Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm • Ragle Hall, Serkin Center
Screening and Discussion
Alan Dater and Lisa Merton's latest award-winning film 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 takes an unwavering look at the latest electric power industry solution to climate change, and it's environmental costs. 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. A short version of the full-length documentary will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.