Skill Share: Now more than ever, and even longer!

In the last few days we were asked again and again whether the Skillsharing camp will take place, despite the impending eviction. And of course the answer is yes! No matter if and which structures are evicted, we will find a place either in the Hambi or in the vicinity and make sure that there is a great skill share! And to show that we are not going to let the repression organs spoil our events, we’ll put in some more days.
The Skillshare-Camp will be opened on the evening of 09/22 and go until 10/03.

Some frequently asked questions
Some background info

08/29/2018, 5:00–7:00 pm, Demo from Buir to Meadow Occupation in Hambach Forest

After the destruction of a large part of the meadow occupation by the police we call for a demo against state arbitrariness and for the preservation of Hambach Forest.

On Tuesday, the police brutally cleared the meadow camp, destroyed several buildings, stole water, tools and other infrastructure, and did not stop at personal items such as tents, sleeping bags, and cameras.
All those present in the meadow were given a sending-off – and this on a private property and without the owner of the meadow being informed. 15 people were arbitrarily arrested and access to the meadow and the publicly accessible forest was denied all day long. That is completely disproportionate!
The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is trying to criminalize the resistance and to wear it down, because the meadow camp is an important infrastructure of resistance in the Hambach Forest.

But we will not accept that! We will not let that stop us!
Together, we will vigorously move with many in a demonstration to the meadow and protest for the preservation of Hambach forest and thus for climate justice.
Together we will prevent the clearing and save the Hambach forest!

Place: Buir Railway station (Open Street Map)
Time: 5:00 pm meeting point, 5:30 Start of the demo
Final rally: about 6:30

Following the demonstration, there will be food in the meadow camp and this way the meadow will be revived collectively.

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 Gelände 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. more…

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 Gelände 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; more…

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. more…

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 09/22 to 10/03 at the Skillshare Camp in Hambach Forest, to be there. The forest occupation in the Hambach 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 causes enormous ecological damage, one of the oldest and 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. more…