“Forest Protectors SAY NO to Bioenergy” Vigil
WED., October 18
at Mass. Forest Alliance’s “Celebrate National Bioenergy Day” event
at Sanderson Academy
808 Cape Street, Ashfield, MA
A Department of Energy ResrourcesDOER SAPHIRE grant to the tune of ? Provided for the installation of a pellet boiler at Sanderson Academy which replaced their Propane Gas Boiler.
BURNED 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 spotlights the people and parties on both sides who are fighting against it or promoting its adoption and use.
Through interviews with activists, experts, and citizens, the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the biomass industry practices, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect
the forest , their communities, and the climate..
BURNED filmmakers Lisa Merton and Alan Dater will be joining WHRC for this event. Among those interviewed in the film are WHRC Senior Scientist Skee Houghton and WHRC Board Chair Bill Moomaw. Run time: 77 minutes.
Seating is limited. Registration is highly recommended.
The forests of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. The traditional belief is that these stone structures were placed to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.
Regretably, some of these Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features are now being destroyed for gas pipeline projects and solar array construction projects, including many, many identified by Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Doug Harris in Otis State Forest in Sandisfield, Massachusetts and the Cowls property in Shutesbury, where Doug Harris was trespassed, along with Nipmuk, Mohawk and Mahican native decendants and allies.(who are pro solar power and Native American Human Rights and HIstorical significance advocates). These dedicated friends have sought justice in the Springfield Court;have written letters; and attended meetings for 1.5 years. They object to this unconscionable rapid removal by destructive fellerbuncher heavy machinery of 30 Acres of pristine forests, (adjacent to two wetlands and including Native American burials and sacred prayer stones), which will profit both Lucinda Jones of one of the largest landowners in Massachusetts and owner of DW Cowls. (Jones Real Estate, Atkins Farm, etc. ) The projects will reportedly benefit a relative of Jones who is part of Lake Street Development. (Chicago)