Shutdown two, third week

Infection rates are dropping way too slowly; we will likely see an extension of the current lockdown at the next federal conference tomorrow.

Still, Police in the state of Hessen is using the lockdown to press ahead with the utterly unnecessary destruction of the Dannenröder Forst. And the Greens are keeping their silence.

All over the republic, activists are staging protests in support of the people defending the forest. Well done!

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(Danni bleibt, Volksgarten, 11/23/20)

The Greens

We need to talk: For the past decades, you have billed yourself as the leading party supporting the protection of our environment.

In the face of the current climate emergency, the ecological movement has grown into a worldwide climate justice movement.

However, in the states where you are governing, you’re coming up short – sending riot police after peaceful protests protecting our forests is abhorrent.

Maybe now it’s time for you to step aside and make room for a new green party, one that’s less clinging to power but more willing to fight for climate justice?

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(Twitter, @oekofuzzi, 11/16/20)

Shutdown two, second week

We just completed the second week of the second lockdown.

Wednesday (11/11) in a typical year would have marked the start of Carnival – this year, we canceled all celebrations and the day was eerily quiet, with only security guards out on the streets.

The infection rates are still not looking good, and more contact restrictions will be necessary for the coming weeks.  Also, we can expect Christmas and New Year to become virtual celebrations this year.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel – the early tests with the vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech look quite promising!

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(Louis The Breakfast Club, 11/11/20)

Shutdown two, first week

A week ago, the second lockdown started after the number of infections steadily rose to unmanageable levels.

Public life has again come to an (almost) complete standstill, and most events have moved online. In addition to the Corona Warn App, I’ve also started a Corona contact diary (Coronika) to track where I was and whom I met, just in case.

Today was the 82nd anniversary of the Reichsprogromnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) when Germany started slaughtering its Jewish population, the most heinous crime ever committed in the history of humankind.

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(Corona contact diary, 11/9/20)

Gleueler Wiesen

It’s not only the Dannenröder Forst or the open-pit mine Garzweiler where our politicians stick to the ideas of yesteryear and ignore the climate emergency.

In our fair city, Cologne, the city council is determined to destroy the city’s lung, the green belt, for our soccer club’s benefit. The club is not that successful, they play on and off in the Bundesliga, but they are well-liked in the city.

Soccer is quite emotional, making it quite challenging to speak out against their expansion plans; however, the city’s climate and its inhabitants’ well-being are equally essential. There are several good alternatives to their plans to destroy the Gleuler Wiesen.

With the looming climate crisis upon us, we should no longer destroy old habitats for the profit of a few!

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(Climate strike, Gleueler Wiesen, 10/31/20)

Eat Planted

For a couple of weeks now, you can order the excellent vegan chicken from Eat Planted via their webshop in Germany.

Eat Planted is a swiss company, and so are their prices, unfortunately, if you compare them to similar vegan meat-alike products from Rügenwalder Mühle, for example.

However, Eat Planted’s chicken tastes fantastic! And it’s nutritionally quite dense; one package easily feeds 2 to 3 people.

If you like food and the taste of meat but still want to do something for the environment, give it a try!

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(planted.chicken Güggeli, 10/21/20)

One year later

One year ago, we decided to add an after-work protest to the weekly climate strikes.

Much has happened since, not least, a global pandemic, but one thing did not change: Our politicians still largely ignore the climate emergency.

They seem unwilling to change, adapt, and leave the fossil era behind, not for themselves and not even for their kids.

What does that mean for us?

The science is obvious; we won’t stop fighting!

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(Chlodwigplatz, properly distanced, 10/16/20)

NRWE

All scientists and most politicians agree that the age of fossil fuels is past and that we need to focus on clean, renewable energy.

We also know that the demand for lignite will dramatically decrease over the next decade. However, RWE is still planning to enlarge the open-pit mine at Garzweiler and destroy several villages in the process without need.

Last weekend saw several coordinated protests from various anti-coal organizations against RWE’s actions.

Unfortunately, the NRW government decided to deploy riot police to stifle the legitimate protests, partially with brute force, again placing RWE’s corporate interests above its citizens, hurting and alienating even more of us in the process.

Not good.

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(Hochneukirch, 9/26/20)

Global Climate Strike

Last Friday, September 25, we saw the latest global Climate Strike.

After a long break, due to the Corona pandemic, we went back to the streets to protest against how our governments ignore the Climate Emergency and destroy our future. All while following the Corona distancing rules, of course.

Cologne alone had 10,000 protestors in the street; all over Germany, we were more than 200,000.

And this is only the beginning!

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(Cologne, 9/25/20)