Kiera Johns Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Sarah Painitz Butler UniversityEco activism materializes when civil society organizes to oppose threats against the environment; threats against their home. German citizens are no strangers to eco activism. Environmentalism and eco activism in Germany picked up in the 1950s and 1960s. These efforts have extended into present day. In 2016, Germany presented the "Energiewende," or Energy Transition. The goal of the Energiewende is for the country to be using 80% renewable energy by 2050. Despite this goal, there are still investments in fossil fuel companies and these investments are threatening landscapes. The 12,000 year old Hambach Forest in West Germany is one of the areas being threatened. Due to coal mining, only 10% of the original landscape exists today. The Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk (RWE) currently holds a contract to use the Hambach forest for surface mining. This presentation will include the different methods of resistance against RWE that have been occurring since 2012. The local citizen interests to preserve the land, which symbolizes home, health and life work against the economic interests of production and extraction. This presentation will be given in German.
Modern Languages, Cultures, & Literatures
When & Where
Jordan Hall 216