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Ende Gelände - Why we participate

This weekend, thousands of activists are preparing to peacefully block the ongoing mining and burning of coal in Rhineland, Germany, in one of the biggest mass civil disobedience climate actions worldwide.  

FYEG’s has taken part in Ende Gelände since it’s first action in 2016. We do this because we see that the climate crisis is already here. That we are losing time. And that to make the changes we need, we are left with no other choice but to step up our game. We are no longer satisfied with the endless delays of political decision-makers on taking action on what is the biggest threat to our future. We are the climate generation, we want action and we take matters in our own hands.

In 2016 when joining Ende Gelände for the first time, we said that in times of paralysed politics, change must come from the bottom, and that Europe needs a strong climate movement and. In 2019 we see this has grown bigger than ever. Climate activism has never been more international. Has never been louder. And has never been younger. As we speak, Ende Gelände is preparing for its biggest action yet with over 6000 activists. At the same time, Fridays For Future will organize its major international strike in Aachen on Friday 21st.

But there is more because change is not only here on the streets. This spring, the change has come inside of the European Parliament, resulting in the biggest Green Group ever and most Young Green MEPs ever elected. This election result represents a huge responsibility for the Green movement. Never before did we have such a unique opportunity to connect our activism on the streets with bold climate action in parliament. Politics of 2019 can thus become less paralysed than those of 2016. And this is exactly what we are going to do.

This weekend, we are yet again bringing our activists to the Ende Gelände camp, this time also with some newly-elected Young Green MEPs - Michael Bloss, Kim van Sparrentak, Niklas Nienass and Erik Marquardt. We will be on the streets, we will be joining the protests and we will go in the coal pits. We are here to show our solidarity with the climate movement. Because we recognize that coal exit is still manual work. And that being in the Parliaments is just as important as being in the coal pits. 

Let’s keep pushing for Europe fossil free together, in the parliaments and on the streets!

Auf geht’s ab geht’s Ende Gelände!