Before the World Climate Conference Several thousand environmental activists plan protest

BONN · Thousands of environmental activists plan to march from the Münsterplatz in Bonn city center to the World Conference Center Bonn on November 4. They want to protest Germany’s climate policies.

An alliance of climate protection activists and relief organizations wants to demonstrate against further coal mining in Germany just two days before the World Climate Conference begins in Bonn. Their theme is “Protect the climate - stop coal” and on Saturday, November 4, around 7,000 to 9,000 protesters are expected, according to Uwe Hiksch who registered the demonstration. He is advocating that coal energy should be taken out of the energy network in two years.

In addition to a bicycle demonstration which had requested to travel on the A 555 from Cologne to Bonn, farmers from some small or ecologically oriented farms want to drive their tractors through the streets to send out a signal against conventional agriculture, which they say also contributes to climate destruction.

The main demonstration begins at 12 noon on Münsterplatz and from there, demonstrators plan to march through the city towards the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). It will take them onto Adenaueralle (the B9), which will be temporarily blocked off.

“Coal is bloody”

Christoph Bals from the development organization Germanwatch said Germany had to decide whether it would be a trailblazer in the burning of brown coal or for climate protection. "The Chancellor can no longer proclaim decarbonization internationally while protecting coal at home."

Anika Schroeder of the Catholic charity Misereor pointed to the consequences of international coal trade and criticized German energy companies for using coal from developing countries, with a detrimental impact on the people. Millions of people must leave their home countries because climate change destroys their livelihoods. Coal is therefore not only "filthy, but also bloody", Schroeder lamented.

Some groups which will be included in the November 4 demonstration are Naturfreunden (Friends of Nature), Germanwatch, Miseror, Greenpeace, Oxfam and the Environmental Institute in Munich. According to Hiksch, the demonstration is supported by more than 80 associations, clubs, churches, initiatives as well as political parties.

(Original text: epd / Translation: Carol Kloeppel)

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