Essay by Eric Worrall
After Greta was forcibly removed from a protest to expand a coal mine in Germany, young activists have vowed to take to the streets to protest “in large numbers”.
Climate activists vow to take to the streets to stop fossil fuel extraction
‘Cease and desist’ letter signed by over 650,000 people sent to oil and gas CEOs follows Greta Thunberg’s removal from coal protest
Damien Carrington and Damien Gayle
Tue 17 Jan 2023 05.05 AEDT
Hundreds of thousands of young climate activists have announced that they continue to “protest in large numbers in the streets” against fossil fuels, a day after Greta Thunberg was removed by German police from a destroyed village atop a vast coal deposit.
In a cease and desist letter to fossil fuel company CEOs, youth activists accuse them of “direct violation of our human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, our duty of care and the rights of indigenous peoples.”
“This cease and desist letter is intended to urge you to immediately stop opening any new oil, gas or coal production sites and to stop blocking the clean energy transition that we all so desperately need,” the letter reads.
Read more: https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/16/climate-activists-vow-to-take-to-the-streets-to-stop-fossil-fuel-extraction
It gets funnier – the Greta arrest was actually staged (h/t ctm);
I doubt that a couple of angry hippies and their children will stop Germany from expanding the coal mine. Despite its green claims, the German nation is in a desperate situation, it really needs this coal.
Germany’s energy crisis is causing investment rankings to plummet
By Irina Slav – Jan 16, 2023 2:48 am CST
The energy shortages that have plagued Europe’s largest economy since 2021 have hurt its attractiveness as an investment destination.
Germany now ranks 18th out of 21 countries, according to a report by German daily Augsburger Allgemeine, falling four places in the rankings by German economic research institute ZEW, Reuters reported.
The institute cited higher energy costs and a shortage of workers, but also the lack of innovation and a complicated bureaucratic environment as the reason for the re-evaluation of Germany in the ranking.
Soaring gas prices have rocked German industry, prompting the government to spend billions of euros to help businesses and households survive. But despite the state aid, many German companies are curbing their activities or relocating them to cheaper energy locations such as the USA and Asia.
Read more: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Germanys-Energy-Crisis-Sends-It-Tumbling-Down-Investment-Rankings.html
I personally don’t expect “big numbers” to protest, maybe a protest march or two if they’re lucky. Europeans wasting away under skyrocketing energy prices have too many other issues on their plates to worry about whether Greta was mistreated or whether more coal is being mined.
In any case, it’s much too cold for a real street festival.
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