The open-pit mine in Hambach is one of Europe's largest, but activists want to shut it down. They're taking to the trees to pressure the mine's operators into ceasing operations.
From activists risking their liberty to block coal, to US businesses sticking with the Paris accord regardless of Trump, ordinary folk fed up waiting for change have outshone the big political players at COP24.
Thousands of people have protested to save the last 200 hectares of western Germany's ancient Hambach Forest. The forest is at risk of being felled to allow energy giant RWE to continue its lignite mining operations.
Some 20,000 miners marched through Bergheim demanding protection for their jobs as the coal commission met to draw up a plan to phase out coal-fired power generation. Environmentalists were also there to make a point.
Police say they are close to clearing the last remaining activist tree houses from the Hambach Forest. Energy firm RWE, which wants to raze the woodland to expand its mine, says there's no way the trees will be spared.
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