The first clearance works in Hambach Forest have begun. Several hundred meters northwest of the occupation RWE started to remove undergrowth and bushes – preparing the forest for complete removal. These works are being regularly disrupted, diverse tactics are being used successfully. More people are needed to bring the works to a complete halt, so come along and join us! Help saving the forest – NOW is the time!
Security guards taking photos of suspected occupation-members and stealing shared bikes („seizing“ them to hand over to police) has been common practice for a while. In the last few days there were also two physical attacks towards occupants and visitors by members of the security company.
It‘s best to take precautions during your arrival, especially alone or at night. Have a camera ready to take photos or videos, usually this keeps them from trying anything. You can also call us on the forest phone if you want someone to pick you up and accompany you on the dangerous 300m across the bridges.
Don‘t be discouraged from coming, there is an approved vigil space behind the security zone – just don‘t expect any support from public authorities.
From 26. to 28. october there will be a festival in the forest: The Unräumbar-Festival (unevictable festival)! Let’s party! In the name of the wild boar, the deer and the hambacher forestspirit! Here’s the updated schedule (always open for expansions):
Free Wheelers (Cello Blues)
Open Stage and Jäm-Session
starting at noon, various workshops: samba, clowning and juggling, reading tent, media-workshop and radio-corner
Per Definition zur Traumfigur (singers-songwriters)
jugglingworkshop, radio-corner, sundaycafe and a lot of surprises
Tagtraumtänzer (singer + songwriter)
Klaus der Geiger (violin songwriting)
There will be delicious vegan food every day! Bring your friends, what you need for spending the night in the forest and all the crazy party-stuff you want like instruments or costumes!
Here’s the non-updated flyer:
Front Side Flyer A5
festival Flyer Backside A5
deutsche flyer : hambacherforst.blogsport.de
There are 180 days in which RWE can legaly cut the Hambach forest. In the period from 1 October to 31 March is likely that many trees are cut down, because under the forest is the the lignite, that RWE wants to turn into profit. 180 days, in which we want to prevent the clearing of woodland and the forest occupation will be threatened with eviction. To disrupt effectively, we must be a lot of people – and have lots of ideas. That is why we need your support!
We are looking for groups, that express their willingness to come together for a certain time in the woods with us to prevent the clearing work.
What are the requirements for groups that want to take over one day take of disrupting the cutting?
A group may be either a spontaneous association of people or a fixed set of names and common background. To sucsessfully prevent that trees are cut, there should be about 10 people there per day. If you are five or less people so we’ll try to win another group for the same day.
For us it is very important that a commitment is absolutely firm. If a group wants to come for just one day, it means to be there for at least 36 hours, to have enough time for the preparation and review of action so it makes sense to stay for several days at a stretch.
Please consider your journey to here when planning:)
What exactly can a group do locally?
A group that wants to take over for a period of time preventing or disrupting the clearing work should aim to protect the forest. The chosen form of action may be direct, creative or symbolic.
Whether tree occupations, demonstrations, theater performance, or anything else that you can think of – through different forms of protest, the resistance is varied and colorful!
A group should think in advance what they can imagine to do in the woods. Locally, there will be a short briefing on the current situation and also, if desired, action recommendations.
It would be very good if you also participated in the night watch:)
What you can expect as a group?
You will get an introduction, a tour through the forest and information about the Rhenish lignite mining area. If you want you can combine your stay in the forest with an information session about what you are doing at the moment.
A supply of food and warm sleeping spaces, including warm water bottles for those who want, it will be provided.
How do you register yourself for a period?
If you can imagine, to be come to the forest for a period of time to perform actions against the clearing, then write us a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
After consultation, we take you into the calendar, which can be seen under hambacherforst.blogsport.de.
Let’s make the clearing impossible!
This morning (18.july.2012) “take back the land”-activists built a new open-cast mine in the lords “garden” to enable a “closer” inside on the cause. The lord owns the open-cast mine Mainshill and the area of Glentaggart East, currently squatted by the actioncamp, where a new open-cast mine is planned.
Only a part of what the residents have to endure every day was shown to him by this action. What he did not have to see are the healthproblems, the smell of diesel, die danger on the streets and the noise.
Later during this action the police arrived but did not arrest anyone.
One of the activists involved said the shire is realising a profit of millions through the mine in Douglas Valley, but there is no agreement for the mining from the residents: 70% of the people fight against the open-cast mine Mainshill and 650 objections were sent to the council.
A resident said that everything belongs to the lord and that he makes a lot of money – without giving anything back to the community. “He makes millions and we contract cancer and asthma.”
Once more we can see that usually the people suffering from the impact of ecocidal projects are not those benefiting from the projects.
At 10:00 at saturday morning a group of 45 activists invaded Scottish Coal’s Mainshill Open Cast Coal Site near Douglas, South Lanarkshire, and shut it down for the day. Machines including a “prime mover” were occupied and all work was stopped completely. This is the first action at Take Back the Land! – the action camp in the Douglas Valley will be up and running until the 18th July. Come and get involved! More photos below.
Here is the tentative program of theskill-sharing-camp,to give you an idea of what will await you. Please note however, that this is merely the preliminary program. It can’t be definite, firstly because spontaneous workshop announcements are welcome. Secondly because the schedule has not been clarified fully, so there may be shifts.
