Archive for November 2016

Peruvian farmer sues German energy firm RWE

A court case, brought by the Peruvian farmer and mountain guide Saúl Luciano against energy firm RWE, started yesterday, November 24th in Essen, Germany. Melting glaciers are threatening his home and city. The causes are climate change and RWE’s huge carbon emissions.

One day, this glacier is going to cause a tsunami
The glacial lake above the city of Huaraz.
Melting and collapsing glaciers are threatening a flooding catastrophe rolling to the city of Huaraz. Saúl Luciano and 30,000 others are threatened to be killed. He is presenting a simple bill: The costs for the protective dam are to be paid by RWE to the extent that the Group is responsible for the global increase of CO₂ emissions.
Saul Luciano had come to Essen himself, but did not speak. His action is of fundamental importance. Never before has an individual complained against a company responsible for climate change.

That is why we are waiting the result in high suspense! RWE will fight violently, because this is a precedent, which may have far-reaching consequences. But there is already a reason to celebrate: for the first time a judge has declared that such a trial in principle is possible and the case can be negotiated.

http://www.sonnenseite.com/en/politics/climate-suit-against-rwe-regional-court-will-decide-on-december-15.html
With a simulation of what would happen (in minute 4:46): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHqIi4Hf_sA
http://www.dw.com/en/peruvian-farmer-sues-german-energy-firm-rwe/a-36506880

Red Lines

While people from the lignite resistance set red lines along the former motorway A4 (upper red line) to prevent RWE from clearing the forest south of it, the company sets its own red lines.


Compare: Open Street Map

Actually, they are cutting counter-clockwise from east to west, starting at the eastern Secu Bridge (former motorway exit). Probably mid-December, these deforestations are likely to be done. Then they could go on south of the former A4, starting from the west. The already marked forest section covers the area on which the tree protection pictures hang, about 300 by 300 meters (see http://hambacherforst.blogsport.de/2016/02/04/bilder-zur-kunstaktion-im-hambacher-forst-am-mittwoch-den-322016/ ) (starting at the western barrier, which sometimes blocks the path to the former western bridge), then the line leads in mostly about 100 meters, at the end only 30 meters distance to the former A4 from west to east. About 15 hectares of forest would fall victim to these plans if implemented (and if the forecast is correct – no guarantee!) Pictures (25, from east to west) follow below: (more…)

Trial date about meadow postponed

Trial date about meadow before the administrative court in Münster, which originally was scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 23th, 2:30 pm, was postponed by 2 weeks on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, also 2:30 p.m.

Meeting on Saturday 11/19/2016

We invite you to an open discussion on general strategies for the current deforestation season and the future of the struggle against the destruction of Hambach Forest.
An open space is to be created for ideas, opinions, analyses and concerns. We want to create a platform for the cooperation and communication that our movement needs to be successful. There will be a warm meal and tea. Please bring your own cup and the appropriate clothing (solid footwear etc).

Place: Meadow camp behind the airfield of Morschenich / Date: Saturday 11/19/2016, 4:00 p.m.

Barricades and police operation

Today about 200 cops were in the forest with a water-cannon, an eviction-tank and a bomb squad. In the morning a barricade had been set up on the main access route of security- and deforestation staff. This used to be the exit Buir of the former Motorway A4.
According to the media, police trying to evict the burning barricade were attacked with stones. Besides that a spooky gas cylinder with some wires was tested by a special robot on whether it’s a bomb.

Action declaration (linksunten Indymedia): Herzerwärmende Grüße aus dem Hambacher Forst (Heart-warming greetings from the Hambach Forest, English translation under the German text)

Press review (all in German):

Aachener Nachrichten: Hambach Forest: police-robot examines gas bottle

WDR 1: Kerpen-Manheim: Police operation in the Hambach Forest

BEWARE police press release: POL AC: Police in operation in the Hambach

BEWARE Express: Brown coal opponents throw stones at RWE employees and police

WDR: local TV news (The Hambach report comes after one about an airport.)

Call for DNA typing

A little more than a week ago, somebody of the Hambach Forest activists was asked by the Amtsgericht (District court) of Aachen to provide voluntarily the own DNA.
They write, that the reason for this are alleged criminal offenses in the Hambach Forest. If you (or someone you know) also gets mail with such an invitation, contact in any case the AntiRepressionsgruppe Rheinisches Revier / Antirrr (Anti-repression group Rhenanian mining area ) or lawyer Christian Mertens before you answer.

Unionists for the preservation of the Hambach Forest

02.11.2016 Hamburg Members of the German trade union ver.di and co-initiators of the amendment to the ver.di Energy Policy have addressed an open letter to Frank Bsirske, the Federal President of this trade union, who is also deputy chairman of the supervisory board of RWE. They urged him to work for the preservation of the Hambach Forest.

Link to the open letter in German

Insights to the upside!

Repeatedly we publish on this blog notes, excerpts from diaries or whatever else is going on. They provide an insight into the life in the tree houses of the Hambach Forest. With many pictures.

We are nature defending itself

11/03/2016 Hambach Forest / Aquarium Although the clearing work started a few weeks ago, it was hardly as present as it is today. This is probably due to the fact that the sound of the machines is now closer to my ear. I estimate that today the central reservation of the former motorway is equalized at the height of Beechtown. (more…)

Newsletter: August – October 2016

 Hi,
 After a relaxing summer, the deforestation season has started again. So RWE is busy again cutting trees, but the coal resistance was not idle as well … Read it best yourselves in this actual newsletter. As always only a small selection.

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Photos of first clearing works

Last week (Wednesday and Thursday) first clearing of this winter took place, also near the Beechtown occupation, but now for the first time this season on both sides of the motorway, not even a stone throw away from the first barricade. With heavy machinery, first aisles were driven into the forest, undergrowth was removed, and some trees were felled, as you can seen in these pictures. (Click to enlarge)

Felling near Beechtown-1
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The meadow: Not for sale!

The struggle against the totalitarian and collective break of law and the constitution goes on!

… to the last drop of blood!

Kurt Claßen, the owner of the meadow
10/29/2016

Short film “Hambach Forest – Man vs. Nature”

A supporter has made a short film about the forest. Very worth seeing. His comment on this: “With this video, I want to show the contrast between intact nature and the destruction of this by human beings. When I saw this for the first time with my own eyes, I was shocked and wanted to inform other people about what is happening right in front of their homes because of the profit maximization of a company.”

Solidarity with SXE MAD


The occupants of the Hambach Forest in solidarity with Nahuel

On the 4th of November 2015, just over a year ago, the Spanish state began their wave of repression, the so-called “Operation ICE”, against a group of straight edge (drug-free) anarchists, SXE MAD.
4 of them got free under high payments, and 2 were transferred to preventive prison, where one got free under payment 2 weeks later.
The 6th comrade, Nahuel, is still in preventive prison.
The penitentiary system moves him to different prisons, to prevent comrades on the outside to get in contact with him.
No matter how hard they try, they will never stop our solidarity!

Freedom for Nahuel!
Freedom for all prisoners!
Tear apart the walls that keep us from each others!

More in Spanish https://publicacionrefractario.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/espana-operacion-ice-juan-y-borja-de-sxe-madrid-en-prision-preventiva-declaracion-de-sxe-madrid/

Bus from Cologne to the guided forest tour of Michael Zobel

Bus from Cologne on November 13th to the guided tour in the Hambach Forest, or what still remains of it.
Nature guide Michael Zobel shows the beauty of the forest and supports the preservation of the rest of the forest, which is further destroyed by the now starting deforesting season.
Actual info: web site of Attac Cologne.

The guided tour will start at 12 o’clock and take about 3 hours. The bus will stay on the spot and will bring us warmly and comfortably back to Cologne.
Arrival Hans-Böckler-Platz about 4 pm or a little later.

Depart und booking:
Place:
Hans-Böckler-Platz
Time: 11°° (Please be there 15 minutes before!)
Cost contribution: 10,- €, reduced 5,- €
Signing up and place reservation: weissenfeld@posteo.de

This bus tour is organized and supported by Attac Cologne, die LINKE (section Cologne), action group Tschö RheinEnergie.

Report from the Hambach Forest

Morschenich: In the Hambach Forest, which is occupied by environmental activists, actually trees are harvested under the protection of the police. Every year, the coal and nuclear group RWE carries out deforesting work in order to realize the expansion of the open-cast lignite mine of Hambach.
The Hambach Forest has been known since April 2012 because of the occupation of trees by nature conservationists. Again and again, there are actions that interfere with the smooth operation of the three large opencast lignite mining projects in Rhenania. An initiative from a wide range of groups and individuals has been committed to the preservation of the Hambach Forest for years and to an immediate exit from coal power.

“The further destruction of the Hambach forest, in favour of the expansion of the opencast mining, is like the last convulsions of a dying RWE group that has ignored structural change for almost 20 years”, tree occupant Tim Wiese says.

Small updates to yesterday (Nov. 2nd): (more…)