Exposing Europe’s Biggest Hole.
There are some projects Tentsile feels particularly passionate about. And saving forests is certainly one of them. Rise Up are a group of activists on a mission to share a dirty secret and expose Europe’s biggest man-made hole in an attempt to save one of Europe’s ancient forests.
For four years, they have been building tree houses, blocking diggers, promoting themselves and engaging in politics in an attempt to both protect and raise awareness about the disappearing Hambach Forest near Cologne, Germany. As one of Europe’s oldest forests, existing since before the last ice age some twelve thousand years ago, it has a unique biodiversity as the last habitat of some of Germany’s endangered species, among them being the Golden Eagle, the Grey Wolf and the Eurasian Otter. Here is their story:

Utilitzant màquines més grans del món: excavadores de fins a dos terrenys de futbol i fins a un edifici de 30 pisos, RWE està desgastant el bosc de Hambach des de 1968 intentant satisfer la gana insaciable del carbó marró notablement ineficient. Cavant dia i nit, han aconseguit tallar del terra un forat a 1500 metres de profunditat i tan ampli com la ciutat de Colònia (que és una ciutat d’un milió de persones). Per a un país que utilitza més energia solar que qualsevol altre país del món i el doble d’energia renovable que els Estats Units, és vergonyós que RWE hagi pres un 85% de l’antiga selva, lliurant a centrals que són responsables de 13 % de l’emissió de CO2 total d’Alemanya. I això no és tot. Els excavadors no només prenen boscos antics, sinó que també enderroquen pobles sencers i forcen milers de persones fora de casa seva, totalment protegides per la legislació alemanya. 

This whole destruction, for sure, motivates a lot of people to act. And they act in different ways. What we do is protect the trees by living in them. In line with Tentsile’s motto, we believe they can’t cut trees down if we are actually in them. We built a little low-impact village called “Meadow” on the edge of the Forest, now containing around 30 buildings, some made from clay, wood and some recycled materials, others built directly into the ground. We also built tree-houses around 20 metres of the ground, sometimes even connected to each other to become a small tree-house village! We find 350 year old trees (mostly oak) give a huge canopy and a solid construction in which to build. Most of our tree houses are large, well-isolated and oven heated, with bedrooms and balconies.

Aquest mateix poble té tot el que necessita: una cuina comunitària, un teatre, un hotel, un bar, un taller, una botiga gratuïta i molt més. Obtenim energia a partir de plaques solars i un molí de vent fabricat de forma pròpia. Els aliments són autocultius o donats per patrons privats, agricultors locals i fleques o empreses més grans. Al prat, organitzem camps per compartir habilitats, concerts, passejades pel bosc per a les famílies i tenim un espai gratuït per a tothom qui vulgui venir a donar suport. Hi ha gent que arriba i surt cada dia: viatgers i activistes per igual. Fins i tot allotgem algunes velles de la propera ciutat, que acaben de perdre casa. Tothom és benvingut.

Our common goal is to stop the diggers. This is now supported by Tentsile, who donated some of their tree tents, which make it possible to set up a temporary tree occupation in just one hour during the night, protecting 3 trees at once! Tentsile has been a revelation. Every year from October until March the cutting season makes life hard for all of us in the forest. With much effort we try to then occupy the trees in the direct cutting area, making it hard for them to cut and destroy. And with Tentsile's continued help, we feel a little stronger.

Si voleu donar suport als arbres, animals i humans del bosc de Hambach, poseu-vos en contacte amb Rise UP:
hambacherforst@riseup.net 
view our website:
hambacherforst.blogsport.com
o simplement visiteu-nos directament als arbres!
Vostè és sempre benvingut.

 

22 d'abril de 2016 - Jethro Shirley-Smith

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