Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, May 18, 2022 – As has happened several times in the past three weeks Maya Winkelmann and Jacob Beyer, as part of the Last Generation, peacefully shut down a pipeline this morning. As on Monday morning, they again activated the emergency valve at the Glantzhof pumping station near Strasburg (Uckermark) on the Rostock-Schwedt crude oil pipeline.
In doing so, they oppose the destruction of our society as we know it, which is fueled by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. They are demanding a declaration of life from Robert Habeck in which he rules out the construction and financing of new fossil infrastructure, especially new oil and gas drilling in the North Sea.
Maya Winkelmann (23), who has just completed her studies: “If we do not wake up those responsible NOW and act accordingly to the climate emergency, we will reach irreversible tipping points that will lead us directly to global droughts, starvation catastrophes and wars over food and water. That's why we call on all our fellow human beings to join us. Our history shows us that civil resistance can bring about the necessary social change, even in such a short time."
Winkelmann says about her personal motivations: “Of course I'm afraid of the consequences that await me and the loneliness in the prison cell. But I don't want to hide from the much worse consequences and fears that will await us if we don't change course. It is precisely this love for life that shows me that we must now do what is necessary in this existential crisis. I'm willing to go to prison if necessary."
Jacob Beyer (28), who broke off his apprenticeship as a carpenter in order to devote himself entirely to civil resistance and the fight for a future worth living: “Already today and for many years, those who contributed the least to this crisis are suffering the most from its consequences. But their suffering, their voices and their protests are ignored. And this gives me a greater responsibility to try everything I can, non-violently, to prevent climate collapse."
Beyer describes his vision of a better world as follows: “If we switch to renewable energy now, we will become independent of dictatorships like Russia and Qatar. We would not help finance their wars. We would protect the climate, create meaningful jobs and give our children a future worth living. Because even if time is short, we can still do something. "
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