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#HambacherForest: Forest walk from #Morschenich on Sunday April 14th, 12:00

On Sunday there will be another forest walk in Hambacher Forest. This time the forest walk will start in Morschenich.

Originally published by Hambi Bleibt. Edited machine translation by Enough 14.Image above: The excavator has almost reached the edge of the forest at Lorien/Anarsch.

Note: Enough 14 is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all our articles about the struggle in Hambacher Forest:

“Hello, everyone,

60 months forest walk at the Hambacher forest, forest instead of coal, Sunday, 14 April, 11.30 o’clock meeting point, this time in Morschenich, 12.00 o’clock it starts with greeting of the participants by Eva Töller, Michael Zobel and Todde Kemmerich, then Eva takes over…

At the same time there is a village and nature walk in Keyenberg, there I lead on behalf of WDR5 under the motto What the excavators still want to fetch. Registration at WDR5

For 60 months we have been guiding people through the forest and the villages, far more than 50000 participants have participated so far. And we supposedly achieved a lot. Two years in a row there was no harvesting season, the wonderful forest is still standing. The coal commission has declared its preservation to be “desirable”, and the state government of NRW would like to implement the recommendation on a one-to-one basis. And RWE is also reviewing the preservation of the forest… at least that’s how it is communicated to the public.

But in reality it looks completely different. The excavators are getting closer and closer, and now the distance between the bucket wheel and the edge of the forest is well under 200 metres at one point. Is it really RWE’s intention to let the forest slide into the opencast mine? If politicians accept this motionlessly, will the courts continue to watch this activity? Manheim is being erased daily, the church is to fall in a few weeks, the gardens in Morschenich are being devastated, the first houses have been made uninhabitable. The coal excavators will never reach these two places if the Commission’s recommendations are implemented. Nevertheless, more irreversible facts are being created every day. The remaining inhabitants of the villages at the Hambach and Garzweiler opencast mines are forced to live in hell. And this, when the German Institute for Economic Research has calculated that forests and villages can remain without seriously endangering the country’s energy supply.

Anyone who thought that we had achieved our goals was dramatically mistaken. Nothing has been decided at all. The excavators continue to dig, the groundwater continues to be pumped out, people continue to be displaced, agricultural and cultivated land is irretrievably destroyed.

And we are still being lied to, only yesterday it was officially confirmed by the state government that the clearing of the tree houses in the Hambach Forest was carried out on behalf of RWE. NRWE? Never as obvious as now. The state government has paid 60000€ to external experts to find pretexts for the largest and most expensive police operation in NRW’s history. Further key words, the embankment lie, police employments under the pretext of a not existing “traffic safety obligation”, trees felled under police protection, substantial development of forest-foreign runways in the potential FFH area?

I take all of this again as an opportunity for an urgent appeal to RWE, the politicians, the trade unions and the churches to live up to their responsibilities, to save villages and forests and to ensure lasting peace in the region.

It is about credibility, it is about the seriousness of the energy revolution, it is about the preservation of creation.

In the appendix my appeal, it goes to leading representatives of RWE including Mr. Schmitz. To the Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier, the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, to the Bishops Woelki and This, to the President of the Protestant Church in the Rhineland Rekowski and the Vice-President Pistorius, to the Chairmen of the Trade Unions IGBCE and ver.di Michael Vassiliadis and Frank Bsierske, to the Prime Minister of NRW Armin Laschet, to Christian Lindner and to the Aachen Police President Dirk Weinspach. Additionally by mail to all current members of the Bundestag, to the members of the Landtag in Düsseldorf.

Furthermore I send my appeal to the nationwide press and to people who have been dealing with the topic in different ways for years.

I am grateful

  • if, as a representative of the press, you pick up this appeal, make it a topic, bring images of destruction into the world, ask RWE, politicians and other decision-makers.
  • if you, as a politician, read the appeal and convert it into action as quickly as possible.
  • if the appeal reaches as many people as possible via as many distributors as possible.
  • if you take part in one of the upcoming walks in the Hambach Forest and in the villages, you are cordially invited, the next dates are April 14, May 12, June 16, July 14…

Thank you for your interest and support.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me,

with hopeful regards,

Michael Zobel

Nature guide and forest teacher from Aachen

Michael Zobel

Nature guide and forest educator

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