Monthly Archive: November 2017

Calendar and Call-Out for a Burning Winter in Paris: December’s Climate Summit

 

Let’s prepare them for a burning winter! Joint declaration of territories in fight against the climate summit of December 12 in Paris

 

At a time when a new search, intended to asphyxiate and criminalize any attempt at resistance, strikes Bure, we publish here a common forum signed by many associations, collectives and territories in struggle. In the face of attempts at intimidation, our determination will be shared and our calendar will be common throughout the month of December! Decentralized call for action around December 6th!

Urgency in the territories as in the street!

Living in threatened or defending areas, we have met several times to declare an emergency month of struggles together. Indeed, the coming month of December is likely to cover a particular meaning for us, at least two titles.

First, it will be an opportunity for the Macron government – December 12 – to celebrate the two years of the tragic farce that was COP21. There is no doubt that our National Banker will be delighted to claim heir to the climate agreement, and to pose as the undisputed champion of “green growth”, barely a month after publicly supporting a destructive mining project in Guyana, and took the position, through the voice of his minister, in favor of the burial of radioactive waste.

From the COP 21, we remember the bitterness of having seen the main perpetrators of the climate rampage come together with impunity at the end of 2015 and claim to have the solutions to their own madness, and the anger of having seen our demonstrations banned under cover state of emergency. But we also remember the arrival at Versailles and the overflowing joy of a bike-trailer from Notre-Dame-des-Landes and making superfluous commune after commune the strict application of this new regime of exception …

Two years later, the memory of these convoys coming from the West, but also from the East and South-East is still very much alive, especially since December 2017 could be a pivotal month in the fight against airport project. It will indeed close the “mediation” at the end of which the government should rule on the fate of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Who knows, then, if we will not have to go back for the sticks we symbolically planted near Bellevue Farm in October 2016 to once again defend the ZAD? Who knows if, in the event of abandonment, Notre-Dame-des-Landes will not be used to make better accept a violent expulsion from Bois Lejuc, to Bure, or from the busy forest of Roybon? Somewhere in this field of possibilities, a historic moment will be played out in every case and we are ready to seize it in flight.

 

The time of convergence


It is therefore from this double context that we speak, and that we claim to put our finger on what, beyond the singularity of our struggles, holds us together and animates us. What is common between an eco-district in Dijon, an airport in Notre-Dame, a nuclear waste bin in Bure, an electric transformer in Saint-Victor, a pellet plant on the Millevaches plateau, a power station at Biomasse in Gardanne , mining drilling in the Amazon rainforest, a motorway in Strasbourg, another between Saint-Etienne and Lyon, a gas plant in Landivisiau, mines in Central Brittany, sand mining in Lannion Bay, etc. ? Probably much more than it looks, actually.

By blocking logistics of capitalist development in territories, we share at least a certain love of groves, mountains, plateaus, beaches, sea and forests. We also share a desire to reappropriate various skills and, through them, an intuition of what would be a life more independent of control and profit logic. Finally, we have in common to be grappling with a certain type of institutional ecological discourse, such as that carried by the COP21: the same one that makes up the energy accumulation in “transition”, which promotes nuclear power as an energy carbon-free and therefore “clean”, which roughly empties airports and Center Parcs to make them acceptable, which sells under the terms of smart and green a total dispossession of our lives by metropolises become smart and connected.

That’s enough to convince us of the possibility of a joint declaration and the need for a common agenda. And that’s why we, living in various struggling territories, say:

• that we are not fooled by the Great Masses and their commemorations;
• that we will fight everywhere against the destruction of agricultural lands and forests, whether in the countryside (as in Bure, Roybon, NDDL or on the Millevaches plateau), around the cities (as in Strasbourg or Gonesse) or in their very bosom (as in Dijon);
• that the government will not quietly get rid of the NDDL issue, and that it is under our gaze and within reach of our voices that it will have to decide;
• that if the airport is maintained, we are still ready to defend the ZAD from our respective territories;
• in case of abandonment, it will not be the pill for other projects or a sympathetic showcase for the violent expulsion of other occupied areas. We call for the greatest vigilance regarding the situation in Bure and Roybon, throughout the winter!

We therefore assert our solidarity with one another, and are ready to support each other throughout December and beyond!

Common calendar of struggling territories:

  • December 2: Demonstration in Saint-Affrique against the electrical transformer RTE of Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu (more info: twelve.noblogs.org)
  • 6 – 12 December: for Saint-Nicolas, Bure calls for a week of decentralized actions in reaction to Hulot’s announcements. (more info: burestop.eu / vmc.camp)
  • December 9: Demonstration on the Millevaches plateau against the Carbon Ingen’r Bugeat Viam pellet plant (CIBV) (contact: biomassecritique@riseup.net)
  • December 16th: Roybon forest festival (more info: zadroybon.wordpress.com)
  • For events announced later, it will be possible to consult throughout the month of December the agenda of zad.nadir.org

In parallel with this calendar, other events organized elsewhere:

  • December 8: European Day Against Large Unnecessary and Imposed Projects (events in Lyon, Nièvre, Toulouse, Le Havre …)
  • December 10: People’s Court in Paris (more info: pasuneurodeplus.info)
  • December 12: Actions on the occasion of the anniversary of the Paris agreement: climatic summit at Seguin Island

signatories:

AVEYRON = The Amassada (hut and fight against the transformer thousand wind turbines)

BRITTANY = Sand grain in the machine (Lannion bay)

BURE = Full of Owls of Bure / Bure Stop 55 / The EODRA (Association of Elected Opposites to Cigeo) / CEDRA (Collectif Haut-Marne against Landfill)

