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

 

Get ready to prevent evictions!

HAMBACH FOREST: EVICTIONS POSSIBLE

We currently assume that between 08-22 and 09-22, there will be large evictions in the forest, including an eviction of the occupations. This assumption is underpinned by information that we have been given that specifically targets this period.

What makes us so sure?

During the past few weeks, there have been repeatedly police operations involving climbing police, as well as factory fire brigades and other RWE personnel. Coordinates were collected, tree houses photographed and mapped, and as much information on the tree houses as possible. Therefore, we can assume that police and RWE are gaining an overview of the situation in order to be able to evacuate in the short term.

Past police operations:
Monday, July 30th: Fototour der Polizei im Forst (German only)
Monday, August 6th and Thursday, August 9th: Polizei im Wald (German only)

We need you now! Time is running against us right now and we still have much to prepare for preventing eviction. Prepare yourselves, best get into the forest as soon as possible and speak with your affinity group, if you have one. Whether you want to put up evictions directly in the way or you prefer to participate in a way that does not put you in danger, everyone can help in their own way. You can support us anyway, no matter if you can be here only for a few hours, a couple of days or the entire felling season.

Whether peaceful or militant, the resistance is what counts!

Read also about the question: What to do on Day X?

Warm Solidarity Shout-Out from Klima Kamp in Emmetal to Hambi and UPIII

From the Second Swiss Climate Camp happening at Illuminox festival outside of Bern. Solidarity for both Hambacher Forest and UPIII on the frontline of resistance against global fossil fools climate chaos. One of over eight now annual large klimate convergences and mass actions taking place just across Europe comes multiplicity of issues from oil, nuclear, refugees so connected to climae break down, animal and feed industry, fracking and other disaster scenarios going hand in hand with false solutions of business as ussual profit based regimes.

The only change of not just affecting change and also creating a historical record of opposition and resistance, have become ongoing struggles like Hambi, Trebur Bleibt now under what seems like an arson attack with barricade and kitchen set fire resulting in a forest fire, like the moral victory of ZAD justifying further repression and state violence action. Much like the largest, longest and most expensive eviction in German History being prepared for Hambi for and possibly before Oct. to Feb. Cutting season to fuel the biggest single CO and toxin emmitter on the Continent.

Only a multiplicity of actions like those called for in solidarity in response to attack/eviction on Hambi, Climate and the Planet and only constant pressure on the polluters through diversity of creative resistance tactic can affect, not change, not even transition but a simple reconsideration for the masses presently so suicidally co-dependend on Fossil Fuels.  Forming temporary autonomous communities has become an example of the simplicity and strengths of transition and degrowth skills.

Next regional focus is preparation for Climate Games in Basil on the 4.8 to 13.8 which will include a base Climate Camp with a week of action training, reports and presentation from Global Struggles against Fossil Fuels and nuclear energy and related workshops. The culminating on Friday 10.8 and Saturday 11.8 Actions taking place in port of Basil focusing on oil loading facilities. Call goes out also to anti-coal resistance movement in the Rhineland to join and support the struggle across cross-sectional lines. And vice versa for the Skill-shares and the Cutting season in Hambi and mass actions against RWE.

See You In The Forest,

Hambi Bleibt, Klima one struggle one fight!

 

Resist Coal Commission!

The initial euphoria of coal industry dominated Coal Commission to address the issue of German Coal Exit has been replaced by German Federal Republic forming a mirror image of Trumps administration with its Climate Denying stepping out of international climate agreements and obligations and instead attempting to put in place massive subsidies that will keep  toxic and destructive lignite industry going even further despite it not even being able to compete on its own with falling prices of renewables.

As the Commission convened the German Environmental minister Svenja Schulze announced that the agreed to 2020 reductions of CO2 will not be met. Shielding Coal and fossil fuel industry and the Coal Comission from pressure and responsibility for effects of Climate Change with Global South disproportionately suffering the consequences.  Further subsidizing this failing industry and allowing it to continue its destruction of habitats, communities and climate by calling for massive “restructuring” assistance. Trump’s, recently blocked, subsidies to closing, failing and unprofitable coal and nuclear power plants attempted to do the same by framing the discussion in terms of energy security with the false narrative of renewable as being unreliable source of energy. The German state support and financial assistance to industries that the same government agreed to scale back and transition from acknowledging the global scope of Climate Change emergency is significant in how the Neo-Liberal profit based regimes are transitioning to even higher levels of corruption and lack of transparency in which even the capitalist profit based principles can not continue to function on their own without a mass appropriation of public resources for profit of the very few on the corporate and governmental top at the cost of sacrificing stability of the planet’s climate and its future as a whole. Late Ultra-Liberal Disaster Corporate-Welfare Capitalism is here: RWE for example has last year only made “profit” for the first time in last 3 years due to 4.5 billion tax refund(in effect a hidden subsidy) for their nuclear power plants whose upkeep is already being subsidized.

