Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Another Very Scary Enviro Show


Greetings Earthlings. These are scary times and the approach of Halloween seems to add some flavor to the witches' brew of troublesome things coming at you. Have no fear, The Enviro Show is here to......help stir the pot!  First, we recommend a Halloween action in Northampton: Vote Against Extinction "This November's election will have massive implications for the climate emergency and life on our planet. Join Extinction Rebellion Western MA as we remind our community of all that's at stake"[Click on the link for more]. Also, Guy McPherson returns to the show to bring you up to date on "The End of the World as You Know It" and a warning not to get "mired in the dank Swamp of Nothingness". And speaking on Nothingness we will also help you experience the most recent horrors brought upon the world by this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy The Mad King and the rest of the dreaded Super Spreader Repugnican Death Cult. Not enough thrills and chills?  How about a reminder that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"  All that spooky stuff and more but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! Brit Suffers Big Black Cat Attack.

This week's scary Fool-on-the-Hill is Utah Repugnican Sen. Mike Lee, who tested positive for Covid-19 less than two weeks ago, spoke unmasked in person for the first day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s stolen Supreme Court seat confirmation hearings. Ahead of the hearing, Democrats called on Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham to require coronavirus testing for senators attending the hearing but the South Carolina Repugnican rejected those requests. So maybe that's two fools. 

On to the most frightening monster who ever lurked about in The Peoples' House. Yes, it's His Malignancy The Mad King, the ghoul who enables heavily armed domestic terrorists here in the Homeland, who lies constantly about the COVID pandemic (and everything else you can think of), who refuses to accept the peaceful transition of power should he lose the election, whose enablers gut long established  regulations meant to protect us, whose agenda of “energy dominance, has already opened millions of acres of federal land across the Western U.S. to toxic energy extraction and whose separation of children from their parents at the southern border is beyond monstrous. The list goes on but surely The Peoples' House is now The F'ing House of Horrors. 

Did we mention at the top of the show that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"?  Talk about horror shows. Dealing with monsters like The Mad King and his enablers is bad enough but dealing with climate chaos is.....well, HUGE.  Truth be known, OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE!  Our friends at Grist have cobbled together some powerful horror show ads like THIS in the ongoing effort to wake up everyone. The alarm bells are ringing. Get up, Stand up, Don't give up the fight, OK?  

After our interview with Guy we head over to the solar electric Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturday October 31, Noon.  Celebrating Halloween with a set of "Climate Change is Scary" actions. We're dressing up and yelling "Boo!" to climate inaction. Somerville City Hall. Go to: https://xrmass.org/action/camberville_halloweekend/

Saturday, October 31, 11:30 am – 1 pm. Vote Against Extinction! This November's election will have massive implications for the climate emergency and life on our planet. Join Extinction Rebellion Western MA as we remind our community of all that's at stake!  We'll gather on Halloween for a socially distanced stand out along main street in Northampton in masks and costumes representing species that are extinct or endangered (resources below) and messages about how we must vote against extinction. Visit our website for more details at xrwesternmass.org.   

Wednesday November 4,  4pm. Count Every Vote in Franklin County! Northampton City Hall, Main Street. With every tweet and refusal to commit to accepting the legitimate results of the 2020 election, Trump seeks to stoke chaos and fear. But we will be ready - if Trump tries to steal the election or prevent every vote from being counted, the Protect the Results will activate nationwide mobilizations to demand that all the votes are counted and for the peaceful transition of power. Go  HERE.  

Wednesday November 4, 5pm. Count Every Vote in Northampton! With every tweet and refusal to commit to accepting the legitimate results of the 2020 election, Trump seeks to stoke chaos and fear.
But we will be ready - if Trump tries to steal the election or prevent every vote from being counted, the Protect the Results will activate nationwide mobilizations to demand that all the votes are counted and for the peaceful transition of power. Go HERE.  

Thursday November 5, 5pm. "Count Every Vote" Masked, physically distanced march around Amherst Common; Signs/noisemakers. Go HERE 


So, scary enough for you? Happy Halloween! And, remember to listen to your Mother!  




Monday, October 05, 2020

The Northern Forests Under Siege Enviro Show


Greetings Earthlings. If you are a regular fan of the show you already know the forces of darkness are coming after the Earth's forests. The science of proforestation is ever increasing and it's becoming clearer every day that the Climate Crisis is upon us. We need to let forests and forest soils do the critical work of capturing CO2 emissions and to stop business-as-usual logging that releases stored carbon back into the atmosphere. Michael Kellett of Restore the North Woods returns to the show for an overview of the situation. As always, we will also bring you along to marvel at this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to wonder at the mindless stupidity of His Malignancy The Mad king and his crazed enablers; that and a reminder to anyone not paying attention that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters! More cow attacks in the UK.

 This week's fool is yet to be on The Hill but given how far off the cliff Repugnicans have traveled of late she may be there soon enough. The Washington Post reports: "A House candidate whom President Trump recently called “a future Republican Star” posted an image of herself holding a rifle with photos of three liberal congresswomen of color and the vow to “go on the offense” against members of the “Squad,” an unprecedented threat against lawmakers from a probable future colleague. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the GOP candidate for a Georgia congressional seat in a heavily Republican district and a professed QAnon conspiracy believer, posted the photoshopped image Thursday on Facebook. The image includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)." 

