Monday, May 03, 2021

The Hurtling Toward Global Suicide Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. Author and journalist Ben Ehrenreich has melded into one tight and amazingly well crafted package all the things we've been talking about on this show since the get-go and before.  "We’re Hurtling Toward Global Suicide - Why we must do everything differently to ensure the planet's survival" will be the dominant feature of this week's show and well it should. The madness of eternal growth embodied in colonialism, capitalism, racism and the War Against Nature will be our collective undoing. In the new Biden Era we may have the opportunity to rethink and act on all of that, but not without bringing others along with us. Please pass it on. As always, we will also invite you to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill, do some Abidin' with Biden? and remind anyone who hasn't been listening that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" but first it's time for..........Revenge of the Critters! Siberian Tiger attacks car, then knocks down pedestrian in territorial dispute.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is none other than the Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi who was "making concessions in a bid to revive her effort for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol" in late April. CNN reported "Pelosi's move to give Republicans some of what they've asked for in the independent panel -- an even number of Democrats and Republicans and equal subpoena power -- places new emphasis on the biggest reason the talks remain stalled: Republicans say the commission must also investigate violence from far left groups surrounding last year's protests of police brutality.."  Say what?  The entire world saw for their own eyes who invaded the Capitol and who in Congress aided and abetted them. Pelosi and the Dems need to WTFU and start the investigation with or without the perps and the Repugs!  

We are now on the cusp of moving from Abidin' with Biden onto Back Sliddin' with Biden, sad to say. After you've heard the piece from Ben Ehrenreich featured on this show you will understand why. While the Prez's first address to Congress last week was refreshing to hear (especially after years of The Mad King's blathering), it was on reflection........not enough. Why? Because, surely you remember, "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" And we leave it to Ben Ehrenreich and the past 15 years of The Enviro Show to make that very point.

After you've had your mind blown by Ben we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Wed, May 19, 2021 7:00 – 8:15 pm.  Raptors, Rodents, Rodenticides & HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4206 An Act Relative To Pesticides. Go HERE.  


Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 -8:30pm.  The Climate Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture, Carbon Farming, and SilvopasturePresented by Connor Stedman, a farm business planner, climate educator, and Principle and Lead Designer at Appleseed, a Regenerative Design and Holistic Farm Planning firm based in western Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley. Silvopasture unites animal grazing with a forested landscape, to sequester more carbon, reduce carbon emissions, increase crop yields, and improve livestock health. Connor supports farms at all scales to successfully adopt industry-leading carbon farming systems. Connor speaks and consults widely and serves as affiliate instructor with the University of Vermont's innovative Leadership for Sustainability graduate program. Register HERE.  


Saturday May 22, 10:30am to 12:30pm.   CT River Survival Walk II. Walk-the-Walk for endangered shortnose sturgeon.  Join Karl Meyer on a walk to the Rock Dam—the critically endangered habitat and only documented natural spawning site for the federally-endangered Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon. Meyer intervened with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop the grim, eroding conditions created by the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project and Turners Falls Dam. He’s written about sturgeon for years and authored the reknowned “Shortnose Stout” beer brand in 2013. Rock Dam is a 200 million year-old natural gem that’s helped keep the thread for this 100 million year old sturgeon species alive on the Connecticut for centuries. Learn about the shortnose’s life cycle and the industrial and natural history of this abused and undefended site going back to pre-dam times. Come, learn, protect.   Directions: Meet at the parking lot at the south end of G Street in Turners Falls for this 3/4 mile walk (1-1/2 mile round trip). Take Avenue A in Turners Falls to 11th Street. Cross the 11th St. Bridge over the canal and make the first left onto G Street. Follow G to parking lot just before the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center sign. Program runs rain or shine. ACCESS NOTE: this walk is mostly flat, but access to Rock Dam is on short steep terrain. For further information phone: 413-773-0006


Monday May 24, 7pm.  Climate Action Now Monthly Zoom Gathering. First hand report from the frontlines of stopping Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline!  Register HERE


June 5-8, All Day. Hundreds will gather in northern Minnesota for a series of nonviolent direct actions to make a clear statement to the world that the days of tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel projects are over. Only a major uprising will raise the fight against this pipeline to the top of the nation’s consciousness and force President Joe Biden to stop Line 3 — which is only proceeding with construction thanks to Trump-issued permits. For more background information on the fight against Line 3 and current needs, visit StopLine3.org!

