Climate Camp in Leipzig Region for Fast Coal Exit and to Save Towns like Pödelwitz

Climate Camp in Leipzig Region for Fast Coal Exit and to Save Towns like Pödelwitz

Greening Deserts visited the climate camp Klimacamp Leipziger Land in Pödelwitz and exchanged with many awesome people about climate changes, coal, environment, environmental protection, conservation, nature, system changes and a lot of alternatives and solutions for a fast and efficient coal exit. It’s not just possible but urgent to save the environment, animals, humans, plants and all life forms from extinction, especially in the concerned regions.
Coal mining, burning or coal-fired generation causing a massive toxification of air, soils and water. The air pollution going around the world and like global warming it affects all humans and nations around the world. Mostly the poor people or communities suffer the most, because the coal industries destroying also their environments, even if they are on the other side of the world. This is not just unfair, it’s against any ethical and moral principles. It’s also a crime against humanity and violating many Fundamental Rights and Human Rights! Where is the justice and true rule of law.

Another massive problem with the coal is the radiation. The Swiss environmental network and BUND Germany published important articles and scientific reports about this issue: “Coal mining produces radioactive excavated material, mine water and radioactive particulate matter that is released into the environment. Coal transport with uncovered railway wagons also contributes to further distribution. If the coal is burned, the radioactive substances with the ashes get into the environment. Although filters in large-scale plants reduce the amount of radioactive ash by 99.5 percent, certain radioactive isotopes – for example, radon, lead and polonium – are still released into the environment. They become gaseous during combustion and can therefore hardly be removed from the exhaust air. The filter dusts must be safely stored as highly hazardous waste; for example, in a repository. This is because when burning the radioactive substances accumulate in the ashes: If the burned coal contains an ash content of five percent, so at the end of the combustion, the concentration of radioactive substances massively increased..” Thorium and uranium are another nuclear waste products caused by coal mining and concentrated by coal burning, the radioactive contamination is immense.

There are not just bad news. We have seen many good developments and news in so many fields. Two important things we exchanged about was that all the good alternatives and innovative solutions should be brought together (assembled or compiled) in one overview, so that everyone can understand and work better. The other thing is that Greening Deserts overworked the concept for the greening and research camps, it would be possible to establish a permanent climate camp in each bigger mining landscape. It would be a great platform for climate researchers and also for other scientists. The coal branch could see or understand that the potentials of a fast and effective coal exit are enourmous. More and better payed jobs could be created and the profits would be multiple times higher. It’s really complete nonsense to keep on with coal mining, not just because of the reasons stated here. Keep the coal in the ground and make peace with yourself and the humanity.

To a free discussion round we exchanged with some kids about good ideas for the panel. We had the idea to establish conservation, climate and environmental protection as fixed school subject in schools, at least once a week.

Another thing is to restore and recultivate old natural German landscapes which were very important for the water cycle and balancing the climate, environment and natural processes. We want to restore for example old wetlands like were destroyed by coal mining companies or other responsibles in the region of Leipzig. The region Leipzig was moorland landscape, alluvial or floodplain forest and now it’s much dryland or artifical lakeland. We need to create much more natural habitats and reservates there, more ancient plants and trees like bald zypresses and pin oaks. You must know wetlands are and were important for carbon capture or storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon by area as rainforests! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/03/scientists-hope-wetland-carbon-storage-experiment-is-everyones-cup-of-tea

Further information:

https://endcoal.org/health

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining

https://futurism.com/air-pollution-kills-thousands-year

https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/coal-impacts#.W2gITN9R272

https://beyond-coal.eu/2018/05/28/health-impacts-eu-coal-power-plants

https://www.cleanenergywire.org/factsheets/germanys-coal-exit-commission

https://www.cleanenergywire.org/factsheets/germanys-three-lignite-mining-regions

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/air-pollution-leading-to-a-silent-genocide

https://www.politico.eu/article/air-pollution-linked-to-nearly-400000-premature-deaths

https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/leaked-germanys-planned-coal-commission-shows-little-interest-for-the-climate

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/npr/2018/08/06/635911260/germany-bulldozes-old-villages-for-coal-despite-lower-emissions-goals

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-other-reason-to-shift-away-from-coal-air-pollution-that-kills-thousands-every-year

https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-04-21/coal-plant-emissions-damage-infant-dna-new-study-shows

https://www.psr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/coals-assault-on-human-health.pdf

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-world-pollution-deadlier-wars-disasters.html

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-04-21/climate-change-genocide

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13642987.2014.914701

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/climate-change-as-genocide

..there are much more serious and scientific evidences that the air pollution caused by coal burning and coal mining kills humans, not just nearby coal-fired power plants or in coal power nations like China, USA, Russia, Poland, Germany,.. also all other nations are affected. The killing of people caused by coal burning, gasification and mining is not better than any other genocide – also if it is passive and during a long time.