The make up and structure of the Coal Commission continues to deny and distance decision-making process from the effect of climate change by being presided over by 3 former pro-coal presidents of coal mining regions, and by one former industry energy “transition” think tank executive with one participant of heavily vested in fossil industry Deutsche Bahn, German Railways,setting up an agenda of calling for “financial cushioning” of shutting down of coal industry that the commission is attempting to delay to 2030-2050 and then only with those massive payouts involved. Not just the german public, which is in favor of coal exit, but the whole global population affected by RWE’s and Vatenfall’s massive coal usage and co2 emissions is being held hostage by Coal and its affiliated politicians. As high temperatures and droughts rage with coal, oil and gas industries flexing their muscle of influence and disinformation to demand more resources for more extraction of combustibles so they can continue to feed the blaze of run away climate change. Smoke Screen of “The jobs” narrative is repeatedly used instead, using the 30 thousand jobs in coal mining as a bargaining chip, without mention or inclusion of representatives of over 120 thousands involved in renewable industry in the working of the commission. Not included also are members of any other German opposition parties present in German politics within the commission which is solely dominated by CDU/CSU, SPD insiders whose strategy of competing for votes with far right nationalist AFD parties is to embrace some of their issues and appeal by becoming more right wing and conservative, this is the case not just with immigration but also especially with embracing Coal as a traditional German industry. This informal alliance extends also to repression of Hambacher Forest activists, calling for climate justice and immediate coal exit, as terrorists. AFD has made protecting German Coal and “jobs” one of their key issues another one is elimination of left and radical autonomous centers, projects and struggles. This narrative is also embraced by coal industry and Herber Reul, interior/police chief of North Rhine Westphalia a Rhine Rnergie advisor and Armin Laschet NRW president and also coal industry insider and supporter. Calling for and organizing massive police actions against Hambacher Forest activists fear mongering regularly not about the effects of climate change but about left wing extremism while even the official estimates place the number of right extremists at 3 times the number of those on the left. Another parallel of the Trump regime violently repressing opposition to pipeline and fossil fuel extraction projects with disproportionate police forces and sentences classifying those protecting communities, ecosystems and climate from violent destruction as a threat to public(read: profit) safety.

The 2 degree climate warming danger area entered now do to “business as ussuall” mentality of full co-option of the political structures by fossil industry signifies entering a run away climate change territory: Run away climate change that will not just be irreversible but is the begging of an upward exponential spiral of temperature increases of 10-15 degree climate warming that will result in massive water level rise, loss of arctic and antarctic ice cover and cause extinction of most life as we know it.  Issues not present in Commission outward statement with only one climate expert among 26 industry affiliated representatives.

“No Jobs on the Dead Planet” and “System Change not Climate Change” is now gaining not just deeper than ever significance but becoming a daily reality, reality that not only goes on unopposed by is enforcde by the political structures and governments.

Resist Corporate RWE and other Fossil Fools Climate Chaos and habit destruction:

Hambi Bleibt! Hambi Stays! Stays as a global and historical testimony that when the planet is pushed off the edge not just by opportunistic political constructs but also by their tanks and helicopters and their prisons there were and continue to be people that said “No More”: “Basta!” And who continue to resist the Disaster Capitalism narrative. How long and how much pressure the resistance continue to exert depends on all reading this and becoming active and supporting the Hambach Forest occupation and other indigenous and anti-extractionist climate Justice struggles world wide.

Free UPIII! and free Planet from the Specter of fossil fuels induced run away Climate Change Disasterism.

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

 

Düsseldorf: Anti Proposed Police Laws Demonstration 18,000 strong

City of Dusseldorf Streets filled with thousands opposing the proposed new Police laws.  Organizers and media estimate of 18,000 participants was countered with much lower than usual Police estimate of 9300 (surprise,surprise).  Climate, Ecological, Radical, Left Groups, Pirate Party, Chaos Computer Club, and Critical Football Fans marched together with over 40 Hambi flags waving everywhere in almost every block. Following speeches at the beginning of the Demo and on stop half-way down the route, last stop occurred before the regional North Rhine Westphalia parliament. With many groups being joined by numerous Hambis.

It is not just Hambacher Forest and Climate activists realizing and being alarmed about limits on state power, many imposed following National Socialist WWII regime, being removed one by one through out the decades and now removed in one big swoop.

