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