Save Southern Forests: tell your MP to back the campaign to end subsidies for big biomass

SOS day of action

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Conservation organisations in the US held a Save Our Southern Forests day of action on 13th November. Over 50,000 people sent an SOS to EU policy-makers, urging them to take action to stop the destruction of the world’s most biodiverse temperate forests.

Right now, wood from clearcut wetland forests is being turned into pellets to supply UK power stations such as Drax with wood for electricity generation. Our demand for this dirty fuel is thus causing forest destruction in the southern US. Let’s stand in solidarity with campaigners demanding action there, and demand the same from our policy-makers. Please take part in our action below by sending an email to your MP, asking them to ensure that no more support is given to big biomass power stations in the UK!

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Photo credit Orin Langelle

Huffington Post article by Rachel Smolker

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You can read the open letter and rejection letter here: