The book documents the German climate movement in an era in which the global climate crisis is an ever-present topic. It tells the story of people who put their ideals first and cross moral and legal boundaries to campaign for more climate protection.
For this project, photographer Tenzin Heatherbell delved deep into the world of climate activists: he participated in events, attended court hearings, met the activists in private during their preparations and after their actions. With his camera, Heatherbell was there every step of the way, becoming part of the inner circle while remaining a detached observer. He witnessed how more than 3,000 police officers removed climate protesters from Lützerath who had been occupying the village to prevent the expansion of the nearby open-cast mine. The photographer captured over forty of the Last Generation’s highly controversial actions staged at museums, on highways, bridges, and airports.
Supplemented by personal impressions and essays, Heatherbell has created a photographic portrait that provides insights into a world that is inaccessible to many people. His intimate look behind the scenes of the climate movement allows us to see other images than those supplied by the mass media. He explores the activists’ motives and their rage at what they regard as the inertia of politics and society.