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Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?
A film by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton
January 21st, 7pm at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11 2AY
BURNED tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass electric power industry.
BURNED is a feature-length documentary, which takes an unwavering look at the latest electric power industry solution to climate change. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the fossil-fuel industry’s renewable, green savior, and of the people and parties who are both fighting against and promoting its adoption and use.
Through interviews with activists, experts, and citizens, along with verité-style footage shot across the U.S. and in the EU and UK, the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy-policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the biomass industry practices, the conflict between jobs and trees, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect their own health, their communities, the forest, and the planet’s climate.
Woven together, the various stories present an intimate and visceral account of what is at this moment in time a critical, yet mostly unknown, national and international controversy.
Speaker: James Hewitt whose work focuses on governance (sustainability and legality) concerning markets for wood-based products and commodities from deforested land, including some biofuels. He is also a shareholder in Drax plc – to ask questions during its AGMs.
Tickets are by donation (£5 to cover the cost of room hire, less if you can't afford it) via Eventbrite
It's also on our Facebook page
Take action: biofuelwatch
A special monthly meeting with Martin Farley, a Green Party lead on the Green New Deal, where we'll consider how it's to be funded.
A 7pm start at our usual venue: Coffee Plant, 180 Portobello Road, London W11 2EB
After which we'll cross the road and go down a bit to The Duke of Wellington.