Monday, December 26, 2005

The Enviro Old Year Show

Jean’s back? Well, she apparently brought back airline cabin fever from her frontal assault on the WTO in Hong Kong so we won’t know ‘til the last minute if she’ll be sitting in. Phone-in from the sick bed? Stay tuned.



We started last August with the sounds of the swamp that Ed captured. Giving voice to the voiceless, no? Well, sort of. We bashed you over the head with rants on climate change just as Katrina was bearing down on the Big Easy, reminding you that it’s really "just a theory"; you know, like Jor-al and his crazy ideas on the fate of Krypton.



Before we knew it, Halloween was upon us and we came up with a list of really horrific enviro woes like WALMART!!; the Bird Flu; and a bunch of yucky stuff no one can remember, like the Mt. Tom coal-burner or alleged Intelligent Design (why would anything intelligent design a Bill O’Rielly?). Given the season we thought it best not to do the show LIVE! Sooooo, we pre-recorded our Halloween special so’s we could do (ahem!) OTHER things around Halloween, but we made sure to remind everyone that their children are "Born as ghosts".



Then it was on to a healthy degree of toxic exposure; leaky old nukes (V-e-r-n-o-n N-u-k-e...remember?) and endless Bush-bashing. But no one can bash Bush like RFK, Jr. so we thought we’d..er.. cap-off? the year with an excerpt from his excellent "Crimes against Nature" speech given at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco (we know: the Commonwealth is here, yes?).



On the Bus-stop Bulletin Board we have an important hearing on climate disruption in Massachusetts coming up on the 17th in West Springfield. It's your chance to vent on Romney's minions for bailing on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.



We'll go out with Dar Williams' “Better Things” in hopes they are too come, right?So....umm...happy new year (can't be as bad as the last one....it just can't....right?)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Romney bails on Northeast climate initiative - puts rightwing politics before planet

Hey, here's a piece posted on the WMass Indymedia site by Daniel Shays about Gov. Mitt and his ongoing lame-ass approach to climate disruption. And you thought Massachusetts was a green state!


ROMNEY PUTS POLITICS BEFORE PLANET

Today Governor Romney failed the citizens of Massachusetts yet again by bailing on the Regional greenhouse Gas Initiative(RGGI) that all other New England states, save Rhode Island, signed onto yesterday. The pact calls for freezing power plant emissions and then reducing them by 10 percent by 2020. Many feel that Romney’s initial support, more recent backsliding, and his final rejection has everything to do with presidential politics. The RGGI was scheduled for its debut at the Climate Change summit in Montreal last week, but Romney's objections concerning costs to industry prevented that announcement. In essence, the governor has done just what the Bush regime did at the talks: created roadblocks and put rightwing politics before the planet. Romney contends that Massachusetts' own plan to reduce greenhouse emissions from the state's six dirtiest power plants (most of which are called "The Filthy Five") would make Massachusetts the first state with carbon dioxide limits. His plan however includes thresholds allowing power plants to exceed emission limits if the cost of controlling them is too high for the industry. Always a friend to the corporados, it’s hardly surprising that the governor would defer to the bottom line.



According to the DEP’s website, a western Massachusetts public hearing will be conducted to receive public comment, both oral and written, on the proposed regulation on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 6 pm at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel,1080 Riverdale Street in West Springfield. This seems like an excellent opportunity to let the governor and his minions know how you feel about putting politics before the planet. The results of climate disruption caused by industry in the U.S. and filthy power plants like the Mt. Tom coal burner in Holyoke is the sorry legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren. It is our duty to everything in our power to lessen the impact upon future generations caused by our over-consumptive and wasteful lifestyle; a destructive way of life that is encouraged and enabled by corporations, utilities and governments like the one headed by Mitt Romney here in the so-called Commonwealth.

Friday, December 09, 2005

The Enviro Holidaze Glow Show



We are psyched for the season. Tamara sits in for Jean and rings in the Winter Solstice. Jean's off to India for more tree hugging. WATCH THAT WRIST JEAN!
Then we endure D.O.'s annual homage to Marley's Ghost (can't he be happy just shopping??) No way! We continue our grinchy trashing of the holiday shopping frenzy and over-all over-consumption in the Land of the Fatties. Happy Holidaze!



