Keynote talks

Here you can find an overview of the keynote talks at the camp. Descriptions of the lectures can be found below.

Date keynote talk I

10.30-11.15 Uhr

keynote talk II

10.30-11.15 Uhr

Thu 15.08. Setting up
Fr, 16.08.
Sa, 17.08. No mischief by flying around – air traffic and climate justice For a new left narrative!
Su, 18.08. Born, lived, fought. Our life in the Rhenish Territory The country needs new movement – call for mobility revolution!
Mo, 19.08. Free the soil! How sustaining self and others forms a feedback loop. Trauma Stewardship as a radical act of Social Change. (EN)
Di, 20.08. Anarchy as a Normal Social State to be decided
Mi, 21.08. By 2020 We Rise Up


AGM Activism 4 Climate: What are the benefits of interventions at shareholder meetings?
Do, 22.08. Climate policy of the AfD ¡VIVA LA AUTOMÍA! 25 years ¡YA BASTA! Zapatista resistance yesterday and today in Chiapas/Mexico
Fr, 23.08. Climate change from bottum up: How we take climate policy into our own hands through direct democracy Health & Climate Justice
Sa, 24.08. Alternative Life & Transformative Power to be decided
So, 25.08. Climate justice and feminism – One struggle, One fight! The www-questions: WHO networks with WHOM, WHEN, and the fourth W may also be asked! WHY?
Mo, 26.08. Abbau
Di, 27.08.

Samstag, 17.08.

No mischief by flying around – air traffic and climate justice

Flying is the dirtiest and most unjust form of mobility. Over 80% of the world’s population has never been in an airplane before. Few frequent flyers, especially from the Global North, fly us directly into the climate crisis. The aviation industry is also trying to present itself as sustainable through allegedly “green” new fuels and compensation projects. Both the cultivation of agricultural fuels and alleged compensation projects are repeatedly responsible for land seizure and local conflicts. And the worst thing is: air traffic is growing rapidly and there is no end in sight. By 2050, up to 25% of our CO2 emissions could come from the aviation sector if we do nothing!

Air traffic is still a niche issue in the climate justice movement. We want to change that!

In this impulse lecture the problems of air traffic are presented as well as the current campaigns for a reduction. We will also show where links with other topics can be found, e.g. time prosperity, social justice and local economies.

Speaker: Anne Kretzschmar | Stay Grounded

For a new left narrative!

The journalist and author Julia Fritzsche writes in her book “Tiefrot und radikal bunt. For a new left narrative” (Nautilus 2019) different left approaches to a good life for all together. She asks what ecological, feminist, social and migration policy designs have in common and how they can be brought together into a narrative that has the potential to change the world. The Feminist Futures Festival in Essen in September is also about bringing together different social movements and ideas and providing information about them.

Speaker: Julia Fritzsche

Sonntag, 18.

Born, lived, fought. Our life in the Rhenish Territory

If a family lives centuries in the same place, the roots are deeper than any coal layer. Centuries shaped through the struggle for survival, wars and for decades the fear of the expulsion from their homeland. I will continue this fight, which my grandmother and my parents led against expulsion, destruction, against RWE! For my children and my future grandchildren, so that they can liv what I was allowed to experience as a child. Homeland!

Speaker: Britta Kox | one of the press officers of “AlleDörfer bleiben”

The country needs new movement – call for mobility revolution!

The fight against the climate crisis in Germany must also be waged against what is probably the most powerful industry – against the car! A destructive transport system not only takes space for us to live and air to breathe, it also contributes massively to the intensification of global warming. We must move away from city tanks, car-friendly cities and a political priority for the car and towards walking, cycling and rail: we need a mobility revolution! Until then we have to build up pressure from below, also with actions of civil disobedience: For this we bring a few ideas with us, how we can throw “sand in the wheel” of the car industry….

Speaker: Janna Aljets | Sand im Getriebe

Montag, 19.

How sustaining self and others forms a feedback loop. Trauma Stewardship as a radical act of Social Change. (EN)

Making movements focused on Building bridges not being divisive: How sustaining self and others forms a feedback loop. Liminal spaces: cracks in the system you can leverage for Social Change. Innovating activism: engaging a revolution of the heart. Trauma Stewardship as a radical act of Social Change. Decolonizing movements and perspectives. Anti Discrimination within Climate Action framework. Social Permaculture and the increased effectiveness of Intersectional movements. Climate Equity/Climate Justice having a system theory approach to analyzing the problem and structuring the solution.

Speaker: Sahar Muhsin Laufman

Free the Soil!

Climate crisis, crop failures, green-filthy capitalism – time, to get moving together! Time to fight the big players of industrial agriculture. Under the name Free the Soil we problematize the role of the agribusiness in the constantly changing aggravating climate crisis. We want to show the connection between agribusiness, climate change and capitalism and tell about our camp and our mass action against the fertilizer company YARA in September. For climate justice and against the big players of the agricultural industry!

Speakers: Activists of Free the Soil!