CENTER PARCS = Center Parcs Ni Here Ni Elsewhere (coordination against the Roybon, Poligny and Rousset Center Parcs) / The inhabitants of the Roybon / De Tout Bois forest (collective fight against the Center Parcs Roybon) / Assembly of opponents at Center Parcs (Jura) / Jura Collective of opponents at Center Parcs / Collective Jay of Rousset 71 / SOS Forest Franche-Comté

CEVENNES = Bugs

DIJON = Free area of ​​Lentillères

LYON = ZAD Lyon Collective

LIMOUSINE MOUNTAIN / MILLEVACHES TRAIN = Collectif Biomasse critique

NDDL = inhabitants of the zad and opponents at nddl airport and his world

SAINT-ETIENNE = Assembly against the A45 … and more

 

 

translated by Earth First! Journal

Montier en Der or the world behind objectives !

All is about nature here, about natural environment, birds migration… about everything that brings anyone who’s wondering or fascinated by the surrounding world, to feel the inifinite desire to protect those wealth close to everyone.

Birds have fascinated soldiers in the second world war’s trenches … larks and titmices’ songs where sounding between two bombardments, inspiring french troops’  dreams. They inspired musicians like Messian, but what they where inspiring french soldiers was priceless : imagine theirselves home, free and far away from trench. Which freedom inspired Bois Lejuc woods occupants and other Bure owls* during June 2016 ? The elusive feeling of being in the world ! Pleasure to live in forest, fighting together, feel contact with humus and hearing to song trushes, chichaffs, titis, piping plover’s concert… Walden or life in the woods but also resistance against nucleocrats !In the region of Der, in humid Champagne and residual bocage’s heart, significantly dented by agronomic industry, lives a multitude of migratory birds coming mostly from north of Europe. Tens of thousands of gray cranes are meeting there each year, and their concerts and ballets are captivating our attention, and with them miscellaneous species like greylag gooses … crowds of anatidae, shorebirds, passerines, raptors, tall egrets, so rare some decades ago.

This region is not only attractive for avifauna but also for ornitologist traveller. Hunters are massively sampling the lake’s periphery. Their fridges are filled to the extreme. A big deal for an ruthless and invasive business: go and see hotel rooms’ prices ! Recently a Casino, and of course not a grocery was built there ! Gifaumont’s leisure port was extended and didn’t respect littoral laws. Quite naturally, Montier en Der’s animal photography exhibition joined this economical expansion more than twenty years ago. 

Still, let’s not bit the hand that feed us : conferences and talented exhibitions are organized. For instance, original testifies, from naturalist volunteers, protecting for a long time the golden eagle and the montague’s harrier. Thus, while we’re amazed, It became a taboo to ask questions regarding the simultaneous and scaring situation of the destruction of the world surrounding us by an absolute predator system, that, neither the first peoples nor the humanity, the wildlife, and the world’s flora can escape from.

And not the most emblematic one: the phenomenon is global and touch the most unknown living beings, such as the collembola living in the the litter on the ground and the herbaceous stratum, and reptiles amphibian, the batraciens, and the entomofauna. The main reasons are the destruction of the biotopein a large scale, for the needs of the agro-chemical-industry. Rivers, riverine habitats, humid zone, bocages and forest feeding the industrialist and capitals. 

The numerous photographers exhibiting in Montier, introduce us to the sight of a disitegrating world they can search in the planet far away. Indeed, in on the doorsteps of the town, we fly over the installation of nuclear wastes storages of Soulaines, Morvilliers, the Briennes compaction center. The ANDRA (the National Agency for Radioactive Wastes) bought everything in the area, thousands of hectare of agricultural land, and the greedy conscious of most local elected representatives. Leucemia are raising in number in 15km around the Soulaines garbage.

In St Dizier, the future is also shining with the lighting implantation of an industrial centre that aims to the maintenance of the french nuclear parc. But the townhall, partner of the Montier festival, cares about the future of the forest and the first peoples, like the  Papuans from New Guinea..; Indeed, It organize a conference meeting called : Brothers of tress, the call of the papuan leader. Something to dream about !

To a future without criminal deforestation for the first peoples, to a future without nuclear and nuclear grave in Bure. To these elected representatives, who admire distant territories and peoples in fight for their survive, we say “Bravo”, but we also say : stop providing to the ANDRA nuclecrats craziness the Meuse and Haute Marne’s forrests. This is the whole of the territory that depends on It, and the future of the local populations will never depends on a nuclear grave.

We are the birds of the coming storm.

Written on one of the walls in the Lejuc wood. 

 Today, and since June 2016, we’ve been living in this forest called the Lejuc Wood, and we take Its daily defense on. Thanks to a lot of local supports, national and regional, implanted in the plateau of the Barrois in Bur the House of the Resistance in Bure, and in other towns, we take the lead of the future of a territory with all inhabitants aware. By antinuclear struggles history, we know ANDRA has a kind of colonial power and embodies the, like a state in the State, the omnipotence of this one. We learnt how brutal It can be (seriously injured protestors on the August 15th 2017, and massive polices searches in September 2017), but the use of the strenght will not make us give up. We replied by creating new support comitees. Because our struggle is on the side of the future and life.

The goal of Bure : the Lejuc Wood !

Join us in the forest, for a day, a year, play a part in our wildlife, flora, chiropterans and all species of bird’s census round … and above all : refuse to collaborate with the ANDRA and Its associates : contact the House of the Resistance, and get informed on en.vmc.camp

* Bure’s owls is like the activists living and fighting in Bure and around like to name theirselves