German opencast mining makes Greta Thunberg sad

Environmentalists want to preserve the Hambach forest, and now they have received prominent support: Climate activist Greta Thunberg surprisingly visited the Rhenish lignite mining area.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg visited the lignite mine Hambach in the Rheinische Revier on Saturday. Then the 16-year-old described how difficult the sight was to her: “It was so huge, so devastating and it makes me sad somehow.” Lignite contributes to the ecological crisis. In order to achieve the climate goals, Germany should not burn any more coal, she said, referring to scientists. She also feels with the people who would have to move because of the open pit mine.

Together with the Action Alliance End of Terrain she called on the people on 20 and 27 September to participate in the planned global climate strike. “Time is running out and the rulers continue to disappoint us,” said Thunberg.

On the way to New York

Thunberg is expected to set off from a port in the south of England on a yacht for the UN climate summit in New York next Wednesday. She alone will not be able to change the climate situation, said the 16-year-old, but she could contribute there by their participation in an awareness of the crisis. “And if enough people push, then we can try to bring about a change.”

The Rheinische Revier is considered to be one of the major sources of climate-damaging CO2 in Europe with three ongoing lignite mines. The fight for the Hambacher Forst, which is to be cleared for the progressing opencast mining, stands symbolically for the demand for a quick Kohlaususstieg in Germany.

Over the past few years, the campaign alliance Off-Road has repeatedly demonstrated with blockades of opencast mines, excavators and transport lanes for an immediate coalition exit. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution describes the campaign as having a left-wing extremist influence.

Actor Charles M. Huber leaves CDU

He is known from television and the Bundestag. Charles M. Huber was a member of parliament and CDU member. Now, he has left. The statements of a party comrade were too much for him.

The actor and former Member of the Bundestag Charles M. Huber resigned from the CDU. The reason for this is that the African Commissioner of the Federal Government, Günter Nooke (CDU), had put into perspective the statements made by the supervisory board chairman of Schalke 04, Clemens Tönnies, on the construction of power plants in Africa. Thus Nooke had supported the statements of Tönnies targeted, said Huber, whose father comes from Senegal, on Thursday in the social network Facebook.

Tönnies had recommended building power plants in Africa last week to “stop the Africans from cutting down trees” and “producing children.” Nooke demanded that “the issues raised, such as the disappearance of the rainforest and population growth on the African continent,” have to be “discussed and possibly discussed controversially.” He also criticized Tönnies’ choice of words.

Referring to Nooke, Huber criticized these as repetitive and tenor-like statements that painted the image of a man who did not make a name for himself through competence, but who frequently used his position as Africa Commissioner.

In his capacity, Nooke Germany and African countries have brought each other closer. Africa is thus “made targeted to the scraper of German domestic policy.” “So I see this step as a logical consequence,” Huber wrote with a view to his party exit.

Huber became known through the television series “The Old One.” In the series, the son of a Senegalese diplomat played the Inspector Henry Johnson for nearly ten years. From 2013 to 2017 Huber sat for the Hessian CDU in the Bundestag. Since the end of 2018, he has lived in Senegal.

Höcke uses Frankfurt station attack as justification for his claims

Thuringia’s AFD boss Björn Höcke has demanded a sharper deportation policy in view of the deadly attack at Frankfurt’s main station.

“The murder in Frankfurt was not an isolated incident. Rather, this is the result of – and this may sound a bit cynical – man-made climate change,” said Höcke at the election campaign start of the AfD Youth Young Alternative (JA) in Cottbus. “I’m talking about the societal climate change in this country, which takes place before all our eyes since September 4, 2015.” He referred to the day when Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) made the decision to open the borders to Germany for several thousand refugees.

Last Monday, a 40-year-old man had pushed a mother and eight-year-old son into an arriving train. The boy was overrun by the train. An Eritrean resident of Switzerland was arrested as a suspected perpetrator.

According to Höcke, foreigners in Germany commit offenses more often than average. Physical injuries, sexual assaults, murder and manslaughter by immigrants had increased significantly between 2014 and 2018 – referring to data from the Federal Criminal Police Office. He demanded consequences and said in view of the elections: “We want a farewell culture in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony for illegal immigrants.” One must also think about “border protection at the national borders.” When he shouted, “We want our black-red-gold country back,” there was applause.

According to a study by the media scientists Thomas Hestermann (Hamburg) and Elisa Hoven (Leipzig), the AfD systematically stirs up fear of immigrants in press releases on crime. The scientists had all 242 press releases of the AfD on crime in Germany from last year analyzed and compared with the crime statistics: “As far as the AfD in the case of suspects called the nationality, 95 percent are foreigners, only 5 percent German,” said Hestermann on demand.

