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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Jean's Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. A very special person has moved on from our lives, someone unique and dedicated to her friends and to social and environmental justice. Jean Grossholtz was still teaching at Mt. Holyoke College when I (d.o. ) encountered her at a meeting she called to organize a Valley response to corporate globalization in the late '90s. I was immediately drawn to her no nonsense feistiness, her in-your-face outrage at all the injustice taking place in our world. It was that spirit, and her deep knowledge and experience of matters both political and ecological that made her the perfect co-host to share the microphone with myself and Glen Ayers on The Enviro Show almost from the show's start in 2005. In radio we have something called The Seven Deadly Words, seven swear words not to be spoken over the "public" airwaves at risk of garnering a hefty fine from the FCC or worse. Being plain spoken and often....outraged?  Jean launched into one or more of the Seven Words more than a few times during the show, making for some awkward moments on live radio, and perhaps a few chills in the front office. But that was Jean, quick to call b.s. when she saw it and to suffer no fools. It is a sort of honesty we so much appreciated and loved from Jean. She will be missed. She is missed.

With this in mind, some of Jean's dear friends and radio colleagues join us for the hour to share their remembrances. [UPDATE: Listen HERE ] State Senator Jo Comerford, Attorney Michael Aleo, Chauncy Young, Valley Free Radio's own Paki Weiland & Bob Gardner join us to honor Jean Grossholtz.  Also, Jean was a lover of many of the Earth's critters and pretty much a dog person, so in remembrance of her and the dogs on the other end of the leash who used to drag her around on the ice (often for the worse) it's time for..........Revenge of the Critters! Coyotes attack U.S. Marines....on their own turf?      

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is a two-fer from Jean herself:

"All that I have supported, worked for, believed in has always been possible because of large numbers of people who were willing to go to the streets to stand up for fairness, for equality, for freedom. It is these people who have inspired me, comforted me, and urged me onward. And I have found them all over the world.

"This is the story of a rural kid who grew up to be a professor at an elite women’s college in Massachusetts and a political activist with an arrest record as long as your arm."  

In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we've collected some links relating to Jean, like this one from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.  where they totally overlooked Jean's radio daze. More from the grassroots is this My Keeper site which is interactive, as is this one from Legacy.  Jean also has a Wikipedia page. A Virtual Memorial is being planned for Sunday March 7th 2021 at 10am EST. You are invited to share memories, photos, recordings and get details of virtual event at

Now it's time for the Bus Stop Billboard:

Saturday March 6, 3 to 6pm. Mobilizing  Extinction rebellion Worldwide!  We need mass civil disobedience in 2021. And this requires thousands of people to mobilise, organise, and get good at it. All around the world, amazing people are developing great ways to stand up and we need to support one another. An alliance of dedicated XR members in different countries are creating this event so we can come together to celebrate the vital work we are doing, to enjoy great talks and testimonies, and discover concrete tactics that work in a range of workshops. Go HERE 

Sunday March 7, 10am to 1pm. Online Memorial for Jean Grossholtz to remember her. You're invited to attend and join us virtually via zoom and share your memories of Jean. Please RSVP so that we can email you the zoom link. Here is the zoom link for our gathering:

Tuesday March 9, 7:30PMWMass Extinction Rebellion meeting. Please register here and you'll be sent the link.

Monday March 8, 6:30pm.  Virtual Panel on Our Climate.  Representatives Paul Mark, Joan Meschino and Adrian Madaro at the Sunderland Public Library for a virtual panel on recent climate legislation, environmental justice and the work of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in the 192nd session.  RSVP here:

Thursday, March 11, 4:30-5:30pm. A Vigil will mark ten years of the radioactive disaster in Fukushima, Japan at Pliny Park, (High & Main Streets, Brattleboro, VT 05301) At the vigil we will honor the 130,000 nuclear refugees, and the land, air and water contaminated by radiation which to this day cannot be cleaned up. Please join us. This will be a Covid safe event; wear a mask, stay socially distant, and bring a poster if you wish. Feel free to share the flyer below. More info HERE. 

