Preparationmeeting for a Barrio-Camp in the Rhineland

Dear friends and comrades,
the preparations for the climate camp – or, even, climate camps! – in the Rhineland mining region near Cologne, Germany, have started.
In the last years, different so-called “barrios” have participated in a big climate camp. These barrios were thematic camping areas and meeting tents, focusing on “Agriculture & Food Sovereignty”, “Queer Feminism”, and “Resisting Climate Change and Racism” where campers would hold workshops and discussions on these struggles.
At the first organisational meeting for the climate camp in January, people from these barrios sat together and developed the idea to extend the barrio structures and possibly set up an own camp. But to be able to do this, we would need your support!

Why bring together these struggles in an extra camp?
Climate change, landgrabbing, inhuman deportation politics, sexist assault on women*, … to just name a few points, are results of intricately entwined mechanisms of oppression and systems of domination.
Climate change and its social and ecological consequences will not be solved by capitalist patriarchy, built on exploitation, forced competition, oppression, and marginalisation of people. Also, we ourselves are not free of sexist, racist and otherwise oppressive behavious, as well as competitive, performance-oriented thinking. The norms and roles resulting from socialisation often still have a firm grip on us.

For these reasons, we consider it important to both further investigate all of these issues specific to our struggles, and to look at parrallels between the systems of oppressions, where the effects intersect or influence one another. We want to look for points to connect our struggles, and organize together.

We want to create a space to retreat and reflext, to empower ourselves for collective action, for exchange, and furthering an understanding of these issues and struggles. The site or camp should cooperate closely with the existing structures and the two other camps (Climate Camp & Degrowth Summer School, and youth-camp) and at the same time be autonomous in its provisisoning structures (includig an own kitchen, own sanitary space, etc.).

To make this a reality, we still need a lot of support – meaning You!
Implementing this camp idea would require a lot of work and engagement. Therefore, we are looking for comrades and volunteers to think with us about how we want to shape this time in regards to subjects as well as interpersonally, and how the organisation of our infrastructure of camp structures could work. Also, if you want to host the camp with us or want to work to make these issues visible in the Rhineland this August in another way, please get in contact.

The next organisational meeting of our group will take place on Friday, February 24 (during the day) in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany (the day before the big organisational meeting for climate camps on February 25 + 26, in the same place). We would like to invite you to this meeting, and will give details on the exact time and place soon, which will also be announced at www.klimacamp-im-rheinland.de.

We are looking forward to work with you!
The Barrios working group

contact: barriocamp@riseup.net

Rhineland Action Conference in Cologne

Dear people,
on October 28 – 30, 2016, activists of the climate justice and anti-coal movment meet at an
Rhineland Action Conference in Cologne, to discuss ideas for 2017.
If we want to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, every additional ton of coal that is burned is one too many. In order to realize climate justice and coal-phase out, we need to take matters into our own hand! That’s why in 2017, there will be action days in the Rhineland coal-field. The vision: a lot of different groups and organizations organize their actions – independently, according to what they are best at, but in solidarity. (like the „area concept“ that developed in the protests against the transport of anti-nuclear waste). That could be a combination of demonstrations, smaller action groups, cultural events, background studies, infrastructure blockades….
„Ende Gelände“ will also be part of this, they are planning to organize a mass action of civil disobedience in the Rhineland next summer. To look at this, there will be an Ende Gelände meeting in Berlin (September 29 – October 2). In addition, at the Cologne conference we want to open upa space for cooperation for groups who want to organize themselves outside Ende Gelände, in a larger context. Resistance is biodiverse! Things we want to discuss on the Rhineland action conference:
Where do we stand politically and what does the movement need?
How can a concept of cooperation for action days look like? („Area concept 2017“)
How can your organization/group/yourselves take part?
How can we connect to other struggles (agriculture, free movement, degrowth….)
How can different groups work together in solidarity?
How can the actions in the Rhineland be part of a larger international context?
If you have suggestions for a „concept of cooperation 2017“, you are welcome to send it to us before hand!
Because we would like to plan the logistics well, please register if you want to come:
rheinland2017@riseup.net
With friendly, brave and curious regards,
The planning team

Practical:
Day: Weekend October 28 – 30, 2016
Place: University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Köln;
Accomodation: We will try to organize solidarity accomodation in private houses. Please bring your sleeping bag and mattress and tell us well in advance that you need a sleeping place.

