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tv   Reporter - Last Farmer Standing - Defying a Giant  Deutsche Welle  January 30, 2022 7:15am-7:31am CET

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they often bulldoze whatever stands in their way. dozens of villages have already been flattened and it seems little god will be next. time to live in the district. government decided to expropriate your fault, but residence and activists are fighting back. they don't want more cool. powered electricity about where's the sense in touting and energy transition while flattening a village to mind more cool? where on route to live? so that in the far west of germany, more than 1500 people once lived here and in the neighboring villages. most of now
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moved away in their place. climate activists have come. they are currently about $100.00 of them here. there are also private security forces working for energy company ave 8th. will they keep an eye on what's going on here? loses lies within a few dozen meters of the gods. violets by open cast mine, which locals simply call the hole every year across germany, ebay a produces about 100000000 tons of late night, brown coal. he presses even pushing further and further into the land of coming closer and closer to loose her off. i beheld mom, the excavators aren't going to stop of their own accord. this is christina for years and i always had the sense that they're eating everything up. i was like, vicks wasn't the pick, keeps getting bigger. my me and i used to live in the village of bush. nick, me, i'm on the wall. that's gone. i could put on and on. it goes, i don't so far. farmer, a car toy camp has held on to his farm,
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but of the 100 hector's. he once had. he now owns just 17. the rest have been expropriated, and ebay also wants his remaining fields and his farm. he's taken the matter to court. it's a fight that's dragged on for years and cost him nearly $100000.00 euros. the david versus goliath struggle has led to some branding him a hero. you see me, he has hair. this is, i don't see myself as a hero. when the city is just the way it is on this being com you, if you go to big issue here now in a lot of people come in including the media, doing stories about it said see me and he said, but it will blow over once the matter settled fenders more, but it's not over yet. in high camp stresses that he's always open to talks, but he doesn't think ebay wants to negotiate seriously. the company won't comment in front of our cameras. they respond to our inquiries
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only in writing and in very general terms. they say the coal is needed to secure energy supplies for a transitional period as a step towards a climate neutral system. in the past, the local cold deposits were a key part of this. but boy camp has seen studies that say otherwise, i'm comp, all of these, if you can get there without impacting the villages around kind of uncommon, including lutes around. so i think all multi an energy companies have enough coal insecure. the energy suppliers we showed was good, but the conflict goes deeper than a legal dispute between a $1000000000.00 corporation and one farmer. the big question is, how fast should germany's transition to greener energy b? the country wants to become climate duty by 2045. the activists here say the transition to renewables is too slow for years. hundreds of them have been supporting the farmer. they've set up camp next to the farm. with one of them is florian, it's shun the 30 year old studies philosophy. living in
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a camp like this is new for him, but he's long been politically active, including campaigning for new refugee policy. a does this yolanda been the fact that i am here? no one has to do with new friends i met before we came here comes and damage all the info. they convinced me like that the climate crisis is the most urgent challenge facing humanity at the moment is warrant on city men, so deep or survival of humanity that depends on it and side, hanged on under for and especially the survival of people are in the global southward named, they sleep in hudson, the trees, wooden shacks, or air, they, a owned buildings, which they occupied. w just unfold to resistance is working here in that we created an occupational account. ma'am. i'm didn't came in in this can be on. we organize ourselves her off guard in the morning. more we distribute the necessary tasks or
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puts whether it's cleaning the toilets or ships in the kitchens. and their next goal is to put on an event to save lid, so that that's also oliver counter bergs aim for almost 20 years. the seaman's employee lived with his wife and daughter in this house in cool, cool. a few minutes drive from little god to day it no longer belongs to him. it's owned by ebay a and it's empty because cuckoo is also said to be demolished. the we were forced to sell was and we didn't go voluntarily. that icing or we only had one buyer, and that was f a these at some point let's them as a family we had to say despite the big resistance we've put out on the life we're selling, we see ourselves as we settlers. so a necessity. but cuckoo missed that to survive. after all. that's thanks to the change of federal government. according to the new coalition agreement, the town won't have to give way to open cast mining. just when oliver canonsburg
