A video tribute to tree huggers 1730, 1971 and 2010 Bishnoi, Stockholm, Khimki and Stuttgart

Tord Björk | civil disobedience,Uncategorized | Monday, October 4th, 2010

2010 we see the outburst of tree hugging activism to protect a forest close to Moscow and a park in Stuttgart against large scale infrastructure projects. Both cases have seen heavy repression and wide spread support challenging the development model and those in power.

They have their roots in strong commitments to protect trees all over the world in old times and from the very beginning of environmental activism in the 1970s. The Chipko movement in India that inspired people all over the world started among Himalayan women in 1973 and sees its roots in the acts of Bishnoi women in 1730. One of the first confrontational environmentalism was the Elms battle in Stockholm 1971. With success the action protected the trees with mass civil disobedience forcing the police to withdraw and the politicians to change their minds and decision.

As a tribute to all tree huggers here is videos on the four tree hugging movements are collected:

The Chipko movement starting in the 1970s, its inspiration from the Bishnoi women martyrs 1730 and its Southern Indian counterpart the Appiko movement: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=2014

The Elms battle in Stockholm 1971 when some thousand activists stopped the ongoing felling of the trees and being celebrated by 250 000 visiting supporters during the continued occupation of the trees until the politicians changed their decision: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=2072

The Khimki battle during the end of this decade have seen the same mobilization methods as in Western Europe but have met heavy repression against journalists challenging the corruption behind the motor way project through a forest close to Moscow. Above are people with right wing extremist symbols on their clothes attacking the environmental camp in July 2010. A collection of videos you find here: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1757
A video on the situation now:
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1967
The press release about the founding of the Coalition ”For the forest near Moscow”:
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1954
The call for international solidarity actions in many languages and mcuh other material at the campaign website: www.khimkibattle.org

A longer article with links on the subject: ”Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists” at http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

The struggle against the development project Stuttgart 21 have escalated and caused mass demonstrations with larger and larger number of partcipants, with 100 000 partcipants according to organizers as well as mass civil disobedience actins under heavy attack by the police. A collection of videos you find here: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1999

Call out for solidarity: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=2089The situation by Hanno Böck: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1990

One of the tree huggers in 1971 on her way to win the battle

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