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Friday, April 26, 2024

A Coming Home Enviro Show

                                     [Listen to our podcast of the entire show HERE]

Greetings Earthlings. We followup our Earth Days activities with an Earth-based story that warms the heart and stirs the soul. Rob Edward, president of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund joins us to talk about the reintroduction of wolves to Colorado. Some humans wiped them out, other humans brought them back. How's that going? Stay tuned. As always, we will also introduce you to this week's Fool-on-the-Hill and Those Whose Brains were Small and way more, but first it's time for........Revenge of the Critters! More on the Elephants' Revenge.

This week's Fool-on-the-Hill is creepy Repugnican Sen.Tom Cotton of Arkansas talking about a recent Golden Gate Bridge protest that took place at which some protesters blocking traffic glued their hands to the pavement. Responding to a question from a Faux "News" reporter Cotton said, " If something like this happened in Arkansas on a bridge there, let’s just say I think there’d be a lot of very wet criminals that have been tossed overboard, not by law enforcement but by the people whose road they’re blocking. If they glued their hands to a car or the pavement, well, probably pretty painful to have their skin ripped off, but I think that’s the way we’d handle it in Arkansas. And I would encourage most people anywhere that get stuck behind criminals like this, who are trying to block traffic, to take matters into their own hands."  This from a foolish criminal insurrectionist sympathiser yet to be arrested. 

It was Tom Cotton who said "We should be building more [coal plants]... We should be building more nuclear facilities. We should be expanding exploration for oil and gas. Market forces will make technology more efficient and reduce carbon emissions.." To which we say: "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!" We guess he has no answer to the question, "What Is The Amazon “Tipping Point,” Exactly?"  but if he read that article he might have a better idea 'cuz it says: "..the Amazon Rainforest is dying a slow, degradative death as a result of climate change and human-caused habitat destruction. Scientists worry that these trends may soon push the Amazon over the edge."  Here's another tipping point: "The world’s coral reefs are in the throes of a global bleaching event caused by extraordinary ocean temperatures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and international partners announced." And this from Bill McKibben: "A new study released today in Nature examines data from 1,600 regions of the earth for the last forty years, and concludes that by 2050 climate change will be causing economic damage worth $38 trillion every single year. That seems like…a lot. The entire world economy at the moment is about $100 trillion a year; the federal budget is about $6 trillion a year."

The headline in WaPo was "Timber companies claim carbon credits for trees they don’t cut down" to which we say "Their Brains Were Small and They Died". We always knew those guys and their lackeys in government were dinos and we patiently awaited their asteroid but exactly how long do we have to wait?? The piece goes on, "...the approach, known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, or REDD+, raises questions about how to protect the world’s forests, which sequester billions of tons of carbon, and about the booming carbon credit market. As the window to avoid catastrophic climate change closes, scientists are questioning the intricate methodologies used to calculate this lucrative counterfactual, known as “avoided deforestation.” We guess the operative term is "lucrative counterfactual".  😠

We have another Enviro Show Action Link in our Echo Chamber where you can clue in U.S. Fish & Wildlife about protecting Gray Wolves in Wyoming. It only takes a minute, OK? Go HERE. Also, checkout these anti-Wildlife bills in Congress and ACT! 

We are still Abidin' with Biden these days who "marked Earth Day by announcing a $7bn investment in solar energy projects nationwide, focusing on disadvantaged communities, and unveiling a week-long series of what the White House say will be 'historic climate actions'...Biden also announced a new website to encourage citizens to join the American Climate Corps....According to the White House, [last] Tuesday’s theme will be clean water for all communities; Wednesday will focus on accelerating the US’s clean transportation future; Thursday will focus on steps to cut pollution from the power sector and strengthen the US electricity grid; and Friday will see measures to promote cleaner air and healthier schools." We trust it will all be substantial actions. Stay tuned!

Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is in keeping with our interview:

We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever s'ince, that there was something new to me in those eyes something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.

