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September 8.9.2023, 11, 30:XNUMX a.m.: Summary press conference Social turning point in autumn: away from fossil fuels - towards fair

 

 

 

 

Summary press conference

Social turning point in autumn: away from fossil fuels – towards fairness

 

 

 

 

Rolf Meyer, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Froitzheim, Chiara Malz, Carla Hinrichs and Lina Johnsen in front of the Federal Chancellery

 

 

Berlin, June 08.09.2023, 11, 30:XNUMX a.m – Today the press conference on the upcoming, permanent Last Generation protests took place in Berlin.

On Wednesday, September 13.9th from 11 a.m. the last generation invites you into the Reformation Church in Moabit a, from where around 13 pm a protest march starts through Berlin. Explained about this Carla Hinrichs: “There are two interesting utensils in the luggage and used, stay tuned. Nobody has to use them, but anyone who wants to use them particularly intensively is required to wear a suit and tie.”

Here you will find a summary of the most important points from the press conference.

At the press conference, the supporters of the Last Generations were represented by:

  • Rolf Meyer (56), qualified physicist
  • Prof. Dr. Nicholas Froitzheim (65), geologist 
  • Chiara Malt (32), expectant mother, active in a number of climate projects as a volunteer
  • Carla Hinrichs (26), speaker of the Last Generation


Protest can only be ended politically 

First summarized Rolf Meyer the current situation in Bavaria, where responsibility for the prevailing conflict is being transferred to the police and judiciary. He emphasized: “The conflict is a political conflict and politicians must take responsibility.”

Necessary exit from coal, oil and gas by 2030 – Scholz, be honest

Afterwards clarified Prof. Dr. Nicholas Froitzheimhow dramatic the situation we find ourselves in is.
“We no longer live on the earth we knew.” 

He also explained how we got into this situation and what course we must now take:
“Our politicians consistently refuse to recognize physical reality. For scientists like me, this denial of reality was and is despairing. With every ton of CO2 we emit, the likelihood of the climate system collapsing increases. We have to get out of fossil fuels as an emergency – i.e. get out of oil, gas and coal. 2045 is far too late. 2030 is a realistic, socially possible time horizon.”

Finally he emphasized very clearly: "Olaf Scholz knows that we need a comprehensive change, but he doesn't dare to speak this uncomfortable truth, to say unpopular things. Olaf Scholz says he has everything under control. A life-threatening lie is being told to the population here."

Then he added: “We will end the protest when the government initiates the necessary political change that will fairly make Germany fossil-free by 2030.”

The last generation before the tipping points – that’s all of us.

“No status, no likes, no money, no uniform protects me from dying of thirst and feeds my family.”
Chiara Malt reported on their personal motivation and on the bridges that the last generation is building with their networking work in all areas of society. There is networking with churches, in the arts and culture, in healthcare, in agriculture, in the climate justice movement, in politics, with celebrities, and yes, even with the police.

Protests in Berlin from September 13.09th

Finally led Carla Hinrichs the necessary change and explained how the last generation wants to initiate it.
“We are on a direct course towards climate hell, whether the government or a social council puts the brakes on us is not what it should be about. One thing is clear: we have to end this course. That means: A fossil-free Germany by 2030.”

"We will not leave Berlin until there is a political change: away from fossil fuels and towards fairness! Nobody will be able to ignore the fact that we are now setting out to get the city moving, here on the government's doorstep.
We take to the streets together. We protest with doctors and farmers, with nurses and representatives of the church, with artists and cultural workers and scientists. Our protest will be direct, loud and diverse.”


She also presented an inventory list of the material warehouses “bulging”: roses, poles for a hurdle race, oil, masks, bicycles, an armchair, ropes, overalls of course, diapers, banknotes, polystyrene, chickens and other animals, hay, fire extinguishers, eggs, tomatoes, black color, orange color, red color, white paint, tools, tons of edible food, agricultural equipment, cars, including SUVs, horns, hazardous waste, moving boxes, 6000 sun hats - and of course a lot of glue.

Responsibility in the climate crisis

Following the speeches, a short question and answer session began, in which questions were primarily raised about social acceptance of the form of protest and further details about the protest. Interrupted after a few minutes Prof. Dr. Froitzheim the group and frustratedly clarified once again what it was actually about. The enormous danger we are in, the unparalleled urgency and the responsibility this brings for all of us.

Last appealed speaker Lina Johnsen, who moderated the press conference, to the press representatives present: “Their job, their duty, is to bring that reality, that honesty into the discourse and not let the government get away with dishonesty, otherwise democratic discourse won’t work.”

September 7.9.2023th, 14, 38:XNUMX p.m.: Invitation to a press conference - announcement of a protest in front of the Federal Chancellery -
 
 
 
 

Invitation press conference


Protest announcement in front of the Federal Chancellery

 

Dear press representatives,

We hereby remind you once again of tomorrow Press conference on Friday, September 8.9.2023th, 10, at XNUMX a.m. in front of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.

The press conference will be broadcast live online.
You can participate using the following link:
us02web.zoom.us/j/85996560542?pwd=YkRKNVlvalJUQXAxem1sUUsvTzd4QT09 

Speak it Carla Hinrichs, Chiara Malz and Prof. Dr. Nicholas Froitzheim. It's about the protests from September 13.09th. in Berlin. You will find out what is planned - there will be more details, especially for the first week.

After 20 minutes of posts from our site, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
This will also be possible via Zoom, but we ask for your understanding that questions from press representatives present on site have priority.

Date: 8.9.2023
Time: 10 pm
Location: In front of the Federal Chancellery,
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin

Dial-in data for the Zoom conference:


With kind regards,
the Last Generation press team

 

September 7.9.2023th, 14, 38:XNUMX p.m.: Invitation to a press conference - announcement of a protest in front of the Federal Chancellery -
 
 
 
 

Invitation press conference


Protest announcement in front of the Federal Chancellery

 

Dear press representatives,

We hereby remind you once again of tomorrow Press conference on Friday, September 8.9.2023th, 10, at XNUMX a.m. in front of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.

The press conference will be broadcast live online.
You can participate using the following link:
us02web.zoom.us/j/85996560542?pwd=YkRKNVlvalJUQXAxem1sUUsvTzd4QT09 

Speak it Carla Hinrichs, Chiara Malz and Prof. Dr. Nicholas Froitzheim. It's about the protests from September 13.09th. in Berlin. You will find out what is planned - there will be more details, especially for the first week.

After 20 minutes of posts from our site, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
This will also be possible via Zoom, but we ask for your understanding that questions from press representatives present on site have priority.

Date: 8.9.2023
Time: 10 pm
Location: In front of the Federal Chancellery,
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin

Dial-in data for the Zoom conference:


With kind regards,
the Last Generation press team

 

September 7.9.2023th, 13, 45:XNUMX p.m.: Kicks and punches in Mannheim during a protest march
 
 

 

Kicks and punches during a protest march in Mannheim

 

Mannheim, September 07.09.2023th, 13, 30:XNUMX p.m. - During a Last Generation protest march in Mannheim yesterday evening, Last Generation supporters were kicked several times and punched in the face by a driver.

Aimee van Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation, explains:
"The federal government has ignored our protest for so long that scenes like yesterday's in Mannheim have now occurred. This saddens and shocks us. We are continuing our peaceful protests against the federal government's unconstitutional course towards climate hell."

The protest march took place last night as a slow walking demonstration on the B36, when at 20:00 p.m. drivers who had been driving slowly behind the demonstration stopped and attacked the demonstrators. They sat down to show their peacefulness and to avoid injuries from being pushed. The attacks followed, which are documented in this video: 

twitter.com/AufstandLastGen/status/1699749686007968037?s=20

drive.google.com/file/d/1vhDMMmpWxZc66njtLiJYP2a54vopTY-7/view?usp=drive_link

 

September 7.9.2023, 12, 38:XNUMX p.m.: Acquittal in Freiburg and prison in Munich - arbitrariness and chaos in Bavaria -
 
 
 
 
Acquittal in Freiburg and prison in Munich
 
Arbitrariness and chaos in Bavaria
 
 
 
 
Markus Söder with his prison wheel of fortune
on Marienplatz in Munich – visibly pleased. 
 More pictures below this Link.
 
 
 

Munich, September 07.09.2023th, 12, 00:XNUMX p.m – There are currently 29 supporters of the Last Generation sitting in Bavarian prisons because they drew attention to the government’s climate failure with peaceful sit-ins. Not because they have been legally convicted of a crime, but because the legal basis of the Bavarian anti-terror law is being used to lock up the people in question and prevent them from further protests.

The absurdity: In the end, all proceedings against the Last Generation supporters could end in acquittals, as a current judgment from Freiburg shows. 
Just yesterday, two Last Generation supporters were acquitted for sit-ins in Freiburg. According to the court's assessment, this form of protest does not constitute criminal behavior. 

"We are Isabelle and Felicia and we were acquitted here in Freiburg today. For exactly the same form of protest for which 29 people in Bavaria are currently in prison. In Freiburg it was shown today that our form of protest is entirely legitimate.", says Felicia (22), who was acquitted in court today, said in a statement after the trial. 

"For me, this judgment shows that politicians must now take action, take responsibility and definitely take action. We will soon be fighting for this in Berlin. Be there and help us achieve the turning point.” said her colleague Elizabeth (47) continue.

How arbitrary and chaotic people act here in Bavaria can also be seen in which people are locked away and for how long. The first person is locked up for 30 days, the second is released after a few hours, even though they were sitting next to each other on the street.

Today, supporters of the last generation are making this arbitrariness public. Disguised as Markus Söder and Joachim Herrmann, they stand on Marienplatz in Munich and let passers-by spin a wheel of fortune. The wheel of fortune tells passers-by how long they would be locked up for protests for more climate protection. 

"As long as I am Prime Minister of Bavaria, I will pass on the conflict with the people who are calling on me to protect their livelihoods to the police and judiciary. Because there is now complete chaos there and regular procedures take too long, we in Bavaria now decide how long people will be locked up using a wheel of fortune.“, he reveals Markus Söder Disguised supporters of the Last Generation.

September 6.9.2023th, 12, 30:02.09.2023 p.m.: “Policewoman pours oil on demonstrators” – further details about the incident on September XNUMXnd, XNUMX in Mannheim –

 

 

 

 

“Policewoman pours oil on demonstrators”

– further details about the incident on September 02.09.2023nd, XNUMX in Mannheim –

 

 

 

Sit-in blockade in Mannheim, Konrad Adenauer Bridge.
Policewoman pours vegetable oil on protester.
Photo: Last generation

 

 

Mannheim, September 06.09.2023th, 12, 30:XNUMX p.m – A video goes viral in which a policewoman in Mannheim pours vegetable oil from a canister over the head of a Last Generation supporter during a sit-in. [1] Now the last generation is publishing a longer video about it [2]. In this press release we document reports of experiences with this police officer, including in the subsequent police custody.

On the situation on the street during the sit-in:
In order to protest against the government's breach of the constitution in the climate catastrophe and to draw attention to the fact that several dozen supporters of the Last Generation are currently in long-term detention in Bavaria, supporters of the Last Generation protested with a sit-in in Mannheim on September 02.09.2023nd, XNUMX . Several people stuck their hands to the asphalt with superglue on the Konrad Adenauer Bridge.

All of the following statements refer to the police officer seen in the video pouring oil over the head of a protester (hereinafter: “the officer”). After arriving at the meeting place on the Konrad-Adenauer-Brücke, the officer first collected tubes of glue.

Mario Hess reports: “While collecting the glue, the officer also collected a cold spray. When I said that this was needed to cool the hand that was glued so that no injuries were caused to the hand, she just said: 'I don't care, it's your own fault, you also glued yourself!'“

Benjamin Schuler explained: "A police officer gave us cold spray and said, 'If you're in pain, you can use it.' The officer intervened and said: 'What's the point now?' The police officer replied: 'It stays put, they are in pain.' She replied: 'They should be in pain, it's their own fault.'“

In order to remove the hands from the asphalt with as little injury as possible, the police use vegetable oil that is applied to the hands and then carefully loosen the hands little by little after a period of exposure. The police officer showers several of the sit-blockers with this vegetable oil. A firefighter then hands those affected paper towels to wipe off. The scene is documented in video [2].

Sabina G. reports: “In preparation for the release, she poured an extra generous amount of oil onto my arm, leaving me sitting in a large pool of oil and disinfectant the entire time."

Stefan Diefenbach Trommer reports: “She poured disinfectant on my hand and pants without any warning. Then she tore my fingers off the asphalt.”

Sabine G. further reports: “She wanted to search my backpack, I explained that I couldn't take it off because my hand was glued to it. Then, without warning, she yanked three times so hard that I screamed in pain. I then explained to her again that I couldn't take off the backpack. Then she said: 'Yes, it's your own fault, you should have thought about that before you got stuck.' She then ripped the zippers, causing my things to fall out."


On the situation in police custody:
All those blocking the sit-ins were taken to the Mannheim police headquarters. In the back yard is the low-rise building with the detention cells. Brown tiles, many cells smell of urine, the air is stale, some cells have a toilet hole in the floor. 

Susan Flender reports: “The officer wanted to start the strip search on me with the door still open; a second colleague was there who was visibly uncomfortable. The door was then closed. Smiling request: 'Take off your clothes.' Breasts raised. Then: 'Pants!' I asked for my top and then we moved on. Discussion about underpants with the sanitary pads in them, also searched. When I wanted to put them back on, my butt cheeks were pulled apart. Everything is very humiliating, taciturn and malicious. Only the other colleague responded to my objection that none of this was necessary."

Jana Trommer, qualified psychologist/child therapist reports: “I was supposed to take off my dress in the hallway at the police station. Then she searched me naked in the cell alone and I had to stand on the bed with my legs apart without my underwear. Another activist was then supposed to undress in my presence, all in all quite degrading. "

Sabine G. reported: "At the police station, the officer greeted me and another with the words: 'Well, which of the princesses do we want to treat first?' Both of my arms were full of oil and I asked to be allowed to wipe myself, was put off in the cell, but that was no longer possible. I had to undress myself piece by piece for the strip search in the cell next to another activist (a young policewoman was also present). Then I didn't want to take off my underwear, saying that it was degrading and that I would be ashamed. Then she tore off my underwear herself; I found this very humiliating.
And because I didn't want her to cut the ties on my pants, I had to sit in the cell without pants, i.e. in my briefs. Male officers also saw me half-naked in the cell. For example, an officer from the KDD (permanent criminal service) came in to pick up another inmate. Only after the shift change in the evening did the officer realize that there was obviously no reason why I wouldn't get my pants back and gave me my pants back.
"

Raul Semmler, Last Generation Rhine-Neckar, explains: “So far we have had good contact with the police in Mannheim. We would be happy to talk to everyone involved in the operation."

[1] twitter.com/AufstandLastGen/status/1698988386965434482?s=20
[2] twitter.com/AufstandLastGen/status/1699370145179693426?s=20

 

 

Sit-in blockade of the last generation on September 02.09.2023nd, XNUMX in Mannheim,
before vegetable oil was thrown over the demonstrators by the police officer
is poured in the middle of the picture. Photo: Last generation

 

September 5.9.2023th, 11, 46:XNUMX p.m.: Invitation to a press conference - announcement of a protest in front of the Federal Chancellery -

 

 

Dear press representatives,

We hereby invite you to our Press conference on Friday, September 8.9.2023th, 10, at XNUMX a.m. in front of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.

Speak it Carla Hinrichs, Police Chief Inspector Chiara Malz and Prof. Dr. Nicholas Froitzheim. It's about the protests from September 13.09th. in Berlin. You will find out what is planned - there will be more details, especially for the first week.

The climate catastrophe is escalating and the window of opportunity to act is closing. The last generation sees our society at a turning point in autumn 2023. From September 13.9th Hundreds of us will come to Berlin to initiate the necessary political change that has already been delayed for far too long: Away from fossil fuels - towards fairness!

After 20 minutes of posts from our site, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Date: 8.9.2023
Time: 10 pm
Location: In front of the Federal Chancellery,
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin

With kind regards,
the Last Generation press team

 

September 5.9.2023, 10, 18:XNUMX a.m.: Statement: Arbitrariness and lack of proportionality in Bavaria - The judiciary will not solve the conflict with politics -

Statement: Arbitrariness and lack of proportionality in Bavaria

The judiciary will not resolve the conflict with politics

It is a complete mess that is emerging in the Free State of Bavaria, especially when it comes to dealing with the last generation before the tipping points.

Last November, the Bavarian Interior Ministry under Joachim Herrmann had to publicly justify its decision to lock peaceful protesters behind bars for several weeks. Today there are 27 citizens in the Stadelheim and Memmingen JVA.

In some cases even 30 days are ordered. Those 30 days that Bavaria's anti-terror law makes possible, and about which Joachim Herrmann said last year after great public outrage: “Detention for 30 days must continue to be the absolute exception in the future.” Do you still remember, Mr. Herrmann?

But let us not only ask ourselves what has happened since then and why peaceful citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble are now being locked up.

What we are currently seeing is a form of chaos and arbitrariness being used against our protest in Bavaria. Sometimes a road blockade by the police is seen as a gathering, which is then calmly broken up, and in other places people are pulled off the street as if car traffic were the greatest asset that needs to be protected in our society.

Some people are accused of coercion and resistance and others are told that their behavior is just an administrative offense. Some are released from police custody straight away and others are brought before a judge and sent to prison for 30 days. Mind you, even if they were sitting next to each other on the same street at the same time on the same day. One person is reported twice because of their protest and another is not reported at all. Police officers search in vain for a protester in the prison collection center who had recently been released by colleagues and dismiss this with a comment like: “Oh, she’ll be back tomorrow anyway.”

And no, we don't want to blame the police or the courts for whatever it may sound like here. 

What we condemn is that politicians are not living up to their responsibilities in the climate crisis. Instead of taking responsibility and dealing with the causes of the protest and thus with their own transgressions, they allow the police and judiciary to condemn and lock up disruptive protests in a way that is unworthy of a constitutional state. 

This irresponsibility of politics will inevitably lead us to climate catastrophe.

It is also becoming increasingly clear: this strategy of Bavarian politics is failing.

Determined people who have decided to stand up for their basic rights will not let detention and punishment stop them from protesting in the long term.

Mr. Söder, our protest is aimed at you! The protests in Bavaria cannot be dealt with by the police and judiciary. You can see for yourself: This backfires. You cannot avoid dealing with the reasons for our protest.

“It’s a beautiful, perfect world here – how much longer?” is written on our banners. 
Anyone whose car windows have been smashed by hailstones the size of tennis balls and whose everyday life has been turned upside down by floods and extreme weather in recent weeks can answer the question for themselves. 

Bayern is currently repeating the embarrassment of last autumn. Especially now, in view of the climate crisis that is becoming visible today, it is time for politicians to face up to their responsibility and stop outsourcing the conflict to the police and judiciary. 

updates:
Supporters of the last generation are currently demonstrating with a protest march in downtown Munich and are surrounded by the police on Maxburgstrasse. Jesuit Father Jörg Alt is also among the protesters. The protesters are carrying tennis balls as a reminder of the devastating storm in Bavaria a week ago. Hailstones the size of tennis balls destroyed houses and cars and killed numerous animals - extreme weather is becoming more frequent in the climate catastrophe.

15 Last Generation supporters were taken into custody after sit-ins yesterday, 12 of whom were released yesterday. Three other people were held in police custody overnight in Munich. The presentation to the magistrate is scheduled to take place this morning in order to decide on the requested preventive custody. One of the people is Kai Arne Springorum. The father of four who confronted Markus Söder yesterday in the beer tent on the Gillamoos.

Supporters of the last generation this morning in Munich
Downtown. The tennis balls are used to combat the devastating hail
remembered a week ago. Photo last generation

There are currently 27 Last Generation supporters in prisons in Bavaria because they protested for compliance with the constitution. They are available for interviews by telephone, letter or visit to the prison. Please feel free to contact us directly.

Munich prison, Stadelheimer Straße 12, 81549 Munich
Telephone: (089) 69922-0; Fax: (089) 69922-490
Postal address: PO Box 90 06 55; 81506 Munich
E-mail: [email protected]
Women's section:
Schwarzenbergstrasse 14, 1549 Munich
Telephone: (089) 6202 198-0; Fax: (089) 6202 198-105

You can find photos of the detainees in this folder  © Marlene Charlotte Limburg

September 4.9.2023, 11, 15:XNUMX a.m.: Söder's election campaign tour interrupted - further detentions after traffic blockades -

 

 

 

 

Söder's election campaign tour interrupted

– further detentions after traffic blockades –

 

 

 

Supporters of the last generation confront Söder with
that only six new wind turbines were built in Bavaria this year
were built, but 27 climate activists were in preventive detention
sitting in Bavaria. More pictures below this Link.

 

 

Munich, September 4.9.2023, 11, 15:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the Last Generation once again confronted Markus Söder on his election campaign tour today. While he and Friedrich Merz tried to promote themselves and their politics in a beer tent in Abensberg, citizens put on high-visibility vests and ensured that the climate catastrophe became an issue that could be ignored by no matter how much sugarcoating and empty speech There is no getting around promises.

Kai Arne Springorum (51), geologist and energy efficiency consultant and father of four children, stood in front of the stage, also put on a high-visibility vest and addressed Markus Söder directly:
"How many hailstones the size of tennis balls still have to fall on their population so that they take action on climate protection and not just promise it? How can it be that Bavaria is now locking up more than four times as many climate demonstrators in front of the IAA as they manage to build wind turbines in a year? Mr. Söder, you promised 4 wind turbines and have only built 1.000 this year. You are the man of big words and small actions. What is better protected in Bavaria: car shows or our livelihoods?"

Since the evening of September 1st, a total of 27 Last Generation supporters have been in preventive detention in Bavaria because they have repeatedly protested peacefully for compliance with the constitution. Preventive detention was granted for different periods of time depending on the judge in charge at the time, even though the facts of the case were the same for all those affected. In some cases, the maximum limit of 30 days in prison was exhausted by September 30.09.2023, 10.09.2023; for most, preventative detention is planned until September 12.09.2023, XNUMX or even until September XNUMX, XNUMX.

This morning traffic blockades with at least 15 protesters took place again in three places in Munich. Those involved in this protest will probably also be brought before a judge today, who will decide whether they will spend the next few weeks in preventative detention.

Wolfgang Metzler kick, who took part in the traffic blockades in Munich this morning, explains: “As long as Mr. Söder's response to the climate catastrophe is to set up a wind turbine every few months and imprison those who honestly and unignorably say that this is not enough to protect our livelihoods, visible, disruptive protest remains essential."

 

 

Traffic blockade by supporters of the last generation,
despite the threat of preventive detention this morning in Munich.
Photo: Last generation

 

September 2.9.2023, 9, 00:27 a.m.: Number of people in preventive detention almost doubled - 30 people in preventive detention for up to XNUMX days -

 

 

 

 

The number of people in preventive detention almost doubled

– 27 people in preventive detention for up to 30 days –

 

 

 

Munich, September 02.09.2023th, 09, 00:XNUMX p.m – Since late yesterday evening, the number of Last Generation supporters who were taken into preventive detention in Bavaria has almost doubled. This increases from 14 people to 27. Two women are sent to prison for 30 days - the Bavarian Police Duties Act (PAG) allows this. The rest until at least the end of next week will take place at the IAA on September 10.09th.

Carla Rochel, Press Spokesperson of Last Generation explains: “The question we as a society have to ask ourselves at this moment is: Do we think it is okay that protest for all of our basic right to life is met with prison instead of climate protection?

Just last week, almost 60 constitutional lawyers supported the Last Generation by making it clear that the federal government is obliged by the constitution to pursue effective climate protection. [1]

Instead of the government taking the protesters' already constitutionally compelling concerns seriously, so many of them are now being taken into preventative detention that some of them had to be transferred to the Memmingen JVA because the Stadelheim JVA is full.  

The detentions are not the result of a regular court process with the taking of evidence. Instead, the people concerned are briefly brought before a judge. “It's a matter of 10 minutes!” Ronja Künkler tells us about her lawyer. Ronja was taken into preventive detention on August 29.08.23, XNUMX.

The current status of detentions is as follows:

Stadelheim Prison: 
Miriam until September 30.09th
Solvig until September 30.09th
Micah until September 12.09th
Lars R until September 12.09th
Judith until September 12.09th
Ronja until September 12.09th
Seriously until September 12.09th.
Arne until September 12.09th
Svenja until September 12.09th
Winfried until September 12.09th
Anja until September 12.09th
Luke until September 10.09th
Maike until 10.9.
Julian until 10.9.
Regina until 10.9.
Lorenz until 10.9.
Simon until 10.9.
Christian until September 10.9th
Lennart until 10.9.
Luke until 10.9.
Merita until 10.9.
Jördis until 10.9.
Ruben until 10.9.
Yannick until September 10.09th 

Memmingen Prison:
Maya until September 10.09th 
Myrna until 10.9. 
Lio until September 10.09th

[1] verfassungsblog.de/fur-eine-volker-und-constitutional-rights-compliant-climate-protection-policy/

 

September 1.9.2023, 8, 30:30 a.m.: Up to XNUMX days of preventive detention for constitutional protection officers

 

 

 

 

Up to 30 days of preventive detention for Vesecurity guards

 

 

 

The scientists taking part in the rally
shake hands with the protesters in the police cauldron, August 31.8.2023, XNUMX
(c) Last generation

Images available for download here. 

 

 

Munich, September 1.9.2023th, 8, 30:XNUMX p.m – Almost 60 constitutional and international law experts emphasize in an open letter [1] published yesterday that the concerns of the Last Generation protests are completely justified. The federal government violates the constitution when it does not adequately protect our livelihoods - this has now been officially confirmed. 

On the same day, 4 people are detained without due process for up to 30 days to prevent them from continuing their protest. This not only contradicts the Bavarian Interior Minister's promise from December 2022. He said that the extended detention against climate activists would only be used in exceptional cases. 
The now imprisoned people of the last generation have been protesting with over 70 other people in Bavaria for over two weeks - against a scientifically proven breach of the constitution. Exactly where the Basic Law was created 75 years ago and where the climate failure is greatest today. 

In Bavaria there are double standards: Hailstones the size of tennis balls threaten crops and houses, killing whoever and whatever gets in their way. [2] Politicians only rain appeasing words on this. At the same time, peaceful protesters are going to prison for a month without a sentence because reassuring words are no longer enough for them and they are demanding that the population be protected from extreme events like these. 
Instead of the inconvenient truth that was announced yesterday by constitutional experts - “The Last Generation Right” - to recognize and stand up for the values ​​of the constitution, real climate protection is still being denied and people are working hard to put protest that puts their finger in the wound behind bars.

The following are currently in the Stadelheim JVA for their peaceful protest:

Until 30.9.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX

  • Solvig Schinkothe ​​(43), Magdeburg, master's degree in psychology, mother

Until 12.9.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX

  • Winfried Lorenz (64), Berlin, former print shop owner
  • Arne Großelindemann (27), Berlin, neurobiology student 
  • Ernst Hörmann (73), Freising, mechanical engineer and grandfather of 8 grandchildren
  • Svenja Schraut (19), Passau, student
  • Micha Frey (25), Passau, bartender
  • Ronja Künkler (24), Regensburg, musician
  • Judith Beadle (43), Berlin, communication designer and mother of 2 daughters
  • Lars Ritter (20), Leizig, high school graduate
  • Anja Windl (26), born and raised in Lower Bavaria, psychology student

Until 10.9.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX

  • Luke Beuning (25), Cologne, trained educator
  • Maike Grunst (22), Leipzig
  • Lorenz Schweizer (20), Nuremberg, student teacher 
  • Regina Stephan (21), Berlin, medical student, works in intensive care

The last generation sees our society at a turning point in autumn 2023. We are fighting peacefully for a better future and will continue to protest in Bavaria. 
Imprisonment as a way out of our protest is an expression of the insane clinging to the path to global climate chaos with catastrophic consequences. But the Last Generation will not accept this madness without resistance. More and more people are joining us to protect our rights, freedoms and values. The Last Generation is on the side of the constitution.

[1] For a climate protection policy that complies with international and constitutional law - Constitutional Blog
[2] Skull fractures and a coup de grâce: How the hail hit wild animals | BR24

 

September 1.9.2023st, 12, 20:XNUMX p.m.: Faith representatives stand behind Last Generation - Action for Bavaria - Action for our Common Home -

 

 

 

 

Faith representatives stand behind Last Generation

– Action for Bavaria – Action for our Common Home –

 

 

 

Road blockade with faith representatives behind us
(c) Last generation

Images available for download here. 

