Friday, August 23, 2019

Another Enviro B-Day Show

Greetings Earthlings. The Enviro Show turns 14 years old this week and yes, we know, we act like it. That said, at least we're not delivering wedgies to the climate criminals in Boston or Washington, or throwing balloons filled with fox piss on passing logging trucks, OK?? No, we are being good boys and confining our tricks to what used to be called the public airwaves........at least most of the time. Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods calls in to help celebrate and join in on the grousing about the powers that be or fellow climate activists who seem to have overlooked the trees. Also, David Detmold calls in with B-day salutations and his latest exploits. That and more but first it's time for...........Revenge of the Critters! Buffalo try taking back upstate New York?

We found a disturbing number of Fools-on-the-Hill supporting The Mad King's recent gutting of the Endangered Species Act but this fool gets the spotlight. “These final rules are a good start, but the administration is limited by an existing law that needs to be updated. I am working in the Senate to strengthen the law, so it can meet its full conservation potential,” Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (Repugnican–WY) said in a statement. "Conservation potential" in Repugnican-speak means.......meh!

 We have breaking news!  Ace climate criminal David Koch won't be here to kick around anymore. It seems he's gone to the place where all despoilers of Creation go. Tooooo bad. 

We guess you've heard by now His Malignancy The Mad King has sort of claimed divine right? Actually he's gone way beyond that, claiming he is "The Chosen One". He said that with arms wide, looking up towards the heavens. We can't make this stuff up......we don't have to!the life-saving drug used to treat diabetes. Now Azar is....are you ready? Secretary of Health! We noted last time about some of The Mad King's other deceitful appointments for Cabinet Secretaries (many as "acting" thus avoiding disastrous confirmation hearings) like a coal lobbyist to head the EPA or an oil guy for Secretary of Interior, climate criminals all, but that's just the tip of the melting iceberg; that's right, there's more, WAY more! Soooo, as Greenland melts away, His Malignancy now ponders buying what remains, presumably for his own future golf courses or resorts, or is it because as Grist notes "the island is considered to be rich in valuable minerals, which may be easier to access as its vast ice sheets melt." Of course, once they all melt even The Mad King will have to relocate the infrastructure needed to get there.......or anywhere. 

Now that "the scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%" who the hell is left to tell "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"? OK, that was a rhetorical question. We all know perfectly well who is still either a true climate criminal or simply a highly challenged enabler, yes? Enviro Show listeners (and readers of this blog) also know all too well that forests, forest soils and the organisms that dwell within, and even street trees are a critical component for capturing CO2 from our overburdened atmosphere. Sadly, some climate activists and climate groups have yet to realize this, but it seems every day more science and scientific-based opinion from leading activists comes out confirming this. That's the good news; the bad news is many of those forests are threatened not just by behind-the-curve government agencies but also by other pests, many of which are enabled by the Climate Crisis itself and, according to the National Academy of Science published study, "About 450 overseas pests that damage or feed on trees have been introduced to US forests due to the growth in international trade and travel." Thanks, so-called Free Trade! 

How about a Quote of the Week? 

"If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money." -- Guy McPherson






Tuesday September 3, 6:30 - 8:00pm. FCCPR Organizing Meeting for Climate Strike at Greenf Fields Market. We will discuss how to best support local students, especially those planning to go to Boston.  And we will plan our own local rally.  We need artists, musicians, planners, fundraisers, gatherers and producers of literature, publicists....-- there's a place for everyone! Contact: info@fccpr.us;  413-624-6557 


Thursday September 5,  Gather 3:30 pm -  4:30 pm. Step off at 5:00pm.  Franklin County Fair parade starts. Join The Enviro Show, Wendell State Forest alliance, WMass Extinction Rebellion, Citizens for Safe energy & others behind the church, on Beacon St, between Federal and High 
( Row D, Entry # 79) .  The parade goes from Federal St to the fair grounds. Park at fairgrounds and carpool to gathering point. Bring banners and signs. Dress up as forest critters or emergency responders. The message:  "Climate Emergency!" & "protect our public forests and let them grow!"


Friday September 20,  8:00am - 5:00pm.  Boston Climate Strike!  Stand with us on September 20th for Youth Climate Strike’s call to action to fight against the #climatecrisis. Following the lead of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of young people and adult allies will gather in Boston this September to kick off a week of climate action! We are a group of empowered young people who are passionate about saving our environment and are pushing for new practices and systems to lessen the impact on our climate and our planet. The climate strike in Boston is one of many strikes happening around the world on September 20th, so join us in fighting against #climatechange. WMass bus sign-up: bit.ly/wmass-rsvp. 


Friday, September 20, 12 PM – 3pm. Walk Out for Climate!  On September 20th, we stand in unity with youth, adults, and rebels all over the planet. To join the Sunrise Movement in Boston, visit bit.ly/wmass-rsvp At UMass, Sunrise Movement UMass Amherst and Extinction Rebellion Western MA invite students, staff, faculty, and community members to strike and stand together for climate justice.  Further details to come! We hope you'll also join us for our declaration of rebellion on 9/27: https://bit.ly/2ZnjKp3  

Friday September 20 4 - 6:00pm.  Climate Emergency March for a Just Future-Solidarity w youth.  Sheldon Park, 269 Bridge St. Northampton, MA01060 Map  Our life support systems must be protected now! The students who strike on #fridaysFortheFuture know that this is n a climate emergency. We know that this is a climate emergency. 4 pm: gather & get organized. Sheldon Field Northampton commuter lot 4:30 step off march. Climate Emergency March & chanting to city hall. 5:00 protest rally at Northampton City Hall.







