A Screening of a New Award-winning EJ Documentary: Burned

Environmental Justice Film Series
Friday, January 19th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for the screening of Burned, a new award-winning documentary. June Blotnick, our Environmental Transformation Team Chair and Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina, will be joined by the film’s Associate Producer, Chris Hardee, for a discussion following the film.  Click here to register.

This is a local Environmental Justice issue:
The world’s largest producer of wood pellets, Enviva, owns and operates three wood pellet facilities in North Carolina, as well as a Virginia facility near our border. Meeting the production capacity of these four facilities requires logging, conservatively, nearly 50,000 acres of forest per year – often in ecologically important, native hardwood forest. The scale, location and pace of such logging have very negative consequences for our environment, our climate and our communities.

BURNED tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for energy generation, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. The film follows a dedicated group of forest activists, ecologists, carbon scientists, and concerned citizens who are fighting to establish the enormous value of our forests, protect their communities, debunk this false solution to climate change, and alter energy policy both in the US and abroad.

The subject peaked the interest of filmmakers Dater and Merton when they first learned about the biomass pellet industry in the southeastern US and the enormous quantity of pelletized trees that are being shipped to the UK and EU and subsidized as a coal substitute for the generation of electricity. The science shows that biomass produces fifty percent more CO2 pollution per unit of energy than the coal it’s replacing.
Winner “Audience Choice Award” American Conservation Film Festival
Winner “Ben & Jerry Award” Vermont International Film Festival
Winner “VCAM Audience Favorite Award” Vermont International Film Festival