Berlin startup offers €1m to save ancient #Hambach forest from coal mining

#Ecosia offers to buy remaining forest from energy firm RWE, which plans to fell most of the trees. Protesters next to trees felled in the Hambach forest before a demonstration calling for the forest to be saved and the government to outlaw lignite as an energy source. A non-profit Berlin tech startup has offered to buy the remaining 200 hectares of an ancient German forest to save it from being destroyed for coal surface mining. Ecosia, a search engine which donates the majority of its advertising revenue to conservation initiatives and funded the planting of almost 40m trees across the world, has approached the energy firm RWE with an offer of €1m (£877,000) to secure the final stretch of the 12,000-year-old Hambach forest in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. “We think that a fair reconciliation of interests can be found between RWE and the people, and with our commitment to buy the remaining stretch, are pursuing the ecological and societal interests of those who have committed themselves to protecting the forest and dedicated themselves to nature conservation,” Christian Kroll, Ecosia’s CEO, wrote to the head of RWE, Rolf Martin Schmitz. Ecosia’s offer was unsolicited. RWE had not sought a buyer for the land, which is believed to have been bought in the 1970s for the equivalent of about €500,000 in today’s money.

via guardian: Berlin startup offers €1m to save ancient Hambach forest from coal mining

siehe auch: Öko-Suchmaschine Ecosia will RWE den Hambacher Forst abkaufen. Kaufangebot für Hambacher Forst: In einem Schreiben an RWE-Chef Rolf Martin Schmitz bietet Öko-Suchmaschine Ecosia eine Million Euro für den Wald. Nach dem vorläufigen Rodungsstopp im Hambacher Forst wollen die Betreiber der Suchmaschine Ecosia dem Energiekonzern RWE den Wald abkaufen. Ein Angebot über eine Million Euro für die verbliebenen 200 Hektar Wald habe das im Umweltschutz engagierte Unternehmen am frühen Dienstagmorgen per Fax an RWE geschickt, sagte Génica Schäfgen von Ecosia. Es liegt der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vor. Das Angebot sei gültig bis zum 31. Oktober, heißt es in dem Schreiben an RWE-Chef Rolf Martin Schmitz. RWE wollte zu der Ecosia-Offerte nicht Stellung nehmen. “Dieses Angebot kommentieren wir nicht und werden darauf auch nicht reagieren – das Angebot spricht für sich selbst”, erklärte ein Konzernsprecher in Essen.

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