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Friday, November 21, 2008

The Safe & Green Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Will we be safe & green in the Obama era? Does that clunky, leaky old nuke just over the Vermont border put you on edge? Deb Katz joins us on the horn to talk turkey about unsafe nukes, safe energy, and the Safe & Green Campaign. We'll delve into the latest news on the environment during The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and have a peek at the dark side where Darth Cheney, the boy emperor and their minions deliver their final blows to the biosphere. There will be the Enviro Show Quote of the Day and the usual hi-jinks concerning the upcoming "Buy Nothing Day", but first it's time for....Revenge of the Critters! Turkeys attack dirt biker!

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber the BIG news is DINGELL'S OUT! The Congressman from Big Auto gets towed!! The Waxman is in! Also, Obama on climate change. You'll note he doesn't use the term "climate crisis". There's only a "financial crisis". Tell that to the south sea islanders and the polar bears! Also, That One is talking cap & trade, he's talking nukes, "clean" coal (groan). Say it ain't so, O! Finally, Dems boot Lieberman from Environment Committee (how's THAT for Joe-mentum! What? you want MORE punishment for Traitor Joe?

Brrr! It ain't just the cold that makes us shiver. Glen! Tell us it's over soon!! Darth Cheney and the boy emperor have trashed years worth of environmental protection. Will Obama reverse the worse 100 Bush regime rollbacks? Sign the petition. OK, last time we told you about the Bush regime's 11th hour move for more wolf slaughter out west, right? It's time to TAKE ACTION! There's only a few more days to get your comments to U.S. Fish & Wildlife (of course, you COULD deliver your comments in-person to their office on Rt. 9 in Hadley behind Staples, maybe along with....what? some theatrics? IF you wanted to).

The Enviro Show Quote of the day is a variation on our theme, it comes from Albert Einstein: "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophes"

"The Great Unknown" by Dar Williams from "The Honesty Room" takes us to our interview with Deb Katz. We'll open up the phone lines......ok, so there's only one you listeners can get in on the conversation.

Then we checkout the Bus Stop Billboard:

Friday, November 28. All Day: Buy Nothing!

Monday December 8, 6pm, Commuter Rail Hearing. TD Banknorth Conference Center, 1441 Main St, Springfield. ConnDOT will hold public hearings for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter line. Info:

Thurday, December 11, 6pm. Home Depot "Grand Opening" sprawl teach-in. Food for Thought Books, Amherst. Scheduled speakers so far include Emily Kawano (, Jeff Lacey (Shutes Planning Board and professional planner, who will project some great slides on the wall). We'll be approaching the issue from the same diversity of perspectives that worked so nicely for the wal-mart campaign: local economy, downtowns, employers, domestic workers, sweatshops abroad, students, seniors, environmentalists, cyclists, etc. For info call: 413 549 1193

Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Small animals up close. Family science days are designed for families with children ages 5-8, with adults participating along with their children. Come get to know some small but interesting animals. Learn how to study them as you explore their special behaviors and adaptations. Some of the creatures you may meet are: walking stick insects, land snails, goldfish, hissing cockroaches, large millipedes and Speedy the box turtle. Pre-registration is required; please call (413) 256-6006.

Dec 19, 20th and 21st. Mountain Justice is hosting a Winter Campout at Frog Level Tennessee. If you love mountains, camping, hiking, the forest and all that is wild your invited to the Winter Solstice camp. Go to: or email: or call: 865 257 4029

Hmmm, not much happening this week. Must be that everyone's hunkered down by the wood stove (remember "split wood not atoms"?). Whatever. Or, maybe everyone is stuck on YouTube watchin' FrankenBarbie celebrate T-Day and local business with a little "levity". Until next time, remember: listen to your Mother!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Clearcut The Commonwealth Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. We're all about clearcuts on today's show, here at home and around the planet. We'll have Chris Matera, forest activist and author of the Clearcut Massachusetts blog in the studio with us. Chris has documented some little known clearcutting taking place on public land here in the Commonwealth. Also tonight, Obama Nation! Will the new prez' protect the planet or will he cave to the corporados? (we can hope it's the former, yes, we can!). As always, we'll witness the latest assaults on Mother Earth from Darth Cheney and the boy emperor; we'll checkout The Enviro Show Echo Chamber; and the Quote of the Week, but first it's time for...... Revenge of the Critters! Watch out for 'dem donkeys!

