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Where the supporters and opponents of the people's desire of life

In Buckenhof have signed up 39.2 percent of the citizens of the need for biodiversity, in intra-cell only 5.7 percent. Why? A track search

By Claudia Henzler and Andrew glass


At first glance, Buckenhof not a particularly spectacular place. A small garden in the city, which borders seamlessly to Gain. A suburb, as there are many belts in the Bacon of big cities. And yet, Buckenhof is unique: 39.2 percent of the choice of desire to have legitimate here for the people, for the protection of species signed - the highest approval in the whole of Bavaria.

The search for explanations leads in Agnes's organic market, which is perhaps just happened to be in the middle of Buckenhof. May be this situation but it also says something about the character of this place. Indoors is suitable offered just honey from a local beekeeper. And the owner of Heidrun Hartmann asks the same attention, if she could somehow help. She lives in a neighboring village, but every day, the opportunity to study the Buckenhofer population. That's why you fall to your customers immediately a couple of keywords: "Good education, relatively high income. As a result, a high awareness of the problem." That one of your employees has approached each and every customer on the referendum, may also have contributed a bit to the success.

Many of the 3200 residents are academics, working in Erlangen at Siemens or the University. The real estate prices are high, also because of space for new development areas is missing. Because the community is just 1.4 square kilometres in size and is on two sides by the River Schwabach with its unobstructed high-water limited, the third-by a huge forest area, which extends up to Nuremberg.

Heinrich summer may well be regarded as not entirely atypical population. He has just disposed of his used glass in the recycling containers in front of the town hall. The pensioners moved in 1978, from the North of Hessen to Buckenhof, when he first started in Nuremberg, a company for medical technology. Today he is retired and can enjoy the benefits of his choice of home even more: "We live in a small community and are in ten minutes in the city and with the Bicycle." Are the neighbors friendly relations. You bowling and partying together - and have also spoken about the referendum. "We have all noticed that the windshield used to be full of insects. And now she is almost clean." Therefore, the group agreed that they must sign. "Then we marched six of us here."

Buckenhof is considered to be wealthy, but not so. In the traffic-calmed streets to the left and to the right of the main through-road single-family houses with garden are, primarily, but also between a number of a mix of multi-family homes. Flashy villas and one searches in vain in front of the houses Parking Small - and medium-class cars. In a front yard pecking chicken, you can hear birds chirping.

Buckenhofs mayor Georg Förster.

(photo: Sonja Slowek/oh)

at the state election Buckenhof had made a sensation, because the Green with 33.6 percent of the second votes strongest Kraft. It is the only green swab in the black County of Erlangen-Höchstadt. Surprisingly, it sits in the municipal Council, nevertheless, not a single Green, not even a Chapter. Half of the 16 local councils are the Free voters, the Rest of the Independent citizen, the CSU and the SPD. Do the green policy, apparently. "We have the ideas," says mayor Georg Förster. Sustainability in his community is a cross-sectional task, Ecology'm thinking in all projects. Forester is independent and belongs to the liberal voters, who have to go their own ways and also a special Logo developed. It is desire, in the location on the posters for people to see. Accordingly, the Forester also commented the result: "Almost 40 per cent. I was pleased, of course, huge."

inside cell

It is Friday, late in the morning, and you would now like to know how this place ticks. The interior of the cell, 1542 inhabitants, beautifully situated in the Bavarian forest, with views of Rachel and Lusen. Only 73 people have signed up for the referendum. You walk into the village centre. The store is empty, the butcher has already done this in a while, but a Baker there are. You can ask Yes times. If you push the doorknob, but: closed. Where are all the people who seem to have no heart for bees?

Perhaps a stupid time of day, day of the week. The people are in their homes or in the work, and of course it is a prejudice that the people here have no heart for bees. But the number exists now: 73. Here, in the district of Freyung-Grafenau, was the participation in the referendum in the already relatively low: 11.4 percent. But nowhere in the district was lower than in the interior of the cell. 73 signatures correspond to only 5.7 percent of the Voters.

Ten minutes ' walk from the village centre you will find a busy place. A Edeka with bakery, stands behind the Display Ramona Simeth, the seller. No, she says, the people's desire had been for your customers. You've read about it on Facebook, "I would have signed". But you didn't know, where you could do that. In the municipality? Oh, says Simeth, this was new to her.

So it went to a woman who rises to the Edeka Parking lot from the car. You have not signed up but eh she says. Not because they have nothing left for the protection of the environment, on the contrary. You have a field of Flowers, plastic bags and use them several times. "But you need a law?" Another woman says that she had not signed out of solidarity with the farmers, the majority of desire against the people. On types die, she finds, "has any debt, not just the peasants".

Innernzells mayor Josef Kern.

(photo: village/oh)

has been involved here, hardly anyone at the referendum, "there are many reasons," says Josef Kern, mayor, in the interior of the cell. He's right. You can't tell how a village is ticking, in the 1542 different people's lives. But if it could know, then core (CSU). For 30 years, he leads the Church. So, why only 5.7 percent? Core, 65, says: "It is not so that people interested in nature." The municipality was doing much, plant fruit trees, the farmers instruct you to keep distances to waters. He shows a certificate, and the inside has get cell: "state-recognized ökomodell region". Maybe, says core, there is actually a larger than average solidarity with the farmers. Approximately 20 farmsteads belong to the municipality, also the core comes from a peasant family. It may also have to do with politics? Every fifth inside Zeller has chosen in the regional elections the AfD, if that says anything? Wrong, says core, the Green (5.5 per cent) did poorly, the ÖDP was below one percent. He had been under the impression that its citizens are satisfied. In the interior of the cell, Mr sche full employment, but many need to stop commuting to work. To Deggendorf, Dingolfing, Passau, Germany. "We can't do without a car," says Kern. If parties are calling for a diesel ban, hear it often here phrases like: "Think only of the cities?"

Has some a basic scepticism towards environmental claims? "With safety," says core. Whether he has signed for the referendum? No, but he had respect for the high level of participation. You must also deal with the opinions of others. "Otherwise you will be blind," says Kern, "and then it will be dangerous."

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