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48 billion Euros for the climate breakdown?
We are back! After the successful launch of the Stop Fossil Subsidies campaign during the 28th Climate Change Conference in Dubai, we will be taking to the streets again in Berlin on 2 March. After the great success in the Netherlands, we are now bringing the campaign to Germany.
To the action consensus of the campaign.
02 March 1:00 pm - Berlin - Elsenbrücke
Our German government is pretending to be a climate protection pioneer abroad at the COPs while the exact opposite is happening at home in Berlin: every year our government subsidises the burning of oil, gas and coal with more than 48 billion Euros. In doing so, it continues to fuel the climate catastrophe with our tax money. We will no longer accept this and are calling to "Stop fossil fuel subsidies" in an act of civil disobedience!
Civil disobedience = deliberately breaking the rules to draw attention to a great injustice
Fossil = climate-damaging raw materials such as oil, gas, coal
Subsidies = state financial support to create advantages for industry
Want some examples?
The free allocation of CO₂ certificates (9 billion Euros) means that industry emits more climate-damaging CO2. Air travel is subsidised by exempting paraffin from energy tax (8.4 billion Euros) and large SUVs are brought onto the roads through the company car privilege (~ 4.3 billion Euros).
But no money for...
Through these subsidies, Germany is making fossil fuel companies even richer. There is supposedly no money for other support such as a basic child insurance scheme, social housing or the €49 public transport ticket.
In the transport sector alone, the state generously distributes more than 30 billion Euros a year from the bottom up. What we need is a real turnaround in the transport sector. This is the place of our blockade - because the A100 motorway is precisely "business as usual" .
All people should be able to participate and all forms of action towards a future worth living are equally important.
Registered vigil by parents against the fossil fuel industry at Treptower Park S-Bahn station
An exchange for all participants, a colourful programme and a place for emotional support through awareness
Bicycle demo ending near the Elsenbrücke bridge (Changing Cities and BI A100)
Start: 11:30 am at Invalidenpark in front of the Bundesverkehrsministerium (Federal Ministry of Transport)
More Info: Bürger*innenInitiative A100
Walking meditation "Stop fossil subsidies" (Bridge of Faith)
Start: 11:30 am at the Treptower Park S-Bahn station (meeting point on the park side)
On the way we will stop to look at the venerable plane trees that could fall victim to the extension of the A100 motorway.
More info: Warm invitation: Walking meditation
Do you have your own ideas that are more suited for a specially registered gathering? Get in touch with us.
“Netherlands stop fossil subsidies after Extinction Rebellion blockade”
"Because climate change is not just about the weather. It's not just about statistics. It's about people. [...] People in the Global South did not cause the climate crisis, but they are facing the most severe impacts. This is the cruel reality of climate change. They can't tell their stories, talk about their experiences, because they are literally being erased from the picture."
Vanessa Nakate, climate activist from Uganda
We'll be back!
Our campaign started with COP28 in December 23 and will continue every few months. We are sticking to this logical demand and more and more people are joining us!
Netherlands as an example
In the Netherlands, a large allianceoccupied the A12 motorway in The Hague every few months to demand an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Each time they grew in number. Most recently, over 25,000 people took part in the action. They blocked the A12 motorway daily and were ultimately successful: the parliament decided that fossil fuel subsidies must be stopped.The success in The Hague has shown what we can achieve with mass, peaceful protest.
- Colourful - bring lots of creative flags from different groups
- Approachable - there is a place for all action ranges at the action
- Suitable for pregnancy - we remain peaceful and try to avoid any violence
- Loud - drums are very welcome
- Clear message - our banners and slogans focus on the demand "Stop fossil subsidies"
- Join this Telegram-Channel for the campaign (english translation is always in the comments)
- Come to a preparatory action training held by Extinction Rebellion or Letzte Generation
- Put on warm clothes and bring your closest friends with you
- Invite family, acquaintances, friends to come along
- Share the campaign on social media
- Donate for the campaign
- Join a participating group
Who is part of it?
Different groups are already part of our alliance Stop Fossil Subsidies! Your group wants to join in? What should all that money be used for instead of fossil subsidies? Get in touch!