climate and Wildfire. This month's speaker is Chad Hanson, PhD, forest ecologist, director of the John Muir Project, and member of the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors. Chad will speak on "Debunking Disinformation about Wildfire: Research Tells Us What Works and What Doesn't." Go HERE.
Wednesday September 22, 2-5 p.m. There is a bill in the Massachusetts Legislature, Senate Bill 590 being heard next week before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. It will give more subsidies for destroying farmland and forests for solar. Please help us oppose a law that will give more taxpayer subsidies to solar projects that destroy forests and farmland! More info HERE.
Friday September 24, All Day. Global Climate Strike! (See map) Fridays for Future (FFF), is a youth-led and -organised global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate. In the three weeks leading up to the Swedish election, she sat outside Swedish Parliament every school day, demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. She was tired of society’s unwillingness to see the climate crisis for what it is: a crisis. Action Map: https://fridaysforfuture.org/action-map/map/ More info HERE
Wednesday, September 29, 7:30-8:30 pm. (Audience Q&A from 8:00-8:30) Community Solar: A Brief Introduction. There's a lot of info out there about solar panels for individual homes, but what about community solar projects? Tom Michelman, Senior Director at Sustainable Energy Advantage, will talk about the definition(s) of Community Solar and how it varies across the country. With an emphasis on northeast US execution, his presentation will focus on how Community Solar is being implemented in practice, as well as its benefits and costs (including societal / environmental costs). Register here.
October 11-15, All Day . President Biden: Build Back Fossil Free. Fossil fuel pollution and climate disasters are already disrupting millions of lives. We deserve a world beyond fossil fuels: a world in which workers’ rights, community health, and our shared climate come before corporate profits. That’s why we are coming together to ensure Biden becomes the climate president he promised to be before attending the global climate talks this November. Indigenous people, pipeline fighters, water protectors, young people, scientists, faith leaders, and more are saying enough is enough: it's time to finally place people over fossil fuels. [Wait! what about the Trees??] Go HERE.
That's all folks. Until next time remember to do....what? Yes, listen to your Mother!