05 | 12 | 2019

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. At 5pm, the international climate justice movement “Ende Gelaende” (“Here And No Further”) successfully ends today’s day of action. Since the early morning, climate activists have been blocking coal mines and coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig coal mining areas. They occupied the open-cast mines Jaenschwalde-Ost, Welzow-Sued and Vereinigtes Schleenhain as well as three coal railways. The activists are protesting against the government’s inadequate climate policy, demand an immediate coal phase-out and criticise the economic system as being powered by fossil fuels and orientated towards growth.

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Since this morning, around 4,000 activists from international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) have successfully blocked coal infrastructure in the Leipzig and Lusatian areas. Large groups of activists reached the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine, the Welzow-Sued open-cast mine and the coal railway to the Jaenschwalde power station. An inclusive action group, including people with physical disabilities, occupies a rail section and the adjacent road – together with the Anti-Coal-Kidz. Disappointed by the disastrous climate policy of the German government, these young activists engage in civil disobedience for the first time. Simultaneously, Fridays For Future is demonstrating in solidarity with Ende Geleande near the Jaenschwalde power plant. 

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Currently, several action groups from international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) are blocking various points of coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig areas. At 8am, around 500 climate activists arrived simultaneously at the Jaenschwalde Ost open-cast mine and 450 at a coal railway connected to the Jaenschwalde power station. The Jaenschwalde power station is known as one of the most climate-damaging power stations in Europe. The Jaenschwalde open-cast mine has been in safety operation since 1rd September 2019 due to serious failures to comply with environmental legislation. At 9am, over a thousand activists more arrived at Welzow-Süd (Lausitz) and Vereinigtes Schleenhain (Leipzig area) open-cast mines.

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019. Two days before the start of COP25, 4.000 activists of the international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) set off towards opencast lignite mines in Eastern Germany. Various action groups with activists from all over Europe started from the cities of Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin to block opencast mines and coal infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig regions. Ende Gelaende demands an immediate coal phaseout and a radical system change. 

“Thousands of people set off in the early morning hours to occupy opencast mines, lignite excavators and railways. Coal fired power still amounts to one third of Germany’s energy production. We stand at a crucial point in history – the window of opportunity to stop the climate crisis is closing rapidly. But we are still hopeful: That’s why today, we take the coal phaseout into our own hands and block Germany’s dirty coal industry with our own bodies”, says Johnny Parks, spokesperson of Ende Gelaende.

On 30 November 2019, thousands of activists from the anti-coal alliance Ende Gelaende will block coal infrastructure in the Lusatia and Leipzig coalfields in Eastern Germany. They demand an immediate coal phase-out and a fundamental system change. This action is part of a joint action weekend with Fridays for Future held in protest against the German government’s failed climate policy. On the same weekend, Fridays for Future is organising its second Global Strike (29th November) and a protest in the Lusatia coalfield in parallel to the Ende Gelaende action.

“Everyone is talking about the climate crisis, but nothing changes. The government’s climate package is nothing but hot air. Corporate interests and the desperate growth compulsion seem to be more important than human needs. We will not take this feigned climate policy any longer. Where summits, governments and commissions fail, we need to take climate justice in our own hands”, says Nike Mahlhaus, spokesperson of Ende Gelaende.

The international climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) calls for a mass action of civil disobedience in the Lusatian lignite fields of Eastern Germany on 30 November 2019. Hundreds of activists from all over Europe will put their bodies on the line, to block lignite mines, train tracks, and power plants. To stop the climate crisis, Ende Gelaende calls for an immediate coal phase-out and a transition away from fossil fuels and growth-dependent capitalism.

“Millions of people have taken to the streets together with Fridays for Future, protesting for climate justice. But the government still ignores the urgency of the climate crisis and is about to pass a climate law that will lead us into a world which is 3 to 5 degrees hotter. We won’t let this happen. The climate justice movement is stronger than ever and we know what we have to do: we will take the protests one step further and shut down Germany’s dirty coal industry with our own bodies. Our future depends on it”, says Ende Gelaende spokeswoman Nike Mahlhaus.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg visited the Hambach Forest near Cologne, Germany, today. The forest has become an internationally recognised symbol for the impacts of coal mining and the movement for climate justice in Germany. It has been occupied by climate activists for seven years and saw demonstrations of over 50,000 people for its protection during an eviction last summer which lasted for weeks. On her way to the New York Climate Summit, Thunberg met youth climate strikers, activists, and local residents facing resettlement due to coal mining. The forest is currently experiencing existential stress due to ongoing drought, worsened by the climate crisis.

After three days Ende Gelände is ending a mass action against coal mining. More than 6,000 people blocked key places of the RWE’s mining operations in the Rhineland coalfield. Since Friday activists occupied tracks which are the supply line of Germany’s biggest power plant Neurath. Yesterday thousands of activists entered the Garzweiler mine and stopped coal excavators. At the same time as Ende Gelände actions were happening, about 8,000 people joined a demonstration by NGOs and local initiatives in solidarity with villages threatened by coal mining. On Friday, 40,000 students marched on a climate strike in Aachen. Ende Gelände demands an immediate coal-phase out and fundamental system change. 

Activists have cut off Germany’s largest coal power station from coal supply. Several hundreds of activists of the anti-coal alliance Ende Gelände have been blocking the coal rail tracks leading to power station Neurath, in Rhineland, for more than 15 hours. The activists have spent the night on the tracks.

Yesterday, 4,000 activists had started from a protest camp in Viersen to block coal mining operations in Rhineland, Europe’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Another 2,000 activists have departed from the camp this morning. Yesterday 40,000 students from Fridays for Future protested in Aachen, only 50 km distance from the open coal mine. For today Fridays for Future and environmental NGOs have announced large protests directly next to the mine.

Breaking – Several hundred climate activists are occupying the tracks of a coal trainline this moment, thus cutting off the supply line of Germanys largest coal power plants Neurath and Niederaussen. Several thousand activists are on their way to interrupt coal infrastructure at other places.

“We are putting our bodys on the line today to shut down Europe’s second dirtiest coal power plant. The power company RWE continues to extract coal and destroys our future for short term profit. We are not only shutting down this coal plant, we are standing up against a destructive economic system”, – explains Kathrin Henneberger, spokesperson for theEnde Gelaende coalition.

Today around 4,000 climate activists will start from the Ende Gelände protest camp in Viersen to block the coal fields in Rhineland. They will depart from the camp in two waves. More activists are expected to arrive at the camp throughout the day, and to start a third wave of blockades tomorrow. The alliance Ende Gelände demands the immediate coal exit and a fundamental system change.

We still have hopes, the door is still open to a future within the 1.5°C limit. But we will miss this last chance if we don’t act immediately. Today we set out with thousands of people towards a future without fossil fuels, without exploitation and without this destructive quest for infinite economic growth.” states Sina Reisch, spokeswoman of Ende Gelände.

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