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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Enviro Show Holiday Special

Greetings Earthlings. Our Enviro Show Holiday Special will be on Christmas Night. We'll be airing Robert F. Kennedy's "Crimes Against Nature" speech given at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco in its awesome entirety. He takes the Bush Regime apart piece-by-piece, describing their war against the planet during the early part of the Bush era. It's only gotten worse since this speech was made in September '04. For their dismal record post-'04 go here. Of course, if you've been listening to the Enviro Show these past few years you'll know a lot of this stuff, but hey! can you ever get enough of these guys??

We'd like to entertain you again this year with Frosty The Snowman. You may recall this...umm..dark? version of Frosty's tale sung by Angela McCluskey from The Rumor Mill's Christmas On Clinton St. charity album, available on iTunes. Visit for more information and...umm...stay cool! After the amazing Rev. Billy was on the Enviro Show last month talking, among other things, about the film "What would Jesus Buy" which follows the good revs good works among the shopaholics, we took it upon ourselves to notify The Amherst Cinema about the film and lo, they went for it! Check it out!! It opens December 21 but PLAYS 4 DAYS ONLY!!! Friday 12/21 through Sunday 12/23 2:00 4:00 6:30 and Monday 12/24 2:00 4:00. That's at The Amherst Cinema, Amity Street, Amherst (across from the Jones Library)

The Holidays sure can create a whole lot of waste. We recommend you checkout the Franklin County Solid Waste Management Reduce, Reuse and Buy Recycled page before you wrap one more gift!

A little follow-up news on our last anti-nuke show with Deb Katz of CAN. Six women from the Shut It Down Affinity Group were busted at Vermont Yankee the other day. Go Shut It Down!

The Bus Stop Billboard must've been cleared off by the PVTA 'cuz there ain't much on it, but here goes:

Saturday, January 5th, 8pm.; VFR Benefit Concert, Music for "Now," an evening of creative music and dance with Miro Sprague and friends; Rocky Hill Co-housing Community House, Florence. For Info call Joann 413 586 6384.

Monday, January 7, 6:30 pm. Windham Regional Energy Commission Public Hearing on ENVY's Petition to extend operation to 2032. Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT. Entergy presented a Petition to extend operations of VY to 2032 on Dec 13th,2007. Now it is your chance to express your concerns about the extended operations of VY!! check Windham Regional Energy Commission website for more information on ENVY's petition

Friday January 18 2008, Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger will be at the Riverspace Theatre in Nyack, NY, for a special benefit concert to help fund the legal campaign to stop the re-licensing of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. General admission tickets and reserved seating tickets for Pete Seeger and friends, and Ani DiFranco and her band will go on sale at the Riverspace Box Office on Wednesday December 12 at 12 Noon. The proceeds from the show will benefit the legal campaign work that The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, WestCAN (Westchester Citizen's Awareness Network), and other community groups that are working on to stop re-licensing of Indian Point for another 20 years.
General Admission tickets are $48.50, reserved seating is $75, and a limited number of Golden Circle tickets that include an aftershow ?artists' gathering? with Pete, Ani, and special guests are available at $150 and are tax deductible.. Reserved and general admission tickets may be purchased beginning December 12 at noon, at the Riverspace box office, 119 Main St in Nyack, or by phone at 845 348 1880. Golden Circle tickets including after show, ?Artists Gathering? are available at and tickets will be mailed.
The Guacamole Fund ~ P.O. Box 699; Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 ~ 310-374-4837

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 1:00-5:00 pm (lunch and snacks provided)Massachusetts Climate Coalition Summit. Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA. Sponsor: New England Wildflower Society. An excellent opportunity to learn more about hot issues in the upcoming legislative year and help plan strategy. Seating is limited, so please contact Rob Garrity at (617) 515-0600 if you'd like to go.

Like we said: not much happening around the holidays, soooooo remember, if you're out on your bike at night use chains! AND listen to your Mother! See you next year.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Radioactive Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It’s our special Glowing Holidaze show. Deb Katz of the Citizens Awareness Network returns to these microphones with news of the Vermont Yankee nuke looming ominously just over the border, poised to make a mess out a' your holidays. We’ll poke around the Enviro Show Echo Chamber for news to brighten your day and we’ll engage in some Winter Solstice Bush bashing if time allows, but first it’s time for....Revenge of the Critters! Santa attacked by sex crazed reindeer!

"Radiation Babies" by Die Warzau takes us to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber. You think nukes are the answer to the climate crisis? Think again! Checkout the nuclear carbon footprint here! Apparently, Obama's into nukes but not free speech! Plan on protesting yourself? You too can be labeled a terrorist and locked away forever! The proposed Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act aims to throw us all in the slammer for exercising those quaint constitutional rights. Also, you thought we drove the Nestle water corporados out of Western Mass? Think Again! We'll rundown the list. YOUR community may be targeted.

Yes, it’s that time again! Speaking of the demise of the Constitution, Glen, how long now until the White House Grinch Machine is shutdown? The latest Bush Regime assault on the planet finds the Bush regime avoiding action at the current climate meeting by calling for......another climate meeting!

Following our interview with Deb we'll move onto the Bus Stop Billboard (watch out for that sticky duct tape residue!:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007; 7:00pm. "Oil Smoke & Mirrors", Film screening and following discussion at the Media Education Foundation, behind the Woodstar Café, Mason St.,Northampton, MA.

Thursday, Dec 13,20,& 27, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Weekly Green Energy Vigil!
Wells Fountain, Junction of Linden and Main, Brattleboro, VT
We will be here every week until Vermont Yankee is closed. Come join US!! for more info 802-387-4060

Wednesday December 12, 7pm. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART. Converse Hall Room 209, Amherst College, Rt. 116 at Rt. 9, Amherst. Info: Aron Goldman, 549-1193.

Friday night, December 14, 6pm-11pm. The "No Biomass Christmas Celebration" is next Friday night at the Russell VFW on Route 20 and tickets are just $10.00 for adults ($5.00 for children ages 6-12, under five free). This is a fundraiser for the legal fees of plaintiffs in the Special Permit Appeal. Tickets can be purchased at the Huntington Country Store on Route 112, or at New Horizons Sports on Franklin Street in Westfield, or at the door on the 14th. For more information: (413) 862-0037.

Sunday, December 16th, 7pm.. Winter Solstice Celebration, also known as Yule, is the holiday celebrating the rebirth of the Sun in the Pagan year. North East American School of Dance on the fourth floor of the Fitzwilly's building (Dance Spree Space)
23 Main St. Northampton. Call 413-238-4240.

We'll go out with "Snowfall" by Liz Story from "A Winter Solstice VI" in honor of the Solstice and in hopes for a white Christmas. Speaking of white, don't forget: if you're out on your bike at night, wear white AND don't forget to listen to your Mother!

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Return of The Climate of Crisis Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. It’s serious doom & gloom time once again on The Enviro show. Us tree-huggin’, dirt-worshippin’ WHMP green team rejects are all over the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) final report released last week. Thousands of international scientists state it is "unequivocal", climate change will bring "abrupt and irreversible changes." What they don't say is that it's time to pull the plug on industrial civilization! We’ll gnash our teeth and moan over that later, as well as blame the Bush regime for just about everything. Also, Ted Glick calls in once again to update us on the Climate Emergency Fast as well as the December 8 International Day of Climate Action, but first it’s time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Wild boars invade Wurtzburg!

Melodeego's "1 Sky" takes us to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber. We found this from the AP: A Carbon Monitoring for Action database, or CARMA has been created. Check the database for a mega CO2 emitter near you! ALSO, we checkout this New York Times editorial on the IPCC final report. Glen will comb through that in search of any hidden gloom. That bit of liberal Bush bashing naturally takes us to...

Yes! There’s that sound again. It's the Darth Cheney dirge. Glen, what’s the countdown? OK, by now you Enviro Show enthusiasts may have noticed we make little or no distinction between Darth Cheney and the boy emperor, right? That’s because it’s a package deal! Buy one...err...sort of...get the other free! Sooo, speaking of the other,whose name shall not be spoken, check this out: U.S. power company linked to Bush is named as top polluter. Surprise! Opps! We mentioned his name.

"O, Exxon!" by That Guitar Man, David Ippolito will segway us into the Enviro Show Question of the Day. I know we've said that in the past, but this time we may actually play those clips.