 


Until next time please remember to........LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! 


Friday, April 30, 2021

A Dirty Zombie Biomass Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. As you may have discovered, the dirty zombie biomass plant proposed for the Asthma Capitol of the Nation (better known as Springfield, MA) may finally be history. Susan Theberge of Climate Action Now joins us along with Mireille Bejjani of Community Action Works, and Springfield resident and activist Elizabeth Pereira returns to the show to do the hopeful postmortem. As usual we'll also bring you along to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and try Abidin' with Biden for an abbreviated version of the show, but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters!  South African Baboons move in on the Colonials.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Repugnican domestic terrorist Rep. Paul A. Gosar of Arizona, you know, the guy who spoke at a white nationalist conference and allegedly helped plan the rally ahead of the Capitol riot?  The fool whose nine siblings want him removed from office for his anti-American activity. We're thinking besides being a terrorist and a total fascist he's a real fool for staying on, yes?

We're going to continue Abidin' with Biden given his International Climate Summit on Earth Week was pretty much of a success, albeit a qualified one. One of our unanswered questions concerns Gina McCarthy,  White House National Climate Advisor, tasked with coordinating the Biden administration’s domestic climate agenda. Our brief search found McCarthy promoting dirty biomass back in 2015. We aren't finding any recent reference, you? 


We have a lengthy interview segment for this show which we will post above ASAP as well,as this LINK on dirty biomass. For now, it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Saturday, May 15, 1:00 – 3:30pm. The Nolumbeka Project will host a gathering at Peskeompskut Park in Turners Falls, MA, to commemorate the 345th anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre on May 19, 1676. This event is considered the major turning point of King Philip’s War when 300 non-combatant women, children and elders perished at the falls during a surprise pre-dawn attack by Captain William Turner and colonial militia. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Go here for more: https://www.facebook.com/events/4055328877879282/ 


Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 -8:30pm.  The Climate Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture, Carbon Farming, and SilvopasturePresented by Connor Stedman, a farm business planner, climate educator, and Principle and Lead Designer at Appleseed, a Regenerative Design and Holistic Farm Planning firm based in western Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley. Silvopasture unites animal grazing with a forested landscape, to sequester more carbon, reduce carbon emissions, increase crop yields, and improve livestock health. Connor supports farms at all scales to successfully adopt industry-leading carbon farming systems. Connor speaks and consults widely and serves as affiliate instructor with the University of Vermont's innovative Leadership for Sustainability graduate program. Register HERE


Saturday May 22, 10:30am to 12:30pm.   CT River Survival Walk II. Walk-the-Walk for endangered shortnose sturgeon.  Join Karl Meyer on a walk to the Rock Dam—the critically endangered habitat and only documented natural spawning site for the federally-endangered Connecticut River shortnose sturgeon. Meyer intervened with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop the grim, eroding conditions created by the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project and Turners Falls Dam. He’s written about sturgeon for years and authored the reknowned “Shortnose Stout” beer brand in 2013. Rock Dam is a 200 million year-old natural gem that’s helped keep the thread for this 100 million year old sturgeon species alive on the Connecticut for centuries. Learn about the shortnose’s life cycle and the industrial and natural history of this abused and undefended site going back to pre-dam times. Come, learn, protect.   Directions: Meet at the parking lot at the south end of G Street in Turners Falls for this 3/4 mile walk (1-1/2 mile round trip). Take Avenue A in Turners Falls to 11th Street. Cross the 11th St. Bridge over the canal and make the first left onto G Street. Follow G to parking lot just before the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center sign. Program runs rain or shine. ACCESS NOTE: this walk is mostly flat, but access to Rock Dam is on short steep terrain. For further information phone: 413-773-0006


Monday May 24, 7pm.  Climate Action Now MA monthly meeting via Zoom. Registration info and updates: https://www.facebook.com/ClimateActionNowMA/  


Until next time please remember to........LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!  




Saturday, April 17, 2021

A Solar Steamroller Enviro Show Part II

Greetings Earthlings. Taking out acres upon acres of intact carbon capturing forests to erect industrial solar? What's wrong in this picture? Shutesbury resident Leslie Cerier joins us to follow-up on our last show with news of a proposed 190 acres of forested land, owned by W.D. Cowls going under the axe to make way for industrial solar. [ UPDATE: Interview HERE] As always we will also introduce you to this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to remind everyone that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!".  Of course, we'll still be Abidin' with Biden and listening for The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! Giant reptile goes on a shopping spree trashing displays on the way. 

