Release: Southern Communities for a Green New Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 10, 2021 Media contact: Carina Daniels, [email protected], 510-847-1617   In the wake of the South’s fatal winter storm, over 160 organizations endorse Southern Communities for a Green New Deal Platform  Platform builds on the Green New Deal to center frontline communities in the South FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – In the wake of […]

Justice first!

Biden, Forest Protection, & Environmental Justice in the South

On January 27th President Biden signed a series of Executive Orders on Climate Change. One was an Executive Order to protect 30% of US lands by 2030. Another was on Environmental Justice, directing all federal agencies to invest in “low income and communities of color”. This includes Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities that have borne the brunt of […]

Despite Overwhelming Opposition, SCDHEC Grants Enviva’s Expansion in Greenwood, SC

Despite overwhelming public opposition from local residents, professors, scientists, and environmental advocacy groups, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has permitted Enviva to expand production at their Greenwood, SC facility to 660,000 tons of wood pellets per year. That translates to logging 15,840 acres per year. That’s 43 acres of beautiful, […]

Letter to the Governor of South Carolina

Dear South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, COVID-19 has now killed more than 200,000 people in the US, and over a quarter of those deaths are Black Americans, in part due to racism, social inequity, and environmental injustices that have purposefully robbed the Black community of health and well-being. As you know, Enviva, a biomass wood […]

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 […]