Man against machine – Coal, climate and the future
Eckardt Heukamp is refusing to budge: He’s the last remaining resident of Lützerath in North-Rhine Westphalia, situated on the edge of a huge open-cast lignite mine. The energy giant RWE wants to dig, but Heukamp is digging in his heels.
The other residents of Lützerath accepted RWE’s compensation offer and moved away. Only Heukamp refused to go and continues to run his farm on the edge of the lignite mine. A David-and-Goliath saga that’s hit the international headlines. The farmer has even received a visit from the young icon of the environmental movement Greta Thunberg. Germany’s new coalition government, which includes the Greens, wants an earlier phase-out of lignite-based electricity. A boost for farmer Heukamp, who says there’s no need to demolish his property. And in any case, he’s not going anywhere. A report by Miodrag Soric.