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)

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)

Danni bleibt

In 2020, Germany builds a new motorway through three old and precious forests, severely endangering biodiversity and the supply of drinking water for the surrounding villages.

The state’s government is a Black/Green coalition (in US colors, that would be Blue/Green – the Christian Democrats in Germany occupy a comparable space in the political landscape as the Democrats do in the US). One would assume that a state ministry of public transportation run by a Green would oppose such a forest’s culling.

Alas, the Green party does nothing to oppose it. Their silence is deafening, and state party officials hide behind legalities and technicalities to not loose their power positions.

Unfortunately, a Black/Green coalition government is also the most likely outcome for the next national election.

We’re doomed.

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(Dannenröder Forst, 10/4/20)

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)

Cologne goes green

On Sunday, we had local elections in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

In my home town, Cologne, the Greens reached a clear majority in both the city council and the boroughs.

Let’s make Cologne climate-neutral and keep it colorful, tolerant, and diverse in the years to come!

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(Source: https://wahlen.stadt-koeln.de/prod/KW2020/05315000/html5/index.html, 9/14/20)

September 25

On Friday, September 25, we’ll have the next global climate strike!

Fighting the climate emergency is as important as ever, and we need to keep up the pressure on our politicians.

Last Friday, we had a relatively successful dress rehearsal in Cologne and were able to validate the distancing concepts for the next big protest.

See you in the streets!

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(In the streets of Cologne, 9/4/20)

Pandemimimis defile parliament building

This weekend saw a big gathering of right-wing extremists and other Corona-deniers in our capital, Berlin.

During their protests, a group went to the stairs in front of our parliament building, brandishing the Reich’s hateful symbols – absolutely disgusting and shameful!

The Police should have prevented this, but they were sadly understaffed, with only three officers present in front of the parliament (according to media reports).

Maybe these officers protecting the commercial interests of RWE at the Garzweiler open-pit coal mine could have helped?

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(Alle Dörfer Bleiben, 8/30/20)