Then it's on to the answers for the Enviro Show's Question of the Day that we asked at the "Stroll-in on Climate Disruption" on December 3. Recall that was the International Day of Action on Climate Change? Well it must've been a BIG success 'cuz the streets of Northampton were FILLED WITH STROLLERS! Strangely though, no one brought any signs!!



Tom Neilson will be joining us to help put the glow in the show with live music on the joys of nuclear power. Like a bent fuel rod in an overheating pool of light water, Tom's tunes have a way of escaping into the atmosphere. Remember dear listener: nukes know no borders. You sure you don't want to SHUT IT DOWN??



Also, Debby Katz of the Citizens Awareness Network joins us for the lowdown on that leaky old Vernon nuke and its potential to give you the most radiant holiday you'll ever know. Deb rocks the region with seemingly endless energy directed at shutting down the enemies of the Earth. If it's about nukes,Deb knows it. Do not miss this interview.



Finally we visit the Bus Stop Bill Board (formerly the Bulletin Board but that sounded awfully boring!) for upcoming events like "Alternative Energy - Where do we go from here?". And, for our fellow pagans out there and in honor of the Solstice, we close with Dar Williams' "The Christians & the Pagans"; a real hoot. HAPPY HOLIDAZE!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Stroll-in on climate disruption


On Saturday, December 3 at 1pm on Main Street in Northampton the hosts of WXOJ-LP Valley Free Radio's Enviro Show will be observing the International Day of Action on Global Warming with a local call to action. A "Stroll-in on Climate Disruption" invites parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and future parents to promenade up & down Main Street with strollers, rollers, and whatever moves you (don't forget signs against climate change!) in an effort to further the growing campaign against global warming. We'll be on hand to interview participants for the show and to award a prize for the most creative stroller or roller.

The event is part of the international grassroots effort to stop global warming and the “Climate Crisis, USA Join the World!” campaign calling on Washington to GET REAL and sign the Kyoto protocol on climate change. From November 28 to December 9 representatives from over 150 countries will be meeting at a major United Nations Climate Conference in Montreal. We can add our voices to the growing cry for sanity. The health and well-being of our children, grandchildren and all inhabitants on planet Earth depend on us.

For more info email us at: enviroshow (at) valleyfreeradio.org
Also see: www.climatecrisis.us

Friday, November 25, 2005

The November 29 Enviro Show

Recovering from fighting the glut of Black Friday, entertaining the joy of Buy Nothing Day, and all that post-Thanksgiving media buzz, we're hoping to see the RETURN OF JEAN on the next show. If her injury keeps her home from the show we'll track her down by phone and demand some ear-time on-air. Get well pronto, Jean, we can't hold off all these Earth-trashing corporados by ourselves.



For our E-Valley-uation segment we'll be joined by some of The Pedal People, Northampton's favorite two-wheeling worker bees who'll be telling us about the joys of biking as opposed to the monotony and mayhem of motoring. These folks get the Climate Disruption Disrupters award of excellence, and with the December 3rd International Day of Action to Stop Global Warming nearly upon us, we need all the positive responses we can generate. With that in mind, we'll have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT on Tuesday's show about something YOU can do to further the struggle against climate disruption right here in the Valley.



After some entertaining bicycle tunes, we'll turn to Doug Renick of Mass Global Action for a bit of catch-up on the "Act to Preserve Public Water and Sewer Systems" (HB1333) in Massachusetts. Enviro Show listeners know how fond we are of corporados who try privatizing every element in sight. Water is, of course, YOUR birthright, it's PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH, HELLO?? but you'd never know it by watching the corporations at work. While we're not to crazy about the old 20th century idea of using potable water to transport human waste products around, we'll be damned if we'll let a bunch of vile corporados take over the operation. Doug will bring us up to...err..snuff? on the attempt to privatize Holyoke's sewer system as well as other water issues. In the near future we hope to devote an entire show to water.



Then it's on to the Bulletin Board (should we call it the Bus Stop Billboard in honor of that old Valley tradition?). We have, first and foremost, that SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT we'll be sure to remind you about over-and-over-and-over again, as well as "An Update on Global Warming with UMass Prof Raymond Bradley", December 4, 7pm at First Churches in Noho. You may recall his name from our interview with Chris Mooney on our last show. Bradley's pioneering work on climate change was challenged in Congress by that far-right nutcase, Rep. Joe Barton. Also on the...um..Bus Stop?
"What Powers Your Car? A Panel Discussion on Vegetable Oil Fuel in the Valley". So, if it feels too cold for biking, jump into your greese car and turn on the radio to 103.3fm! That would be Tuesday at 6pm.....right?