Solidarity for Bangladeshi anti-coal movement

Friday, the 26th August 2016 marks a decade since three people were shot dead and two hundred injured on a peaceful demonstration of 80,000 people who marched against plans by Global Coal Resources Management (GCM),who are listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM listings.

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klimacamp solidarity for Bangladesh anti-coal-movement

GCM want to build a massive open cast coal mine in Phulbari, a location in northwest

Bangladesh. Although the Bangladeshi Government has cancelled the company’s license and GCM does not have a valid contract with Bangladesh, they are still selling shares in the name of Phulbari project.

If the mine is built, 130,000 families of farmers in Phulbari would be forcibly displaced. It would destroy 14,600 hectares of highly cultivable land, would pose threats to clean water resources and would leave devastative impact on one of the world’s largest mangrove forests and UNESCO heritage site, the Sunderbans.

This has not been the end of the killings of peaceful protesters. So far in 2016 there have been at least two more incidences of severe violence and killing of unarmed villagers protesting to protect their area.

Recently, the Government of Bangladesh has signed an agreement with India’s state run Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd to set up a coal fired 1320 MW power plant on the edge of the world’s biggest heritage-listed mangrove forest, the Sundarbans. Rampal power plant will emit huge amount of carbon, sulphur, toxic gases, smoke and ashes which will destroy the forest.

Activists from the Rhineland Klmacamp want to show our solidarity with people fighting against coal power in Bangladesh.

Dear people fighting against the Rampal coal-power plant and the coal industry in Bangladesh.

As activists at the Klimacamp in Germany we want to express our solidarity with people fighting against the destructive Rampal coal-power plant and the coal industry in Bangladesh. We know that we are battling against the same issues – the coal industry, state power, climate change, human displacements and ecosystem destruction. However we acknowledge that the situation for people protesting in Bangladesh is much more severe than for those of us who live in Germany and Western Europe.

When we protest in our countries we may be arrested and treated harshly by the police, but we know that we will not be intentionally killed. We are aware of our nations’ involvement in the destruction of your country – that the company that wishes to mine at Phulbari is listed on the London Stock Exchange and that our countries cause climate change but Bangladesh is at the forefront of climate change impacts.

At the Klimacamp we are taking actions against the coal industry and other polluters in Germany. We see this as a small piece of the bigger picture in the battles against coal and for a liveable climate. We want to send our support and solidarity to you, especially as you mark the ten year anniversary of the Phulbari demonstration and the murder of villagers.

There were a thousand people at lunch on our resistance camp today, from Germany, around Europe and beyond. They were told your story, and invited to join the photo to send you solidarity. So many people wanted to take part that we couldn’t fit them all in the shot. Your work is an inspiration to us.

In solidarity,
campaigners at the Rhineland Klimacamp 2016.

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Defend the zad – a call for international solidarity

October 8th & 9th 2016

For over 50 years, farmers and locals have resisted the building of a new airport for the French city of Nantes (which by the way already has one). Now in these rich fields, forests and wetlands, which multinational Vinci want to cover in concrete, an experiment in reinventing everyday life in struggle is blossoming. Radicals from around the world, local farmers and villagers, citizen groups, trade unionists and naturalists, refugees and runaways, squatters and climate justice activists and many others, are organising to protect the 4000 acres of land against the airport and its world. Government officials have coined this place “a territory lost to the republic”. Its occupants have named it: la zad (zone a défendre) zone to defend.

In the winter of 2012, thousands of riot police attempted to evict the zone, but they faced a determined and diverse resistance. This culminated in a 40,000 people strong demonstration to rebuild some of what had been destroyed by the French State. Less than a week later, the police was forced to stop what they called “Operation Cesar”. For the last three years, the zad has been an extraordinary laboratory of new ways of living, rooted in collaborations between all those who make up the diversity of this movement. There is even a set of 6 points (see below) to radically rethink how to organise and work the land without an airport, based on the creation of commons, the notion of usage rather than property and the demand that those who fought for the land are those who decide its use.

Now, the entire zone is due for expulsions to start the construction of this absurd airport. Prime minister Valls has promised a “Rendez Vous” this October to evict everyone who is living, working, building and farming on the zone.

