German Forests Dying Again

And again, and again…

Forest

The first big German forest death that I remember was way back when in the 1980s. It was caused by something they called “acid rain” and this led to the Waldsterben or “forest death” epidemic, or Waldsterben 1.0. It was a terrible death and a dog gone shame.

But now, with Waldsterben 2.0 in the year 2019, German forests (already dead) are dying again, only this time it’s due to climate change (extreme heat, storms and new insect plagues). RIP or something.

Flash forward three decades and, to the untrained eye, Germany’s forests resemble that man in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: not dead yet.

This Is Tree-Hugger Treason!

Or treeson, I should say. What? They’re already ready to give up after a mere six years and just… leaf?

Tree

German police confront treehouse activists after six-year standoff – Hundreds of police officers have descended on a patch of forest in western Germany occupied by activists living in treehouses, in an escalation of a long-running environmental battle.

Dozens of protesters have occupied 60 treehouses, some as high as 25 metres off the ground, since 2012 in an attempt to protect the ancient Hambach forest from being felled to make way for the expansion of an open-pit coalmine.

Why, I’m shocked. Wood you believe it? And they were doing such a treemendous job up there, too. What do they do now? Look for a new branch of work?

Polizei holt ersten Hambach-Aktivisten von Plattform.