On the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, December 5, 7pm. Protect our water! A Lake Pleasant community forum at the National Spiritual Alliance Meetinghouse, Lake Pleasant. An evening of discussion and information sharing on the threats to the Montague Plains Aquifer.

Friday, December 7 "What Would Jesus Buy?". That's right! the very film Rev. Billy was telling us about on the last show will be at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford. Call for times & directions: 860-232-1006; or go here.

Saturday, December 8th, 3rd Annual International Day of Climate Action at the Lenox Town Hall; 6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA "Because We Love This Earth" Come learn about how you can take climate action in your local community in Berkshire County on December 8th. For more info visit the Climate Crisis Coalition website at or email Tom Stokes at Tell him D.O. sent you.

Wednesday December 12, 7pm. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART. Converse Hall Room 209, Amherst College, Rt 116 at Rt 9. Info: Aron Goldman, 549-1193.

Friday, December 14, 6 – 11pm. No Biomass Christmas Party. Russell VFW; Rt.20. A fundraiser for the struggle against the Russell Biomass plant. $10 adults, $5 children. Kids under 6 free. Call (413)862-0037

"Turn towards peace" by Jerusha Korim takes us over & out. Until next time, remember: listen to your Mother!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mass Climate Action Network spins for Cape Wind

A recent email alert from Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN) has a section titled: "New Opinion Poll Finds Growing Support for Cape Wind" in which it says: "An opinion survey released October 25th found that 61 percent of residents of the Cape and islands - slightly more than three in five - support the Cape Wind project. The survey, commissioned by the Newton-based Civil Society Institute and conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, also found bipartisan support for the Nantucket Sound offshore wind project..... A total of 501 residents of the Cape and islands were interviewed by telephone Oct. 10 to 15."

However, if the reader follows the link to the Cape Cod Today story she'll discover this: "The CPN/CSI poll is biased by its very design and based on leading questions designed to influence the results," Parker said by email in describing the [The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound] response to the survey. "The poll consistently positioned Cape Wind as a positive while downplaying concerns or ignoring them completely to support their results."

As an example, Parker cited a question claiming that Horseshoe Shoal, the proposed site for Cape Wind's 130 turbines, "is not in waters used any longer for significant commercial fishing. "The Mass. Fishermen's Partnership and the commercial fishermen who earn much of their livelihood on Horseshoe Shoal know differently," Parker said.
A day before the new survey was released, the Alliance released a statement through PRNewswire challenging CSI's credibility in previous surveys about Cape Wind and renewable energy."

So, MCAN continues to spin for Cape Wind and the privatization of the commons. Such shameless obfiscation is expected from outfits like Cape Wind, but from concerned enviros? MCAN needs to give both sides of the story upfront and let the people decide if Cape Wind is a good thing or the right project in the wrong place.

Checout the Alliance website here.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Stop Shopping Start Pledging Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings, it's the Stop Shopping Start Pledging Enviro Show coming to you during Valley Free Radio’s On-air Fund Drive which runs from Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 18. We'll be getting a call from the indomitable Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, but first we’d like a call from YOU. We can’t keep doing this without you. Valley Free Radio is not only on the cutting edge, it’s on the fiscal edge as well. This whole operation could tank without your help. PLEASE call and make a pledge, dig deep and make a donation to Valley Free Radio. Like they say: operators are standing by to take your call. The number is (413)584-1160 or click on the hot link above.

Even Revenge of the Critters! takes a backseat to our Fund Drive, but doesn't "Man killed by trouser snake" (no, it’s not what you think).In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we want to stick with the show's theme of Stop Shopping and recommend Freecycling. Checkout Northampton Freecycle, as well as the Amherst Area Freecycle. Also, America Public Media's Marketplace (of all people!) has put together a special series call Consumed. Checkout the segment with Jared Diamond, How much longer can we overshoot?. How about no longer?? Also mentioned on that series are the Freegans. Checkout some of their dumpster diving tips here.

"Buy Nothing" by Bernie Boulanger, from the "Buy Nothing Day Album" takes us to our sermon from Reverend Billy. Don't forget Buy Nothing Day is just around the corner on November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, buy nothing BUT support community radio. That’s money well spent! Hey, why shop for more junk you don't need when you can have a voice in the media mix? Yes, that's right: you can have your own radio show on Valley Free Radio. Checkout the website here to learn more about that.

There’s that theme again! Glen, do we have to wait or can we rid ourselves of Darth Cheney NOW?? Go to Rep. Denis Kucinich’s site and contact John Olver. Add your voice to the call for the impeachment of Darth Cheney!

As usual we visit the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, November 14; 7pm. Leverett Energy Committee meets at Town Hall. Cal (413)548-9716 for info.

Thursday, Nov.15, 22, 29; 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Weekly Green Energy Vigil!!
Wells Fountain, Junction of Linden and Main, Brattleboro, VT
We will be here every week until Vermont Yankee is closed. Come join US!!
for more info 802-387-4060.

November 16-17 Day of Action Against Coal Finance. RAN, Rising Tide and others are asking anyone and everyone concerned with stopping the US coal rush to join us in taking the message to Wall Street. From flyering and leafletting at your local Bank America branch or ATM, to creative street theater or non-violent direct action at bank offices - help our climate and communities by demanding clean energy! Email

Sunday, November 18, 2007; 2:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m. Carbon Trading: A Critical Conversation on Climate Change, Privatization and Power. Larry Lohmann, the editor of an exhaustively-documented new book that says that the politically popular "Carbon Trading" approach to the problem is both ineffective and socially unjust. Food for Thought Books, 106 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA (413) 253-5432.

Friday, November 23, All Day. BUY NOTHING DAY!

We go out with "The Smile that cost a fortune", by Sarcastic Mannequins, also from the "Buy Nothing Album". See you in two weeks, and remember SUPPORT COMMUNITY RADIO! (and, of course, listen to your Mother).

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Night of the Living Dread Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Yes, we will be live in the studio, but you never know! Vermont Yankee could meltdown anytime; Russia could pre-empt the neocons and launch the nukes; a climate change-induced mega-storm could wreak havoc in the Happy Valley; mutant staph bacteria could rage through town; Gene Tacy could get elected mayor of Northampton! Yes, it’s Halloween eve and we’ve primed the basement sump pump. Who knows what we’ll drag up!! Also, Tamara, the house witch, haunts us once again with tales of the season. Darth Cheney returns to scare the beejesus out of you! But first, it’s time for.......Revenge of the Critters! It’s a scary Halloween special!

There's that horrible theme again! Brrrrr! Glen, save us from the Dark Lord! How much longer must we endure this torture?? Like the latest White House deception on the climate crisis. Checkout our Halloween Blog Bonus: there’s some really scary repugnicians here. Here’s another Halloween Blog Bonus concerning some of those monsters in the White House. AND we have a truly frightening Halloween screed from a group working on depleted uranium weapons issues. We can easily lay that one on the White House doorstep, right? Hey, it’s THEIR war, THEIR watch! Trick or Treat!

A Wahington,DC Indymedia report on last week's No War, No Warming action takes us to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber where Bears invade DC! How about this for scary: Trees with rabbit genes hopping your way! Not scary enough? How about this letter about the Vernon nuke from the Citizens Awareness Network website? AND, this from Grist: UN report says world environment is, well....grim. Finally, bad enough the elephants have to put up with being the Repugnican Party's mascot AND being hounded into extinction, now our own State Rep, Ellen Story is refusing to come to their rescue! Why not let her hear from you?

Our Enviro Show Action Alert finds the Berkeley Tree Sit threatened by a court ruling that could result in a police sweep at any momement. The sitters are trying to protect old-growth oaks being cut down to make way for a $125 million athletic training center (interesting priorities over that UC Berkeley, ey?). Take Action!

We hope to find at least SOMETHING positive in our clips from The Enviro Show Question of the Day. If anyone is left listening after all that scary news they might find some glimmer of hope amongst the people. We taped this last spring in Pulaski Park during some sort of tree-hugging, dirt-worshipping festivity.

Sadly, a special person and true friend of the trees, Ed Cotton, has died. Ed was on the show last summer talking about elms, trees in general and his love of the planet. Let his own words speak for his memory:
"We must preserve this planet for future generations, preserve this miracle that has been provided for us by nature."
Ed Cotton, presente!

Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturday, November 3, 11-12:00pm. Step It Up Northampton. In front of First Churches, located at 129 Main Street in Northampton on the corner of Center Street. Gather together and write postcards to political leaders demanding that they provide leadership and take the bold actions necessary to confront the climate crisis. This event may include dance and musical performances. Volunteers welcome. Call (413)584-1925; Email:

Saturday, November 3, 10:30-12:30, corner of Northampton and South Sts. in Holyoke. Standout for Richard Purcell, who's running for Holyoke City Council in Ward 3. Rich is a Green-Rainbow Chairperson in Hampden County. If you can help, please contact Leslie at 413-522-1559 or at

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 to 9pm. An interactive panel discussion on the Bush regime’s recent efforts to brand The Green Scare and the San Francisco 8 defendents as terrorists under the so-called USA PATRIOT Act. The event will take place at Food for Thought Books, 106 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. Call 413-584-3158.

Thursday, November 8, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Turtles of the Connecticut Valley. Lori Erb, Turtle Conservation Biologist, Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (413) 256-6006. Member: $5 Non-member: $8

Wednesday, November 14; 7pm. Leverett Energy Committee meets at Town Hall. Call (413)548-9716 for info.

November 16-17 Day of Action Against Coal Finance. RAN, Rising Tide and others are asking anyone and everyone concerned with stopping the US coal rush to join them in taking the message to Wall Street. From flyering and leafletting at your local Bank America branch or ATM, to creative street theater or non-violent direct action at bank offices - help our climate and communities by demanding clean energy! Email

Enough! How much chilling news can a body take?? Happy Halloween every BODY!! And remember: if you're out at night on your bike, wear white and listen to your Mother!

Friday, October 12, 2007

The No War/No Warming Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Happy Blog Action Day (get active!). It's the War against Nature meets the War for Oil on The Enviro Show. Ted Glick, who is on the second month of the Climate Emergency Fast, called in about the upcoming No War, No Warming action in Washington, DC on October 21st and 22nd. Also, Kate Sowder Zalzal, a Masters of Science Candidate at the Umass Climate System Research Center, who is conducting paleoclimate studies in the Canadian High Arctic, joined us to discuss some of the science behind the climate crisis. If you were anywhere near Montague during the show there was a meeting about the corporate threat to our water. Also, we delved into the news on The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it was time for......Revenge of the Critters! Keeping with the military theme: Flipper armed and dangerous!

"Blood for Oil" by Lisa Rhodes and Mary Ann Naz took us to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber. First we gloated over Nestle's bailing from their Montague Plains wildlife refuge aquifer privatization scheme, as reported in the Greenfield Recorder, but don't put away your monkey wrench just yet, they may look for private land to facilitate their theft of the peoples water. Also, we warned you it was coming, now it's official from the BBC: "Warming opens Northwest Passage". Of course the big news last week was Al Gore and the IPCC receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Run Al, run! But hey, check our Blog Action Day bonus link out: our friends at Rainforest Action Network think Al should get arrested! And this from Grist: Think outside the bottle campaign kicks off! Also, U.S. Interior Department slammed on climate data.

Following our conversation with Ted Glick, we went on to our interview with Kate Sowder. At that point one of our loyal listeners burst into the studio (so much for homeland security) waving around an old folk LP with a song titled "Northwest Passage" by Stan Rogers. We went out on that. What else could we do? She held the album to our heads!

As usual, we checked out the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, October 16 --Public Meeting on Nestle Corp and the Montague Plains aquifer; 7:00-9:00pm, at the Grange Hall in Montague Center.

Thursday , Oct. 18, 5 PM Wake Up Wal-Mart Rally in response to new reports of lead-laced toys, tainted snacks, poisonous pet food and other products which Wal-Mart is buying from China at low cost. Simultaneous rallies will be held in Springfield, Chicopee, and Westfield. For more info, please contact Tyrone Housey at , call (413) 732-6209 x17, or visit

Friday, October 19. Iraq Moratorium. Wear a black arm band all day to remind yourself and others that the war grinds on and people are dieing. AND take part in a Vigil and demonstration on the corner of State and Main in Northampton at 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 21-23, all day. No War, No Warming. Washington, DC. Go to: or email: or
Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30pm, Food for Thought Books. U.S. Social Forum Report-back & Next Steps for the Social Forum movement in Wmass. 106 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. Contact Maya at 917-833-1950 or Doug at 413-584-8975.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 11am. Mass. Fish & Wildlife Board Meeting in Northfield. At press time the venue site was yet to be announced but when it is, get there at 10:30 for a vigil in support of the protection of the Montague Aquifer. Stop Nestle’s scheme to privatize the peoples water! Watch for the announcement.

Saturday, October 27th & Saturday, November 10th , 1:00 – 3:00 pm. A walking tour of the Montague Plains and Bitzer Fish Hatchery will explore the aquifer that Nestle is interested in tapping as a source of bottled water. Learn the natural history of the aquifer by walking on the glacial sands of the Montague Plains off Turners Falls Road in Montague, then drive onto Hatchery Road where the Bitzer Fish Hatchery raises trout for stocking across the state. Meet at the Montague Plains parking area, east off Turners Falls Road, diagonal across from Hatchery Road in Montague, MA. Sponsored by the Montague Alliance to Protect Our Water. Call 367-2281

Saturday, October 27, 12 Noon. New England Mobilization to End the war Now! Boston Common. Bus information: From Northampton: Call AFSC at 413-584-8975 or email at to reserve a seat on the coach to the demonstration. From Amherst: Call 413-324-1025. Scholarships are available for those who need them, and we urge those who can’t go to contribute money for scholarships.

Ok, that's it. Next time it's The Night of the Living Dread Enviro Show, a Halloween eve special. Brrrrrrrr...

Monday, October 08, 2007

Cape Bag 'O Winders play the class card

This life-long visitor and working-class former resident of Cape Cod, Massachusetts has about had it with Cape Wind proponents such as a recent writer to the Martha's Vineyard Times who tried to give readers the impression that the privately-owned industrial wind plant proposed for the public waters of Nantucket Sound has all kinds of support from "union workers" and "fishermen". Driving away from the Cape recently I noticed the proponents even have a bumber sticker now designed to appeal to us workers, further playing the class card and giving the false implication that only wealthy shoreline residents are opposed to Cape Wind. Such disinformation shows just how low Cape Winders will go to push their privatization scheme. They have been using the same corporate tactics used against environmentalists in the past in their effort to silence sincere opposition to the particular sitting of this project.

The list of working people who have serious concerns about the project is long and diverse. Try these: Cape Cod Marine Trades Association, Edgartown Charter Fishing Association; Edgartown Shellfish Organization; Massachusetts Marine Trades Association; Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association; Massachusetts Commercial Fishermen’s Association; Mass Bay Inshore Commercial Fishermen’s Association; Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association; and the Provincetown Fishermen’s Association, to name just a few. In addition, I'm told the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line ferry operators are critical of placing an industrial power plant in the middle of Nantucket Sound due to navigational concerns.

If Cape Wind proponents would put as much energy into seeking alternative sites for their beloved project as they do misinforming the public, we might be able to reach more agreement on the placement for such power plants.


Friday, September 28, 2007

This Dam Nation Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. We return to the subject of water here on the all wet Enviro Show, this time with a view toward its’ imprisonment. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, editor of the book "Dam Nation" calls-in to comment on "dispatches from the water underground". We return to the machinations of the evil one, Darth Cheney and his minions. Also, we’ll checkout the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for....Revenge of the Critters! Mum KO’d by sweet-toothed giraffe. Is it a tall tale?

Colleen Kattau's "Ocean Song" from her recent "Inhabited Woman" release takes us to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber. We rerun this recent story from Grist: Park Service rules allow 540 snowmobiles a day into Yellowstone. Watch out Yogi Bear! And D.O. reads his recent letter to the Valley Advocate concerning those corporados at Nestle and their designs for the Montague aquifer. Your Enviro Show Blog Bonus finds The Pedal People in action on the street in Northampton!

There's that theme again! Glen, what’s the countdown today? How much more evil can we endure?? OK, the Empire continues its War against Nature. Rep. Henry Waxman reveals DOT officials and White House lobbied against California's vehicle-emission standards. ALSO, the Empire puts on a climate dog & pony show, fooling no one but the dwindling faithful few, after the boy emperor skipped the recent UN climate talks. The good news is that the people are NOT amused. Protests [1],[2] at the State Department, where the show took place, stirred the climate crisis pot last week. Go to: for more details.