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill took issue with a Democratic proposal to expand the Supreme Court from 9 seats to 13 in what should be seen as Great Moments in Hypocrisy. Yes, it's domestic terrorist-in-training Sen. Josh Hawley who opined this concerning the Dem's plan, "It's a terrible idea," Hawley told the Senate press pool. "It is a deliberate attempt to fundamentally change a core institution of American government and effectively to overturn the results of past elections." Wait.......what? Wasn't that what he and his fellow Repugs were doing on January 6?? This is the senator who tried to overturn election results and raising his fist in a salute to the oncoming horde of domestic terrorists marching on the Capitol. He's worse than a fool, of course.

Time to move from the democracy crisis to remind Repugs that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" Recently we read that the concentration of atmospheric CO2 surged past 420 parts per million for the first time in recorded history according to a measurement taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii. At the same time it was reported in another study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that over a third of the area of all Antarctic ice shelves could be at risk of collapsing if global temperatures soar to 4°C above pre-industrial levels. Is it a crisis yet?  

OK, it's a bit hard to be Abiden' with Biden when "Indigenous leaders and climate campaigners... blasted President Joe Biden's refusal to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline during a court-ordered environmental review, which critics framed as a betrayal of his campaign promises to improve tribal relations and transition the country to clean energy." as Common Dreams reported. And, sad to say, when reporters Tweet: "Biden’s Pentagon is going to keep the Trump Pentagon’s policy of embracing landmines. 'A vital tool in conventional warfare,' they call an indiscriminate weapon that kills and maims civilian."  So, we guess the honeymoon is over but at least he's not.......that other guy!  

Speaking of Common Dreams here in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber they reported recently "scientists at the University of Cambridge in England found that 97% of the planet's land area no longer qualifies as ecologically intact" and that "The amount of ecologically intact land 'was much lower than we were expecting,' Dr. Andrew Plumptre, head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat at Cambridge and lead author of the study, told Science News."  The good news is people and groups are pushing back on all fronts. Join them. Do not despair!

After our interview with Leslie we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard: 


Wednesday, April 29, 7pm.  "Warheads to Windmills" How we can pay for a Green New Deal - A webinar featuring Timmon Wallis, PhD, of NuclearBan.US, and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern.  “Pandemics, inequality, climate, nuclear weapons: of the four great problems threatening our existence, one is very easy to solve and this might just be the moment to cross it off the list.” – Timmon Wallis.  Register for this webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_PwFdPYogQrWKQgjS2UlNMw    


Monday May 3, 7-8:30 pm.  Who's Delaying Climate Action in MA? Go HERE.


Tuesday, May 4, 1:00–2:00pm. Environmental advocates, business leaders, and lawmakers will gather virtually to kick off their campaign to pass the 100% Clean Act (H.3288, S.2136) during the 2021–2022 legislative session. This bill will transition Massachusetts to 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and 100 percent clean heating and transportation by 2045.  RSVP here. You will receive an email with a link to join the Zoom event. 


Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 -8:30pm.  The Climate Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture, Carbon Farming, and SilvopasturePresented by Connor Stedman, a farm business planner, climate educator, and Principle and Lead Designer at Appleseed, a Regenerative Design and Holistic Farm Planning firm based in western Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley. Silvopasture unites animal grazing with a forested landscape, to sequester more carbon, reduce carbon emissions, increase crop yields, and improve livestock health. Connor supports farms at all scales to successfully adopt industry-leading carbon farming systems. Connor speaks and consults widely and serves as affiliate instructor with the University of Vermont's innovative Leadership for Sustainability graduate program. Register HERE.  



Until next time please remember to........LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER!  




