1,000 courageous activists from around Europe converged on an enormous lignite coal mine in Rhineland, Germany for a day of direct action on August 15. The activists broke through police lines, enduring baton beatings and pepper spray, and occupied the mine, shutting down its operations for the day.
Bill McKibben applauded the action, saying, “I’m so glad to see people drawing a firm line in the coalfields, and stopping the planet’s largest coal-digging machines. We’re driven not by ideology but by physics: there’s simply no way to burn all this lignite and keep the climate intact. These protesters are lifeguards for an endangered planet.”
For a moving blog from a participant who had never before taken part in a direct action, read HERE.
For a remarkable album of photos, go HERE.
And for first-hand accounts, photos, and videos via 350.org, go HERE.
The coming year will see many more actions like this one in the United States and around the world.
Payal Parekh, 350.org global managing director, said, “This action very clearly sent a signal to governments and the fossil fuel industry around the world. We said that people are fed up… that people want a future that is free of climate change. If you’re not going to solve it for us, we’re going to solve it for you.”