Monday, November 21, 2005

Taking it to Wal-Mart



On Saturday about 200 area residents took their struggle against the proposed new super Wal-Mart store in Hadley to Wal-Mart’s door. A rally and informational picket took place at the existing Wal-Mart on Rt.9. As you can see, some unsavory characters were among the crowd (there's something familiar about this particular dirt-worshipper and his message, isn't there?)



The proposed construction of a new Wal-Mart Super store on agricultural and wetlands east and southeast of the Hampshire Mall next door to Target brings new meaning to the term "really stupid". As Aron Goldman, Executive Director of StopSprawlMart noted on our Halloween special a few weeks ago, the new mega-store presents a host of negative impacts associated with sprawl including environmental quality;
local economic health; impact on vibrant downtowns; impacts on traffic, scenic beauty, open space, and agriculture; and harm to overall quality of life. Goldman's concerns are echoed by Hadley Neighbors for Sensible development (though we've yet to see much in the way of sensible development in these parts) whose website claims listed species and their habitat will be drastically effected by the proposed expansion. We'll be looking into that on furure shows.



Meanwhile, back at the demo, Al Norman of Sprawl Busters (who always gets the credit for driving Wal-Mart out of Greenfield nearly single-handedly though we all know Earth First! had a hand in it as well) spoke about the real costs of cheap goods on foreign workers and Wal-Mart’s own employees. Of course, Teamsters also addressed such labor issues and spoke about their problems trying to organize Wal-Mart workers who are payed so poorly that they have to resort to public assistance in order to survive. In addition, issues of women's health and choice were addressed. Wal-Mart pharmacies have refused women access to birth control measures such as the so-called morning after pill.



BTW, upcoming municipal events in Hadley will present additional opportunities for people to voice their concerns about the new Wal-Mart. But you don't have to live in Hadley to be concerned about the new mega-store. Looking at a site plan for the proposed development, it seems obvious that the expansive plan will impact everyone, human and non-human alike in the area with increased traffic, environmental degradation, and added blight to the agricultural landscape. Everyday, new voices are coming out against Wal-Mart. If we can get some endangered turtles or frogs on the show we'll add theirs too. Of course, if you've been listening to The Enviro Show you've heard all this but we're writing it down here to avoid going to work at a real job this morning.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Enviro Show for November 15

We'll open with the Repugnican war on science: journalist Chris Mooney, author of "The Republican War on Science", will be speaking at Food for Thought Books in Amherst at the same time we’re on the air. Through the magic of technology we’ll air a brief interview with Chris, thus giving you the false impression that he is two places at once! Yes, we do magic on The Enviro Show too!



Then it's on to our "E-Valley-uation" segment: Glen brings us up to snuff on the town of Montague’s proposals to take a dump on the Montague Plain. Yes, that's right, THE Montague Plain wildlife sanctuary and corridor, but hey! those critters can always circumvent a new dump full of Goddess knows what, right? They could use public transportation for a change like the rest of us!



Then it's time for the Bulletin Board, featuring a notice about taking it to WalMart’s door; watching it on film (for the armchair enviros out there); the Global Warming Day of Action, December 3; NRC’s Advocacy...er...Advisory Committee on Reactor Safety hearing in Bratt, November 15 & 16



Then on to an interview with Nina Keller & Sally Shaw, who recently took part in a civil disobedience action about Vermont Yankee. Radiation knows no borders, folks and you, dear listener are about 30 miles or so, as the radioactive cloud flies, from that leaky old nuke. You have every reason to be worried. Musical accompaniment will be provided by our own Tom Neilson's anti-nuke tunes. BTW, Tom will on our Holiday Glow Show live next month, so warm up that evacuation plan and tune-in.