 


Friday, April 02, 2021

A Solar Steamroller Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. As you might imagine, we support solar power on this show but we are, at the same time, forest protectors and hopeless tree huggers. The current fad of clear cutting intact carbon capturing forests for the placement of industrial solar arrays is, as we speak, being challenged within the climate activist community. Heidi Ricci, Director of Policy at Mass Audubon joins us to shed light on the issue. [UPDATE: Interview HERE]  As always, we'll also take you to learn about this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and about our Abbin' with Biden, as well as a reminder "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" and more but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! Killer Whales are killing it off the coast of Spain & Portugal.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is overgrown fratboy Rep. Matt Gaetz (Repug- FLA), top low life in Congress who can't even find many friends among his fellow Repugnican scum, and given their seditious record that's saying something. Gaetz was under investigation for possible sex trafficking by the DOJ when that arch toady, AG Barr was in charge and now, with a real Attorney General at the helm, the investigation is expanding to include a rogues gallery of other odious fascists. As probes deepen into the morally repugnant behavior of Gaetz and his cohorts (Roger Stone and Rep. Jim Jordan among them) it appears these Repugs did little to cover their heinous acts, making them utter fools besides being disgusting low-life and seditious traitors.  There. We said it and we're glad. 

We are still Abbidin' with Biden this week as he introduces his historic Infrastructure Plan, officially titled The American Jobs Plan. Delving into the plan however, we find some curious items such as the creation of a "Civilian Climate Corps" which seems undefined in its mission. Will the Corps just plant or replant trees without protecting and preserving existing forests? What does this mean: "Every dollar spent on rebuilding our infrastructure during the Biden administration will be used to prevent, reduce, and withstand the impacts of the climate crisis." Does that include natural carbon capture? When it says "President Biden’s plan will protect and, where necessary, restore nature-based infrastructure – our lands, forests, wetlands, watersheds, and coastal and ocean resources."  Does that mean our National Forests will become off limits to commercial logging so they can continue to capture and store CO2 emissions undisturbed? Here's a thought: How about WE ASK! (Chances are you'll just get a polite non-committal automated response. Think of that as an inducement to keep at it. 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find this headline and sub-head in The Guardian: "Disease outbreaks more likely in deforestation areas, study finds - Tree-planting can also increase health risks if it focuses too narrowly on small number of species, paper says".  The fore we've been talking about on this show since COVID-19 first raised its spiky little head, the latter is....um...interesting? The piece goes on to point out: "Even tree-planting can increase health risks to local human populations if it focuses too narrowly on a small number of species, as is often the case in commercial forests, the research found." Here's the LINK to the study in question.  And here's some  good  news from MassLive: The Zombie Dirty Biomass plant in Springfield had it's permit revoked by the MA State DEP! 

Time to remind all those Spring Break party goers out there that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"  Rather than dump all the usual doom and gloom on you today how about we reference this upbeat piece, also from The Guardian about "using our imagination" and turn the deserts green!  This is intriguing: "Within a couple of decades, the Weather Makers believe, the Sinai could be transformed from a hot, dry, barren desert into a green haven teeming with life: forests, wetlands, farming land, wild flora and fauna. A regreened Sinai would alter local weather patterns and even change the direction of the winds, bringing more rain, the Weather Makers believe – hence their name."  Sounds like a plan, yes?     OK, enough feel good, let's get back to the grim: "Despite all the dire warnings, corporate pledges, and tree-planting promises, forests keep falling at an alarming pace. In a report out Wednesday morning, experts tallied up all the acres of the most important forests lost in 2020 and found that it amounts to an area the size of the Netherlands." That from Grist. Are we walking in balance now?

How about an Enviro Show Quote of the Week? 

“Incrementalism and those little steps are not enough. Not right now. Not on climate change…We have a global crisis  We have got to move urgently - urgently and boldly.”     - Bernie Sanders

 After our conversation with Heidi we move on to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Monday April 19, 12 to 1:30pm.  Fireside Chat with Gina McCarthy. As a leading advocate for strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years, new White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy is well positioned to take charge of President Biden’s massive climate agenda. In this Op-Talk, Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkataraman will talk with the top domestic climate official about her new role in creating a sustainable world.  RSVP 


