Greetings Earthlings. On Sunday, right here in the Happy Valley we took part in the Anti-Coal Protest at Mount Tom. You can read an account of the rally on Peter Vickery's blog here. You've no doubt heard us on past Enviro Shows bad-mouthing that old coal-burning clunker by Mt. Tom in Holyoke, not far over the Northampton line (I-91 and Rts. 5 & 10 pass right by it). According to a press release from Peter Vickery, "the coal-burning Mount Tom power station generates more than one million tons of CO2 annually....which is reason enough to stage a peaceful protest at the GDF Suez-owned plant."
Soooo, we never made it to DC for the Capitol Climate Action but you can read about that big bash on the link below. On with the show! Of course we'll once again point out that burning coal for electricity is a bit like eating junk food for your health. We bring you the sounds of protest from the Capitol Climate Action in DC, as well as a report on the PowerShift09 Conference held prior to the action. As always we'll delve into the Enviro Show Echo Chamber for the news and checkout the Enviro Show Quote of the week, AND some sounds of the Amazon Jean brought back with her, but first it'll be time for.......Revenge of the Critters! Illegal loggers pay the ultimate price! Looks like there really was a tiger in THEIR tank!!
On to the Quote of the Week, this from Gore-al: "If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration"
(timing is everything, yes?).
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber the New York Times asks the musical question: Is America Ready to Quit Coal?. And this link from Grist: Cap & persuade, the corporados lobby for destroying the planet. Our Enviro Show Blog Bonus? It's Democracy Now! on Greenhouse Emissions Rising at Alarming, Unexpected Rate (we're not the only ones doing doom & gloom!) AND another BONUS!! Prepare to laugh yur' ass off with Clean Coal!
After our interviews with Amherst College students fresh from the action in DC and any random soundbites we may've picked up on the trail, we'll have a look at the Bus Stop Billboard:
Wednesday, March 4, 7pm. GREEN Northampton meeting to discuss the objectives for GREEN Northampton and specifically discuss an action plan for the reduction of the waste stream to the Northampton Landfill and the City's announcement of a citizen's Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee. 102 Bancroft Rd., Northampton (corner of Round Hill Road and Bancroft, near the Clark School).
Saturday, March 7, 2009, 9am to 4pm. Workshop:Women Sustaining Woodlands-Forest Stewardship 101. Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls. This is a one-day workshop for women interested in forest stewardship and management planning. Advance registration is required. Please call 508-389-6300 or 413-256-1201, ext. 3 for more information.
Sunday March 8, 2-4 pm Citizens Awareness Network Annual Meeting. Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St. Northampton, MA. Come to hear about the latest in the fight to close the reactors in the NE. CAN will have a slate of officers and elections! Please let Harvey know if you are attending firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 9, 2009, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Public Hearing: Vermont Dept of Health - Ionizing and Nonionizing Radiation Controls. Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Road, Vernon, VT. This is a critical and precedent setting issue for citizens living in the reactor sacrifice zone. Vermont Yankee is one of the first reactors up for relicensing that will not have clear sailing. We must not allow Vermont to weaken its radiation protection laws because Entergy wants to continue "business as usual". We will be having a photo shoot in the parking lot at 5:30pm! for more info contact claire chang 413-626-3620 or email@example.com
Saturday, March 14, 12:45pm. Montague Home Energy Efficiency Workshop sponsored by the Montague Energy Committee. Maezumi Institute, 177 Ripley Rd., Montague
Saturday, March 21, 9:45am. another Montague Home Energy Efficiency Workshop. Montague Center Library. call 367-9304
March 19-22, 2009, Forum on the Solidarity Economy; University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This four day conference will include an inspiring range of solidarity
economy tours, workshops, plenaries and cultural events including issues of sustainability. Go to: www.populareconomics.org
That about does it, campers. We'll be back next time with Stephanie Kraft of The Advocate to exhume that old taboo, Zero Population Growth. Until then remember to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!