 

 

Munich, September 1.9.2023th, 12, 20:XNUMX p.m - Today's World Day of Prayer for the Preservation of Creation is an opportunity for representatives of faith to express their solidarity with the last generation and to stand behind the road blockade currently taking place in Munich. Above their heads they hold signs that read: “No and Amen – No to the destruction of livelihoods, yes to the Climate Society Council”. They particularly highlight the catastrophic consequences of ever-escalating global warming that are already affecting people around the world.

One of those involved is Dr. Pedro Walpole SJ. He has worked for many years as Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change in the Philippines. From there he coordinates the global platform ECOJESUIT, an association of all Jesuit works and people who are committed to climate change, environmental issues and species protection. 

At their last annual meeting in the Philippines, delegates from this group adopted a declaration of solidarity with the protests in Bavaria under the motto “Action for Bavaria, Action for our Common Home”, which is published on the occasion of today's protest. [1]

Also on the street is Andrea Rückert (52), Protestant pastor from Munich. She explains why she stands behind the supporters of the last generation today: “For me, the credibility of the church is at stake if we only talk about peace, justice and the preservation of creation, instead of making a decisive commitment to it.”

The school where she teaches has a partnership with a girls' high school in Tanzania. Andrea Rückert reports: “We hear directly from our partners what effects the climate crisis is already having there. For example, a teacher friend told me that everything in her fields dried up last year because the rainy season basically stopped. So they had no harvest at all.”

She emphasizes: “For me, it is a question of conscience to point out publicly and unmistakably that millions of people are already suffering from the consequences of the climate catastrophe. “To point out that we are in a dramatic situation on the verge of irreversible climate tipping points.”

[1]  Action for Bavaria is an action for our common home – Ecology and Jesuits in Communication (ecojesuit.com)

 

August 31.8.2023, 13, 38:XNUMX p.m.: Constitutional experts stand behind Last Generation - Basic Law obliges the government to take measures against the climate catastrophe -
 
 
 
 
 
 
Constitutional experts stand behind Last Generation
 
– Basic law obliges the government to take measures against the climate catastrophe –
 
 
 

 

Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski points out Article 20a in the Basic Law,
while together with supporters of the last generation
is in the police box. (c) Last generation

Images available for download here. 

 

 

Munich, September 31.08.2023th, 13, 25:XNUMX p.m – The Basic Law obliges the government to take sufficient measures to prevent a climate catastrophe. For this belief, the supporters of the Last Generation have been risking imprisonment, criminal convictions and detention for a year and a half - as is currently the case in Bavaria. This view has now been officially confirmed by 60 experts in the constitution and international law.

The professors from all over Germany have signed a corresponding open letter, which was published today on the “Verfassungsblog”. [1] One of the most important German-language platforms for specialist constitutional law topics. 

The signatories include, among others Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. Susanne Baer, Appointed as a constitutional judge in Karlsruhe until February 2023, Prof. Dr. Dr. Felix Ekardt and Prof. Dr. Remo Klinger both complainants in the landmark 2021 climate judgment as well Prof. Dr. Anna Katharina Mangold, University of Flensburg Professor of European and International Law at the University of Flensburg.

Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski, holder of the chair for public law and international law at the University of Nuremberg, is one of the initiators of the letter. Today he took part in a rally at the Victory Gate in Munich together with scientists from other disciplines and supporters. 

"The 'Last Generation' is right when it says that the federal government is obliged by the constitution to take climate protection measures. To do this, it would have to adopt an adequate climate protection program with effective measures to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If it doesn't do this, it would mean: the federal government is breaking the constitution.“, he summarizes the constitutional situation.

During the course of this rally, sit-ins arose at the Siegestor. The supporters of the last generation are simply no longer prepared to watch the federal government violate its duty to protect the climate, which has now been confirmed by constitutional experts. In addition to their usual banners, they held bound versions of the Basic Law in their hands.

[1] verfassungsblog.de/fur-eine-volker-and-constitutionally compliantclimate protection policy/

 

August 30.8.2023, 14, 40:XNUMX p.m.: Tennis ball hail on the Bavarian state parliament & further preventive detention - the climate crisis cannot be locked away -

 

 

 

 

Tennis ball hail on the Bavarian state parliament & further preventive detention

– Climate crisis cannot be locked away –

 

 

Last Generation supporters protest
again in Munich, (c) Last generation.
High resolution images here.

 

 

Munich, September 30.08.2023, 14, 40:XNUMX a.m - Supporters of the last generation wearing orange high-visibility vests let tennis balls dipped in white paint crash against the doors of the Bavarian state government. 

The protest is a response to the current devastating storms with hailstones the size of tennis balls in Bavaria and to denounce the Bavarian government for failing to prevent future horror scenarios.

The Bavarian government's reaction obviously has a different color: Yesterday, more supporters of the Last Generation were taken into preventative detention, so that a total of nine people are now in police custody until September 12.9.2023, XNUMX. 

Miriam Meyer takes part in the protest at the Bavarian state parliament:
"Prime Minister Söder should try to block the hailstones the size of tennis balls. The climate catastrophe cannot be ended through preventive detention of peaceful protesters, but only through decisive action. In his election campaign, Söder claims “yes to climate protection”, but in reality he is working every day to make Bavaria the German champion in climate failure."

She goes on to say: “While the climate catastrophe strikes in Bavaria and hailstones the size of tennis balls destroy 80 percent of a city, Söder promises help for those affected during the election campaign, but he doesn't waste a single word about his climate-killing policies and what his contribution will be to stopping the catastrophic development towards climate hell."

In the last few days there has been rainfall in the Allgäu and the southwestern foothills of the Alps that only occurs every 50 to 100 years. A disaster was declared in the town of Bad Bayersoien because severe damage was caused by hailstones the size of tennis balls. [1 ] Extreme storms, such as those in Bavaria in the last few days, are becoming more likely due to the climate catastrophe and rising temperatures [2]. According to a survey from May 2023, the municipalities in Bavaria cannot take appropriate climate protection measures because they lack the financial resources to do so [3].

The last generation traffic blockades in Munich will continue beyond September 13.09.2021th, XNUMX. The threat of further preventive detention will not stop us from drawing attention to the fact that politicians have clearly still not grasped the magnitude and irreversibility of the climate crisis.

[1] www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2023-08/bad-bayersoien-bayern-unwetter-katastrophenfall 
 [2] 
www.umweltbundesamt.de/themen/klima-energie/klimawandel/weltweite-temperaturen-extremwetterprojekte-seit#Chronik
[3] www.tagesschau.de/inland/regional/bayern/br-extremwetter-bayerns-kommunen-koennen-massnahme-kaum-umstellen-102.html

 

August 29.8.2023, 16, 57:XNUMX p.m.: Preventive detention and announcement of further protests in Munich
 
 

 

 

Preventive detention and announcement of further protests in Munich

 

 

 

Last Generation supporters are protesting again
in Munich, (c) Last generation.

 

 

Munich, September 29.08.2023, 16, 45:XNUMX a.m – Today a judge in Munich decided to preventively arrest three supporters of the last generation until September 12.09.2023, XNUMX. Preventive detention was requested for a further seventeen supporters.

Nevertheless, traffic blockades are currently taking place again in Munich, including on federal highway 2R. The disruption to everyday life is part of a series of extreme storms that hit Bavaria this week and interrupted the everyday lives of many.

So far, everyone involved in protests has generally been released after their personal details have been recorded. As of this morning, another 17 Last Generation supporters are now in police custody. Apparently the police have now changed their previous strategy in dealing with the Last Generation protests in Munich and are applying for preventive detention. 

Lilly Gomez, which had already protested peacefully in Munich this morning, comments: “We have been protesting in Bavaria for over two weeks now, even though Mr. Söder had threatened us with the “full severity of the rule of law.” The storms in Bavaria are coming thick and fast: That's why we can't be stopped from raising the alarm on the streets during this crisis. We will continue our protests in Bavaria during the IAA and beyond August 13.08.2023, XNUMX. Bavaria has laws to lock us up for our peaceful protest, but this morning I was let go straight away. To me it feels like a toothless tiger that I won't be intimidated by."

Gomez explains further: “In Bavaria there have been hailstones of ice the size of tennis balls in the last few days. We took to the streets with the question “It's a beautiful, perfect world here - how much longer?” Now we see how this world is already being destroyed by storms today. Storms that are becoming more frequent and stronger with the climate catastrophe.” 

The Last Generation announces that it will continue its protests beyond the date set by the police on August 13.08.2023, XNUMX and during the IAA in Bavaria.
 
August 29.8.2023, 15, 18:XNUMX p.m.: Renewed color protests at RWE after proceedings against university lecturers
 
 
 
 
 
Renewed color protests at RWE following proceedings against university lecturers
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Generation Supporters after using fire extinguishers today
have colored RWE's corporate headquarters orange. (c) Last generation
 
 
 
 

Essen, August 28.08.2023, 13, 40:XNUMX p.m – After today Dr. Christopher Sappok was brought to justice for protesting against the federal government's climate failure at RWE headquarters, Last Generation supporters have just repeated this protest. Their message: “While university lecturers are treated like criminals, we continue our protest against the real criminals!”  

Lina Eichler and Malte Nierobisch, among others, took part in today's protest. Both were also present at the protests for which Sappok was sentenced today.
Malte Nierobisch and a colleague soaked the facade of the RWE headquarters in orange paint Lina Eichler stood in front of it and made the following statement:

"Of course we are here again, because the RWE company is still killing. Today a decision will be made in Munich as to whether several last-generation constitutional protection officers will have to spend several weeks in custody in a prison.
This injustice screams to heaven! Judges who judge us as if we were criminals, corporations who put their profit interests above the livelihoods of future generations. We're not taking part in this anymore! We resist! Together with you from September 13.09th. in Berlin!
"

Dr. Christopher Sappok, who teaches as a lecturer at the University of Cologne, was today sentenced to 150 daily rates of €60 each for two similar color protests. This results in a total fine of €9000. A significantly lower sentence than the 8-month suspended prison sentence that the public prosecutor's office had threatened in its sentencing order. Nevertheless, the court is clearly punishing the protesters here, rather than a corporation that shamelessly abuses its social power in order to continue destroying our common livelihood. Even the federal government, which violates its constitution, gets off scot-free.

Other citizens do not want to accept this social imbalance, which may be compatible with a very superficial reading of the criminal code, but violates every conceivable idea of ​​morality and justice. They have announced road blockades in Essen for today.

 
August 29.8.2023, 8, 26:8 a.m.: XNUMX months of suspended prison sentence threatened for color protests - lecturer from the University of Cologne in court -
 
 
 
 
Threatened with 8 months suspended prison sentence for color protests
 
Lecturer from the University of Cologne in court
 
 
 
 
 
Essen, August 29.08.2023, 08, 00:XNUMX p.m – Today at 10:00 a.m. the main hearing against Dr. begins at the Essen district court in room 43. Christopher Sappok. The lecturer in German studies at the University of Cologne has twice protested against the federal government's failure to deal with the climate catastrophe by spraying the RWE headquarters with orange paint using prepared fire extinguishers. The public prosecutor's office then obtained a penalty order against Sappok, which was supposed to impose a suspended prison sentence of 8 months and a fine of €1500. Sappok filed an objection in good time, which is why the main hearing is taking place today.

" 'The state also has responsibility for future generations to protect the natural foundations of life and animals within the framework of the constitutional order through legislation and, in accordance with the law and law, through executive power and jurisprudence.'

Let's take this article for what it is from a linguistic point of view: a declarative sentence. A statement can usually be assigned a so-called truth value: true or false. And this sentence here is clearly wrong. The state does not protect the natural basis of life for future generations. The actions for which I am on trial here are reactions to this fact."

With these words Dr. Christopher Sappok explain his actions in court today. The risk of a prison sentence for the father of four is real. It was just yesterday Kevin Hecht released from the prison in Cottbus. The 31-year-old computer scientist spent 29 days in custody there. Shortly after his release he said in a video statement:


"It's been frustrating to realize that I'm in custody and the real criminals on earth are just walking around free.

It was a hard time. No question. But it was still necessary to send a clear signal - to politicians. Because action must be taken. We need climate protection that actually achieves something and not just sugarcoating. We need consistent government action now.


Marcus Decker is also currently serving a prison sentence. The German citizen is to spend 2 years and 7 months in an English prison for peacefully protesting against the expansion of British oil fields in the North Sea. It is one of the longest prison sentences ever handed out to peaceful climate activists in the UK. After his imprisonment ends, he is also threatened with deportation to Germany.  
 
August 29.8.2023, 8, 13:XNUMX a.m.: Traffic blockades against the government's violation of the constitution in the morning rush hour in Munich

 

 

 

Traffic blockades against the government's violation of the constitution
in the morning rush hour in Munich

 

 

Last Generation supporters are protesting this morning
in Munich, (c) Last generation.

 

 

Munich, August 29.08.2023, 08, 00:7 a.m. - The peaceful traffic blockades in Munich have continued since 30:96 a.m. today. Traffic into the city is also affected, among other things, from exits on the Autobahn 2, as well as exits from the federal highway XNUMXR, which runs as a ring road within the urban area of ​​Munich, and also directly from blockades in various places, including on Schlüsselbergstrasse.

Some supporters of the last generation now carry cardboard signs with them that read: “Gluing ban – €3000 for my children’s future? Bargain!” and thus draw attention to the current general order of the city of Munich, which obviously cannot prevent the peaceful protests. [1]


Micha Frey, who is taking part in today’s peaceful sit-ins at Petuelring, explains: “I take to the streets of Munich every day because our basic rights will no longer be guaranteed in a world that is 3-4 degrees hot. Our government is already not adhering to the law and is postponing the urgently needed climate protection measures until the future. It is essential to develop and implement socially just measures now, because the braking distance on the expressway to climate hell is long.

Further explained Micha Frey"Our government is currently failing to initiate and implement the most important steps. It is time for the government to finally convene a climate council. The social council can find good political solutions for the entire population and also ensure the necessary support among the population. "

Yesterday there were at least nine last generation traffic blockades in Munich throughout the day. The last ones took place at around 17 p.m. on Leopold Strasse and from 18 p.m. on Bayerstrasse at the corner of Schillerstrasse. After a personal recording, the blockers will be released. Many then go straight into a new sit-in. 

During yesterday's sit-ins, demonstrators were dragged along on the hood of a car. The driver then tried to throw them off by quickly backing and forwarding the car [2]. In various places, protesters were pulled off the streets by passers-by and car drivers. In addition to the focus of the protest in Munich, traffic blockades also took place yesterday in Göttingen, Hamburg, Bonn and Esslingen. 

Background: Breach of law and constitution in the climate catastrophe
In the current debate as to whether the federal government is acting illegally and unconstitutionally, arguments are being made at different levels: the goals of the KSG are insufficient and therefore unconstitutional, the “performance gap” makes the specific climate protection plans illegal because it means that the law is not implemented. In addition, it is constitutionally questionable due to the “intertemporal freedom” required by the Federal Constitutional Court. [3] The Federal Constitutional Court chose this formulation in its climate protection ruling to describe the problem that future generations will be burdened above average if necessary restrictions are postponed into the future. [4]

To date, the constitutional requirements for appropriate action in the face of the climate catastrophe have not been legally enforced Prof. Thomas Groß summarizes: “The judiciary has so far only used the constitutional obligation to counteract global warming to justify measures that have already been decided or to demand clarification on the target level.

This strategy respects the political discretion of parliaments and governments. However, it presupposes that they take sufficiently seriously the need for concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which was clearly formulated in the justification for the climate protection decision. However, as the reports from the Climate Expert Council and recent developments show, this is not the case at the federal level. Most federal states and municipalities are also not doing enough to advance climate protection at the required speed.
"[5]

[1] stadt.muenchen.de/infos/official gazette
[2]
 twitter.com/AufstandLastGen/status/1696089831137296833?s=20 
[3]
www.fr.de/politik/deutsches-climate protection programunconstitutional-climate target-tbl-zr-92483963.html , see also:
www.agora-verkehrswende.de/press/news overview/designs-for-climate protection law-and-climate protection program-bergen-significant-legal-risks/  
[4]
www.Federal Constitutional Court.de/SharedDocs/Decisions/DE/2021/03/rs20210324_1bvr265618.html 
[5]
verfassungsblog.de/zwei-jahre-climate-decision-of-Federal Constitutional Court/

 

 

 

 

 

August 28.8.2023, 14, 04:XNUMX p.m.: Prize for Civil Courage awarded to Last Generation

 

 

 

 

Prize for Civil Courage awarded to Last Generation

 

 

Lars Werner and Lina Eichler at the award ceremony
of the €5000 prize in Hameln.
(c) Last generation.

Here to download.

 

 

The Last Generation was awarded the Solbach Freise Foundation's Prize for Civil Courage at the weekend. The €5000 prize honors courage and commitment to the common good. Lina Eichler and Lars Werner accepted the award on Saturday evening in Hameln on behalf of all citizens involved in the Last Generation. 

Lars Werner said at the award ceremony: “We knew that we would face a lot of backlash if we protested in this way. At the same time, it is all the more intense and beautiful when we are shown understanding and appreciation for what we do."

Lina Eichler agreed: “An award like the one presented to us here today offers incredible support. A sign of “You are not alone, we have your back”. This thought warms my heart and gives me great encouragement!"

 

August 28.8.2023, 7, 30:XNUMX a.m.: Blockades again in the Bavarian capital. Protests in the Free State against the federal government's unconstitutional actions are entering their third week

 

 

 

 

Another blockade in the Bavarian capital

Protests in the Free State against the federal government's unconstitutional actions are entering their third week

 

 

 

Last generation supporters
protesting in Munich this morning, 
(c) Last generation.

 

 

Munich, September 28.08.2023, 07, 30:XNUMX a.m - After supporters of the Last Generation drew attention to the government's violation of Article 20a of the Basic Law with almost a dozen traffic blockades last Friday, this week also starts with peaceful protests in downtown Munich. It is now the third week that the protests in the Free State have been going on.

"We have managed to transform Bavaria and especially Munich from a no-go area for protests into a true protest stronghold. There is no longer any way for politicians to protest against the loss of our fundamental rights in the place where they were first formulated 75 years ago”, shows up Lena Mair (25) satisfied.
 
As before in Nuremberg, this weekend it once again became abundantly clear how necessary the last generation's protest is before the tipping points. At least 12 people were injured in severe storms with hail. A further escalation of such extreme events, which are already becoming more violent and frequent due to the climate catastrophe, could soon be unavoidable.

"Since the promised climate goals are not being met and we are just running out of time by hesitating and waiting, there is no alternative to our blockages in order to work for future generations. A council of society to support our government in complying with the law is becoming increasingly essential”, sums up Winfried Lorenz (64) summarizes the political situation in Germany, which is driving older and young people onto the streets.

The failure was also confirmed last week by an expert council on the federal government's climate goals: Overall, the Climate Protection Act "does not meet the requirements for a climate protection program in the Climate Protection Act", although the expert council sees the biggest problems in the transport sector. [1]

[1] www.mdr.de/nachrichten/deutschland/politik/klimaziel-klimamassnahme-kritik-emissionsoberkommen-100.html

 

August 27.8.2023, 17, 30:XNUMX p.m.: Color protest at Gamescom - Protest against the federal government's climate failure -

 

 

 

 

Fatherbprotest at Gamescom

– Protest against the federal government’s climate failure –
 
 
 
 

Supporters of the last generation on stage
of the Snapdragon Mobile Brawl Stars Challenge Finals
at Gamescom. (c) Last generation.
 
 
 
Cologne, August 27.08.2023, 17, 30:XNUMX p.m – Last Generation supporters have just disrupted an e-sports tournament at Gamescom, the world's largest trade fair for computer and video games. Shortly before the awards ceremony began, they entered the stage and distributed bright orange powder in the air. With this sensational protest action, the protesters want to draw maximum attention to the criminal actions of the German government. In 2023, the government under Scholz is still steering Germany almost unchecked towards the destruction of the natural foundations of life, with deadly consequences for people all over the world.    

One of those involved Lasse Schulz (24) explained his protest today like this: “The same people who still wonder whether first-person shooters will turn you into a gunman are still in the executive suites of our country, making profits from coal, oil and gas while questioning the climate crisis. The government, which actually has a climate protection law that it should adhere to, is simply ignoring it and even giving these people billions in tax money. End result: A small minority becomes incredibly rich, and people in the global south pay with their lives as weather disasters predictably get worse.

Malte Nierobisch (20), who is also involved in the protest, emphasizes: “I'm an e-sports fan myself, so I can understand very well if people are pissed off by our protest today. But this is about millions of lives that our government is sacrificing for more oil, gas and coal and I have to protest against that. And best of all on the big stages of this country!"

The 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found unmistakable words for the fork in the road that we as humanity are currently at: “The window of opportunity in which a livable and sustainable future can be secured for everyone is rapidly closing. […] The decisions made and actions taken in this decade will have an impact now and for thousands of years.” [1]

This year, Gamescom is once again promoting climate protection under the motto “Green is the new game”. Among other things, visitors can purchase a green ticket for an additional charge when purchasing the admission ticket. The money will be used to reforest a mixed forest near Bayreuth. [2]

Leave Schulz explains: “As nice as it would be, the climate catastrophe is not something that will be solved if you pay a small surcharge when you buy a ticket and a tree is planted somewhere in return. We need a fundamental political change of course, a 'climate chancellor' who keeps his word. The catastrophes that otherwise await us will affect everyone in everyday life, which is why we are taking our protest exactly there: in everyday life, where it cannot be ignored."

The orange powder used for the protest was commercial Holi powder.
 
 
August 25.8.2023, 9, 50:XNUMX a.m.: Sit-in blockades again despite the threat of preventive detention

 

 

 

 

Sit-ins again despite the threat of preventive detention

 

 

Supporters of the last generation protest in Munich
with a sit-in (c) Last generation.

 

 

Munich, September 25.08.2023th, 9, 50:XNUMX p.m – After supporters of the last generation peacefully blocked streets in Munich several times yesterday, the traffic blockades will continue today. This morning, citizens between the ages of 20 and 73 are resolutely opposing the government's course that is driving us towards climate catastrophe and thus the destruction of our fundamental rights.

Yesterday, most of the Last Generation supporters were released after their personal details were taken and expulsions were issued; only eight people were briefly taken to a police station. They were threatened that if they took part in a sit-in again, they would be put into preventative detention.  

This corresponds to the CSU's demands for the use of precisely this controversial instrument of counterterrorism against peaceful protesters. [1]   

Regina Stephan (21) explains: “It's paradoxical: according to Mr. Söder's wishes, we should now face the full consequences of the constitutional state, which we actually want to protect. In the climate catastrophe that we are heading towards, we will lose all our freedoms and rights step by step - I can't help but stand up against it, we still have our future in our hands!"

The preventive detention should be applied for until September 13.09.2023, XNUMX and thus until after the end of the IAA and the date from which the Last Generation mobilizes for indefinite protests in Berlin.

Lina Johnsen (25), speaker of the Last Generation, explains: “It is becoming more and more obvious that our life here on earth will turn into a climate hell for us if we do not peacefully stand in the way of continuing as usual. If droughts and extreme weather destroy crops and we have to fight over food and water, the basic rights we have fought for over centuries will no longer be worth anything. We cannot allow this to become a reality for all of us.”

[1] www.br.de/nachrichten/bayern/last-generation-polizei-raeumt-verkehrsblockaden-in-muenchen,TnpgKBN

 

August 24.8.2023, XNUMX: Climate protest is not an item in the IAA program Fridays For Future Munich, the Last Generation and Greenpeace reject the VDA invitation

 

 

 

 

Climate protest is not an item in the IAA program booklet

Fridays For Future Munich, the Last Generation and Greenpeace
reject VDA invitation

 

 

Fridays For Future Munich, the Last Generation and Greenpeace jointly reject the public invitations to the IAA from the lobby association VDA. Some of the three organizations only found out from the press that the VDA had invited them to various formats on the grounds of the International Motor Show - without the content or composition of the discussion groups being transparent. 

“The protest for climate-friendly and nature-friendly mobility, in which the car is no longer the focus, cannot be an item in the IAA program booklet. We are not available for such a transparent appropriation.”, said the three organizations. 

“We are happy to discuss our criticism of this industrial show and our ideas for sustainable mobility in an open and neutral environment and have invited the VDA to a panel discussion outside the IAA grounds on Karlsplatz.” 

The VDA has agreed to participate. 

The public panel discussion on the topic “How do we create a climate-friendly mobility transition?” takes place on Saturday, September 2nd, at 9 p.m on a stage at Karlsplatz.  

The following will take part in the moderated discussion: 
    

  • the last generation
  • Fridays For Future Munich
  • Greenpeace youth 
  • BUND YOUTH
  • #IAmPovertyaffected
  • VDA



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us 

Fridays for Future Munich
Luc Ouali, Tel. 0162-8519756, [email protected]

Greenpeace
Gregor Kessler, Tel. 0151-72702918, [email protected]

Last Generation
[email protected], Tel: 03023591611

 

August 24.8.2023, 8, 35:XNUMX a.m.: Traffic blockades throughout the entire Munich city area

 

 

 

Traffic blockades throughout the entire Munich city area

 

 

Supporters of the last generation protest in Munich
with a sit-in (c) Last generation.

 

 

Munich, September 24.08.2023, 08, 30:XNUMX a.m – Since 8:00 a.m., over 50 Last Generation supporters have been blocking several streets in Munich, thus beginning the announced protests in the Bavarian capital. There are traffic disruptions, particularly along the entire Mittlerer Ring in the city center.

Wolfgang Metzeler kick (48), who was only released from preventative detention yesterday and is protesting again today, explains: “75 years ago, the Constitutional Convention drafted our Basic Law in Bavaria. The fundamental rights that are so important to us are now at risk due to the climate catastrophe, everything that is dear and important to us is at stake: human dignity, our democracy, our constitutional state, freedom. When droughts alternate with floods, large areas of the earth become uninhabitable, global production chains collapse, and food becomes scarce - then the foundations for a life of security and dignity are missing."

He goes on to say: “Let us finally face the reality that our government is not adhering to current climate law and is abandoning a life of security and dignity to destruction. It is time for us as a society to help the government uphold the law and protect our fundamental rights. In a social council climate we can find good political solutions. Solutions characterized by peace, democracy and justice."[1]

What is planned in Munich:
We will make Munich a protest stronghold for weeks and thus bring the federal government's breach of the constitution into the public eye.
We repeatedly take to the streets of Munich peacefully and resolutely, blocking traffic with sit-ins and sticking ourselves to the asphalt with our hands. We always leave an emergency exit free. We always remain peaceful in word and deed, even when we are insulted and dragged off the street.  
 
We will not let the controversial preventive detention, the threat of criminal proceedings or fines stop us. Because we know that our protest is justified: Our government is destroying the basis for a life of freedom and dignity. Our government is breaking the climate protection law and thereby trampling on the fundamental rights of our and future generations. 

We know that our peaceful resistance is only effective and noticed if it massively disrupts everyday life. Our protest is not directed against our fellow human beings, whom we reach out to and invite them to stand up with us for our basic rights, for a life in freedom, in dignity, instead of continuing to race unchecked towards the horrors of the climate catastrophe: hunger, chaos and Force.

What happened until now:
On August 10.08.2023th, 14.8.2023, the anniversary of the opening of the Constitutional Convention on the Herreninsel in Chiemsee, the Last Generation informed about the start of the protests in Bavaria, which then continued on August 17.8.2023th, 20.03 with a protest march in Würzburg. Traffic blockades followed and protest marches began in Würzburg, Nuremberg and Regensburg. In Nuremberg we briefly interrupted our protests on August XNUMX, XNUMX due to extreme rainfall and flooding. On March XNUMXth we interrupted Prime Minister Söder's bike tour.


