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130 People show up on the forest walk despite the weather


This Sunday the walk in the Forest brought more than 130 people to the Hambacher Forest. After converging on the road to Buir and meeting each other and talking together for about 40 minutes with tea and coffee and info provided by Hambi Activists the group journeyed into the forest. The walk stopped at forest occupations of Oaktown and Gallien where Forest Defenders shared their experiences of living in the trees and the visitors brought numerous donations of food and supplies. Later food(followed by a loud applause for the cook/s) was provided in the forest at the edge of the meadow where photo exhibits were shown. Towards the end many new visitors witnessed for the first time the destruction of the cutting zone itself and saw the mine with its diggers. There were also two „contact“ plain clothes police present on this community walk, who tried to ask activists about which part of the occupation they live in. No responses were given to these questions given the common experience of facing often violent and almost always large in number police presence in the forest. That is also what makes the monthly walk in the forest such a welcome break for many of the forest people as it allows one, for a change, to be surrounded by a large number of people who are not armed, aggressive and who do not blindly back the most ecologically destructive company in the region and world-wide.
Some of the photos from the Walk:

Newly added (3.23):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149037058@N08/sets/72157679977259010
https://flic.kr/s/aHskWmcwjy

http://janlueneberg.tumblr.com/tagged/hambacher-forst

Nesting „Season“

Forest Activists’ shoes do not die but continue the forest defence struggle by becoming a bird habitat.

This Rewilding*) Project has been put up to bring attention that the nesting “season” begins with habitat creation which is a process that in the Hambach Forest has taken over 12,000 years. It is especially older and standing dead trees that are crucial for its biodiversity in offering refuge to all life forms from microbes and insects to birds and mammals. As those and the younger trees are cut and forest is cleared it does not matter if it takes place during the off season for egg incubation as most birds are specialist which require a particular niche and territory to survive and are not able to move from the forest to the fields or to the fragmented patches of forest. Killing and destroying a forest and its inhabitants is just that, no matter what time frame it takes place in or what justification is used.
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*Rewilding is a direct-action, radical restoration of habitats by planting trees to replace asphalt and concrete and bringing back biodiversity and habitats to disturbed eco-zones. If you want to help please bring any hiking boots you might have laying around to the meadow.

Amsterdam: Coal Port Blockade and Camp

JUNE 23rd. to 26th.

Code Rood (Code Red), a disobedient action coalition against the fossil fuel industry, will block the Harbor of Amsterdam, the world’s largest gasoline port and second largest coal harbour. The Port imports and stockpiles coal from Columbia, Russia and South Africa, to be burned to power the European electrical grid.

A camp with its infrastructure of legal support, media, food and wellness (dealing with repression) will be set up in the vicinity of the port at a later to be announced location. Focus is being put on digital security with privacy pre-action workshops organized for climate activists which stress the importance of using Linux, preferably Tails and encryption (GPG) and utilizing e-mail accounts only to be used for the action itself.

It’s CODE RED for the Climate and the Planet!
See You in the Port of Amsterdam on June 24th.!

(http://klimaatactie.nl/ registration form for the preparing conference in Amsterdam – March 4 2017)

Skillshares Call for Additional Workshops

The Skillshares Camp will take place for over a week beginning on April 9 with workshops dealing with direct action, forest skills, repression, herbs and various DIY skills. More workshops are welcomed so if you are interested in sharing some of your skills or knowledge please e-mail hambacherforst[AT]riseup.net to schedule it or just show up and organize it spontaneously.

See You in the Forest!!

PS: If someone is good at repairing bicycles, many people would be very happy about a workshop.

Cologne Coal Train Blockade, April 1st

The Day of action will begin at 11 am on the Marcel-Proust promenade with a climate festival and from 3 pm on the traintracks in the Municipal Forest of Cologne.

2017will be a busy year of actions against lignite mining. In August, thousands of people will enter the Rhine Coal Region and orchestrate massive actions of civil disobedience. In November, another action will take place during the climate summit in Bonn (COP23) with a Climate Camp being set up for the duration. In the meantime Ende Galende Action will be organized in Cologne. We will block the train, which brings the processed coal from the Rhine area from Frechen to Merkenich.

We are calling for an immediate switch to renewable energies from Rhine Energy and City of Cologne!

Rheine Energy is far behind time with a share of 4.9% renewable energies. With most of its energy still coming from coal. For this to continue, villages are relocated and forests are destroyed. What remains: „The Hole“, is bigger than cities of Aachen and Düren combined. Rheinenergie is 80% of the city of Cologne and 20% of RWE. We are calling on the city of Cologne to use its influence and to switch to renewable energies, as well as the conversion of the Merkenich heating plant to natural gas. We say: Back to the future! Get out of the coal!