More bad news: Jean broke her wrist.....again! GET WELL SOON JEAN, we can't very well save the planet without you 'ya know.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Ripping up Asphalt and Planting Gardens

Thought we should share this one w/you. Derrick rocks most of the time and w/this one he REALLY ROCKS!
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Ripping up Asphalt and Planting Gardens

By Derrick Jensen
Oct. 21, 2005

I don't see declining oil extraction as a problem. I see it as a
wonderful and necessary thing I wish would have happened a long time
ago.

This culture is killing the planet. It must be stopped. We evidently do
not have the courage to stop it ourselves. The natural world will stop
it for us. I think suburbs have no future. Nor do cities. They are
inherently unsustainable.

They can be made less unsustainable than they are, but all cities
require the importation of resources, and if you require the
importation of resources your way of living can never be sustainable,
because requiring the importation of resources means you've denuded the
landscape of that particular resource.

There has never been a sustainable city anywhere on the planet.
Sustainable villages, yes. Sustainable camps, yes. But not cities.

Civilization is going to crash, whether or not we help bring this
about. If you don’t agree with this, we probably have nothing to say to
each other (how ‘bout them Cubbies!).

We probably also agree that this crash will be messy. We agree further
that since industrial civilization is systematically dismantling the
ecological infrastructure of the planet, the sooner civilization comes
down (whether or not we help it crash) the more life will remain
afterwards to support both humans and nonhumans.

If you agree with all this, and if you don’t want to dirty your
spirituality and conscience with the physical work of helping to bring
down civilization, and if your primary concern really is for the
well-being of those (humans) who will be alive during and immediately
after the crash, then, given, and I repeat this point to emphasize it,
that civilization is going to come down anyway, you need to start
preparing people for the crash, ripping up asphalt in vacant parking
lots to convert them to neighborhood gardens, teaching people how to
identify local edible plants, even in the city (especially in the city)
so these people won’t starve when the proverbial shit hits the fan and
they can no longer head off to Albertson’s for groceries. Set up
committees to eliminate or if appropriate channel the (additional)
violence that might break out.

We need it all. We need people to take out dams, and we need people to
knock out electrical infrastructures. We need people to protest and to
chain themselves to trees. We also need people working to ensure that
as many people as possible are equipped to deal with the fall-out when
the collapse comes. We need people working to teach others what wild
plants to eat, what plants are natural antibiotics. We need people
teaching others how to purify water, how to build shelters.

All of this can look like supporting traditional, local knowledge, it
can look like starting roof-top gardens, it can look like planting
local varieties of medicinal herbs, and it can look like teaching
people how to sing. The truth is that although I do not believe that
designing groovy eco-villages will help bring down civilization, when
the crash comes, I’m sure to be first in line knocking on their doors
asking for food.

People taking out dams do not have a responsibility to ensure that
people in homes previously powered by hydro know how to cook over a
fire. They do however have a responsibility to support the people doing
that work.

Similarly, those people growing medicinal plants (in preparation for
the end of civilization) do not have a responsibility to take out dams.
They do however have a responsiblity at the very least to not condemn
those people who have chosen that work. In fact they have a
responsibility to support them. They especially have a responsibilty to
not report them to the cops.

It’s the same old story: the good thing about everything being so
fucked up is that no matter where you look, there is great work to be
done. Do what you love. Do what you can. Do what best serves your
landbase. We need it all.

This doesn’t mean that everyone taking out dams and everyone working to
cultivate medicinal plants are working toward the same goals. It does
mean that if they are, each should see the importance of the other’s
work.

Further, resistance needs to be global. Acts of resistance are more
effective when they’re large-scale and coordinated. The infrastructure
is monolithic and centralized, so common tools and techniques can be
used to dismantle it in many different places, simultaneously if
possible.

By contrast, the work of renewal must be local. To be truly effective
(and to avoid reproducing the industrial infrastructure) acts of
survival and livelihood need to grow from particular landbases where
they will thrive. People need to enter into conversation with each
piece of earth and all its (human and nonhuman) inhabitants.

This doesn’t mean of course that we can’t share ideas, or that one
water purificaton technique won’t be useful in many different
locations. It does mean that people in those places need to decide for
themselves what will work. Most important of all, the water in each
place needs to be asked and allowed to decide for itself.

