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Of course, there is resistance to brown coal (lignite) mining by RWE elsewheres than the occupation in the Hambach Forest. Below, a brief overview of some other oppositional groups and events will be given. Partial excerpts are quoted from the respective sites of the individual groups. This overview focuses on a selection of groups that are active primarily in and around the brown coal mining in the Rhineland.

Climate Camps (Klimacamp) in the Rhineland
A one to two-week climate camp, held once a year in the Rhineland since 2011. Klimacamp sees itself as a continuation of UK Climate Camps and is based on the following four basic elements: Sustainable living together, training, (direct) action, and networking. The camp will be as resource-efficient as possible and enable a cohesive democratic coexistence. In addition, there should be a space for emancipatory education, that is, that each can offer their own workshops if previously announced or spontaneously at the camp. It is organized by a coalition of people who organize themselves in environmental organizations, people from different left political spectrum, climate activist , who are active for many years in the Rhenish mining area and support the protest of the citizens‘ initiatives.
Learn more here: klimacamp-im-rheinland.de

Workshop for actions and alternatives (short: WAA) in Düren near Cologne
The WAA is a project house and an open space, in which all people should feel welcome to use the jointly-maintained infrastructure for political work. For several years already this DIY house will save resources, expanded in part, using recycled materials and envirnmentally friendly as possible. Currently in the house besides the standard rooms such as kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room, a small library, a café, a music room, a bicycle repair shop, a free-store (Umsonstladen) and an office with computers. Right next to the house there is a project of 2,000 m² of land with a communal garden, a small car space and a meadow for camps and other uses.
All can come easy, read a book from the library, write something, lay out, construct, repair your bike, organize events or participate, be in the garden or to talk with others …
It is also possible to use the WAA for seminars. There self-organization and critique of domination instead Chef * inside or employees!
Further information here: waa.blogsport.de

Ausgeco2hlt
Ausgeco2hlt is a campage founded in 2011, which advocates the immediate withdrawal lignite. „Our campaign understands itself as an open platform on which to network different groups and individuals who continue their education and to be active together. Our goal is to organize a broad protest movement against RWE and for the immediate closure of the open-cast mines in the Rhineland mining district. Here, we support the resistance in the mining areas in the Lausitz and in the Leipzig area. „On the Ausgeco2hlt site you will find interesting and well-researched background information on lignite mining in Germany and in the Rhenish mining area.
Further information here: ausgeco2hlt.de

Citizens‘ Initiative for Buirer Buir
The „Initiative for Buirer Buir“ has existed since mid-2006 as an association of committed citizens and was founded on 21.12.2007 as an association with a statute corresponding its objectives. Buir is a village near the Hambach open-cast mine in the Rhenish lignite mining area. The initiative offers information around the open pit Hambach, emanating from the burdens on health and quality of life. A recent battle of the initiative is about noise pollution, which is caused by the surface mining related relocation of the A4 motorway, restricting and enforce a speed limit.
Further information here: buirerfuerbuir.de

Network mining injured e.V.
The network is an independent and politically neutral association of mining damage (mining damage is, for example, cracks in buildings caused by the mining-related water lowering) potentially affected citizens for citizens. It was founded in July 2009 and provides its activities in all affected villages in the Rhenish lignite mining area.
The aim of the network is to improve the testing previously located solely in the hands of RWE Power AG, detection and regulation of mining damage in the affected regions. It criticizes the arbitrary processing and regulatory practices of RWE and the non-transparent handling of geological data, measurements, and test results.
Further information here: netzbege.de