Update:

Houston we have a problem!

Human-made climate changes like global warming and air pollution (actual 9 million deaths in a year) killing millions of humans yearly! By coal plant emmissions (coal burning and coal mining) and radiation of coal-fired plants and coal mines dying around a million. Is this not mass murdering or genocide? An interesting question, Human Rights organisations and international lawyers (bodies, courts, institutes and universities) for environmental rights, climate justice, business, health and Human Rights analysing and monitoring now the responsibles (key persons and companies). Special anti-corruption divisons are informed and criminal investigations will follow. Big thanks to Harvard and Washington University of Law and all the other universities with Human Rights departments who working on these issues, too.

Update 2:

To all the politics and responsibles like the Coal Commission or Coal Exit Commission, start finally to act, work transparent and present your solutions how to replace the dirty coal fast and efficient – so fast as possible, before more humans die by the air pollution! You all are responsible, too.

Current members of the German Coal Commission:

Commission leaders – Stanislaw Tillich (CDU, former state premier of lignite mining state Saxony), Matthias Platzeck (SPD, former state premier of lignite mining state Brandenburg) & Barbara Praetorius (Climate economist, former deputy director at Agora Energiewende*) & Ronald Pofalla (CDU, former Chief of the Chancellery, now board member at Deutsche Bahn)

Representatives of 8 federal ministries: economy & energy (BMWi, also hosts commission’s secretariat), environment (BMU), internal affairs (BMI, includes department for construction), labour (BMAS), transport (BMVI), finances (BMF), agriculture (BMEL) and education & research (BMBF)

Representatives of 6 federal states: North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Saxony, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony and Saarland

Three members of parliament (without voting rights): Andreas Lämmel (CDU), Andreas Lenz (CSU) and Matthias Miersch (SPD)

  • The commission additionally will have the following 24 members:
    • Jutta Allmendinger – Social Scientist, President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
    • Antje Grothus – Citizens‘ initiative “Buirer für Buir;” climate policy coordinator for NRW, Climate-AllianceGermany
    • Gerda Hasselfeldt – former chairwoman of CSU parliamentary group
    • Christine Herntier – Mayor of coal mining town Spremberg, spokesperson for Lusatia mayors’ association (Lausitzrunde)
    • Martin Kaiser – Executive Director Programme Greenpeace
    • Stefan Kapferer – Head of Utility Association BDEW
    • Steffen Kampeter – former state secretary in finance ministry, now Confederation of German Employers’ Association (BDA)
    • Dieter Kempf – President of industry association BDI
    • Stefan Körzell – Board member at the German Trade Union Confederation DGB
    • Michael Kreuzberg – District Administrator of western German mining region Rhein Erft Kreis
    • Felix Matthes – Research coordinator at Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut)
    • Claudia Nemat- Board of Management, Deutsche Telekom
    • Kai Niebert – Sustainability Researcher, University of Zurich
    • Annekatrin Niebuhr – Researcher Empirical Labour Economics & Spatial Economics, Kiel University
    • Reiner Priggen – NRW Green Party
    • Katherina Reiche – Head of German Association of Local Utilities (VKU)
    • Gunda Röstel – Director of Local Utility Stadtentwässerung Dresden, formerly leader of the Green Party
    • Andreas Scheidt – Board member of service trade union Verdi
    • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber – Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
    • Eric Schweitzer – President of the German Chambers for Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
    • Michael Vassiliadis – Head of mining union IG BCE
    • Ralf Wehrspohn – Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS
    • Hubert Weiger – Head of Friends of the Earth Germany BUND
    • Hannelore Wodtke – Head of Citizen Group Green Future Welzow

Source: Clean Energy Wire

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