The work we face includes both destruction and creation. I'm thinking,
for example, about a cell phone tower behind the local Safeway. Cell
phone towers kill between five and fifty million migratory songbirds
per year just in the United States. The cell phone tower needs to come
down. It is contiguous on two sides with abandoned parking lots. Those
lots need to come up. Gardens can bloom in their place. We can even do
our work side by side.

~

Derrick Jensen is an activist, author, small farmer, bee-keeper,
teacher, and philosopher whose speaking engagements in recent years
have packed university auditoriums, conferences and bookstores
nationwide. He has authored or co-authored a number of books that
examine western civilization, including The Culture of Make Believe, a
finalist for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, A Language Older
than Words, and Walking on Water: Reading, Writing and Revolution.
Visit his website: http://www.derrickjensen.org

Monday, October 31, 2005

The Amazing Coincidence Enviro Show!

Our November One post-Halloween show will feature the incredible weather records being broken, such as the smallest ice pack, greatest intensity hurricane ever recorded, drought in the Amazon, fastest thawing of the so-called "perma-frost" (used to be frozen but now it will be called "perma-thaw" instead), well you get the idea. All these amazing coincidences are really interesting, but of course they don't prove a damn thing! How about some verbiage about the amazing coincidence that we have the worst president in history while all this is happening!!

We'll be covering the Enemies of the Earth's proposed roll-backs in environmental review standards for new oil and gas extraction so we can speed up the destruction of the planet even more! And, not to forget, the amazing coincidence of lowering pollution standards so that we can have more gruesome environmental and health impacts FOR EVERYONE!!

AND, we'll be bringing up the post-Halloween, very scary concept of the "tipping point" or turning point in the climate when change starts accelerating because of re-enforcing feedback. Yes, dear listeners: what goes around comes around! [are there enough exclamation points here?]

As always, we'll have our Bulletin Board full of things that go bump up against The Machine in the night, such as:

* Tuesday November 1 & 8
HADLEY HEARINGS ON WAL-MART & LOWE'S
November 1, 7:30pm, Hadley Town Hall, 100 Middle St (intersection of
Rts 9 & 47). LoweÂ’s Planning Board hearing (same development team as
Wal-Mart).
November 8, 7pm, Hadley Town Hall. Conservation Commission Notice of
Intent hearing for Wal-Mart Supercenter wetlands impacts.
Wal-Mart is planning to build a Supercenter in Hadley. The
212,000-square-foot store would be the largest single building in town
history and the third Supercenter in Massachusetts. Supercenters usually
include a grocery store, gas station, garden center, and other features. It
would be part of an expansion that includes more movie theaters and another
100,000-sq-ft building. Site plans available at Town Hall, 100 Middle St,
during normal business hours, or see www.HadleyNeighbors.org. Hadley
Neighbors for Sensible Development is fighting sprawl. It's likely that only
Hadley folk will be allowed to speak at hearings, but a big public showing
is nonetheless important. Info: mailto:info@hadleyneighbors.org.
A coalition of groups is working to change and challenge Wal-Mart.
Check out Western Mass Wal-Mart Voices at http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/.


* Saturday November 5
STOP SPRAWL-MART RALLY
11am, Town Common, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst [OK, so it's not in the night]. Campaign to stop a new Wal-Mart "Supercenter" from being built on Rt. 9 wetlands and farmland. Celebrate community and send a message that a Wal-Mart Supercenter is
antithetical to the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley. Info: 549-1193,
mailto:goldman@stopsprawlmart.org, or 746-5374,
mailto:loomis@stopsprawlmart.org; www.StopSprawlMart.org.
A coalition of groups is working to change and challenge Wal-Mart.
Check out Western Mass Wal-Mart Voices at http://wmass.walmartvoices.com/.


* The Social Justice and Food Sovereignty tour will stop in Amherst on Sunday, November 13, 7pm at Food for Thought Books at 106 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst and earlier in the day at Arise for Social Justice, 94 Rifle Street, Springfield. The tour includes Selfa Sandoval, a Guatemalan worker sharing her experiences organizing banana workers in the economic and armed violence of Guatemala; members of the Beehive Design Collective bringing their internationally acclaimed art presentation depicting a cogent analysis of global justice; Stephen Bartlett of Agricultural Missions who will translate and talk about food security from a global perspective, a local Valley farmer will talk about food security from a local perspective, and Palmer Legare will talk about regional and international aspects of the movement to close the School Of the Americas. In 2002 Legare spent three months in Ft. Devens Prison Camp in Ayer, Massachusetts after a nonviolent demonstration against the SOA.

