Europe's growing 'climate civil disobedience' movement

Thousands of European activists plan to blockade a large German lignite mine this week, the latest protest of a growing "climate civil disobedience" movement.

While have held "Fridays for Future" rallies for months, protesters of the "Extinction Rebellion" group launched in Britain have risked arrest with more confrontational protests.

From next Thursday to Monday, Europe's veteran "Ende Gelaende" (EG) anti-coal activists will hold their sixth large-scale blockade of an open-pit coal mine and run by German energy giant RWE.

The group's online "action consensus" says: "In view of the urgency of the climate crisis, we consider it necessary and appropriate to go one step further: from public protest to civil disobedience."

Here is a look at this growing form of environmental activism.

Illegal but non-violent

Tadzio Mueller, a German organiser of the movement, argues that "massively breaking the rules ... is the only thing that works to prevent the status quo in the face of climate chaos".

Azna Lecuyer of the French branch of Ende Gelaende agrees that "we feel a passion for actions of civil disobedience, especially among young people.

"This is reflected in demand for training courses everywhere and by the very rapid rise in skills of new activists."

Lecuyer stresses that "non-violence is part of our action consensus: it is forbidden to harm the security forces, site employees or to damage the equipment".

During past protests at the nearby Hambacher Forest, police and RWE company staff have accused the most militant protesters of having hurled rocks or molotov cocktails.

The Ende Gelaende movement has distanced itself from those environmental militants and any acts of violence.

How does a blockade work?

The EG activists—dressed in trademark white overalls symbolising the toxicity of fossil fuels—plan to march from their protest camp to the Garzweiler mine about 10 kilometres (six miles) away.

They hope to evade police roadblocks and enter the vast open-pit mining area to occupy strategic locations and "technical infrastructure such as rails, access roads and excavators".

Meanwhile they plan to organise in so-called affinity groups of up to 10 people of similar physical fitness—and a willingness to be arrested for trespassing and other offences.

Before the protest, activists attend training workshops to learn non-violent resistance techniques such as locking their arms and legs in formation with names such as "the little train" or "the turtle".

What risks do protesters take?

Occupying an industrial site is illegal under German law, and volunteer legal advisers are on hand to support activists before and after they are arrested. They advise them to say as little as possible while in custody.

Other risks lurk at the Garzweiler site. A vast moonscape-like terrain where the surface can be unstable after rain or drought, it is criss-crossed by high-power cables and dug up by building-sized excavators.

When breaking up protesters' blockades, German police have in the past employed high-powered and pepper spray.

Lecuyer says that some activists experience a form of "trauma ... due to the high emotions from stress and excitement and the physical effort, because you have to walk for miles in groups to the target, pass police roadblocks, sometimes under water cannon or pepper spray, and then hold the blockade".


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Jun 19, 2019
An eminent display of a common practice among political crooks. Mobilizing imbeciles. Taking witless, malignant individuals with huge amounts of hate and directing it, to make yourself a power monger. Taking individuals, for example, who hate those who make a lot of money, who have some years on them, and their own parents and unleash that hate on "fossil fuels".
There is no "climate change", the atmosphere is changing but not by climatic means. It is chemtrails, not "fossil fuels", changing the behavior of the atmosphere. Those moved only by hate, who are being told what to hate, refuse, however, to do what those genuinely concerned would do. They won't look into chemtrails. They won't look up to see them being spread. They won't examine the fact that no plethora of images of chemtrails exists from before 1997. They won't even say the word. They don't care. They only want permission to hate.

Jun 19, 2019
Fake climate science is part of an ideology that organizes the low end of the bell curve into a political tool. This is the ideology that destroyed Venezuela.

Jun 19, 2019
Shakespeare said it best.

'Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.'

Recruiting the children for the climate cult as the adults have figured out the scam.

Jun 19, 2019
"Ende Gelaende" (correctly spelled: "Ende Gelände") is a colloquialism. There's no real good translation for this. Literally it would translate to "end of the terrain", but more appropriately it means "end of the line" but it can be used basically anywhere in a conversation where one wants to put an end to something in a fun way.

I fully applaud these people. Industry is going by "grab the money let others deal with the fallout" (I guess "privatize profits - socialize costs"). This was fine as long as the groups who have to pay for it were limited to a country/region. You could always smile at "those dumb people over there who fail to make laws that help them"

But with climate change we're fighting for our lives (and our existence as a species). Few people seem to understand how monumentally impossible it would be to roll back this outcome if we keep going like we have for just a few more decades. Some people don't even seem to care.

