Bat experts visit the forest

This week several bat experts from BUND (German Friends of the Earth) visited the forest, discussed and shared information on bat behaviour and their population pressure in the shrinking forest. The group that has evicted the bats and mice by blocking their lairs has refused to engage us in this discussion regardless of many requests and calls to discuss and explain their animal evictions in front of the harvesters by setting up a bogus claim that now there is no endangered bats in the forest about to be cut. This group is not only sponsored and paid by RWE but it was also discovered during this visit that their claims that they are affiliated and approved by BUND were misrepresentation and were untrue.

The walk with infra-red camera looked at and for evidence of plastic covered holes being reopened by animals, fluid and smell coming from the opening indicating that animals were closed in inside. As a result of all the above evidence being found across the forest as many closed openings as possible were re-opened.

Further info: Endangered species


The security road has fallen into our hands. Secus are unable to take control and we have decided to build a winter beach on it. Directly next to the biggest artificial lake in Germany we are opening a beach club! A Beach Bar has been built and the sand is ready for you to feel the (not so blissful) heat of the coal mine.

Today (December 2nd) starting at 3pm we will throw a party with a (Molotov) cocktail bar, sound system, a No-Talent Talent Show and a band. Bring inflatable palm trees, plenty of drinks (don’t forget non-alcoholic ones too!) and your best dancing boots.

Spread the word. Let’s make this party unforgettable!

PS: Sunday (3rd of December) we will host a Noise Band also at the Beach Club. Bring more drinks and probably not as many inflatables.

You’re invited to stay in the forest afterwards!

See you at the Beach Club. Don’t miss out!


(In case some people don’t understand: Calling terrorists to people who try to protect the forest and the climate , adds insult to injury towards those affected by terrorist attacks in Pakistan or Paris)

Clearing stop does not mean that the forest is safe…

Today we woke up and the forest was calm. No rumbling of the machines tore the silence, no police helicopter stood over our houses. Since yesterday 6 pm RWE is not authorized to continue the deforestation. However, this does not mean that the forest is saved: the grubbing-up is prohibited until the court has decided on the application. When that will be, no one can exactly estimate here. In addition, the lawsuit is directed against the operating plan for 2014-2017. Even if the court decides in favor of us, deforesting would be possible again from 1 January 2018, unless the main operating plan, which will apply from 2018, is successfully challenged.

What clearing stop does not mean either is a ban on evictions. Tree houses and the meadow camp still can be evicted (and for Armin Laschet, the lignite also seems to be a special heart issue). Therefore, be careful, keep yourself and your allies up to date. In case of another police operation, there will be a warning again by SMS

Deforesting work in Hambach Forest temporarily stopped!

Press release of the Higher Administrative Court

The Higher Administrative Court has provisionally obliged the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with an interlocutory decision to ensure that RWE Power AG refrains from further clearing and deforestation measures in Hambacher Forst from 6 pm on November 28th, 2017.
Der sogenannte Hängebeschluss ist eine vorübergehende Regelung und gilt bis zu einer Entscheidung des Oberverwaltungsgerichts im anhängigen Eilbeschwerdeverfahren. Der BUND NRW e.V. hatte beim Verwaltungsgericht Köln mit einem Eilantrag zu verhindern versucht, dass RWE vor rechtskräftigem Abschluss des Klageverfahrens vom Hauptbetriebsplan 2015-2017 des Braunkohletagebaus Hambach Gebrauch machen kann. Gegen den insoweit ablehnenden Beschluss des Verwaltungsgerichts vom 25. Oktober 2017 hatte der BUND Beschwerde eingelegt und im Rahmen dieses Beschwerdeverfahrens am 24. November 2017 eine Zwischenentscheidung bis zum Beschluss über die Beschwerde beantragt. Diese hat das Oberverwaltungsgericht nun erlassen. Zur Begründung hat der 11. Senat ausgeführt: Die Zwischenentscheidung sei zur Gewährleistung effektiven Rechtsschutzes angesichts der Komplexität des Sachverhalt und der sich stellenden Rechtsfragen sowie zur Vermeidung irreversibler Zustände erforderlich.

In der Hauptsache hat das Verwaltungsgericht Köln am 24. November 2017 die Klage abgewiesen. Ein Rechtsmittel gegen dieses Urteil liegt dem Oberverwaltungsgericht noch nicht vor.

