Michael Trammer

Climate Activism in Germany
Location: Hannover
Nationality: German
Biography: Freelance photo- and videojournalist based in Hannover and Munich. Work mainly focused on social movements, breaking news, politics, far-right extremism and humanitarian crisis. Searching for calmness among chaos.  I like photo-essays &... read on
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Climate Activism in Germany
Credits: michael trammer
Date of Work: 11/05/17 - Ongoing
Updated: 07/23/19
Location: Rheinland
During the past years the climate crisis, consequences of global warming, our habits  of consumption and the capitalist exploitation of our resources have become a topic that society as a whole sees itself confronted with. During the globale climate strike 1.4 million people took it to the streets and demanded a mindchange in climate politics.  In a variety of collective actions people offer restistance and attempt to force immediate political changes. At some points a connection of our ecological problems and their systemic, economical cause sometimes falls short.

In the Rhinland lignite mining area and at other coal sites groups of activists block and stop operation. The actions mainly target infrastructure  and therefore what keeps the German economy running. The occupation and the successful reoccupation of Hambacher Forst have become a symbol for the untamable mind of the climate movement. In nightly actions of small groups or as people break through police lines with thousands to reach the open surface pit during mass protests: Police attempts to stop the mass civil disobedience and sees itself confronted with problems händeringend the actions. The consensus of the actions has a pacifist touch to it, demanding no harm to people and no use of violence. Therefore activists run towards police ready to beat and arrest them, not resisting,  but trying to avoid confrontation.

These moments to collective resistance, as thousands move through fields in the Rhineland or climb down into the open cast pits, deliver a feeling of freedom. In the rut of the existing system several thousands join the civil disobedience and attempt to shut down the heart of capitalismPictures were taken during the past four years, mainly in the Rhineland mining area and attempt to deliver the feeling of freedom by collective actions.

Im Verlauf der letzten Jahre ist die Klimakrise, die Folgen der globalen Erderwärmung, unseres Konsum und der kapitalistischen Verwertung von Ressourcen mehr und mehr zu einem gesamtgesellschaftlichen Thema geworden. Zum globalen Klimastreik gingen in Deutschland 1,4 Millionen Menschen auf die Straße um ein klimapolitisches Umdenken zu fordern. In verschiedensten Formen leisten Menschen kollektiven Widerstand und versuchen unmittelbare politische Änderungen zu bewirken. Eine Vermittlung der ökologischen Probleme und deren, systemischer, ökonomischer Ursache kommt ihnen  zu kurz.

Im direkten Umfeld des rheinischen Braunkohlereviers und an anderen Kohlestandorten blockieren und stoppen verschiedene Gruppen von Aktivist*innen den Betrieb. Die Aktionen sind immer stets in Angriff auf die Kohle-Infrastruktur und damit auf das, was die deutsche Wirtschaft am laufen hält. Mit der Besetzung und der später erfolgreichen Wiederbesetzung, wurde der Hambacher Forst zum Symbol für unbändigbarkeit der Klimabewegung. Ob nächtlichen Aktionen durch Kleingruppen oder ein durchbrechen in die Grube bei Großprotesten: Die Polizei versucht den massenhaften zivilen Ungehorsam zu stoppen und sieht sich mit Problemen konfrontiert. Der Aktionskonsens des großteils der Aktionen ist pazifistisch angehaucht. So rennen Aktivist*innen oftmals auf Schlagstock schwingende Polizist*innen zu, wehren sich nicht, sondern durchfließen einfach Polizeiketten.

Diese Momente des kollektiven Widerstands, wenn tausende auf einmal über weite Felder im Rheinland oder die steile Grubenkante bewegen, kommen einem Freiheitsgefühl nahe. Im Trott des bestehenden Systems beteiligen sich oft mehrere Tausend Menschen am zivilen Ungehorsam und legen das Herz des Kapitalismus lahm.
Die Bilder sind in den vergangenen vier Jahren, hauptsächlich im rheinischen Braunkohlerevier entstanden und sollen das Freiheitsgefühl der Aktionen vermitteln.

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