[1] Questions and answers to our “Social Council Climate” demand: lastgeneration.org/company council/

 

August 23.8.2023, 14, 30:XNUMX p.m.: Climate catastrophe sinks fundamental rights - fountain on Herreninsel colored, basic laws sunk -

 

 

 

Climate catastrophe undermines fundamental rights

– Fountain on Herreninsel colored, basic laws sunk –
 
 
 
 
 
Last generation supporters colored the water
black in the well and buried the Basic Law in it.
(c) Last generation
 
 
 
 
Herrenchiemsee, August 23, 2023, 14:30 p.m - Supporters of the last generation dyed the Fortuna and Fama fountains in front of the New Herrenschloss on the Chiemsee on the Herreninsel black like petroleum and sunk basic laws into them.

Today, exactly 75 years ago, the draft of our Basic Law was finalized by the Constitutional Convention on Herreninsel. This laid the foundation for our Basic Law. Fundamental rights that our Basic Law guarantees are threatened by the climate catastrophe.

The citizens colored the water from the wells black like petroleum from canisters they had brought with them, and quoted passages from the Basic Law: “Human dignity is inviolable,” “Every person has the right to life and physical integrity,” “The state also protects “The natural foundations of life in responsibility for future generations.” They then sank some copies of the Basic Law in oil to draw attention to the fact that all the values ​​and basic rights that bind us together and define us as a society are due to the inaction of politics in the climate crisis will be destroyed.

Lena Mair is on site to explain the protest: “The government is fueling the climate catastrophe and thus burying the basic rights that were written down here exactly 75 years ago. In a world of droughts, crop failures and flood disasters, the right to life can no longer be guaranteed. Is human dignity being violated? Our basic law is being sunk by our government in the petroleum of fossil fuels. The federal government must finally act decisively so that our fundamental rights can continue to be guaranteed in the future!”
Leads further Melanie Guttmann out: “Despite all warnings, politicians continue on their illegal course, which will collapse our society as we know it. Yesterday's report from the Climate Expert Council confirmed that the federal government is breaking the Climate Protection Act and is not presenting a plan on how to achieve its own inadequate climate targets. I am afraid that we will continue to steer ourselves into the abyss of climate hell and that our human values ​​and basic rights will be lost in it.” 

Under the motto “Monument of fundamental rights soaked in petroleum – there are no more fundamental rights in climate hell” a similar protest action took place at the “Basic Law 49” monument in Berlin in March of this year. In the first criminal case, a defendant was acquitted yesterday because no damage was caused to the structure of the monument. [1] The politicians criticized with the color campaign for endangering our basic rights and completely inadequate action in the climate crisis reacted extremely sharply at the time, comparing, among other things, the last generation with the “Taliban”. [2]

The Constitutional Convention began on August 10.08.1948, 75. Exactly 23.08.1945 years ago today, our Basic Law in Bavaria was written on Herrenchiemsee and the convention ended on August 10.08.2023, XNUMX. We are committed to the Basic Law and are committed to maintaining the conditions of our fundamental rights. We therefore announced our wave of protests in Bavaria on August XNUMXth, XNUMX with a press conference on Herreninsel. Today we are using the day of the approval of the draft constitution to draw attention to the threat to fundamental rights posed by the climate catastrophe.
The current political course is leading us to a world three to four degrees hotter. Then there will no longer be any democracy or the rule of law. Professor Stefan Rahmstorf summarizes this scenario as follows:
“Weather chaos with deadly heat waves, devastating monster storms and prolonged widespread droughts that could trigger global hunger crises. Rising sea levels devastating our coasts. Overturning ecosystems, devastating species extinction, burning and withering forests, acidified oceans. Failed states, huge numbers of people on the run. (…) I am not sure whether the halfway civilized coexistence of people as we know it will still survive under these conditions. Personally, I consider a 3-degree world to be an existential threat to human civilization.”  [3]

We have to face reality and take responsibility for our actions. We need to come together as a society. It is time for the government to convene a society council. Because the social council can find good political solutions for the entire population. Solutions that are once again characterized by peace and love, democracy and justice. We want politics and climate protection to be done with everyone, for everyone.
 
 
August 22.8.2023, 10, 45:XNUMX a.m.: “Government continues to break climate protection law” - Statement on today's statement from the Expert Council for Climate Issues -
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Government continues to break climate protection law”

– statement on today’s statement from the Expert Council for Climate Issues –
 
 
 
 
 
Supporters of the last generation are blocking today
Tomorrow the BMW factory in Regensburg. (c) Last generation

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Berlin, October 22.08.2023, 10, 30:XNUMX a.m – Today's statement on the 2023 climate protection plan and the presentation of the test report on measures for the buildings and transport sectors confirm once again that the federal government is breaking its own laws.

The Last Generation continues to see confirmation that peaceful civil resistance is justified and necessary against a government that breaks climate protection law. 

Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation, explains:
"Once again, the expert panel comes to the conclusion that climate protection is not being adhered to. The report is a resounding slap in the face for the climate killer Chancellor Scholz. Although the targets for the transport and buildings sectors were already exceeded on April 17th and a legal obligation to present an immediate program arose, the Scholz government has refused to comply with this law to this day.

We will therefore continue and intensify our peaceful civil resistance against the irreparable destruction of our livelihoods. First of all, from Thursday of this week with massive traffic blockades in Munich. From September 13th we will take our peaceful resistance to the streets in Berlin for an unlimited period of time.

We must not and cannot allow our government to continue breaking the laws and constitution because it is about our survival. All of us alive today are the last generation before the tipping points that can stop the escalation of the climate catastrophe
. "


From the statement of the expert council:  
“The Expert Council therefore finds that the climate protection program presented for 2023 does not meet the requirements of the Federal Climate Protection Act for a climate protection program.” (p.33)
“From the perspective of the Expert Council, a coherent, coherent and consistent overall concept is required to close the target achievement gap. This requires an overarching framework of measures that addresses all areas of action equally and consistently.” (p. 34) [1]

From the Traffic & Buildings test report:
“The Expert Council therefore finds that the measures for the building sector contained in the 2023 climate protection program do not meet the requirement for an immediate program in accordance with Section 8 Paragraph 1 KSG.
In addition, the Expert Council notes that the reduction effect reported by the Federal Government falls short of the claim of the 2022 emergency program for the building sector, both taking into account the results of the MWMS of the 2023 projection report and against the background of the design of the measures currently being discussed in the political process , which can also be expected to have a smaller reduction effect.”
“In the overall picture, the measures of the 2023 climate protection program are not sufficient to lead the transport sector onto the KSG target path. This assessment has already been cited by the federal government as part of the 2023 climate protection program and is shared by the expert council. There is a substantial gap between the emissions reduction required under the Federal Climate Protection Act (KSG 2021) and the reduction effect that can be achieved through the Climate Protection Program 2023 in the two reports from BMWK and BMDV.” (p.75) [2]

[1] Expertenrat-klima.de/content/uploads/2023/08/ERK2023_Statement-on-the-draft-of-Climate protection program-2023.pdf
[2] Expertenrat-klima.de/content/uploads/2023/08/ERK2023_Test report building traffic.pdf 
 
August 22.8.2023, 5, 20:XNUMX a.m.: BMW plant in Regensburg blocked - profit through destruction -

 

 

 

BMW plant in Regensburg blocked

– profit through destruction –
 
 
 
 

Last Generation supporters are blocking this morning
the BMW factory in Regensburg. (c) Last generation
 
 
 
 
Regensburg, August 22.08.2023, 05, 20:XNUMX a.m – Numerous supporters of the last generation are blocking the entrances to the BMW factory in Regensburg this morning. In doing so, they denounce the continued unchecked burning of fossil fuels in the transport sector. There has been no improvement here in the last 30 years. [1] Shortly before the start of their shift, they found themselves at the exits and entrances to the site and sat down on the road wearing high-visibility vests. Some of them attached their hands to the asphalt with superglue. 

Arne Großelindemann (27) is actually studying neurobiology in Berlin. Today he sits on the northern entrance to the BMW site, with one hand attached to the road. He explains: "Companies like BMW have known for decades about the destruction caused by the massive CO2 emissions of their products and yet continue to happily profit from it. Our government is also not intervening, even though it is its duty to protect our fundamental rights to freedom and life. This is also my future, which is currently being thrown into the sand here and I will no longer stand by.

Stephan Kaphle (30), physicist, also takes part in today's protest: “No matter how often the automotive industry takes up climate protection and invites environmental movements to its trade fairs, what counts in the end are not nice words, but real savings. BMW makes huge amounts of money every day by burning up all of our futures. Instead of subsidizing the destruction, the government must finally put limits on it."

In recent years, BMW has repeatedly achieved record profits. [2] [3] At the same time, the group benefited from enormous government subsidies in the form of short-time working benefits, purchase bonuses, etc. [4]

The German transport sector repeatedly falls far short of the legally stipulated emission savings. However, this has not yet resulted in any consequences for the responsible politicians. Today the Expert Council for Climate Issues publishes its statement on the 2023 climate protection program including an audit report on the transport sector. In June, deputy chairwoman Brigitte Knopf announced that there was “no turnaround” in sight. [5]

Auch Carla Hinrichs, spokesperson for the Last Generation, is sitting in front of the BMW factory today. She emphasizes: “This afternoon we will once again have it in black and white who is violating the law and to what extent by fueling the climate catastrophe. It is already clear: our constitution is being broken and CO₂ reductions are happening far too slowly. In our current state, we are slipping further and further towards the irretrievable destruction of our livelihoods. It is time for us to come together in a society council and finally initiate the necessary change together."
 
 
August 21.8.2023, 8, 30:XNUMX a.m.: Seven sit-ins in Regensburg - Government must take our claim to fundamental rights seriously again -

 

 

 

Seven sit-ins in Regensburg

– Government must restore our right to fundamental rights take seriously -
 
 
 
 

Last Generation Supporters this morning
at a sit-in in Regensburg. (c) Last generation
 
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Regensburg, August 21.08.2023, 08, 30:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the Last Generation are protesting this morning in Regensburg against the government’s unconstitutional actions in the face of the climate crisis. With a total of eleven sit-ins, they are shaking up everyday life and leaving no doubt that they will no longer accept the failure of politics. Those affected by the blockades include Frankenstrasse, the B14 in both directions, and Friedenstrasse near the main train station.

The traffic chaos in Regensburg today should give a foretaste of what Munich can expect from next Thursday (August 24.08th). The supporters of the Last Generations had announced that they wanted to make Munich a protest stronghold for weeks. 

Lena Mair (25) explains the reason for their protest today: “If the government thinks that we will tolerate its indifference to our fundamental rights for even one day longer, then it has lost its way. The climate catastrophe is likely to rob us all of our freedoms and the lives of more people every day. We will continue to protest until the government finally starts taking our right to these basic rights seriously again. And I call on all my fellow human beings to do the same!"
 
August 20.8.2023, XNUMX: Open doors? Open borders! Recognize the climate crisis as a cause of flight

 

 

 

 

Open doors? Open borders!

Recognize the climate crisis as a cause of flight

 

 

 

Protest at the Interior Ministry

 

 

Berlin, 20.08.23/XNUMX/XNUMX – On the second open day in the federal ministries, activists from the climate movement and the No Border movement jointly drew attention to the connection between the climate crisis and flight. They used the open doors of the ministries to point out the climate crisis as a cause of flight. While a registered rally took place in front of the Ministry of the Interior, several activists sat down on the floor of the ministry with quotes from people with refugee experience.
A sign read “There is no refugee crisis, it is the climate crisis!” 

Among the participants were activists from International Women Space, No Border Assembly, Seebrücke, Extinction Rebellion and the last generation. At the same time, activists protested Debt for Climate in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for debt cancellation for the countries of the Global South. According to the activists, access for visitors was not hindered in any ministry. 

“The open day is intended to make the work of the ministries transparent for citizens. We want transparency about the deadly consequences of current politics! Germany is primarily responsible for the causes of flight in the EU. Through the exploitation of the environment and people as well as the highest CO2 emissions in the EU. Germany must take responsibility and create safe escape routes, the right to remain and education for everyone.” sagt Castroya Nara (31) from Berlin sitting on the floor in the Ministry of the Interior.

The climate crisis should be recognized as a cause of flight, as the effects of the climate crisis are just as life-threatening as direct persecution, the activists explained. The climate crisis is not only an environmental problem, but also a driving force for the forced migration of millions of people.
Rising sea levels, extreme weather events and dwindling resources are making regions uninhabitable. The Global North bears significant responsibility for the climate and environmental crisis and its consequences, while the Global South has to pay the price. [1]

Sulti Niba (28) from Kurdistan explains: “Instead of paying reparations for the destruction the West is causing for the global majority, we see millions being spent every day on border expansion, weapons production, poisoning, green and pink capitalism.” And wpus: “It’s not about small reforms or nicer border officials, but about abolishing deadly borders!”

According to the activists, existing asylum laws need to be revised immediately. Conventional definitions of asylum have typically focused on persecution based on factors such as ethnic origin, religion, or political affiliation. However, the climate crisis introduces a new dimension of displacement due to ecological factors, which requires a reassessment of the criteria for applying for asylum. Displacement due to the climate crisis is just as involuntary and worthy of protection as any other form of forced migration. [2]

“We are simply young people fleeing war and dreaming of reaching a society that protects us and where we feel safe. Does that make us terrorists?” wonders Ahmed (25) from Yemen.

The 34 year old Napuli Paul from Sudan explains: “The EU acts concerned when it talks about the climate crisis while at the same time fueling it. This is exactly how people on the run are treated.” 


Pictures of the protest see here

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[1] www.uno-fluechtlingshilfe.de/informieren/wandelursachen/klimawandel
[2] www.aktion-deutschland-hilft.de/de/fachthemen/fluechtlinge/auf-der-wandel-vor-dem-klimawandel/ 

 

August 20.8.2023, 14, 00:XNUMX p.m.: Markus Söder confronted on a bike tour - You can't cycle away from the climate catastrophe, Mr. Söder! -

 

 

 

 

Markus Söder confronted on a bike tour

– You cannot cycle away from the climate catastrophe, Mr. Söder! –

 

 

Supporters of the last generation in front of the Nuremberg beer garden
(c) Last generation

 

 

Nuremberg, August 20.08.2023, 14, 00:XNUMX p.m – In the morning the last generation announced:

“On Monday, August 21.08.2023st, 22.08.2023 and Tuesday, August XNUMXnd, XNUMX, we will gather on all major streets in Regensburg for sit-ins. We move on to the Bavarian capital on Wednesday. 
On Thursday, August 24.08.2023th, 8 at 00:XNUMX a.m. we will block streets everywhere in Munich. We will make Munich a protest stronghold for weeks and thus bring the federal government’s breach of the constitution into the public eye.”


Supporters of the last generation are already confronting Markus Söder personally with the uncomfortable truth that his politics are jeopardizing our basic right to life, physical integrity and human dignity.

The Bavarian Prime Minister is cycling with a group of citizens to the beer garden at the Zehnteich, as a stage of his PR event “Radl-Tour”. Little by little, numerous people in bright orange safety vests arrive there, determined to remind him of his responsibility.

“What does it feel like to have my future on your conscience?”shouts the 18 year old Jonas Ertle, prospective physics student, to the politician.

Exactly 75 years ago, in August 1948, the foundation of our basic rights was laid here in Bavaria. It was only in 1994 that a serious one was added: “The state also protects the natural foundations of life as a responsibility for future generations.”
But these livelihoods need exactly the stable climate that is currently being destroyed:
In 2023, Bavaria will be the federal state that has only put 5 wind turbines into operation, wants to be the leader in energy expansion and is blocking instead. [1]

Simon Lachner apologizes to those present for interrupting the event, but also explains why it is necessary: “Our constitution is clearly being broken by the politicians who are in office right now and who are now standing on their stage and cheering them on.” [2] 

To ensure that our fundamental rights continue to be valid in the future and that self-evident things such as physical integrity do not become empty words, politicians must act now. But Markus Söder, Prime Minister of the federal state that is doing the least to protect the climate, seems to want to cycle away from his responsibility. We want him to face it – for a future worth living for all of us instead of deadly catastrophes.

[1] Energy transition in Bavaria: Hardly any new wind turbines, hardly any geothermal energy | BR24
[2] t.co/wc2YVfzAG0” / X (twitter.com)

 

So we continue to protest - Our plans for Regensburg and Munich –

 

 

 

 

So we continue to protest

– Our plans for Regensburg and Munich –

 

 

 

Lilly Gomez at a road blockade in Bavaria
(c) Last generation

 

 

For a week we have been protesting in Bavaria against the federal government's breach of the constitution, which is exposing the population to climate catastrophe without any protection. In Bavaria, because our constitution was written here exactly 75 years ago.
Now we announce what will happen next.

Yesterday we blocked streets in Nuremberg all day. Lilly Gomez was taken to the police station. Instead of the usual question about whether she would go out on the streets again, this time the officers were interested in something completely different.

She reports: “I was asked whether I would pass on information about our protests, whether I would accept money for it and whether I would like to call the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution immediately. I said no several times, but the officer didn’t want to accept that.” [1]

Are these processes the “full consequences of the rule of law”that Markus Söder had announced?

A short time later, Lilly Gomez was released from custody and in the evening, as announced, she blocked another street.

We all have to ask ourselves: How can it be that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution allows our fundamental rights to be buried, but then intervenes as soon as the population protests against it?

Lilly Gomez announces:
“We will continue to stand up for our fundamental rights. Where and when we protest should not be a secret that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution has to buy from me. We protest because it is necessary, where it is necessary.

On Monday, August 21.08.2023st, 22.08.2023 and Tuesday, August XNUMXnd, XNUMX, we will gather on all major streets in Regensburg for sit-ins. We move on to the Bavarian capital on Wednesday. 
On Thursday, August 24.08.2023th, 8 at 00:XNUMX a.m. we will block streets everywhere in Munich. We will Munich became a protest stronghold for weeks and thus bring the federal government’s breach of the constitution into the public eye.”

[1] t.co/MhjTjeJxcx t.co/WmpQx9OfQZ” / X (twitter.com)

 

August 18.08.2023, 17, 45:XNUMX p.m.: More and more sit-ins in Nuremberg - paramedic: "Söder is making Bavaria the German champion in climate failure." -

 

 

 

 

Always new sit-ins in Nuremberg

– Paramedic: “Söder makes Bavaria the German champion in climate failure.” –
 
 
 
 

Paramedic Percy Orlando this afternoon
with other supporters from the last generation
on the streets of Nuremberg. (c) Last generation
 
 
 
 
 
Nuremberg, August 18.08.2023, 17, 45:XNUMX p.m – There are repeated large and small sit-ins by supporters of the last generation in the city of Nuremberg. Most of the protesters involved have only just been released from police custody after being arrested at the protest in front of Faber Castell Castle this morning. They are determined to ensure that the government can no longer ignore the impending loss of life caused by the climate crisis. 

Percy Orlando (43), a paramedic who has been working in civil protection for 14 years, is on the street for the second time today: “Yesterday the climate catastrophe here in Nuremberg showed how unpredictable and dangerous it can be. There were only a few hours between sunshine and people having to free themselves from cars flooded with water. Markus Söder then hypocritically thanked the emergency services, even though he continues to work every day to ensure that Bavaria remains the German champion in climate failure.

Heavy rain and storms like yesterday in Nuremberg are occurring more and more frequently due to the advancing climate crisis. That also confirms Prof. Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf, climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

"Can only repeat: Extreme rain is increasing due to global warming. Physics is understood. Global data analysis confirms this.“Wrote Rahmstorf on X (formerly Twitter). [1]
 
 
August 18.08.2023, 10.11, November XNUMXth: Sit-in blockade in front of Faber-Castell Castle in Nuremberg
 
 
 
 
 
Sit-in blockade in front of Faber-Castell Castle in Nuremberg
 
 
 
Supporters of the last generation protest
at the intersection of the B14 in front of the Faber-Castell Castle.
(c) Last generation

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Nuremberg, August 18.08.2023, 09, 30:50 a.m. - This morning, supporters of the last generation continue their protest against the federal government's breach of the constitution in Bavaria. During yesterday's protests there were over XNUMX arrests of Last Generation supporters. However, in the early evening hours, all of them were released. Many of them are once again drawing attention to the failure of the federal government in an unignorable manner. 

As in the past few days, the courageous people in Bavaria will continue to hold protests after they have been released from a police measure.

Svenja Schraut (19), which supports the protests in Bavaria, justifies its actions as follows: “In a world that is three to four degrees warmer, democracy and the rule of law are at massive risk; society as a whole must recognize this and act accordingly. And the course for this can be set in a social council that brings together a wide variety of citizens.

With the writing of the Basic Law came the promise that things would be better for future generations. But the pursuit of prosperity and growth at any cost led us to the situation we find ourselves in now. The narrative of infinite growth has not only failed, no, it is leading us straight to climate hell.

"75 years ago, the foundation stone for our Basic Law was laid here, in beautiful Bavaria - the foundation stone of our society. But the beauty of Bavaria, the continued existence of our society and the constitution are existentially threatened by the effects of the climate catastrophe. It is the federal government's job to prevent this.“explains the biologist Michael Winter (60), which today sits on the B14 in front of the Faber-Castell Castle.
 
 
 
Supporters of the last generation protest
at the intersection of the B14 in front of the Faber-Castell Castle.
(c) Last generation
 
August 17.08.2023, 20.32, XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.: Extreme weather in Nuremberg: Climate crisis interrupts protest - "We don't have to block, the climate crisis takes over for us" -
 
 
 
 
 
Extreme weather in Nuremberg: climate crisis interrupts protest
 
“We don’t have to block, the climate crisis takes over for us”
 
 
 
Nuremberg August 17.8.2023, 19, 30:XNUMX p.m. – Extreme rain is currently flooding the streets of Nuremberg. Cellars and subway shafts are full of water, and the city is in a state of emergency. Supporters of the last generation have brought traffic in Nuremberg to a standstill since this morning in order to bring the climate crisis to the public and demand appropriate measures from the federal government. The determined supporters of the Last Generation have decided to interrupt their protest in Nuremberg in this situation.

“We no longer need to block roads to disrupt our everyday lives. “The climate catastrophe is already beginning to destroy our everyday lives and is giving us a foretaste of what will happen if our federal government doesn’t act now,” says Svenja Schraut (19) from Passau, and reports that the police have turned away from their protest to support emergencies.

She goes on to say clearly: “I was absolutely determined to take to the streets now and block them. But we see that the climate catastrophe is taking over for us. The streets are flooded, it is complete chaos in Nuremberg. The police headquarters is drowning.”[1]

The climate crisis is now. Nobody can close their eyes to it. We call on all citizens who are worried that the next storm will flood their basement or that their child will be hit by a branch to join the Last Generation.


[1] Full video statement from Svenja: twitter.com/AufstandLastGen/status/1692229479421169959?s=20
 
August 17.08.2023, 12.44, XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.: Large sit-in blockade at Nuremberg Central Station - Familiar Father Jörg Alt: “I appeal to you to use the opportunity of the blockades to discuss the problems” -
 
 
 
 
Large sit-in at Nuremberg Central Station
 
Well-known Father Jörg Alt: “I appeal to you to use the opportunity of the blockades to discuss the problems”
 
 
 
 
Protesters in front of the main train station in Nuremberg.
(c) Last generation
 
 
 

Nuremberg, August 17.08.2023, 12, 00:XNUMX p.m. - After supporters of the last generation had already caused blockages on access roads in the west of Nuremberg this morning, they are now taking their protest against the government's violation of the constitution to the heart of the city. There is currently no way through on the two large streets in front of the main train station, because the protesters, who have gathered there in even greater numbers than in the morning, are determined to make their concerns unignorable. Ultimately, it is about nothing less than the right to life and physical integrity, which the government is currently questioning through its actions. 

The police intervened from the beginning, but were unable to prevent the blockade because the protesters were once pulled off the street and slowly but decisively re-entered the street. 

Also the well-known one Jesuit Father Jörg Alt gave a speech at this meeting.
Alt explained in advance: 
"I appeal to the state government, the parties, the media, associations and society: use the opportunity of the blockades to discuss the associated problems and topics! Because it's about nothing less than the basis for survival of our society, our civilization, and indeed humanity!
 
Criminalizing the protesters, sanctioning them with general orders or even using preventive detention does not solve any of the problems that have been mentioned and that will inevitably arise. […] Listen to the message, stop locking up the ambassadors.
"

With their protest in Nuremberg, those involved are defying a general decree that the city of Nuremberg had issued to prevent precisely such protests. Participation in the meetings is punishable by a fine of up to €3000, and leadership can even be punished by up to one year in prison. You can find the entire general order in the appendix.

The people involved in this morning's protests were initially arrested and taken to police stations. However, many are currently being released. As of 11 a.m., 00 supporters were still in police custody.

 

 
Protesters in front of the main train station in Nuremberg.
(c) Last generation
 
August 17.08.2023, 7.55, 3000:XNUMX a.m.: Sit-in blockades in Nuremberg - protest for fundamental rights despite a €XNUMX fine -
 
 
 
 
 
Sit-ins in Nuremberg
 
Protest for fundamental rights despite a €3000 fine
 
 
 
Nuremberg, August 16.08.2023, 07, 30:XNUMX p.m – After Würzburg, Nuremberg is the second city in Bavaria this morning to be the focus of protests against the federal government's unconstitutional actions. Supporters of the last generation are currently holding sit-in blockades on three main traffic arteries in the west of the city to ensure that there is no way around this government failure for politicians and the public. 

The general order previously issued by the city of Nuremberg, which threatened the protesters with high penalties, remained ineffective. If anything, it has made the people involved even more determined. Instead of unreported demonstrations like in Würzburg, today they are protesting in Nuremberg with sit-ins. Except for the people who form the emergency lane, everyone has their hands attached to the street with superglue.

"What I don't think has been understood yet is that we are taking to the streets here for the lives and basic rights of our children and grandchildren. Those basic rights that we were always promised were set in stone. We are not prepared to watch the government sacrifice the base, our democracy, to fossil lobby interests, even if we are threatened with a €3000 fine because of it.“Says Ernst Hörmann (73), retired mechanical engineer and grandfather of eight grandchildren.

Hardly any other topic has received as much attention in recent years as the climate catastrophe. Nevertheless, the true scope of the debate is still ignored.

Regina Stephan (21) Until a few months ago, she was still a medical student with a part-time job in the intensive care unit. Today she can't help but take to the streets in Nuremberg, because, just like in medicine, the climate catastrophe ultimately involves human lives: 

"In reality, the climate is not about bamboo toothbrushes, but about the inalienable basic rights of the population. The government is consciously accepting that the climate catastrophe will continue to escalate because it continues to politically promote and subsidize fossil fuels. If the climate catastrophe then leads to a tidal wave sweeping away a house in which a mother and her children are holding out, if it leads to an old man collapsing in his apartment from the heat and dying because he has become too weak to survive To call for help, then these are human lives that have been sacrificed. And that simply isn't possible because the right to life outweighs the desire to make a profit for RWE or the desire to drive at 200 km/h on the highway.

The entire general order of the city of Nuremberg can be found in the appendix.

Further information on heat deaths:
Spiegel: “More than 60.000 heat deaths in Europe”
 
August 16.08.2023, 9.31, 43:XNUMX a.m.: XNUMX arrests at protest march in Würzburg - Nuremberg becomes the next place of protest -
 
 
 
 
 
43 arrests during protest march in Würzburg
 
Nuremberg will be the next place of protest
 
 
 
Supporters of the last generation were in Würzburg
rounded up and taken to the police station. (c) Last generation
 
 
 
 

Würzburg, August 16.08.2023, 09, 00:XNUMX a.m – In the past few days, supporters of the Last Generation have unignorably brought their protest to the streets of Würzburg. The B 19 in particular became the scene of unannounced demonstrations yesterday. A local farmer was also there with his tractor to point out the increasing problems that agriculture is facing due to climate-related extreme weather events. 

When the protesters insisted on continuing their unannounced demonstration into the early evening hours, the police decided to surround a large group and arrest everyone in it.

A total of 43 Last Generation supporters were arrested and taken to one of the police stations in Würzburg. They had to stay in a police box until late in the evening, but were then largely released.

Seven people, including a father from Regensburg, were held in the police station overnight. However, they too are now free again.

Many of those temporarily arrested are now on their way to Nuremberg by train. Starting tomorrow, the protest will continue there, in the federal state where the fundamental rights that are now being buried by the federal government were formulated 75 years ago. 

Nuremberg has already tried to stop such protests. In a general order, the city threatens anyone who takes part in Last Generation protests with a fine of up to €3000. Leading such a meeting could even result in up to a year in prison. Whether this will dissuade the supporters of the Last Generation from their plan remains to be seen tomorrow.