We want the whole thing: the end of fossil capitalism!

We are fighting not only against coal, against fracking, against oil, but also question the profit logic and growth. These promote false solutions such as market mechanisms, large-scale projects and the continued exploitation of the global South. While few energy conglomerates earn splendidly and are assisted with subsidies, they alone disconnect power from 350,000 households annually in Germany – and make their own employees believe that the coal will last forever. We need a plan on how we, as a society, organize and finance social and ecological transformation – beyond capitalist profit logic. We all bear the consequences of energy policy – that’s why we want to play a part: for a democratically organized energy supply!

On to an obnoxious 2017!

We lined up in the diverse actions of climate activists and solidarize with the occupation of Hambacher Forst. We will not cease to interfere with the brown coal mining by our actions until our demands are met.

For more information in german, please visit: endegelaendekoeln.blogsport.eu

Report-back from Bure Antinuclear Mobilization


From February 14 to 18, a large anti-nuclear mobilization took place in Bure (France) resisting the French State Company Andra’s plans to build an underground nuclear storage site in the occupied Lujec Forest. Over couple of days several night marches took place from the “Maison de Résistance” (House of Resistance) to the temporary nuclear storage site and progressively fences surrounding the storage site were brought down.

On Feb. 8th, the mobilization culminated with over 1000 supporters taking part in the march to the occupied forest with its many barricades/guard-houses, living structures through-out the forest and a growing number of tree-houses. The visitors shared a collective dinner with the occupiers and then marched to the Andra’s storage site where they had to cope with riot police shooting tear gas projectiles, concussion grenades and blocking the road with a mobile tank with attached fence-barricade that was bolted to the road as the crowd approached. The protesters responded by setting up their own barricades and lighting their creative floats on shopping cards, with one appropriately named Fénix, on fire and engaging the police in a four hour battle. During that time the remaining fences were taken down, used as additional barricades and as shields from the police projectiles. Only two people were arrested and later released and several sustained injuries from the „FlashBang“concussion grenades. Regardless of the repression and the state imposed violence the atmosphere remained festive and full of solidarity.

An ongoing call has been issued out for support of the forest occupation due to the ongoing risk of police actions to dislodge the forest defenders. This anti-nuclear struggle is located in Bure, department of Lorraine, approx. 3 hour drive south from the borders with Belgium and Germany.

Video from February 18th – Mobilization and Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u23hqajNbBo
Video of Previous Fire-lit march to the waste-site: https://vimeo.com/204436168

Photos from the Occupation and Actions: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127928013@N04/

Climate Camp 2017 Dates

Climate Camp in Rhineland 2017

Klimacamp 2017

This year’s Climate camp will take place in the Rhineland from 18th to 29th of August. During this period, various educational and cultural events , workshops as well as protest actions organized as part of the 2017 area concept will take place. Based on the resistance against Castor Nuclear Transport it involves organizing overlapping areas where different tactics and players take different roles and locations. Altogether there will be three separate camps including one at the Hambach Forest. The Degrowth Summer School will also be back with a week of workshops on sustainability,DIY and anti-consumption driven outlook.

Further information can be found at: klimacamp-im-rheinland.de/
See You There!!

RWE Once Again Not Paying dividents this year.

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Deinvest Achen Group:

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, it was announced that this will be the second year in a row when RWE, the nuclear and coal-mining group, will not be distributing dividends to its shareholders.

The City of Aachen holds a good 550,000 RWE shares. These „investments“ are part of budgets and portfolios of many municipalities in the area who have all been adversely affected by RWE’s continuously falling stock prices and no dividend pay outs since 2016.
RWE operates all opencast mines and most coal-fired power stations in the Rhineland. The company has therefore been responsible for for #1 net CO2 emissions in Europe, deforestation of unique forests and the destruction of numerous towns and villages for decades. „If anyone is destroying the Rhineland and the world climate, then it is RWE,“ commented Lea Heuser, spokeswoman for the Divest Aachen initiative. „This is by no means just an economic issue, but above all one of environmental policymaking and of global climate protection.“

Divest Aachen has been calling on the urban community for over a year to decide ethical-ecological investment criteria and to immediately dispose of all existing investments in fossil fuels. „We have to prevent RWE from continuing to burn enormous amounts of coal to prevent global warming above 1.5 ° C,“ explains Heuser. „This can be done by financial pressure, that is, by pressure from shareholders“. By not divesting the city councils involved are torpedoing the Paris Climate Agreement by holding on to RWE stocks. In order to meet the 1.5 ° C limit, according to current studies the combustion of coal, oil and gas would have to be stopped immediately, and well over 80% of the resources would have to remain in the ground. Even an official study by the Enviromental Ministry strongly recommends that carbon dioxide emissions be reduced by at least 50% by 2030.

