Hambach Forest http://hambachforest.blogsport.de For the preservation of the Hambach Forest and the planet Earth! Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:49:49 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.5.1.2 en „Tripod“ Live-In Barricade Repression Resistance Action http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/21/tripod-live-in-barricade-repression-resistance-action/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/21/tripod-live-in-barricade-repression-resistance-action/#comments Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:49:49 +0000 Administrator General http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/21/tripod-live-in-barricade-repression-resistance-action/

On September 19th at 8 o’clock in the morning approx 100 cops entered the millenarian Hambacher Forest, occupied for last six years blocking the expansion of RWE’s open cast lignite mine, to remove the “The Tripod”, a live-in barricade. The official state line was that it was to keep the roads open for emergency vehicles in case of accident occurring in the forest. The emergency vehicles are the harvesters, bulldozers and loaders of this years cutting season which will begin on Oct. 25 and the “accident” is the global climate chaos, millions of premature deaths a year, and irreplaceable habitat loss to which Hambacher (cynically named after the forest its destroying) Mine: single largest net CO2 emitter in Europe, is not an innocent bystander to but rather a culprit extending its effect through emission and pollutants and through RWE Global Power Conglomerate machine impacting and destroying communities and ecosystem from Colombia, England and Germany to Siberia.
When the police entered the forest they at first surrounded the Tripod to prevent supporters joining in the two blockaders, one of whom was locked on the ground to a concrete lock-on and the second who was in the top of the tripod which in its mid level included a platform with a tent. Through walkway from a neighbouring tree additional person was still able to join those on the inside. For the next 5 hours the cops massed up around the barricade as large bulldozers removed the barricades leading into the heart of the forest(each year a 500 meter swath which is cut to enlarge the mine) followed by back loaders loading the scrap metal and tarps which comprises left over material from the ocupation and performing a function of trash removal for the struggle. The barricade clearing was also immediately followed by peeps emerging from the forest and rebuilding the barricades behind the heavy equipment often with cops still in sight. During this time the forest resonated with animal calls and music from the approx. 40 forest defenders. As forest roads turned into parking lots for long lines of forces of repression paint and bottles of bitumen were thrown at the police vehicles. Pigs responded with snatch attacks at the people singing and playing drums in solidarity around the Tripod. All together 5 people were grabbed and later released.

By 1 oclock cops begun to cut the barbed wire connecting the wood stocked around the ground level of the Tripod and got to the forest activist locked on under the table of Tripod’s kitchen. For over 2 hours they went at it with their power tools. And as concrete cutting tools echoed in the forest, climbing cops started to get on to the tree with the walkway ropes attempting to cut the lines and cut off the activist who descended into the tripod and was doing support to the people inside. Lower branches were being cut off and ladders attached to the tree giving enough time to make it back across and into the crown of the tree where the two climbing cops followed. Holding out for over an hour in the thin top branches the two climbing cops a meter and a half below attempted to convince the climber that they were just concerned with the person safety and that the activist needed to be removed before proceeding to the tripod. Eventually they gave up and descended from the tree to the tripod where for over an hour they tugged, pulled and then stepped on the tripod defender and later had a hard time removing him as he lay limp in the fork of the tripod. Once on the ground popo attempted to use pain compliance bullshit to try to get him to walk but that did not work either and he was dragged and then carried to the cop car.
Overall this has been one of the longest road barricade evictions with over 9 hours of struggle and when the cops left the forest the barricade building and food sharing resumed in full.

This year especially is an important time for the Defense of the Hambacher Forest as the new wave of deforestation is about to ensue during this winters cutting season and as another Direct Action Skillshare Camp will take place in the forest from Semptember 25th to Oct1. October 1st would have been the official start of this years cutting season which has just been postponed to October 25 as RWE is forced to appear in Administrative Court in Cologne on October 17 by a law suit initiated by Bund fur Natur as a response to the company’s lack of enviromental assesment studies, its lack of studies of costs of post extraction clean up and last but definitevely not least: two colonies of endangered bats being discovered in this year’s cutting zone. In November COPP summit will also take place in Bonn which is in the middle of North Rhine Westfalia coal region. That in itself is not an accident as the coal industry is heavily coopting the negotiations and framing coal as a transition energy source. Next COPP is also scheduled to take place in Katowice, Poland the centre of the Silesian Coal Mining Region.

