Valley Residents Among Thousands at Philly March

At least five people from the Valley were among the thousands who marched against climate change in Philadelphia July 24. “The march was huge,” Paki Wieland of Northampton told the Valley Post on July 26. She traveled to the march with four other Valley residents. “I am here with CODEPINK,” Wieland said. CODEPINK is a women-led group that works to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect Americans' tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and related programs.

Rallies July 21

The environmental group is promoting rallies on July 21 in Keene and near Springfield, in Hartford, Connecticut. The Keene rally starts at 6 p.m.; the Hartford rally is at noon. Hartford is about 30 minutes from Springfield by car; Amtrak and Greyhound provide non-stop service.

“If elected, Trump would be the only national leader in the world to outright dismiss the science of climate change,” said event organizer May Boeve.

The Keene rally is at 44 Central Square. The Hartford event will be at 31 Pratt Street.

Photo: Northampton Conserved Land

This photo was taken on July 6. It shows a walking trail in the 719 acre Saw Mill Hills conserved land area in Northampton. A group that worked to protect some of the area has a web site at Saw Mill Hills is open to the public for hiking. A map is at this official city web page:

Construction Projects To Aid Planet

In Keene, workers are building a bridge over a busy highway. The bridge will be for the exclusive use of people walking or riding a bicycle. Near Brattleboro, electricity will soon be generated by a long-standing dam on the West River. A similar project is bring proposed in Keene.

Photos: Climate Activists Arrested

Activists from the Valley traveled by bus and carpool to Albany, New York on May 14. About 2,000 people marched; five people were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. The people who marched, and those who were arrested, were calling on politicians to stop climate change.

The protesters sat on train tracks to block trains carrying oil. The action's organizers have a web site at To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image." photos by Eesha Williams

Rides From Valley to Mass Climate Action in Albany

On May 14 in Albany, New York, activists will use non-violent civil disobedience to take a stand against climate change. Bus rides from the Valley are available. Climate change is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life, according to the world's leading scientists. The Albany action has been endorsed by and other groups. The web site for the action is

Group Works to Ban Plastic Bags in Keene

In Keene, a group of people are lobbying for the city to ban plastic bags. A plastic bag ban was enacted in Northampton in January. Danielle Baudrand lives in Keene and is leading the effort there. “We need more people to help,” she told the Valley Post in a phone interview March 9. “The law says the city can't ban plastic bags unless the state says it's OK.”

Victory in Fight to Stop Greenfield Walmart

A Walmart store less than a mile from Brattleboro has been vacant since 2009. The enormous store and its acres of parking lots were built in Hinsdale, New Hampshire on acres of land that were once pristine wilderness. The Brattleboro Home Depot and its acres of parking lots have been vacant since 2008. It was built on acres of prime farmland.

Martin Luther King Day March Set

To stop a proposed fracked gas pipeline in the Valley, activists will march about 40 miles over three days starting January 16. The march is in honor of Martin Luther King, whose federal holiday is January 18. The marchers will pass through the Massachusetts towns of Northfield, Erving, Montague, Greenfield, Deerfield, Conway, Ashfield, and Plainfield.

Fracked gas causes climate change, which the world's leading scientists say is a major threat to earth's ability to support human life.

Plastic Bags Banned in Northampton

Plastic bags will be banned in Northampton starting January 1. “There was overwhelming public support for this,” city council member Paul Spector told the Valley Post in a telephone interview December 21. “Almost the only ones who opposed it were national chain stores. Most of the local business owners supported it.” Dozens of people spoke in favor of the ban at public hearings, he said.

This year, stores in Northampton gave out about 10 million plastic bags. That's according to:

A list of places that have banned plastic bags is at: