Let’s deCOALonize!

From 4 to 6 October 2019, deCOALonize Europe takes the shutdown of hard coal into its own hands. Come to the actions in Bremen, Dortmund and Hamburg and block together with us the global hard coal supply chain from mining to combustion!

Electricity suppliers such as Steag, RWE and Vattenfall continue to burn hard coal and kill the climate. Since hard coal is no longer mined in Germany, companies have been importing 100% of their hard coal from countries such as Colombia, Russia, the USA and South Africa. If the so-called “coal commission“ of the German Government were to decide, this could continue until 2038!

So is the hard coal phase-out complete? It is not!

Imports

Electricity suppliers such as Steag, RWE and Vattenfall continue to burn hard coal and kill the climate. Since hard coal is no longer mined in Germany, companies have been importing 100% of their hard coal from countries such as Colombia, Russia, the USA and South Africa. If the so-called “coal commission“ of the German Government were to decide, this could continue until 2038!

Let’s deCOALonize!

Let us critically question the colonial legacies of our own actions and our imperial way of life and thinking and join the courageous struggle of the people in the mining regions to stand up for climate justice worldwide. The climate crisis doesn’t end at borders. With deCOALonize we are creating a bond of solidarity along the exploitative supply chain and say:

„One struggle, one fight!“

Blood coal

Hard coal is blood coal: Coal mining causes human rights violations in the mining regions and entire areas are devastated. The livelihoods of many people, including indigenous communities, are destroyed. When people in Colombia resist this destruction, they are threatened with death. Importing hard coal is a crime against humans and nature!

Due to the continued ignorance of the German government and the dirty business of mining multinationals, banks and logistics companies, we are forced to intervene, at the beginning of October, in the supply chain with a rolling blockade. We will all stand up for systemic social change and climate justice without borders in many places!
Join us in opposing this madness! Between 4 and 6 October 2019, actions are possible at any point in the supply chain – from mining through transport to the power plant. Support our Rolling Blockade project! Join the already planned actions:

Bremen | October 5 / 11:00 Anti-colonial monument
Hamburg | October 4 / 9:30 S-Wilhelmsburg
Dortmund | 4.10.2019 / 13:00H Friedensplatz

Find a point in the coal supply chain near you and organize your own action: whether a creative demonstration, (bicycle) demonstration or blockade – there are many possibilities to become active within action consensus. Contact us via info@decoalonize-europe.net

Global hard coal trade is a prime example of imperial exploitation.

Decolonize imperial way of life!

Global hard coal trade is a prime example of imperial exploitation. The raw materials take the same route as the profits – to the Global North, to countries like Germany and the Netherlands. In return, environmental destruction is outsourced to the mining regions. For over 500 years, rich Western industrial nations and corporations have been benefiting from these conditions: They systematically exploit the resources and labour of predominantly former colonial countries, thereby exacerbating social and ecological crises, driving previously subsistent people into dependence on wage labour and accelerating climate change.

But it’s not just that!

People in the Global South are already suffering the most from the effects of the climate crisis. In addition, states in the Global North refuse to pay people financial compensation so that they can adapt to the consequences of climate change and limit direct damage. Nevertheless, the people in the mining regions fight tirelessly against destruction!

Activists from Colombia demand:

“Many of the communities in Colombia that live in the immediate vicinity of open-cast mines in the departments of Cesar and La Guajira suffer daily from the environmental and health degradation caused by mining. The German government is instrumental in these disasters, as Germany is historically one of the largest buyers of Colombian coal. A true energy transition requires taking responsibility and compensating the numerous victims of fossil fuels and their degradation processes!”

Let’s deCOALonize!

Let us critically question the colonial legacies of our own actions and our imperial way of life and thinking and take action: Join the courageous struggle of the people in the mining regions! Stand up for climate justice worldwide! The climate crisis doesn’t end at borders.

With deCOALonize we are creating a bond of solidarity along the exploitative supply chain and say:

„One struggle, one fight!“

In addition to several other aspects,
Climate justice means that:

  • Together we will enforce the immediate phase-out of coal in order to end the fatal import of hard coal!
  • European companies will no longer profit from the trade and burning of hard coal at the expense of the livelihoods of people from other regions of the world!

We’d be happy if you:

  • via blockades send a clear signal for the closure of European coal ports!
  • cause the coal companies to shut down their power plants!
  • demonstrate against the responsible (financial) companies!

Due to the continued ignorance of the German government and the dirty business of mining multinationals, banks and logistics companies, we are forced to intervene, at the beginning of October, in the supply chain with a rolling blockade.

At the beginning of October, we will all stand up for systemic social change and climate justice in many places!

Join us in opposing this madness!

Between 4 and 6 October 2019, actions are possible at any point in the supply chain – from mining through transport to the power plant.

Support our Rolling Blockade project! Join the already planned actions. Find a point in the coal supply chain near you and organize your own action.

Contact us to coordinate your action with us!

Every contribution is welcome!

The actions

Hamburg

9:30H / 4.10.2019

S-Wilhelmsburg

Dortmund

13:00H / 4.10.2019

Friedensplatz

Bremen

11:00H / 5.10.2019

Antikolonialdenkmal