 

                                                                  Protest march with tractor moves over the B19 in Würzburg.
                                                                                                  (c) Last generation

 

August 15.08.2023, 17.39, XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.: Farmer with tractor at protest march in Würzburg - “I see this entire next generation in danger!” -
 
 
 
 
Farmer with tractor at protest march in Würzburg
 
“I see this whole next generation in danger!”
 
 
 
Farmer with tractor at Last Generation protest march
this afternoon in Würzburg. (c) Last generation
 
 
 

Würzburg, August 15.08.2023, 17, 00:XNUMX a.m – For the second time today, a Last Generation protest march is currently taking place through Würzburg. Right in the middle is Eberhardräder from Bastheim in Lower Franconia, a farmer for 40 years. With his protest today he wants to get politicians to take action. As a farmer, he sees with his own eyes what the climate crisis can do.

"I am part of the last generation because, as a farmer, I have noticed for several years now that the climate crisis is already causing us more and more problems, with heavy rainfall and freak weather, which did happen before, but they were once-in-a-century events and not all of them few years.", says bicycles in a video statement from the street.

"And when I imagine...or I actually don't want to imagine what will happen in a few years as a result of more climate crisis, it becomes unbearable. That's why we should act now and it's inevitable that we have to support the last generation, that we take to the streets until the government and politicians act.“, continues the Bavarian farmer.

By taking part in the unregistered protest with his tractor, the farmer not only risks an administrative offense but also his driver's license. But he thinks it's worth it to make it clear to the government what it's actually risking here:

"I have a son who is studying agriculture. I have a farm that I would like to hand over, but a successful handover also requires an intact climate and I don't see that! I see this entire next generation in danger!”, like this bicycles.

The entire video statement and photos can be found here.  

Further information on the climate crisis and food security can be found here:
Global food security threatened: strong winds increase risk of crop failures (tagesspiegel.from)
BMEL – Agriculture – Harvest Report 2022
Climate crisis and drought: Billions in damages for farmers | agrarheute.com

                                                                     Supporters of the last generation in Würzburg
                                                                                               (c) Last generation

 

August 15.08.2023, 8.16, XNUMX: Protest in Würzburg - “Breach of the constitution must become visible” -
 
 
 
 
 
Protest in Würzburg
 

 “Breach of the constitution must become visible”
 
 
 
 
 
Supporters of the last generation in Würzburg
(c) Last generation
 
 
 
 
Würzburg, August 15.8.2023, 8, 00:XNUMX a.m – Numerous supporters of the last generation are once again coming together in Würzburg for a protest march today. In doing so, they bring the still-repressed danger of the climate catastrophe into people's everyday lives. In two groups they walk along the B19 in both directions, displaying banners that clarify: “Allowing climate catastrophe = breach of the constitution” and the question: “It’s a beautiful, perfect world here – how much longer?”

With on the street Micha Frey (25). He explains: “When you breathe in the fresh morning air and walk through the idyllic old town, you could easily think that all is well with the world. This image of a beautiful, ideal world is exactly what our politicians lead us to believe every day, while they bury our basic rights in solidarity with fossil companies. This isn’t just about broken election promises or dishonesty, it’s about breaking our constitution.”

He adds: “I'm here today because we can't wait for the illusion to collapse. We have to stand up and make the violation of the constitution visible. The longer we stand idly by as the basis of our democracy – our basic law – is trampled on, the more our society as a whole will falter. If our livelihoods continue to collapse, then that will be the end of the right to life and freedom.”

The Basic Law obliges the federal government to protect the basis of human life “also responsible for future generations” (Art. 20a GG) and names dignity, human rights and global justice as central values. [1] These are already massively threatened by the consequences of global warming. [2]

Since the government refuses to align its course with effective climate and therefore human protection, it is up to society to give it a hand and develop socially just solutions in a social council. In this way, a plan can be created that is supported by society and implemented by politicians, regardless of short-term economic and party political interests. Since yesterday, supporters of the last generation have been taking to the streets in Bavaria, the cradle of the German constitution, to demand this long overdue “democracy update”.

[1] GG – Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (gesetze-im-internet.de)
[2] Climate crisis and human rights | Human rights work priorities (amnesty.de)
 
August 14.08.2023, 16.38, XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.: Start of the protests in Bavaria - allowing climate catastrophe = breach of the constitution -
 
 
 
 
 
 
Start of the protests in Bavaria

Allowing climate catastrophe = breach of the constitution
 
 
 
 
 
 

Supporters of the last generation in Würzburg
(c) Last generation

 

 

Würzburg, August 14.8.2023, 16, 30:XNUMX a.m – While the government is still closing its eyes and ears to its responsibility in the ever-escalating climate catastrophe, dozens of committed citizens are currently gathering in the center of Würzburg and are opposing inaction and repression. In the north of Bavaria, the land of big words and small deeds, where the foundation stone for our constitution was laid 75 years ago, they march peacefully and resolutely through the city and make it clear: “Allowing climate catastrophe = breach of the constitution”.

Among them is Ernst Hörmann (73), former mechanical engineer and grandfather of eight grandchildren. At last week's press conference, with regard to the frightening future scenarios that our government is currently setting for all future generations, he emphasized: “I can’t just go along with it, I have to do everything I can to protect them from this disaster.”

Today he affirms: “Every child has the right to grow up with the prospect of a future worth living. The extent to which our basic rights will be restricted if the government continues to refuse to stop the destruction of our livelihoods is outrageous. The course we are currently taking, which is already driving people into hunger, thirst and poverty, betrays our human values.”

Today, 75 years after its creation, it is up to all of us to preserve our Constitution and the rights and freedoms that come with it. We are all the last generation that can seize the opportunity to reflect on our values ​​and stand up for a future worth living.
In a social council that addresses the question of how we can end the use of fossil raw materials and thus the destruction of our livelihoods by 2030, the course can be set for a fair, livable future.

August 10.08.2023, 12.04, April 75: Announcement of protests in Bavaria - Summary of the press conference on the XNUMXth anniversary of the Constitutional Convention -
 
 
 
 
Announcement of protests in Bavaria
 
Summary of the press conference on the 75th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention
 
 
 
 
Representatives of the last generation give a press conference
on the Herreninsel in Chiemsee. The place where exactly 75 years ago
the German Basic Law was written. 

From right to left: Ernst Hörmann, Lena Mair, Anja Windl, Marion Fabian
Available for download here. 
 
 
 

Today's speakers: 

  • Marion Fabian (73) Pensioner and composer, involved with the Last Generation since the beginning of the year
  • Anja Windl (26) Psychology student and known as speaker of the Last Generation Austria; Born and raised in Lower Bavaria 
  • Lena Mair (25) Physics student, grew up and went to school in the Chiemsee region
  • Ernst Hörmann (73) Retired mechanical engineer, formerly employed by Deutsche Bahn, grandfather of eight grandchildren and has been involved with the Last Generation since the very first sit-in blockade a year and a half ago

The government presents loyalty to the constitution, but in reality it is burying our fundamental rights

The Last Generation press conference to announce the upcoming protests in Bavaria was held today at 10:15 on the Herreninsel in Lake Chiemsee. On the same day, celebrations will take place there to mark the 75th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention, which Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder had also announced. 

Anja Windl accuses this political leadership of actually burying the basic rights of the population that they celebrate so hypocritically today.

"The government is fueling the climate catastrophe and thus burying the basic rights that were written down here exactly 75 years ago. In a world beyond 3 degrees Celsius, in a world of droughts, crop failures and flood disasters, the right to life can no longer be guaranteed. Is human dignity being violated?
Today politicians present themselves as loyal to the constitution. In doing so, these politicians are endangering the fundamental rights of all of us by leaving the population unprotected to the climate catastrophe. How could one deceive the population more shamelessly?
”, like this Windl in their statement today

Upcoming protest in Bavaria 

The upcoming protests will focus primarily on Bavaria. There will be repeated peaceful civil resistance in cities across the state.

Ernst Hörmann to the details: 

"We are taking to the streets in Bavaria because we are protesting against the federal government's violation of the constitution in the state where our constitution was written exactly 75 years ago.

We start on Monday in Würzburg. From there we head south. We will take our protest to the stronghold of political blockades. Up to the policy of absolute delay.

We call on everyone to take part in a protest march in Würzburg on Monday. It starts at 16 p.m. at the west end of the “Alte Mainbrücke.”

August 9.08.2023, 20.07, July XNUMX: University lectures and question times - Last generation sends information on police networking to the investigating LKA in Bavaria -
 
 
 
 
 
University lectures and question times
 
Last generation sends information about police networking to the investigating LKA in Bavaria
 
 
Last week it became known through various media outlets that official disciplinary proceedings had been initiated against Chiara Malz, Last Generation supporter and professional federal police officer. Some union representatives from GdP and DPolG had already commented on this and accused her of both disciplinary and criminal misconduct. The AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag has now submitted a question to the federal government on the subject. 

In an article in WELT from August 08.08th. It was announced that the Bavarian LKA had a re-registration deadline of August 11.08th. I asked all German police authorities internally what offers had been made and what seminars had been offered by the “Last Generation”. It is necessary to find out more details from police and command offices nationwide. People want to know who from the “last generation” invited police officers to such discussions or whether the police themselves approached the climate activists and whether there were protocols for the invitation letters. According to the WELT article, the Bavarian LKA also asks whether offers were made during the talks to join or support the “Last Generation”.

In order to provide clarity here, we as the last generation have now sent the LKA-Bayern all information about police networking and our dialogue offers by email. At the same time, we would like to explain why we are committed to this form of dialogue. 

Police officers and climate activists are currently exposed to the greatest areas of social tension during the protests without being responsible for their cause - the failure of politics in the climate catastrophe. In addition, police officers run the risk of having to be at the forefront of the social conflicts that are threatened by dwindling resources in the climate catastrophe.

The police network would therefore like to bring together representatives of the constitutional monopoly on violence and representatives of legitimate civil resistance to one table in order to jointly deal with the climate catastrophe. Spaces should be opened for mutual exchange and de-escalation and a focus on solutions should be achieved. 

For example, one of the dialogue formats organized via the Last Generation Police Network runs as follows: 

13 – 13:15 p.m. – Welcome

13:15 p.m. - 13:45 p.m. - Scientific input on the climate catastrophe (from local universities or scientists with doctorates), triggers and drivers of the climate catastrophe, how far has it progressed? What else can we do? Consumer behavior and social problems + questions

14:00 p.m. - 14:45 p.m. - Presentation by the police / students (operational situation during climate protests, legal basis, etc.)

14:45 p.m. – 15 p.m. – break

15 - 15:45 p.m. - Lecture by the Last Generation (background of the protests and civil resistance, understanding of democracy, idea of ​​the social council, etc.)

15:45 p.m. – 16 p.m. – exchange, discussion

The response to past events, initiated by the Last Generation Police Network and made possible by representatives of police departments, universities, unions, pastors and individual police officers, is predominantly positive.

Within the last generation, the police network conveys the legal basis of police action. This serves to prevent conflict and increases understanding between protesters and the police.

In the police dialogue (online meeting) that takes place weekly on Wednesdays, police members have the opportunity to ask needs-based questions to supporters of the last generation, to express criticism and to point out how operational situations for police officers can be simplified. So far, every single one of these conversations with police officers from some state and federal police authorities has been a mutual benefit.

More information about police networking as well as a handout for police officers can be found freely accessible on the Internet at Police Contact – Last Generation 🧡.

We invite the LKA-Bavaria to contact us at the email address if you have any further questions about police networking police dialogue@lastgeneration.org to report to us.
 
August 9.08.2023, 8.41, XNUMX:XNUMX a.m.: Reminder and final information about the press conference tomorrow

 

 

 

Date: 10.08.23 at 10: 15 clock
Location: On the Herreninsel of Lake Chiemsee (GPS coordinates: 47.86665, 12.39885)
Arrival: You can take a boat at 9 a.m. or at 9:30 a.m. from Prien (Seestraße 8). www.chiemsee-schifffahrt.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Fahrplan_2023.pdf  

Participate in the PK via Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/81744340402?pwd=V2NFVllsRGNzZVBIZ2NLaEV5L2NWdz09 (We are also happy to take your questions via Zoom, but we prioritize questions from on site)

Topic of the PK: Announcement of protests in Bavaria

Speakers: Anja Windl, Marion Fabian, Lena Mair, Ernst Höhrmann


Here is the invitation again:

Dear press representatives,

We – the last generation before the tipping points – hereby invite you to our press conference. In this we explain why we will focus our protests on Bavaria, on which day and where the protests will start.
We chose the special location - the Old Castle on Herreninsel - because that day marks the 75th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention. Basic rights that were put down on paper back then can no longer be guaranteed in the climate catastrophe that we are racing towards. We would like to draw attention to this on this day, when there will be festive events there.
After 20 minutes of posts from our site, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. You can take part in the PK online using the following Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/81744340402?pwd=V2NFVllsRGNzZVBIZ2NLaEV5L2NWdz09 

With kind regards,
the Last Generation press team

Last Generation invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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August 03.08.2023rd, 10, 37:10.08.2023 a.m.: Invitation press conference August 10th, 15 at XNUMX:XNUMX a.m. in front of the Old Castle on the Herreninsel of Lake Chiemsee - Announcement of protests in Bavaria -

 

 

Dear press representatives,

We – the last generation before the tipping points – hereby invite you to our press conference. In this we explain why we will focus our protests on Bavaria, on which day the protests will start and in which cities in Bavaria there will be protests.

We chose the special location - the Old Castle on Herreninsel - because that day marks the 75th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention. Basic rights that were put down on paper back then can no longer be guaranteed in the climate catastrophe that we are racing towards. We would like to draw attention to this on this day, when there will be festive events there.

After 20 minutes of posts from our site, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. There will be an online broadcast. We will send you the corresponding link the day before.


Date: 10.08.2023
Time of day: 10:15 p.m.
Place: in front of the Old Castle on the Herreninsel in Lake Chiemsee
       (GPS coordinates: 47.86706816095366, 12.397077006964237)

With kind regards,
the Last Generation press team
 

July 31.07.2023, 10, 00:XNUMX a.m.: Arrested after a peaceful protest
 
 
 
 
Imprisoned after peaceful protest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kevin Hecht (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg
 
 
 
 
31.07.2023, 10: 00 – Today ends the hottest month on record on record. Kevin Hecht (31) will spend the next month locked up in prison because he peacefully resisted further fueling the catastrophe and thus the wanton destruction of all of our livelihoods.

Kevin Hecht was convicted of resisting law enforcement officers for supergluing his hand to the pavement during a Last Generation protest. An accusation that is otherwise often rejected by the responsible judges. When the penalty order was issued and sent, Kevin was in Sweden to oppose everyday fossil fuels and was in custody there for 15 days for taking part in a peaceful road blockade. 

This morning he will begin his sentence in the Cottbus-Dissenchen correctional facility. In advance he makes an appeal to his fellow human beings:

“I will continue my resistance in prison. Together we can save our future from collapse, but that requires people to stand in the way of destruction. Stop watching how our basic law, our right to life, is trampled on. Get active, there are so many options.”

Kevin Hecht had very bad experiences in pre-trial detention in Sweden and in preventive detention in Landshut for another protest. Nevertheless, he consciously decided to serve prison time. The verdict “resistance” does not unsettle him, but rather strengthens him in his actions.

“In a world where the rules pave the way for injustice and destruction, resisting also means potentially going to prison. I cannot support the current destructive course of our government.”

The dramatic consequences of man-made global warming have long been evident. The window of opportunity to intervene before irretrievable limits are exceeded is rapidly closing. It is up to all of us as a society whether we manage to initiate the necessary change in time. 
The resistance of groups and organizations worldwide is fueled by desperation in the face of the escalating catastrophe, but also and above all by hope. Historically, it has been shown time and again that great injustice can be ended through peaceful resistance from society, and today we continue to rely on the protest to trigger long-overdue change. Our survival depends on it and a better world for all is possible. 
 
July 26.07.2023, XNUMX: Last generation in the hottest place in Germany - talks with mayor, young farmer and representatives of the DWD about ways out of the climate crisis -
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last generation in the hottest place in Germany

– Discussions with the mayor, young farmers and representatives of the DWD about ways out of the climate crisis –
 
 
 
 
 
In front of the measuring station on July 25, 2019
recorded a record temperature of 41,2°C
the climate crisis was spoken about.
From left: Josef Joppen (young farmer), Guido Halbig (DWD),
Caroline Schmidt (front) and Lisa (back) both last generation,
Udo Leuchtenberg (Mayor of Tönivorst)
and Achim Klupsch (Last Generation). 

Credits: David Block
More photos available for download here.
 
 
 
In the backyard of a dairy farm in the surrounding area of ​​Tönisvorst (NRW) there it is: the measuring station that recorded the hottest temperature ever measured in Germany on July 25, 2019. It was a blazing hot 41,2 degrees on this day 4 years ago.

On the occasion of this historic negative record, representatives of the last generation invited people to a meeting to discuss the escalating climate crisis.

Was there Caroline Schmidt from the Last Generation: “I believe what is happening in Tönisvorst can be seen as a harbinger for all of Germany. What needs to be on everyone's minds is that as long as we continue to burn fossil fuels, it will continue to get hotter. The situation will continue to worsen and this negative record will only remain a temporary record."

"That's why we need to get out of this death spiral as quickly as possible. That's why we stick to the streets to warn and that's why we've invited you to a conversation here today to discuss the way out of the climate crisis together with our fellow human beings.”, like this Schmidt continue.

The mayor of Tönisvorst Uwe Leuchtenberg, Bernd Schumacher Obstbauer from Tönisvorst and Provost Thomas Eicker as well as Guido Halbig, the head of the Essen branch of the German Weather Service, accepted this invitation to talk yesterday. The hosts were the two dairy farmers Peter and Josef Joppen, on whose farm the DWD measuring station is located.

mayor Uwe Leuchtenberg summarized after the conversation: “that everyone has the opportunity to change their behavior and become a role model in their own area.“This is necessary because “We have enjoyed the greatest benefits and a high quality of life from using nature. Now it's time to give that back."
 
July 14.07.2023, 22, 30:XNUMX p.m.: Magic Flute interrupted at Regensburg Castle Festival - There will be no more operas on a burning world

 

 

 

 

Magic Flute interrupted at Regensburg Castle Festival

– There will be no more operas on a burning world –

 

 

 

Ronja Künkler in front of the stage
drive.google.com/drive/folders/1x2RHuOViLmowNQOtXUr80XeFmYi-pRHV

 

 

 

Ronja Künkler (24) goes in front of the stage during the performance, sticks himself there and addresses the audience with a speech. “I'm a musician and it would actually be my job to enchant you - just like the orchestra here. But my job is in danger. Because what role will art – will music – play when we fight for drinking water? [1] Who will invest money in theaters when we are struggling with crop failures? How should an orchestra be paid if we have to rebuild entire regions after a flood? The magical world that we are fleeing to this evening is under acute threat! We are the last generation that can avert an escalation of the climate crisis.”

Because society still remains almost motionless while the climate catastrophe continues to escalate inexorably, the supporters of the last generation have brought this issue to the big stage today. The climate catastrophe needs the big stage because it is the greatest threat to us as humans, to our society, to our democracy. The first week of July was the hottest worldwide since weather records began, so the effects of climate collapse are already being felt here. [2]

Nachdem Ronja After being taken away from the stage by security personnel, three more people stand up one after the other and continue Ronja's speech. When will you finally start taking serious and effective climate protection, Mr. “Climate Chancellor” Scholz? – There is no magic technology that will save us.

[1] www.klimareporter.de/gesellschaft/geben-es-kriege-um-wasser
[2] www.tagesschau.de/ausland/wetter-heisseste-woche-juli-100.html

 

July 14.07.2023, XNUMX: Olaf Scholz in front of the Bundestag - Chancellor does not recognize the scope of the climate catastrophe -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Olaf Scholz confronted with breaking the law in front of the Bundestag

– Chancellor does not recognize the scope of the climate catastrophe –

 
 
 
 
 
 
“Only for you,” said Olaf Scholz in the direction of Carla Hinrichs regarding climate neutrality. Hinrichs had previously confronted him with the fact that his government was breaking the climate protection law. Full video available here: drive.google.com/file/d/1mIHUby3OmLsMTuFVmjU8G_9dc5i4hx9c/view?usp=sharing
 
 
 
 
 

At a chance meeting in front of the Bundestag today, Carla Hinrichs, speaker of the Last Generation, confronted Chancellor Olaf Scholz with the fact that his government is breaking the climate protection law.

Specifically, according to the current climate protection law, Transport Minister Volker Wissing would have to present an immediate climate protection program in two days, as the transport sector has once again significantly missed its CO2 reduction targets.

However, such an immediate program is not in prospect. With the support of Olaf Scholz, Volker Wissing is ignoring the applicable law.

When Hinrichs confronts the Chancellor with this intolerable situation, he responds somewhat irritably: “We are the country that will modernize to a large extent and become CO2-neutral, just for you!” and points his hand at Ms. Hinrichs. He also points out that this climate neutrality has been planned by 2040. What was probably meant was 2045.

Whether the Chancellor with only “Only for you” the young generation meant or people who are committed to climate protection is unclear.

What is clear, however, is that this short exchange of words reveals that the Chancellor does not recognize the full extent of the climate catastrophe. People in Germany are already dying from increasingly severe heat waves - especially older people. A flood tears away entire houses - regardless of whether the people who live in them are committed to or against climate protection.

The consequences of the climate catastrophe stop nothing and no one. If the dreaded climate tipping points fall, which according to the latest research could be the case as early as 2030, the fundamental rights of all people in Germany will be severely affected.

A Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany should recognize that it is in the interest of all citizens to prevent a complete escalation of the climate catastrophe and that climate neutrality in Germany by 2045 is far too late for this. The fact that this is not the case is shocking.

 
July 14.07.2023, 8, 00:36 a.m.: 26 sit-ins in XNUMX cities protesting against government violations of the law

 

 

 

 

36 sit-ins in 26 cities

Protest against government lawbreaking

 

 

 

Supporters of the last generation
Disguised as Scholz, Habeck & Wissing blocking a street in Nürburg.
More photos in high resolution:

drive.google.com/drive/folders/11pKgv2cLZx8m9OdhxA9RGELS-LC3qU4l

 

 

July 14.07.2023, 8, Berlin, 00:XNUMX a.m – The federal government is launching a transparency campaign across the country today. Today, Olaf Scholz, Volker Wissing and Robert Habeck publicly acknowledge their violation of the Climate Protection Act and block them with a banner that reads “We are breaking the law!” traffic in at least 26 cities.

Supporters of the last generation use masks from government politicians throughout Germany to draw attention to the Scholz government's breach of the Climate Protection Act. Sit-ins are currently taking place in Berlin, Braunschweig, Dresden, Freiburg, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg, Potsdam and Ulm, among others. More cities will follow throughout the day.

Silvia Klesz (57), speaker of the Last Generation, explains: “With our peaceful sit-in today we ask the question: What should we be outraged about? About a government that breaks its own laws or about peaceful protest by citizens who won't just accept this breaking of the law?

Courts differ on whether the Last Generation roadblocks are illegal or not. The Berlin Regional Court recently ruled that one of the road blockades was justified. [1] In Leipzig two weeks ago, five Last Generation supporters were acquitted of coercion for a sit-in. [2]

But what is undisputed is that the federal government is breaking its own climate protection law. According to Section 8 KSG, the Ministry of Transport must submit an immediate climate protection program by July 17.7.2023, 2, as it has once again significantly missed its CO3,4 reduction targets. [XNUMX] But Minister Wissing refuses. Chancellor Scholz encourages Wissing and publicly calls on a minister to break the law. 

In doing so, Chancellor Scholz is violating the principle of the rule of law Scientific Service of the Bundestag states: “The primacy of the law follows from the principle of the rule of law. According to this, a law cannot be made ineffective by executive expressions of will. The non-application of an effective law by the government and administration is incompatible with the rule of law principle of Article 20, Paragraph 3 of the Basic Law and the comprehensive commitment of the government and administration to the law.” [first]

Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Habeck is in the process of changing the current law in such a way that Minister Wissing's breach of the law is covered up. Whether this planned change to the law is constitutional is controversial. [6]

According to Section 9 KSG, the federal government needs a long-term strategy on how to meet its 2030 climate protection goals. Now the Vice Chancellor publicly announced that the government will not meet the targets - and will therefore break the law.[7]

Carla Rochel, Speaker:in the last generation on this: “The federal government is breaking the law and leading our society to collapse. It is our democratic duty to resist this peacefully. We call for the establishment of a social council that, based on the constitution, will help the federal government comply with the law. "

Statements from “Scholz”, “Wissing” and “Habeck”:
The Last Generation supporters dressed as Olaf Scholz, Volker Wissing and Robert Habeck make statements on the street:

A as Olaf Scholz Disguised Last Generation supporter explains: “I know that the law requires my minister to present an emergency program, but I have publicly called on him to break the law. Now the Bundestag's research service has said that I am violating the principle of the rule of law. But I just ignore that. I'm sitting here on the street now. In doing so, I am making it clear that we as the federal government are breaking the law. "

The as Volker Wessing Disguised supporters explained: “I don't like this climate protection law at all! That's why I'm breaking it. And my chancellor supports me in breaking the law. I am very grateful to him for that. Plus, I'm so stuck on the road that I wanted to show it here today in a very practical way."

As Robert Habeck Disguised Last Generation supporter explains: ”I am currently working on changing the current law so that Minister Wissing's breach of the law is covered up. I know that we will not comply with the prescribed CO2 reductions. I'm glad that the public and the opposition are hardly outraged by this. It's all about our livelihoods. "

 

[1] www.berliner-zeitung.de/news/berliner-landgericht-strassenblockade-der-lasten-generation-justifirt-treffensfreiheit-noetigung-li.359231 
[2] www.tagesschau.de/inland/regional/sachsen/mdr-nach-freinahme-klimaaktivisten-kle-sich-wieder-in-leipzig-auf-strasse-fest-100.html 
[3]
taz.de/Becision-des-Kabinetts/!5939063/ 
[4] 
Expertenrat-klima.de/content/uploads/2023/05/ERK2023_Pruefbericht-Emissionsdaten-des-jahr-2022.pdf
[5]  
www.bundestag.de/resource/blob/952004/8257111fd31bd07915db53fc9860deb4/WD-8-025-23-pdf-data.pdf 
[6]
www.lto.de/recht/hintergruende/h/koalitions committee-modernization package-sector goals-weich-co2-total accounting/ 
[7] www.bmwk.de/Redaktion/DE/Downloads/klimaschutz/klimaschutzmassnahme-projektionen-2023.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=6

 

July 13.07.2023, XNUMX: Hamburg and Düsseldorf airports blocked

 

 

 

Hamburg and Düsseldorf airports blocked

 

 

Supporters of the last generation stick together
onto the tarmac at Hamburg Airport.
More photos:
drive.google.com/drive/folders/1X5KI7xkuVtR0Qa3iCvRcuDuJna_2o-iM

 

 

Hamburg & Düsseldorf, July 13.07.2023, XNUMX – Citizens of the last generation are currently blocking the runways at the airports in Düsseldorf and Hamburg. They are protesting against the government's lack of planning and breaking the law in the climate crisis.

The government is breaking the climate protection law for two reasons: Firstly, it has no strategy on how to meet the 2030 climate targets (§9 KSG) and secondly, the Ministry of Transport is not creating an immediate climate protection program on how emissions in the transport sector - which also includes the aviation sector - can be reduced (§8 KSG).

Citizens gained access to the airport areas in Düsseldorf and Hamburg via the security fence. In Hamburg, several people wearing high-visibility vests and bicycles got onto the runway, disrupting air traffic. At Düsseldorf Airport, a fence was also cut through to allow people to access the apron of the airport on foot, which is currently blocking aircraft from traveling to the runway. 
Several people had their hands stuck to the tarmac.

Before Miriam Meyer When she climbs over the fence and rides her bike onto the tarmac at Hamburg Airport, she asks: “Where, if not at an airport, is the right place to protest against the destruction of our livelihoods?”
She further explains: “The world is burning and we are the last generation that has the chance to pick up the fire extinguisher. Instead, we allow our government to subsidize air travel, a major accelerant of the catastrophe, with billions every year. This is like collective suicide and we can no longer accept that."