Climate Justice Struggle in Hambacher Forest and in countless other locations around the world is a response to the Neo-Liberal Extractionist Agenda of Disaster Capitalism and a call to preserve every community every organism being paramount to protecting Planet as a whole.

Join US!!
FOR THE EARTH!!!!

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A compensation of 1 million for all 8,000 RWE employees … http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/16/a-compensation-of-1-million-for-all-8000-rwe-employees/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/16/a-compensation-of-1-million-for-all-8000-rwe-employees/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:05:36 +0000 Administrator Backgrounds http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/16/a-compensation-of-1-million-for-all-8000-rwe-employees/ german

We received this e-mail:

„… and then in two years: the end of the Rhenish lignite mining.

1,000,000 compensation per employee × 8,000 employees = 8,000,000 × 1,000 = 8,000,000,000 = 8 billion euros compensation for all 8,000 employees in total = profit of RWE Power AG from the lignite in the next 2 years.

The profit from the lignite in the amount of EUR 8 billion required for this measure is still below the profit of EUR 8.5798 billion (= EUR 4.2899 billion x 2 years), which RWE actually is going to achieve in the next 2 years from the lignite. See our previous article: 116 billion € profit from the lignite ….

In no case in North Rhine-Westphalia “the lights will go out” go out after these 2 years! According to the latest figures published by the Energy Agency of the state of NRW, 178.8 Terrawatt hours of electricity are generated per year in NRW, but only 138.8 Terrawatt hours per year are consumed, corresponding to an overproduction of electricity in NRW in the amount of 40.0 Terrawatt hours per year. From the Hambach lignite estimated approximately 18.5 Terrawatt hours of electricity per year, from the Garzweiler lignite roughly estimated perhaps 18.5 Terrawatt hours of electricity. Possible flanking measures: No export of lignite electricity to France and the Netherlands nor even to outside NRW.

The electricity generated from the Hambach lignite of 18.5 Terrawatt hours of electricity was calculated quite complexly from RWE Power AG’s application for the approval of the 3rd framework plan for Hambach, as this information was missing in this application.

The reduction of 1,500 jobs announced today by RWE in the next 2 years corresponds to only 18.75% of the possible reduction of 8,000 jobs in the next two years against a compensation of one million euros per employee.
Sept 14, 2017

Kurt Claßen

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Deep Ecology AFternoon in Gallien, Saturday 2PM http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/15/584/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/15/584/#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:00:07 +0000 Administrator General Dates Actions Art/Culture Deforestation http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/15/584/

Join us for a meal and get involved in liberating small samplings of beeches, oaks, maples and aspens from the frontline where this winter again we can expect hundreds of riots cops and RWE harvesters and bulldozers attempting to make sure that biodiversity that survived for over last 12,000 years will be eliminated. Trees are a keystone species on which countless other organisms depend so this action gives a chance for some of this biodiversity to be preserved. Started this spring tens of trees from Hambi have been planted at public, collective and individual spaces all across Europe. These trees are a silent testimonial to the extinction of the Hambacher Forest habitats and with small info boards informing of where they have come from they patiently await for their seeds to grow through the cracks of concrete and asphalt that surround them at the moment.

During this Deep Ecology Get Together aditional bird habitats will also be made out of zero waste items such as mid size containers. There will also be discussion of species and biodiversity present in the Hambacher Forest followed by Hambacher Forest Tshirt printing. Join us and tell your friends.

The additional items that could be of use that you could contribute to this project would be small buckets, shovels, and large hiking boots and rubber boots as well as large cooking oil containers and small beer cegs for the bird habitats. Feel free to also bring extra shirts, jackets on which you will be able to print some cool Hambi art.

