In North Carolina, a loud chorus of civil society organizations representing hundreds of thousands of people around the world has come together to release a new statement expressing concern over the use of forest biomass for renewable energy. Dogwood Alliance has joined these groups that are concerned that biomass is a societal delusion for climate change mitigation and who have increased their commitment to working collectively for real solutions that protect and restore forests.
One hundred twenty-three organizations from thirty countries have published a joint statement calling on the world’s governments to end policy support for large scale forest biomass energy. They state forests are vital for mitigating the worst impacts of climate change and should not be destroyed for electricity production.
The statement shows the widespread, diverse, and growing opposition to forest biomass energy and details biomass energy’s harmful impacts, with signatory organizations from international NGOs to grassroots groups.