Friday, 29th June:
17:00: input and discussion on the fundamentals of a free, cooperative and self-determined education and knowledge transfer
19:00: self-organization on the skill-sharing
From 22:00: Cultural Program
Saturday, 30th June:
11:00: Introduction of the Rheinish lignite mining area and the forest occupation
13:00: Sustainable Activism, burn-out prevention
From 15:00: Making banners and putting them up
15:00 : Theory Event: “Climate Protection from below”
Sun, 01 July:
All day: Making banners and putting them up
From 14:00: Practical Workshop: Repairing bicycles at the autonomous center in Cologne. Complete bicycles can be used well in the forest occupation.
18:00: Introduction: Creative forms of Action
Mon, 02 July:
All day: Making banners and putting them up
10:00: Workshop: Communication Guerrilla / Subversion
14:00: Workshop: Police-/Repressioncontact
Tue, 03 July:
All day: Making banners and putting them up
11:00: Theory Event: “Free people in free agreements”
15:00: Practical Workshop “solder water pipes” in the WAA
22:00: Film Screening: “Just do it” – a film from and about the environmental movement in the UK
Wed, 04th July:
11:00: General introduction blockading techniques
14:00: Workshop: Construction of a blockade-tripod
15:00 – 19:00: Workshop on forum theater
20:00: Talk about health effects of the Rheinish lignite mining area
Thu, 05 July:
11:00: introduction to lock-on blockade actions
14:00: Workshop: “how various lock-on techniques work”
17:00: Lecture: “Democracy – the rule of the people”
19:00: Panel discussion: “democratize power nets or dedemocratize?”
Fri, Jul 06:
The entire weekend from Friday to Sunday there is an “How to go on with the “Grünes Blatt”” meeting. The “Grünes Blatt” is an open journal of the environmental movement. On the meeting we’ll be considering whether and how the “Grünes Blatt” may be edited in the future. The meeting is open to anyone interested. But participants but should be on the entire meeting.
From 10:00: mosaic making: Artists from Buir show how to make mosaics. Here mosaics with threatened animals of the Hambach forest will be designed.
11:00: Workshop: “First Aid on Actions”
14:00: Workshop: “Self-organizing the whole life”
18:00: networking meetings: building a self-organized garden project after the example of solidarity agriculture projects in the area between Cologne and Aachen
20:00: Introduction Event: “Self-organization is more
than dumpster diving and hitchhiking sometimes- on the philosophy of independent life ”
Sat, 07 July:
11:00: reflections on self-organization on the forestoccuation
13:00: Informations about the Rheinish lignite mining area
16:00: Exchange: “Over 26 and still in motion and without a permanent job? How does it work? Tell me about health insurance? What if all others around you are constantly getting younger? … ”
19:00: Discussion “As with the resistance in the Rhenish lignite mining area?”
From 21:00: Cultural Program
Sun, July 8
from 10:00: Brunch
11:00: evaluation of skill-sharing, and discussion about whether the concept should be repeated.
The article to the video can be found here: [hier].
For 10 days we will organize a skill-share in the forest camp. Skills of all kinds shall be shared, with an emphasis on action and campaigning techniques, but also other knowledge or skills in all directions. Everybody knows something others would like to learn. Instead of banishing learning into a certain period of life and in (state) institutions, we want to try a completely different, much more vivid way of learning and knowledge transfer. Open to all, and always at eye level. We hope that this offer is accepted by a broad spectrum as possible, both by local residents and political activists and whoever else there is.
A call will follow, but remember the dates and sign up with us, if you have knowledge / skills you want to convey at the skill-share.
+ + + News from the forest occupation in the Hambach Forest + + + infrastructure development is progressing + + + police and RWE are tolerating the occupation for now + + + great encouragement from local residents + + + RWE wants to keep the ball low and the local RWE funded press is silent + + + support is still needed + + +
The occupation in the Hambach Forest, against clearcutting for lignite mining is gioing on for 20 days now and there’s a lot going on. In addition to the four platforms in the trees, a kitchen, a solar shower, a free-shop and a provisional compost toilet have been built. A Celtic roundhouse as a community space is under construction, as are several treehouses. Other buildings are planned.
But not only the establishment of a good infrastructure has progressed, the occupation gained much popular support. There’s a lot of positive feed-back, but it also shows how scared people are of the power company RWE. Many dare only behind closed doors to give us encouragement, or giving others financial donations to bring them to the forest, because they don’t dare to go themselves.
The squatters had the opportunity to establish “diplomatic relations” to RWE, the police and the local forester.
So some empolyees of RWE Power came to visit and were very concerned that people could fall into the hole (as the open-cast is called). In addition, they told that the occupation would be “tolerated”, as long as “the ball would be held low.” That seems to be their main interest, and for this purpose RWE employees were instructed to leave us alone and not to provoke.
The RWE folks also had very interesting theories about the origin of the high air pollution in the vicinity of the mine, which is originating from the Hambach Forest.
Also very interesting was the conversation with the police. They also do not wish to escalate and don’t want to evict us, at least not “as long as everything is staying peacefully.” They don’t want to be the horse in front of the cart of RWE, nor RWE-oponents. Let’s see if that’s prevailing when RWE wants the forest and some higher police agencies are responsible …
For the local police station, the forest occupation so far is merely an administrative offence, namely “wild camping”. And this is not enough to seriously interfere.
Finally, there is a little anecdote from the conversation with the forester, who said that we would probably drive Flora and Fauna crazy. Really surprising that we didn’t hear those comments about the machinations of RWE Power. Says the old adage? “Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.” This also fits very well that the entire local press had not yet written about the occupation, even though they were already on site. Sure, otherwise there is just no more ads by RWE.