Monday March 15, 6:30 to 8pm.   Michael Kellett of Restore: The North Woods and Janet Sinclair of Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, the authors of two recently filed forest protection bills, will explain the bills and how we can help get them passed. There will be time for questions and discussion.  HD.2871, An Act Relative to Forest Protection, sponsored by Representative Michael Finn - 6th Hampden District.

AND  HD.3197: An Act Relative to Increased Protection of Wildlife Management Areas, sponsored by Representative Lindsay Sabadosa - 1st Hampshire District.    HD 3197 Fact Sheet    Zoom meeting link HERE.

Wednesday March 17, 5:30pm. Wild Carbon. Mark Anderson, PhD. will share recent and ground-breaking science on carbon sequestration and storage in wild, old, and unmanaged forests. Join this presentation to deepen your understanding of how forests interact with the atmosphere, and discover the powerful role of protecting wild forests in the race against climate chaos. From air to leaves to fungal networks, this presentation will take participants on a journey through the forest that goes far beyond what the human eye can see.  Go HERE. 

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.

OK, enough for now, just remember what Jean always said: Listen to Your Mother 

Friday, February 05, 2021

The Flawed Roadmap Enviro Show

UPDATE: We are sad to announce that our former co-host Jean Grossholtz has moved on to that great studio in the sky. Our next show will be for her, Jean's Enviro Show . She is and always will be missed.

Greetings Earthlings. No one likes to get lost because of poor directions, right? We're thinking the folks driving the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEOEA)'s  Decarbonization Roadmap need to hear that voice say "Re-CALC-ulating" more than a few times. Meg Sheehan returns to the show for a course correction and her work at Community Land and Water Coalition  and Melissa Ferretti, of the Herring Pond Wampanoag on solar siting flaws here in the Commonwealth.  As usual, we will also introduce you to this week's Fool-on-the-Hill (so hard to choose!) and to do some Decidin' with Biden, as well as a reminder that "it's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" and maybe even a return to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber but first it's time for...............Revenge of the Critters!  Here's the headline: "An iguana wearing a bandanna attacked a man in Miami because 2020 isn’t weird enough" We just can't make this stuff up!

We think it's pretty obvious calling Quazy QAnon Georgia Repugnican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a fool is putting it lightly, so let's just take better aim and say besides being a Fool-on-the-Hill Marge is also a murderous toxic psycho who should be banished from The Hill immediately if not from the planet, OK? As it stands now, Quazy Marge has been stripped of her committee assignments in the House in a bi-partisan vote.......but not bi-partisan enough. A vast majority of Repugs remain partial to domestic terrorism, something that will haunt them throughout history.

We are Decidin' with Biden when he says things like “This is not a time for small measures. We need to be bold” but like Mom always used to say, "The proof is in the pudding". Last week the Prez started assembling the ingredients for that pudding, he set a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and oceans by 2030 and calling for an indefinite halt of new oil & gas leasing on federal land and waters, as a precursor to ending the dependence of the United States on fossil fuels. Also, he signed executive orders elevating racial justice and scientific integrity as two pillars of his climate program and an executive order stating the federal government will use its buying power to help support clean electricity and electric vehicles. Clean electricity.....what a concept! We learned on Thursday the Biden administration is putting a temporary stop to road construction andlogging in roadless areas of national forests. This is more-or-less a defacto moratorium on logging in our public lands, something we've been advocating for on this show.......forever! Now, it's time to work toward making it policy and doing away with the U.S. Forest Service's "sustained yield mission".  Stay tuned. 

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, speaking of the U.S. Forest dis-Service, Popular Resistance brought this to our attention: "For decades the U.S. Forest Service and BLM has been seeking out and cutting large dead trees in Federal forests to prevent areas from being listed as critical habitat for endangered species." We guess that's part of their "sustained yield"? 

Time to remember "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" and time for yet another wake-up call from The Guardian: "The melting of ice across the planet is accelerating at a record rate, with the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets speeding up the fastest, research has found. The rate of loss is now in line with the worst-case scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change." Here's an eye-opening headline: "The Atlantic Hurricane Season Typically Brings About a Dozen Storms. This Year It Was 30". The article goes on to point out, "A record Atlantic basin hurricane season was fueled by warmer than normal ocean and Gulf waters that scientists say were, at least in part, caused by climate change. In all, there were 30 named storms, the most on record and almost three times the typical number. The basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico."  OK, that's enough bad news for the time being, how about we go do something!

