The Hambach forest in Germany is 12,000 years old. Less than a tenth of it remains. Now the German coal giant, RWE, wants to destroy more forest to expand its dirty mine—and police have begun forcibly removing the people trying to protect it.
Sign the petition to stop the destruction and call for a timely phase out of coal in Germany.
Right now in Germany, a coal exit commission is discussing when to cut this polluting fossil fuel from its energy mix. An ambitious end date for coal is critical to meet global targets to tackle climate change.
But energy giant RWE could ruin efforts to protect the climate, if it moves ahead with plans to further clear the ancient Hambach forest and open up new areas for coal mining. The company is trying to undermine a growing consensus on the urgency to quit coal. We can’t allow this to happen.
A handful of German ministers* have the power to protect Hambach forest. Tell them to make sure that RWE does not clear a single tree while coal exit negotiations are underway. The forest—and our climate—must be protected.
*This appeal is directed at:
- North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU)
- North Rhine-Westphalia Minister of the Environment Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU)
- Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU)
- Federal Minister of Environment, Svenja Schulze (SPD)
This is a joint action with Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and Campact e.V.