Solidarity Action Map


@SupportHambinow and @HambiBleibt

We are writing you to ask you to support the Hambach Forest against the
imminent threat of eviction of the protest camp & rasing of the last
trees. The German coal-company RWE (europe’s largest emitter of CO2) is
cutting down this precious and protected forest to mine more coal,
already blowing billions of tons of climate-destroying CO2 to the
atmosphere every year, further speeding up global warming. In the
Hambacher forest, a protest camp has existied in the last 5 years,
bulding more than 20 treehouses. It has become a unique symbol of
resistance agains cliamte destruction, corporate power and political
ignorance, drawing attantion to Germany’s dirty secret (coal mining). To
make way for the mine, RWE Security forces, backed by the state police,
will soon try to evict the whole camp to make way for the destrictive
coal mine. They might start as early as tomorrow, the 27th November with
tree-cutting & evicting. If we are strong, if we stand united, we can
stop them.

Let’s stand with the Hambacher Forst! Support Hambi Now! Continue
reading below to see what you can do to support Hambacher Forest.

Information on Hambacher Forst and the protest camp

We are a group of Hambach forest supporters trying to bring more
attention to the situation and to mobilize popular support for Hambi. We
started a map-tool were people can show their support & get organized &
share their support-events with others:

We want to ask you to support the protest camp in various ways, if you
want posting on this map:

share informations, pictures & videos of the protest camp, the eviction
(could start tomorrow, November 27th).

put a solidarity message on the map! —>

organize an Information event, maybe showing one of the many (fantastic)
Films on Hambacher Forest —>

Take a solidarity picture or other symbolic action (e.g. sybolic tree
occupation) —→ share online or send us the foto/video

organize with your friends, form a travel group and travel to the
Hambacher Forst (near Cologne). —> use map tool & find infos on

Contact & Directions

If you are a friend of social media, use hastags such as #hambibleibt
#SupportHambi #HambacherForst #endcoal #keepitintheground
#hereandnofurther #RWE und #endegelände for your solidarity-messages
and/or to express your feeleing (disbelieve? rage?) about the hambi
situation. Follow @hambibleibt @supporthambinow.

Thank you so much for your Solidarity!
Let’s stand toether! Wherever you are, stand with Hambi!
#supporthambinow #HambiBleibt #HereAndNoFurther

NON-Deforesting Season 2017, Live Ticker

Today RWE was facing a deadline on accepting the BUND’s offer to stop cutting the Millenarian Hambacher Forest.
Day before this deadline, yesterday they agreed not to cut the forest during the 2017-2018 cutting season. It has been received with relief and sense of celebration to realize that this winter the forest will not be full of cops while trees fall and die all around. This is combined with full knowledge that it does not mean a stop to large scale repressive actions directed at the climate-justice movement in Germany, Rhineland and Hambacher Forest. It also does not mean moving away from climate destroying coal and lignite in NRW or in other countries with more coal power plants coming online around the world. Continuation of this destructive process seems to also be on RWE’s agenda since by not letting the case go to arbitration next week and having an expert decide on the matter of whether the forest deserves a status of protected natural habitat they left the option open to resume cutting the next year and to legitimize tree-house evictions even more. Protected under Natura2000 status could have also ironically have been used to call for and realize forest eviction. Either way the risk of evictions has not decreased especially since RWE aligned newspapers and journalists are publishing a frenzy of fear mongering articles and commentaries about to the forest and the cops continue to attempt to decrease the surprising strength and unity of the movement by putting forth “no win” ultimatums. So keep your support structures and attention active and visit us in the forest for Sunday radical breakfast and walk at 11:00 the supporter celebration party on “Secu” Road or just drop by anytime especially around holidays to enjoy food, music and the forest with the Eco Theorists, Theorizing and putting into practice a reality of another World being possible for the last 5 years. Big thank You to all that have been on the front line or supported them during that time.

How you can support us:

We ask the press people to call us, before you come and visit us.
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12/14 According to this article by the regional channel WDR the logging can be continued at the earliest from October 2018. For the time being, RWE has not received a clear-cutting permit from the state of NRW. Reason to celebrate!

>12/14 Deforestation stopped until 12/31/2017: Press release OVG (Higher Administrative Court) in German
Statement B.U.N.D. in German

12/13 NRW share in the week until December 14, 2017. On the 13th at 13:13 the course starts to fall. Are the stockbrokers superstitious or did they know that the stock can no longer be held after the settlement has been accepted (by B.U.N.D., see below, then by RWE, see above)?

BUND accepts the settlement (see December 1) on the condition that the expert to be appointed is truly independent. According to the proposal for a settlement, the defendant (North Rhine-Westphalia) should have an expert report clarify whether the forest, with regard to the Bechstein’s bat, fulfills the criteria for an FFH area. (area under special European protection)
The parties have until 15.12.2017 to agree (or not) to the settlement.
See also the legal info on the complaint of BUND more…