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Paying to cut and burn forests: is this really what we want for renewable energy?
June 9—7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
Biomass energy is growing rapidly worldwide due to its inclusion in renewable energy programs that make it eligible for financial incentives, including in Massachusetts. However, despite being treated as “green” and carbon neutral, burning forest wood for energy actually emits more climate and air pollution per unit energy than most fossil fuels. And harvesting for biomass creates negative impacts on our forests. Join ecosystem scientist Mary Booth, Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, to hear about PFPI’s science, activism, and litigation concerning biomass energy in the US and Europe.
Mary S. Booth, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, directs PFPI’s science and advocacy work on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and forest impacts of biomass energy.
Tuesday, June 9, 7pm
Registration available soon.
Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests are organizing this series to educate the public about the critical importance of forests for storing carbon to fight climate change, providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife, purifying air and water, and offering opportunities for nature-based recreation. Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to logging and resource extraction. We must take action now to protect our forests, before it is too late! The Hitchcock Center is pleased to co-sponsor this event.