Forests + Food ≠ Fuel: Screening and Discussion
May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Forests are not fuel. Food is not fuel.
Some of our last remaining wild places are under attack, as Big Ag and Biomass companies are treating our planet’s forests, prairies, and wetlands as disposable commodities. The biomass industry has emerged as an increasing threat to forests throughout the South. The industry clearcuts bottomland and coastal hardwood forests to produce the wood pellets, most of which are being shipped to Europe for burning. The biomass industry touts that energy derived from wood pellets is renewable and “green”. Biomass is actually dirtier than coal and spews harmful pollutants that damage the health of communities around the plants.
Biofuels are also often touted as “green” or “low-carbon.” While a small subset of biofuels are genuinely sustainable, the overwhelming majority of biofuels come from industrial-scale, monoculture farms. Analyses of the whole lifecycle of biofuels find that they are actually as bad as or **worse** for the climate than conventional fossil fuels.
Transitioning away from fossil fuels is one of the most urgent and existential challenges of our time. We must prioritize new energy sources that are truly sustainable, rather than greenwashed alternatives that make us even worse-off.
Join Mighty Earth and the Dogwood Alliance on May 30 to learn about these threats and about how you can stand up for our forests. This evening will include a 30-min screening of the documentary Burned, and a presentation about biofuels. GIPL is a proud co-sponsor of this event!
Doors open at 6:00 PM and the event will begin at 6:30 PM. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.