Dienstag, 20.

Anarchy as a Normal Social State

Self-organisation does not fail because of the “nature of man”. Anyone who tells you that “after all” someone has to decide for the others has the history of mankind against himself. There have been people for perhaps 2 million years, the idea of domination has only prevailed for 5000 years and has been successfully contested again and again. This impulse talk is about examples of how humans played a trick on the threat by rule again and again

Speaker: Rüdiger Haude | lecturer in history at RWTH Aachen University and (among other things) active in the Hambi Support Group Aachen

Cruise ships (k)entering – for holidays without exploitation and
environmental degradation

Cruises are booming worldwide. Every year more and more people benefit the ever cheaper offer and the order books for the new cruise ships are full for 10 years. The downsides of the cruise industry are numerous – the cheap holiday is associated with environmental degradation, exploitation and security risks. Fortunately, however, resistance is also growing. In June this year
activists from #smashcruiseshit blocked the departure of a cruise ship from Kielfor over six hours.
The activists paddled with kayaks, inflatable boats and on air mattresses in front of the ship, occupied the ship ropes and climbed on the construction crane of the new Terminal.
During the impulse lecture we will show you the dark sides of the cruise, report the blockade and other forms of resistance. Let us discuss how to stop this destructive industry. A holiday must not look like this!

Speakers: Aktivisti from #smashcruiseshit | Learn more about Cruises:

Mittwoch, 21.

By 2020 We Rise Up

By 2020 We Rise Up is as megalomaniac as it is simple. It is megalomaniac because the idea is that in 2020 – next year – there will be a Europe-wide uprising that will paralyze the system and fight for climate justice. Simple, because the only way to achieve this is through coordination: Fridays for Future, Ende Gelände, Extinction Rebellion and countless other groups are already fighting against the climate crisis – what if not everyone*is cooking his or her own soup anymore, but coordinating all of them? And yes, next year will be pretty soon, but on the one hand the movement has never been so colourful and strong and on the other hand… if we want to save the world, it will be soon!

Speakers: Activists of By 2020 We Rise Up

AGM Activism 4 Climate: What are the benefits of interventions at shareholder meetings?

This year, the climate justice movement was again particularly active at shareholder meetings of German corporations. Several speeches by representatives of Fridays for Future have also received some media attention. Some investors also seem to take a more critical look at the measures taken by individual groups to protect the climate, either through divestments (sale of shares) from fossil energy companies or “shareholder engagement”, for example through direct dialogues or motions at annual general meetings.
As the umbrella organization for critical shareholders, we have the approach of giving those affected and climate activists a voice at the annual general meetings. But how can we use shareholder meetings in the future to address the concerns of the climate justice movement? What is the best way to increase the pressure on corporations and investors? What points of criticism and new ideas are there? We would like to discuss these questions with you and provide impetus for our actions next year.

Speakers: : Activists of Dachverbandes der Kritischen Aktionärinnen und Aktionäre e.V

Donnerstag, 22.

Climate policy of the AfD

“Der Klimaschwindel” – that was the name of a DVD that was published years ago by Thomas Lackmann. Lackmann hosted the internet presence of Beatrix von Storch when nobody expected that there would be an AfD at some point. The denial of man-made climate change is therefore part of the core of the AfD. And the start-up financing also came from a multi-millionaire who is a “climate sceptic” out of economic self-interest. In the meantime, EIKE, the European centre for “climate scepticism”, has sat in the Bundestag over the AfD employees, but in addition to the corporate interests in an irresponsible climate policy, the national wing is cooking its own brown climate soup in the AfD. A quick peak oil, a quick collapse of oil production would be convenient here, accompanied by the hope of a nationalist revolution, of riots crying out for a strong man. In the lecture, the neoliberal, masculine and fascist environmental policies will be highlighted and put up for discussion.

Speaker: Andreas Kemper

VIVA LA AUTOMÍA! 25 years ¡YA BASTA! Zapatista resistance yesterday and today in Chiapas/Mexico

25 years ago, on 1 January 1994, the Zapatista rebellion began. Tens of thousands of indigenous small farmers rose up under the motto “It’s enough” and demanded social, democratic and political rights – “Everything for Everyone”. Since then they have been building autonomous, grassroots democratic structures and implementing alternative concepts in education, health, media, economics, justice and self-government. The Zapatista women’s movement was able to achieve a clear improvement in the situation of women through an independent organization and the enforcement of revolutionary women’s laws. In all these processes, the Zapatista movement has always been in close contact with Mexican civil society and social movements worldwide.
But why did the Zapatistas, named after the revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), begin their rebellion in Chiapas, southern Mexico, on January 1, 1994? How was it possible to build autonomous parallel structures to the repressive Mexican state? What is everyday life like in the Zapatista communities? What about the situation and struggles of women in the movement? How could people build a dignified life?
And how do the cooperatives function in which people organize themselves autonomously who until a few years ago had to slave away in slavery-like structures for large landowners? How do the coffee cooperatives of the Zapatistas and the import collectives in Europe work, and what is the significance of solidarity trade?
What initiatives has the Zapatista Liberation Army EZLN launched to expand its rebellion under the motto ‘Everything for Everyone’? And why do they get so much solidarity support in Mexico and on a global level?
The 1994 uprising also had a tangible impact on the global left. Just like the history of the Zapatista movement, its impact and inspiration on emancipatory movements worldwide through its undogmatic leftist politics should be shown.
The richly illustrated information event offers a comprehensive insight into the multi-faceted social movement of the Zapatistas.

