A Radio Report from the USA about Hambi and the Rhenish Lignite Mining

This e-mail was sent to us:
“Hi everyone,

I’m just now getting around to sending out this link to the story about Germany’s coal problem, about which we spoke last fall. The audio version, which aired nationwide on 300 radio stations in the US on the BBC co-production The World, is embedded here:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-15/germany-talks-good-game-climate-its-still-stuck-coal

Make sure to click on the audio player to hear what actually went on the air, as it is different from the text story (and includes your voices).
A text version was also reprinted on msn.com online and in several US newspapers. Here’s one:

http://www.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2017/11/16/Analysis-Germany-talks-a-good-game-on-climate-but-it-s-still-stuck-on-coal/stories/201711160124

Thank you all very much for your time, help and expertise, without which none of this would have been possible. I hope our paths will cross again in the future.

Until then, best regards,”

Some Dates

January 13th HambiSoliParty, AZ Wuppertal

January 14th Forest Walk, Hambi, 11:30 o’clock

January 17th Lecture, short films, discussion
„Braunkohlewiderstand im rheinischen Revier – mit Schwerpunkt Hambacher Wald“
18 Uhr, Bogensaal, Haus der Kirche, Frère-Roger-Str. 8-10, Aachen

January 18th HambiSoliKonzert, Café Chaos Köln

January 19th HambiSoliKonzert, Sonic Ballroom Köln

January 20th HambiSoliKonzert, Jam Club Koblenz

Switch off coal – not climate protection!

Sign the petition “Switch off coal – not climate protection!”

“That takes the cake! The negotiators for the formation of a new government in Germany want to bury the climate target for 2020 – although Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz recently firmly committed to it. A fatal signal for global climate protection: If Germany gives up its climate goals, the same could happen in quite a few other countries.”

https://www.campact.de/kohleaus/appell/teilnehmen/

Please note as well the petition “dismantling break in Manheim-old”
https://weact.campact.de/petitions/ruckbau-pause-in-manheim-alt

Things that we urgently need right now

We expect the eviction soon, so we need:

  • Evictionfood (VEGAN) (food, which doesn’t get bad) oats, rice, tins, chocolate, nuts, dried fruit
  • packed water (also for eviction)
  • small gas stoves
  • all kind of transport capacities (cars, trailers, time)
  • Bitumen to rainproof our roofs 😉

Thanks in advance, also for all the many things that have arrived in any form already with us.

System Change, not Climate Change!

See also Donations in kind

New forest occupation at the Frankfurt airport

Website of the occupation
http://www.fnp.de/lokales/kreise_of_gross-gerau/Protestcamp-bei-Kaelte-und-Krach;art688,2874426
https://www.robinwood.de/blog/kuchen-und-besetzte-b%C3%A4ume-am-frankfurter-flughafen
http://www.echo-online.de/lokales/kreis-gross-gerau/buettelborn/umweltaktivisten-besetzen-baeume-im-treburer-oberwald-um-rodung-fuer-den-flughafenausbau-zu-verhindern_18435987.htm#1
more…

Demolition of the “Immerath Dom”

Live Ticker:

Jan. 9
Reports:
https://www.domradio.de/themen/bist%C3%BCmer/2018-01-09/strafanzeigen-nach-protestaktion-zu-abrissbeginn
https://www.domradio.de/themen/sch%C3%B6pfung/2018-01-09/dioezesanrat-aachen-kritisiert-ausweitung-des-tagebaus

12:00 Meanwhile, the first tower is destroyed, rubble is cleared away.

Jan. 8
Reports:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjR7RSD3q6E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WPG-2X2gBg
Summary:
Since early morning, the cathedral was occupied by Greenpeace activists. Banners were unrolled, people locked themselves on in the cathedral. Two Greenpeace activists were bitten by a police dog early in the morning and hospitalized. Hambis were sitting on the roof of a neighboring house. There too, banners were unrolled. On-site observers reported that there probably would not be demolished today.
The demolition is scheduled for 2 weeks. It will begin on the main nave (altar side). Already yesterday, some hundreds of people were there and protested.

4:20 pm All previously arrested persons are free again!
2:20 pm 4 people were arrested. Police states that they have been brought to the Hückelhoven police station for ID treatment.
2:14 pm The demolition started more…

Political prayer in Immerath

Politisches Gebet in Immerath, 7. Jan. 2018

Let’s put it undauntedly: we want a change, a real change, a change in the structures. This system is no longer acceptable; the campesinos can not stand it, the workers can not stand it, the communities can not stand it, the peoples can not stand it… Nor does the earth, “our sister, Mother Earth”, as St. Francis said.
Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Social Movements in Bolivia in 2015.

In the background: the “Cathedral of Immerath”, on the last day of its existence?
Before that, the demolishing machine with the extra long arm of the company Herzog is already waiting. In front of it, the fence that is supposed to keep unauthorized persons away from the “construction” place. With a quote from the boss of the organization that once was the owner of this building. We would like to hear many of that radical statements from him. But maybe there is too much disagreement in the church?
In front of that fence, Christian women who are very much in agreement with this statement, Catholic and Protestant, who organized this political prayer.
There were about 300 people.
The words of a child were also read out about this demolition: “Hopefully the excavator will not start!”
At the end someone said: “Let’s not forget that without the people in the tree houses, the Hambach Forest would not exist anymore!” Big applause.
Spontaneously, one of these people said: “Please do not believe the horror tales about us. Come and visit us!”

Videos of the day before, January 6th:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqHF-36CL1o
https://vimeo.com/249955478
German press:
https://www.ksta.de/region/rhein-erft/kerpen/tagebau-abrissbagger-versetzen-immerather-dom-den-todesstoss-29443990
http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/erkelenz/immerather-dom-ein-wahrzeichen-verschwindet-abriss-beginnt-heute-aid-1.7305938
http://www.taz.de/Braunkohleabbau-am-Niederrhein/!5472039/

The demolition of the Immerath Cathedral on 01/08/2018


Source: https://twitter.com/Barbara_Schnell/status/946500576434704385

Immerath is one of the villages that have to disappear in favour of the extracting of lignite. The church is called the Dom (cathedral), because of its size.

The Citizens’ Initiative A Dom for Immer(ath) invites to a vigil and a political prayer on Jan. 7th. There was an open planning meeting on January 3.

And now a mail on this topic, that was sent to us:

Hello everybody,

on a sad current occasion this mail at the beginning of the year.

On Monday, the 8th of January, the destruction of the Immerath Dom will start. St. Lambertus will be razed to the ground on behalf of RWE.

Everything has to give way to the lignite – villages, churches, forests, people and animals.

We will use the extermination of the Immerath Dom to set an impressive signal again. No other village, no other church, no other forest may be destroyed for lignite.

Ein Dom für Immer(ath)
(A cathedral for Immerath. Immer = always)

On Sunday, January 7, there will be a vigil in Immerath from 12 o’clock. At 1 o’clock pm, various initiatives invite to a political prayer.

One day before, Saturday, January 6th, Epiphany. From 1:00 o’clock we will celebrate this day at St. Lambertus. The kings at the cathedral. A registered vigil at St. Lambertus. With as many people as possible. We will set up tables and benches, eat, drink, talk, sing, be silent, play music, draw red lines… of course, as with the biblical Magi, culinary gifts of all kinds are welcome. more…