Here is a proposed Late Disaster Capitalism short list of the new laws:

Attempted imposition of “Imminent Danger of Terrorist Threat Detention” imprisoning one under suspicion alone for one month, increasing the detention to determine identity from one day to 7 days. Dragnet Operations in which profiling(racial and political) is used to initiate repression and control actions. Tasers being added to the arsenal of North Rhine Westphalia Police. Heightened level of digital surveilance with more viral and destructive software involved. etc, etc.

These changes are a direct outcome of not embracing and dealing the global climate, ecological and social crisis but instead deepening the level of general breakdown by leaving decision making process to industry run groups deepening the global emergency then taking advantage of the situation that is created to militarize the police and remove last remaining limits to state power.  Climate Justice dynamic of chaos and repression of those in the global south and of countless species and habitats under attack not so slowly catching up to those in the Global North.

The bubble of privilege is eroding as CO2, countless other toxins dumped at ever increasing not decreasing rates know no borders.  “Wanna See the Future? Imagine a boot stepping on human face forever.” said Orwell.  There is no larger “boot” and one that is putting the Planet in great danger, by crossing current 2C Degree run-away-climate change thresholds, than Fossil Fuels and especially Coal.  The Capitalist Parliamentary democracies are progressively beginning to turn into corporate feudal states where corporations like RWE rule the masses by hijacking the illusion of representative governments with the likes of RWE (Sorry NRW) Interior Chief Herbert Reul, a Rhine Energie insider, calling the shots on Hambi repression, eviction and now on these new laws.  Feeding both the formation of right wing and fundamentalist extremism by protecting RWE carbon emissions destabilizing the Planet on which fear and violence are becoming a daily reality for more and more of its inhabitants….

After engaging in a fear campaign against this demonstration by warning business owners and the public through the mass media about violent protest this did not decrease the large spectrum of groups appearing and mass support against those laws.  Every Action has equal and opposite reaction and the only response to this  roll back on limits of police powers could be not just historical and climate perspective but also continual reliance on Solidarity and Pro-Active Resistance, So….:

Join & Support Hambach Forest Resistance in the Forest and Everywhere!

Fight and Resist Corporate Dominance on the Laws, on the Planet and on its Future!

And as the number of “Failed States” is constantly increasing, an idea of a State itself becomes paramount to failure.  With community and mutual support being the only viable alternative. Communities and bonds of solidarity that will continue to come under ever increasing level of attack.  So get ready for a bumpy ride:  Crypto Up, Form Affinity Groups come to many of the direct action camps this summer, RESIST & SUPPORT!!

Climate Camp in Rhineland 11-22 August

AntiFa Camp in Rhineland 16-19.8

Hambi Skillshares 22-30.9

Cutting Season Resistance Oct 2017 – Feb 2018

Ende Galeande Oct 25-29

 

HAMBI BLEIBT – HAMBI STAYS!!

..STAYS ON THE EDGE OF THE MINE AND IN EVERY CONNECTED STRUGGLE!!

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

With Love, Gratitude and Solidarity from Hambi to Zad!!

As the reports of constant repression, violence and destruction in ZAD NDDL reach us in the Occupied Hambach Forest [blockaded against RWE’s Mega toxic lignite Coal Mine] many here also see and remember the constant stream of creativity, refuge, support, inspiration and solidarity that ZAD NDDL has provided and became for so many through out the years and continues to do so despite wave upon wave of State repression and violence that has been and continues to be thrown at it. Zad like countless other struggles, uprisings and revolution is the ultimate reminder of how much is possible with so little and how “so little” can signify so much.
That is why at this difficult time, also here in the Hambi (just reading the reports but also preparing for waves of deforestation and evictions this year beginning in October),a mega dose of Love, Solidarity and Constant Support is being sent to you from this ancient also endangered but also occupied, barricaded and defended for last seven years forest. more…

Animal Rights Group Brings Down “Environmental” Minister of NRW!

“Environmental” Minister of North Rhine Westphalia, Christina Schulze Föcking has just been forced to resign over a shit-storm of a scandal having to do with severe animal abuse recorded by animal rights activists who broke into her family pig farm(run by her husband) at night.

A little background that is excellent also in explaining why a largest single CO₂ dumping conglomerate in Europe, RWE, can continue to operate with full impunity in NRW not only shielded from any legal consequences of causing global climate calamity but also influences the local government enough to have multi million Europe repressive police operations protecting its interests and the resistors are locked in jail for months without access to evidence against them, and if they do not speak German all their mail is blocked isolating them even more. more…