Saturday, April 24, 10:30 – 12:30pm. THE GREAT EARTH WEEK WALK FOR RIVER JUSTICE .Honor Earth Week on an “unnatural” history walk via the Franklin County Bikeway through the magnificent French King Gorge to the giant tunnels of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station. The Connecticut is sucked backward here daily, killing tens of millions of fish and aquatic animals annually. Northfield is a VT Yankee nuclear vestige that’s killed here for 49 years. Its Canadian owners want a new 50 year federal license. Join this river revival walk for future generations. Community leaders, energy experts and stakeholder/journalist Karl Meyer will speak along the way. Kids and bicycles welcome. Bring water, a snack, and your mask. Please leave pets at home. Directions: Meet for this 1-1/2 mile walk (3-mile round trip) at Dorsey Rd., Erving, beneath the French King Bridge. Via Rt. 2 E, go across the French King Bridge. Dorsey is 1/3 of a mile on the right. Traveling 2 W, continue past the bowling alley. Dorsey is the left turn immediately after the MA Highway Garage sign on the right. Head down Dorsey to the bridge.** NOTE: This walk is on level terrain, and turns around at Ferry Rd./Pine Meadow Rd. in Northfield. Route is both paved and dirt, and may not be suitably wheelchair accessible. For further information contact: anna.gyorgy@crocker.com Or phone: 413-773-0006 


Sunday April 25, 1pm. Climate Emergency Rally & Parade. Boston XR event will begin at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston with a couple of speakers and some climate disco (a choreographed dance party in the name of the earth). We will then parade around the City of Boston to express gratitude for our planet and its biodiversity while also pushing the state and city for immediate action on the Climate and Ecological Emergency. This event will be "Emergency" themed filled with climate firefighters, dancing, and lively music. Climate can't wait; 2050 is too late. We demand that the City of Boston and State of Massachusetts declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency and act on it!   Go to: https://xrmass.org/action/earth-day-celebration-2021/   


Monday April 26, 7 to 8:30pm. Climate Action Now MA has been having wonderful virtual gatherings via ZOOM during the time of COVID closure. Look out for zoom registration details before the next meeting in our newsletter or on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ClimateActionNowMA  


Wednesday, April 29, 7pm.  "Warheads to Windmills" How we can pay for a Green New Deal - A webinar featuring Timmon Wallis, PhD, of NuclearBan.US, and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern.  “Pandemics, inequality, climate, nuclear weapons: of the four great problems threatening our existence, one is very easy to solve and this might just be the moment to cross it off the list.” – Timmon Wallis.  Register for this webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_PwFdPYogQrWKQgjS2UlNMw 



OK folks!  Do remember to........LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! 

    

 


Saturday, March 20, 2021

A Riverkeepers Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. You may recall past shows where we dove deep into matters of the Connecticut River, often with enviro journalist, Karl Meyer? This time we'll be hosting John Lipscomb of Riverkeeper Patrol and George Jackman, Senior Habitat Restoration Manager at Riverkeeper. As usual, we'll also bring you along to witness this week's Fool-on-the-Hill do his or her worst down in DC and try some Abiden' with Biden, asa well as a reminder "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" but first it's time for..........Revenge of the Critters! Not sure how this one has escaped us but Tawney Crazy Ants down south are attacking smart phones and other electronics!

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) who actually goes way, way beyond foolish all the way to seditious and aiding and abetting domestic terrorism but we don't want this gun-totin' cowgirl to go by unnoticed on the show on a mere technicality. Some of Boebert's own colleagues back on the Front Range don't take kindly to her, having sent an open letter to Boebert....demanding [she] resign. "The events of January 6th 2021, which you incited and directly encouraged, were a blatant assault on our country," the letter reads. "Your role in [the] violent failed coup makes you unworthy, and undeserving of the honor of representing Colorado in Congress." Of course, foolishly Boebert doubled down protesting not being allowed to enter the House chamber packing, that in the wake of targeting Speaker Pelosi during the siege and encouraging the domestic terrorists outside. Does anyone know why she's still even there??

We are Abiden' with Biden now and pretty much OK with his administration's efforts at confronting the pandemic, unlike the total lack of effort on the part of the Repugs. In fact, some of those guys act like ambassadors for the virus.  The COVID Relief bill itself, which the Prez supported and promoted, was historic according to economist Paul Krugman.  And......SURPRISE! Not a single Repug voted for it because, remember, they are working for the virus and against the planet and most of those who live on it. On the other hand, President Biden wants to "move fast" on the Climate Crisis.  Remember, President Biden issued an executive order, calling for conservation of 30 percent of US lands and waters by 2030? He just had his EPA restore the climate change page the Mad King had deleted. More to come.....we trust.