Then we move on to our interview with Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, editor of the book "Dam Nation". Dam Nation combines environmental victories in the sustainable use movement with hands-on, participatory options for country and city dwellers. Not just a "how-to" but a "why-to" book.

Finally, as usual, we go to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, October 4 from 5:30-5:50 pm. Anti-nuke demo! The Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel returns to Vernon to address the public's concerns about the August 21st cooling tower collapse at Vermont Yankee and the ensuing mishaps which caused an emergency shutdown of the reactor. "Is Vermont Yankee safe?" is a question raised by people throughout the state. Go to the main entrance of the Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Rd. Just over the line in Vernon, VT. Call CAN: 413.339.5781 or 413.834.3280.

Friday, Oct.5th, 6pm. “Who Killed the Electric Car?” free screening at Green Fields Market meeting room. Also shown on October 11; 21 and 24th.

Monday, Oct. 8th, 2007 (formerly known as Columbus Day, now Indigenous Peoples Day) at 7 p.m. An Evening with Native American Environmental Activist and Author Winona LaDuke. Greenfield Community College's Sloan Theatre. One College Drive, Greenfield, MA. Proceeds from this event benefit The Friends of Wissatinnewag, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Native American sacred sites. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at World Eye Books in downtown Greenfield $12 at the door, $8 for GCC students with college ID.

Tuesday, October 9, 7 - 8:30 p.m. THE CONNECTICUT RIVER: SOURCE TO SEA. Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth, Naturalist and Author who has paddled and researched the entire river, will offer an introduction to the river that will include a slide show. She will be available to sign her new book following the program. Proceeds from book sales benefit the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Call: (413) 256-6006

Saturday, October 13, all day. Unplug America! The “Unplug America” campaign was introduced by Indigenous Peoples in 1992 in response to the 500 year anniversary of the arrival of Columbus to the Americas. Unplug Day is an invitation to all people to show our love and respect for Mother Earth by challenging unhealthy patterns of consumption and the continued production of poisons that destroy our environment. October 13th is a day to unplug – turn off the TV and radio, shut off the taps, and leave the fossil-fuel burning vehicle at home! Instead, take a walk with friends and family, tell stories, do something artistic, and say a prayer for Mother Earth and our communities. Call 928-214-8301

October 20-22: No War, No Warming is calling for a massive intervention in Washington, DC, with solidarity actions around the US and internationally. On Saturday and Sunday we will be organizing trainings in D.C. for nonviolent direct action / civil disobedience and holding spokes council meetings to plan and coordinate our actions. Go to:

There. You're done with the likes of us 'til next time. Until then, remember: listen to your Mother!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Cape Bag ‘o Wind Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. We hope to have Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the phone to talk about the Cape Wind project that mainstream enviros are attempting to ram down our collective throat. We’ll go right to the interview at the top of the show, after which we’ll submerge ourselves into the troubled waters surrounding this popular privatization scheme. Later, we’ll open the phone lines and get your opinion and have a bit of ..err...back-n-forth? Speaking of uncertain phone calls, we may get another from David Kroodsma, celebrating the finish in the first leg of the Ride for Climate.

Then, of course, it's time for the...Revenge of the Critters! Great White tries kayak for lunch! You can tell there's a nautical theme here, right?

Next, Robert Lucas' "Green Energy Blue" takes us to our Cape Wind free-for-all! We'll take a whack at the Massachusetts Ocean Act (S.2281) and its’ assault on the long-standing Massachusetts Ocean Sanctuary Act. Also, Greenpeace spins with the worst of them! AND, deeper water windmills? Sounds like their getting’ in over their heads to us! D.O. takes a piece out of Mass Audubon’s ambiguous position on Cape Wind. Then it’s time to open the phone lines and talk about industrial seascapes! WARNING: Everyone on this show thinks Cape Wind SUCKS!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we have this piece from Grist (lifted from Reuters) on the U.S. Navy’s War on Terrorist Whales (told you there was a nautical theme). By this time in the show David may call from the other coast and scold us for our stand against Cape Wind. We'll see.

Finally, we'll checkout the ol' Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, September 18; 6:30 p.m. Renewable workshop on wind power. Greenfield Community College. Fee: $10 suggested. If you’re close-by GO! (but keep yur’ radio tuned to 103.3). Center for Ecological Technology (CET).

Wednesday, September 19, Cast Your Vote to Restore Constitutional Protections during the National Call-in to Congress! Restore Habeas Corpus! Restore the Fourth Amendment! Go to: or call both your Senators and your Representative at 202-224-3121.

Friday, September 21 at 4:30 PM on WMUA 91.1FM and on September 27 at 8 AM on Valley Free Radio 103.3. Writer's Voice: A Forum-on-the-Air on Local/Corporate Control of Our Water. Nestle Corporation is considering building a new bottling plant somewhere in Massachusetts. It could be sited on the Montague Plains and draw its water from that aquifer. Spend the hour live with Alan Snitow, co-author of THIRST: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water . Snitow produced the film documentary, Thirst, which was aired by PBS. Call into 413-545-3691 during the MUA show with your questions.

Wednesday, September 26; 6:30 p.m. Renewable workshop on solar power. Berkshire Athenaeum. Fee: $10 suggested. Contact

Tues, Sept 25. Protest Bush's visit to the UN in New York City. A group of activists from New York City such as Code Pink, WILPF, WRL, ACT UP!, are coordinating what is hoped will be several days of antiwar events and actions in protest of Bush's annual visit to address the UN General Assembly.,, Call 917-776-4927

Sunday, September 30th, 2007; 10am – 6pm, Pioneer Valley Relocalization Workshop.
Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street, Northampton, MA. Frances Moore Lappé to give keynote address. Call Kathi Bangert, 413-256-1157.

Saturday, October 6, 10am – 4pm.; Green Buildings Open House, presented by The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) as part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. To find Green Buildings Open House sites near you, visit .

October 20-22, No War, No Warming, is calling for a massive intervention in Washington, DC, with solidarity actions around the US and internationally. On Saturday and Sunday we will be organizing trainings in D.C. for nonviolent direct action / civil disobedience and holding spokes council meetings to plan and coordinate our actions. The intention of No War, No Warming is to hold Congress accountable and show the world that we will not sit still; we will hold an intervention by taking over Capitol Hill on a day that Congress is in session. See:

We go out with "Like a Wave", by Wildman (there's that theme again!). That's it. Remember: listen to your Mother, ok?

Monday, September 03, 2007

The Greening of Noho Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings, we trust you’ve recovered from the labors of the day. It’s the One Thousand Five hundred thirty first anniversary of the fall of the Roman Empire today! We’ll see if what goes around comes around. Lynn DiTullio of the River Valley Market Green Team comes to these microphones with news of the new green building going up out on the north end of King Street for the River Valley Market co-op, and Chris Mason, the new Northampton Energy officer joins us to envision a greener Paradise City for the future. As usual, Amherst’s David Kroodsma calls in from the Ride for Climate. Speaking of empire, we return to chilling subject of Darth Cheney. We’ll celebrate the fall of Enemy of the Earth, Larry Craig, AND we delve briefly into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for......Revenge of the Critters! We read another episode of Bambi’s Revenge AND link to our first video edition: The Buck Stomps Here!.

OK, things are still heating up in Montague as citizens rise-up to protect their water rights. Posters are going up and chat rooms are filling up as folks prepare for the next steps in resisting the corporados from Nestle who have set their sights on the Montague Plains aquifer as a source for a corporate water bottling operation. We’ve put the latest info up on our blog, but for tonight we’re just asking you to pen a letter of protest [see sample] to the Mass Fish & Wildlife Board who manage the Montague Plains Wildlife Refuge and fax it to (508) 389-7890 or mail it to: One Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough MA 01581. Tell them the Board should re-affirm its policy and indicate that Nestle cannot use public resources for private gain. The Board’s mandate is clear: preserving lands and water acquired for biological resources and habitat protection. Talking points are posted on the website.

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we note the just passed second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with this encouraging story from the LA Times.
Of course, the fall of Repugnican Senator Larry Craig was all over the news this past week, but let’s have a look at what WASN’T reported: the guy’s awful environmental voting record!

