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Demonstration: Whether Amazona, Hambi or Osterholz – Every tree counts!

Demonstration: Whether Amazona, Hambi or Osterholz – Every tree counts! Saturday September 28th, 13:00 (01:00pm), Wuppertal (German territory) main railway station forecourt (Bahnhofsvorplatz Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof).

Originally published by Osterholz Bleibt. Translated by Enough 14.

Over the summer there was one bad report after another. Dry forests in this country, where thousands of trees are dying, massive forest fires in the Arctic, in the Amazon and in Africa. Meanwhile, deforestation continues, whether in the Amazon, Romania, one of the last primeval forests in Europe, or here in Germany.

In and around Wuppertal there are plans to seal green strips, such as the Kleine Höhe, and to clear plane trees and an old maple in Elberfeld. Plans for deforestation for the broadening of the A3 highway, from Hilden intersection to the Leverkusen intersection and in the Osterholz forest around 1,000 trees are to cut for the waste from the Oetelshofen limestone quarry on the city border between Wuppertal-Vohwinkel and Haan-Gruiten. On the other side of Wuppertal, the city of Schwelm is planning to seal green strips for an industrial zone in Schwelm-Linderhausen. In Wuppertal Nächstebreck, 63,000 square meters are to be sacrificed for a industrial zone. So on the east side of Wuppertal there will be further sealing also. After all, the Nächstebrecker citizen association has succeeded in reducing the originally planned area, which is to be harvested and sealed for the industrial zone in Nächstebreck, by around 50%. However, 63,000 square metres is still too much. Overall, the above-mentioned plans will have negative consequences for air quality and temperature in Wuppertal, climate change and biodiversity. Trees in the forest, on green strips and in the city not only store CO2, they also cool the air.

While climate change is on everyone’s lips, sealing and deforestation are continuing. The district government of Düsseldorf and the city of Wuppertal are pursuing a ” continuing business as usual” policy. The Greens also voted in favour of a statement by the city of Wuppertal approving the deforestation of the Osterholz forest. The Green Council parliamentary group in Wuppertal did so in the knowledge that this statement would be part of the decision making by the Düsseldorf district government. A press release in which Bündnis 90/Die Grünen reject the logging changes nothing. The CDU came to the Osterholz forest to say that “economy and environment only go together” and spoke about investment security of the company Oetelshofen. The CDU did not lose many words about the air quality and the general interest during its walk in Osterholz. This is not surprising, because one of the two managing directors of the Oetelshofen company is at the same time chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Wuppertal-Vohwinkel district representation and is a member of the environmental committee. The CDU sets the fox to keep the geese. After all, Oetelshofen’s lime kilns emit large quantities of CO2 and the possible loggings in the Osterholz forest would destroy a lot of capacity to store CO2. On October 1st the logging season starts, but many people will continue to resist on different levels.

The Kleine Höhe is an agricultural area between Wuppertal and Velbert Neviges and part of a green belt stretching from the Ruhr over the Deilbach Valley and the Neandertal towards the Rhine. This important green belt is to be developed for 50 years in now, with different plans. Currently it is about a forensic clinic. In addition, the district government plans a residential zone on the Kleiner Höhe / Asbruch.

For the broadening of the A3 highway, the Further moor and the landscape conservation areas directly bordering the highway are to be sacrificed. Instead of opting for other traffic concepts, the focus will continue to be on “moving warehouses” (trucks) and an increase of cars. Karl Wilhelm Bergfeld of BUND Langenfeld says: “According to our own experience, traffic flows on this route as long as it is not hindered by construction sites or accidents. An expansion to eight lanes is therefore not necessary at all.”

The deforestation and the continuing sealing must come to an end. There are many empty buildings and abandoned former trade and industrial areas in and around Wuppertal. These are to be used again.

For the preservation of trees and green belts!
Every tree counts!

Osterholz Bleibt!, September 4, 2019

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