Wednesday, April 11, 2018

[biofuelwatch] Time to Twig! And time to Axe Drax!

Biofuelwatch protests on 18th and 25th April, and some film screenings
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Dear supporters

Here is a short and sweet update on Biofuelwatch events in April, with biomass demonstrations in London and York and documentary film screenings in Liverpool and Hull.

We hope to catch some of you at one of these events.

The Biofuelwatch team.

Time to Twig! Masked ball forest flashmob outside the world's largest biomass conference

The Argus Biomass Conference is billed as "the largest international biomass conference [which] brings together the global market". Delegates will include representatives of Drax – whose Yorkshire power station burns more wood than any other power plant in the world as well as still being a top coal burner in the UK – and Drax's supplier Enviva, which has been shown to source pellet wood from clearcut biodiverse coastal hardwood forests in the southeastern US. They will be joined by representatives of the European Commission and the Malaysian Government, as well as other companies importing huge quantities of wood pellets to burn in coal power stations and industry associations intent on turning more precious forests into fuel.

We plan to meet and greet the delegates with a masked ball forest flashmob. As they start drinking and networking on the Wednesday evening, we'll gather outside in black evening wear and primordial masks to uncover the truth behind the luxury greenwash veneer. They're banking on not getting exposed. So grab your glitz, leave the masks to us, and join us for half an hour of elegant revelations.

Meet 5pm for a 5:15pm start by the red carpeted back entrance of the Landmark hotel on Melcombe Place next to Marylebone Station, London NW1 6JQ.

Please share the Facebook event for the flashmob.

For more info on what's wrong with big biomass and why this protest is so important, see our biomass basics page. And to find out more about wood pellets and their impact on forests, see our introduction to pellets.

If you're in London on Sunday 15th April, join us to prepare for Time to Twig by making some masks and banners. We'll be at the London Action Resource Centre (LARC), 62 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, E1 1ES, 12.30 – 5, come for the whole afternoon or drop in for half an hour.

If you've been inspired by this and want to get more involve, there is a London Biomassive meeting on 2nd May, in the foyer of the President Hotel (just off Russell Square), 56-60 Guilford Street WC1N 1DB.
Axe Drax! AGM protest, York, 25th April

Yes, it's that time of year again, when Drax's board and shareholders get together for their Annual General Meeting. This time they will be meeting at the Grand Hotel and Spa in York. Drax is still the world's largest burner of biomass and one of the UK's top two coal burners. Further, Drax has plans to replace its two remaining coal-burning units with two even bigger ones burning gas - replacing one climate-destroying fossil fuel with another. If this plan goes ahead, Drax will become by far the largest burner of gas in the UK. So this is a good time for campaigners against all forms of fossil fuel burning and forest destruction to come together and tell Drax what we think of its dastardly schemes.

Biofuelwatch is co-organising a protest with local campaigners, and we will be joined by the Coal Action Network as well as some local anti-fracking campaigners. We plan to assemble outside the hotel (Station Rise, YO1 6HT) from 10.30am. Please contact us if you're in the area and would like to be involved in making a vocal, diverse and colourful demonstration happen and we can put you in touch with others in York. There is a Facebook event here, please share among your networks.

For more info about Drax check out our newly updated Axe Drax campaign page.
AxeDrax AGM demo 2017, York. Photo by Coal Action Network.
Burned: Are trees the new coal? Documentary screenings

Following two very well-received screenings of the 2017 award-winning documentary "Burned: are trees the new coal" in London, we have plans to bring it to a wider audience. See below for details of upcoming screenings in Liverpool and Hull, check this web page for updates and please contact us if you'd like a screening in your area.

20th April Liverpool, Next to Nowhere Social Centre, 96 Bold St, ring white bell. People's Kitchen at 6.30pm, film at 7.30 followed by a discussion.

9th May Hull, Kardomah 94 (94 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN) 7.30pm.
Enviva's Ahoskie pellet plant in North Carolina

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