Pink Floyd's "Signs of Life", reminds us there’s signs of life in the old quarry out on the end of King Street. We do our interview with Chris Mason, Energy Officer for Northampton and Lynn DiTullio of the River Valley Market Green Team.

Glen! There’s the theme, what’s the count?? Let’s checkout Scott Ritter’s thoughts on Why Cheney really is that bad. We couldn’t agree MORE!!

Finally, it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, September 6, 6:30 p.m. Paul Jahnige, Director of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Greenways and Trails Program will be speaking at the Edwards Library on East St. in Southampton.

Thursday, Sept 6, 5pm Join the Citizens Awareness Network’s contingent in the Franklin County Fair Parade! Greenfield Middle School parking lot, Greenfield, MA. We will have the MOCK NUCLEAR WASTE CASK and Cows!! Bring signs, voices and good energy!! Bicycles too!

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. NON-VIOLENCE TRAINING. Edwards Church, Main St., Northampton, Mass. Facilitators include: Peggy Anderson, Jo Commerford and Paki Wieland. A day of non-violence training will include reflections on theory and on our place in the rich history of alternatives to violence. Of course this might come in VERY handy if you're planning to confront the war machine in DC or say, Nestle on the Montague Plains?? To register please email Peggy at or Paki at

Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Amherst’s Energy Conservation Task Force presents its 3rd Annual Renewable Energy Fair. On the Amherst Town Common. Free and open to the public; please join us for a day of resources, information, and presentations designed to help you lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

Also, Saturday, September 15, all day, March on Washington,DC. End the war now! Protesting is not enough. Come for the rally, stay for a week of direct action. For local bus info call Tristan at 508-517-3864.

Wednesday, September 19, 7 - 9 p.m. Late Summer Insect Concert! Late summer evenings are wonderful times to listen to the many varied sounds made by grasshoppers, crickets and katydids. We’ll spend some time indoors with images and virtual calls and then go outside to listen. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Register at (413) 256-6006

We'll go out with Dar Williams' "The end of the summer". So much for the likes of us. Stay tuned for more rabble rousing in the near future; same bat channel, same bat time! And remember: listen to your Mother!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Water is NOT a Commodity Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. We’re still strapped to the torturous water wheel here on the Enviro Show. The issue just keeps goin’ round ‘n round. Tuesday night we look at what on Earth happened to water! How did it go from streams you could drink out of to stolen tap water in poisonous plastic bottles?? We’ll be getting call-ins from Miles Maiden, founder of Hydro-Photon, talking about water purity; and once again Amherst resident, David Kroodsma files another report from the Ride for Climate. Also, we’ll go on about the big public meeting last week in Montague on the potential Nestle corporate water grab. But first, it’s time for....Revenge of the Critters! You think the Repugnicans are dumping on you? Check this out: The GOP mascot literally dumps on its keeper. It’s a Karl Rove bailout special!!

The Nestle/Montague Plain potential water grab is creating a bit of dialogue on the MontagueMA website. We’ll do a reportback from last Thursday’s Public Meeting at the Montague Grange and some more serious Nestle corporado bashing. What do you think they pay us for here??

On the Enviro Show Echo Chamber: We read Saturday’s NY Times editorial on public water supplies. Also: Fish trump dam in Oregon. And, Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour picks up rave reviews. The film premiers in Boston on August 24th. More info here. Soooo, climate crisis and water wars, there seems to be a connection. SURPRIZE! We'll read an excerpt from the Washington Post.

Then we move-on to our call-ins from Miles Maiden and David Kroodsma and some general grousing about water quality and the state of the world. Before you get too sick of all our kevetching, hopefully, we'll escape to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, Aug. 23 2007; 10:30 - 11:30 am: Earth Rangers. Hands-on Earth science education for children 5 years and older and their families. For more information or to register call (413)863-3221. More programs here.
ALSO: Junior Ranger program meets at at 10:30, meet at the Summit House, Skinner State Park, off Rte. 47, Hadley. Free. 586-0350.

NOW to Sept. 1; SOLAR ROLLERS BIKE THRU VT TO SHUT DOWN VT YANKEE! Join the Solar Rollers for a day, a weekend, a week or the entire trip! For more information or to join us, contact David Detmold- 413.863.8666 or email

Friday, August 24; NIGHTWALK: The Summit House holds a nighttime walk at 7:30, beginning at the front gate, Skinner State Park, off Rte. 47, Hadley. Free. 586-0350.

Saturday, August 25, at 10 a.m , citizens will converge at Kennebunkport to call for an immediate withdraw of United States troops from Iraq. Rally and March for Peace will feature speakers from across the country including Cindy Sheehan, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Congresswoman Cynthia McKenney, Melida & Carlos Arredondo, and a dozen others. Music will be provided by nine groups including the Indigo Girls, Inanna, David Rovics, and Pat Scanlon & Band.

We'll go out with "Come by the Hills", by Loreena McKennitt, from her "Elemental" album. Loreena will be at the Providence Performing Arts Center on October 20th. See directions here. That's it 'til next time. Remember to listen to your Mother and watch out for meteorites!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Meatless B-Day with Tap Water & End of Fund Drive Enviro Show (whew!)

Greetings Earthlings, it's time to once again wish us HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! We are two years old this month. Yes, it’s the Terrible Twos here at The Enviro Show. It’ll also be the final day of the VFR Fund Drive so please dig deep and make us proud of our Enviro Show listeners. It's Valley Free Radio's birthday too ya' know. Give 'em a present already! The number to call and make your pledge is (413)584-1160, that’s (413)584-1160. After we fall all over ourselves wishing each other happy birthday, we’ll talk and sing about that potential corporado water raid on the Montague Plains. Yes, it’s another Enviro Show EXCLUSIVE! Tom Neilson LIVE with his new song for the Montague Plains heard right in our studio, first time ever, goin' out to you! We’ll also check out The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Then we’ll have a brief call-in from Will Tuttle, author of "The World Peace Diet", reminding us that meat kills, but more than we know. And, hopefully, David Kroodsma of The Ride for Climate will call-in this week from the other coast as well, but first it’s time for...Revenge of the Critters! It’s the Bulls vs. The Morons!

After we remind you to make your pledge to VFR by calling (413)584-1160, that’s (413) 584-1160, we’ll go right into The Enviro Show Echo Chamber. Some local news here, first from the MassLive site Fish Farmer sentenced for killing protected birds. Did they say "sentenced"? Ha! Check the post below for more details on justice denied (BOO!). Also, this from the Times Argus in Vermont: Brattleboro police Taser, then arrest two enviro protesters (BOO! again!!). And finally, this New York Times editorial reminds us that good water comes right out of our tap!

Then it's time to take that call-in from Will Tuttle. He's an alpha dog vegan with loads of experience on issues surrounding meat, but he's no meathead! Will is a regular columnist for VegNews Magazine, a member of the board of advisers of EarthSave International, and a regular presenter at animal rights, vegetarian, and vegan conferences and gatherings.

We'll follow-up Will with Tom Neilson's latest. You'll be the first on your block to hear this song listeners. He wrote it after hearing about Nestle's planned assault on the Montague Plains aquifer. Like we said: it's another Enviro Show exclusive!

Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, August 8, 7pm. Meeting for organizing against the proposed Nestle water bottling operation on the Montague Plains and the immanent threat of corporate privatization of our water. At the Common House of Pathways co-housing at the end of Mountain Laurel Path off of Florence Road between Rte 66 and Burt Pitts Rd., Florence.

August 6-9; WALK FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE-Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day. Focus will be on stopping a twenty year license extension for Vermont Yankee and all refurbishing and building of nuclear weapons.
Citizens Awareness Network, Call: 413-339-5781

Friday , August10, 7pm. Reel World Free Films presents: "Who Killed the Electric Car?", Arms Library; Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. Information call: 413 625-9708.