This is also an ongoing project so if you can not make it tomorrow but are still interested in participating in propagating some of endangered trees and even seeds please get in touch with fnord.andromeda at riseup.net.

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116 billion € profit from the lignite … http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/12/116-billion-e-profit-from-the-lignite/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/12/116-billion-e-profit-from-the-lignite/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:47:10 +0000 Administrator General http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/12/116-billion-e-profit-from-the-lignite/ We received the e-mail below.
Let’s remember: On 1 December 2015, RWE announced that it would reorganize the Group. It was foreseeable that electricity generation from coal would end. So it was bundled in its own business area: RWE Power AG.
When we compare the parent company, the RWE Group, to a farmer, RWE Power AG is a dairy cow which once gave a lot of milk and is now to be vigorously milked till it drops down dead. Then others may care of the disposal of the emaciated carcass: The workers who lose their jobs without sufficient replacement in time, the villages “on the rim”, with a poisonous dust hole in front of their noses (where its too steep embankments in an area endangered by earthquakes and increasing sudden rainfall form a problem for themselves), thousands of resettled in their soulless new villages, the taxpayers, the world climate and so on.

Please read in this post, how this milking to death works:

… that’s why NRW is desertifying a whole region!

The profit of approx. EUR 116 billion was calculated from the covert profits which the RWE Group is expected to achieve in the period from 2018-2045 (= 27 years) from the extraction of lignite and the power generation from it in the Rhenish mining area“.

In order to calculate these covert profits, the profit shifts from RWE Power AG to RWE Supply & Trading GmbH and from there to RWE Vertrieb AG in the year of 2014 were taken as a basis. In this game, RWE Power AG is the mining company, where the work is done.

The transfer of the profits took place by granting excessive intermediary margins of approx. 2.5351 billion euros per year to RWE Supply & Trading GmbH and of approx. 1.7548 billion euros per year to RWE Vertrieb AG. This is corresponding to intermediary margins totaling € 4.2899 billion per year
× scheduled operating period of the opencast mines of 27 years = 115.8273 billion euros = approx. 116 billion euros, see above.

In the compared year, RWE Supply & Trading GmbH sold the electricity practically to just one customer: to RWE Vertrieb AG. For this reason, it received a margin of 2.5351 billion euros from RWE Power AG. This appears to be disproportionately high in relation to the personnel costs of only 243.3 million euros, which have been achieved according to the published profit and loss account at RWE Supply & Trading GmbH. The margin of RWE Supply & Trading GmbH of 2.5351 billion amounts to more than 10 times the total personnel costs incurred by RWE Supply & Trading GmbH.

Similarly, the margin of EUR 1.7548 billion which RWE Vertrieb AG received for the resale of the supplied electricity to the end customer appears to be disproportionately high in relation to the personnel costs of only EUR 141.9 million as well as in proportion to the property, plant and equipment assets of RWE Vertrieb AG of only EUR 3.0 million (according to the published profit and loss account of RWE Vertrieb AG).

The extent of the hidden transfer of profits from RWE Power AG to other companies of the Group was determined on the basis of the ratios of the year 2014. In the meantime, the Group has been fundamentally restructured so that the corresponding comparative figures are not available for the following years. However, on the basis of certain circumstances it can be assumed that similar high profits from the lignite have also been achieved in the years from 2015 and have been shifted and will continue to exist until 2045.

The RWE Group is requested to explain how the profits transferred from RWE Power AG to other companies of the Group have been used so far and for which purposes these profits and any own profits of RWE Power AG are to be used in future.