Micha Frey, who went onto the runway in Düsseldorf today on foot and in a high-visibility vest, summarizes: “The government has no plan on how emissions can be sufficiently reduced, thereby openly breaking the climate protection law and letting us all fall into the open knife of climate collapse. Worse, she pushes us into it. As democrats, we have the right and the duty to peacefully resist this injustice.”

In recent decades, passenger numbers and emissions in the aviation sector have risen rapidly. Experts assume that the number of flights will continue to grow significantly in the next few years. [1]

Instead of presenting a concrete plan on how this can be prevented and the legally required emissions reduction target can be achieved, the Ministry of Transport is relying on “technology openness”. This is like refusing to work, because it is already clear today that this approach is futile - Wissing's daydreams are not coming true, reduction targets are being missed and the earth continues to heat up unchecked.

In addition, there are enormous government subsidies for the aviation industry, which in Germany amount to more than twelve billion euros every year simply due to the waiver of kerosene and VAT. [2] 

One heat record after another is currently being broken around the world. According to current figures, more than 60.000 people died in Europe last summer alone due to the extreme heat. [3] A further aggravation of the climatic situation will lead to large parts of the earth becoming uninhabitable - as early as this century. [4]

In order to prevent an impending escalation spiral of droughts, resource scarcity and distribution struggles, a socially just plan is needed, drawn up by those who are affected. The Last Generation is therefore calling for a social council that will bring the federal government back to the ground of the constitution by helping it comply with the law and clarifying how the use of fossil raw materials will be ended by 2030.

[1]  www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/illusion-klimaneutrales-flies-101.htmlwww.zeit.de/kultur/2023-07/flugreisen-klimawandel-urlaub-wärmewelle-luftfahrt
[2] Promotion of air traffic – “An impenetrable system” – Freising – SZ.de (sueddeutsche.de): www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/freising/foerderung-des-luftverkehrs-ein-undurchtreibes-system-1.5284449
[3] More than 60.000 deaths from heat in Europe in summer 2022 – ZDFheute: www.zdf.de/nachrichten/panorama/wärmetote-sommer-2022-barcelona-institute-global-health-100.html
[4] Climate change: billions of people threatened by extreme heat – DW – May 23.05.2023, XNUMX: www.dw.com/de/climate-change-parts-of-the-earth-due-to-extreme-heat-k%C3%BCnhafte-uninhabitable/a-65706527

July 11.07.2023, 16, 00:XNUMX p.m.: First accelerated trial in Berlin rejected by judge Berlin district court tested how far you can go with accelerated trials

 

 

 

 

First accelerated trial in Berlin rejected by judge

Berlin District Court tested how far you can go with accelerated procedures
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supporters of the last generation today in front of the Tiergarten district court, Turmstrasse.
 
 
 
 
Berlin, July 11.07.2023, 16, 00:XNUMX p.m. - After a special chamber was set up in Berlin for accelerated criminal proceedings against supporters of the last generation, today for the first time a supporter of the last generation stood before the tipping point in such an accelerated procedure in court in Berlin.

On November 11.11.22, 3, industrial climber Julian L. stuck himself to the street in Berlin during a road blockade to protest against our federal government's haphazard climate policy. After a XNUMX-hour trial, the judge rejected the expedited hearing.

The significance of today's coercion proceedings is summarized Liliane Allgeyer (24), who legally supported the Last Generation and attended the trial, as follows:
"It sounds like this is some kind of boring legal subtlety. But there is much more to this than linguistic peculiarities: a new department and judge positions have been created at the Tiergarten District Court, in which de facto only separate cases against supporters of the last generation are to be heard. The judge said today in the first trial that the whole thing was also a test for the Tiergarten district court and that they wanted to see judicially how far they could go in the accelerated procedures."[1]

The judge's rejection of the accelerated hearing means that the proceedings will now be released for the normal main hearing.

Today's decision is consistent with the recently published assessment of the Republican Lawyers Association and the criminal defense association, according to which this form of special justice is not suitable for the criminal assessment of last generation road blockades. Their statement states, among other things, that these accelerated procedures “Highly problematic and even constitutionally questionable because the right to a statutory judge is actually undermined“. [eight]

The way food is New Association of Judges (Association of Judges, Public Prosecutors) published a statement shortly after the RAV:
"The politicization of criminal proceedings must be avoided. Any appearance of undue influence by the executive on judicial proceedings undermines trust in the rule of law. The guarantee of an uninfluenced, independent judiciary takes on particular importance when conduct that may be criminally relevant in a political battle of opinion needs to be examined. The value of the rule of law is particularly evident when parts of society and politics demand that punishments be as harsh as possible but also as quickly as possible - as was recently the case repeatedly on the occasion of demonstrations and sit-ins by the “Last Generation“. [eight]

Lina Johnson, speaker of the last generation: “Today's refusal by the Berlin district judge to carry out an accelerated procedure shows that the overload of the Berlin courts cannot be solved through special legal treatment. From the outset, the decision to establish special jurisdiction against supporters was not based on legal reasons, but was a politically wrong decision. Our federal government finally needs to take decisive action against the climate crisis, instead of further criminalizing protests against government actions."
 
 
July 09.07.2023th, 14, 00:XNUMX p.m.: Norisring DTM race interrupted - stop racing towards climate catastrophe -

 

 

 

 

Norisring DTM race interrupted

– Stop lawn towards climate catastrophe –

 

 

 

Last generation supporter spills oil on the racetrack
(c) Last generation, high resolution photos at: 
Press photos 2023 07-09 DTM – Google Drive

 

 

 

Nuremberg, July 09.07.2023th, 14 00:XNUMX p.m. - Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion Racing and Last Generation are currently interrupting the DTM race at the Norisring in Nuremberg in front of one hundred thousand fans. They are calling on the federal government to stop racing towards climate catastrophe.

Several people in orange high-visibility vests went onto the race track within sight of the Apha grandstand. Once there, they poured orange-colored oil onto the road. The start of the DTM main race, which was supposed to start at 13:30 p.m., was delayed.

Felix Kleinknecht, spokesman for Extinction Rebellion Racing, states: “It is a moment, just a moment, in which we turn all eyes away from the roaring racing cars and towards the increasingly threatening global warming. All of our demands to finally ban this climate-damaging race with its fatal full-throttle message were rejected. That’s why we pressed stop – for a moment.”

Theodore Schnarr, spokesman for the Last Generation, says about the campaign: “Continuing on the fossil racetrack is already costing human lives. With our protest we are showing that things cannot and must not continue like this: Full speed ahead into the climate catastrophe? Not with us! In view of storms, heat and droughts as the first harbingers of the impending catastrophe, it is completely irresponsible not to step on the brakes now.”

He emphasizes: “Our government is breaking the Constitution if it does not do everything necessary to stop the irreversible crossing of climate tipping points.”

This week was probably the hottest on record. Monday's global heat record was exceeded several times in the following days. Climate scientist Friederike Otto spoke of one “Death sentence for people and ecosystems”. [1] Numerous scientists specifically denounce the federal government's unconstitutional course, which is continuously fueling the climate catastrophe. [2] [3]

[1] Record temperature: July 3rd globally hottest day in history | BR24
[2] Climate researchers on German climate policy: “We no longer have any room for maneuver” – taz.de
[3] Climate crisis: slower speed means more disasters – DER SPIEGEL

 

July 07.07.2023, 9, 45:XNUMX a.m.: Verdict in the first public summary trial - the government is acting criminally -

 

 

 

 

Judgment in the first public summary trial

– The government acts criminally –
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sit-in blockade the day before yesterday in Bamberg.
High resolution photos below

drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m-UnRqo-b-9laTQshLnfJAqZDcAwWlEB
 
 
 
 
Berlin/Bamberg, July 07.07.2023th, 9, 45:5.5.2023 a.m. - After they took part in a sit-in on Kapuzinerstrasse at St. Mark's Square in Bamberg on May XNUMXth, XNUMX and were held overnight, the nationwide first public summary trial against five supporters began yesterday afternoon: inside the last generation.  

Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation, emphasizes: “If the government breaks the law and fails to fulfill its constitutional duty to protect the livelihoods of this and future generations, then we as citizens are called upon to resist peacefully. The government's course continues towards breaking the law and leading to a deadly hot period. The fact that this deadly course is not being ended now, but that peaceful citizens are being made short work of, is shocking.”

Fast-track proceedings in connection with last generation protests have been criticized by legal experts. The Republican Lawyers' Association emphasizes that constitutional considerations must be made in each individual case. [1]
This is not sufficiently possible in the course of fast-track proceedings. In yesterday's case, too, there was no appropriate consideration and numerous applications for evidence were rejected. 

Leading in front of the hall Simon Lachner, one of the defendants, from: “Our government is letting us down, letting us go over the edge on this existential issue of climate catastrophe. And anyone who points this out will be dealt with in an illegal expedited procedure without any real contact with lawyers. The process should be carried out as quickly as possible. And this despite the fact that the real criminals are in the government”

Among other things, he refers to Volker Wissing's announcement that he does not want to present the immediate program required by the Climate Protection Act on time. [2] 

Simon Lachner clarifies: “If I announce that I will take part in a meeting that opposes the federal government’s illegal actions, I will be dragged out of my house. If Volker Wissing announces that he will commit such a radical violation of the law, Chancellor Scholz will confirm to him that it would be okay.” 

The public prosecutor's office demanded a fine for one person and prison sentences of two, three, four and five months for the other four people. The judge's verdict, which was finally announced at 0:15 a.m. after more than ten hours of hearing, was more lenient: 40 daily rates for everyone involved.

speaker Carla Rochel on this: “We protest because the protest is necessary. Penalties don't change that, no matter how high they are. It is becoming increasingly clear that the climate is also threatening to overturn the rule of law. We cannot and will not accept this without resistance.”
 
 
July 06.07.2023, 12, 30:XNUMX p.m.: Fast-track trial before the Bamberg district court – “The government is acting criminally” –

 

 

 

 

Fast-track proceedings before the Bamberg regional court

– “The government acts criminally” –

 

 

 

Sit-in blockade yesterday in Bamberg.
High resolution photos below
drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m-UnRqo-b-9laTQshLnfJAqZDcAwWlEB

 

 

 

Bamberg, July 06.07.2023th, 12. 30:XNUMX pm – Today at 12:30 p.m. a controversial summary trial will be opened against the participants in a sit-in yesterday in Bamberg in Bavaria. A verdict is expected to be announced by the Bamberg Regional Court today. 

Yesterday, on June 5.6.2023th, 16, six supporters of the Last Generation blocked Kapuzinerstrasse at St. Mark's Square in Bamberg with a sit-in blockade from 50:1 p.m. [20] Several people also had their hands firmly attached to the road with a mixture of quartz sand and glue. The police evacuation lasted until XNUMX p.m. All six people were then taken into police custody. Five of them are to be sentenced today in an expedited trial before a criminal chamber in the Bamberg regional court. 

The Republican Lawyers Association recently commented on urgent proceedings regarding road blockades of the last generation:
"In principle, the criminal law assessment of the “road blockades” of the last generation is not suitable for the accelerated procedure anyway: According to Section 417 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, these are only permissible if the matter is suitable for immediate trial due to the simple facts or the clear evidence. According to higher court case law, this is expressly not the case with Last Generation actions. The evidence is difficult, the legal assessment is controversial and inconsistent; ultimately, constitutional considerations have to be made in each individual case. Accelerated procedures are not designed for this."[2]

In expedited proceedings, it is not possible for the accused to prepare for the trial and to have a legal defense strategy or even to inspect the files. The expedited procedure thus undermines the usual procedural rules in the constitutional state.

Theodore Schnarr, speaker of the Last Generation, states: “Once again, those who draw attention to the climate catastrophe are to be punished in Bavaria. Once again, the Bavarian justice system is going beyond the limits of what is normal in a constitutional state. Neither preventive detention nor summary proceedings will dissuade us from protesting in Bavaria against the irresponsible course of our government, which is leading us to a world that is 3-4 degrees hotter, i.e. droughts, unprecedented deadly heat and the collapse of entire societies century, leads. "

He further announces: “Especially in August, we will take our peaceful resistance to the streets with many supporters in Bavaria. Because no federal state stands for repressing the climate catastrophe that has long since begun and sticking to “business as usual” as much as Bavaria. History was made with peaceful resistance not where there was a lot of sympathy, but where there was a lot of rejection. That's why we're taking our protest especially to Bavaria from August."

[1] youtu.be/qBIdLVIlr_k;
www.tvo.de/spektakel-in-bamberg-klimakleber-blockieren-den-verkehr-652480/  
[2] www.rav.de/publikationen/mitteiligen/mitigung/nicht-ausnahmegerichte-fuer-die-last-generation-972

 

July 04.07.2023th, 15, 00:XNUMX p.m.: Five-fold acquittal in Leipzig - District court considers road blockade to be justified -

 

 

 

 

Five-fold acquittal in Leipzig

– District court considers road blockade to be justified –

 

 

 

Maike Grunst sticks her hand on the road, Leipzig 4.7.23 (c) Last generation

 

 

 

Leipzig, July 4.7.2023, 15, 00:XNUMX p.m – The Leipzig district court today acquitted five Last Generation supporters for a road blockade. were accused Pia Osman, Kevin Hecht, Elena Thor, Maike Grunst and Leon Mullem, who took part in a road blockade in June 2022 to oppose the federal government's destructive and unconstitutional course.

The public prosecutor's office had demanded a sentence of 30 daily rates in each case. Protest researchers, among others, came to the hearing Simon Theune to speak, who emphasized that Protest must be disrupted in order to be heard. After emotional speeches from the defendants, the verdict finally followed shortly after 13 p.m.: acquittal for all accused. 

In order to assess whether the protest is justified, freedom of assembly and freedom of movement must be weighed up, said the judge. Traffic had been backed up for fifty minutes. In her consideration, she came to the conclusion that the right of assembly prevails in this case.
The judge also stated that a state of emergency, which is often used by the last generation to justify peaceful protest, was caused by the climate crisis.

Mike Grunst (23) comments on the acquittal before the court: “The climate catastrophe threatens our survival, our society and democracy as a whole. The fact that there are judges who have the courage to stand up for the protection of our fundamental rights and legitimize our necessary protest gives me hope.”

She adds: “Even acquittals are of no use to us if the government continues to break the law unhindered. We will continue to protest and exercise our freedom of assembly. In order to protect our democracy, peaceful resistance from the population is now needed.”

Maike Gerdes immediately put her words into action together with the other recently acquitted supporters of the Last Generation. At the moment they are interrupting Leipzig traffic on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße and making it clear: the climate emergency cannot be postponed.

 

July 03.07.2023, XNUMX: First court case regarding twisted pipelines

 

 

 

 

First court case on crazy pipelines

 

 

Edmund Schulz turning off the RMR pipeline
on July 24.07.2022th, XNUMX in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler.

 

 

Last spring, Edmund Schultz (59) took part in several Last Generation protests during which oil pipelines were blocked. He is now on trial for this - in the middle of the Ahr Valley, the place that, like no other in Germany, conjures up the catastrophic images that are becoming part of everyday life in the climate collapse.

Once again, the judiciary is confronted with the question of whether peaceful protest calling on the government to abide by the constitution and protect our livelihoods is legitimate. 

The renowned climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf Just last week in Spiegel made it clear who is currently on the wrong side of the law:
"The parties that have governed for the last 16 years have had more than enough time to set the right course, but have delayed climate protection to such an extent that they were even admonished by the Federal Constitutional Court. Anyone who now advocates further deportation is calling for unconstitutional behavior."[1]

In the wake of the protests at the pipelines, the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office began investigations against the Last Generation on suspicion of forming a criminal organization.
Several supporters of the last generation also had their houses searched.
Today, for the first time, it will be discussed in court whether turning off oil pipelines in the wake of the climate catastrophe is also legally justified.

Court case: 
Monday, July 03.07.2023rd, 12 4 p.m., room XNUMX, ground floor
AG Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Wilhelmstr. 55 – 57
53474 Bad N.-A.

 

[1] Climate crisis: slower speed means more disasters – DER SPIEGEL

 

July 01.07.2023st, 8, 45:2035 a.m.: Actions instead of lip service - Stuttgart Climate Neutral XNUMX marks its anniversary -

 

 

 

 

Actions instead of lip service

– Stuttgart Climate Neutral 2035 marks its anniversary –

 

 

 

 

 

Stuttgart, July 01.07.2023st, 09, 55:XNUMX a.m – Committed citizens of the last generation are interrupting the deadly fossil fuels of everyday life on twelve streets in Stuttgart. Among other things, numerous important access routes to the city center such as the B14, the B27, the Heslacher Tunnel and the Leuze junction are affected.
 
The supporters today also include people from the healthcare sector. Percy O Collas (43), paramedic, specialist lecturer and father of two children, about his motivation: “Heat is the greatest acute health threat to humans resulting from climate collapse! But our federal government cannot or does not want to act and that particularly scares me. If it is already without a plan, how is it supposed to protect us when we too will suffer from hunger and thirst? I can’t just accept that, that’s why I’m sitting on the street today.”
 
The mother of three and psychologist sits a few streets away Jana Trommer (53), she says about her protest: “When I think about the future of my children, I become afraid of how badly the climate catastrophe will affect them. Millions of people in the global south have been suffering from extreme weather for a long time, and now we are also increasingly noticing the effects here, e.g. B. the storms in Kassel last week – Joachim Schellnhuber described them as a warning shot.” [1]

July marks the anniversary of the local council's decision to make Stuttgart climate neutral by 2035. The local council has convened a citizens' council to involve residents in this process. 

On Monday, June 26.06.23th, 24, a list of XNUMX recommendations from the Citizens' Council was published on the city's website. So far, these recommendations have been mainly limited to the areas of mobility and heating, but do contain concrete measures such as the requirement that a residents' parking space be more expensive than an annual or monthly public transport ticket. 

According to the coordinator Bruno Wipfler The experts involved were impressed by the participants' work. According to him, the local council will make the first decisions on the recommendations made in autumn 2023. [2]
 
The first Stuttgart Citizens' Council gives a good perspective on how a social council on climate can strengthen democracy. Social councils are therefore an antidote to the increasing loss of trust in democracy. [3]

The Stuttgart student involved in the protest Mary Brown (18) sees it as an opportunity: “If parties and politicians remain the only ones allowed to make political decisions on climate issues, they are more likely to be met with distrust among the population. These decisions have extraordinary, far-reaching consequences and determine the future we will live in. Leaving the population out of this would be fatal and a wasted opportunity.”
 
Daniel Eckert (22), a student from Karlsruhe and who has been increasingly traveling to Sylt in recent weeks for more climate justice, adds: “What the Stuttgart Citizens' Council shows us well is that the citizens are willing to help shape all of our futures in this way. That’s why I call on Olaf Scholz to also take courage and convene a society council.”

The federal government has already shown that it is willing to use this form of living democracy. But unfortunately, the decision of the first citizens' council announced by the federal government missed the opportunity to turn it into a social climate council. 

A social council differs from a citizens' council in that all its work steps are supported by the media and are therefore understandable to the public at all times. The federal government would be obliged to clearly communicate how it is implementing the Society Council's recommendations. Its goal must be to answer the question of how Germany can phase out the use of fossil raw materials in a socially just manner by 2030.  
 
Besides Daniel There are other people involved in the protests in Stuttgart, who in recent weeks have pointed out the federal government's failure to set limits for the super-rich, including in Sylt. They are available to answer questions.

Press coordination:
Sarah Milena +49 178 6628478

[1] www.hna.de/kassel/ein-warnschuss-fuer-uns-klimaforschung-ueber-das-unwetter-in-kassel-92372029.html
[2] www.stuttgart.de/buergerinnen-und-buerger/buergerrat-klima/aktuelles/interview-mit-rechner-bruno-wipfler-zum-buergerrat-klima.php
[3] www.fes.de/studie-confidence-in-democracy

 

June 29.06.2023, 9, 47:XNUMX a.m.: Successful investigation at the public prosecutor's office - Three-month-old SZ article provides crucial information -

 

 

 

Successful investigation at the Attorney General's Office

A three-month-old SZ article provides crucial information

 

 

Supporters of the last generation have this morning
Posters with their investigation results into the alleged
criminal organization”Last Generation” on the house wall
of the Munich Public Prosecutor's Office.
(Photo: Last Generation)

 

29.06.23/9/47, XNUMX:XNUMX: Supporters of the Last Generation have posters this morning with their investigation results into the alleged criminal organization “Last Generation” stuck to the wall of the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The ten men and women had become aware that the Bavarian judiciary was having last-generation telephones tapped in order to “conspiratorial” to reveal the structure of the peaceful protest movement. According to the file, among other things, a group of as yet unidentified backers are to be identified who make strategic decisions - the so-called core group.

As righteous and concerned citizens, the ten people did not want to keep the justice system in the dark.

On the posters they summarized their extremely difficult and complicated investigations. The poster shows that a Google search with the terms “Core group" and "Last Generation” the identities could be determined in just a few seconds. It leads to an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung from March 09th, in which all members of the core group are named by their full names. The last generation provided this information in response to SZ's request. 

The posters also show that the complete structure of the last generation is disclosed on the in-house wiki - accessible to anyone with just a few clicks.

Lars Werner is part of the core group that is being searched for so laboriously. A manhunt that swallows thousands of euros of tax money. Today he wanted to use the posters to help stop the investigation since everything worth knowing is already available to the public.

"I'm not sure whether the public prosecutor's office in Munich might not get the Süddeutsche, but it says who these ominous puppet masters of the last generation are. The authorities are so overloaded that things can slip through the cracks. We're happy to help!” said Lars Werner understanding on site.

So that there can be no confusion, a revealing, so-called “selfie” of the six members of the core group pasted on the posters.

Judith Beadle hopes that the judiciary will now finally start investigating the powerful structures in our society that are destroying our livelihood:

"I am very pleased that we were able to provide the judiciary with crucial help today in their complex investigations. Now she can finally check whether the real criminal organizations are not actually those who knowingly destroy our livelihoods every day and slow down the necessary transformation in order to become a little bit richer."

 

(Photo: Last Generation)

 

June 28.06.2023, 8, 45:XNUMX a.m.: Porsche is racing towards climate collapse without a speed limit - blockade of the shareholders' meeting -

 

 

 

 

Porsche is racing towards climate collapse without a speed limit

– Blockade of the shareholders’ meeting –

 

 

 

Supporters of the last generation protest
against the federal government’s unfair climate policy
before the Porsche shareholders meeting.
Photo: Last generation (in high resolution below
drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nYrqQRJ7Ux7vj_R-adBkODydZI4ketDl)
 
 
 
 
 
Stuttgart, July 28.06.2023st, 8, 45:XNUMX a.m - After protests on June 8.6.2023th, 10 at the Porsche anniversary in Zuffenhausen, supporters of the last generation are currently once again blocking the entrances to the parking lots of the general meeting of Porsche shareholders in Stuttgart, which is scheduled to begin today at XNUMX a.m. 

At the two sit-ins south of the Porsche Arena on Talstrasse and north on Benzstrasse, several people firmly connected their hands to the road using a superglue-sand mixture. Banners point out the federal government’s constitutional responsibility in the climate catastrophe: “Article 20a GG = protect lives”. The protesters use cardboard signs to point out the fatal connection between wealth and climate destruction: “Your luxury, our drought", as well as "After you the flood?” is written there.

"The federal government is approaching climate protection completely unfairly. While companies like Porsche directly influence government policy through Mr. Lindner and thus secure their fossil fuel profits, climate protection measures like CO2 pricing hit people with low incomes particularly hard", explained Mischa Bareuther, who is taking part in today's sit-in. “Our federal government does not hold the rich accountable. For a just change beyond fossil lobby interests, we now need a climate council. "

Instead of campaigning for socially just climate protection, the federal government campaigned at EU level to save the combustion engine. Instead of initiating the change towards climate-neutral and therefore sustainable jobs, the federal government is sticking to outdated fossil technologies and is driving the German economy into the wall sooner or later [1] - and accepts that we will end up in one this century a hostile world that is three to four degrees hotter. 

"While wealth and climate-damaging emissions are increasingly concentrated among a few, climate protection measures are still considered too expensive. Who will ultimately pay bitterly for the damage caused by climate collapse? When will those who literally set our forests on fire with their oversized combustion engines finally be held accountable? Who will be able to count the dead as societies collapse due to drought, starvation and ecosystem collapse? Who will then justify the fossil fuel profits of Porsche shareholders?” asks Theodore Schnarr, speaker of the Last Generation. 

It wasn't until June 08.06.2023th, 800 that Last Generation supporters blocked access to the Porsche anniversary celebration and then disrupted the anniversary show. The arrival of the 2 invited guests to the anniversary celebration was blocked by supporters of the last generation through peaceful sit-ins in front of a parking garage and entrances to the factory premises. Later, vegetable oil was poured from ten-liter canisters onto the roadway of the vehicle show in front of the Porsche factory. Four protesters breached the security barrier and were later arrested by police. [XNUMX]
 
 
June 24.06.2023th, 9, 00:XNUMX a.m.: Phone calls listened to, emails read, location data tracked - last generation supporters monitored for months -
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phone calls listened to, emails read, location data tracked

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 Last Generation Supporters Monitored for Months –
 
 
 
 
Berlin, June 24.6.23, 9, 00:XNUMX a.m – As it became known yesterday, the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office has been specifically monitoring phone calls, email traffic and movement profiles of last generation supporters since October 2022. The press telephone, through which journalists can ask questions at any time, has apparently been tapped by the Bavarian investigative authority for months. Numerous private data on conversations, correspondence and whereabouts of several supporters of the last generation were also recorded. It is still unclear whether the monitoring will continue. [1]

According to reports from the SZ, 13 telephone lines are affected, including that of Carla Hinrichs (26), speaker of the Last Generation. Just a few weeks ago, armed officers broke into her apartment during a house search. Now she learned that the Bavarian investigative authorities had been logging her private phone calls for months, reading her emails in real time and even tracking her whereabouts:
“I'm having a super private phone call with my mother and someone is just listening in and recording it. This is so disturbing. Why am I being persecuted? I just want our government to protect us all!”

Auch Imke Bludszuweit (22) is probably being listened to. She explains: “It is absurd and frightening the guns that are being brought out here to suppress peaceful protest. We are sounding the alarm because the government is violating the constitution and this is threatening our democracy. “I sincerely wish that nearly as many resources would be devoted to combating the catastrophe that is escalating before our eyes as to trying to silence the alarm.”

According to the SZ research, an investigating judge was responsible for monitoring the press telephone “necessary and indispensable” - just a few weeks after the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office admitted that the content of the conversation did not go beyond what is already publicly communicated in press releases or conferences.

They want to go through the investigation “Illuminate structures”.
Since March 19.3.23, XNUMX, the structures, strategy and goals of the last generation can be clearly read in a public wiki. Supporters of the last generation stand up for their protest with name and face, appear regularly in court and face acquittals and convictions in equal measure. 

It is unclear who exactly is affected by the surveillance and to what extent. Winfried Lorenz (64) summarizes the general mood within the movement: “We all knew from the start that we had to expect strong headwinds. But we didn't realize the extent of the action against us. We are here in Germany, in the 21st century. Hard to say what's next. But what is certain is that if we don't finally change course, our society will collapse under the strain of the climate catastrophe. To prevent collapse, we will continue to take to the streets, peacefully and resolutely, accompanied by worry and fear, but also full of hope and courage.”

The Bavarian authorities have repeatedly attracted attention with questionable investigative methods and abuses of authority. For example, after the Last Generation website was blocked, they described it as a criminal organization in a “warning notice”. In doing so, the LKA disregarded constitutional principles. 

The Berlin judiciary is also currently under criticism because from now on last generation trials are to be treated separately in fast-track proceedings. Lukas Theune, managing director of the Republican Lawyers' Association (RAV), speaks of “a kind of special tribunal” and an “Form of special justice”. [2]

The RAV's official statement states that it is urgent “The impression arises that special responsibility was deliberately created for the last generation: This impression is based on the close temporal connection between the change of government, internal discussions, the simultaneous changes to the business distribution plans of the public prosecutor's office and the Tiergarten district court - as well as the fact that de facto only the Last Generation cases are covered by this change.” [3]

Regardless of this, the last generation will continue to take their protest to the streets all over Germany next week in order to bring the federal government back to the ground of the constitution.
 