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was coming to terms with his situation. logan isn't us after we moved away for almost 2 years. i couldn't come here because i couldn't bear it. or isn't johan con to you to have the place was decaying, overflowing, and how the village in our house or would probably suffer the same fate as others before them. old or foil one such place as mannheim a half hour drive south. in this village most of the houses have been demolished. the church has been closed. the heaps of earth are being used to shore up the open cast mine. the future of little god, the village of farmer echoed hoyt camp will likely be decided by the courts. ebay aide position is clear. the company needs legal clarity. so long as there are no new laws, the existing plans still apply. those plans include the end of little that all of upon a bad can't understand it. especially since the new federal government has been
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clear about the eminent end of open cast mining regardless of politics. above all, he'd like to buy back his old house from ebay. alesongo for everybody says the villages will remain as they are, it goes on the f, a n a or basically just carries on as if nothing had changed since woman. that's like the a bit that's really disappointing for us all dims enough ones for including in the sense which until you could come to the table and say, okay, be the end of how can we fix this on bring these villages back to like from the bottom of what's happening now, so it just hurts all over again. it was you. another cuckoo resident is student davi denies in. his family is one of the few who didn't sell their farm to ebay. much like farmer, high comp davita, less concerned about money than about the fate of his home. they shan't, michigan's proposed and i've made a conscious decision to continue my life here at my grandparents farm by this mere
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own globe. if you means a great deal to me to be able to take the horses out in the morning to be among the chickens signs of cons. i'll he also have her on orchard about with our own apples and pears on davida and his family are relieved that the village of cocoon will remain standing after all. now they want to save little god farmer, high. com village to the struggle over their own home involved 5 years of bitter fighting. ellis does act. ups are often moments when i didn't know how i go on was to view sits anguish, vide i good. but something always gave me strength. mankey, muddy coffee. i knew that in the end we had to prevail listening because it wasn't just about our little house. we're all ones like lines how in the end members, it's a fight. the revolves around the climate crisis and the key mac and also involves many people in the global south elementary camp. i'd denise came from, couldn't be bailey now. i'm in english and seen mid.
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so guns moves on them to the nurse. i saw, ah, a few days later there is a protest to save little got several 100 of come, many from neighboring villages and also former residents who have had to move away . the protest is being live streamed on social media. florian, it's john prepares for his role as m. c. more protesters arrive, not all of them want to be recognized. gus is info. it's just monstrous what's being destroyed in terms of land and people being displaced in cultural assets and so ongoing throughout or you don't need to do this anymore. gov, i reached mil, ebay keeps going mobile, which is really terrible with me. most of the demonstrators stay
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in one part of little hotel, but on the other side of the village, the protest takes a turn act of his suddenly occupy a building that's been bought up by ebay. until now it's been used by the companies on security forces who are standing guard. this is our house shelter protesters. it'll remain our house. oh, oh. oh. oh. the air they, a security forces are taken by surprise. they retreat as active as take control of the building. only the cannon bag wonders why there aren't police here like a previous demonstrations here. let me sort of, i see it like this does your, with your, with lower one pest control the government and the police once i have now determined
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that things can't go on like this either. oh, nice me. all right, again or fe, one has basically been using the government to put it's and the police to push through its own interest. listen, i'm going to talk to mr. a few meters away. davi doesn't, and his mother are collecting donations for the preservation of little that the cameras are aimed at the stage as florian talks to the crowd in. hi, i'm florian, so i'm an activist here and let's harass a little. and i'm one of the presenters here here to guide you through this live stream today. and also if you belong before this, this resistance streamed alive to the world. farmer echoed hoyle, camp hope's the message will eventually reach ebay. didn't miss glad it's clear to every once of that late night and is the biggest polluter in our country as far as c o 2 is concerned. let's move on and you can't just sweep it under the rug. that's
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there. i'll speak. so i think the end of leg night is obvious to energy company, ebay as wise as a, has already announced plans to invest billions and green energy. but so long as the company wants to destroy the village of little hot, such promises won't change the mood here. ah, a new made in vienna is in these kids for you to perfect. wow. and that's been my work for the full 2 years in patsy. the 3rd knows all about the secret to the snow globe. because he's grandfather invented it. we visit his workshop in vienna. your room on d w. ah
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