Archive der Kategorie 'Deforestation'

NRW – The Grubber Gang!

Not only the Hambach Forest is in danger, it seems to be one of the favorite hobbies in NRW, to cut old forests. Thus also the Buschbell forest near Frechen soon will have to give way to a (quartz sand) mine. To prevent this there is a petition to stop the destruction as a first step from BUND Rhein-Erft.

Quarzwerke destrois the Buschbell Forest to extract sand (© Ralf Gütz)
Quarzwerke destrois the Buschbell Forest to extract sand (© Ralf Gütz)

We too are calling for this petition to be signed and for the preservation of the forest in any other way possible!

This is how you can sign:

Other ideas to become active:

More info on the Buschbell Forest:
www.buschbellerwald.wordpress.com
http://bund-rhein-erft.de
https://www.facebook.com/bund.rhein.erft?skip_nax_wizard=true

More info on quartz sand (German TV).

Forest Cutting Continues Today


3rd March – another clearing in the forest!

Hambacher Forest cutting season takes place from 01. October to 28 February.
This time is maintained to take into account the nesting period. In spite of this, on the 1st of March new cutting has begun. This also included mulching and clearing of brush.

Today about 15 RWE contracted security from Mundt and Holzfäller were present guarding workers with chainsaws . When seen by activists they packed everything in and quickly withdrew behind their fence. This has been the first time that cutting has taken place this year without large police presence.

Neither RWE press office nor the Police made any statements about this action contradicting their own verbal promises to announce all actions ahead of time this year.

More photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hambacherforst/

Leith Hill, England: Forest Occupied

The Fort

A coalition of environmental activists and local residents has occupied a forest in Surrey South of London to block Europa Oil from cutting a hectare of protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is also part of the local Green Belt. They have built a massive fort-like structure on the planned location of the drilling site, surrounded by tree houses and platforms and are also maintaining a roadside camp. The support of many locals has been exceptional, with meals cooked by a different local family each evening being brought to the protest site. The camp occupation is run by a small group of mostly older activists, with the fort being a closed to the outsiders high security installation. More direct-action and eco-defense activists are welcomed to exchange their skills and keep the struggle against fossil fuels going at this beautiful and still natural location.

Links:
saveleithhill.com
voiceforleithhill.co.uk
www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/features/magazine-39117535/39117535 (Video)

RWE Engages in Illegal Logging

The cutting season has ended as of beginning of this month. Yet today unauthorized and illegal cutting took place in the vicinity of Death Trap tree-house, close to the security bridge. This cutting has been taking place without any escort by the police and when confronted by activists photographing and filming this, the persons engaging in out of season cutting hid and tried to get away without being photographed.

…well the NRW parliament (North Rhine Westphalia) did after all just declare that its possible to deforest and mine without any long-term legal and financial consequences…

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/

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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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.

Deforestation and Police Operation Nov. 28th – Dec. 6st

News ticker around the beginning of the grubbing south of the former motorway A4
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Ticker

(The most actual on top)

06.12.

  • 13:00 The meadow wants to say thanks for all the awesome food donations which arrived the last days :)
  • 12:00 Up to now everything is calm, nothing special got reported.
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    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…)

    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.)

    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…)

    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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    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.