09/09/2017
Kurt Claßen

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Court Suit against RWE postpons beginning of cutting season to October 25th http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/11/court-suit-against-rwe-postpons-beginning-cutting-season-to-october-25tho/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/11/court-suit-against-rwe-postpons-beginning-cutting-season-to-october-25tho/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:52:21 +0000 Administrator Press Dates Mobilization Deforestation http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/11/court-suit-against-rwe-postpons-beginning-cutting-season-to-october-25tho/

A suit filed in the Cologne Administrative court by BUND NRW, a local chapter of Friends of the Earth, has resulted in RWE postponing its planned begining of the cutting season from October 1st to October 25th. This court case addresses the lack of environmental assesments, disregard of Flora and Fauna directives and brings attention to two colonies of endangered Bechstein’s bat that are located in the area of the Hambach Forest that is to be cut this winter. These two habitats contain 30-35 females each and are brooding places for their young as well. The suit also addresses the endangered biodiversity of the oak and beach stands that are to be cut and which have stood there since the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago and represent one of the last natural outposts of this type in the region.

A court hearing concerning the legal aspects of the future of the forest will take place in Cologne on October 17 Verwaltungs-Gericht (Administrative Court) in Cologne, Hall 160 at 10:30 clock. Make a note in your calendar if you are in the area.

Another area in which you could assist even remotely in blocking RWE with its plans to destroy the forest is by contacting as many naturalists, botanists, entomologists, ornithologists, etc at your local university, environmental or naturalist group and directing their attention to the struggle to save the Hambacher Forest. A parallel effort of this type has taken place in the ZAD the Notre Dame and in Bialowieza forest making them some of the most studied and documented natural areas in Europe. Hambach Forest is in the desperate need of similar grass-roots, non institutional studies to be used as an expanded activist tool set together with direct actions. Both approaches do not require professionalism or any academic training but interest and motivation only.

More info on the suit can be found on BUNDS website at
https://www.bund-nrw.de/presse/detail/news/vorerst-keine-rodungen-im-hambacher-wald/

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1.5 Ton of Food Arrives in the Meadow http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/01/1-5-ton-of-food-arrives-in-the-meadow/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/01/1-5-ton-of-food-arrives-in-the-meadow/#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:20:47 +0000 Administrator General http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/01/1-5-ton-of-food-arrives-in-the-meadow/

Today a bus with a trailer dropped one and a half ton of food in the meadow occupation. It has been container by a single man and brought by a friendly collective. Most of the food immediately was squirrelled away into different tree houses, trailers and homes. It as well as hundreds of kilos of dry food remaining will be a very needed morale booster in the time leading into the cutting season that will start at the beginning of next month (October).

Big Thanks for people collecting and delivering the food supplies as well as providing many other forms of support.

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Call for Skillshares Camp Workshops http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/01/call-for-skillshares-camp-workshops/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/01/call-for-skillshares-camp-workshops/#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:46:22 +0000 Administrator General http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/09/01/call-for-skillshares-camp-workshops/

If you are interested in giving a workshop on many topics that involve radical and deep ecology, direct action, DIY, forest skills(herbs,eatible plants, etc) and report-backs from parallel struggles then lease get in touch with us and arrange a time when you would like to give your workshop or presentation. The Skillshare Festival will take place towards the end of Oct and beginning of September.

See you in the forest!

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New eviction of barricades http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/22/new-eviction-of-barricades/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/22/new-eviction-of-barricades/#comments Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:12:08 +0000 Administrator Repressions http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/22/new-eviction-of-barricades/ Police is evicting barricades in the forest.
7:30 The contact cop calls us.
Since 8:30 we hear the machines.
8:45 50 cops and security guards are in the forest.
9:30 Eviction tank leaves the forest. At the forest entrance there is still police.
11:00 In the morning there were two sitting blocks in front of the barricades to prevent their eviction. Two people were taken into custody and taken to the GeSa (Gefangenen-Sammelstelle, prisoners collecting center) in Aachen.
All barricades were evicted.
At the moment, a car parked in the forest is still surrounded by the police.
Police were briefly seen in Gallien.
12:18 Police have withdrawn from the forest.
Everyone is free again.
Thanks to all who helped here today.

