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 

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