All Villages Stay!

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What’s the issue?

It’s hard to believe for many people, but Germany still destroys entire villages for lignite, an especially dirty form of coal. Lignite is mined in huge open pit mines. For people in more than a dozen villages in Germany, the future was at stake: houses, churches, forests and fertile farmland were to be consumed by the mines. With our resistance, we’ve managed to save nearly all of them in the last years – we only lost the fight for Lützerath, but we made it an extremely tough one. Now only one village is still in danger of being destroyed: Miłoraz/Mühlrose in Lusatia.

This is happening despite it being clear that renewable energy production is possible and a faster coal exit is absolutely necessary to stay within the 1,5°-limit.

What are we doing?

We’re standing in the path of this injustice. We – those directly affected by the mining and forced resettlements, people active in the climate justice movement, solidary citizens – have joined forces, coming from different regions and backgrounds. Not another village fall victim to lignite mining. We are united in solidarity to save the villages, maintain lively communities and make a just and self-governed transformation reality. This also means: The lignite has to be kept in the ground, to avert a climate catastrophe and to stay within 1,5° of global warming.

What can you do?

List of the endangered villages (on german webpage)

We will stand in front of our villages and protect them.

We demand the immediate stop to all forced resettlements, all demolitions, all forest clearances and destructions of land and nature in the lignite mining regions.

We demand the quickest possible exit from coal mining and policies that guarantee staying within the Paris agreement’s goal to limit global heating to 1,5°C – for climate justice in our regions and everywhere in the world.