Jun 19, 2019
the Great Climate Swindle is action. These mouth breathers obviously do NOT read any of the real science papers on this subject showing how 100 years from now they cannot actually determine what the climate will be like beyond a rough trend. For one thing 95% of all the 'sciency' computer models have completely failed to predict the present! So I guess the empirical data must be wrong then. [/snark, for those who couldn't tell]

Asia and south Asia have all figured out what a scam this is and blythely ignore the rantings and wailings of the scam artists and their useful idiots. China and India alone will swamp any of these futile gestures by the Europeans. The only thing green about this 'movement' is the movement of my dollars into the ripoff artists' bank accounts.

Jun 19, 2019
When these Climate Warriors demonstrate their ability to exist without fuel, electricity, running potable water, roadways, automobiles, space heat and cooling, and the other innumerable gifts of human labor and technology. Then I will consider their grievances! Until that time, NO!

Jun 19, 2019
This is what you do when not enough people buy into your nonsense to do it legally. It reminds me of PETA dousing people with fake blood when they refuse to give up eating meat. These people need to improve their arguments, not the volume of their speech. People are not buying into the Climate Change theory because it is based on hysteria rather than facts. Their models have made countless dire predictions; none of which have come to pass. (New York was supposed to be under water by now.) Every new false prediction further undermines their credibility so now they are trying illegal protests and enlisting well meaning but grossly naive children to push their agenda.

Jun 19, 2019
New York just proved this climate hoax is about "wealth exchange" and nothing else. They fought and argued with their Governor about how much should be spent on environmental programs and how much goes to low income neighborhoods.
They settled on 35-40% of their wealth thefts will go to "low income neighborhoods." Not to protect their neighborhoods with a giant doom, protecting them from this fake hoax of course.

tpb
Jun 19, 2019
If these Econuts really believed in anthropogenic CO2 driven "Global warming", they would support nuclear power, since that is the only way to quickly reduce CO2 emissions. Of course they don't, in fact it isn't even mentioned anymore.
Solar and wind will never be cost effective without either a large base power or massive energy storage, even then exceeding 25% of wind or solar is just asking for massive blackouts.
Asia is building thousands of coal plants that make anything the US or Europe does irrelevant.
Also I'm sick of hearing about a tipping point in global warning, there is no evidence that a tipping point is possible, in fact history has shown that there is massive negative feedback in global temperature.

Jun 19, 2019
"Man-Made Global Warming" er, I mean Climate Change, is the largest most expensive, damaging scientific fraud ever perpetrated. CO2 does NOT control our climate. It is a trace vital gas, without which all life on Earth would die, but it only has a very tiny effect on climate. There was an ice age 430 million years ago, when the CO2 levels were 11 times higher than now, and when the Earth entered the last ice age, the temperatures dropped, but the CO2 levels remained at their highest values for several thousand years.
These two simple facts prove to me that CO2 is NOT that giant, magical, global temperature control knob the chicken-little alarmist want us sheeple to believe so they can control and tax every aspect of our lives.

Jun 19, 2019
...and the trolls are out in force. Notice how they all have only one post to their name? And how the few that have more exclusively post on climate threads?

Guys...you should really shape up. The way you'tre posting your handlers are never gonna get their money's worth.

Sad enough that you sell out your species for a few cents a post (seriously? You're that unskilled that you can't find some real work?)

Jun 19, 2019
As the science community drifted toward academic leftism, following the humanities, the chances of political junk science such as CAGW and gender choice agenda science increased.

Now a PC culture has evolved and even if informed the personal fears of retaliation dominate the academic culture especially. Massive government domination enforces the trend of a Dark Age of social and media bullying and the West is on a fast track decline of basic critical thinking.

The elite are invested in the junk science future, sad and depressing as that may be.

Jun 19, 2019
Note the timeline;

The Soviet dissolved in 1991. The UN Climate Framework, created 1992.

There was no Nuremberg styled trial when the Soviet fell, the essential New World Order rationalization. Most of the UN was deeply depressed as the Soviet fell, their hate for America consolidated in part to the global Greenshirt movement that has consolidated around "climate change" which is dog whistle for one world government to displace American values.

So instead of whining about "workers", "capitalism" and "bosses" we get the short hand code of "climate change".

Pretty much the same crowd in the US that pandered to communism and the Soviet rationalizations remain or their descendants. The failures of academic and educational institutions remain profound. They were pretty depressed too as the Soviet fell and the wall came down in Germany. It's pretty clear the EU post Soviet creation is socially corrupted as well.

Jun 19, 2019
Interesting how as time goes by none of the Climate Change disaster predictions have come true, but the Climate Change movement has become more and more an act of faith that must be solved immediately.