August 8-14; The Southeast Convergence for Climate Action will be a week of trainings, workshops, and strategy sessions focused on building a no-compromise movement against the fossil fuel industry and “false solutions” to climate change. Call 303-929-9713. Go to:

Join the Solar Rollers for a day, a weekend, a week or the entire trip!
For more information or to join us, contact David Detmold- 413.863.8666 or email

Thursday, August 16, 7:30pm. Meeting in Montague on Nestle plans to raid the Montague Plains aquifer. Montague Grange Hall, on the Montague Center Common. Check our blog to confirm time and details or email us at:

We'll go out with Colleen Kattau's "No Ordinary Heifer" from her latest album, "Inhabited Woman". It is, after all, our meatless birthday show, right?
Don't forget: if you're out on your bike at night wear white, and remember to listen to your Mother!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sunderland serial bird killer gets slap on wrist

Here's some news on the pathetic sentence Judge Ponsor handed down on Michael Zak, the serial bird killer who owns the Mohawk Trout Hatchery at 467 Amherst Road in Sunderland, Massachusetts. The maximum sentence for this gruesome crime is 3 years in jail, instead Ponsor lets him off with probation, proving once again that wildlife is expendable, even threatened and endangered species, in the eyes of anthropocentric humans.

Zak and Timothy Lloyd, 29, of 115 Park St., Easthampton, shot and tried to hide "more than 250 great blue heron carcasses, as well as the bodies of about 10 ospreys and one bald eagle on the grounds of the Mohawk Trout Hatchery, a business owned by Zak and which lies behind his home."

Soooo, not much in the way of justice served there, huh? Perhaps there's some divine justice in store for Zak? Only time will tell.

The AP story is below. MassLive blog coverage is here.


Fish farmer sentenced to time in halfway house for gunning birds

Associated Press - July 24, 2007 5:04 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The owner of a Sunderland trout hatchery will spend six months in a halfway house for killing herons, ospreys and a bald eagle.

US District Judge Michael Ponsor also ordered Michael Zak to pay a $65,000 fine and serve five years probation.

Zak pleaded guilty to shooting more than 200 herons and ospreys that were feeding at his fish pools between 2004 and 2007.

But he claimed that he thought the eagle was actually a hawk.

Zak told the judge that shooting the birds was the only way he knew to keep them from eating his fish. But Judge Ponsor said he couldn't understand why Zak just didn't spend the money to put nets over the fish pools to protect them from the birds.

Timothy Lloyd -- who worked for Zak -- also pleaded guilty in the case and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and serve two years of probation.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Corporado Water Raid Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings, guess who’s poking around the Montague Plain lookin’ to privatize the public aquifer? None other than Nestle, the "good food, good life" corporados. We say: Not good! These guys are raiding public resources all over the rural U.S. We expect a call-in from Tim Simmons, Restoration Ecologist with Mass Wildlife who will tell us about the ecological aspects of the Montague Plains, and us dirt-worshippers here in the studio will talk about this latest attempt by the corporados to privatize the commons. Also, we check-in with the vile machinations of Darth Cheney once more in our Empire Notes segment And another call-in from David Kroodsma on the Ride for Climate,(checkout their You-Tube music video here), but first a special Imperial War on Terra' edition of the....Revenge of the Critters! Giant badgers terrorize Iraq!

There it is again, Glen! The Darth Cheney theme. When will he and his neocon droids release us from this bondage?? We reported on Lord Cheney’s secretive Energy Taskforce long ago, but now the Washington Post has revealed the names of the operatives from Big Oil and others who met with Darth to plan the takeover of Iraq...err...Washington? Whatever! July 23, by the way, is or was (depending when you read this) Impeach Cheney Day. Last weekend Impeach Cheney was the #1 video on YouTube. Grist reports other Cheney news: "Spurred by an earlier piece in the Post, House Democrats plan to hold a hearing at the end of July to look into the veep's role in policy moves that led to the massive die-off of Klamath River salmon in 2002". Speaking of Big Oil, Darth’s friends at Exxon/Mobil are being sued by New York State. You gotta' problem wid' 'dat??

In our Enviro Show Echo Chamber we echo the words of former Green Party candidate for the office of the Guv, Jill Stein on the proposed creation of...are you ready?... a Developer-Government in Massachusetts! And, we segway into tonights’ topic with this piece from AlterNet that takes us right to Nestle’s so-called "good life":"Rural communities exploited by Nestle for your bottled water". By the way, Tuesday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. there’s a meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board about giving Nestle access to the Montague Plain for testing. PROTEST!!!

Our Blog Bonus Special this week is a summer viewing spectacular! Checkout "Flushie's Summer Vacation". Coming to a monitor near you!

"Veolia" by Tom Neilson from his "Only Outlaws will be Free" disc takes us to our segment on Nestle's intentions for the Montague Plain and the water issues involved in that corporate scheme and we'll field a call from Tim Simmons, Restoration Ecologist with Mass Wildlife.

Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Thursday, July 26, from 3 to 8 p.m. MassCentral Rail Trail Coalition events. A walking tour of downtown, a biking tour of the path network being developed, a dinner meeting at the Northampton Brewery-- and an update about what is going on across the state the longest possible rail trail in New England. Call 413-575-2277 or email:

Tuesday, July 31;1:00 p.m. Meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board. PROTEST!!! Nestle is talking with MassWildlife to obtain permission to enter the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area and perform a site investigation. This investigation would culminate in a long term pumping test well to "stress the aquifer" and see how it reacts in order to determine its long term sustainable yield. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Office, 300 Westgate Drive off Rte 116 and Rte 9, Hadley.

Saturday, August 4; 11 a.m., Greenfield Town Common. Vigil and speak-out to mark the beginning of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Week: a time to honor those who died and suffered due to the U.S. atomic bombing of those Japanese cities on August 6 & 9, 1945; For info call, 367-9356.

Sunday, August 5; WALK FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE-Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day - send off in Middlebury, Vermont-- Aug. 5, ending in Burlington, Aug 9. For contact info. Hattie Nestel; 978-249-6224 or Deb Katz 413-339-5781.

We hope to go out with Mos Def's "New World Water", if we can find a copy that has all those nasty words bleeped out. Goddess knows, we wouldn't want to offend anyone.....right?

Monday, July 09, 2007

The Ecolectic Enviro Show: (Darth Cheney & the Great Migration)

Greetings Earthlings, It’s something for everyone this evening. We return again to the plight of our four-legged relations, specifically those studied by UMass wildlife biologist, Malik Marjan in the Boma National Park and within the massive Southern Sudan animal migration recently featured in the New York Times. Also, it’s an extended Darth Cheney segment tonight given the recent revelations in the Washington Post and his latest machinations for the real Evil Empire. David Kroodsma phones in from the road, hopefully! The Ride for Climate finds our guy from Amherst on the outer fringes of Cheney’s home state. Careful David! He’s armed and dangerous!! As always, we’ll checkout the Enviro Show Echo Chamber and other news, but first it’s time for....Revenge of the critters! Spider invasion creeping out Austrians!

After some voices from last Saturday's Live Earth event in Northampton we'll move on to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber. From the New York Times a must read op-ed by Al Gore in the Sunday, July 1 edition, Moving Beyond Kyoto. Also from the Times: "Business prevails in environmental case". And speaking of endangered species :"Poachers kill one of two last White Rhinos in Zambia". And U.S. Fish & Wildlife giving trophy hunting permits for Polar bears? Checkout the action link here. Some good news from the Amherst Bulletin: "Colleges, town making strides to limit energy consumption". And finally, our roving reporter and fellow bardic insurgent, Tom Neilson reports from the heartland that the lakes of Wisconsin are drying up. Maybe Texas will send some of their surplus rain northward? Happy trails, Tom!

There’s the theme, Glen, how much longer until Darth Cheney, the boy emperor and their ilk are banished? Darth and his Death Star at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are taking fire from quasi-rebel forces at the Washington Post....finally! We'll have a look at an excerpt from the week-long series, this one focusing on Darth’s assault on the planet Earth. And, regarding the Scooter Libby jail break, our friends at Traprock Peace Center put this one up on their blog: "Congress can still follow the Libby oil trail".

"What Does that W Stand For?" by John Lily, from the "Hail to the Thieves III" compilation takes us to our interview with Malik Marjan. Then it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday, July 13 , 7 pm. Bill McKibben: "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future", Odyssey Books in the Village Commons, S. Hadley. Call 413-534-7307 or 800-540-7307.

Friday, July 13, 7-9pm. Beaver Fever hike. Fitzgerald Lake, North Farms Rd., Florence. Call the BROAD BROOK COALITION, (413) 586-4364.