Speaker: B.A.S.T.A. & Zwischenzeit e.V. (Münster)

Freitag, 23.

Climate change from bottum up: How we take climate policy into our own hands through direct democracy

Through direct democracy, citizens switch off municipal coal-fired power plants, ban coal heat from their district heating networks, bring energy networks and municipal utilities back into public hands and fight for right of way for bicycles. In our impulse talk you will learn, among other things, in which cities citizens’ petitions against coal are particularly worthwhile. We also give you tips for successful campaigns and offer advice and support for your campaign idea.

Speakers: Franziska Buch | Umweltinstitut München & Eric Häublein | Bürger Begehren Klimaschutz

Health & Climate Justice

Climate justice and health? How does this even fit together?
What is health justice? What are the consequences of coal mining and resettlement for local people?
What consequences does climate change have for people’s health worldwide?
What is Planetary Health? Can there be healthy people on a sick planet?
How can we better network our struggles for more climate justice and more health justice?
How can we develop and implement joint strategies for action?
We, the Healthy Climate Action Group (Aktionsgruppe Gesundes Klima), are a self-organised group of people with a connection to the health system.
Together with you we would like to make the climate justice movement thematically more diverse.
Why is this important to us?
Capitalist modes of production make us ill, as do institutional racism and sexism and socio-economic inequalities.
So how can we help people to better health in an increasingly profit-oriented care system?
Because worldwide climate change affects the health of many people and we can use a topic as accessible as health as a means to draw attention to the consequences of climate change on the ground.
You are cordially invited to dive into this topic together with us and find answers to the questions.

Speaker: Mika Lammert

Samstag, 24.

Alternative Life & Transformative Power

For 10 years there has been the Climate Camp in the Rhineland as a central actor of the movement for climate justice. After a first phase of creating the foundations of the movement in the years 2007-2009 (Climate & Antira-Camp Hamburg, mobilisation after Copenhagen), climate camps played a decisive role in the development of the movement (2010-2015). From 2015 onwards, the pressure increased with the end of the terrain until autumn 2018, when the special role of the forest occupation intensified the conflict over the Hambach Forest! With fridays-for-future (fourth phase from 2019) (almost) everything is now different! How can we use this new dynamic to build real transformative power? What role can climate camps play in the new phase of movement? What time policy does the movement need in view of the time pressure and the dramatic scenarios of civilisation collapse?

Speaker: Alexis Passadakis

Sonntag, 25.08.

Climate justice and feminism – One struggle, One fight!

The climate crisis is a cruel reality and reinforces existing social injustice. Women* in the countries of the global South are particularly affected by the negative effects, but not because they are weaker than men* especially because of the social structures: the reduced access to state resources and infrastructure such as medical care or education, reduced income and fewer opportunities in political and to represent their concerns to decision-making bodies.
At the same time, it is no coincidence that it is women* around the world who are involved in against fossil industry corporations, who, with strength and courage, have made changes in their communities, at demos or at the UN climate conferences, according to their and to raise the voice of the still deeply rooted patriarchal Turn conditions upside down. Building a “Better World means to question the existing and no longer to let rich white men burn our future. Globally we ally ourselves, united we ask the question of power and fight for climate justice. Our global movement “for a good life for all” must be feminist and indivisible, linked to the movement for equal rights for women*.

Speakers: Kathrin Henneberger und Julia Pesch | Institute of environmental justice e.V.


The www-questions, WHO networks with WHOM, WHEN, and the fourth W may also be asked! WHY?

Coming together and talking about it and planning and doing actions is one thing.
Then being separated again and being stuck in everyday life is the other thing.
Many people don’t know what others are already doing, often so close, also for the good life for everyone.
Often we all have so much on our minds that we have the feeling that we are not keeping up, or that we do not (yet) know where we can best get involved in a meaningful way.
The questions Andreas will ask this morning in a more playful way are about how we can create long-term and sustainable structures that strengthen us recognizably and support us better in everyday life.
His assertion is: “We are actually quite a few, but we don’t yet really know how many!
His call: “Let us come together in an organization that promotes and welcomes diversity, and create / further develop something like the Covenant of Change, so that we all achieve our longing for the good life for all living beings, in harmony with our earth, faster and together!

Speakers: Andreas Sallam, inter alia board member and digital responsible for the German-language transition initiatives and member of the Coordination Group of Wandelbündnis