Traprock in the Media

Science for Peace Annual Meeting keynote speech by H. Patricia Hynes: "Military Culture and Climate Change "
See this 19 minute video on YouTube

Nuke Disaster's Clear Lesson: "Safer is nowhere near safe enough."
See this article in the Recorder on 3/1/2012, by Pat Hynes and Abbie Jenks

Opponents Aim Tax Increases at Nuke Plant
See this article in the Recorder on 2/20/2012, a report on the Roots of Peace series event

Pat Hynes' radio interview about her series "War and the Tragedy of the Commons"
On September 7, 2011, Pat Hynes was interviewed about the costs of American Militarism. Pat talks about her series "War and the Tragedy of the Commons" in this radio interview (20 minutes.)

Where Are We Now?
Gauging national conscience 10 years after terrorist attacks
By Richie Davies, Recorder Staff , Greenfield Recorder

GREENFIELD -- A decade later, it's back to Ground Zero. As the dust has settled from the tragedy of that Tuesday morning, what has taken hold is a culture that many see as fearful and a society that's moved away from guarding its civil liberties toward protecting itself from a nebulous enemy, say several area observers.

“It's raised up an age-old tension between security and freedom,” said Abbie Jenks, who directs the Peace, Justice and Environmental Studies Program at Greenfield Community College. “It's become a little difficult for people to determine how we're really at risk in terms of another attack like the one 10 years ago, and how much of it's just the media playing it up or people wanting us to accept some dismantlement of our civil liberties.” Read more...

The art of peacemaking
Newton School students express what it means

GREENFIELD -- What does peace mean to you? When this question was posed to students at Newton School in Greenfield, they first answered by creating lists of what peace means to them, lists which included words like love, hope, kindness, care, recycle and friendship. Read more...

Peace Award Honor Students
ARN ALBERTINI, Recorder Staff

PeacemakersThis year's Peacemakers all distinguished themselves by helping out their fellow students, whether it was by sitting with others who were all by themselves at the lunch table, helping fellow students resolve conflicts or raising money and sending books to children in Uganda.

On Thursday evening, about 60 people gathered to honor the 2011 Peacemakers at a reception at the Franklin County Technical School. Read more...

Surviving Hiroshima
ANITA PHILLIPS, Recorder Staff

Abbie and TaakakiGREENFIELD -- Takaaki Morikawa still remembers, 65 years later, the screaming and groaning he heard when at 6 years old he lay critically ill in a hospital, while 5.4 miles away an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. Read more...

No repeat of this tragedy
We must heed the lessons of Chernobyl
Pat Hynes and Randy Kehler

On the morning of April 26, 1986, an explosion in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant released a radioactive plume which hurtled four miles into the atmosphere. An intense fire burned in the reactor core for 10 days, continuously spewing radioactive particles and aerosols. Belarus, western Russia, and rich farmland of the Ukraine were immediately and severely contaminated. Winds carried tons of particles to many parts of Europe and throughout the Northern Hemisphere, blanketing 77,000 square miles with radioisotopes of iodine, cesium, strontium and plutonium. Read more...

A cautionary tale
Will Obama repeat Eisenhower's energy mistake?
Pat Hynes

In 1951, President Truman created a blue ribbon commission to evaluate and propose a plan for the U.S. energy future. The 1952 Paley Commission Report, named for the commission chairman, proposed that the U.S. build the economy on solar energy sources. Read more...