++Mass action against fossil gas: Ende Gelände announces action dates of July 29 – August 2++

Press release, 14th of May 2021

Ende Gelände will take a mass action of civil disobedience against the planned LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel from 29 July to 2 August 2021. The planned LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel is also to be supplied with fracking gas. Ende Gelände opposes the further expansion of any fossil infrastructure and calls for an immediate phase-out of coal and gas.

Ronja Weil, spokesperson of Ende Gelände: “The fracking gas terminal Brunsbüttel is a symbol for continued colonial exploitation and destruction in the Global South. Gas accelerates the global climate crisis, and fracking not only pollutes the soil but also causes water shortages in the regions of extraction. This is a continuation of centuries of colonialism.”

Ende Gelände has been blocking coal infrastructure in German mining areas with mass actions of civil disobedience since 2015. In the fall of 2020, gas infrastructure was blocked for the first time at the Lausward gas-fired power plant near Düsseldorf. In 2021, the alliance will expand its fight against fracking gas.

“Just like coal, gas is a climate killer: In addition to CO2, it releases methane, which is even more harmful,” explains Ronja Weil. “That’s why Ende Gelände calls for an immediate gas phase-out. We have to get out of all fossil fuels immediately.”

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) has recently criticized the expansion of the gas infrastructure sharply due to its harmfulness to the climate. Methane, it said, is 87 times more harmful to the climate than C02 over a 20-year period. Regarding the planned LNG terminals, it says that there is “no energy-economic necessity for the expansion of the import infrastructure” (1).

Ende Gelände denounces the greenwashing of the gas industry. “Clean gas is a dirty lie! For their profits, fossil fuel corporations are destroying the livelihoods of people in the Global South and are fueling the climate crisis worldwide,” says Ronja Weil.

Ende Gelände puts the question of system change front and center: “The fossil fuel industry is a prime example of what is wrong with our current economic system. Capitalism is breaking the limits of the planet. We fight for fundamental systemic change,” the spokesperson elaborates.

To ensure the safety and health of all participants in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ende Gelände will develop a comprehensive hygiene protection concept.

Press contact:
Ronja Weil: +49 151 413 745 27

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(1) https://www.diw.de/de/diw_01.c.815878.de/publikationen/politikberatung_kompakt/2021_0166/am_klimaschutz_vorbeigeplant_-_klimawirkung__bedarf_und_infrastruktur_von_erdgas_in_deutschland__hintergrundpapier.html


++ Ende Gelände finishes successful action weekend ++ “The climate justice movement is growing and is internationally stronger than ever!” ++

1. August 2021 Ende Gelände has declared the action weekend for climate justice finished today. More than 2,000 activists participated in blockades at ChemCoast Park near Brunsbüttel. In wind and weather, the activists blocked the railroad tracks to the ChemCoast Park at important points. The blockades were maintained until Sunday. On Saturday, activists with canoes brought shipping on the Kiel Canal to a complete standstill for more than two hours. Ships were jammed on one of the most important waterways in the world. Continue reading ...