Wednesday,July 11 & Friday, July 13, 9 am at the Windham County Courthouse, Newfane, VT. Entergy will be presenting its findings as to the effects of temperature increase on the CT river. Attend and support CAN and NECNP lawyers! Contact Evan Mulholland for more legal info, and the Environmental Court contact is (802) 828-1660.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00pm The State Department of Public Utilities is holding a public hearing in Russell on the transmission line corridors for the proposed Russell Biomass plant. The corridors would either run through rare and priority species habitat in the Tekoa and Grace Robson State Wildlife Sanctuaries, or through neighborhoods in Russell and Westfield.. Hearing at the Russell Elementary School on Highland Avenue (just off Route 20 a block from the Cumberland Farms). (413) 862-0037

Saturday, July 14, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Hawley Bog Walk. Come visit this pristine peatland jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and the Five Colleges. During midsummer, we should see blooming orchids, such as pink grass and fringed orchid, all three native insectivorous plants, and the many members of the heath family that make the bog their home. Adults $10.00 m/ $15.00 nm. REGISTRATION Phone: 413-584-3009

Sunday, July 22; Noon - 2 p.m. Green and Nuclear Free -- A Community Gathering in Favor of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Closing Vermont Yankee. Brattleboro town common, Park Place between Linden Street and Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT. Music by Charlie King and Derrik Jordan. AND a Non-violent Civil Disobedience Action. At 2 p.m. on July 22 a group of people will carpool from the Common to Vermont Yankee to do an act of non-violent civil disobedience. Others will come to witness and support those who will risk arrest. Co-sponsored by Citizens Awareness Network, Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance, New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, Nuclear Free Vermont. More info: or (413) 339-5781 or (802) 254-2531.

We'll go out with "We Will Rise" by upstate New Yorker, Colleen Kattau from her new "Inhabited Woman" disc. Until next time remember: Listen to yur' Mother!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Endangered Species Enviro Show

Things have been mighty anthropocentric on The Enviro Show lately, so we thought we’d go wild and invite one of our favorite wildlife biologists back. Jennifer Seavey will give us an overview and pipe-up about the Endangered Piping Plover right here in the Commonwealth. Also we’ll do a brief review on some of the keystone species under siege elsewhere courtesy of industrial civilization and the highly flawed species driving it. We expect another call-in from David Kroodsma, a local resident biking across country on the Ride for Climate, and, hopefully, a visit from our dearest in-house VFR witch, Tamara on the upcoming Summer Solstice, but first it’s time for.....Revenge of the Critters! Pet parrot blows mistress’ cover!

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber brings us some words on the pathos of G8 not exactly from the corporate media (our friends at Grist have it covered). It seems fitting to echo our own so here's a report from Ashville Indymedia on an action Asheville Rising Tide held for the International Day of Action Against Climate Change and G8. Of course, checkout Climate Indymedia for more action reports. We'll see what else the cat drags as well.

Glen, what’s that sound? When will the Bushies FINALLY be extinct?? Given that tonight’s theme concerns endangered species, let’s hear what the folks at NRDC think about the Bush regime’s proposed listing of Polar Bears. That should give us a chill! AND, White House floats another bad idea. Hmmm, what's that sound? Growley bears? Don’t sound too happy. Maybe it’s the Grizzlies up in Yellowstone complaining about the Bushies plan to de-list them!

OK, a little closer to home we have a few highly endangered species we’d like to talk about. Before Jenn gets into some in-depth info on endangered species in general and the Piping Plover specifically, we'll have a brief look at the North Atlantic Right Whale. Hopefully later in the summer we can devote a whole show to the whales. We've also linked to some other endangered species info, like the American Jaguar and some very cool Rhinos. Now for the Enviro Show Blog Bonus: find out What You Can Do to help endangered species.

Finally, and like always, we catch up with local events on the environment on the Bus Stop Billboard:

Tuesday, June 19th; 7:30am. Windham County Court, Brattleboro court date for 7 women in the SHUT IT DOWN affinity group for the April 25 chaining action at Vermont Yankee. We will meet in the court parking lot at 7:30 AM and be in the courtroom by 8:00 AM. 978-249-6224

Sunday, June 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. MONARCHS ARE BACK! Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst. Learn about the fascinating life cycle and migration magic of this well-loved butterfly. Find out how you can help with the premier monarch caterpillar research project by adopting your very own field to study each week through the summer. Discover some other ways you can help the monarch butterfly continue on an upward spiral. This program is geared for children ages 8 and up and adults of all ages. Registration or call (413) 256-6006

Monday, June 25; 7pm. Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.
Join Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and July Oskar Cole as they discuss their new and vital book, Dam Nation. The book explores the politics of water and Do It Yourself technologies for sustainability. Food for Thought Books, N. Pleasant Street, Amherst. Call 253-5432

Sunday, August 5. Walk for a Nuclear Free Future. Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day - send off in Middlebury, Vermont on Aug. 5, ending in Burlington, Aug 9. Call Deb Katz 413-339-5781 for more info.

Also, checkout Bike for Mike, a fundraiser for Easthampton cyclist, Mike Cimini, who suffered serious injuries when a truck hit him on his bike here in the Valley.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Valley "Clean Energy" Plan Enviro Show

Jean’s off to Germany this week to do battle with the G8. As G8 leaders meet in Germany, masked behind fences and soldiers, intent on leading us further towards catastrophic and irreversible climate chaos now’s the time to take direct action and shut them and their climate criminal industry friends down. June 8 is the International Day of Action Against Climate Change and the G8 called by the Rising Tide Network. Closer to home, we have a look at The Valley Clean Energy Plan. Jana Chicoine, spokesperson for Concerned Citizens of Russell returns to these microphones to discuss that. Also, hopefully, a call-in from David Kroodsma, an Amherst resident biking across country on the Ride for Climate, but first, as always, it’s time for....Revenge of the Critters! The BEST EVER!!! Sparrow dumps on the Emperor! Footage here!

Then it's on to the Enviro Show Echo Chamber: From the New York Times, capitalism in action! Oil Industry Says Biofuel Push May Hurt at Pump. AND, you’re gonna’ love this one from Vermont TV: Snowmobiler to testify about global warming on Capitol Hill. Ha! It really IS the Age of Irony. Here's an Enviro Show Blog Exclusive: The Cape Cod Times reports that the Guv is considering privatizing even MORE of the Commonwealth's coastline! Apparently the concept of energy co-ops and municipal power companies isn't on Patricks mind. Hmmm, must be all that corporate training.

What’s that sound, Glen? It’s the Darth Cheney theme! What a surprize!. What’s the countdown, anyway? OK, these guys are so vile it defies belief. We’ve linked to an interview on Democracy Now! about the Bush regime’s trashing of science and stonewalling on solutions to the climate crisis, and we’ve talked here on past shows about their efforts to undermine climate action at the G8. Here’s a Reuters follow-up piece, Spineless Dems beg Bush to be nice...err...maybe that’s not really the headline. AND, would you believe it? "Environmental enforcement has declined under Bush, says new report". ALSO, checkout the Indymedia Climate site for fascinating news on climate crisis politics, like how the present legislation proposed in Congress is too little, too late. Attention Kryptonians, get with the plan!! Finally, maybe pious King George and the far-right bible-bangers will appreciate this one: Greenpeace rebuilds the arc!. Hey, that might come in handy!

"Rockets", by Cat Power takes us to our interview. Joining us once again is Jana Chicoine, spokesperson for Concerned Citizens of Russell and the Pioneer Valley Preservation Coalition to talk about the The Pioneer Valley Clean Energy Plan. We invited the authors and proponents of the plan onto the show but after agreeing to join us they withdrew last week citing the following reasons (it’s multiple choice time, listeners: choose which one you like best!): 1) a schedule conflict; 2)won’t appear without the one w/the schedule conflict; 3) fear of ambush!

Hmm, they might ambush folks down at the pass or on the rightwing noise machine, but we have no such intentions on the Enviro Show. We have conversations, even debates, but ambushes? We don’t think least not yet. By the way, for a sence of the ongoing debate between proponents and opponents of the Energy Plan checkout the Advocate blog. OK, for openers, what’s with all of the players here using the term, "Pioneer Valley"? My dictionary says pioneers are "a person who is among the first to enter or settle a region". Does that describe the immigrants who pushed the Pocumtucks and Norowotucks out of this valley?