On October 8th, tens of thousands of people will gather on the zad to demonstrate that the determination of the movement is as strong as ever. Honouring farmers struggles from the past, we will come with wooden walking batons and leave them on the zone, as a sign of the commitment to come back and pick them up again if necessary. We will also raise a barn, built by dozens of carpenters during the summer, which will be used as a base, should evictions happen.

We are calling on all international groups and movements to either come to the zone on October 8th or show their solidarity with the zad through actions directed at the French government or multinational Vinci in their own towns and cities on that day.

The airport will never be built. Life on the zad will keep on flourishing!

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6 points for the future of the zad.

Since there will be no airport…

Once the project is abandoned, we want:

1. That the inhabitants, owners or tenants who are part of a compulsory purchase or eviction order can remain on the zone and regain their rights.
2. That the impacted farmers resisting and refusing to bend to the will of AGO-Vinci, can continue to freely cultivate the lands that they use and recover their rights and pursue their work in good conditions.
3. That the new inhabitants who came to the zad to take part in the struggle can remain on the zone. That everything which has been build since 2007 as part of the occupation movement in terms of experiments in alternative agriculture, self-built homes or temporary dwellings (huts, yurts, caravans etc.) and forms of life and resistance, can stay and continue. 
4. That the lands that each year are redistributed by the chamber of agriculture for AGO-Vinci’s, in the form of precarious leases, are handled by a body that comes out of the resistance movement and brings together all its elements. So that it is the anti-airport movements rather than the normal institutions that decide on the uses of this land.
5. That these lands are for new agricultural or non agricultural projects, be they authorised or not, and not for the expansion of already existing farms.
6. That these agreements becomes a reality through our collective determination and that we carry together an attention to resolve all eventual conflicts linked to them being put in place.

We are already sowing and building a future without an airport in our unity and diversity. It is up to all of us, from today, to enable it to flourish and to defend it.

 

Rhineland Action Conference On October 28 – 30, 2016,

On October 28 – 30, 2016, activists of the climate justice and anti-coal movment meet at an  Rhineland Action Conference in Cologne, to discuss ideas for 2017. The vision: a lot of different groups and organizations organize their actions – independently, according to what
they are best at, but in solidarity. Welcome to register already now! Read more: Invitation Action Conference Cologne

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Campsite and arrival

We will be on the same field as last year! We will be in Lützerath, close to Erkelenz. From Erkelenz train station, there are busses and signs to the camp. Yout can fin all about the arrival here

And this is the number of our info mobilephone: 0163 1865 420

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Ready for Climate Camp vol. 7?

2016 will see another Climate Camp in the Rhineland! From the 19th till 29th of August there will be networking, education and actions… and trying out tomorrow’s society today – social, ecological and based on grassroots democracy.

At the camp the Degrowth Summer School will take place once again from 19th till 23rd of August, where the concept of degrowth is put into action: By learning practical skills and analyzing political and economic developments.

The mass action of civil disobedience “Ende Gelände, during which 1000 people shut down the huge lignite mine of Garzweiler last year, is taking place from the 13th to the 16th of May in the Lusatia region in the east of Germany this year. But that doesn’t mean that there is no action in the Rhineland. There will be an action laboratory from 24th till 29th of August, which is going to take place at this years Climate Camp in the Rhineland and is supposed to offer a platform for individual and collective learning of new forms of both resistance and organising.

Camp is over, resistance continues

During the action days last weekend up to 1600 people populated the campsite. Far more than 50 workshops took place, in which people built wind turbines, discussed capitalism or planned the next set of creative actions in Paris. Our infrastructure was pushed to its limits, but we mastered all challenges together. We’ve had guests from all over the world, from Canada, the US and Ecuador to Jordania and India. About 50 nationalities were represented at the camp and could report on their own local climate actions. The climate camp 2015 has been a strong sign of the global climate movement being in the offensive against fossil fuels. The deconstruction of the camp is nearly finished, and all of us will need to relax a little after giving our everything over the last weeks.

There is no final projection of the finances yet, but the kitchens’ last calculation showed that they lack a couple thousand euros. If you want to support us, this is the account to donate to:
Account holder: Nandu Trägerverein e.V.
IBAN: DE47430609671115861200
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
Bank: GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG
Reference: Klimacamp im Rheinland
Note: If you would like to receive a donation receipt, please first send an e-mail with your name and address to buchhaltung@nandu.net for the receipt to be send.

