Climate Camp Rhineland
We will build up the camp together, have networking, education, arts and actions… and we’ll try out tomorrow’s society right now – social, ecological and based on grassroots democracy. This year’s camp will be smaller and less action-orientated than last year’s. In our debates we want to focus on the future of the Rhenish lignite region and on reflecting the practices, structures and strategies of the climate justice movement. And at the end we’ll take the camp down together, too.
Every year since 2010 a Climate Camp has taken place in the Rhenish lignite mining area. This coal field is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in all of Europe. Still people are forced to resettle and villages and landscapes are destroyed, all for coal mining. In addition to the Climate Camps, the Hambach Forest has been occupied since 2012. In 2015, the action “Ende Gelaende“ was a peak of the climate movement: more than a thousand people occupied a coal mine for one day. With more than 3000 participants, the 2017 camp was the biggest to date in the Rhineland. At the same time the connections to the neighbours aswell as the coal workers were deepened. This can hopefully contribute to kicking off a wide debate on the future of the region.