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#EndeGelaende: The result of the coal commission is not a consensus! Call for a week of action

Anyone who, like us, Ende Gelaende, sees results of the coal commission as a failure can take part in actions across Germany from february 1 onwards. Fridays For Future also condemns the results of the coal commission and will continue with climate strikes.

Originally published by Ende Gelaende here and here. Edited maschine 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.

About the conclusion of the coal commission, Nike Mahlhaus, press spokeswoman of Ende Gelände, explains:

“What the Coal Commission is presenting is not a consensus. This makes the 1.5° target impossible. It is unclear what the companies will get here for nothing, what will happen to Hambi (Hambacher Forest, EIE)and the villages. Another 20 years of coal-fired power is 20 years of coal-fired power too much. We oppose this result! In Hambi we have made the impossible possible. The protests yesterday were only the beginning, next Friday we will come again.”

Call for a week of action

The result of the Coal Commission is not a consensus!
Stopping coal. Protecting the climate.

To the list of publicly announced actions / demos

Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, extinction of species, stronger and more frequent weather extremes – these are just some of the many consequences of climate change. Those who have contributed the least are particularly hard hit: people in the Global South are already losing their homes because of the climate crisis. The climate crisis is exacerbating existing injustices worldwide. With such prospects for the future, it should be self-evident that the effects of climate change should be kept to a minimum. But the reality in politics is different: Climate protection measures adopted there are nothing more than eyewashes.

This also applies to the so-called “Coal Commission”. According to the German government, the coal commission should actually draw up a proposal to phase out coal and set an end date in order to guarantee compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. However, there is no longer any talk of these targets. It is becoming apparent that energy companies can assert their interests, and that the shutdown of coal-fired power plants will not begin until well after 2020 – and even that with high compensation and only in agreement with the companies. Such a result would mean that individual power plants would remain active for decades to come. This places the interests of corporations on a hihger priority than the protection of the planet.

Nevertheless, an attempt will be made to present the result of the Coal Commission as a “consensus” which should put an end to the social dispute over coal. We oppose this: the conflict will continue because the result is not a consensus. It will in no way be enough to stop the climate catastrophe. That is why we do not accept it. We are calling for coal to be phased out now!

That’s why we’re calling to bring your resistance on the street. Show that you do not agree that the future of the planet is being gambled away. From February 1 to February 10 there will be protests all over Germany against the result of the coal commission. The prelude we will start on Friday February 1 in Berlin at the Federal Ministry for economics and energy. There, at the meeting place of the Coal Commission, we want to show that the conflict over coal has not been settled yet. Afterwards actions will start in Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, followed by a decentralized week of action across the German territory. Join in, inform yourself at your local climate groups about their plans or organize your own actions. Get involved and show that the future of the climate is not determined by a few, but by all of us!

Ende Gelaende and other climate justice groups, January 26, 2019


Fridays For Future wrote on their Facebook page: “On today’s result of the Coal Commission: #FridaysForFuture considers the result unacceptable and demands compliance with the 1.5 degree target!

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