German energy company RWE has been put on notice that it will face major protest actions if it does not phase out coal mining by Aug. 23. Video below shows an activist from Ende Gelände putting RWE and its share holders on notice at a meeting. See the countdown clock to ‘Ende Gelände’ here.
Ende Gelände 2016 took place from May 12-15, 2006 and involved 3,500–4,000 environmental activists from twelve countries who blocked the Welzow-Süd open-pit coal mine and the coal-fired Schwarze Pumpe power station.
In 2015, in the first year of Ende Gelände, 1,500 activists blocked the Garzweiler surface mine owned by RWE.
The countdown has started!
The general meeting of RWE experienced a speech which the shareholder of the coal group did not expect: Daniel from Ende Gelände explained very clearly what we think of the business with climate killers. In addition, Ende Gelände issued an ultimatum to the RWE board.
We are peaceful – open cast mining is not
The fact remains: there are no convictions for participating in the mass actions of civil disobedience organised by Ende Gelände.
Only two weeks ago we celebrated the acquittal of four climate activists. The accusation of trespassing proved to be untenable. RWE did not completely fence in its open cast mines. Some days ago two other procedures were stopped for lack of evidence. Our climate activism has so far had no penal consequences. RWE tries to discourage us from our protests by starting civil claims. They will not succeed. Many thanks to all who have provided legal support. We continue to show solidarity.
Video From Ende Gelände 2015 and 2016
— Ende Gelände (@Ende__Gelaende) June 7, 2017
The hot phase of mobilisation has started. Help us to reach as many people as possible! Try and get support for the upcoming activities. For this we have created snazzy posters, flyers and stickers. Embellish your unis, schools, pubs, bio shops, youth and community centres, surgeries and lawyers’ offices. Distribute our flyers wherever people gather who might have an interest in climate policy activities. You can order the material under email@example.com – free but kindly make a donation.
Information meetings are ideally suited to reach out to new people in your environment and to prepare together for activities. Here you can find how you can organise a meeting yourself.
The countdown has started – the next Ende Gelände action is just around the corner and the preparations are in full swing. But we could still do with helping hands! At the same time we are already starting planning the activities for November. We would welcome people who want to contribute to this exciting process. Do you want to participate? Then come to our next meeting from 9 to 11 June in Berlin Schöneweide.
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We are looking forward to seeing you!
There is growing interest in climate activism. Several media had reports on Ende Gelände.
The acquittals were also reported widely:
– Vier Tagebaugegner freigesprochen – kein Hausfriedensbruch
– Freispruch für Ende Gelände Aktivist*innen in Erkelenz
– Tagebaubesetzung kein Hausfriedensbruch (WDR)
Last but not least Alberto Acosta describes Ende Gelände as a groundbreaking example and encourages us to put up resistance for nature: Widerstand leisten für die Natur.