Forest Carbon Coalition and John Muir Project presents
Bad for Communities, Climate & Forests
Please join our esteemed panelists Katherine Egland of Mississippi’s Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO), Dr. Shaye Wolf, of Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and biologist, author, and filmmaker Maya Khosla for an in-depth discussion of biomass logging. Katherine Egland will talk about biomass logging in the Southeast United States, the impacts it has on local communities, the main corporations benefiting from these practices and how biomass logging is harming forests and our climate. Maya Khosla will cover the rise of biomass logging in California, what it looks like on the ground, the damage it is doing to our native ecosystems and biodiversity, and maybe even discuss her new film. Shaye Wolf, Ph.D. will dive into the carbon accounting of cutting down forests to burn for energy and some of the biggest threats looming as the push to expand this logging practice gains steam.
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Katherine Egland is the Co-Founder and Program Director for the Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO). She is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi and has been active in the local and global community in addressing climate change and environmental injustice. She is a prolific presenter on harms of biomass logging in the Southeast and recently coauthored an article in truthout entitled Logging Is Slashing US Forests’ Ability to Absorb Carbon by Over One-Third. Kathy chairs the Environmental and Climate Justice Committee of the National Board of Directors NAACP. Her Committee is in charge of governance and responsibility of raising awareness of environmental and climate issues from a civil rights, social justice and equity perspective.
Maya Khosla is a wildlife biologist and writer. She has documented forests, fire scientists and firefighters talking about ways to be wise about wildfire. She is actively gathering both scientific data and film footage in the forests and wildlands of California documenting the impacts of biomass logging for her new film. Maya’s work has taken her across coastal India, Kenya, and the United States. Her work takes her into the field in national forests, National Parks, community wildlands and wilderness areas, to the page and to the screen. As Poet Laureate Emerita of Sonoma County (2018–2020), she directed Shelter in Poetry films for students and families.
Shaye Wolf, Ph.D., works with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute and is the coauthor of the CBD Forest Biomass Briefing Book: Biomass Energy is Polluting: A False Climate Solution that Worsens the Climate Crisis. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology from Yale University and received a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology and a master’s in ocean sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she examined the effects of ocean climate change on seabird populations. During her graduate studies, Shaye worked with the biodiversity protection groups Conservación de Islas and Island Conservation in México and California; before that she was a wildlife biologist on projects with seabirds, songbirds, raptors, and spiders in Panama, Hawai’i, Florida, California, Wyoming, and Idaho.