   - Aldo Leopold 

 After our interview with Rob it's on to the Bus Stop Billboard:

Nature camping season for kids is back. Some Mid-CT Valley options HERE. Berkshire HERE.  

Saturday May 11, 9 -- 11am (To car pool, meet at Staples parking lot, Greenfield,MA 7:30am). Join naturalists Pat Serrentino and Alex Haro for an exploration of this unique Wildlife Management Area located in the hills of Windsor. The diverse habitats of the site support an amazing variety of resident and migrant birds, in addition to those that are just passing through to areas farther north. Habitats range from open meadows to huge marshes and swamps, and forests of spruce, fir, maple, and birch. If we are lucky, we may see a barred owl or northern harrier, in addition to warblers, vireos, and many others. The walk is free and geared to adults and children over 8 yrs.  Heavy rain cancels.  To register or for any questions, please call Pat Serrentino at 413.325.6828 or email her at

Monday May 13, 7-8:30pm. Regenerative Farming, Forests and Food Systems Community Conversation. Climate Action Now invites you to a virtual community conversation about the future of our Regenerative Farming, Forests and Food Systems Group (RF3). Our intention is to bring together people who have worked with us over the years and to encourage new voices and leadership as we envision the next chapter of our work. Zoom registration here

Thursday May 16, 9am. Embodied Carbon Reduction Challenge! On Zoom.  MCAN's May Better Buildings Advocates(BBA) zoom offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity: climate advocates have a few days left to participate in this amazing program assembled by MassCEC and Built Environment Plus. The Embodied Carbon Reduction Challenge reveals how embodied carbon is currently being addressed in sixteen actual Massachusetts building projects. Bev and Irene will guide us through, and encourage you to vote for your favorite projects. A great way to gain familiarity before your next school/municipal project, whether construction or renovation. Please register here

Saturday May 18, 11 a.m.  Sierra Club Outing in Myles Standish State Forest. Myles Standish State Forest, 194 Cranberry Rd, Carver, MA 02330.  Event Details Here! Please join the Sierra Club MA Chapter, Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, and Community Land & Water Coalition (CLWC) on a 5-mile spring hike through the exceptional Myles Standish State Forest. This area contains Atlantic coast Pine Barrens, kettle ponds, cranberry bogs, and habitat for rare, endangered plants and animals and is only one of three ecosystems like this in the world.    We will be discussing at the event the state forest’s geology, floral, and fauna as well as environmental issues in the region - i.e., forest protection, sand mining, and solar siting. In addition, CLWC is offering an option to car camp at one of the state forest's campgrounds for the night of May 17.  They have reserved a group campsite with a limit of 20 people and 4 cars.  A small donation is being asked to reimburse CLWC for the group campsite. See the Cost section below. If you are interested, please Fill out this form.  

Monday May 20, 5:30pm. No Radioactive Waste Water Evaporation! Rally at Plymouth Town Hall Green before 6:30 Hearing in the Great Room. Save our Bay! Go HERE

Wednesday May 22, 4pm. Join American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in celebrating its 30th anniversary with a virtual behind-the-scenes look at some of our most inspiring conservation projects         Go HERE

May 29, 2024 beginning at 1:30 p.m. — Remote Only FirstLight Power has filed its application for a 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protections (MassDEP). The WQC application is available here: will conduct two public hearings on the WQC application. Registration is required in advance 

May 29, 2024, beginning at 7:00 p.m. — Remote Only [see above]


Sunday June 2, 2pm-4pm. The UnConvention: Uniting Progressive Activists for Change. A virtual event. We are concerned about the loss of 15,000 members in the Democratic Party and want to re-engage those and other people at this critical time in our history. Our goal is to organize around progressive issues that are in the platform but not supported by the Party or the convention.  Please fill out our questionnaire so we can know your thoughts and also register for the event: The UnConvention Activist Survey. While we are not charging a registration fee, we do have costs and appreciate your donation.

That's all, folks......except to remember to listen to your Mother!

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