Five Reasons Why US Climate Champions Are Failing on Forests

As forest fires rage across the West, forests in the Southeast are being destroyed for wood pellets and burned in power stations in Europe. This year, forests have become a central focus in climate change and green jobs policy proposals in the US. Unfortunately, a failure to fully grasp the scale of climate, health and […]

We Can’t Breathe: Stop Enviva and Other Polluters

Written by Danna Smith and Reverend Leo Woodberry Enviva, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood pellets for export to Europe has applied for a permit to expand pollution at its facility in Greenwood, South Carolina. Wood Pellet production facilities release dangerous air pollutants that cause chronic respiratory and other health problems associated with higher COVID-19 […]

We Will Not Be Silent

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. James Scurlock. David McAtee. Modesto Reyes. These are the latest victims in a long history of tragic murders of Black people at the hands of police officers or in the name of “criminal justice” in the United States. Racism is prevalent across our society at every turn. We see […]

America’s Wetland Forests: Our Communities’ Shelter from the Storms

By Danna Smith and Reverend Leo Woodberry Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, the month of May is American Wetlands Month, and the Atlantic hurricane season begins next week. As we brace for another season of intensifying storms, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the vital role that our diverse, Southern wetland […]

Black bear swimming in a wetland

Proforestation: Nature’s Climate Solution

On May 14th, I was invited to speak at a conference hosted by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) entitled: “Growing the Impact of Forest-Based Natural Climate Solutions in North America.” The other featured presenters included The Nature Conservancy, NWF, and the American Forest Foundation. Much of the focus was […]