A DIFFERENT LOOK

Documentaries about people and their worlds

Climate Savers against Electrical Giants

A film by Karin de Miguel-Wessendorf
First showing: 10.11.16, 22.40, WDR

The Rhenish brown coal field is the biggest source of CO2 in Europe. The opencast pit engulfes entire villages and also the Hambacher Forest. But some activists are fighting against this destruction. They live in up to thirty tree houses and try to stop the clearing of the valuable biotope. Also, the residents of the affected villages won't give up their homeland without a struggle - some stay as long as possible. They are supported by a citizens' initiative nearby, people who fear the same fate. And RWE, the energy group operating in strip mining, wants to reduce brown coal by 2045, is under increasing pressure, since church groups and local politicians have joined the resistance.

We have accompanied the protagonists for one year. For example Clumsy, who built a tree house at 18 meters height. For four years, he has been living at an altitude of 18 meters to prevent the dredges from moving forward. "By living in the tree house, I'm standing in their way." Or Lars Zimmer, one of the last inhabitants of Immerath. Most residents have already moved, but he does not want to leave his home: "If there was more resistance, RWE would not have a walk-over to raze these villages to the ground." And Antje Grothus from Buir, a few kilometers from the opencast mine in Hambach: "If we can not stop it, the excavators will be standing in front of our doors."

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