Scottish Parliamentary Event on Biomass 13th September: Register Your Place Now!

Activist poses as Calum Wilson, CEO of Forth Energy, outside Scottish Parliament (Apr 2012). Photo courtesy of FOES

Biofuelwatch is teaming up with Friends of the Earth Scotland to host a FREE event in the Scottish Parliament on the human rights and environmental atrocities associated with industrial-scale biomass and biofuels.

The event is timed to coincide with Biofuelwatch’s report launch into the myth that large-scale bioenergy can be ‘sustainable’. It is also timed with the fact that the Scottish Government is expected to shortly announce whether to continuing offering generous subsidies to the bioenergy industry, thereby artificially stimulating the demand for big power stations and causing an unprecedented demand for imported wood.

Scottish Activists: Please come along to what promises to be an exciting event, and please ask your MSPs to come too so that they know the facts about biomass and can swing the debate in Parliament!

To attend, you must register (it’s free): ¬†

Thursday 13th September, 6pm – 7.30pm, Committee Room 3, Scottish Parliament. Arrive for 5.30 to get through security. Light refreshments available from 5.45pm for 6.00 sharp start.

Alison Johnstone MSP,  sponsoring the event, will chair a panel discussion followed by Q & A and a chance to meet your MSPs.

Speakers include:

  • Almuth Ernsting, Biofuelwatch Co-Director, ‘ Will proposed biomass sustainability standards guarantee the sustainability of biomass electricity?’
  • Mandy Haggith, poet/activist: ‘What and who will be squashed underfoot if we increase our forest footprint on the rest of the world?’
  • Mark Haldane, Community Campaigner, Grangemouth Community Council, ‘Biomass as renewable energy: a Local Perspective’

For those keen, some will be heading to a nearby pub afterwards to discuss further coordinated campaigning efforts.

Hope to see you there; register as soon as you can as spaces are limited.