Film explores impact of burning wood for energy

MIDDLEBURY — A screening of the film “Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?” will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., in Unity Hall at the Middlebury Congregational Church, 30 North Pleasant Street.
According to the website (, “‘BURNED’ takes a hard look at the latest false solution to humanity’s vast energy appetite: woody biomass. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the alternative energy savior for the power generation industry and of the people and parties who are both promoting and fighting its adoption and use.
Using interviews with experts, activists and citizens, along with verité-style footage shot across the U.S., E.U. and U.K., the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the industry practices, 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 somewhat unknown, national and international controversy.”
Associate Producer Chris Hardee will be in attendance for questions and discussion following the film. Light refreshments will be served. The film was co-directed and co-produced by Vermont filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton. The event is free and open to the public.
Middlebury’s Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C. (VIA) is sponsoring the screening.

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