The event will be free, accessible and open to all. We will collect donations to support the tour and the work to close the School Of the Americas. The tour is sponsored by Agricultural Missions, Inc, Oxfam America, the Hunger Program of the Presbyterian Church USA, and numerous other national and state organizations. For more information, contact Palmer Legare at 802-426-3783 or palmerlegare@yahoo.com

ALSO:

* GROCERY STORES SAY THEY ARE WARNING CUSTOMERS
ABOUT MERCURY - HELP US PUT THEM TO THE TEST!
An action alert from OCEANA (http://www.oceana.org/)

* The Jumpstart Ford Campaign has declared this November 12th a "National Day of Intervention" at Ford dealerships. Most dealers are independently-owned businesses. Many are already feeling the pressure of selling gas-guzzlers in the age of the hybrid. Grassroots activists will be at over 100 of locations around the US and Canada to call on dealerships to join us in pressuring Ford to make an ecological U-turn and come to its senses. Go to: http://www.jumpstartford.com

* The U.S. Senate could soon take up a bill that would cripple the Endangered Species Act - putting nearly 1,300 species at risk of extinction. Grizzly bears, grey wolves and bald eagles are part of America's natural heritage, and it's our responsibility to make sure they are here for generations.

That's why Environmental Defense is launching an Emergency Campaign to Save the ESA. The first step is to tell your senators to protect endangered species and our natural heritage.
Go to: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/esa_senate/iis65br25w8xtk?

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Enviro Show Halloween Special

You can count of Dracula being on the show along with such ecological horrors as The Gray Goo, The Bird Flu, and an unhealthy dose of monstrous sprawl. Also, we have the...um..honor? of an exclusive interview with...are you ready? Satan! Yess! The little devil is up to no good with his friends in DC, as usual, so tune us in Tuesday night for the low-down (waayyyy down). So, here’s what it looks like:

>[music: "Born as Ghosts" Rage against the Machine]
"Good EVE-en-ning!"
>Intro w/a nod to threatened species like….vampires!
>The Gray Goo – Singularity raises its ugly head and scares the bejesus out of all of us
>The Revenge of the Birds! – how the Asian Bird Flu will spoil your day
>Halloween horrors for other species – The Endangered Species Act takes a hit, but the bears get some revenge
>Interview with The Evil One….no, not Dick Cheney
>[music: "It’s the End of the world as we know it" REM]
>Monstrous Sprawl headed toward the Valley – RUN FOR IT! – interview with our favorite Sprawlbusters
>Bulletin Board – not very scary
>The Weather – very scary lately
>[music: "Space Invader" The Pretenders]


Now, it's time for The Invisible Enviro Show Halloween Special!

This is the part of the show you won't hear (ok, so it's silent, not invisible) this Tuesday night 'cuz there's no time to fit all we have to scare you with into one measly hour. Sooooooo, on with the show!
Remember a few weeks back when Antidote Radio had that looooong rockin' interview with Diane Wilson, the "Unreasonable Woman" from Texas? Remember our last show when Glen talked about the plastic oceans? Well, last week Wilson's "favorite" Lone Star plastic plant went....how shall we say? skyhigh?. That sucker blew up. Plastic everywhere! Yuck!
Not scary enough for you? How about the year 2005 being HOT AS HELL! It didn't seem that way here in the Northeast, but NASA's Goddard Space cadets say the whole picture is not so cool. Brrrrr! More soon.

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Big Not-so-Easy

If you caught our show last week you're probably just recovering from all that toxicity (no?), but folks down in the Gulf states may be dealing with the toxic aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita for years. Now, we're getting reports of the not-so-friendly natural results of all that moisture down in the steamy Bayou country: mold build-up.



