Bioenergy Action is a portal for actions, alerts and news about the growing opposition to industrial biofuel and biomass power stations in the UK.
Scottish campaign for sustainable methods of waste management
Network devoted to anti-incineration campaigning in the UK. UK WIN provides support and contacts to groups campaigning against waste incinerators.
Campaign against a biomass plant proposed by Northern Energy Developments Ltd on the Isle of Arran
Residents Association in Sutton Bridge campaigning against a proposed 40 MW biomass power station.
Campaign against a biomass power station proposed by Peel Energy in Trafford
Campaign against a biomass plant proposed by Bioflame in Cobham.
Dorset-based campaign against W4B’s planned palm oil power station in Portland
Campaign against a biomass power station proposed by Helius Energy in Southampton
Campaign against a planned biomass power station by Prenergy in Port Talbot
Campaign against 100MW Power Station proposed by RES in North Blyth
Campaign against a proposed biomass, pellet and woodchip plant in Swindon
UK-wide organisations working on bioenergy-related issues
ActionAid is running a campaign against biofuel mandates.
“Down to Earth monitors and campaigns on the social and human implications of environmental issues in Indonesia.”
“Econexus offers a rigorous scientific critique of genetic engineering (GE) and genetically modified organisms,and more recently of agrofuels (biofuels), synthetic biology and other new technological applications.”
Gaia Foundation works closely with the African Biodiversity Network, including on issues related to land-grabbing and biofuels.
Other relevant UK organisations
UK based campaign organisation which mobilises for grassroots and policy-level action against climate change
Climate Outreach and Information Network is dedicated to supporting people and organisations to communicate climate change.
US BIOMASS CAMPAIGN GROUPS
Massachusetts-based campaign and research group
The Energy Justice Network is a grassroots energy campaigning network which supports communities threatened by polluting energy and waste technologies. They take direction from their grassroots base and the Principles of Environmental Justice and advocate a clean energy, zero-emission, zero-waste future for all.
“This site is dedicated to providing the residents of Gadsden, Hamiltion, Franklin, Alachua, Gilchrist, Jefferson, & Taylor Counties (and counties in South Georgia) with information that will help citizens make an informed decision about Biomass power.”
“We carry out science-
“The Partnership for Policy Integrity uses science, policy analysis and strategic communications to promote integrity in public policy. To date our work has focused on biomass energy. ”
“A nationwide campaign to save the America’s last Ancient Forests, end clearcutting and all other destructive forms of logging,, and restore our nation’s wild and natural forests using the science of conservation biology as a guide.”
“a group of local citizens who currently are working against the building of the biomass power plant in Scottsburg, Indiana”
Residents organisation in Gypsum, Colorado opposed to industrial scale biomass incineration
“The Stop Spewing Carbon Campaign is a grassroots effort to stop taxpayer subsidies for polluting, forest-burning biomass power incinerators in Massachusetts.”
“Critical Information Collective (CIC) aims to provide social movements, NGOs and local communities with a useful source of incisive, well-researched and accessible political analysis, which focuses on challenging neoliberal economic globalisation and promoting alternatives. It covers a broad range of issues, including climate change, deforestation, genetic modification, industrial agriculture, and trade and investment.”
“Dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights.” Issues include synthetic biology/cellulosic ethanol.
A weblog set up by Grain with news reports about the global rush to buy up or lease farmlands abroad as a strategy to secure basic food supplies or simply for profit.
“Food First analyses the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.”
Publications about agrofuels
“Global Justice Ecology Project explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction and economic domination with the aim of building bridges between social justice, environmental justice and ecological justice groups to strengthen their collective efforts.”
“GMWatch is an independent organisation that seeks to counter the enormous corporate political power and propaganda of the biotech industry and its supporters. ”
A campaign supported by ASEED and Corporate Europe Observatory, which aims to raise awareness about the problems of GM soy and to stop GM soy being labeled as ‘responsible’.
“An international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people’s control over genetic resources and local knowledge.”
English-language website of Rettet den Regenwald
Weblog by Guadalupe Rodriquez which documents the impacts of agrofuel production on the lives of local communities, food sovereignty and the environment in the South. (in Spanish)
“The goal of the STOP GE Trees Campaign is to work with forest dependent communities to protect native forests from the uncontrollable and irreversible threats posed by the release of genetically engineered trees (GE trees or GM trees) into the environment.”
“An international network of citizens’ groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world’s rainforests.”
RELATED CAMPAIGNS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES/REGIONS
Grupo de Reflexión Rural, Argentina
Australian based community network working to protect Australia’s native forests and secure a safe climate for future generations. They support the campaign Biomassacre – Don’t Trash our Forests for Bioenergy
German non-profit organisation which is campaigning against the agrofuel boom with public actions, information events, background materials and an online email action. Website in German.
Charity/campaign group based in Germany “organising protest actions and email protests against rainforest destruction by oil companies. loggers and development projects, supporting NGOs in Africa, Ecuador and Indonesia, providing information”
“Working group for democracy, human rights and environmental protection in Indonesia and East Timor”, based in Berlin
“Amsterdam-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.”
Chronic Kidney Disease is extremely prevalent on sugar cane plantations – with an incidence of around 30% amongst women and 70% amongst men. ”La Isla Foundation is working with officials at the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA), Autonomous National University of Nicaragua-León (UNAN-León), and other institutions to attack the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) epidemic on all fronts.”
Nigerian website with articles about agrofuels and the push for an African Green Revolution (AGRA).
A non profit organisation, based in Johannesburg which provides information, research and policy analysis on genetic engineering , biosafety and biopiracy in Africa.
La’o Hamutuk is a joint Timor-Leste-international organization that seeks to monitor and to report on the activities of the principal international institutions present in Timor-Leste as they relate to the physical and social reconstruction of the country. Their website gives information about various planned agrofuel developments in the country.