In the energy sector, there are numerous local and decentralized development potentials and investment opportunities in renewable energies. „The city community, like a whole series of municipalities, had long had the chance to get rid of this economic wooden leg and at the same time to do something for our already much-imperilled climate. Instead loyalty to a destructive and unprofitable industry is being maintained. Their spokespersons have maintained that the municipalities in the region try to use their status as a shareholder to have an influence on RWE. The Divest Initiative wonders what this influence should be and why nothing seems to be happening.

In the last few months, climate protection activists have achieved success in influencing not just Münster, Berlin and Stuttgart to withdrawing their capital from the fossil sector but also Bochum, Siegen and the district of Osnabrück have decided to sell their RWE shares. In some other municipalities a divestment of fossil energies is being discussed. According to a research by Greenpeace, there are more than 20 municipalities holding more than one million RWE shares. The current total of approximately 1.6 billion euros of public funds which are currently in RWE shares, would in the opinion of the climate activists be much better spent in the local renewable energy sector that generates on average 5 times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry without having its catastrophic ecological impact.

Translated with small changes from the Press release of the Divest Aachen initiative.

Compost Toilet Eviction Trial 14.03.2017 10:30

Toiletteviction

Düren District Court has now set the trial date for the hearing concerning the actions that took place during the Compost Toilet Eviction over 2 years ago. The date of the process will be the 14th of March in Düren.

Background: During the Skill Sharing Camp of 2014 over 50 riot cops and several pieces of equipment from RWE entered the forest to clear barricades and remove the compost toilets. This action was blocked for many hours by activists locking themselves to the bulldozers, frontloaders and by climbing into the trees in front of advancing equipment.

This trial is reflection of the current trend in the Rhineland of pressing charges against activist who lock themselves to, or block the heavy equipment. It is an attempt to prevent them from engaging in future actions. For this reason lets not forget about those who are being prosecuted and express our solidarity in person and remotely.

Personal Controls have been announced for this trial, meaning that all persons and belonging will be searched and personal information taken in order to enter the courtroom. For those not willing to comply with this there will be the usual outside the courthouse support action with banners, food and info.

14.03.2017, 10:30
Amtsgericht Düren
1.Etage, boardroom 1.25
August-Klotz-Straße 14
52349 Düren

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Info Barricades going up in the Forest

To the list of barricading options in the forest from wood piles, ditches, towers, tripods/skypods and sport and exercise structures a new one has been added: It is a rest point and an info board showing species inhabiting the Forest and on the other side having Hambi posters and events. It should also be a good way to know if secus have been to the forest as they are not able to resist the urge to vandalize any info they see posted about Hambacher Forest or Biodiversity, in which case we will send you updates of „before“ and „after“ photos as has been done with photos of spots in the forest and what the same area looks like clearcuted after RWE touches it with its destructive hand.

Call for Support: If any of you have any posters size prints showing bird, tree/plant or animal species of European Forests that you could share with us for the barricade info board project please send them to:

Hambi Info Board Project
Kallsgasse 20
52355 Düren-Gürzenich

or just bring them to the Meadow.

NEXT RED LINE ACTION: SUNDAY 19.2 12:00

RWE’s destruction of the Hambacher Forest and the emissions from its power plants and their impact on the climate and general health is too destructive to allow and as stated by official estimates, to continue into the 2020’s.

As a response once again a human red line will be made at the edge of the clear cutting of the forest to show the public opposition to this destruction and to express support for the Hambach Forest Occupation.
Please come wearing red, with red fabrics and signs and lets draw a human red line to send an urgent message of That is Enough!, Yo Basta, and No More.

Directions: The meeting point will be at 12:00 at Grilplatz Manheimer Burge on the country road heading straight North into the forest out of Buir’s Train station where you should have no problem following the crowd between 10:30-11:30.

For more info you can also contact Michael Zobel, the certified forest guide conducting the walk.
info@zobel-natur.de

More Photos from Previous Red Lines Actions available below:http://www.flickr.com/photos/127928013@N04/sets/72157676647031073

See You in the Forest

CALL FOR ANTI-REPRESSION RESPONSE

Such cases will only repeat themselves with greater regularity and intensity as RWE and other corporate barons carve out the Planet and local jurisdictions into their private domains and as the effect of their actions on the global climate and ecology is distracted by more and more militarized and violent police actions. Here an analogy of the struggle of Zapatistas comes to mind: In the 90s the Mexican State response to the Zapatistas Uprising was massacres of whole indigenous villages. In the Rhineland the forests are massacred outright, the people are moved away but the villages themselves are also destroyed by the bulldozers and wrecking balls. The carnage however of these actions is not just felt by local biodiversity but also already felt by millions affected by climate chaos world-wide and will take a heavy toll on future generations in the global north as well, presently shielded by their privilege.