In the midst of COVIDaze, crazed Repugs trying to destroy the Constitution, government and the planet, and keeping up with the latest in Washington we would do well to remember......."It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"  In case you know someone[s] who doesn't think so maybe you should show them this: "The Amazon rainforest is most likely now a net contributor to warming of the planet, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis from more than 30 scientists." Meanwhile, up North we find headlines like this: "Boreal forest being driven to tipping point by climate change, study finds."  Soooo, here we are stuck in the middle with you. What to do!  Redouble our efforts at saving more land would help. We bet you can think of other things! 

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is spot on for this show:

"I always saw pollution as theft, and I always thought, 'Why should somebody be able to pollute the air, which belongs to all of us, or destroy a river or a waterway, which is supposed to belong to the whole community?'     - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

On to the Bus Stop Billboard:



Thursday, April 1, 1:30pm. Join League of Conservation Voters Board Member and former Representative Donna Edwards for a conversation with newly confirmed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and LCV Vice President of Government Affairs Sara Chieffo. They'll discuss strategy for a bold economic recovery legislation, supporting clean energy, building a more just society by creating a new sector of clean energy jobs, good paying union jobs, and advancing environmental justice.  Go HERE.  


Monday April 5 & Tuesday April 6, 7pm.  Transforming Crisis. A semester-long series partnership between University of Massachusetts School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) , the Fine Arts Center (FAC), and the Master of Fine Arts for Poets and Writers (MFA) is devoted to illuminating ecological crises and addressing climate injustice .  Go to:  https://www.umass.edu/ses/event/transforming-crisis-art-science-activism   


Tuesday April 6, 6:30 to 7:30pm.  While trout live in streams, you will learn how much they rely on the forested land around them to sustain healthy populations. Vermont Coverts hosts Jacob Fetterman (Project Coordinator, Trout Unlimited) and Katy Crumley (District Manager, Bennington County Conservation District) who will share about the importance of forests for fish, specifically streamside forests for trout, and their landowner outreach efforts to improve habitat. Katy will concentrate on the role of native vegetation on streambanks and her work with landowners to make plantings possible. Jacob will focus on the in-stream benefits of streamside vegetation, which ultimately contributes to the quality of the habitat in the stream. After we will have time for you to ask the experts your forest/fish related questions!  Register here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 



Wednesday, April 7, 5:30pm.  Coyotes of the Northeast.  As one of the few predators still present and successful in the Northeastern landscape, coyotes are an important feature of local and native ecosystems. Chris Schadler, a researcher and advocate for coyotes, will present on the population dynamics of coyotes, their past and present range, and their behavior, habits, and group dynamics. Interspersed with personal stories and a good dose of humor, this is a presentation every wildlife lover will enjoy! Co-hosted with NH Wildlife Coalition. This event will occur online through Zoom Webinar. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_CwC63W_8Sk6C3KkdeUomYw



Thursday, April 8, 5pm.  The Climate Emergency: Identifying Leverages of Power. This workshop will describe the overall scope of the climate crisis and why it is so crucial to recognize where things stand right now. From there, we will go into the varied and numerous ways where people can influence decisions on the kinds of projects and campaigns that will get us closer to zero emissions before it is too late. Participants will leave this class understanding how to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis to their communities and will have a framework for knowing how to identify where they can make a practical impact from whatever level of awareness and influence they possess. FREE! Register here: https://truthschool.org/.../the-climate-emergency.../ 


Thursday April 8, 7 to 8:30pm.  WMass Extinction Rebellion general meeting. Here's a registration link:https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvc-qsqDIsEtWVHoKeEbVTGgEuww8sQnaA

  

Saturday April 10, 9 to 11am. The Wonder of Vernal Pools. Join us outdoors for this Learning with the Land event as we visit a vernal pool to look for signs of breeding by amphibians and invertebrates that are specially adapted to the unique conditions of these seasonal wetlands.  Distinguished biology professor Steve Tilley will help you explore the fascinating life cycles that take place in these unique spring features of  our forests at MacLeish Field Station in Whately.  Go to: https://www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/the-wonders-of-vernal-pools/ 



That's all folks! But do remember to........LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! 