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Blockade forces trucks to leave lumber in the forest, priest responds with fabrication of assault http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/17/blockade-forces-trucks-to-leave-lumber-in-the-forest-priest-responds-with-fabrication-of-assault/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/17/blockade-forces-trucks-to-leave-lumber-in-the-forest-priest-responds-with-fabrication-of-assault/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:49:54 +0000 Administrator Actions Mobilization Solidarity Deforestation http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/17/blockade-forces-trucks-to-leave-lumber-in-the-forest-priest-responds-with-fabrication-of-assault/ Clergy Decapitators
The ancient Białowieża Forest continues to be logged at times late into the night and from early hours of the morning by more than 3 harvesters capable of downing more than 500 trees a day.
However following a week long intermission the anti logging resistance strikes again. When the trucks loading lumber which is presently spread through out the forest have been observed by morning patrols, over 30 activists left the Camp for the Primal Forest. After reaching the nearby location, 6 lock-on doubles, later joined by two more, locked on with metal pipes to a 18 wheeler loaded with lumber and to another one that was practically empty. The activists have locked on on top of the lumber load, on the sides and in the back and to lumber supports on the partially empty vehicle. Banners were dropped from the top, sides and front of the vehicles. Support and media group were present throwing sandwiches, books, and isomats onto the trucks and across the police lines. The drivers of the trucks climbed on top, tore off some of the banners and threatened those attempting to retrieve the material with a knife. There was a constant stream of support from the visitors to the park and locals, stopping by and expressing their gratitude and appreciation for defending this last European lowland primodial forest. A local astroturf group Santa financed by the Polish Forestry Department also made an appearance. They attempted to engage and distract the activists through ridicule, insults and threats. Their confrontational tactics were quickly dissolved when many visitors to the park attempted to communicate with this Crypto Industry, Pseudo Eco group.

The owner of the lumber transport company TrakDrew.pl contacted the liaison of the blockade and issued threats to respond with a civil suit for the costs of his losses to each individual of the blockade. However when the recently published list (https://oko.press/liste-odbiorcow-drewna-puszczy-bialowieskiej-publikujemy-interaktywna-mape/ ) of recipients of lumber from Białowieża Forests was consulted it turned out that TrakDrew.pl is FSC certified which allows it to mix in wood that does not contain that certificate but not wood that has been denied it as is the case with all lumber coming from the site of the protests.
It is also important to note that lots of wood shipped from recent large scale cuts in the area is not marked and labeled in any way making it easier to mix with other batches and that the group issuing this certification is not even an NGO but a private company. However exposing this dynamic is an important strategy in making it harder to green wash lumber and its products which originated from one of the most bio diverse hotspots on the Planet and sell them as a product of sustainable forestry. Loosing this certification equals substantial loss of profits as FSC certified material, being a darling of „eco“ papermills and furniture producers is currently in high demand. The threat of such exposure resulted in an unusual end of this particular blockade. The demand to leave the wood in the forest was agreed to and the protesters unlocked from the truck full of lumber onto which then the remaining several logs from the still blockaded and locked on vehicle were loaded. As the last 3 locked on groups awaited locked on to now completely empty truck, the full vehicle entered the forest to deposit its load back in the woods. As this occurred there was still enough activists to jump back on top if it attempted to drive out of the forest and not enough cops to stop them. After this surreal leaving of the still dead lumber in the forest one of the trucks with the loader crane continued to linger in the area and a patrol remained in the vicinity to make sure that it did not load the same cut trees once again.

