Klima Camp in Rhineland: Reportback and Schedule


Its that time of year again! Yeah its the 9th Klima Camp in Rhineland with peeps from around the world coming to a field outside of Erkelenz and next to Garzweiler Mine to address, protest, inspire, connect and resist RWE’s Climate Chaos Coal Regime.

With this year focus on connecting with local and global front-line communities and not mass actions, that will instead take place during Ende Geleande presence in Hambi in October, the camp is smaller this year due also to decentralized climate Camps and struggles taking place all across Europe this year. Regardless, like during all previous years the cops massed up around the Hambi and were 24hr/day patrolling and guarding coal rail bridges and tracks and attempting to intimidate by their presence those visiting, by parking on the sidewalks from the Buir train-station, no regular controls were done so this was both more of a usual attempt to stress, intimidate and divide activists between the 2 locations and increase the siege mentality of those already expecting the oncoming eviction. It did not affect people continuing to visit the forest bringing food, supplies and literature.

The interconnectivity and presence also extends to activists from and representing anti-extractionist struggles in Greece, Colombia, Siberia and Turtle Island aka USA(United Snakes of America) who made presentations, called out for support and took part in discussions.

Ongoing intensive 3 day workshops and breakaway groups took place by:
Structures for Change, Deep Ecology Inner Struggle, Sugar in the Tank.

Addressed issues included not having members of front line struggles marginalized by more hierarchical, academic, and urban parts of the movement while at the same time acknowledging the later as being integral part of front-line resistance for as long as it does not adopt the State’s propaganda-based narrative of “Violence”. This is also something(yes again!) that Cops and Coal Unions those engaged in maintaing, defending and continuing RWE largest Coal based emissions in Europe pushing the world pass numerous point of run away climate change, also tried to address.
By having info tables in surrounding towns portraying Klima Camp as affiliated with “violence” of Hambacher Forst while continuing to kill the planet with their Lignite Capitalism reinforced by repression. The force of Solidarity, Scale of Climate Justice movement and psychological well being of activists is what the forces of repression were and are after.

Friday
7
Yoga
10
Resistant Solidarity
Paths to Utopia:beyond FossilFuels
Food & Petrochemical Complex
“Violence” Narrative
Community WiFi
3
Public vs Car
ClimateJustice
Prisoner Writting
Vinyasa
Tips for Detention
eve.
“Generation Stop Murder”

Most of the workshop and presentation times go up on the daily board the day before so for more updates on those two days please check #klimacamp, website and here for updates.

Saturday
10:00
Bicycle Tour: History of Anti-Coal Resistance in the region.
Nuclear Power Phase-Out?
3:00
Radical Therapy, Inn-depth workshop by a activist well-being collective
Gas: Not a Transition nor  “The least Polluting Fossil Fuel”
8:00
Choir Anderen Seiten (Another Page)
Political Poetry Cabaret

Sunday
3:00 Coffee and Cake with Local
6:00 Closing Discussion
8:00 Brand 3, Documentary of Coal mining Resistance

 

UPIII Trial Tomorrow at 8:30 in Kerpen

The situation of Hambi Political Prisoners this year speaks volumes: As megatons of carbons continue to go into the atmosphere and coal lobbyists and CDU and SPD machine calls for massive “restructuring” subsidies to keep this failing and toxic industry going, the climate activists calling for change are experiencing unprecedented injustice and criminalization with Hambis having spend collecively a year and 2 months in prison in 2018.  Such twisting and perversion of already fucked profit oriented idea of capitalist justice showing it clear agenda is to intimidate and terrorize activists into passivity and inaction. The fact that not seasoned, young activists such as UPIII continue not to be deterred and are exposed to this level of state repression show even more that is up to the activists to affect change and how repression has the opposite from what is intended effect.

It also shows how the state of North Rhine Westphalia with its officially paid by RWE and other energy companies politicians, interior ministers and private security like police forces is responsible for not only continuing to damage and destroy the planet, climate, ecosystems and communities for countless generations to come but how it is escalating and taking advantage of this situation to instill even more repressive reality in which previous legal checks continue to be removed and those who stand up protest, block and resist continue to be criminalized, repressed and abused.