Yes, it's the Bus Stop Billboard where things happen:  

TODAY, Right now, you can send an email to Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Woodcock to withdraw the amendments to the Renewable Portfolio Regulations pertaining to biomass. Email or call Jane Strong, DOER  Executive Assistant 617-626-7332; Here is a sample script. Modify it as you wish. You can copy & paste it for an email, and if you call Ms. Strong, you can shorten it.

 SAMPLE BIOMASS SCRIPT:  “Dear Commissioner Woodcock: I live near Springfield and am very concerned about plans to build a biomass incinerator there. Rather than being renewable and non-carbon-emitting as Palmer Renewable Energy claims, biomass burning instead produces half-again the CO2 of coal for an equal wattage of electricity generated. And it certainly isn’t clean: Its smoke is laden with lung-destroying particulate matter, as well as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic chemicals, mercury, lead and hydrochloric acid. All this would be pumped into a city which was named the “Asthma Capital” of the country for two years running. As you know the Springfield City Council has issued a strong protest to building this plant. And you also know that Attorney General Maura Healy recently released a report showing biomass incineration to be a mistake for our Commonwealth. I join with the City Council, Attorney General Healy, and many of my fellow Valley residents objecting to allowing our Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) to permit inefficient biomass like the Palmer Energy plant to qualify for subsidies.”

Thursday February 18,  5 - 6:30pm.  The Climate Emergency - Identifying the Leverages of Power.  Dr. Marty Nathan and  Ernesto Cruz.  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.  Go to:

Thursday February 18, 7pm.  The Northampton City Council will have the second reading of their Climate Resilience and Regeneration Plan. The meeting is open to public comments of up to 3 minutes from 7PM to 7:30PM. If you're a local resident, we encourage you to attend and speak! There are a few talking points in the slides linked above, but in general we support the city's commitment to addressing climate change and also call for greater urgency, including being carbon net zero long before the plan's deadline of 2050. Details on joining the meeting are here.

By February 19, we’re asking legislators to pass last session’s climate bill into law — with or without the Governor’s signature. Join our call for climate action by posting on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #MAClimateDeadline 

Wednesday February 24,  7pm. Join Standing Trees Vermont for a virtual conversation with Dr. William Moomaw about Proforestation. For years we have listened to the forestry timber-speak about sustainable forest management, afforestation and reforestation, and various other terms all of which ultimately involve logging. But a new word and a new concept - Proforestation - is gaining traction and deserves our support! Come learn from a proforestation pro! Bill Moomaw is part of a team who is working to change the narrative about forests and climate. Go to: 

Thursday February. 25, 4 pm. An Ecological Civilization: The Path We’re On.  The path toward an ecological civilization moves us from an uncivilized society based on selfish wealth accumulation to one that is community-oriented and life-affirming. You’re invited to a virtual conversation on the ways communities are already working toward that goal—and how you can be a part of it. This event will feature contributors to our upcoming issue of YES! Magazine—Vandana Shiva, Leah Penniman, Winona LaDuke, and Jeremy Lent.

Saturday March 6, 3 to 6pm. Mobilizing  Extinction rebellion Worldwide!  We need mass civil disobedience in 2021. And this requires thousands of people to mobilise, organise, and get good at it. All around the world, amazing people are developing great ways to stand up and we need to support one another. An alliance of dedicated XR members in different countries are creating this event so we can come together to celebrate the vital work we are doing, to enjoy great talks and testimonies, and discover concrete tactics that work in a range of workshops. Go HERE  

Sunday March 7, 10am to 1pm. Online Memorial for Jean Grossholtz to remember her. You're invited to attend and join us virtually via zoom and share your memories of Jean. Please RSVP so that we can email you the zoom link. Go to:  

 That's all for now, remember to listen to your Mother, OK?



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