The Brandenburger AFD country chief and top candidate Andreas Kalbitz attacked in Cottbus the climate protection requirements of the Greens and the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. “If we do everything that Greta and the Greens say, we will not fly anymore, eat no more meat, best of all, stop having children,” said Kalbitz.

Not far from the venue of the Young Alternatives in Cottbus, a broad coalition called “Appell von Cottbus” protested under the slogan “Platzverweis: Höcke.” Brandenburg’s Minister of Culture Martina Münch (SPD), who participated, said: “We want to show that we are a majority.”

Höcke is the founder of the right-wing national “wing” in the AfD, which, like the JA, is classified by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution as a “suspected case” in the area of ​​right-wing extremism.

Party leader Meuthen criticized an event of the “wing” in early May in Bavaria, in which all three verses of the German song were sung and stood by the Höcke smiling. “These are processes that we should not have, and we have not in the AfD, which was a ‘wing’ event, and the” wing “is not part of the AfD,” said Meuthen in the ZDF summer interview. “The members who are within our program and at the same time belong to the” wing “belong without any ifs and buts to our party, those who represent extremist positions, that is a small minority, against which I resolutely turn.”

Meuthen conceded a “direction debate,” but showed self-confidently: “I’m very, very sure, that’s why I see this more relaxed than some, that the majorities are there, wherever I am, so bourgeois, conservative, liberal.”

Maas asks Poland for forgiveness for Nazi crimes

75 years ago, the uprising in Warsaw began against the Nazi regime. On the occasion of the anniversary, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited the Polish capital – and found clear words.

On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising against the German occupying forces, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has asked Poland for forgiveness for the Nazi crimes. “I am ashamed of what was done to your country by Germans and in the German name, and I am ashamed that this debt was kept secret for far too long after the war,” he said Thursday in the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising in Polish Capital.

At the same time, he spoke out in favor of a memorial for the Polish victims of Nazi rule in Berlin. “This is long overdue,” said the SPD politician. “Such a memorial would not only be a gesture of reconciliation with Poland, but it would also be significant for us Germans.” The crimes could not be undone and many wounds would never heal. “But we can help ensure that the victim is thought of and appropriate.”

In Berlin there are already monuments for individual groups of victims of the Nazi era. The largest and most famous is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe next to the Brandenburg Gate. In addition, there are also monuments to the murdered Sinti and Roma and homosexuals. Polish politicians have been calling for a memorial to the Polish victims for a long time. Meanwhile, there is also an initiative by members of parliament of all fractions – except the AfD.

On August 1, 1944, the Armia Krajowa – the Polish Home Army – had risen against the occupying power of the Nazis. After 63 days, the Warsaw Uprising was bloodily defeated. About 200,000 Polish soldiers and civilians were killed during the fighting, and about half a million were subsequently deported. In revenge, the Polish capital was almost completely razed by the Nazis. Maas is the highest-ranking German guest in commemoration of the uprising since Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who was in 2004 for the 60th anniversary in Warsaw.

Is the German forest facing collapse?

German forests are suffering from drought, pests and storms. Calls for effective and fast help have become louder. The Union-led forestry departments of the federal states are calling for a master plan.

The German forest has many enemies. Because it storms more often and more violently, the forest is, according to statements of the Federal Environment and Nature Conservation, stressed. Massive forest damage, from the Baltic Sea to Lake Constance, is the result.

The BUND speaks after the forest dying in the 1980s already from the “Forest Dying 2.0.” At that time, due to the altered ph value in the soil, trees dropped leaves and needles and died.

Klöckner demands half a billion for afforestation

At the beginning of July, Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) called for the “multi-million trees program.” A reforestation program that is estimated to cost more than half a billion euros. Money to flow from the Energy and Climate Fund. On Thursday, Klöckner will meet representatives from Saxony, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in Moritzburg near Dresden. Also, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer wants to be there. Together they want to visit in Auer near Moritzburg a badly pulled wooded area.

Klöckner also wants to convene a national forest summit in September. “Our forest is massively damaged,” she told the “Rheinische Post.” “It is only by joining forces that we can do the mammoth task that lies ahead to save our forest – not only for us, but for future generations.” In August, she will hold a technical discussion with representatives of forestry, timber industry and environmental associations and science. “It’s not just about investing millions in afforestation, but also the long-term adaptation of forests to climate change,” Klöckner said.

“The bad news from the forest does not break off,” said Saxony’s Minister of Forestry Thomas Schmidt (CDU). “Every day new bad news reaches us, so we need to act urgently.” According to him, since 2018, more than 100,000 hectares of forest have been damaged by storms, droughts and pests nationwide. The Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald (SDW) even speaks of 120,000 hectares that have already died. According to this, especially spruce, but also pines, beech and oak trees would die.