 
June 20.06.2023, XNUMX: Republican Lawyers' Association demands: “No exceptional courts for the 'last generation'”!

 

 

Republican Lawyers' Association demands: “No exceptional courts for the 'last generation'”!

 

A new chamber with five judges is currently being created at the Tiergarten District Court, in which de facto only separate summary proceedings against supporters of the last generation will be heard. Luke Theune, managing director of the Republican Lawyers' Association (RAV), speaks in this context of “a kind of special tribunal"And a"form of special justice“that is created with it. [1]

The RAV (Republican Lawyers' Association) issued a statement on this yesterday, which we would like to draw your attention to:

mailchi.mp/strafdefender-berlin/last-generation?e=50e85cb337

Aimee van Baalen, Last Generation spokesperson, clarified: “We will concentrate our protests on Berlin again from September 13th. We will not let ourselves be stopped from our protest. Nor about special treatment in court."

[1] taz.de/Berliner-Justiz-against-Last-Generation/!5937673/

 

June 22.06.2023nd, 8, 00:XNUMX a.m.: Turn off the fossil industry's money tap! – Deutsche Bank marked in orange

Turn off the money supply to the fossil industry!

Deutsche Bank marked in orange

Supporters of the Last Generation are protesting with a color campaign
against Deutsche Bank fueling the climate catastrophe
and for the establishment of a society council at Falkeplatz in Chemnitz.
Photo: Last generation

Chemnitz, June 22.06.2023, 08, 00:XNUMX a.m – Today in Chemnitz, Last Generation supporters sprayed the Deutsche Bank building with orange paint using prepared fire extinguishers. The protesters are outraged that Deutsche Bank is still pouring money into the fossil fuel industry this year. On a banner they call for the convening of a social council to develop effective and socially just mechanisms for CO2 reduction.

Although it is clear to the international community that triggering climate tipping points will push us into a deadly global hot period, emissions continue to rise unchecked. Current global climate policy is leading us to a world that is on average 2,7°C warmer. [1] Even an increase in the global average temperature of 2°C has devastating consequences, such as more heat waves, more droughts and resulting crop failures, more water shortages and the loss of insects and other mammals. All of this will inevitably mean that more and more people will no longer be able to live in their current home. [2]

Juliane Schmidt (26), who is taking part in the protest today, explained in advance: “There is so much in this world that I love. This protest hurts me because I am risking my personal wishes and dreams. But what pains me even more is the suffering that the climate catastrophe is bringing to our world. A third of humanity will either have to leave the areas of the earth that become uninhabitable or will be threatened with death there. Their habitat and that of countless living beings is being destroyed, caused by a fossil economy, supported by fossil financial markets. A few rich people benefit from this, while the majority of the world's population suffers. I am not prepared to accept this and am fighting here and now for a fairer federal policy. And for everything I love. "

If the Paris Climate Agreement had its way, the remaining fossil fuels would be so-called unburnable carbon. It is imperative that their use be completely dismantled. Investing in these areas, taking into account the follow-up costs, lacks any economic sense and is probably no longer worthwhile. But exactly the opposite happens. The fossil fuel industry continues to be supported through financial investments. Deutsche Bank alone invested over $2016 billion in coal, oil and gas between 2020 and 74. [3]

"The facts about the climate catastrophe have been known for a long time. Even before 2015.", told Simi Veit (27). "But despite knowing better, Deutsche Bank continues to make billions from dirty energy sources. Those who can afford stock transactions benefit from the destruction of our environment. At the same time, the poorest people are particularly affected by the consequences. We can no longer afford this investment poker of the rich!“, he continued.

The call for a social council is intended to create an institution that will develop the necessary steps to address the climate catastrophe. The interests of all citizens of the country should be taken into account in order to use social resources as fairly as possible.

[1] www.nature.com/articles/s41893-023-01132-6
[2] www.activesustainability.com/climate-change/what-happen-planet-temperature-rises-half-degree/
[3] www.bankingonclimatechaos.org/bankingonclimatechaos2021/

June 20.06.2023, XNUMX: Last generation interrupts international match - “Stop the fossil madness!”

 

 

 

 

Last generation interrupts international match

– “Stop the fossil fuel madness!” –

 

 

 

June 20.06.2023, XNUMX - Supporters of the last generation are led away by security personnel at the international match between Germany and Colombia

Supporters of the last generation are led away by security personnel at the international match between Germany and Colombia

 

 

June 20.06.2023, XNUMX, Gelsenkirchen - On Tuesday evening, four citizens of the last generation tried to interrupt the international match between Germany and Colombia in the VELTINS Arena in front of the tipping points because the federal government continues to fuel the climate catastrophe with coal from Colombia.

Malte Nierobisch also climbed over the boards today, ran onto the field and tried to attach himself to the goal with cable ties. All four wore T-shirts with the slogan “Last Generation – Stop the Fossil Madness!”

"With their policies, Chancellor Scholz and his government support the exploitation of people and the environment in the Global South. Coal imports from countries such as Colombia not only promote human rights violations and colonial exploitation, but they also fuel the destruction of all of our livelihoods. I cannot continue to accept this injustice. “Climate Chancellor” Scholz must finally put an end to this fossil madness.", explained Painted Nierobisch his protest.

On June 10.06th, 40 people from various climate protection movements in Essen showed solidarity with the Yukpa from Colombia and spoke out in favor of phasing out fossil fuels.

As citizens, we call on the federal government to call an emergency meeting of society in order to initiate the necessary turnaround with the democratic participation of a loose average of the population. The company council is developing a decisive plan for how Germany will end the use of fossil raw materials by 2030. This plan should be developed by citizens, supported by society and implemented by politicians.

 

 

 

 

On the right in the picture: Gesa Mühlhoff is one of the people who interrupted the international match today. Left in the picture: A member of the Yukpa from Colombia. Coal for Germany is mined on their land. The picture comes from a street protest in the past few days. Photo: (c) David Block

From left to right: A member of the Yukpa from Colombia, next to Gesa Mühlhoff, who interrupted the international match today. Coal for Germany is mined on Yupka land. The picture comes from a street protest in the past few days. (c) David Block

 

June 20.06.2023, 11, 20:XNUMX a.m.: Your private yachts, our heat collapse - "Chancellor Scholz: Finally act"

 

 

 

 

Your private yachts – our heat collapse


“Chancellor Scholz: Finally act”

 

 

 

 

Supporters of the last generation are protesting in the Neustadt marina in Holstein for the convening of a climate council.
Photo: Last generation

 

 

Neustadt in Holstein, June 20.06.2023, 11, 20:XNUMX a.m – The water in the harbor basin glows poison green and two yachts are brightly marked with orange paint. Banners are unfurled on the yachts that read, among other things, “Your luxury = our crop failures” and “Who are you doing politics for, Chancellor Scholz?”

Supporters of the last generation are protesting this morning in the ancora Marina marina in Neustadt on the Baltic Sea against the destructive lifestyle of the super-rich and the federal government's haphazard watching. To do this, they went on board two yachts, colored the water bright green with the help of uranine and sprayed the yachts orange using prepared fire extinguishers. Afterwards they hung banners. They wear life jackets during the protest.

Theodore Schnarr As a spokesman for the last generation, explains who the protest is aimed at: “Our questions are aimed at Chancellor Scholz: What use are their luxury yachts to the rich and their children and grandchildren when the seas have turned into a stinking, poisonous green broth? What good are their air-conditioned villas and bunkers in New Zealand if they live there in a kind of voluntary exile? Olaf Scholz, act and use courageous politics to ensure that a social council is convened that supports you in the courageous decision to stop the excessive emissions of the rich. "

The bright green color of the harbor basin warns that our seas are in danger of tipping over. If the oceans continue to warm due to global warming, they will become more acidic and increased algae growth will turn the water a poisonous green. This causes them to lose their ability to absorb CO2. This is an extremely threatening change that has deadly consequences for life on Earth. [1] The dye uranine used in today's protest in the harbor basin is a substance that is harmless to humans, animals and plants. [2]

The ancora Marina marina is the largest private marina on the Baltic Sea with 1440 berths. A superyacht causes more CO2 than 600 average German citizens. [3] Furthermore, the craftsman who fills up his van pays a CO² tax, whereas owners of a superyacht do not.[4] 

"While in Germany there is a discussion about water rationing and the first municipalities have had to restrict the water consumption of their citizens [5], while in India dozens of people are already dying from extremely high temperatures [6] and we are also experiencing thousands of heat deaths calculate [7], the rich party continues. We ask ourselves, who are you actually doing politics for, Mr. Scholz?” Regina explains to Stephan why she is taking part in the protest. She is studying medicine and also works in an intensive care unit. 

She goes on to say: “While poor and middle-class neighborhoods overheat, the super-rich can shelter in their air-conditioned villas and yachts. So many lives could be saved if the government finally acts now. " 
 

The federal government's climate protection efforts are completely inadequate and socially unfair. In the Society Council we can find a fair solution that is good for the vast majority of the population. Parliament and the government should then vote on the measures developed by the company council. [7]

[1]
www.deutschlandfunk.de/climate change ocean conferencewarns-of-acidification-of-the-seas-100.html
[2]  www.sigmaaldrich.com/DE/de/sds/sigma/46960 
[3] theconversation.com/private-planes-mansions-and-superyachts-what-givesbillionaires-like-musk-and-abramovich-such-a-massive-carbon footprint-152514
[4]  www.tagesschau.de /investigative/ndr/yachts-greenhouse gases-climate-101.html
[5] www.agrarheute.com/management/right/water shortage-germany-waterrationing-for-citizensfarmers-608061 
[6] 
www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/india-heatclimate change-deaths-1.5947316
[7] www.tagesschau.your country/domestic policy/lauterbach-heat protection plan-100.html 
[8] lastgeneration.org/company council/

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Correction to the press release “Warning color and sit-ins on German Industry Day” from June 19.06.2022, XNUMX:
We had attached a photo to the press release that did not show yesterday's protest, but rather a sit-in last week in front of the CDU party headquarters in Berlin. We apologize for this error.

 

June 19.06.2023, 11, 30:XNUMX a.m.: Warning colors and sit-ins on German Industry Day - fossil deals behind closed doors -

 

 

 

Warning color and sit-ins on German Industry Day

– Fossil deals behind closed doors –

 

 

 

 

Berlin, June 19.06.2023, 11, 30:XNUMX a.m. - At this moment, supporters of the last generation are protesting at Industry Day in Berlin. They gathered for peaceful sit-ins both on the access roads and at the entrance to the venue. They had previously sprayed the entrances to the building with bright orange warning paint. On a large banner that a group of protesters are holding in front of them is the question: “Who are you doing politics for, Chancellor Scholz?” The “Parents Against the Fossil Industry” also called for protest.

The organizer of the congress is one of the largest lobby associations in Germany, the BDI. The government appears as invited speakers: Olaf Scholz, Christian Lindner and Robert Habeck.

speaker Aimee van Baalen criticized: “Chancellor Scholz makes politics for the rich and powerful. He makes politics for those who cause the climate crisis and can buy their way out of it, instead of for the roofer who still has to go up to the roof even in 42 degree heat."

According to their own statements and scientific studies, the... BDI influence on “all economically relevant legislative processes”. This often happens before relevant draft laws can be discussed in public by politicians and the media. [1] 

Or in the words of the former general manager of the BDI Ludolf von Wartenberg"As soon as our people warn us and we notice that something bigger is happening, we inform the players in the companies. In consultation with the companies, we formulate the effects on the economy and contact the leaders of the coalition or the lead minister. Sometimes you can defuse a rocket quite elegantly this way. This whole process is still taking place outside of the public eye.” [first] 

The BDI's concern: maximizing the profits of its own members, if necessary at the expense of the general public. A budget of millions is available for this. Many of its members are among the largest CO2 emitters in Germany, such as Thyssen-Krupp. At Industry Day it becomes abundantly clear what the problem is, because climate protection is not on the agenda.

Simon Bartholdy (43) sprayed orange paint at the entrance to the event hall early in the morning at 5:20 a.m. using a fire extinguisher.

He explains: "The BDI is destroying our livelihoods, the livelihoods of my children, for profit. To me that sounds like a criminal organization. In any case, the deadly fossil deals behind closed doors are a blatant injustice that we are dragging to light here today with a bright warning color. "

Christian Lindner and Porsche. Olaf Scholz and Wartburg. “Progress Coalition” and BDI. This government seems incapable of putting limits on the super-rich. For years, Transparency International has criticized Germany's failure to take active action against bribery of members of parliament. The European Commission criticizes that lobbies have too much influence on politics. [3] 

To ensure that our politicians no longer conclude fossil fuel deals behind closed doors in well-air-conditioned congress halls while the forests burn and crops wither outside, the Last Generation is calling for a social council.

In the social council, randomly selected citizens discuss how we can end the use of fossil raw materials by 2030. They are neither influenced by profit interests nor by political power struggles, but are advised by scientists so that a socially just plan can be created that protects society from collapse. 

"Mr. Chancellor Scholz, we hope that you support the plan. And even if we don't organize elaborate congresses, we are always available for discussionssays speaker Aimee van Baalen

[1] Martin Sebaldt, Alexander Straßner: Associations in the Federal Republic of Germany. An introduction. Wiesbaden 2004
[2] lobbypedia.de/wiki/Bundesverband_der_deutschen_Industrie 
[3] www.familienwatch.de/campaigns/eu-kritiert-lobby-einfluss-in-deutschland

 

 

Supporters of the last generation sprayed
the entrance to the TDI venue in the early hours of the morning.
(Photo: Last Generation)

 

June 16.06.2023, 12, 20:XNUMX p.m.: Sylt's luxury mile bathed in fire orange - Mr. Scholz, who do you do politics for?

 

 

 

 

Sylt's luxury mile bathed in fire orange - Mr. Scholz, who do you do politics for?

 

 

Kampen, Sylt, June 16.06.2023, 12, 20:XNUMX p.m – On the Sylt noble mile Strönwai, also known as the whiskey mile, six supporters of the last generation mark the jewelry store Wempe and the luxury boutique Gallery Michael Meyer with orange warning paint made from fire extinguishers and a bucket. On their banners, which they hold in front of the luxury boutique at Strönwai 7, spray-painted orange themselves, it says: “Who are you doing politics for, Chancellor Scholz? And: “Art. 20a GG = protect life”

With their protest, they show how extremely dangerous the overconsumption of the super-rich is for all of us: they are among the main causes of the climate catastrophe - and the government to which the protesters are appealing must set limits on them.
In the middle of the luxury mile, three people spray the warning color of their fire extinguishers on the thatched roof and windows of the Gallery Michael Meyer boutique, which displays fashion items from luxury brands such as Gucci, Dior and Loewe.

Hendrik Frey floods the store's entrance area with a bucket of paint, which he quickly dumps out - everything has to happen quickly. Then the former reinforced concrete worker, 22, from Braunschweig, gives a passionate statement about the motivation for his participation: “My little sister was at Fridays for Future and made me aware of the extent of the climate crisis - the droughts it is already causing are driving up food prices, which is hitting poorer people and the middle class the hardest. Anyone who can shop here is endangering the lives of others with their lifestyle: the richest percent of Germans emit almost 10 times as much CO2 as average citizens.” [1] 

Also takes part in the protest Judith Beadle, 42. With a determined look, the mother of two children explains: “I am protesting peacefully here today because I am afraid for the future of my two children and their friends. Climate collapse is real and has already happened for a long time. While 12 forest fires rage in Germany and the first districts in Lower Saxony impose restrictions on water use, the deadly luxury life continues unhindered here on Sylt. [2],[3] I find this incredibly unfair and therefore demand that the so-called climate chancellor Olaf Scholz finally implement his campaign promises and take proper climate protection, someone who does not break the constitution.

The protests of the last generation on Sylt are the fire alarms that point out the injustice of the climate catastrophe. Private jets, 5-star hotels, golf courses and luxury shops play no role in the lives of the average population. They are a symbol of overconsumption and waste. The longer the Chancellor refuses to end this deadly waste, the more the question arises: Mr. Scholz, who are you actually doing politics for?

[1] taz.de//Unequal-Emissions-in-Germany/!5922585/
[2] www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/inhalt.waldbrand-update-vom-14-juni-2023-wo-brennt-es-aktuell-in-deutschland.8017197d-0d82-48f1-a2ca-67fa12872d0f.html
[3] www.zeit.de/news/2023-06/12/wegen-trockenheit-landkreise-beschraenken-wasserutilization

 

June 16.06.2023, XNUMX: Protest announcement: Industry Day with Chancellor Scholz

 

 

 

 

Protest announcement: Industry Day with Chancellor Scholz

 

 

Christian Lindner and Porsche. Olaf Scholz and Wartburg. “Progress Coalition” and BDI – when industry invites people, Germany’s top politicians come and give well-paid lectures. Also next week at “Industry Day” in Berlin – organized by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

We have the impression that Chancellor Scholz is making policies for the rich and powerful instead of climate protection for everyone. 

The studies also show this. Transparency International criticizes Germany for failing to take active action against bribery of members of parliament. The European Commission criticizes that lobbies have too much influence on politics. (Source: www.familienwatch.de/campaigns/eu-kritiert-lobby-einfluss-in-deutschland)

Or in the words of the former general manager of the BDI Ludolf von Wartenberg"As soon as our people warn us and we notice that something bigger is happening, we inform the players in the companies. In consultation with the companies, we formulate the effects on the economy and contact the leaders of the coalition or the lead minister. Sometimes you can defuse a rocket quite elegantly this way. This whole process is still taking place outside of the public eye." (Source: lobbypedia.de/wiki/Bundesverband_der_deutschen_Industrie)

Climate policy is also repeatedly discussed by the industry “defused".

So that climate protection is made for everyone, instead of politics for the few, we will protest peacefully and decisively on Monday, June 19, 2023 in front of the Verti Hall, where the meeting of German industry and Chancellor Scholz's lecture will take place at the same time. 

Will take part in the protest: Parents against the fossil industry
Extinction Rebellion, grandmas against the right, last generation before the tipping points
Start: 10:30
Location: Mühlenstrasse / Mercedes Platz

Last generation speaker Aimee van Baalen says: "I feel let down by this government, the climate crisis is escalating and this coalition can't even pass a sensible heating law. Worse still: the super-rich are destroying our climate and the Social Democrat Scholz refuses to regulate this never-ending excess of emissions."

While the financially weakest in Germany emitted around three tons of CO2 per year, the richest one percent emitted around 105 tons - almost 35 times as much. The emissions of the richest 800 people are estimated at 11.700 tons of CO2 per year - a thousand times the German average. (Source: taz.de/Ungleiche- Emissions-in-Deutschland/!5922585/)

And while the majority of Germans have already reduced their emissions in recent decades, the super-rich have increased their emissions even further. The SPD has been in government for over ten years and is partly responsible for this. 

It would be possible to protect our livelihoods if excessive emissions were reduced. If the richest third of the population were to reduce their emissions to the national average, more than half of the way to the 2030 emissions target would be achieved.

"The government seems unable to regulate the emissions of the rich. That is why we are calling for a social council“says speaker Aimee van Baalen.And further:

"The Society Council is my greatest hope for protecting our livelihoods. Experience from other countries shows how effective they can be."

The Last Generation will take their protest to the streets peacefully and decisively on Monday, as they have in the past.

 

June 15.06.2023, XNUMX: Regional Court – Last Generation Road Blockade Justified
 
 
 
 
 
Regional court: Last generation road blockade justified
 
 
 

The Berlin district court found: A last-generation road blockade was justified. Because this is protected by freedom of assembly. According to the court, the coercion is not reprehensible: the impairment of drivers is a socially appropriate consequence of the gathering - the regional court justified its decision. Similar decisions have already been made several times in local courts, including recently in Munich. Now a higher authority also sees the road blockades of the last generation as justified.

Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation, comments: “The higher authority has ruled that our road blockade is justified. This is the time when the government should come to the table with us. Politicians should stop criminalizing us and finally start doing everything they can to limit the climate crisis."

In recent months, it has been repeatedly claimed that Last Generation supporters are criminals. With real consequences for the people who take to the streets against government failure in the climate crisis. Apartments were searched, people were taken out of bed at gunpoint and vilified as members of a criminal organization.

With its decision, the Berlin Regional Court now resoundingly refutes the prejudgment of the Last Generation. Politicians – including members of the government – ​​repeatedly condemned the last generation. One of those who will have to choose their words more carefully in the future is the Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann. "These roadblocks are coercion, that is also completely clear from the case law [...]“, says the Minister of Justice to Anne Will in November 2022. [1]

Carla Rochel, Speaker of the Last Generation: “It's pretty crazy. People are labeled as members of a criminal organization and apartments were searched. A few days ago, a Last Generation supporter was picked up from his home and put in a cell. And now a court confirms that these people simply exercised their basic right to freedom of assembly."

Here is an excerpt from the district court's decision:
"In an overall view of the circumstances mentioned, in particular a very large number of impaired road users with some certainly urgent journeys [...] and a very specific connection of the object of protest to road traffic, in an overall view only such a great impairment of the rights of road users can be determined that The resulting restriction on their freedom of movement must be accepted as a socially appropriate (side) consequence of the lawfully carried out assembly and must take a back seat to the freedom of assembly."

The complete decision of the Berlin Regional Court can be found in the appendix of this press release.

 
 
 
March 13.03.2023, 8 10:XNUMX a.m.: Access to the Bundestag denied: Members of the Last Generation invited to talks in the Bundestag - and not allowed in
 
 
 
Denied access to the Bundestag 
 
Members of the last generation were invited to talks in the Bundestag – and not allowed in
 
 
 

We have to talk, we want to talk. About the climate emergency and about the fact that the federal government is not taking any measures to prevent the collapse of our livelihoods. This endangers our free democratic basic order and billions of human lives. In addition, the government is abandoning the basis of our constitution by failing to take climate protection measures.

 

After a good year of protests, more and more conversations are taking place between political decision-makers and the last generation. The most recent results of these nationwide discussions were public letters of support from mayors for the demands of the last generation (see Hanover, Tübingen, Marburg).

 

It is gratifying that more and more politicians, regardless of their assessment of our form of protest, understand that our concerns are of existential importance and that we are protesting for the common good.

 

Since the protests began, discussions have been taking place at the federal political level with members of the Bundestag. Members of the CDU, FDP, SPD, GREENS and DIE LINKE invite us to talks in the Bundestag.

 

For months, however, all people who are in any way associated with the Last Generation have been told

Access to the German Bundestag is prohibited. The Bundestag security service has drawn up a list of all people who are said to have taken part in Last Generation protests. Anyone who says this will invariably be refused entry into the Bundestag by the responsible security service. This happens regardless of whether members of the Bundestag insist on admission and vouch for the invited guest.

 

Members of the last generation are reliable conversation partners and have always kept their word. If we are invited to discussions, it is natural for us not to misuse this invitation for political protest. No Last Generation protest has yet taken place after previous assurances to the contrary.

 

We very much regret that it is being made more difficult for the last generation to enter into a dialogue with politicians. We are open, always ready to talk and would like to work together with decision-makers in the Republic on how the impending climate catastrophe can be dealt with decisively and in a socially just manner.

 

March 7.03.2023, 9 30:XNUMX a.m.: Cold shower for Volker Wissing - This ministry is ruining our future!

 

 

 

Cold shower for Volker Wissing


– This ministry is ruining our future! –

 

 

 

 

Supporters sprayed an entire fire engine full of water

the last generation today at the Ministry of Transport

and thus gave Volker Wissing a “cold shower”. (c) Last generation

 

 

Berlin, June 07.03.2023, 09, 30:XNUMX a.m - Supporters of the Last Generation gave the Ministry of Transport a cold shower today in protest against the policies of FDP Minister Wissing - which, according to the Bundestag's scientific service, are illegal [1]. They adapted the size of the device used to the wave of indignation that is currently rising in front of the Transport Minister from all over Europe. With an entire fire truck full of water, they asked Volker Wissing to finally come to his senses.

Jacob Beyer, Speaker of the Last Generation: “FDP Minister Wissing tramples on the law. He is demonstrably breaking the climate protection law and is now blocking climate protection for the whole of Europe. Climate protection has constitutional status and the FDP's blockade stance is putting all of our fundamental rights at risk."

Because Germany has been unable to comply with the emission values ​​set out in the Climate Protection Act in recent years, all affected ministries were obliged to present an immediate program to counteract this. The immediate program presented by Volker Wissing fell short of the legally binding requirements so badly that the company's own expert council canceled the review and described it as “already lacking sufficient standards” [2]. The Bundestag's scientific service also recently found in its audit that the transport minister was breaking the climate protection law.

Measures such as a 100 km/h speed limit on motorways and a permanent €9 ticket are available as cost-effective and quickly implemented measures.

Speaker, Jacob Beyer For this: "Wissing categorically refuses to implement climate protection laws passed by the Bundestag - and thus to protect fundamental rights such as freedom, health and life. If you consider that both a speed limit and a €9 ticket are enjoyed by majorities in the population, this raises the question of who Volker Wissing is actually doing politics for here. For a majority of the population or for a wealthy few?"

At the international level, the transport minister is currently blocking climate protection for the whole of Europe. With his change of heart at the very last second to phase out combustion engines by 2035, he is embarrassing Germany internationally. [3] The FDP wants to stick to inefficient, outdated technology, although even the major car manufacturers such as Mercedes, VW and Audi had spoken out in favor of a ban on combustion engines in order to create investment security. [4] [5]

[1] Report: Minister Wissing violates the Climate Protection Act | Handelsblatt.com
[2] Expert council criticizes incomplete climate plans | tagesschau.de
[3] People in Brussels are stunned | Zeit.de
[4] VW and Mercedes welcome the planned phase-out of combustion engines | Automobilwoche.de
[5] Audi boss Duesmann warns of a deadlock when combustion engines are phased out Spiegel.de

 

March 6.03.2023, 8 20:XNUMX a.m.: Protest in Passau despite announcement of tough action. Lock up or talk? What will Mr. Dupper decide?

 

 

 

 

Protest in Passau despite announcement of tough action
Lock up or talk? What will Mr. Dupper decide?

 

 

 

 

Ernst Hörmann (73) at a protest in Berlin in the summer
(c) Last generation

 

 

 

Passau, March 06.03.2023, 08, 20:XNUMX a.m – Today supporters of the last generation gathered in Passau and brought traffic to a standstill on Angerstrasse near the Prinzregent-Luitpold Bridge. The people involved - the majority are over 60 years old - are determined to peacefully resist the irreversible destruction of our livelihoods. According to police statements, the mayor of Passau, Jürgen Dupper, has agreed on tough action with the police and public prosecutor's office. [1] The protesters are aware of this. Some of them could now face up to 30 days in prison in Stadelheim. 

Why the prospect of 30 days in a gray cell doesn't stop him from taking to the streets is explained Christian Bergemann, 21 years old, like this: “Now in the climate catastrophe it is about nothing less than my life, the life of my family and that of all of us. I just don't want to have to watch in 30 years as we beat each other's heads because we ran out of food and drinking water. And I'm no longer afraid when the mayor threatens us with prison."

At the end of January, representatives of the last generation invited the city of Passau to discussions about their demands for a social council. They had promised to suspend their protests in Passau if the talks were as positive as in Hanover and Tübingen. [2] But so far there has been no reaction from the mayor.

"We ask ourselves, Mr. Dupper, lock him up or talk? What will you choose? Do you think that prison is the right place for people who peacefully resist the destruction of all of our livelihoods? In the spirit of democracy, we believe that discussions make more sense. We are still ready for this.“, states Ernst Hörmann (73) of course, who is sitting on the street in Passau today. 

The committed people of the last generation from the ranks of the university receive support. 130 University of Passau employees, including 26 professors, signed a recently published statement appealing: “We don't need our energy to fight each other, but to solve an existential crisis."[3] 

The student representatives at the University of Passau also clearly support the last generation and recently published a statement that said: “Instead of 'show hard edge', as Mayor Jürgen Dupper demands, the local politics of the city of Passau should implement political measures to reduce CO2 emissions and listen to the activists' demands."[4]

We do not yet know of Mayor Jürgen Dupper's reaction to this.

In order to protect the people involved, we can only provide you with further background information on the statements made by a high-ranking police officer about the conversation between the mayor, police and public prosecutor upon request. We ask for your understanding.