After summer recess, we hope to see all of you at the action conference in Leipzig from the 7th to 8th of November. There we’ll plan how to continue both next year and in Paris in December.

We thank everyone who participated or supported us in all of this.

Change of venue!!

Just one week before the camp starts, we got an offer for an even nicer camping spot, to which we couldn’t say “no”. The new spot is closer to the mine; its more visible but still save … and its still good to reach via public transport and bikes.

We will hurry up to get all the new details on our Location page so that you will find your way!

Spread the word and see you next week on the climate camp and degrowth summer school!

bike instead of car

All information concerning your way to the camp, you can find here.

Please note: There will not too much space for parking your car. So if its possible for you, better come by bike! This is more practical anyways – you can scout and get to know the region better by bike!

Language and translation at the camp

First of all: all texts that aren’t provided in German, English and French yet will soon be translated and put online!

We want to dismantle as many language barriers as possible. Translation technology and voluntary helpers enable everyone to speak and listen to the language they want to.

You want to know more or support us? Click HERE!

Camp Call Out – for read and forwarding! come all!

Call Out to the Climate Camp in the Rhineland Coal Fields 07. – 17.08.2015

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How to stop Climate Change:

1| Come to the Climate Camp:

(Climate) Camps are the heart of the climate movement. There will be workshops, action trainings, discussions, building windmills, music. Here we breathe the sweet scent of change and feel that we can empower ourselves to build a social, just and ecological society!

2| End Coal – at the right time at the right place!

The Rhineland lignite mining area with its 5 dirty power plants and 3 open cast mines is the biggest source of emissions in Europe. Here we can grab evil by its roots: Here we can stop coal exploitation! Take part in the actiondays of Ende Gelände (14. – 16.08.)!

3| Take part in the Degrowth Summer School at the Climate Camp

The degrowth and climate justice summer school is a project following the international Degrowth Conference in Leipzig 2014. Here concrete approaches will be developed to practically and politically implement Degrowth.

4| Don’t trust the authorities nor the COPs: Time to change things yourself!

We take responsibilty to fight for climate justice worldwide. We build up alternative projects and resist against destructive industries. Let’s work together! Together we are struggling against the capitalist and growth based system – System Change not Climate Change!

5| Refugees Welcome!

Storms, droughts and floods which are caused by climate change destroy the livelihood of many people. To fight against climate change also means to fight for the good life and in solidarity with the affected. For a world where people can decide freely where to go or stay!

As regards to risks and courses of action, ask your affinity- or local political group!

klimacamp-im-rheinland.de/en/

Summer of Climate Justice

Lots of things will be going on this summer. In the face of the 21st UN-climate summit which is doomed to fail, grassroots groups and organization in all of Europe are calling for climate justice, and take on the solutions themselves.

From August 7 to August 17, there will be once again a climate camp in the Rhineland Coalfield: to build the climate movement, to network, to celebrate, to inspire each other, to put into practice the alternatives we envision. Come along, bring your tent, your music instrument, your friends or offer a workshop! The camp will be an important milestone in the European mobilization for the COP21 in Paris at the end of the year – we expect people from all over!

Soon, there will be more information on this site! Please keep up-to-date!

On the camp, the summer school Degrowth in action: Climate Justice will take place from August 9 – 14. There will be lots of keynotes and panels with international speakers, as well as 4-day-courses, in which small groups focus on specific issues and work on approaches how degrowth and climate justice can be put into practice. For the courses, you need to register in advance, because it makes planning much easier!

And we heard the rumour that some groups named ENDE GELÄNDE are planning an mass action of civil disobedience in the lignite mine!

Mass Action of Civil Disobedience in the Rhineland

SAVE THE DATE: Mass Action on August 14 -16, 2015

In the Rhineland Coalfield near Cologne, Germany

In 2015, the 21st COP (UN-Climate Summit) will take place in Paris. We expect the results to be pathetic. And while global CO2 emissions from more and more coal-fired power plants are rising dramatically, we take climate justice into our own hands. It is high time to be serious about phasing out coal!

In a big colourful action of civil disobedience we will obstruct the exploitation of lignite (soft coal) with many hundred people. Thus we will resist one of the crucial root causes of climate change. We will use a variety of actions forms about which we will communicate in an open and reliable way. Let’s make the Rhineland the focal point of a strong and powerful anti-coal-movement!

In context with the mass action there will be a Climate Camp and a Degrowth Summer School. A wide coalition of groups, organisations and individuals is already involved in the preparation.

We need YOU to take part in the action, and to co-operate in the joined process of preparing a summer of climate justice. You are more than welcome to come to our next meeting, on February 14-15. (The place will be announced soon)

Put these dates into your calendar now, take your holidays in August, join us!

For questions and more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch:
massen-gegen-kohle2015@riseup.net

Action Day in the Rhineland Coalfield

grubenrand_kleinLots of things happening in the Rhineland Coalfield: Early in the morning, four activists locked themselves to coal train tracks. Two more activists abseiled themselves from a bridge. These two blockades stopped the coal transportation between the open-cast mine Hambach and the power plants. Further north, at the edge of the Garzweiler mine, a group of 80 people are still sitting in front of the buckets of the digging machine, some of them locked themselves together. Another group ventured further down into the mine and climbed on the wheels the digging machine, accompanied by a Samba band and rebel clowns. And last but not least, about 20 activists are blockading the gate to the RWE mininig area. It seems, more and mor14820577053_30629d8d72_ze people are willing to take direct action against the polluting industry to stop climate change!

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Just the right place for the Climate Camp

Klimacamp14Yesterday, people started to set up the climate camp. After a long process full of uncertainties about where the camp could take place, we are now happy to be on a public sportsground at Lahey-Park near Holzweiler. Friendly landowners in the area are too much under pressure from the energy corporation RWE to host us, and even the courageous ones who offered us their land withdrew their invitation only recently after too many ‘visits’ from the police and other officials. Therefore the camp is now a registered political assembly. The site is not as immediate to the edge of the open-cast coal mine as planned, but it is on land that will possibly be digged away for the mine, depending on political decisions next year. So it is quite a hot spot, too. The last months, and all the obstacles that were put in our way to prevent the camp, confirmed us: Our resistance is a real pain for RWE. We are just at the right place!

Read how to you get there.

Camp will start on Saturday

The camp will take place in the Garzweiler region as a political assembly. We will publish the exact place on Wednesday. Please prepare for creative and short-term solutions and keep up-to-date on this website. If you want to arrive earlier for helping with setting up the camp, contact us on the mobile to find out where to go.

RWE is scared of us!

RWE and their faithful supporters, the police, are trying to prevent the climate camp. They put so much pressure on the farmers who wanted to host us on their land, that those were not able to hold out. So the camp cannot take place where we thought it would take place. We are currently negotiating other options in the area, and the camp will definitely happen. Keep up-to-date on this website to find out where we are. Be prepared for creative solutions!  If possible, bring a bike!

The giant energy corporation RWE does really NOT want us and our legitimate protest in the area. For us, this is a sign that we found the right spot for our struggle against climate change. It is effective and a real pain for the polluting industry. We will continue!

News about the space of the Camp

There was some commotion around the location for the climate camp in the past couple of days. RWE used all means to put land owners and tenants under pressure with the result that the space we had counted on is not available any more.

Once again this shows, that the climate camp is a thorne in the side of RWE. We want to learn from last year’s situation and are trying to stay calm, because there’s one thing, that’s certain: The Rhineland Climate Camp 2014 is going to take place.

Please keep yourselves updated on the location at: klimacamp-im-rheinland.de/en

More space for the camp!

Now it’s official: apart from the vegetable farm in Borschemich we have two more areas to set up the camp. There is a house in the same village where we can hold workshops. And in the neighbouring village, a resident offered us a huge field. This is amazing, because it means we have a lot more space and can also set up a big circus tent. And it is also great, because it shows that the locals support the movement, even though that means for them having to face conflicts with the energy corporation RWE that ‘rules’ the area.

If possible, bring a bike! There are things happening in different spots of the area, and although it is possible to walk between the places, you will be much more mobile by bike. We will also try to organize some bikes that people can borrow.

English website coming soon!

Don’t worry, you won’t be the only non-German speaking person on the camp! In the last years, there were quite a lot of international people on the camp. Part of the workshop programm will be in English, and we are trying to organize translations of plenaries and action trainings into other languages, too.

We are working on an English version of this website, Step by step, there will be more information. Keep up-to-date!