Climate activist Nakate visits huge German coal mine | Economic news
LUETZERATH, Germany (AP) – Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate on Saturday visited a large German open-cast coal mine and village that must be razed for its expansion, saying the destruction is “really worrying” and has implications far beyond Germany.
The visit of Nakate and other young climate activists comes weeks before the opening of UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31.
The Garzweiler lignite mine, operated by utility giant RWE, has become a center of protests from people who want Germany to stop mining and burning coal as soon as possible. Campaigners and local residents say the mine expansion flies in the face of Germany’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Paris agreement target on the climate to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
They also oppose the destruction of villages like Luetzerath and neighboring woods to make way for the mine. Coal mining in Germany is due to end by 2038, but environmentalists say it must stop much sooner.
“I have come to see how much destruction is being done in Luetzerath with the coal mine and to see how much of this destruction affects not only the people of this place, but also the people of my country, Uganda,” he said. Nakate told The Associated. Hurry.
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Due to rising global temperatures, “the weather conditions are changing in my country and we are experiencing more extreme extreme rainfall and droughts,” she said.
“With the expansion of this coal mine, it means that the cultures of the people will be destroyed, the traditions of the people, the stories of the people of this place,” Nakate said.
Noting the size of the mine and its implications for greenhouse gas emissions, she added “it’s really disturbing how much destruction is taking place.”
German activist Leonie Bremer said: “It is absurd that my friend Vanessa has to come from Uganda to show people that what we are doing here in Germany, that what RWE is doing here, affects countries like Uganda.
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