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. 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.
Paths to Utopia:beyond FossilFuels
Food & Petrochemical Complex
Public vs Car
Tips for Detention
“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.
Bicycle Tour: History of Anti-Coal Resistance in the region.
Nuclear Power Phase-Out?
Radical Therapy, Inn-depth workshop by a activist well-being collective
Gas: Not a Transition nor “The least Polluting Fossil Fuel”
Choir Anderen Seiten (Another Page)
Political Poetry Cabaret
3:00 Coffee and Cake with Local
6:00 Closing Discussion
8:00 Brand 3, Documentary of Coal mining Resistance