Solidarity with the Dannenröder Forest
Support the Dannenröder forest fight
offline and online
We need you
For decades people have been trying to protect an old-growth forest from being destroyed by a new highway. The Dannenröder forest - also known as "Danni" - is a mixed forest that has trees that are over 200 years old and is home to many endangered species like bats, newts and fire salamanders. Over the last year, people have moved into the Danni and surrounding forests to protect it from being destroyed to make room for a motorway expansion. They started living together with nature in just a few tree houses, which have blossomed into villages spanning the area.
Forests play a decisive role in the fight against global warming, absorb CO2 and provide homes for a myriad of plants and animals. Instead of building ever more highways, we need to increase our efforts to make transport climate and forest friendly.
But instead of supporting the fight for climate justice and living in a way that restores our connection with nature, the German government has already started clearing trees. This not only jeopardizes a local drinking water reserve, it also provides a playground for pollution and climate change.
Now it's your turn!
Share your message
The people living in tree houses are already making noise locally, but we know that the local and federal governments would like this to go away without much international noise. Especially, because next year there are elections. The more noise there is, the more eyes on Danni, the more pressure on German government and harder it will be to uproot the trees - and the treehouses.
Show your solidarity:
- Write your message message of support - remember to include #danni bleibt - on some cardboard
- Then tie it to a tree, attach it to your bike or put it in your window
- You can also draw a chalk message - including #dannibleibt - on a sidewalk in your neighbourhood
- Or use natural materials to spell out a #dannibleibt messagein a park or other public area
- Let your creativity flow!
To make sure that your solidarity messages find their way to the activists on site and the politicians responsible for the forest destruction, take a picture of your message and post it online using the hashtags #dannibleibt and #keineA49.
You'll show them the Danni forest fight has international support!
Then take a moment to inspire others by sharing your photo with us to post here. Please send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (including your location and name if you like). We will then upload your photo under this post. We are looking forward to your receiving your creations
Thanks to Simone from Hamburg, Melanie, Frida and Käthe from Hamburg, Julie from Mainz, Jürgen and Rabea from Groß Zimmern and Suse from Essen!
Send a leaf to the Danni
There are bright autumn leaves in the most brilliant colours these days. Let's collect some, write solidarity messages on them and then build a tree with them brimming with wishes for the Danni.
Help the solidarity tree for the Danni grow and flourish:
- Find a colourful leaf
- Write a message and "#dannibleibt" or just "#dannibleibt" on the leaf
- Please make sure to write clearly so the activists can read your message!
- Felt-tip pens, permanent marker, acrylic paint and white out all work
- Place a white sheet of paper underneath your leaf
- Take a picture of it from above, in daylight and high resolution
- Please check your photo to make sure your message is easy to read
- Repeat as many times as you like!
- Send your photo(s) to: Solifot.email@example.com
Your photos will adorn this tree, giving it a new dress of leaves, full of wishes, thoughts and messages for the Danni.
We have already received many great photos, from which we could give this tree a new colorful leaf dress.
The tree will then be taken next week to the Danni. We'll keep you posted on the artwork's development and new home. And we would be happy to get even much more photos from you to bring some more banners into the Danni forest.
For added impact, send your leaf to the politicians calling the shots!
- Press your leaf for 3-5 days between the pages of a book or an old newspaper
- Then put it into an envelope and send it on its way to
At this point in time, in our opinion, both the, Tarek Al-Wazir, and the, are the right contacts.
Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing Tarek Al-Wazir
Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Wohnen
German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer
Abgeordnetenbüro Andreas Scheuer MdB
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