While His Malignancy The Mad King attempts to fight off tiny deadly viruses inside his old obese body, most people can't help but shake their heads remembering all the times he criticized the use of face masks and underplayed the COVID pandemic, even as he knew how dangerous it was. [Poetic Justice Alert!] His public denials and idiotic pronouncements have surely led to countless deaths among his followers, many of whom continue to refuse to wear face masks and use social distancing. So, what goes around comes around, right?  Yet, at the same time, he and his enablers mixed messages and total mishandling of the worst pandemic in one hundred years have created chaos that no doubt led to the deaths and sickness of others who wouldn't follow His Malignancy on a bet. Of course, at the same The Mad King was making life miserable for us humans he and his court of climate criminals were doing their worst to make misery for other life forms.   One example from Common Dreams: "Conservation groups on Friday raised alarm about the Trump administration's push to lift protections for gray wolves across the country after an analysis revealed how a record-breaking 570 wolves, including dozens of pups, were brutally killed in Idaho over a recent one-year period."  Another example from the Center for Biological Diversity: "The National Park Service released a management plan amendment today for Point Reyes National Seashore that would enshrine commercial cattle ranching in the California park at the expense of native wildlife and natural habitat. It also calls for the killing of native Tule Elk and would authorize new agricultural uses that will put other wildlife at risk." We guess these people just don't value life. Is it any wonder we refer to them as His Malignancy's Repugnican Death Cult? 

If you have been sheltered in for a very long time without any contact with the world, we think you should know that "It's STILL the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"  Yes, The Mad King continues to deny it and fiddle while the West burns from climate change induced monstrous forest fires. He's being called out: "Referencing Trump's track record of dismissing the human-caused climate emergency as a "hoax," Climate Power 2020 executive director Lori Lodes slammed his refusal to even acknowledge the ongoing fire crisis spanning over a quarter of U.S. states as a dereliction of duties as president. President Trump's silence and complete disregard for the millions of people at risk is horrifying," Lodes said. "It shouldn't matter if it's a red state or a blue state, the president should be above politics in moments of crises. He calls climate change a 'hoax' when we can all see our nation is burning. Voters see through his B.S." 

After our conversation with Michael we go to the Bus Stop Billboard:  

October  13 & 14.   PFAS  in Our World Conference .  The conference will focus on environmental policy, environmental and human health risk assessment, and environmental justice. View the program.A particular emphasis will be on how the next generation of scientists can rise to meet the PFAS crisis. Learn more.  All are welcome, but NIEHS Superfund trainees, graduate students, and early-career scientists are particularly encouraged to attend and submit a poster abstract. Organized by the trainees of the STEEP Superfund Research Program.  Register Now  

 Wednesday October 14,  1 to 2:15pm.  Millions, Billions, and Trillions – Do You Have the Tools to Keep New Trees Alive?  To keep pace with the increasing impacts of climate change, people across the country are planting more and more trees – trillions of trees even. But how will you track these trees to make sure you get the optimal return on this investment of time and resources? Join us for a presentation and demonstration of Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities (HTHC), a free app and suite of resources Go HERE

Thursday October 15,  2 – 3pm. The Litchfield Hills are alive with the sound of music…birds singing, toads trilling, coyotes howling! Join Education Director Carrie Szwed for a program about the "music" of animals. Identifying animals by sound is a great way to get to know the creatures that call CT home. Audiences will learn just "who-who-whoooo" is making those common noises we hear in nature. A live barred owl will make an appearance too! 2pm. This free virtual program will be hosted in Zoom and simulcast on Facebook Live. Please pre-register: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_PSVvHqm1QEyXZd7obivwUw 

Thursday October 15, 6 – 7pm. Raptors for Rookies. Over twenty species of raptors may be spotted in our area including various kinds of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Saw Mill River Audubon Executive Director Anne Swaim will present a multimedia program with some of the best raptor images from local photographers, video clips and more. Find out when and where raptors may be seen and how they are doing in the mixed rural and suburban landscapes of the Lower Hudson Valley. Hosted by OCAS and the Albert Wisner Public Library. Register here: https://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/.../orange-county. 

Saturday October 17, 1pm.  "The World Burns as "The Globe" Turns".  The Boston Globe has been dangerously negligent in its failure to adequately cover the climate and ecological crisis. On October 17, from 1-3 PM we will rally to demand the Globe provide thorough and accurate coverage of the Climate Crisis. We will assemble at Faneuil Hall at 1:00 PM, then march to the Globe office at 53 State St. This is a follow-up to our rally of April 2019 at the Globe; sadly, The Globe's coverage remains weak. Go to: https://xrmass.org/action/GlobeAction/ 

Wednesday, October 21, 5 to 6:30pm. Erasure and Restoration: An Exploration of Past and Present in the Kwinitekw River Valley’s Indigenous Communities”. Through events facilitated by Indigenous people and non-Indigenous allies, these workshops and dialogues will consider who the narrators of Indigenous history are, make space for a strengths-based retelling, and analyze the meaning and matter of relationship-building, reconciliation, land caretaking, memory, and inclusive curricula that explore Indigenous histories, cultures, and lived experiences. Go to:  https://www.karunacenter.org/erasure-and-restoration/

Saturday, October 31, 11:30 am – 1 pm. Vote Against Extinction! This November's election will have massive implications for the climate emergency and life on our planet. Join Extinction Rebellion Western MA as we remind our community of all that's at stake!  We'll gather on Halloween for a socially distanced stand out along main street in Northampton in masks and costumes representing species that are extinct or endangered (resources below) and messages about how we must vote against extinction. Visit our website for more details at xrwesternmass.org. 


That's all folks BUT remember: listen to your Mother!