UPIII has now spent over 406 day in prison with no trial, mail and visits being severly interfered with for most of her stay. Isolated by a language barrier and exposed like many other young refugees and UPIII to sexually abusive and pseudo-scientific “age tests”, experiencing abuse and intimidation by prison guards directed at most of those who surround her in prison.  Regardless of all this bull-shit she has painted, drawn and written letters that have inspired many on the outside and received hundreds of letters from the outside. Letter and messages that the state tried so hard to isolate her from. Showing again but what the focus of supression is how crucial and important those seemingly simple and symbolic actions are.

And as the Coal Regimes continue to destroy the future and attack and try to deter the opposition let that in itself be the ultimate wake up and call for action for forming affinity groups, engaging in more actions remembering and knowing how unprecedented and complete the present state of global climate emergency is and how it is up to us activists and not up to fat-cats(no offense to the actuall cats – as we know All Cats Are Beautiful) in industry/power structure that are wrecking this world  as we have known it, to affect change and transformation.

Support UPIII tomorrow by showing in front of the Court Building in Kerpen bringing not just signs and transpies but also vegan food and snacks to share with each other and especially with UPIII if she is released and prepare to continue the struggle of standing against this year cuttings season in Hambacher Forest, continuing “business as usual” carbon emission.

Skillshares Camp 20-29 Sept

EndeGaleande Acions 25-29 Oct

Free UPIII!

Fuck RWE and its subsidary power structures!

2018 Calendar of Actions and Climate Camps

Each year’s temperature records are going hand in hand with Climate and Anti-Extractionist actions heating up around Europe and the World this Summer, Fall and Winter. Many of them like Skillshares Camp, Climate Camp in Rhineland and Ende Geleande are happening in or right around Hambi.  Join the Anti-Coal resistance and stay cool through creative ways of resisting the Climate Chaos narrative.

See you on the front line:

July
16 to 22 July – Swiss Climate Camp 2018 ‘as part of a festival, Switzerland;
18 to 22 July – (Wednesday till Sunday) Climate Camp 2018 in Poland;
Summer month of resistance against fracking in UK;
27 June to 1 July – Britain – Block Around the Clock: Mass camp and action by Reclaim The Power – Link;
28 July to 05 August – Climate Camp 2018 and Degrowth Summer School close to Leipzig, Germany – Link;

August
3 to 5 August – rePlace Coal – Save the climate disobediently! near Leipzig, Germany – Link;
3 to 14 August – Climate Camp 2018 & ClimateGames Basel, Switzerland – Link;
6 to 13 August – International Anti-nuclear camp in south of France – Link;
13 to 19 August – Climate Camp 2018 Rheinland Germany (focus on reflection and local outreach) – Link;
15 to 17 August – CJA Skillshare – Structures for change (We invite climate justice groups from different places to join us, to ask questions, discuss and find answers) at the Climate Camp in the Rheinland, Germany
Registration is now open here, please reply by the end of June if possible – A4 flyers in black and white or colour; A5 flyers or A6 flyers
18-15 August – UK August cycle ride from London to Code Red action camp near Groningen, NL – Link;
21 to 25 August – 6th International Degrowth Conference in Malmö. Sweden – Link;
24 to 31 August – Code Rood, mass action on gas extraction and Climate Camp 2018 in Groningen, NL – Link;

September
5.-9. September Climate Camp with learning- and Workshop opportunities from near Munich, Germany. The focus will be this year on the subject of mobility.  – Link;
8 to 9 September – Global decentralised mobilisation to show that the Fossil Free just transition is happening from the bottom up – Link;
9 to 11 September – Soil NOT Oil International Conference in San Francisco, California, USA – Link;
15 September – action day on financial crisis’ 10th anniversary (Lehman Brothers) (Brussels, Others countries…);

October
13-14 October – the first international FREE THE SOIL meeting will take place in Hamburg, Germany – Link;
13 October – Global Frackdown/Gasdown  Link
Start of the Cutting season resistance in Hambacher Forest, Rhineland, Germany with Ende Gelände mass action – Link;
Decentralized day of action on gas;
End Oct – Ende Gelände (= Here and no further) : clearing season fall 2018 Hambach Forest, Germany – Link;

November
23 to 25 November – 3rd International ecosocialist conference in Lisbon, Portugal;
9 to 11 November – CJA meeting (Czech Republic);

