NYC Grassroots Alliance Film & Discussion - Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?

Friday, May 4, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:45pm
Social Hall

Join us for a film screening about the biomass industry. Bring friends. Find us in the basement meeting room at NY Society for Ethical Culture at 2 W. 64th St. (building entrance is up a few stairs and through an unmarked wooden door).

BURNED 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 power industry.

BURNED is a feature-length documentary, which takes an unwavering look at the latest energy industry solution to climate change. 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.

Woven together, the various stories present an intimate and visceral account of what is at this moment in time a critical, yet mostly unknown, national and international controversy.Trees provide us with oxygen to breathe and they consume carbon dioxide which contributes to healthy soil and nutritious food. They also provide shade for us in a warming planet. They take decades to grow. Cutting them down to burn for fuel is harmful. We need to be using renewable energy for fuel and letting trees provide their many important benefits.


Forests play a crucial role in our survival. Deforestation is contributing to wide scale warming of our planet. Many trees provide us with wonderful food. Deforestation is wiping out many animal species, reducing sources of nuts and fruits that we love and need.

The biomass industry cuts down trees and converts them to pellets that are sold as fuel in Europe, while claiming to only use unhealthy and dead trees and unusable parts of healthy trees. The filmmaker demonstrates that that's not true and that that untruth is perpetuated by European companies who buy it from US biomass companies.


We have invited the filmmaker to join us for a Q and A via Skype. We hope to see lots of tree-lovers at this event so we can build collaboration to protect trees and forests.

Find out what you can do to protect precious trees and forests and how to help get the word out about the biomass industry.