Civil disobedience in the port of Hamburg
Friday 4.10., 9:30h
As part of the #deCOALonizeEurope days of action, we will go together to the place where climate change is happening: the Port of Hamburg. There, together with hundreds of people, we will stand in the way of the climate disaster and block coal infrastructure. No matter if you are a first time participant or already experienced: you are very welcome.
Hamburg my pearl – German champion in hard coal trading
The “Hansaport” in the Port of Hamburg is the largest hard coal seaport in Germany and thus the hub of the global hard coal trade. The hard coal is not only burned in German power plants, but is also used in the steel industry for the automotive industry and the construction of Europe’s largest gas pipeline projects (“Nord Stream 1 & 2”, “Trans-Adria-Pipeline”, “Langeled”).
Port of Hamburg – Gate to the (colonial) world
Trade in hard coal is not a new phenomenon. For hundreds of years, profits have flowed into Hamburg in the form of precious raw materials, while weapons and wars have been exported to the former colonial countries. The port was a logistical and military hub for colonial wars. At that time Hamburg was a colonial metropolis, today Hamburg is a post-colonial metropolis. Today, the port of Hamburg is used not only for coal but also for a number of other transactions such as feed imports, arms exports and nuclear transports. Corporations in Hamburg continue to make massive profits from the exploitation of labour and raw materials in other regions of the world. These transactions cause violent social and ecological conflicts there and further promote global injustice.
Hamburg – Pioneer in coal phase-out?
In Hamburg, the red-green Senate is currently boasting in the media about Hamburg’s “Coal Exit Act” – from 2030, the city of Hamburg wants to completely dispense with coal firing for heat production. The truth is that we in Hamburg are miles away from an energy transition. Electricity production, which accounts for the majority of CO2 emissions in the Hamburg energy sector, remains unaffected by this bill. 94% of the electricity generated in Hamburg is currently generated from fossil fuels, 85% of it from hard coal. According to the Senate, this is not expected to change in the coming decades. Electricity generation from fossil fuels has even continued to rise undisturbed in Hamburg in recent years, while renewable energies are stagnating. The three hard coal-fired power plants in Hamburg produce around 8.5 million tonnes CO2 per year (Moorburg (6.2), Tiefstack (1.2) and Wedel (1.1)). Moorburg alone causes significantly more CO2 emissions every year than the entire Hamburg transport sector. For all of us, this means a higher level of fine dust pollution and a greater risk of developing respiratory diseases. Children and elderly or sick people are particularly affected.
We demand in Hamburg:
• Moorburg, Wedel and Tiefstack immediately off the grid!
• Close coal port „Hansaport“!
• decentralized, grassroots democratic, solidary energy transition from below!
• Reappraise Hamburg’s colonial history finally sincerely!
• Fully compensate affected people in mining areas!
2020 are citizens’ elections in Hamburg. Talking about a coal phase-out and at the same time not pursuing any plans to phase-out power generation from hard coal is a bad attempt at deception. It is foreseeable that there will be a green government participation again. But no party has yet provided serious solutions to the climate crisis, and they cannot be expected from them in the future either. If we are to find adequate and fair answers to the climate crisis, we need more than just a green coat of paint! We need a fundamental change in the way we live and work.
Let us take to the streets together and become active ourselves!
Chico Mendes Hamburg // Ende Gelände Hamburg // Gegenstrom Hamburg // Systemoppositionelle Atomkraft Nein Danke (SAND)
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