December
Protestes around COP 24 Katowice, Poland;

 

2018 – the year we #StopAdani & move Australia #BeyondCoal, Autralia – Link

 

ZAD 7-15.7 Week of Exchanges aka ReOccupation Notre Dame De Land

Beginning this Saturday Zad version of Skillshares will begin on many of the evicted spaces attacked with such disproportionate state repression earlier this year.  About 1/3 of all structures continue to exist and are run by the anarchist and other radical and political collectives. Following week of workshops, events, actions and performances will be taking place through out the Zone. Showing that ZAD continues to be a living symbol of resistance to mega projects and ultra liberalism.

See you in ZAD and see you in Hambi!

Zad Partout – Hambi Everywhere!!

Skillshare in Hambi from 22.9-30.9.2018

Direct resistance requires|:

People with diverse skills and creative ideas to stay one step ahead of
the repressive power. Therefore, we invite everyone, from 22.9-30.9.18
at the Skillshare Camp in Hambacher Forst, to be there. The forest
occupation in the Hambacher forest has been fighting for 6 years against
the precipitation of the forest and thus against the expansion of the
lignite mine Hambach. The open pit Hambach caused enormous ecological
damage, one of the largest mixed forests in Europe fell to him almost
entirely to the victim. The peaceful protest of the forestry occupiers
was violently evicted again and again. We believe that political
activism can be fulfilling and enjoyable. The offered workshops should
help to reconcile the fight for the good life with a good life in the
here and now. In our workshops, we want to create a space for your ideas
and experiences together with you. We want to discuss with you, learn,
share knowledge and spend a nice time.
The workshops should have a focus on actions (barricade construction,
lock-ons, climbing), but also other interesting topics that arise in the
“resistance everyday” should occur – for example, workshops on artistic
matters such as juggling and space around new action ideas To tinker
strategies and above all practical implementations.
The Skillsharing Camp should not be an exclusive event. It should be
open to residents, environmental activists, but also people in social
struggles in the area or even worldwide. From this aspiration, we try to
design workshops so that they can be understood without prior knowledge
– we try to provide translations when different languages are spoken.
The Skillsharing Camp serves on the one hand as a platform for the
transfer of knowledge and skills, on the other hand as a forum to
establish and maintain regional and international contacts to other
fights.

The Skill Sharing Camp is coming, and even though RWE and the Cops are
demonstrating their power today and more recently to destroy another
part of the forest, we have some new information for you.
Information about the Skill Sharing Camp in Hambacher Forst
Please note: The term “skill sharing camp” is derived from three words
of the English language:
– skillsharing (from share to share)
-camp (there people live together, but not in closed houses)
So it’s about sharing skills, learning new things, or letting others
share in other skills.
Of course, other words with different meanings could be formed from the
letters of the word “skill sharing camp”, but they have nothing to do
with the actual meaning.

Almost everyone in Hambi has a self-chosen name. It is useful if you
think up in advance a “Hambi name” and inform you about the topic
“refuse personal” and you worry about it.
Much has to be prepared for the skill sharing camp if you have time to
come earlier.We always need people !!!
Cost ?: Do not worry about it. As a radical left-wing project, it goes
without saying that money is no reason for participation or
non-participation. Just do what you can.
Which workshops, readings and events there will be, is not completely
clear yet but if you have skills that you want to share,
please write your offer to: mit-hambi@nullriseup.net

CALL TO ACTION

2018 is a crossing point for the climate with Fossil Fools Regimes avoiding their own already conservative comittments of limiting CO2 emission to cause less than 1.5 degrees climate warming. There will not be a 2020 Coal Exit with Germany joining Trumpian America as Enviromental Ministry announced at Peterberger negotiantions for the next COP that the 2020 climate committments will not be met. Giving industry dominated Coal Comission a green light to move the German Coal Exit from 2020 to 2030-50 with massive subsidies to the Coal Industry. It is also full steam ahead for the largest eviction in German peace-time history being prepared in Hambacher Forest likely even before the start of this cutting season.