Friday, September 27, 11 AM – 2 PM. The Rebellion has landed in Western Massachusetts. Beginning with UMass, we call on the five colleges to declare a climate emergency and take immediate action. Join us 9/27 for a funeral for our futures. Wear black. Further details to come! We hope you're join us as well for a Walk Out on 9/20: https://bit.ly/2Pexaiq


Friday, August 09, 2019

The War on Trees Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. We've talked about The War on Nature in past shows, how about we narrow it down to The War on Trees in honor of the 100+ year-old Oaks being trashed by local loggers under the auspicious of the Massachusetts Department of Cut and Run?  Gail Zawacki, author of Wit's End blog where we stumbled on The War on Trees calls in to mourn, voice outrage and delve into our sorry future. As always we will take you to meet this week's Fool-on-the-hill and to poke fun at His Malignancy The Mad King and his climate criminal enablers, as well as reminding you (as if you needed reminding!) It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid! but first it's time for.......Revenge of the Critters! Wild Pigs in Space? (well, in someone's space at least)

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Tom McClintock Repugnican of California. He told a sympathetic crowd in the Trump International Hotel in Washington recently at the far-right Heartland Institute’s 13th International Conference on Climate Change: “I’ll give us another four and a half billion years, which is the amount of time the climate has already been changing on the planet.” a standard climate crisis denialist argument rejected by the scientific community. BTW, the Fool has received $138,000 from the oil industry during his four years in office and proposed an amendment to eliminate the Department of Energy’s entire renewable energy budget.

The Mad King is taking a lot of heat lately for his white nationalist bullshit and ripping children away from their parents but that's only part of his Crimes Against Humanity. As Jeffrey Sachs notes in his recent op-ed in the Washington Post, His malignancy "and others who oppose action to address human-induced climate change should be held accountable for climate crimes against humanity. They are the authors and agents of systematic policies that deny basic human rights to their own citizens and people around the world, including the rights to life, health, and property. These politicians have blood on their hands, and the death toll continues to rise." There it is......or is it? Were you aware before The Mad King stole the Iron Throne he was pretending to be concerned about the climate chaos he now claims is fake? What a faker! And here's something that may not surprise you, His Malignancy's  Environmental "Protection" Agency sidestepped its own process for ensuring quality and balance in its advisory committees. Many appointees are serving without having undergone the required federal ethics review, the Government Accountability Office said recently. Surprised? We guess that explains why an "Opponent of nation’s public lands is picked to oversee them"! Just so history will record it, the privateer's name is William Perry Pendley.  Finally, it was announced yesterday The Mad King's Department of Interior has finalized it's assault on all those endangered species we've spoken about in the past.

The Enviro Show Echo Chamber returns with exactly one item: it's your Action Link regarding The Mad King's climate criminals' attempt to gut National Environmental Policy Act regulations in our national forests , part of the scheme is to allow commercial logging companies to clearcut up to 6 ½ sq. miles without public notice or public input. Other changes remove the requirement for a thorough environmental analysis for logging, and a whole host of other projects. To speak out go HERE! 

Of course the climate criminals above and their numerous enablers don't have a leg to stand on; do we really have to remind them It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!?? The Guardian points out: "The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%, according to the lead author of the most authoritative study on the subject, and could rise further after separate research that clears up some of the remaining doubts." As we've been talking about on The Enviro show for years now, the oceanic tipping point will truly make a mess out of everything. Here's a scary headline that underlines that: "Completely Terrifying': Study Warns Carbon-Saturated Oceans Headed Toward Tipping Point That Could Unleash Mass Extinction Event". And that's what we'll be talking about with our guest for this show.   O btw, you know the deal about only having a decade or so to get it right on the Climate Crisis?  This guy says 5 years

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week comes from Wendell Berry:

"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility."

Before we go to our Bus Stop Billboard you might want to see THIS:




Monday August 26, 7 to 9pm. Monthly Gathering of Climate Action Now! Northampton gatherings will take place at First Churches on 129 Main St.  (enter side door).  Working group meetings take place at other times in the month. Go to: https://climateactionnowma.org/ 


Tuesday, August 27th, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, rain or shine. Northampton Community Gardens, Prince Street.  The Ecology of Bumblebees with Dr. Rob Gegear.  Come walk through the Garden and hear Asst. Prof. of biology at UMASS-Dartmouth Dr. Robert Gegear introduce the world of native bumblebees, ID the bumblebees there, and discuss the flowering plants which best-support them. Learn about the conservation of native pollination systems, floral evolution, bumblebee ecology, and Dr. Gegear's Beecology citizen scientist project funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Park on the Garden side of Burts Pit Road or in the lot west of the Garden. FREE, but register at: llcochran@gmail.com.



That's all for now folks, please remember to listen to our Mother!