“What we’re up against is that our economic system values forest destruction over forest protection, and at the end of the day that’s what we have to change.”
– Danna Smith, Dogwood Alliance
If you’re new to the issues around large scale biomass, or are trying to educate people around you about why it’s important, the award-winning documentary “Burned: are trees the new coal?” (by independent filmmakers, Marlboro Productions) is a great introduction.
“Burned” tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. The film focuses on the cutting of forests in the southeastern US, which are then shipped to Europe to be burned primarily in Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, the largest biomass power station in the world.
We are working with the film makers to show it as widely as possible in the UK, especially places affected by the biomass industry. See below for dates of upcoming screenings, or contact us if you’d like to organise a screening in your area or at an event you’re putting on.
Tunbridge Wells 28 February, 7.30pm at the Royal Wells Hotel in collaboraton with Friends of the Earth
Sheffield 5th March, 7pm Sheffield University SU auditorium, in collaboration with Sheffield University Sustainability Committee and Reclaim the Power, more info coming soon
Hull 28th March, Cottingham Civic Hall in collaboration with Friends of the Earthby