Now there is nothing in the way but massive externalized social and ecological costs, separating the Planet from reaching 2 climate warming threshold of run away climate change. There is nothing in their way to prevent complete ice cap loss, several meter ocean level rise and its death of life due to CO2 acidifiction, nothing to stop them from causing the Earth to dump its gigatons of methane traped in the Arctic to spiral climate change past 10-15 degree warming which would dissapear most of the life on this planet as we know it.
There really is nothing to stop them but massive popular response, local actions, blockades, occupations and disobedience done as not if the struggle and the resistance was just for Hambi and other ecoregions and communities but for the Platet itself.

Resisting, blockading, engaging in direct action has become matter of global survival not for the few who will attempt to shield themselves with their privelage mostly not being aware how complete not just civilizational but planetary catastrophe is presently ensuing. Ignorance is not an excuse nor absolution from responsibility.

Fight Climate Change and Privelage by joing Climate Actions and Struggles. Respond to the expected DAY X Hambacher Forest eviction(s) by Visit your local Coal power plant or any accessible inrastructure and embassies and consulates for a Banner Action – Yes whatever you do remember to bring a banner,

Hambi Stays

End of the remaining 12,000 old Hambach is nearing. That end is directly connected to climate itself with Hambach Mine being the largest net CO2 emitter in Europe. However no matter what Hambi will Stay, It will stay in the hearts and the minds of all of those who have taken part and supported the struggle over the last 7 years and into the future, ClimateJustice vs ClimateChaos Future.

Hambi Bleibt

1.7 Hambi and Hambi Treeplanting at Tag Des Guten Lebens Festival in Cologne

Several streets will be closed to traffic tomorrow around Ebertplatz in Cologne for Guten Leben Festival which will focus on ecology, sustainability, climate, interventions and activism.

There will be Hambi infostand as well as those for the Hambi Tree Planting Action this Fall and for several other allied anti-coal initiatives:

Hansaring 147

Energie, Neusser Str 30, 35

Neusser Str. 47

Trigger Warning: As for any event of this scale and with city approval there will be groups there advocating green capitalism.  Some of us feel however it is also important not to have that be the only “alternative” and “solution” presented to the masses as an answer to the present problems of planetary exploitation and ecological destruction.   Closing streets to traffic is a small symbolic step in the right direction and perhaps actions like Auf Bäumen Gegen Kohle could inspire people to realize that when the streets are closed off it would be better to plant them with trees from Hambi and not open them to traffic ever again.

Saturday 2.6 Photo Solidarity Action for UPIII!


Isolation of UPIII continues with the strange precedent of persecutor and the Public Relations Press person for Political and Organized Crimes for North Rhine Westphalia, not the judge being in charge of approving her visits and consequently greatly delaying or denying large portions of them. Being younger, almost certainly the first time being in prison, she is also exposed to the draconian practice of German Legal Establishment of forcing young refugees and environmental activists who remain anonymous to take part in a pseudo scientific and sexually abusive age test. To determine whether they are of legal age, with this being done even despite of evidence being provided that states the age of the prisoner. Showing that the “age test” is being used as an instrument of punishment, repression and domination. more…

Today’s Forest Walk

Today despite the rainy weather over 100 people showed up for the Forest walk with the youngest person being 3 months and the oldest being 80 years old.  Also despite the gloomy weather and even gloomier reality of RWE’s giant diggers and their climate killing effect, the atmosphere was very upbeat with visitors and supporters expressing their appreciation for the Hambi struggle. There were also present representatives and defenders of the indigenous struggles in both Colombia and Siberia where RWE’s coal mining is also causing, except much greater, ecological destabilization and much more extreme persecution of the anti coal opposition and resistance with over several thousands in Colombia having been killed by paramilitaries openly being paid by RWE’s contractors and incredible and cataclysmic decimation of Coal Mining in Kiznetsk region. more…

Pont Valley: New Camp, Blockades and Events

Pont Valley Camp has been re-established at a new location not of course on the one provided by banks for “official protest”.
Here is the message from Pont Valley Defenders, Protectors, the Wondering Perpetually Marginalized “Outsiders” and from the Shape Shifting Newt Impersonators:

“In the past days, we’ve successfully managed to delay Banks work. On Saturday, a community-led demonstration was organised in front of the site. Banks group did not work on that day while locals were taking a stand against climate catastrophe, coal dust pollution, traffic chaos and environmental destruction. more…