From the article:

"The group's (Ende Gelaende (EG)) online "action consensus" says: "In view of the urgency of the climate crisis, we consider it necessary and appropriate to go one step further: from public protest to civil disobedience."


Jun 19, 2019
There is no "climate change", the atmosphere is changing but not by climatic means. It is chemtrails.

Sorry but as soon as you mention "chemtrails" you show yourself to be clinically paranoid. Condensed water vapor plus CO2 as a greenhouse gas is what is being claimed as causing climate change. You are no different from the doomdayers.

Jun 19, 2019
IT'S A PLANET!!! Earth is a PLANET!!! Humans are like bacteria on a bowling ball!!! All the bacteria on a bowling ball cannot affect how the bowling ball roles!! Likewise humans CANNOT effect how earth "rolls" with regard to climate; humans CANNOT control the temperature of the sun! humans CANNOT affect the earth's distance from the sun, nor the earth's tilt on it's axis, nor the movements of the earth's crustal plates 70% of which are covered by roughly 352 QUINTILLION GALLONS of water ((NOAA National Geophysical Data Center)! THESE ARE THE SOLAR-PLANETARY FACTORS WHICH VARY WITHOUT HUMAN INTERACTION AND AFFECT CLIMATE CHANGE NOW AND HAVE FOR THE LAST 4.5 BILLION YEARS!!! Not coal burning factories or internal combustion engines which have only existed for the past 100 years!! It is these solar-planetary factors which impact the earth's atmosphere! Any effect humans have on the atmosphere regarding climate change in comparison to these factors is beyond infinitesimal!!! The current "c

Jun 19, 2019
Where are the fucking moderators?

Jun 19, 2019
The insane have been running that particular asylum since the fall of the Soviet Union. I await europe's plunge into darkness.

Jun 19, 2019
...and the trolls are out in force.



No trolling here. Civil responses all. And I have many posts over a decade and a half. Are you certain you're not Oliver Manuel, the Iron Star Man?

Jun 19, 2019
Wow, look at all the MAGA kooks here. Straight from the loonie bin called the Drudge Report.

LOL!

Jun 19, 2019
Take a good look at the general nest of rabid GloBull Warming leftists ... ranting and raving about their "scientific proclamations, charts and graphs.. and consider this:

THERE IS NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM... NOT ONE... that has any personal knowledge that the data vomit they drool over.... has any factual truth to it. They only know what they are told by their grant-gobbling scientific Imams and Guru's... and take it as gospel truth.

There is no difference between GloBull Warming Evangelists... and religious Evangelists.

Jun 19, 2019
Other risks lurk at the Garzweiler site. A vast moonscape-like terrain where the surface can be unstable after rain or drought, it is criss-crossed by high-power cables and dug up by building-sized excavators.

LMAO.
Yes...YES. Please invade and protest, but only in places like the one described above.

And....the Darwin Award goes to the "Extinction Rebellion".

Jun 20, 2019
Antigoracle and his baboons really putting out his finger to boast his stupidity on this one lol... The clown looking as foolish as ever, ever more so giving power to the world seeing the reality of what he and his kooks stand for, destroying the earth relentlessly and boasting about not giving one bit about doing it !

Jun 20, 2019
IT'S A PLANET!!! Earth is a PLANET!!! Humans are like bacteria on a bowling ball!!! All the bacteria on a bowling ball cannot affect how the bowling ball roles!! Likewise humans CANNOT effect how earth "rolls" with regard to climate; humans CANNOT blablala

THE HUMAN FACTORS ARE BEYOND OVERWHELMINGLY DESTROYING THE EARTH, Your rant shows your utter STUPIDITY and NON educated understanding of CLIMATE CHANGE happening RIGHT NOW ! ! !

Jun 20, 2019
...and the trolls are out in force. Notice how they all have only one post to their name? And how the few that have more exclusively post on climate threads?

Guys...you should really shape up. The way you'tre posting your handlers are never gonna get their money's worth.

Sad enough that you sell out your species for a few cents a post (seriously? You're that unskilled that you can't find some real work?)


Not just unskilled antigoracle and all his socks above are uneducated, handicapped and dumb as beans.

Jun 20, 2019
Ablablah who are being told what to hate, refuse, however, to do what those genuinely concerned would do. They won't look into chemtrails. They won't look up to see them being spread. They won't examine the fact that no plethora of images of chemtrails exists from before 1997. They won't even say the word. They don't care. They only want permission to hate.


Pathetic little ramble there, The one's who HATE is the one's who does not CARE about the planet and its inhabitants, the ones who OPENLY BOAST about Ignoring the TRUTH AND SCIENCE AND REALITY, YOU are an example to the world about how careless FOSSIL FUELS have become ! ! !

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