Ende Gelaende action day against lignite mining in Eastern Germany begins
Thousands of activists set off to block lignite mining infrastructure in the wake of COP25
Article published on 30 November 2019

Press release

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 open–cast 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 open–cast mines and coal
infrastructure in the Lusatian and Leipzig regions. Ende Gelaende
demands an immediate coal phase–out and a radical system change.

“Thousands of people set off in the early morning hours to occupy
open–cast 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 phase–out into our own hands and block Germany’s
dirty coal industry with our own bodies”, says Johnny Parks,
spokesperson of Ende Gelaende.

“Yesterday on Global Strike Day, in Germany alone 630,000 people have
taken the streets with Fridays For Future demanding effective climate
protection. Today we are taking our protest one step further with
actions of civil disobedience against lignite mining. As we take action,
the German government discusses a completely ridiculous coal
phase-out law. This political failure is systematic: Our economic growth
is based on the exploitation of people and nature. Corporations such as
RWE and EPH made billions in profits by stealing our future,” explains
Sina Reisch, spokesperson of Ende Gelaende.

Since 2015, Ende Gelaende has repeatedly blocked coal infrastructure
with thousands of people in the Rhineland and Lusatia regions. In the
summer of 2019, more than 6,000 activists occupied central junctions of
the Rhineland lignite mining area. During those most recent blockades,
the railway supply to Neurath power station, Germany’s largest lignite
fired power station, stood still for almost 48 hours. Traditionally,
people from all over Europe take part in the actions of Ende Gelaende.

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