Current Petition “Rigi: 800’000 are enough!” (2019/20)
Almost three years ago, we launched the petition “No! to Rigi-Disney-World”.
We were concerned with the development of mass tourism on Mt. Rigi as we love our Rigi known globally as the “Queen of the Mountains”, which is located in the heart of Switzerland.
3327 like-minded people co-signed the petition. A success!
On 1 November 2019, we launched a second petition with the clear demand “Rigi: 800’000 are enough!”. Among other issues, the signatories oppose a new gondola lift between Weggis and Rigi Kaltbad. It should replace the current aerial cableway with its two cabins and will enable a massive increase of the transport capacities in the future.
Alternative tourism concept needed
We consider the latest developments as a confirmation of our opposition against the CHF 25 million project since the Corona crisis has made clear that for the Rigi an alternative tourism concept is required now. Instead of increasingly relying on Asian group tours, we want a Rigi tourism, which will be centered around the experience of nature, culinary cuisine, and health issues.
Despite the crisis it is unfortunately a fact that the Rigi Bahnen AG, according to a recent public statement, aims at increasing the sales from CHF 29.29 million (2018) and 28.97 million (2019) to CHF 35 million by 2024. This is approx. +20%. In view of the global economic crisis, which has hit global tourism particularly hard, this unsustainable growth target is completely out of touch with reality.
Sign the petition!
In the interest of the Rigi, we ask you to sign the second petition and to distribute it via your personal network. The call that the Queen of the Mountains belongs to the people should not fade away!
The petition can be signed via this link: «Rigi: 800’000 sind genug!» (See the right column on the petition page). Anyone with access to the internet and who is 16 years old can sign the petition.
You can also use a > PDF signature sheet, sign it with your hand signature, ask some more people to sign it (there is ample space), and send it by normal post in a stamped envelope to the address on the sheet.
The petition will run until 31 October 2020. Please inform your friends about it and ask them to sign it, too.
Seeing the Rigi
The English painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 – 1851) was a frequent visitor to the region of Lake Lucerne. Travelling over land in a small cabriolet or on the lakes by boat, he filled one sketchbook after the other with variations of mountain and lake sceneries. One of his favourite motifs was Mount Rigi with its continously changing weather and light.
The steadily shifting sky over Lake Lucerne and Mount Rigi may well have been what sparked Turner to break so radically with the painting conventions of his contemporaries. In contrast to his colleagues‘ traditional “realism”, Turner painted what he saw, namely the way light waves are refracted through layers of mist and fog, making the invisible visible. This is what created his inimitable “Turner look”, which made him one of the greatest artists ever. (Text: “Lake Lucerne & the Gotthard”, Imaginary Wanderings Press, 2016).