CLIMATE CAMPS OF NEW POWER PLANTS
With a lot of energy to coal
In "Climate Camp" to environmentalists nationwide protest against mining and fossil power plants. They also terminate this civil disobedience an.
Devastated landscape: the Hambach mine in North Rhine-Westphalia. Image: DAPD
BERLIN taz | It goes to them about the global climate, global justice - and not least to their habitat. In the three major German lignite districts organized in August, so-called climate camp environmentalists. They protest against the mining and the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Brown coal is for them for a "backward-looking energy policy and inhumane."
In the Rhineland and the Lausitz, where it already existed in 2011 Climate Camp, the organizers expect about 300 participants each. In the anti-lignite camp near Leipzig in Hohenmölsen be expected only 20 to 30. You should probably still build a critical awareness, Annika Rothe says the alliance, "the future instead of brown coal."
The Central German Brown Coal Company (Mibrag) pursuing a very active public relations. "They praise the brown coal as saviors," laments Rothe. The company argued with particular jobs. "But in a modern power plant are still needed fewer workers." In fact it was still a "killer argument".
The Mibrag want in the south of Saxony-Anhalt to build a new 660-megawatt coal-fired power plant and is seeking just for investors. Activists fear that even then, a new mine is opened. Several villages would be relocated.
Activists blocked rail line
In the camps there will be workshops, discussions and protests. Patrick Stötzel of the campaign "ausgeCO2hlt" that the climate camp organized in the Rhineland, announced "colorful opposition to capitalism and criminal fossil energy companies" to. These actions should also include civil disobedience. Last year, activists blocked the railway line from the Hambach mine to power plants of the RWE Group.
The criticism is also directed against the Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU), who had spoken out again this week for the construction of new coal-fired power plants. The brown coal is needed to ensure the power supply, they do not believe.
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Should be better invested in distributed generation and storage technologies, says Christina Eichberger of Lusatian camp. And all would have to save energy. And drastically.