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Film screening: Threatened Forests

This event is organised by Biofuelwatch

Join Biofuelwatch for free Scottish premiere of 'Threatened Forests', a powerful new film tracing impacts of UK and EU energy policies on biodiverse forests in the southern US and in Europe. Come at six for some light refreshments and a drink!  Film starts at 6.30pm.  

Although the film looks at a large biomass power station which E.On has converted from coal in south of France, the UK is in fact the world’s biggest importer of wood pellets, and so responsible for even more of the negative impacts shown in the film.

The film-maker Benoit Grimont and speakers from Biofuelwatch will speak about #AxeDrax – a campaign to force closure of Drax power station in Yorkshire by ending their biomass subsidies – and the planned #AxeDrax protest at Drax in Yorkshire on Saturday, 22nd October.

Drax is the world’s biggest biomass burner and also the UK’s biggest coal burner.  They receive around £1.3 million in public subsidies every single day.  

Drax burns more wood every year than the total annual UK wood production.  To find enough high quality wood to burn, UK power stations have turned to the southern USA, where highly biodiverse wetland forests are being cleared and the wood made into pellets to be shipped to Europe.

Biomass electricity is falsely classed as being "carbon neutral", even though the UK government’s own analysis shows that burning biomass can be even worse for greenhouse gas emissions than burning coal.  Furthermore, biomass subsidies allow Drax to continue burning millions of tonnes of coal a year, too.

We invite questions, debate and discussion after the screening.

Free but please book via eventbrite:

Room LG.09, David Hume Tower
George Square University of Edinburgh
EH8 9JX Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6 for 6.30pm - 9pm

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