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#EndeGelaende plans mass action of civil disobedience for June: Rhenish lignite mining area to be shut down

Cologne (German territory), March 11, 2019: Ende Gelaende will block the opencast mines in the Rhenish lignite mining area with a mass action of civil disobedience from June 19 to June 24, 2019 and thus take the immediate coal exit into his own hands. Thousands of climate activists from all over Europe are expected to participate. Ende Gelaende demands the immediate withdrawal of coal as an immediate measure for climate justice worldwide.

Originally published by Ende Gelaende. Translated by Enough 14.

Note: Enough 14 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.

“Politicians have failed all along the line in climate protection. With the result of the Coal Commission, we are continuing to speed towards a world four to six degrees hotter. Coal companies and governments are burning our future. In order to stop the climate crisis, we have to take the coal exit into our own hands and block the opencast mines,” explains Kathrin Henneberger, press spokeswoman for Ende Gelände.

A coal phase-out not before 2038 threatens the villages at the Garzweiler opencast mine, among others. They are to be forcibly resettled for the planned opencast mining expansion of the RWE coal group. As Europe’s largest source of CO2, the Rhenish lignite mining area also threatens entire island states and coastal regions in the global south, where people are already losing their livelihoods due to the consequences of the climate crisis.

“We protect the people whose homes are threatened by lignite. The big protests for the preservation of the Hambacher forest last autumn were only the beginning. New police laws and attempts to criminalize our actions for climate protection do not intimidate us. We must disobey to save our future. We stand in solidarity with the students of the climate strike. Together we fight for a good life for all people and for the next generations”, says Kathrin Henneberger.

The campaign is also a reaction to the German Federal Government’s failure to implement the Climate Protection Act. Parallel to the Ende Gelaende action weekend, further major demonstrations and climate strikes will take place. On the occasion of the UN climate negotiations taking place simultaneously in Bonn, guests from the countries of the global South will be present at the protests.

Ende Gelaende, March 11, 2019

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