“(We) will fight for every tree, for every house, for every meter in this village,”

Said Luka Scott, a spokesperson for the alliance of groups organizing protests.

Climate activists pledged Sunday to defend a tiny village in western Germany from being bulldozed for the expansion of a nearby coal mine

That has become a battleground between the government and environmental campaigners.

Hundreds of people from across Germany gathered for protest training

And a subsequent demonstration in the hamlet of Luetzerath, which lies west of Cologne next to the vast Garzweiler coal mine.

The open-cast mine, which provides a large share of the lignite — a soft, brownish coal — burned at nearby power plants,

Is scheduled to close by 2030 under a deal agreed last year between

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia and utility company RWE.

The company says it needs the coal to ensure Germany’s energy security,

Which has come under strain following the cut in gas supplies from Russia since the invasion of Ukraine.