The tune "We are everywhere" by Dave Rovics reminds us that OK, so YES, WE DID! We did finally show the door to the Repugnicans, BUT there's still weeks to go before they get dragged out that White House door, and even then we have to ask: how much does Obama owe to the corporados? Let's hear from some Enviro Show listeners. Give us a call at (413)585-1033 and let know your thoughts: will an Obama Administration put the corporados in their place? Soooo, we continue to celebrate the light at the end of this loooong dark tunnel, but we remain vigilant as to just who has Barack Obama's ear.

Glen! When does the Obama bouncer toss Darth & the boy emperor out the door? AND, what sort of damage can THE WORST ADMINISTRATION EVER do to the planet before they're finally gone? Here's one take: "Bush administration prepares environmental messes for the next prez". AND this: "Bush admin to open almost 360,000 acres of Utah public lands to drilling". If time allows, we'll run through a list of other Repugnican enemies of the Earth, members of the League of Conservation Voters' "Dirty Dozen", that voters threw out of Congress last Tuesday.

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week naturally goes back to last Tuesday when Barack Obama spoke to tens of thousands gathered in Chicago after his victory at the polls:

"This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can."

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we checkout Worcester Telegram on how our Forests, parks need friends. ALSO, New law protects old-growth in N.Y. Forests. AND, this from RAN: Rainforests and agriculture.

Then it's time for our conversation with Chris Matera. Did you know there was clearcutting of our public forests in the Quabbin and on the Montague Plains? You can see the photos here on Chris' blog.

Let's see what's on the Bus Stop Billboard:

Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 PM. Citizens United for a Healthy Future general meeting. In the social room of the Unitarian Church, 220 Main Street,
Northampton, MA 01060. SAVE THE AQUIFER. Protect our drinking water .Stop the Northampton landfill expansion.

Friday Nov 14. Take Action against Bank of Ameica's Dirty Coal Investments. Emerson College; Boston, MA. Contact:

Friday November 14, Noon-1:30pm, Alliance to Develop Power, 130 Union St, Springfield (739-7233). Networking and sharing by advocates for a Green Economy which (1) serves local communities; (2) guarantees
workers' rights to organize; and (3) promotes community-owned sustainable projects. Info: Jon Weissman, 827-0301,, or Eduardo Suárez, 335-6224.

Saturday, November 15,Noon. "Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy" will be held at the National Building Museum located at 401 F St. NW. Join us outside to say "Money for Meet People's Needs, Not Bankers' Greed!" For more information, check back at, email or call 202-544-3389 x14.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 @ 7:00 PM. The Northampton Board of Public Works is hosting a Public Forum on Innovative Approaches to Managing Northampton's Solid Waste. Come and share your ideas. JFK MIDDLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY ROOM, Bridge Road, Northampton, Massachusetts. Your attendance is important.

Sunday, November 16th, 9am to 5pm. Mass. Climate Action Network Conference. MIT Stada Center, Cambridge, MA. [beware of Cape Wind propaganda!] Go to:

Thursday & Friday, November 20 - 21, 2008. All day. Building a Local Economy in the Valley. First Congregational Church, Hadley, MA. Sliding scale $25-$150, includes lunch and materials. Contact: or (617) 423-2148.

Thursday, November 20, Noon to 5pm. Cooling the planet with Zero Waste. Zero Waste Businesses are leading the way for Zero Waste and have diverted over 90% of their waste from landfill and incineration. Zero Waste Communities have adopted Zero Waste goals and plans to implement those goals. Join us to understand how Zero Waste can be a key part of community and business sustainability plans and help contribute to reducing greenhouse gases. Location: Room 101 of the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; (617) 954-2000;

Thursday, Nov 20, 6 - 9 pm. Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel Mtg. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd, Brattleboro, VT. Contact:

Saturday November 22,9am-4:45pm, CLEAN ENERGY CONFERENCE: GREEN JOBS IN MASSACHUSETTS. Clean Energy Connections is intended to be a forum for individuals
and organizations accelerating the growth of the clean energy economy in Massachusetts and those seeking clean-energy career information.
Pre-registration is required. Info: 545-2706,

Dec 19, 20th and 21st. Mountain Justice is hosting a Winter Campout at Frog Level Tennessee. If you love mountains, camping, hiking, the forest and all that is wild your invited to the Winter Solstice camp. Go to: or email: or call: 865 257 4029

That is all. Next time we have Randy Kehler in the studio with us to talk about finally shutting down that old nuke just over the Vermont border. Until then remember: yes, you can listen to your Mother!