Here's the blurb from Grist:

The Mold Song and Dance
EPA failing to inform or protect folks returning to post-Katrina mess

The U.S. EPA has the authority to assess and manage environmental disasters, but activists and even some EPA staffers allege that so far agency testing of water, air, and soil in the Gulf Coast has been insufficient, and its health warnings too weak, to adequately protect returning residents. EPA should be more actively preventing people from coming home, say critics, but is instead delaying and under-publicizing test results. People are entering the post-Katrina miasma of toxics, mold, and sewage under-informed and ill-equipped -- like folks from Meraux, La., who've been allowed to return to homes that were inundated with petroleum when a nearby storage tank burst, gushing an estimated 800,000 gallons of oil. In responding to Katrina, the EPA has been "understaffed" and "overwhelmed," says Oliver Houck, who runs the environment program at the Tulane University Law School. Some liken the current situation to the agency's performance after the 9/11 attacks, when it assured thousands -- falsely, it turned out -- that it was safe to return to homes and workplaces near Ground Zero.


straight to the source: Salon.com, Katharine Mieszkowski and Mark Benjamin, 06 Oct 2005

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The October 4th Enviro Show: "The Bummer Show"

*musical relief with Dave Lipman...and the show hasn't even started!

* Jean’s back! It’s a special edition “The Enviro Bummer Show!” From the macro to the micro: your world is poison! Yuck!! From the toxic soup of storm ravaged, chemically/corporately assaulted New Orleans to baby’s own embryonic superfund site.

* The Weather Report (We're putting it up at the top 'cuz the weather rules)

* Bulletin Board:

>>Northampton Committee Peace and Justice Film Series, 7:00 p.m.,at the Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street in Northampton, side door. This is the Old Fire Station; Woodstar Cafe is in the front of the building. The venue is accessible.
* Oct. 7 The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children
A team of DU experts visit contaminated Iraqi battlefields and civilian areas, as well as a Basra cancer ward.
* Oct. 21 The Forest for the Trees
The story of EarthFirst! activist Judi Bari, who was framed by the FBI for an attack that nearly killed her.

>>Thursday, Oct. 6, Radiation Health Risks, Downwinders in the Nuclear Age! At 6:30 PM, Dr. Ernest Sternglass speaks at All Soul’s Church, 399 Main Street at Hope and Main, across from the Greenfield Courthouse and Public Library. Sternglass will show many transparencies on the incidence of breast cancers, cancer deaths, autism, etc. A room will be available for children’s activities, including making ‘tooth fairies’. Discussion follows on how to prevent the dangerous increase in risks proposed at the Vernon reactor.

>>Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7pm at the Holyoke High School auditorium, 500 Beech Street, Holyoke there will be a forum on sewer issues. Folks will be raising a stink about the proposed privatization of the Holyoke sewer system.


* The Moyers’ report and a study in plastic (It's the bummer part, very toxic)

The links:
Plastic Oceans:

http://nederland.seashepherd.org/essays/ocean_realm_aut01.html

http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Ocean/Moore-Trashed-PacificNov03.htm




Bill Moyers:
http://www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/problem/bodyburden.html


* Musical relief..thank Goddess [The Baby Island” Jefferson Starship]

* Body Burden.....Glen’s burden!

The links:


EWG Body Burden 1 (adults):

http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden/


EWG Body Burden 2 (new borns):

http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2/execsumm.php


You Are A Toxic Waste Dump:

http://www.unknownnews.net/031229toxic.html




* Interview w/Tina Clarke of Cleanwater Action: Hey, don't be so bummed,You CAN do something!

* More Musical relief [ some mystery music maestro ]

* E-Valley-uation (Vermont Yankee ticking away in YOUR backyard!)

* The Ultimate segway! the Voice of Antidote Radio joins us before moving over to her show. Fasten that seatbelt dear listener.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

More on Katrina's aftermath

Here's the word today from GRIST on some of the ecological damage from Katrina. This with yet another mega-hurricane on the way! :O

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Woods, wetlands, and marine ecosystems hit hard by storm, pollution

The Gulf Coast's estuaries, wetlands, and cypress swamps are hurting in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The storm damaged 25 national wildlife refuges, and recovery costs are expected to be at least $93 million -- about a quarter of the federal refuge budget. In Mississippi's Noxubee refuge, pine trees crucial to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker were flattened, while the coastal Breton Island bird sanctuary was virtually washed away. Experts suspect that offshore ecosystems have been swamped by sewage-laced floodwaters, which may cause blooms of oxygen-sucking algae. And then there are the industrial toxins and petroleum in the water being pumped out of New Orleans. Overall, some fear Katrina may be the final blow for many of the region's plants and critters. "All of those things, entirely unique to that part of the world, have been disappearing since about, say, 1927," says Louisianan Steve Cochran of Environmental Defense, "and now they've disappeared altogether."