Once again we checkout the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, May 30, 7-9pm. PIONEER VALLEY COALITION TO CHANGE & CHALLENGE WAL-MART. Porter Lounge (3rd Floor) or another room, Converse Hall, Amherst College, Rts 116 & 9, Amherst. Contact Dan Clifford, Wake Up Wal-Mart, 732-6209 x14

Sat, June 2, Noon. Join us at Wells Fountain for a coordinated Die In!! Wells Fountain, Linden and Main St, Brattleboro, VT. Show what it could be like if there was a catastrophic event at Vermont Yankee. For the full 3-5 minute test, people will stop their activities and freeze or fall to the ground. A group will be meeting at 11 am at the Harmony parking lot to walk through downtown and distribute literature and talk with people about what is going to be happening.
Contact Daniel Sicken 802-387-2798 or email

Friday 8th June 2007; International Day of Direct Action against Climate Change and the G8. Direct Action for Climate Justice – Resistance is Self-Defense! Go to: and

Saturday, June 9, 2007, 10 - 7pm. RiverFest 2007- Celebrating Energy That's Clean & Green; Shelburne Falls, MA. There will be street musicians and vendors, singing and storytelling, children's games, a mask- and puppet-making workshop (you don't have to be a kid!) leading up to the fabulous "Frog & Flower Parade" PLUS this year's "Quilting Challenge," art contests, trolley rides, fly-tying demonstrations, book, tag and bake sales, and much, much more.

Sunday, June 10, 11am. Flower Festival Ceremony. New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Road, Leverett. Reawakening our highest purpose for life on this precious Earth. Call (413)367-2202.

Sunday, June 10, 1pm. Brushy Mountain Hike. Meet at Leverett Elementary School on Montague Road. Sponsored by the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust.

OK, that's it for us (are we fired?). Next time it's The Endangered Species Enviro Show, something all of us may relate to soon enough, ey? Remember: listen to your Mother AND to us, same bat channel, same bat time!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Nightmare on Elm Street Enviro Show

Welcome Earthlings. The nightmare is the Dutch Elm disease and tonight we’ll see if your favorite tree-huggin’ dirt-worshippers and all-around nair-do-wells’ are barking up the wrong tree in our dismay over the destruction of a big healthy elm over here on Pine Street in Florence to make way for a…are you ready? warehouse door! Ed Cotton of Cotton Tree Service, and a regional treasure when it comes to awareness of our rooted relations, joins us along with our usual news and views, but first it’s time for.... Revenge of the Critters! Chimps arm themselves! Arrgghhhhh!

Then it's on to our new segment: The Enviro Show Eco Chamber! The corporate news enviro headlines! This from Time Magazine:Eastern U.S. to get hotter. And this warm, fuzzy headline from MSNBC: "U.S. seeks softer warming stand at G8 summit". U.S.? Do they mean you & me? We don't think so! Try "White House"!

There's the Darth Cheney theme, yet again! Oy, Glen! How much longer must we wait?? Used VP free to any evil empire! First come, first serve! Yes, Darth Cheney went to the dark side long ago even before his infamous Energy Task Force. Checkout the link on our blog to the PBS Frontline show Hot Politics, in which Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Christine Todd Whitman describes the Bush regime’s withdrawal from the Kyoto agreements: 'The way it happened was the equivalent to flipping the bird, frankly, to the rest of the world [now, who does THAT remind you of?] ... on an issue about which they felt so deeply' ... Soon after, the Bush administration withdrew any U.S. support of the Kyoto protocols and then began a process of stifling the dissemination of key findings by government scientists about climate change". EVERY THING CHANGES, EVERYTHING STAYS THE SAME: Today’s Bush lackey heading the EPA, Stephen Johnson, refused to tell the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee how soon he will comply with a Supreme Court ruling and decide whether to regulate carbon dioxide, the leading gas linked to global warming. ALSO: Iraqi oil workers strike over privatization. AND privatization of Iraqi oil by.....guess who??

Here's our blog bonus: URGENT ACTION ALERT! YOUR HELP NEEDED in the NEXT FEW DAYS! to stop dangerous genetically engineered tree outdoor field trial! Go to: AND: Help stop offshore drilling in Virginia

"The Tree of Life", by Ethan Miller & Kate Boverman from their "If all the land would rise" CD takes us to our interview with Ed Cotton. You are in for a real treat here, dear listener. We're nominating Ed for the position of Valley Tree God (with the Goddesses permission of course).

As always, next we hop on board the Bus Stop Billboard:

May 15-22, The Valley’s fifth annual Bike Commute Week. Events are designed to encourage Valley citizens to commute by bicycle to work, to school, and for short trips in their communities. For a list of events go to: or call Ruthy Woodring (586-8591)

Wed., May 16, 7pm at the Bridge Street School, Northampton: Attend the Paradise City Forum discussion on the Exit 19 expansion. Visit, download a petition opposing the project. Collect signatures and send to: Paradise City Forum PO Box 472 Northampton, MA 01061-0472. For more information, contact Lilly Lombard,

Saturday, May 19 Benefit concert in Leverett for small-scale development projects of Aymara Indians in Bolivia (see Annie Patterson is performing contemporary and traditional folk songs from Appalachia and the British Isles and Eduardo Reyes, performing Latin American folk songs and Brazilian jazz with vocals and classical guitar. Potluck at 6, concert at 7:30, at the Mount Toby Friend Meeting, 194 Long Plain Road in Leverett.

Sunday, May 20, 10am. Tom Neilson & potluck brunch. 110 Prospect St., Northampton. Call 413-584-4607 for info. 4pm. ALSO: Tom & potluck desert will be at 30 Grove St., Turners Falls later that day. 10 bucks gets you in the door. Eat! Sing! Fight!!

Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m. Happy Birthday, Rachel Carson. Donna Dufresne, Historical Performer, as Rachel Carson. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 S. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be done by calling (413) 256-6006

Wednesday May 23rd. George W. Bush will be speaking at the commencement ceremony of the Coast Guard Academy at 31 Mohegan Dr. in New London
Join patriotic students, soldiers and veterans, activists and more to protest Bush's visit. To become a co-sponsor, get involved, or for updates call 203-404-9965 or email

Saturday, May 26th. Protest Darth Cheney at West Point. 8:30 am at the Veteran’s Park in
Highland Falls, NY on Main Street. March to Thayer Gate into West Point for a rally. Go to: or contact:

Fri, June 8, International Day of Action Against Climate Change and the G8. Direct action and civil disobedience are the rational response in this time of
crisis. Support the 8th of June International Day of Direct Action against Climate Change and the G8! Tell us about planned actions for climate justice being planned in your community. Contact us -

Yes! Another hour of your life enhanced with our Enviro Show Magic Elixir. What better way to celebrate Spring, rite? We'll be back in two weeks. Same bat time, same bat channel!
[We went out with a listener's suggestion: Amherst musician, Paul Kaplan, composed the song "Run, Al, Run", which the listener said "is beginning to achieve national publicity". The song's at:]

Monday, April 30, 2007

Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour

The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour is coming to Western Massachusetts! Performances will be May 11th at 7 p.m. at Food for Thought Books in downtown Amherst and May 12th at noon on the front steps of the Unitarian Universalist Church between City Hall and Pulaski Park.

Rising Tide North America is traveling throughout the nation in a vegetable oil powered bus talking with communities about the impacts of climate change and what can be done to fight it. Using music, theater, and multimedia presentations, the Climate Action Tour will cover a wide range of topics including: an overview of how climate change is impacting the human and natural world; the new coal rush; debunking false solutions to climate change; international opposition to the fossil fuel industry; environmental justice; and creative actions communities can take.

Rising Tide North America is part of an international network dedicated to fighting the root causes of climate change. In the past year Rising Tide North America has organized civil disobedience against a coal power plant; a nationwide bike ride on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; and a grassroots counter-summit to the G8 climate talks in Mexico City. See for more information.

Local sponsors of the event include NOFA- Northeast Organic Farming Association, Citizens Awareness Network, Pedal People, Coop Power, The Enviro Show, The Bicycle Kitchen, Earthlands, The Montview Neighborhood Farm, Smith College Students for Social Justice and Institutional Change and Mass Bike-Pioneer Valley Chapter.

Ruthy Woodring from Pedal People, a Northampton based bicycle powered hauling service, says: "We can slow climate change but it's going to take fun hard work, like bicycling." Pedal power, real conservation, lifestyle change, direct action, all these and more will be necessary to effectively confront the climate crisis. The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour will help make that possible. Events are family friendly and accessible.

For more information contact or go to: