Ende
Gelände
2019


Stop Coal. Protect the Climate!

Newsletter #38 – This is no consensus! Rage, frustration and protest – call for a nationwide week of action

Hambi may be saved – but the world ends. What the governmental coal comission has presented is no consensus.

Hello folks,
Hambi may be saved – but the world ends. What the governmental coal comission has presented is no consensus.
The worldwide protests of the young generation who fight for their future every Friday, initiated by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, have given us hope. But in contrast, we are saddened by and angry about the disaster the coal commission has agreed on: Another 20 years of coal combustion, uncertainty as to whether forests and villages will remain, billions of Euros as compensation for coal-fired power stations that would be shut down anyway or, even better, should never have been connected to the grid. We will not achieve the 1.5° goal this way. It’s up to us to never let this horror scenario become reality! In the days to come, there will be opportunities to turn your powerlessness into creative action. As part of the local groups in your city, you can carry your anger into the streets.
If you also want to take a look “behind the scenes” and help shape the Ende-Gelände-Process in 2019, we cordially invite you to the Ende Gelände Kick-off Meeting in Freiburg from February 15th to 17th.

Content of this newsletter:

1. Nationwide week of action for the immediate coal exit
2. Ende Gelände Kick-off Meeting 15-17 February 2019 in Freiburg
3. A great success and a small defeat – a reflection of the last year

We wish you a fun reading!
Your Newsletter Team

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1. Nationwide week of action for the immediate coal exit

The result of the coal commission is not a consensus. We take to the streets and make it clear: Only the immediate exit of coal is compatible with climate justice and the 1.5° goal! With the decentralised action days, we carry our protest from the lignite mines into the cities and villages, because this disastrous result concerns us all!
In Hamburg, the coal and ore port was already occupied on Sunday. Nationwide protests were announced in Berlin, Bielefeld, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Essen, Bonn and other cities. You can find the call and current information on planned actions here: Call for action

Since the large environmental associations are supporting the results of the coal commission, it’s even more important to organise yourselves! If there’s no action in your city yet: start planning one now! If there’s no climate group yet: start one!
If you need support, contact an existing local group or via letsorganize@ausgecohlt.de

2. Ende Gelände Kick-off Meeting 15-17 February 2019 in Freiburg

The protest continues. Come to the season’s first Ende Gelände alliance meeting! We will meet from 15th to 17th February in Freiburg to discuss concrete plans for nationwide activities in 2019. How do we bundle our forces to finally push through the final exit from coal? Will there be another big mass action against coal? Where, when and on what occasion? The kick-off plenary is a good opportunity for interested people to get to know the Ende Gelände community and to get involved in the planning process. We need you!
And: Freiburg is not as far away as some of you northern lights might think. The South German local groups are looking forward to seeing you!
Please register here!
You can find more info HERE.


3. A great success and a small defeat – a reflection of the last year

After last year there’s a lot to celebrate – and we did celebrate extensively at the evaluation plenum in Bonn! We are glad and thankful that we were able to push the coal exit forward politically in 2018. But in the feedback to our last actions, also critical and thoughtful voices resonate. We have heard numerous voices of nationwide AGs, local groups and participants and included them in our evaluation – and will include them in the planning of the next actions. Read our reflection „A great success and a small defeat“ here.


News

Who shut shit down? We shut shit down!

12. July 2019 The action weekend of Ende Gelände (EG) from June 19th until 24th, 2019 was a weekend of superlatives. For 45 hours, the coal supply to the Neurath power station was blocked. 2,000 activists occupied the open pit mine of Garzweiler. 5,000 to 6,000 people brought the struggle for climate justice to the places of destruction – the Rhenish coal mining district – in a massive act of civil disobedience. Continue reading ...

Let’s go

21. June 2019 Today around 4,000 climate activists will start from the Ende Gelände protest camp in Viersen to block the coal fields in Rhineland. Continue reading ...

Self-responsibility is especially important this year!

14. June 2019 Althougha mobile canteen kitchen will delight us with its usual delicious foodit is possible that their capacities will not always be sufficient if soooo many people are actually actively on the move for the climate. Therefore prepare yourself with food and drink for the length of the action you are planning to join. Continue reading ...