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NODAPL Water Defeners Under Constant Attack

This Monday 1.17 another confrontation has taken place between Water Defenders opposing the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the cops. Rubber encased steel bullets were fired injuring several activists, tear gas was used and 14 activists were arrested. Barbed wire was removed formed into frisbies and thrown back at the cops.Several hour long standoff continued on the Backwater Bridge separating the protesters from the pipeline construction site. The pigs continued to shoot down any drones that were not their own. This repression is taking place while the Republican controlled state assembly of North Dakota is attempting to pass a new law that would make it legal to injure and even kill any pedestrians blocking a road while driving a car. This is obviously directed against Water Defenders who like many ecological activists often blockade roadways and who already have been hit and injured by idiots driving snow mobiles around the protest site. This new law would in effect allow any racist pig-headed vigilante to turn his already destructive and deadly vehicle into even deadlier and now even state sanctioned weapon. This brings up parallels of RWE’s secus also using a truck to ram, injure and then arrest a Hambi activist also with full sanction and approval of the state. Water Defenders are also currently facing Grand Juries forcing them to testify and list their comrades under a threat of imprisonment if they refuse. Regardless many have chosen not to cooperate. This resembles the cases of house searches, home visits and questioning by the german cops as experienced on many occasions by those involved in the anti-coal struggle in the Rhineland. Both are not even as much attempts to persecute as they are tools to intimidate and silence especially in the case of Water Defenders who are facing grand juries in cases dealing with repressive police tactics and their use of force resulting in activist’s injuries. The parallels and similiarities between the two movements come to an end however when one takes into account that none of us in the Rhineland has had to dealt with 400 years of colonialism, genocide and continuing state sanctioned racism and exploitation and its aftermath, 4-5 to 11 years maybe but not 400. Neither are any of us eposed to daily barages of rubber bullets, armored personell carriers and water cannons in freezing weather. In the case of Rhineland and RWE in particular the bullets _are_ flying but they are being shot by right wing hit squads aka crooked cops in places like Columbia against those who refuse to move from their homes to make way for RWE’s coal mines there, the gas is not tear gas but giga-tons of climate killing carbon affecting the global poor in the south of the planet the most, oh yeah there is even freezing water involved as well as antarctic ice shelves turn into mush and slide into the ocean and as the northern ice cover diminishes to the lowest levels ever recorded. Flooding hundreds of millions in Bangladesh, through out the Indian Ocean and beyond. Proving that RWE is just as racist and reactionary in its modus operandi as the rest of its Fossil Fool(Fuel) industry cohorts.

Therefore the only justice possible and attainable here will never originate from any of the capitalist courts which are now in a never-ending state of emergency and a mad race to out due each other with ever expanding arsenal of surveillance, repression and torture to protect the profits of their corporate masters. In a time of global ecological and social collapse the only justice that is possible is a justice attained by the struggle of resistance based on solidarity and unity of struggles such as the one in Rhineland, Standing Rock and countless others around the planet which are standing and fighting against the forces of greed, destruction and death.

In Solidarity with Standing Rock, and all others who are active in the Strugle….

Hambach Forest Defender

2017 OVERVIEW OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIONS

This years events related to the Hambacher Forest and Climate Justice at large struggles include: Tour de France passing by Garzweiler Mine in July and COP 23 taking place in Bonn in November.

January:
21st. City of Essen, the location of RWE headquarters, is awarded the title of the greenest city in Europe, this will take place with numerous coal industry sponsorships.
21st. Demo against Green Week, Berlin 12:00 Potsdamer Platz
23rd. 19:00 Anti-Coal Meeting: AlleWelt Haus Cologne

February:
27th. Carnival in Cologne with left political parade groups participating

March
12-31 Climate Fest in Cologne coinciding with Global Break Free from Fossil Fuels Week

April:
RWE shareholders meeting

May:9
5-13 Global Divest from Fossil Fuels(Fools) Week

June:
25th. Anti-Atom Action Achen

July:
2nd. Tour de France passes by the Garzweiler Coal Mine

August:
24th-29th Action Week/Clima Camp

Septemeber:
Bundestag Election

November
COP23 Bonn + ende galende at cop 23

1.15 SUNDAY 34th FOREST WALK AND RED CARD FOR RWE ACTION

At noon this Sunday a Red Card for RWE action will start at the parking lot and grill platz at the entrance to the forest outside of Buir . Please bring red cards, signs, costumes, flags etc and rubber or hiking boots. The walk will be led by Michael Sobel forest guide with background given on the history of the forest and the struggle. Lets giving RWE red card for additional 500 meters of the forest cut this season be the starting point for the response to this ecological disaster.