Saturday, June 26, 2021

The Give Trees A Chance Enviro Show

Greetings Earthlings. The Climate Crisis is, as most of you already know, an   existential threat to all life on the planet. That said, it's more of a threat to today's youth than to adults whose days are numbered. Fort River Elementary School graduates Eva and Keira join us from Amherst, Massachusetts to talk about their work at Give Trees a Chance MA. We met them at a Sierra Club Forest Protection Group meeting recently and thought our listeners might like to meet them and learn about their important work. 
As always we will also bring you along to meet this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and to do a bit of Backsliden' with Biden, as well as a reminder to anyone not paying attention that "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" and maybe another Enviro Show Quote of the Week, but first it's time for..........Revenge of the Critters! Asian Elephants on relocation.

This Fool-on-the-Hill keeps outdoing himself. The headline says it all! "Rep. Louie Gohmert asks if Forest Service can shift Earth’s or moon’s orbit to fight climate change"  😏 Need we say more?.......Sorry, but we can't help but point out that while this fool is considered "the dumbest guy in Congress" he is also "about 32 degrees to the right of Attila the Hun" and embraced by Repugnican Trump Chumps everywhere. Soooo, maybe you can't fix stupid but it can be dangerous. 
 

 
 
 
With the Keystone Pipeline dead, and oil leases in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge cancelled by The Prez there were hopes we might not be "Backsliden' with Biden" but "from the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota  (which the Administration is supporting) to the Byhalia Pipeline in Memphis, there are too many projects that are making significant investments in extending fossil fuel infrastructure far beyond what is sustainable for human civilization." So noted Progress American as they ask you to tell Biden to "Stop all new fossil fuel projects and start making big strides towards the climate mitigation we MUST have." As for the much touted bipartisan infrastructure plan announced Friday only
"14 percent of the infrastructure package is being dedicated to environmentally aligned projects, with electric cars and grid modernization, though those are the least ambitious parts of the environmental program—no major expansion of public transit, no major renewable-power generation programs. The other 86 percent of the package is largely going to expand fossil fuel–heavy infrastructure, including highways, ports, oil- and gas-reliant energy systems, and more (there’s money for water storage but no regulations on water use patterns)."
This is what happens when you cut deals with War on Nature Repugnicans these days. Seems like backsliden' from here!  

Maybe Biden missed the memo titled "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"? Now that there's a legal definition of ecocide it should be clear what needs to be done and undone with regard to climate chaos. And yet "On Climate and Covid-19 Emergencies, [the] G7 Judged a 'Colossal Failure' for All the World to See"  Common Dreams reports: "Anti-poverty groups, climate campaigners, and public health experts reacted with outrage and howls of disappointment after the G7 leaders who spent the weekend at a summit in Cornwall, England issued a final communique that critics said represents an extreme abdication of responsibility in the face of the world's most pressing and intertwined crises—savage economic inequality, a rapidly-heating planet, and the deadly Covid-19 pandemic." Which brings us to......

The Enviro Show Quote of the Week:

We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns. For young people, climate change is bigger than election or re-election. It’s life or death.”   - AOC

After our conversation with Eva and Keira we go to the Bus Stop Billboard

Monday July 12, 12pm. Exposé on use in fracking of previously unknown, highly dangerous chemicals. Join PSR’s webinar as we release the findings of our report revealing a new toxic threat in fracking. Details will be provided in the webinar. Go HERE.  


Tuesday July 13, 7 to 8:30pm.  Biochar: What it is and What it is Not. Rachel Smolker is co-director of Biofuelwatch. Her work has spanned local grassroots organizing to participation in international processes, including the United Nations conventions on climate and biodiversity. She has researched, written, and organized on the impacts of biofuels, bioenergy and biochar on land use, forests, biodiversity, food, people, and the climate. She has a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan and worked previously as a field biologist. She lives in Vermont.  Register HERE for this talk.  


Wednesday  July 14,  3:30 pm. Don’t miss an incredible lineup of speakers focused on PFAS — what it is, what’s happening in MA to ban PFAS in the Commonwealth. Have a question you want addressed? Email jo.comerford@masenate.gov. Tune in live on https://www.facebook.com/senatorjocomerford/live 


Wednesday, July 14, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. The US Forest Service is hosting a virtual information meeting to present background information about current forest conditions and potential "management activities" [logging] to implement within the project area. This is a great opportunity to learn about the project, ask questions, and make any comments that you think are appropriate. Information about the project and meeting can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60192    (The meeting is being held via Microsoft Teams, so be sure you have the software loaded prior to the meeting.)


Monday June 28, 7 to 8:30pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Meeting via Zoom:  Go here to registerFirst Hand Report on Line 3 Pipeline Protests! 


Saturday July 31, 1 to 4pm.  Massachusetts Statewide Rally Honoring the Land. No Clearcutting Forests for Solar! In Person - Two Locations: Wareham, Gibbs Park (Onset VFW) & Greenfield, Energy Park, Miles Street. Learn how to take action now! It will feature speakers, tabling with booths/posters, and networking aimed at encouraging people to get involved in local government and state policy/legislation on forest protection issues, especially deforestation for solar. Go HERE!  


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