[1] twitter.com/AufstandLastGen/status/1625051094790422528?lang=de
[2] Hanover: “Last Generation” sets off road blockades | NDR.de – News – Lower Saxony
[3] 130 professors and university employees defend Passau climate activists
[4] www.instagram.com/p/Co-YTwrIEX5/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

 

March 6.03.2023, XNUMX: Marburg supports demands of the last generation - SPD mayor sends letter to Olaf Scholz -
 
 
 
 
Marburg supports the demands of the last generation 

– SPD mayor sends letter to Olaf Scholz –
 
 

Marburg, March 06.03.2023, XNUMX – After Hanover and Tübingen, the university town of Marburg is now the third city to publicly support the demands of the last generation. In a letter to Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the parliamentary group leaders in the German Bundestag Mayor dr Thomas Spies expressed his support for the demands of the Last Generation.

Recently there have been several protests in Marburg. The mayor's letter is the result of discussions that mayor Spies held last Friday together with his speaker Philipp Höhn and representatives of the last generation. 

"I support the call for a citizens' council in which representative and randomly selected citizens discuss the question of how we can achieve zero emissions in Germany by 2030.” writes Spies in his letter.

He also agrees with the demand for a nationwide permanent €9 ticket “emphatically" on.

The mayor explains why he considers it necessary to address this letter to federal politicians as follows: “Many people are concerned that this [missing climate neutrality by 2030] threatens to reach tipping points in climate change that threaten their existence. I am regularly approached by citizens of all ages [...] who therefore have serious concerns about our future and the future of their children and grandchildren."

Spies makes it clear that he expects a response to his letter.

Solvig Schinköthe (43), speaker of the Last Generation and mother of four children, about the successful discussions: “We are very pleased that, after Hanover and Tübingen, our protest has now also been crowned with success in Marburg."

"The fact that within such a short period of time demands from three cities for a society council for zero emissions by 2030 have been received by federal politicians also shows how broad the support for such a society council is in the country. We are now pleased to be able to announce an end to the protests in Marburg and, like the mayor, are looking forward to the Chancellor's response.“, continues Schinköthe.

The Last Generation has agreed with the city of Marburg not to hold any further protests in the city area.

March 4.03.2023, 9, 20:XNUMX a.m.: Monument of fundamental rights soaked in “petroleum” - In climate hell there are no longer any fundamental rights

 

 

 

 

 

Monument to fundamental rights soaked in “petroleum”. -
In climate hell there are no longer any basic rights

 

 

 

 

 

Supporters of the last generation stand
in front of the Basic Law sculpture soaked in “petroleum”.

 

 

 

Berlin, June 04.03.2023, 9, 20:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation before the tipping points have today
the three meter high glass sculpture “Basic Law 49” soaked in “petroleum”. The work of art near the Bundestag building shows
the 19th article of fundamental rights of the German Basic Law in the original version from 1949. 

Lina Johnson, Last Generation spokesperson clarified: “Burn oil or protect fundamental rights? In 2023 only one of the two will work.”

Judith Beadle, who took part in today's protest, added: “Burning petroleum is leading us to climate hell.
In climate hell there is no human dignity, no freedom and no right to life.”

The federal government does not protect our fundamental rights:

The Federal Constitutional Court’s ruling on the 2021 climate lawsuit states: “The state's obligation to protect resulting from Article 2 Paragraph 2 Sentence 1 of the Basic Law also includes the obligation to protect life and health from the dangers of climate change
to protect."
[1] But instead of protecting its population, the federal government is fueling the climate catastrophe. According to the Climate Protection Act, it does not plan to become climate neutral until 2045, while we will break the 2030 degree limit in 1,5. [2]
From this point on, we are in acute danger of exceeding six of the irretrievable climate tipping points [3]
– Basic rights can then no longer be granted.

 

[1] www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/SharedDocs/Entscheidungen/DE/2021/03/rs20210324_1bvr265618.html
[2] www.tagesschau.de/wissen/klima/weltklimarat-bericht-klimawandel-101.html
[3] www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/klimawandel-das-sind-die-gefaehrlichsten-kipppunkte-des-klimas-a-ce62231c-6520-4166-9267-8d5b3045f432

 

 

March 2.03.2023, 10: Today we're trying to bribe members of the Bundestag - the last generation is offering €XNUMX to protect basic rights
 
 
 
 
Today we're trying bribery
 
Bribery of members of the Bundestag
Last generation offers 10€ for the protection of basic rights
 
 
 
 
Speaker Aimée van Baalen discussed with a member of parliament in front of the Bundestag.
She is holding the German Basic Law in her hand. (c) Last generation
 
 
 
We - the last generation before the tipping points - have today launched a shameless attempt to impose our own agenda (the protection of fundamental rights). With 10 euros and the Basic Law in hand, we engaged members of parliament in discussions in front of the Bundestag today. Our unbeatable offer: €10 from us if you stop fueling the climate catastrophe that endangers our fundamental rights.

Aimee van Baalen, who discussed with MPs today, explains: “Our government is making dirty deals with RWE and letting Lützerath be mined. Apparently our government would rather listen to lobbyists for fossil fuel companies than to its own people. Today we'll also try bribery!"

Is the government breaking the constitution?

The Federal Constitutional Court’s ruling on the 2021 climate lawsuit states: “The state's obligation to protect resulting from Article 2, Paragraph 2, Sentence 1 of the Basic Law also includes the obligation to protect life and health from the dangers of climate change.”[1] That means allowing climate catastrophe means breaking the constitution.

A climate catastrophe threatens at the latest when the 1,5 degree limit is exceeded: between 1,5 and 2 degrees we are likely to exceed 6 tipping points - with devastating consequences for us humans.[2] There is then even a risk that a cascade of tipping points will be triggered: tipping points topple each other like dominoes. The result: climate collapse.[3] According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - the IPCC - we will reach the 1,5 degree limit as early as 2030.[4]

How this is supposed to be constitutional is a mystery to us!

[1] Climate judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court 
[2] Prof. Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf: These are the most dangerous tipping points in the climate
[3] esd.copernicus.org/articles/12/601/2021/
[4] www.tagesschau.de/wissen/klima/weltklimarat-bericht-klimawandel-101.html
 
March 1.03.2023, 20 00:XNUMX p.m.: Farewell to Elinor - The Last Generation changes its donation account

 

Farewell to Elinor
The Last Generation changes their donation account

 

Berlin, March 1, 2023 20:00 p.m. – Since the hunger strike in the federal election campaign and since then, the last generation has been using a group account offered by elinor Treuhand eV for their own financial resources. The association has now terminated the cooperation with the group “on good terms” because their clout in the public eye represents too high a business risk for the association, which manages thousands of group accounts.

Luke Kunert, Managing Director of elinor: “The collaboration with the last generation was always benevolent and open. We share the goals of the Last Generation in averting climate collapse, but we also bear responsibility for all other group accounts. Therefore our paths must part.”

The last generation also speaks of a “farewell on good terms”:
Kim Schultz clarifies: “Elinor has been very supportive of us in the past. We can understand that the impact that our campaign has developed over the last few months is difficult for elinor to bear. We are grateful for the uncomplicated and trusting cooperation. Now it’s time to stand more on your own two feet.”

Contributions can now be credited to the account KUEÖ – Climate and environmental education for the preservation of life-securing ecosystems non-profit GmbH (kueoe.de), which manages the money in collaboration with the Last Generation Movement, the group said. Hundreds of recurring donations via SEPA direct debit that the group now receives will continue automatically, according to the statement.

With the growth of the movement, which has been expanding its resistance against the government's fatal climate policy for a year, there are more and more supporting initiatives in its field of activity that give parts of the work for political change a legal framework. Already in the middle of the month, the group announced on Twitter that payments for legal costs such as adhesive fees or penalty payments would be managed in an account of the environmental trust fund.

March 1.03.2023, 8.00 XNUMX:XNUMX a.m.: Tübingen's mayor supports the demands of the last generation

 

 

 

Tübingen's mayor supports the demands of the last generation

 

Tübingen, March 01.03.2023st, 08, 00:XNUMX a.m – Less than a week after the mayor of the Lower Saxony state capital of Hanover, Belit Onay, who publicly supported the demands of the last generation before the tipping points, is now followed by the mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer

In a statement published on his Facebook page, Palmer spoke out in favor of a social council that would develop a climate protection package for a climate-neutral Germany in 2030. [1] So climate neutrality in 7 years instead of 22, as the current federal policy plans envisage.

"I share your concern to take climate protection seriously and to adapt political decisions to physical requirements.”, writes Palmer with regard to the four representatives of the last generation with whom he met on February 21st in Tübingen town hall. 

The Citizens' Council, which is anchored in the coalition agreement, seems to him to be a suitable means of ensuring this while at the same time involving the citizens. Palmer and the last generation also agree on the specific design of such a social council: “For me it is important that the principles of parliamentarism are respected. This means that Parliament and the government must set up such a council of their own accord and should commit themselves to seriously considering the results and translating them into political decisions.”, writes Palmer.

Carla Rochel, spokesperson for Last Generation, on the positioning of the two mayors: “The fact that, after the mayor of Hanover, the mayor of Tübingen is now also publicly speaking out in favor of a climate society council is a big milestone for us."

"These are successes of our protest, because it draws attention like a magnifying glass to the destruction of our livelihoods. They show that the peaceful path we have chosen is the right one. We call on the federal government to follow the example of the two mayors and finally start discussions.”, like this rochel continue.

 

[1] Statement from Tübigen Mayor Boris Palmer

 

 

February 28.02.2023, 10.00 XNUMX:XNUMX a.m.: Call to the Bundestag pasted - letter from Hanover's mayor calls on federal policy to protect human existence

 

 

 

 

Call to the Bundestag pasted


Letter from Hanover's mayor calls on federal policy to protect human existence

 

 

 

Berlin, June 28.2.2023, 10, 00:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation before the tipping points personally delivered the letter from the Mayor of Hanover to its recipients in federal politics today. They used paste to stick Belit Onay's poster-sized letter to the north entrance of the Bundestag and distributed it in A4 format to members of parliament and visitors. 

Last week, after discussions with representatives of the last generation, the mayor of the Lower Saxony state capital Hanover addressed the parliamentary group leaders in the German Bundestag in a public statement. 

"In the discussions there was agreement that the climate crisis acutely endangers the existence of humanity, its health, its security and its nutrition […]" and "If the temperature continues to rise at the current rate, important tipping points will be reached as early as 2030 […]", Splits Confirmation in his broadcast and, against this background, calls on federal politicians to discuss and implement the demands of the last generation.

Julian, mathematics lessons from Berlin, who attached Onay's letter to the facade, explains: “With the mayor of Hanover, a major German city is supporting the demands of the last generation. Today we are bringing Hanover's public appeal to the members of the Bundestag with the necessary urgency."

The first dramatic harbingers of the looming climate catastrophe have long since reached Europe. In the middle of winter, droughts in France and Italy are causing reservoirs to run dry, endangering drinking water supplies and this year's harvests. But instead of pulling the emergency brake, the heads of government are continuing their deadly course. The French Climate Minister Christophe Béchu seems to be resigned to this negligent inaction. In a press conference he said that we now have to prepare for a life with 4 degrees plus.

Stefan Rahmstorf, renowned climate researcher at PIK, made it clear on Twitter: “No government will be able to protect its citizens in a world that is 4 degrees warmer. That's the reality." [1]

The Last Generation from the Tipping Points appeals to the federal government to fulfill its duty to the constitution and the population:
Prevent the complete destruction of our livelihoods and the billions of suffering that comes with it. Difficult decisions lie ahead. Let citizens have a direct say in this process in order to create the necessary trust. Convene a company council with the task of developing measures for zero emissions by 2030 in Germany.

[1] twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/1629737592445886464

 

February 24.02.2023, XNUMX: Hanover supports last generation - Mayor sends letter to Bundestag

 

 

 

 

Hannover supports Last Generation 
Mayor sends letter to Bundestag

 

 

Hanover, November 24.02.2023th, XNUMX – The mayor of the Lower Saxony state capital of Hanover, Belit Onay, has now addressed the parliamentary group leaders in the German Bundestag in a public statement after discussions with representatives of the last generation. In this he emphasizes “an agreement that the climate crisis acutely endangers the existence of humanity […]“. He "I share the assessment of science and the last generation that the current measures are not enough” and calls on the Bundestag to discuss and implement the demands of the last generation. The speed limit, the €9 ticket and the social council are explicitly mentioned. 

Theodor Schnarr (32), spokesman for the Last Generation, classifies this statement today as follows: “Civil resistance has once again been crowned with success. If the federal government were to approach the existential threat of climate collapse with the same common sense as the city of Hanover, we would be a big step further in protecting the population."

As part of the protests in Hanover that have been going on for several weeks, talks took place on Tuesday between representatives of the city and representatives of the last generation. Now that these have been successful, the Last Generation will completely stop the initially suspended protests in Hanover. This is what the city and the last generation agreed on, as can be seen from the city's statement.

"We call on all mayors to start discussions following Hanover's example!“, appeals Schnarr continue.

 

February 21.02.2023, 20 00:XNUMX p.m.: Suspension of protests in Hanover due to negotiations
 
 
 
 
Suspension of protests in Hanover due to negotiations
 
 
 
Hanover, February 21.02.2023, 20, 00:XNUMX p.m – After there have been increasing protests in the state capital of Lower Saxony, Hanover, in recent weeks, discussions took place today with representatives of the last generation. The city signaled the possibility of support and cooperation in the future and will prepare a statement on the group's goals in the next 48 hours. It was agreed to suspend the protests within these two days.

City representatives who took part in the discussions included Mayor Belit Onay, Head of the Economics and Environment Department Anja Ritschel, Council Chairwoman Uta Engelhardt and Bundestag member Swantje Michaelsen. Lea Bonasera, Nadja Flachmann and Lena Schiller were present as representatives of the last generation before the tipping points.

Nadia Flachmann (Last generation) appears to be in a positive mood after the discussions: 
"The urgency of action in the crisis as well as the goal of preventing the tipping point from being exceeded and maximally reducing the climate crisis are the common denominators of the participants. Mayor Onay signaled his willingness to cooperate and support."

The city of Hanover would now like to publicly position itself on the goals of the last generation. The Last Generation calls on the federal government to convene a society council on the question of how Germany can achieve zero emissions by 2030 and to implement the resulting measures in a binding manner. 

The state capital Hanover could be the first city in Germany to publicly support the goals of the last generation. The group had called on all cities in the Federal Republic to do so and offered to permanently suspend the protests in each city if they supported it.
 
23.02.2023/13.15/XNUMX XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.: Taped in court - "We have to talk about the climate emergency"
 
 
 
 
 
Pasted in the court
 
“We need to talk about the climate emergency”
 
 
 
 
Berlin, June 23.02.23, 13, 15:XNUMX a.m – Today Henning Jeschke (23), co-founder of the Last Generation, stuck himself to the dock table with superglue during his court hearing. Ten minutes after the start, he interrupted the second day of his sixth trial, in which he is accused, among other things, of resisting during several peaceful road blockades.

Explained before the start of the negotiation Jeschke: "I'm sorry that I'm doing this now, but I can't help it. I want us to maintain the rule of law. You don't want to hear it in this room, but: We need to talk about the climate emergency. The richest one percent are fueling the catastrophe for nothing but quick profit – fully aware of the deadly consequences. We must bring the real criminals to justice."

In previous proceedings, the judges have not dealt with the reality of the climate crisis, against the background of which the Last Generation protest is taking place. Applications for evidence that climate scientists or protest researchers invite, for example to assess the effectiveness of the protest, will be rejected.

In past judgments against Jeschke, however, it was said that the aim pursued was a noble goal, but the means were not appropriate and therefore a condemnation had to be made. The judges’ personal political opinions are regularly expressed here. Almost all judges shy away from properly examining all the relevant circumstances of the case.

On the first day of the trial at the beginning of February, the responsible person Magistrate Jacobs warned of an “eco-dictatorship” even before the evidence was taken and remarked after Jeschke’s statement: “The courtroom is not the right forum for their position.” The defendant wanted to use a small group to force his position on the majority of the population. He – the judge continued – clearly believes that he has owned the truth. But he should rather retreat into a quiet room and reflect - far away from his like-minded people.

Henning Jeschke recently came across evidence that Judge Jacobs had already shared documents from the public prosecutor's office in the court's internal chats at the end of last year - possibly as a "sentencing aid" for other judges. However, a motion to dismiss due to bias on the part of the judge was dismissed.

Emphasized in the hearing room Jeschke: "We must respect the right to life. While I am being condemned for this demand, some corporations that should actually be here are freely continuing to destroy the climate and thus society. The rich continue to drill for oil and build bunkers. They know about the suffering and death. We have all known this for decades. And it continues.
Vegetables have been rationed in England since yesterday - in rich Europe. We won't have anything to eat anymore either.
"

Due to crop failures in exporting countries in southern Europe and North Africa caused by extreme weather events, several British supermarket chains are currently rationing vegetables. [1] Global warming is one of the strongest drivers of hunger. Droughts and extreme weather are causing unprecedented food shortages in all regions of the world.
Today, over 3,3 billion people around the world already live in areas at great risk from global overheating. [2] Reports about the impending climate chaos assume that annual average crop losses could amount to a third of the harvest as early as 2050.[3]

Henning Jeschke emphasizes: “Here it is pretended that none of this is relevant to the case. We have to talk about this. It's time for the courts to do a proper review."

[1] Tomatoes and cucumbers are becoming scarce: British supermarket chains are rationing vegetables | tagesschau.de
[2] Summary of the IPCC report: Between 3,3 and 3,6 billion people live in areas that are “highly vulnerable”.
[3] Chatham House Report 2021: Crop losses in major cereals could occur in multiple countries at the same time
 
February 21.02.2023, 9 30:XNUMX a.m.: Tree felled in front of the Federal Chancellery - The government is sawing on the branch we are sitting on
 
 
 
 
 
Tree felled in front of the Federal Chancellery

The government is sawing away at the branch we sit on
 
 
 
 
 
Supporters of the last generation with a felled tree in front of the
Federal Chancellery (c) Last generation
 
 
 
 
Berlin, June 23.02.2023, 09, 30:XNUMX a.m – Forests are one of the most important parts of our human livelihood, but the traffic light government continues to drive their destruction. Whether through direct clearing for new highways and gravel pits or through further escalation of the climate catastrophe and the associated ever larger forest fires and widespread forest dieback. Supporters of the last generation before the tipping points have today dragged this destruction into the light and brought it where it can be seen by everyone: in front of the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. 

There, in the center of power in Germany, they felled a tree with a hand saw today. The dead stumps in front of the Chancellor's front door now stand as a memorial for what has actually long been obvious, but still happens every day as a matter of course: "The federal government is actively promoting the destruction of our livelihoods. She saws on the branch on which we all sit."

Aimee van Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation, said: “In 2022 we experienced the largest forest fires in Germany's history. Forest dieback caused by global warming is spreading and the Harz Mountains have already been completely destroyed. If things continue like this, our remaining, once healthy and vibrant forests will suffer the same fate."

"Nevertheless, Finance Minister Lindner wants to continue building new highways and not only have entire forests cleared, but he is also adding fuel to the fire in which our forests are burning more and more often. Even after a year like 2022, there is no indication that he or the others responsible are prepared to put a stop to this destructive course.”, like this van Baalen continue.

Last year, 4300 hectares, or more than 6000 football fields, of forest burned down.[1] This makes it a record year – more than five times worse than the long-term average year. Even more worrying: the last record, which 2022 significantly surpassed, was only from 2019. 

The Harz, with its swathes of dead trees, may be the most impressive German example of forest dieback caused by global warming - it is a forest that has already passed its tipping point - but the entire German forest is threatened. According to DLR, 2018% of German forests were lost in the short period of four years (2022-5).[2]

The international situation is even more dramatic. The Amazon rainforest, also called the lungs of the earth, is already around 17% destroyed and is therefore razor close to its tipping point, which is assumed to be 20%-25% destruction.[3] If this tipping point is exceeded, the forest can no longer be saved, will die without our intervention and will largely become savanna. This is one of the dreaded tipping points that could trigger a cascade of tipping points that threatens the survival of human civilization. [4]

[1] www.feuerwehrverband.de/rekord-waldbrandsommer-2022-fast-4300-hektar-wald-verburnt-waldeigentuemer-und-feuerwehren-fordern-finanzielle-unterstuetzung-fuer-praeventionsmassnahme/

[2]www.forstpraxis.de/neue-ausvaluation-deutsche-waelder-staerker-geschaedigt-als-befuerchtet-19246

[3]www.tagesschau.de/wissen/klima/amazonas-klimawandel-101.html

[4]www.resilience.org/stories/2020-06-08/collapse-of-civilization-is-the-most-likely-outcome-top-climate-scientists/
 
17.02.2023/9/15 XNUMX:XNUMX a.m.: Scientists support road blockade - Politics can no longer ignore warnings -

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists support road blockade
– Politics can no longer ignore warnings –
 
 
 
 
 
Today, scientists stand behind supporters
the last generation on the street in Berlin Unter den Linden.
(Lutz van der Horst with us for filming today) (c) Last generation
 
 
 
 
Berlin, June 17.02.2023, 9, 15:XNUMX a.m – Citizens of the last generation before the tipping points are gathering today for a peaceful protest near the Humboldt University on the street Unter den Linden to interrupt the deadly business as usual. They receive support from 34 scientists who stand behind the committed people on the street. Among others, the scientific director of the Center for Technology and Society at the TU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Dr. Martina Schäfer and head of the International Office at the Charité, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedemann Paul. Together they make it clear: the protest is more than appropriate given the current planetary and political situation. Ignoring scientific facts and neglecting the obligations enshrined in the Basic Law by the government must no longer be tolerated.

It's on the road Prof. Dr. Julia Bee. For years she has been watching in disbelief the government's actions, which are far from scientific and endangering our survival.
She explains: "I am a university lecturer and not only respect the democratic process, but also see it as my job to convey this to young people in courses. I am appalled that peaceful protests are seen as a problem instead of taking scientific studies more seriously. For decades, these have shown the dramatic and interlinked consequences of the climate, biodiversity and waste catastrophe, and that civil resistance against them is appropriate."

Auch Barbara Schramkowski, a professor at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, who helped organize the action, supports the protest today and explains: “We show solidarity with the concerns and forms of protest of the last generation and condemn the criminalization of the movement. The people and parties who cling to the status quo in politics and business should be charged."

Scientists have been warning about the dramatic consequences of global warming for decades. The first world climate conference took place in 1979 to address the danger and develop solutions. Since then, laws have been adapted, rewritten and international treaties concluded. But there was no redirection. Emission reductions lag behind international and national laws. CO2 emissions rose to an all-time high in 2022. [1]
Warnings from science and research are becoming more concrete and urgent, but they are still not sufficiently incorporated into political decisions.

Three days ago, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to the UN Security Council of an impending “Mass exodus" and from "increasingly fierce battles for drinking water, living space and other resources🇧🇷 [2]

The consequences of decades of inaction are already catastrophic. This week alone, national emergencies were declared in New Zealand and South Africa due to extreme weather events. [3] [4]

Irma Trommer sits on the street in Berlin today determined and hopeful. She emphasizes: “If the government continues to bend to the will of the fossil fuel lobby and ignore scientific facts, we will hit irreversible tipping points and irreversibly destroy any chance of salvation. We cannot undo suffering, but we can still avert climate hell. Let us come together in a social council and work on this together."
 
 
February 16.02.2023, 19 35:XNUMX p.m.: Opening of the Berlinale interrupted - escapism is driving us into climate hell

 

 

 

 

Opening of the Berlinale interrupted –
Escapism is driving us into climate hell

 

 

 

 

Lisa Winkelmann and Raphael Voellmy
on the red carpet of the Berlinale (c) last generation

 

 

 

 

Berlin, June 16.02.2023, 19, 35:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation before the tipping points just interrupted the opening of the 73rd International Film Festival in Berlin. The two committed people crossed the barrier and stuck themselves to the red carpet with superglue. Amidst shiny robes, they made it unignorably clear in simple T-shirts with the inscription: “Last Generation” that the current government, the current society, is the last one that still has a chance to prevent the course into a climate hell with billions of deaths . [1]

Before she heads to the red carpet, explains Lisa Winkelmann (20): “We are racing unchecked into an unimaginable catastrophe. We as a society can no longer afford to ignore the approaching collapse. If we indulge in escapism any longer, we will break the first climate tipping points and unleash a deadly avalanche from which there is no escape.”

Raphael Voellmy (26) is also taking part in today's protest. He emphasizes: “Events like this one tempt people to ignore the acute danger. But if we continue as before, there will be no more events like this. Promoting sustainability on a small scale, as the Berlinale does, is important, but it alone will not save us. We have to turn things around now. Let us come together in a social council and work out how we can overcome this unprecedented test together.”

 

[1] The heat is on over the climate crisis. Only radical measures will work | Climate crisis | The Guardian

 

February 15.02.2023, 8 45:XNUMX a.m.: Berlin bridge concreted over - real climate protection instead of highway expansion

 

 

 

 

Berlin bridge concreted over –
Real climate protection instead of highway expansion

 

 

 

 

 

Concrete on the Berlin Mühlendamm Bridge (c) Last generation

 

 

 

 

Berlin, June 15.02.2023, 8, 45:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation are standing in the way of the course to climate hell in Berlin today and are blocking the Mühlendamm Bridge. The focus is on the German federal government's misguided transport policy. While some citizens sit on the street in high-visibility vests and stick them together, others pour concrete onto the road and thus use it for a more useful purpose than the construction of new, climate-damaging highways. At the same time, the lane is blocked by a van with a dedicated person stuck to the roof.

Miriam Meyer (30) pours concrete on the road today and explains this as follows: “Our FDP ministers Lindner and Wissing are committed to more motorways to reduce CO2. We don't think so. Today we use concrete really sensibly and interrupt the deadly everyday life!”

While the FDP repeatedly speaks out against a speed limit, which is both desired by a majority of the population and would save a large amount of emissions, it advocates the expansion of motorways. In doing so, she also encourages the CDU, which wants to build a 'climate highway' in Berlin. Prominent faces of the parties claim that the expansion of the motorway will protect the climate. [1]

Lina Schinkothe (21) explains before she climbs onto the transporter and sticks herself onto it: “It cannot be the case that politicians can get away with such absurd claims. They are playing poker for the goodwill of the fossil and car lobby and are gambling away our survival in the process. The course towards collapse has not yet been cemented. We now need a social council that creates paths to a future worth living.”

Numerous studies refute Christian Lindner's claim that more motorways would lead to fewer traffic jams. The construction and expansion of roads increases demand, which ultimately counteracts climate protection. Instead, the expansion of affordable public transport would be demonstrably effective. [2] Mobility researchers Andreas Knie summed it up in a Spiegel interview: “Continuing to expand roads doesn’t help anyone, including drivers.” [3]

As the last generation before the tipping points, we are currently protesting across Germany for the introduction of a social council on the question of how Germany can achieve zero emissions by 2030. The climate collapse of our societies can only be prevented with drastic measures. These should be developed by citizens for citizens. 

More peaceful traffic blockades took place in several cities today. Overall, there have been similar protests since February 06.02.2023, 20, blockades in over XNUMX German cities.

 

 

[1] (1) Christian Lindner on Twitter: “More speed in #planning acceleration! This is also in the spirit of climate protection when it comes to roads. Because we can reduce unnecessary CO2 in traffic caused by traffic jams and detours if our highways are better developed and connected. CL” / Twitter
[2] Less traffic jams thanks to 9 euro tickets – analysis of Tomtom data – economy – SZ.de (sueddeutsche.de)
[3] Traffic - Study from the USA: Wider roads do not help against traffic jams - DER SPIEGEL

 

 

 

 

 

Blockade at the Berlin Mühlendamm Bridge (c) Last generation

 

 

13.02.2023/16/30 100:XNUMX p.m.: Climate highway into climate hell - exit to AXNUMX paralyzed
 
 
 
 
Climate highway to climate hell
 
Exit to A100 paralyzed
 
 
 
 
Winfried Lorenz protests against the climate highway 1 (c) Jonas
Original quality photo available for download here.
 
 

Berlin, June 13.02.2023, 16, 30:XNUMX a.m – Citizens of the last generation gathered today on an exit from the Berlin A100 city highway and stuck it together. They are directly protesting against the highway plans of the FDP and CDU. In times of climate emergency and while the Ministry of Transport is making headlines for breaking the law and refusing to work, they want to stick to the nationwide expansion of motorways [1] [2].

