Wuppertal. German territory. On August 15, 2019 the Osterholz forest in Vohwinkel, a district of Wuppertal, was occupied. We experienced many wonderful moments in the beautiful forest. And although we know that human ideas cannot be evicted, we unfortunately experience again and again that representatives of the old world try to do this again and again. Like it happened for example last year in the Hambach forest. That didn’t bring anything, because after the eviction many people immediately reoccupied the beautiful forest in the Rhineland. But no matter whether it is in the Hambach Forest, the Osterholz Forest or the Mattole Forest in California, forest squatters should always be prepared for clearing.
Originally published by Jeder Baum Zählt Every Tree Counts). Translated by Enough 14. Image above: Solidarit banner for the Wilder Wald Forest occupation in Hamburg by Jeder Baum Zählt in the Osterholz Forest.
Living in the forest not only teaches us a different relationship to all the living beings that are living there, it also gives us the opportunity to practice a different way of living together. The many conversations we have with each other, also with the human beings, who come to support us again and again, and the common decision making, let us make experiences, which strengthen our determination to fight for another, a new world, enormously. In “Chalktown” we do not need hierarchies. We not only decide together, but also implement our decisions together.
Still the representatives of the old world are often able to enforce their economic interests – with a clear downward trend. They still often argue and trade with the fossil fuels and resources they seem to need. But also here we observe a clearly sinking tendency, because it is this thinking and acting which is questioned by more and more people. That is why so many people support the fight for the preservation of the Osterholz forest. “Clearing pieces of forest in the Osterholz forest to store waste.” This kind of environmentally destructive profit logic should be a thing of the past as soon as possible. It is the main reason why climate change is heading towards us like a demoniac train.
A “continue like this” is not an option for us. In our opinion, we need a system change. Another world, a new world. A world in which life is at the forefront, in which production is exclusively according to demand and with respect for all living beings. A world in which we make decisions together and decisions are made with respect for all other living beings. What we do not need are human beings in positions such as Herbert Reul, who ordered evictions in the Hambach forest on behalf of the RWE Group and lied to the public several times. The old world often appeals to “effectiveness” and “reason” when it comes to the system that has brought Herbert Reul forward. But we don’t need these hierarchies. They are part of the problem and not part of the solution. What we need is a world in which we can all move freely, where borders do not divide humanity into an artificial “we” and “the others” coming from the other side of the border. Borders also enable the “divide and rule game” in hierarchically structured societies. These borders create competition between states at the expense of many humans and other living beings. They enable colonial ways of trading and thinking that continue to this day. The way in which human beings are played off against each other by an economic order that sends everyone into a competitive struggle against everyone. A competitive struggle, which in the end is also maintained by patriarchal structures, made it possible to plunder the earth for a supposedly “reasonable economic policy”. A “moderate” and “reasonable” economic policy that destroys everything that stands in the way, disregarding human beings and other living beings.
Further parts of the Osterholz forest are to be destroyed according to this logic. Just as many other forests and trees are to be destroyed by “rationality “. Whether Hambach Forest, Osterholz Forest or the plane trees in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, cost reasons or arguments of profit logic are often used as arguments. It is the “rationality” of yesterday’s thoughts. From another time, which shows us that many people have not yet understood or do not want to understand the necessities for a new kind of rationality, for new arguments, yes for life. We consciously talk about necessities, because neither the earth nor the climate can be negotiated with. This is another reason why for us forest squatters, the fight against the deforestation of the Osterholz forest is also a fight for another world.
For us, a possible eviction would only be the start of a new phase in the fight for the preservation of the Osterholz forest. The idea for a new world does not stand or fall during an eviction or deforestation. Our determination to continue to fight for the preservation of the Osterholz forest even after it has been evicted will only grow.
We call upon you to come to the forest on day X if we are evicted. On day X+1 there will be an additional demonstration. If you want to be notified when an eviction takes place, send your mobile number to jederbaumzaehlt(@)riseup.net. On our Twitter channel https://twitter.com/jederbaumzaehlt (@)jederbaumzaehlt) we will also communicate day X and day X+1 during a possible eviction.
Jeder Baum Zählt, September 9, 2019
Solidary greetings to #KeinHaMehr ,#WildeGasse and #HambiBleibt!
Mobi-Video of the citizens’ initiative Osterholz Bleibt for the demonstration on September 28, 2019 (13:00 hrs – 01:00pm, Bahnhofsvorplatz, Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof – Wuppertal main train station)
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