straight to the source: The Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin, 21 Sep 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

September 13 Show - Bad News for Big Easy & Global WARming

Here's a GRIST lead-in on the eco-crisis down on the bayou:

"Multiple environmental crises loom in Hurricane Katrina's wake. New Orleans floodwaters are diluting sewage, chemical, and fuel contaminants right now, but these substances are likely to concentrate and deposit as the waters drain. Some parts of the city may become de facto brownfields, so soaked in toxic crud that they'll be unfit for rebuilding. Then there's all the nontoxic waste and debris generated by the storm...Ecological damage to the Gulf Coast is also being assessed -- Louisiana's Chandeleur Islands, a national bird refuge, are inundated, and islands off the Biloxi coast were scoured and breached by Katrina's storm surge. Unchecked erosion along the Louisiana coast amplified the scope of Katrina's damage..."



Unmentioned above are the decaying bodies, human and non-human alike, and a probable outbreak of disease and pestilence. We'll be looking into that grim scenario Tuesday night, as well as into some of the growing chorus of outrage at the Bush regime for their criminal mishandling of the situation and the Republican rightwing's general disdain for the poor, people of color, and the health of the planet we ALL inhabit (Hello clueless Republicans! YOU live on it too!)



O, did we fail to mention that this immense disaster had been predicted? Take your pick: National Geographic; Scientific American;or maybe the boots-on-the-ground version from The Big Easy's own Times-Picayune. Soooo, guess who wasn't listening ....or didn't give a shit? Give up? Go to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, knock on the door and ask them! Blame game? We don't think so! It's actually END GAME for Republicans!!



Going from one outrage to the next, we take a look at Global WARming through the eyes of regional activists who are making the connections between the White House's war on nature and it's so-called war on terror. Sooooo much of it is.....SURPRISE!..about OIL! Local activist Claudia Lefko joins us to help connect the damnable dots and discuss the upcoming arrival of the Bring Them Home Now Tour to the Amherst Common on Thursday and the massive March on Washington the weekend of the 24th. [Calling all enviros: The occupation of Iraq is NOT A SEPARATE ISSUE!]. WMass bus info here.



After some musical relief from all the jawing that goes on at The Enviro Show, we stick to the global warming thread bringing it home to Massachusetts where Gov. Mitt ponders the Regional Greenhouse Gas Emmissions Initiative.



Then it's more music(thank the Goddess!)and we wrap it up with the Bulletin Board. If you have any enviro events you want announced on the next show (which will be October 4), post it below and we'll try to fit it in. Until then, remember.....listen to yur' Mother.



THE DAY AFTER:



Ow, my head! OK, so we didn't have time for the E-Valley-Uation segment where we had hoped to get a peek into Gov. Mitt's laundry basket. Maybe if d.o. would shut his mouth and stop with the rants and readings we could stay on schedule. No problem: if Jean's back for the October 4 show she'll put a lid on him. Soooooo, whad ya' think of the show?

Friday, August 26, 2005

On the air....finally!

Our first show on Valley Free Radio. Tuesday, August 30, 6pm. 103.3 fm WXOJ-LP, coming to you from beautiful downtown Florence, Mass. Enough gaffs for everyone!
OK, so here's the line-up:

* helloooooooooo
*what is THIS about??
*The World Scientists Warning to Humanity - They didn't listen to Jor-el on Krypton, why would the primitives on Earth listen to 1,700 leading scientists??
* What's so intelligent about THAT design - a conversation on ID.
* musical relief
*1st segment: The Weather Report!
* more musical relief
*2nd segment: E-Valley-uation - an enviro report card for WMass - The good, the bad & the ugly. Rail Trial bikepath to be extended.
Asthma's up in the Valley, but the Springfield Republican and the state can't see the smokestacks or the cars.
*even more musical relief
*3rd segment: Bulletin Board - post your eco events here
* not more music!
*Next time around: Global WARming.

That's what it looks like. Who knows what it'll sound like. Please post yur' comments below and let us know what you think, what you're involved with in the struggle to protect planet Earth from the forces of darkness.