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‘Naked’ protest against bomenkap in Diepenbekerbos
Genk Pure protest in the Diepenbekerbos on the border of Genk and Diepenbeek. Artist and photographer Jonny Vekemans was startled out of there last week in an accident, when it turned out that two hectares of the forest cut down. It goes to management for the heideherstel. “But at a time when Brussels was overrun with klimaatbetogers is it inconceivable that in Limburg massive trees to be cut down.” He pulled again with a nude model nature to protestfoto.

“A kaakslag is obvious,” says Vekemans. “All we know that nature is necessary for our survival. Trees extract CO2 from the air and provide our oxygen. When I last week in the Diepenbekerbos went for a walk, I had a really huge pain in the heart. It is quite bizarre in the middle of the forest at the nature reserve of The Sizes is now two hectares of forest are cut down. It remains there, or should there be more trees to believe? And it happens not only here. Please come along the roads to watch. Green buffers are these days frequently cut down. I just don't get that: we know how important trees are for our health?”

Parts of the Diepenbekerbos and the canal zone against Diepenbeek were already mentioned as possible expansion for the industry of Genk-South. The area is also close to the albert canal, and is an ideal location for water-related companies. But in the zone, and the neighbouring nature reserve Sizes is also to ‘heideherstel’ done. The trees are then cut down to the original moorland to recover.

Clearcutting is no recovery

“As a result, you can no recovery call,” says Vekemans. “It comes to trees that had been here since the mining industry was of. And there are also native and ancient species. And what was there for that open heather moorland was created? Exactly: also a forest with many trees. Incidentally, a lot of people around here suffer from the wild boar that the gardens is churning up. How come, do you think? If you like their forest away than chase you animals saying the residential areas. This is rather absurd?”

Angel of death

instead of to argue in Brussels attracted the Limburg artist prompt back to the Diepenbekerbos, to protestfoto that he had plenty to share. “It isn't just the nude photos. There is a symbolism behind. That naked and vulnerable angel is our angel of death to the trees is vastgetekend. Elsewhere, chains of people to cling to bomenkap to prevent. This angel descended with a special message: to protect the trees and thus our climate, and humanity.”

Are protestfoto’s are found on www.lightpaintings.be

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