There was only one arrest, which is connected with a present right wing media shitstorm and an attempt to detract from how both the Forestry Department and its contractors are on a defensive. It constitutes a rather nefarious attempt of damage control and of movement character assassination which includes a member of the catholic church clergy as its main actor. The individual involved is one Tomasz Duszkiewicz a chaplain general not only of the central directorate of National Forests and the Environmental Ministry but also of Hunting Association which he is also a president of as he apparently placed himself in that position without the standard election by fellow hunters with a letter from high up in Warsaw to the association recommending that he retain that position. Of course he is an avid active hunter with a home full of hunting trophies, rumoured to include protected species. Duszkiewicz is a favourite of environmental minister Szyszko who is behind the present logging of the Primal Białowieża Forest and regularly stages catholic masses at exclusive hunts involving yes minister Szyszko as well and other high government officials and businessmen. Poland ranks high on corruption and lack of transparency indexes in the region and Chaplain General Tomasz Duszkiewicz is involved in few scandals himself including but not limited to receiving a government forest residence in the heart of Białowieża reserve and a mysterious fire at one of the residences that he later acquired. That home is close to one of the previous occupations and Duszkiewicz showed up at this latest blockade as well. He proceeded to film activists by holding his phone right in activists faces and moved on to insulting a wife of on of the activists present at the scene, who took his camera out of his hand and put it in his pocket. No altercation was witnessed or recorded by media and numerous activists however several minutes later the activist in question was arrested by the cops for assault. Duszkiewicz showed up at his next appearance already with one arm in a cast and curiously within an hour the environmental minister was already making inflammatory statements on right wing Radio Maria, which in turn is part of a media empire praying on the elderly for donations with of course pretty shady banking practices.

The reports that followed only picked up by right wing media not only labelled ecologists as dangerous terrorist but also related the priest’s account stating that he was threatened with decapitation if he published his footage. He must have caved in to that threat as the footage from his phone remains unpublished but only a grainy distant footage showing a hand reaching in his direction shot by a hostile blogger of a non existent blog is published on those sites. Right wing, nationalist and neo-Nazi elements are particularly active in Poland with numerous attacks on emigrants, refugees and activist centers having taken place. Duszkiewicz putting his hand in a cast after an alleged confrontation that was not noticed by over 30 witnesses makes him personally responsible for any attacks that might occur in the future against the coalition of activists, botanists, entomologists, artists and locals who are engaging in the struggle to blockade the destruction of this irreplaceable Puszcza Białowieska the last hold out of a long list of endemic and endangered species.

The present PIS ruling party has taken completely over the state media and turned them into a propaganda machine, removing any remaining if rather illusory separations of governmental power and the judicial branch, putting women’s issues in the cross hairs, targeting and vilifying gender and immigrants. In this reality of profiteering, hate and corruption segments of local population regularly respond to inflammatory state media reports strategically attempting to divide, destroy and profit with threats of setting places that are sympathetic to the protest on fire and targeting them with inflammatory sexually threatening fliers, the activists at protests and blockades are also informed by the state financed puppets that they should be executed. In this climate it is not likely that logging will stop any time soon without further resistance and more than likely with recent fabrications by members of the clergy that the level of threat and repression will continue to increase.
More than likely that is unless solidarity actions targeting embassies, consulates and those connected to the the published distributors of the commercialized remnants and bones of the ancient Białowieża forest take place.

A call goes out to extend your support no matter where you are, to extend it to all of
those engaging in this struggle regardless of where they might be…

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Artist in Residence Call Out http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/16/artist-in-residence-call-out/ http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/16/artist-in-residence-call-out/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:02:34 +0000 Administrator General http://hambachforest.blogsport.de/2017/08/16/artist-in-residence-call-out/

Hambacher Forest is not a canvas, it is not a medium and it is defininitevely not a location for product placement and/or guerrila marketing. It is however an ecological foundation of interconectness and a spring of creativity and imagination in the spirit of resistance, solidarity and collaboration all of which like its ecosystem are under a constant assault and in a perpetual need of allies . It is in that very spirit that a call goes out to all artists, wrtiters and musicians dealing with the subject of radical ecology, repression, climate change, feminism, GLBT and animal rights issues: Join the resistance to Lignite Mining and all monocultural constructs by climbing and residing in the free treehouses and platforms, protecting this millenarian forest.
Rebel against the art establishment and join other creatives and cultural refugees who instead of being pushed to the margins have taken to the frontlines of the strugle for equality, liberation and justice. Bring and share your imagination and skills not just into the Forest, but also to the Degrowth School of Klima Camp in Rhineland(August 21st to 30th), the COPP summit in Bonn in November 3-5 and for the Hambach Skillshares Camp in the Fall.
See You in the Forest!!

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