Berlin, January 29, 2020: In response to the coal exit law, the anti-coal alliance Ende Gelände announces a mass action of civil disobedience lasting several days around August 8, 2020 in the Rhenish lignite mining region. For May the alliance calls for protests at the coal-fired power plant Datteln IV.
Submitted to Enough 14 in German. Translated by Enough 14.
Johnny Parks of Ende Gelände: “This law helps the coal companies, but not the climate. With billions in compensation and subventions, the outdated, dirty technology is kept alive artificially. What more needs to happen to finally get the penny dropped? It is 2020, we are in the middle of the climate crisis and the government can’t think of anything better than postponing the coal exit for another 20 years. This farce makes us more determined than ever to take the coal exit back into our own hands. We stand side by side with the villages threatened by demolition. We come to screw up the balance sheets of RWE, Uniper and Co. So around August 8, 2020, thousands of activists will join us in paralysing the Rhenish lignite mining area. Let’s end the age of fossil capitalism once and for all!”
Ende Gelände also criticizes the announcement that the hard coal-fired power plant Datteln IV will be connected to the electricity network. The operator Uniper imports hard coal from northern Colombia and Siberia for this purpose. Coal mining there is associated with massive human rights violations of the local population, which is why there is often talk of “blood coal”.
“It is climate policy madness that the government is going to allow the start of new coal-fired power plants in 2020. Together with the entire climate movement, we will prevent the dirty slingshot called Datteln IV from going into operation. In coal mining, climate protection and human rights are being trampled. Stop importing blood coal! We are fighting for global climate justice,” said Johnny Parks. Ende Gelände has been blocking coal infrastructure with mass actions of civil disobedience since 2015. In June 2019, thousands of Ende Gelände activists, together with Fridays for Future and environmental groups, have shut down the Rhenish- and in November 2019 the Lusatian and central German lignite mining areas. The alliance demands an immediate coal exit and a fundamental change of the system.
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