May Day! Biomass Virtual Community Forum Series

Join Dogwood Alliance and our partners Thursday nights in May and June for our Virtual Community Forum May Day! Biomass Series. All events begin at 6PM CT / 7PM ET.

This is your opportunity to learn more about the on-the-ground effects of biomass. You’ll hear directly from environmental justice leaders and the community members who are suffering the health and economic impacts of the wood pellet biomass industry.

Read on to learn more about each session, including speaker information, dates, and Zoom registration links. All events in this series are FREE.


May 19th – Bond, MS Community Forum

On May 19th, Ruth Story, Executive Director of the Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO), will host a conversation to educate the public on biomass. We will screen a short news film from CNN called Green Energy Loophole has Devastating Impact on Community.

Our guest speakers include Bond, MS community members Rev. Anton McBride and Rev. Robert James as well as Adel, GA community member Dr. Treva Gear. Rev. James is the President of the Mississippi NAACP State Conference, and Dr. Gear founded the Concerned Citizens of Cook County. The communities in Bond, MS and Adel, GA are both fighting to stop new polluting wood pellet plants in their neighborhoods.

Register to attend this free online event. https://bit.ly/3uSdZNW


June 2nd – Environmental Racism and Climate Justice

On June 2nd, Robert Gudea will host a conversation on Environmental Racism and Climate Justice. Robert is a PhD student in the Geography Department at the University of South Carolina. Our guest speakers include Kathy Egland, Rev. Michael Malcom, and Erniko Brown.

Kathy is the Chair of the NAACP Board Environmental and Climate Justice Committee. She is also the founder of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO).

Rev. Malcom is the Founder and Executive Director of The People’s Justice Council and Alabama Interfaith Power and Light and a licensed and ordained United Church of Christ Minister. He is an environmental justice advocate, fighting against environmental racism and injustice.

Erniko is the Director of Organizing and Partnership Engagement at Dogwood Alliance. She’s also the Environmental and Climate Justice Chair for the South Carolina NAACP State Conference. Additionally, she is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit OURS (Organized Uplifting Resources & Strategies).

Register to attend this free online event. https://bit.ly/3vr82H4


Thank you to our partners!


Can’t make it?

All the virtual community forum sessions will be recorded and made available.

You can always take action: Demand Biden enact stronger federal protections for forests and communities.


Past Events


May 12th – Gloster, MS Community Forum

On May 12th, Erniko Brown, the Director of Organizing and Partnership Engagement at Dogwood Alliance, will host a conversation with impacted community members to help educate the public on biomass. We will screen a short news film from Brut Media called Fighting for the Right to Breathe and then hear from the community.

Our guest speakers include Gloster, MS community members: Carmella Causey and Jimmy Brown.

Registration for this event has closed.


May 5th – What is Biomass?

On May 5th, Kathy Egland, the Chair of the NAACP Board Environmental and Climate Justice Committee, will host a conversation with impacted community members to help educate the public on biomass. Our guest speakers include Erniko Brown and Belinda Joyner.

Erniko is the Director of Organizing and Partnership Engagement at Dogwood Alliance, and she lives in the impacted community of Greenwood, SC. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit OURS (Organized Uplifting Resources & Strategies).

Belinda is the founder of Concerned Citizens of Northampton County, and she lives in the impacted community of Garyburg, NC.

Both women have first-hand testimony of what it’s like to live near an Enviva biomass wood pellet facility.

Registration for this event has closed.