We did not go for a walk properly. We went to know the reality of a people suffering, injustice and displacement by one of the largest multinationals, generator of Energy RWE.
Who does not remember the denunciation of a Peruvian peasant to this company? (see the following information: https://sophimania.pe/medio-ambiente/cambio-climatico-y-desastres/pera-campesino-demanda-a-gigante-energetica-alemana-por-ser-causante-del-lentanta- global/
We are in Manheim-Germany, one of the peoples fighting for conservation against the coal industry, the identity of its people and its forests.
This mine begins its work "legally" in 1978. The eviction of the towns, is an act declared totally legal.
Of 40 villages each with more than 1,000, 1,500, 1,700 inhabitants face survival rather than being buried in the planet's cemetery. The negotiations that began in 2012 and ended in 2022, have left behind bitter tastes and discontent in their payments.
Those who live here, are about 100 young people. Some, they say come to live, in solidarity one or two weeks, and they have been staying 1 or 2 years, young people from other countries have come, who, knowing the experience, have come to support. The experience began in 2014, they tell on their anti-carbon blog: /
These young environmentalists not only from Germany, but from Europe, are committed to defending the 600 hectares of the oldest forest in this country.
Despite the persecution of the company RWE, who is supported by the police, they have, with the solidarity of neighbors, family and friends, (doctor, dentist, medicines, etc.) who provide them with food and drinking water. They have a kitchen, where they take turns cooking in a communal way. Its main objective, stop the excavators, chainsaws and any ax or criminal machete that threatens any tree.
Every year, during the winter season, the company deforests between 70-80 hectares of forest, looking for new layers of coal.
We have been lucky to have a guided tour, to learn about this sad reality of what is happening on our planet.
The company RWE has 9,000 workers ... almost all of them, inhabitants of the area, which due to the "guarantees" that RWE offers, it becomes more difficult, to organize people, not to accept, sell their assets and the future of his children, "for a plate of lentils".
"God blessed them and said:" Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and protect it, take care of it. Exercise dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth. "Genesis 1:28
* Roman Catholic Presbyter.