Call by several organizations that we don’t necessarily agree with, as we think capitalism (including green capitalism) is part of the problem and we don’t want to appeal to leaders of the German state. But we decided to publish this call because we think its important to know the demands of these organizations. We plead for an anti-authoritarian block on this demo with our own calls. We will discuss our ideas with comrades of other collectives in the coming weeks.
Originally published by Kohle stoppen – Klimaschutz jetzt! Edited machine translation by Enough is Enough.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
In December the climate is discussed twice: at the World Climate Summit in Poland and in the coal commission in Berlin. While the world is negotiating the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement in Katowice, Poland, Berlin decides whether Germany will fulfill its promises – and quickly get out of coal.
And time is pressing. The hot summer of 2018 has once again made us aware that climate change is already increasing the number of extreme weather events today. More and more forest fires and heat waves, long-lasting droughts, floods and crop failures are the result. Especially in the Global South, the consequences of the climate crisis are devastating: they aggravate hunger and poverty and force many people to flee their homes. We must act now to stop global warming and prevent an unmitigated climate catastrophe in the future – for all of us and the generations to come. As a rich industrialized country, Germany has a special responsibility to take climate protection measures forward and consistently implement the Paris Climate Agreement. It also means giving special support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the fight against climate change.
But the grand coalition is failing in climate protection: The 2020 climate protection goal? Given up. The expansion of renewable energies? On the brake. The exit from the coal? Postponed. The Federal Government, which was once a booster in international climate policy, threatens to finally become a brakeman.
We want to and will change that. Together with many thousands of people. On the 1st of December in Cologne, at the gates of the largest lignite mining area in Europe, and in Berlin, on the doorstep of the Federal Government. We call to all the disheartened in the Federal Government and the coal commission: We must stop further earth heating and for it a socially acceptable fast and powerful coal exit!
The central demands of the demonstrations are:
Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement: tightening climate targets and providing fair support to poor and most affected countries in the fight against climate change.
Switching off half of the coal-fired power station capacities in Germany – and so fast that the federal government’s climate target for 2020 is still reached.
A timetable for a fast coal exit that meets the Paris Climate Agreement and National Climate Targets.
The immediate stop of all plans for new coal-fired power plants, open-pit mines and expansions.
Targeted support of employees and a social-ecological structural change process in the affected coal regions.
Demonstration: December 1, 2018 – End Coal – Climate Protection Now!
Cologne: 12:00, Deutzer Werft (50679 Köln)
Berlin: 12:00, Chancellery (Willy-Brandt-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin)
Kohle stoppen. Klimaschutz jetzt, October 10, 2018.
The route of the demo is negociated at the moment. Updates at: http://www.klima-kohle-demo.de/
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