On the 15th of August, in the Rhineland, around 1000 people gathered to occupy a huge coal mine.
This civil disobedience action, which had been prepared in great detail for a year, was organized to draw attention to and condemn the exploitation of coal mines in the region, which are the main source of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe.
The action was tremendously successful and gave a huge boost to the German anti-coal and climate justice movements. There were large numbers of militants in this mass action for whom it was their first act of civil disobedience. The enthusiasm this initiative generated will certainly feed into the December mobilizations.
Credits : The activists standing by one of the excavators from the Garzweiler mine. Photo : Paul Wagner for 350.org