Friday, March 05, 2021

The Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. As you may recall, we've covered the inland pine barrens in the Commonwealth on this show several times in the past. This time we head out to the gateway of Cape Cod, the Town of Wareham in Plymouth County, Massachusetts which is home to the rare habitat of the Atlantic Coast Pine Barrens. We guess, given the challenges faced by our inland pine barrens, that the coastal barrens are threatened as well? Yes, but while government and the academy is mostly the cause of problems here in the hinterlands, commercial development seems to be the big problem out by the coast.  Meg Sheehan returns once again to the show on her work at Community Land and Water Coalition  and this time is accompanied by Frank Mand, Vice President of Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance; Kathy Pappalardo of the Wareham Land Trust; and Geoffrey Day, Executive Director of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition all of whom are defending the Barrens and its critters from The Machine. [UPDATE: checkout our Facebook page for video on this] As always, we will also bring you along to see this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to do some Decidin' with Biden (wait, how about Abidin' with Biden?) and to remind those who need reminding that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" but first it's time for.........Revenge of the Critters!  Another listener suggestion: "Man killed by his own rooster during cock fight"

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Senator Joe Manchin who, it is said: "..is strongly committed to developing a balanced national energy plan that utilizes all of our resources. He believes that a balanced, commonsense approach that considers the needs of our environment and the demands of our economy can and must be developed if we are to achieve energy independence and address the challenges of our changing climate." We guess by "all of our resources" the hack who wrote that is talking about coal, given Joe is the Ol' King Coal of the U.S. Senate? We sure fracked gas, oil & nukes fit in there as well though. "Changing climate" is an interesting term too. Manchin also was one of the few Dems who voted against the $15 minimum wage. 

It seems President Biden did some decidin' about Michael S. Regan, the President's choice for Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Regan is African-American so naturally his Senate confirmation isn't coming up any time soon while the party of white supremacy looks for reasons to reject him. The good news is Regan said in the past, "“I don’t see a future in wood pellets,” in 2019 while he was serving as head of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality. “The big thing Michael Regan did here [in North Carolina] was to specifically reject wood pellets and biomass as a pathway for the state’s clean energy future,” Danna Smith, executive director of the North Carolina-based Dogwood Alliance, notes. “He questioned the carbon neutrality, found it to be suspect and said that it should be challenged at the international level. That was a pretty strong statement coming out of a state where the wood pellet industry is ground zero and expanding rapidly." [UPDATE: Reagan is confirmed!] Our friends at Grist are keeping tabs on the Prez and climate issues with this ongoing effort, The First 100.

It's time now to remind those who haven't been paying attention that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"  Longtime listeners may recall past shows when we talked about climate chaos effects on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or the more folksy term the "Atlantic conveyor belt" that pushes warmer water from the south up our way and folds under colder Arctic water back toward the south. Sad to say, the conveyor belt's in trouble, it's "now moving more slowly than it has in at least 1,600 years. That's the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience from some of the world's leading experts in this field." And this: Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert have both been taking another look at atmospheric hacking, classic treat the symptom not the illness geoengineering of our climate. Rather than create more problems by playing at Sky God pumping chemicals skyward, McKibben points out "...if we want to, as a civilization, we can devote the next decade to an all-out effort to transform our energy system. And the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said that, if we do—if we cut our emissions forty-five per cent from 2010 levels by 2030—then we have a shot at limiting the temperature rise to the 1.5-degrees-Celsius target set in the Paris accord." Sounds like a plan! 

OK, after speaking with our guests we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:


Thursday, March 25, 7:00-8:00pm.  Local Energy Solutions. Episode 1 will lead with a video excerpt from a Naomi Klein speech, followed by panel presentations and a round of questions. In her speech, from a 2014 climate conference, Klein explains how little government has achieved in 30 years due to ideological privatization, deregulation, austerity, and free trade. Register HERE.  


Tuesday, March 30, 8-9am.  At our March Sustainable Concord Coffee, Sharon McGregor will explain how Net Zero will get us only so far along the path to climate stabilization. A commitment to achieving Net Carbon Sink, which incorporates and fine-tunes Net Zero as an interim milestone, is necessary to take us the rest of the way in the attainment of both nature and climate renewal Click here for further information, and to register.


Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Climate Action Now - Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration Series:  Beyond Stopping Emissions: How Healthy Soil and Plants Can Help Restore Climate Balance. Maintaining living plant cover is one of the essential practices of building soil health. This talk will provide practical guidance on using cover crops in a small-scale, non-mechanized, no-till context to improve soil health both for growing more nutritious food and for sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil to help heal climate change. Register HERE


That's all folks but please remember to listen to your Mother, OK?