There is even an adventurous attempt to reinterpret the word. If the CDU Berlin is to be believed, the A100 will soon become a “climate highway” [3].

The reality: More roads mean more car and truck traffic, more traffic jams and more emissions [4]. Also quite independent of the drive technology. Because an e-SUV uses just as much space on the road, just as much parking space and huge amounts of energy and resources in production [5]. And so he uses just as much cement for infrastructure, causes surfaces to be sealed, etc. - all of this also kills the climate!

Winfried Lorenz explains his protest while stuck on the A100 exit: “100 km/h on motorways, a 9 euro ticket and a real shift in traffic away from cars - purely out of self-interest for our own survival, this should be our minimum goal. Instead, Volker Wissing's new motto is 'On the climate highway to climate hell'. The FDP and CDU cling to traffic concepts from the last millennium like a drowning man to his lifebuoy. It is now time to boldly look forward instead of always looking back. If the parties cannot agree on this, perhaps a company council should help them. "

The current transport route plan was drawn up before the Climate Protection Act and continues to focus on promoting traffic on the roads and building new motorways instead of initiating a traffic turnaround [6].

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned with drastic words at COP27: “We are on the highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.” [first]

As the last generation before the tipping points, we are currently protesting across Germany for the introduction of a social council on the question of how Germany can achieve zero emissions by 2030. The climate collapse of our societies can only be prevented with drastic measures. These should be developed by citizens for citizens. 

More peaceful traffic blockades took place today, so far in Leipzig and Marburg. In total, similar protests and blockades have taken place in over 06.02.2023 German cities since February 20, XNUMX.

Sources:

 
 
 
 
Winfried Lorenz protests against the climate highway 2 (c) Jonas

 

13.02.2023/08/15 XNUMX:XNUMX a.m.: Passau mayor: “show a hard edge” - the mayor is said to have sworn the police to take tough action against protesting citizens
 
 
 
 
Passau mayor: “show a hard edge”
 
The mayor is said to have sworn the police to take tough action against protesting citizens
 
 
 

Passau, March 13.02.2023, 08, 15:XNUMX a.m –As it became known at the weekend, the mayor of Passau, Jürgen Dupper, is said to have sworn the local police forces to take tough action against the Last Generation protesters. A “hard edge” should be shown and the peaceful citizens “will not be allowed to get away with anything here,” the mayor is quoted as saying. Supporters of the last generation learned this in a personal conversation with a high-ranking police officer.

 

This information is particularly explosive because the relevant instructions have already been put into action. Since February 06.02th Micha Frey is now locked up in the Stadelheim prison. The 24-year-old and four other people gathered peacefully in Passau this Monday and brought traffic on a main artery to a standstill. While the other four were able to leave the police station after an identity check and completing the formalities, Frey was brought before the judge.

 

The police's request read: “Compulsory detention until at least one day after political Ash Wednesday and thus until February 23.02rd. 23:59 p.m. The Passau District Court complied with this request. Frey was no longer asked whether he specifically planned to continue taking part in peaceful street protests until this date. The reason that seemed to be sufficient was that civil society groups in Passau had often used the time before political Ash Wednesday for political events in the past.

 

No climate activist has ever been imprisoned for several weeks on such a thin basis in Germany. Not even in Bavaria, whose legal situation extends so far into the gray area of ​​the rule of law that Amnesty International expressed “fundamental human rights concerns” before its introduction.[1] The question therefore arises: “How independent are the courts if the mayor takes the line of taking a “hard edge” against climate activists? In addition to the police in Passau, are magistrates also being abused by Mr. Dupper for his political calculations?”

 

In Passau, however, the secret agreement that came to light has triggered a storm of indignation among local supporters of the last generation.

 

"We ask ourselves, Mr. Dupper: Is Micha Frey sitting in a cell in Stadelheim right now because you want to eat herring in peace on political Ash Wednesday? We will not accept that the mayor wants to take a “hard stance” against climate protection. In doing so, he refuses to take the necessary measures to ensure our survival.", explained Kristina Geyer, speaker of the Last Generation in Passau.

 

"We hereby announce, significantly earlier than planned, on Wednesday, February 15.02thto take to the streets again in Passau. Neither Mr. Dupper nor preventive detention will stop us from peacefully standing in the way of the destruction of our livelihoods.”, like this geyer continue.

 

[1] Amnesty position paper: Statement on the planned changes to the police duties law in Bavaria

 

 

Micha Frey | Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg

 

Micha Frey has been here since February 06.02th. imprisoned in the Stadelheim JVA. (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg
Original quality photo available for download here.

 

February 10.2.2023, 11 44:XNUMX a.m.: People from the healthcare system block Berlin traffic - “Our job is to save lives”
 
 
 
 
 
Healthcare workers block Berlin traffic
 
“Our job is to save lives”
 
 
 
 
 
Shows 3 protesting people from the healthcare system
in front of Berlin's main train station (c) Last generation
 
 
 
 

Berlin, June 10.01.2023, 11, 30:XNUMX a.m – People from the healthcare sector are pointing out the catastrophic health consequences of the climate catastrophe with a traffic blockade in Berlin. They are sitting on the road in their uniforms and some of them have stuck themselves to it with superglue. The words: “We are your rescue lane” and “Our job is to save lives” are emblazoned on two banners.

going (25) is a medical student. She explains why she is taking part in today's protest: “I am studying medicine because I want to help people get and stay healthy. The government is making this task massively more difficult and almost impossible by fueling the climate catastrophe. Your current policies will cost millions of lives. Knowing this, I can’t continue to sit quietly in the lecture hall.”

She further explains: “Our mission is to keep people healthy. In a 2-3 degree hotter world that we are hurtling towards, this will become increasingly difficult to achieve. Countless heat deaths, the spread of tropical diseases to our latitudes, water shortages and food insecurity due to long-lasting droughts - we can now prevent all of these horrors. Once the climate tipping points have been passed, there is no medicine that can cure the climate system.”

Christopher Sappok, who also sprayed paint on the RWE facade today, emphasizes: “The government is failing to free itself from the stranglehold of fossil fuel corporations as collapse draws ever closer. The greed and lies of the richest 1% must no longer be placed above science and the common good for a second. To ensure our survival, we need an effective democracy: we need a social council!”

Theodore Schnarr, speaker of the Last Generation, shows a way out: “We are still on course for a health emergency of previously unknown proportions. Since our government lacks the will and courage to urgently change course, we are calling for a society council to be convened as a random meeting to develop the next steps towards zero emissions by 2030.”

The WHO report on COP26 states: “Burning fossil fuels is killing us. Climate change is the greatest health threat to humanity.”[1]
The committed people sitting on the streets today can no longer accept this danger and are calling on their colleagues and fellow human beings to stand together against the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of this century.

[1] WHO's 10 calls for climate action to ensure sustained recovery from COVID-19: www.who.int/news/item/11-10-2021-who-s-10-calls-for-climate-action-to-assure-sustained-recovery-from-covid-19 

 

February 8.2.2023, 10 00:XNUMX a.m.: Color on the RWE campus in Essen - government in the stranglehold of fossil companies

 

 

 

 

Color at the RWE campus in Essen 


Government in the stranglehold of fossil companies

 

 

 

 

 

Painted Nierobisch and Christopher Sappock after them
sprayed orange paint on the facade of the RWE headquarters using a fire extinguisher
(c) Last generation

 

 

 

Essen, August 8.2.23, 10, 00:XNUMX p.m – Two climate activists today sprayed the headquarters of the coal giant RWE with orange paint using prepared fire extinguishers. Together they held a banner that read: “Art. 20A GG = protect lives” in the sky. They will no longer accept that fossil fuel companies like RWE are trampling on our fundamental rights while also receiving support from the federal government.

Painted Nierobisch was already in prison in Munich because he peacefully rebelled against the deadly business as usual. He explains why he continues to resist with determination: “The government is obliged to secure the livelihoods of future generations! But she doesn't. Lützerath was destroyed - by the greed of this corporation behind us! Lützerath was destroyed, but the coal remains in the ground. Fossil fuels, more carbon in the atmosphere, means death. We stand up against it!”

Despite nationwide protests, the village of Lützerath was completely destroyed a few days ago in order to expand the Garzweiler II opencast mine. Burning the coal below, which, according to independent reports and contrary to RWE's claims, is not needed for Germany's energy security, would exceed any climate goals by far. [1]

Christopher Sappok, who also sprayed paint on the RWE facade today, emphasizes: “The government is failing to free itself from the stranglehold of fossil fuel corporations as collapse draws ever closer. The greed and lies of the richest 1% must no longer be placed above science and the common good for a second. To ensure our survival, we need an effective democracy: we need a social council!”

By calling for a social council, supporters of the last generation nationwide are interrupting everyday life that is leading us to climate collapse. They all share the opinion of the renowned climate researcher Stefan Rahmstorf: “It would be a planetary tragedy if we had almost prevented the worst - but the human catastrophe occurred because we hesitated in the crucial years instead of acting with full strength and determination.” [2]

[1]  Coal is not needed under Lützerath (bund-nrw.de)
[2]  Climate change: These are the most dangerous tipping points in the climate – DER SPIEGEL

 

February 7.2.2023, 9 54:XNUMX a.m.: Again preventative detention in Bavaria - road blockades in many cities
 
 
 
 
 
Again preventive detention in Bavaria
 
Road blockades in many cities
 
 
 
 

Passau/Stadelheim, February 07.02.2023th, 09, 00:XNUMX a.m. – After a peaceful traffic blockade in Passau yesterday, Micha Frey is in preventative detention for 14 days. Yesterday, citizens of the last generation in 16 German cities called on members of the Bundestag to convene a social council.

Micha Frey (24 years old) took part in a peaceful Last Generation protest yesterday in Passau together with four other citizens. He was the only one who managed to fix his hand on the street with superglue. He was sentenced to 14 days of preventive detention at a judicial hearing in Passau that same evening. He is supposed to serve preventive detention in Stadelheim Prison. At the beginning of November he was taken into preventive detention for a week.

Micha Frey explained before his arrest:
"We are peacefully blocking a road because the federal government is not fulfilling its duty to protect our livelihoods and those of future generations. Because our government is not even meeting its own, far too lax, climate targets. In view of worsening droughts, heat, floods and the impending collapse of our democracy in the climate catastrophe, I see it as my duty to provide peaceful resistance for our survival. "

Aimee van Baalen, spokesperson for the Last Generation, on the renewed preventive detention in Bavaria: “Once again, peaceful protest is preferred to be locked away instead of finally accepting our offers to negotiate and responding appropriately to the climate catastrophe as a threat to our civilization. Yesterday's protests in 16 German cities showed us that more and more citizens are realizing that they are part of the last generation before the tipping points. We will not be deterred by the threat of fines, preventive detention and attacks against us on the street. "

Last Monday, citizens in 16 cities took part in Last Generation protests, including Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Emmendingen, Hanover, Heilbronn, Jena, Kaiserslautern, Kempten im Allgäu, Cologne, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Munich, Passau and Reutlingen .

In Berlin, a driver drove over the foot of a citizen, and other citizens of the last generation were dragged off the road by drivers [1].

[1] www.rbb24.de/panorama/teil/av24/video-berlin-klimaaktivisten-last-generation-autofahrer-verletzt.html 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Micha Frey, 23 years old, in preventive detention in Stadelheim/Bavaria for 14 days.
(c)Marlene Charlotte Limburg
 
 
 
February 2.2.2023, 16 18:XNUMX p.m.: CDU New Year's reception in Mainz disrupted - What is your climate policy, Mr. Merz?
 
 
 
 
 
Interruption of the CDU's New Year's reception
with Friedrich Merz on February 02.02.2023nd, XNUMX. (c) Last generation.
 
 
 
 
 
CDU New Year's reception in Mainz disrupted

What is your climate policy, Mr. Merz?
 
 

Mainz, February 02.02.2023nd, 16.00, XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. – Two supporters (21 and 49 years old) of the last generation interrupted the New Year's reception of the Mainz CDU at Erbacher Hof today. During the speech from Party leader Friedrich Merz, they glued themselves to the stage and accused him of irresponsibility and inaction in the face of the climate catastrophe. The New Year's reception takes place 10 days before the mayoral election in Mainz.

“They knew about it and still fueled the crisis! What is your climate policy, Mr. Merz? You don't have a plan! We are the 99 percent! We need a social council.”the two women shouted loudly. Their disruption is intended to wake up politics and society in the face of the acute climate emergency. The banner “Art. 20A GG = Protect Life” names the violation of the constitution that the government has committed daily through inaction for decades until today.

The way Friedrich Merz and the CDU are dealing with the climate catastrophe is an example of German political failure. While he downplays or keeps silent about the life-threatening consequences of global warming, he warns at every opportunity about possible restrictions through climate policy measures. He consoles the population with the distant hope of saving technologies. This behavior at the expense of future generations plays into the hands of fossil companies. [1]

Anna Fassbender (21), a sociology student from Mainz, justifies her protest with a view to society as a whole: “Few corporations are fueling the catastrophe and profiting from it. They bribe politicians with their billions in profits and hijack our democracy. In the end, 99 percent of the population suffers from the collapse, which is financed by an influential percent: illnesses, wars, hunger, flight and death are the consequences. We as a society must stand up now and do something about this injustice. We are all the last generation capable of doing this!”

It is clear to the majority of the population that Germany must take more decisive action against the destruction of our livelihoods in the event of climate collapse. [2] The government is obviously failing to implement this will of the majority. That is why the Last Generation is calling on the government to set up a social council that will develop urgently needed climate neutrality measures on a democratic basis and adopt them in a binding manner. Until then, it will disrupt everyday life nationwide and confront people peacefully and decisively with the approaching catastrophe.

[1] CDU: Laschet, Merz, Röttgen – who would be the best chairman for the climate? - THE MIRROR
[2] Despite Corona: Environmental and climate protection remains a top issue for Germans | Federal Environment Agency

 
 
 
Friedrich Merz at the lectern in Mainz
on the 02.02.2023. (c) Last generation.
 
February 2.2.2023, 8 34:XNUMX a.m.: Double standards and climate collapse - How do we manage to survive as a society? Together instead of against each other.
 
 
 
 
 
Double standards and climate collapse
 
How do we manage to survive as a society?
Together instead of against each other.
 
 
 

Of course, we can understand that negative feelings are triggered - especially among ecologically conscious people - when last generation protesters get on a plane. Many of us feel this way.

At the same time, here we are again. A fly in the ointment was found. As expected. And yet, in view of the catastrophe that we, as the last generation before the tipping points, are trying to prevent, it is always sad.

What happened until now:
A person who demonstrated against the destruction of our livelihoods was due to stand trial in Stuttgart on Tuesday. By agreement with the court, he stayed away. He is currently in Thailand to stay there with his girlfriend for many months. The Bild newspaper headlined thisstern: Climate adhesives fly to Bali.
Was the word “Thailand” too long for you? Did “Bali” sound more outrageous?

Individual behavior is not unimportant, on the contrary. Here in Germany, a large proportion of people are among the richest percent in the world, who have contributed and continue to contribute the most to the climate crisis. A political decision must be made to change this. Given the short time available, the determined, peaceful and joint protest is essential to stop the catastrophe.

Getting politically involved against climate collapse often goes hand in hand with changing your own life. However, it is not a requirement to do this. In particular, it does not influence how right or wrong demands made to the federal government are.
But if there was any doubt as to whether people who eat meat, drive cars or take long-haul flights can take to the streets with us against the government's violation of the constitution, then we would like to dispel that: Yes!

And let's be honest:
Isn't it a double standard to be a "climate chancellor" and to dump Lützerath?
Isn't it a double standard to find climate protection important but not to want to have wind turbines in Bavaria?
Isn't it a double standard to sell highway expansion as a solution to the climate crisis? To see racing on the highways as freedom, a freedom for which others have to pay with their lives?

If we wait until everyone behaves in a climate-conscious manner without them having to, then we will go over the cliff. We invite everyone to now look away from each other - and to what is really important: How do we manage to survive as a society? Let us come together and decide democratically in a social council how we can make this possible.

 

January 27.1.2023th, 12 00:XNUMX: Traffic court day interrupted - violation of the law by Wissing and the government must be stopped

 

 

 

Traffic court day interrupted 

 

Violations of the law by Wissing and the government must be stopped

 

 

 

Maria Hess interrupts the closing event of the traffic court day on January 27.01.2023th, XNUMX. (c) Last generation.

 

 

Goslar, January 27.01.2023, 12, 00:XNUMX p.m  – Supporters of the last generation interrupted the closing event of the 61st traffic court day in Goslar today. Before the closing words of the President, Prof. Dr. Ansgar Staudinger, they climbed onto the stage with banners and called on the experts in traffic law and traffic safety present to consider climate and therefore human protection in all their discussions and decisions. They made it clear: In order to protect people from the catastrophic consequences of global warming, a rethink is urgently needed in all areas, not least in the transport sector.

The German Traffic Court Conference is an annual conference for road traffic law. It is relevant nationwide because its recommendations are often taken into account in politics when drafting laws and regulations. [1]

Maria Hess stood in front of the lectern today and appealed to those present: “They are also part of this society that is racing towards climate catastrophe. Use your influence on politics! Call on the Minister of Transport to set speed limits for motorways, country roads and towns. Call on politicians to curb car traffic. Demand a real transport transition!”

Click here for the full video.

The transport sector is one of the largest German CO2 emitters and therefore a driver of the climate catastrophe. The responsible ministry is not complying with the legal obligation to reduce emissions and will once again miss the already low targets by 2022 million tons of CO11 in 2. [2] [3] Even the simplest free measures, such as the introduction of a speed limit on German motorways, are not being implemented.

According to the study recently presented by the Federal Environment Agency, speed limits as an immediate measure would make it possible to save much more CO2 annually than previously thought: 6,7 million tons of CO2 annually, on the motorways alone, with a speed reduction of just 120 km/h. [4] 

Not using this savings potential is a criminal policy failure at the expense of future generations and contradicts the requirement of our constitution to protect the natural basis of life for future generations (Article 20a GG). Germany's largest environmental association - BUND - no longer wants to accept this violation of the law by Volker Wissing and filed a lawsuit against it three days ago. [5] 

The Last Generation calls on the government to return to the ground of the constitution and invites everyone to work together to protect our fundamental rights.

 

[1] German Traffic Court Day - Wikipedia
[2] Climate protection in transport | Federal Environment Agency
[3]  News overview - Transport sector misses climate target again in 2022 - (agora-verkehrswende.de)
[4] Speed ​​limit on motorways: CO2 savings apparently higher than expected | tagesschau.de
[5] Because of missed climate targets: climate activists sue the federal government | zdf.de

 

January 26.1.2023, 8 01:XNUMX a.m.: Argument in court - public prosecutor and judge are far apart in their assessment
 
 
 
 
 
Dispute in court 
 
The prosecutor and the judge are far apart in their assessment
 
 
 

Yesterday, Wednesday, January 25.01.2023th, 09, the main hearing against four Last Generation supporters took place at 00:24 a.m. at the Nuremberg District Court. The two women and two men, aged 65 to XNUMX, were summoned to court for taking part in a peaceful road blockade last year.

The extremely high sentence demanded was extraordinary. According to the will of the public prosecutor should be suspended. In his closing speech he even spoke of “particularly severe coercion” and blamed the people involved “anti-democratic behavior”

The chairwoman contradicted this judge decided. She confirmed that the defendants for “good and right goals” protest. Instead of nine months in prison, she only imposed a small fine of 40 daily rates.

Much to the dismay of the public prosecutor. The presiding judge had to repeatedly reprimand the public prosecutor and interrupted his bold interventions with clear words: “I’m in charge here!”, “Back off with your salutation!”, “Do you want to withdraw my mandate to ask questions now?”

Maya Winkelmann (24), one of the people involved in the protest explains after the hearing: “Even if we think it's a shame that the judge's courage wasn't quite enough for an acquittal today, we can count it a success. There is controversy over whether citizens in our country are allowed to intervene when the federal government breaks its own constitution.”

“The breach of Article 20a of our Basic Law can no longer be ignored. Through our protest, the courts and the public have to deal with this. That’s exactly what we wanted to achieve.”, continued Winkelmann. 

Last Generation supporters assume that the public prosecutor's office will appeal against today's verdict. Regardless, the climate catastrophe continues to worsen and so their protests will continue. The last word is far from spoken.  

 
24.01.2023/8/32 XNUMX:XNUMX: Statement on the anniversary of the Last Generation - It's time for our democracy to become more democratic!
 
 
 
 
Last Generation Anniversary Statement
 
It's time for our democracy to become more democratic!
 
 
 
Today marks the first anniversary of the peaceful resistance of the Last Generation. Exactly a year ago - on January 24, 2022 - the first motorway blockade took place in Berlin.
 
On this occasion, the following statement from the Last Generation about what will happen next:
 
 
We are the last 99 percent!
It's time for our democracy to become more democratic!
 
 
All is well with the world, it is raining. Long. That's annoying. But it's just rain?

With these words Andy Neumann begins his report on the flood disaster in the Ahr Valley. Neumann is a police officer. When the water rose, he thought he was prepared and put his children to bed in the evening. As always.

But then the water came, pushed through the windows into the living room, climbed the stairs to the top floor. Neumann was seized by fear. Fear that his wife and children would die. The fire department advised them to climb onto the roof, but rescue was not possible from there either.
There was panic in them until the levels began to fall.

Neumann and his family survived.

But 180 people died.

Scientists later said: Without the climate crisis, the flood would not have happened.

The floods in the Ahr Valley are burned into our memories. But people are dying every single day because of the climate crisis.

These are old people who dehydrate in their homes on hot days and are suddenly too weak to call emergency services. Pregnant women suffer more miscarriages due to the heat. People with asthma struggle with breathing difficulties, and young children in particular suffer. Around a third more people die on extremely hot days than usual. In the summer of 2022, around 100.000 people died from heat in Europe.

While the richest 1 percent on Lake Starnberg, in the Odenwald, in Berlin-Steglitz retreat to their shady gardens, migrant districts like Berlin-Neukölln suffer from the heat island effect: narrow, urban spaces heat up even faster than the surrounding area, the heat There are traffic jams in the streets, students struggle to concentrate in the classroom and lose educational opportunities in the process.

In East Africa, 36 million people are suffering from a drought that has been going on for years, and someone dies of hunger every 48 seconds. A third of Pakistan was flooded.

The climate crisis is here. Just as the oil company Exxon predicted in an internal memo in 1981: burning fossil fuels “will lead to catastrophic consequences in the future.”

Exxon already knew about it back then. Just like the oil multinationals Shell and British Petroleum. What did the CEOs do? They put the studies in the drawer and began to attack the truth. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year, produced false studies, attacked climate scientists and journalism, and spread the lie that there was no global warming. And not only were they successful, they also made good money from it. Three billion dollars in profit a day. Around one percent of global wealth.

“With all this money you can buy any politician and any system,” says Belgian researcher Aviel Verbruggen.

And that's what they do: Corporations have learned to manipulate our representative democracy. This has been shown again and again over the past decades: in the successful campaigns that hid the fact that smoking causes cancer. In the successful campaigns that conceal the fact that the weed killer glyphosate is harmful. This is evident again in the climate crisis.

Christian Lindner receives up to fifteen thousand euros for speaking engagements, his clients include fossil fuel corporations such as E.ON, and he makes at least half a million euros a year in additional income. No wonder he leaves climate protection to “the market”.

Friedrich Merz worked as a lawyer for Ruhrkohle AG and also lobbied as a politician against the phase-out of fossil fuels. 13 people work in Germany's lobby organizations, and fossil fuel companies are among the largest donors.

The bitter result:

The expansion of renewable energies is being sabotaged.
RWE employees write laws for the Ministry of Economics.
The federal government pays 70 billion in subsidies to fossil fuel companies every year.

That means: Corporations are hijacking our democracy – and no one is doing anything about it.

Not “climate chancellor” Olaf Scholz.
Not “Climate Minister” Robert Habeck.
Especially not Volker Wissing.

In doing so, our government is breaking applicable law, our Basic Law - in April 2021, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled in a landmark decision that Germany's emissions must decrease. Immediately. Not sometime after 2030. But that's not happening. We continue to race towards the 1,5 degree limit, beyond which lurk the climate tipping points: the Arctic is melting. The Gulf Stream comes to a standstill. The Amazon is dying. And with it our climatic balance.

“I'm telling you that we are pushing our children into a global school bus that has a 98% probability of fatal accident,” says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, world-renowned climate researcher and founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

But the government is shirking. Putting it off until later, always finding new excuses.

And yes, the transition to renewables was delayed. Yes, energy security is needed. Yes, jobs are needed. But all of this would be possible with renewable energies. But the government is unable to counteract the influence of corporations like RWE. She is failing in her responsibility to protect our lives.

That's why it's time for our democracy to become more democratic. It's time for power to move away from the 1 percent and towards the 99 percent. It is time for citizens to be able to decide for themselves about climate protection.

We want those affected by the climate crisis to finally make the decisions. While the 1 percent are already using their wealth to create emergency plans for the day when hunger and wars occur and are building bunkers in New Zealand, we depend on the state to take precautions to address the climate crisis.

That's why we demand: a binding social council that will work out how Germany can achieve zero emissions by 2030.

Here, people from all sections of the population in Germany come together and, with the help of experts from politics, business, science and civil society, develop binding suggestions on how things can move forward.

Vegans and car fans discuss common solutions because they also have a shared interest: protecting the basis of life on this planet and shaping the path there in a socially just way.

The government has written into the coalition agreement: “We will set up and organize citizens’ councils to address specific issues through the Bundestag.” We take them at their word, because role models from France, Ireland and Belgium show that the format unites people in their efforts and produces constructive approaches.

We call on the federal government to set up a company council and implement its decisions. We demand that we, the 99 percent, finally be allowed to have a say in the preservation of our livelihoods.

Because it has been shown that wherever citizens are allowed to have an informed say about their fate, a better, safer, fairer world awaits us.

Proof:

Report of the floods in West Germany:
Andy Neumann – It was just rain!?

Impact of the climate crisis on floods in West Germany

Dangers for old people in heat waves

Heat waves and miscarriages

Asthma, COPD and heatwaves

Excess mortality and heat waves

Excess mortality and heat waves 2

Heat islands in Berlin

Effect of heat on cognitive performance

Drought in East Africa

Drought in East Africa 2

Floods Pakistan

ExxonMobile and climate studies

Oil company profits and how they buy influence

Christian Lindner receives lobby money:
Annika Joeres, Susanne Götze – The Climate Dirt Lobby, p.191

Christian Lindner's additional income

Friedrichs Merz lobbies for fossil companies

Lobbying in Germany

The expansion of renewable energies is being sabotaged

70 billion fossil subsidies

RWE employees write laws for the Ministry of Economics

Judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court

The survival plans of the super-rich, bunkers in New Zealand

Schellnhuber quote

Successful citizens' councils

Coalition agreement and citizens' councils

 
January 25.01.2023, 9 00:XNUMX a.m.: Nine months on probation, Nuremberg public prosecutor's office relies on tough threats

 

 

 

Nine months probation
Nuremberg public prosecutor relies on tough threats
 
 
 
 
Last Generation Supporters on February 22.02.2022nd, XNUMX
on the Franconian Expressway in Nuremberg. They are holding a banner
with their demand “Save food – Save lives”.
(c) Last generation.
 
 
 
The main hearing against four Last Generation supporters will open at the Nuremberg District Court on January 25.01.2023th, 09 at 00:22.02.2022 a.m. Because they no longer wanted to silently accept how the government was trampling on its own constitution, the accused people gathered on February XNUMX, XNUMX and stuck to the road of the busy Franconian Expressway. The public prosecutor's office is now demanding nine months' imprisonment on probation. An extreme escalation of the required sentence. All comparable meetings of the Last Generation have so far ended in acquittals or small fines.

Maya Winkelmann is one of the accused persons: “It is not particularly likely that such an extreme condemnation will occur. But of course this threat serves the purpose of intimidating climate-conscious citizens. It was to be expected that this would happen sooner or later, but it's still sad. We have a problem when people who simply demand compliance with Article 20a of our Basic Law are intimidated in this way."

"In any case, we will plead for acquittal. The climate catastrophe is now a matter of life and death. We hope that the court is prepared to recognize that our actions are also legally justified under the justified emergency. There have already been similar judgments, for example in Flensburg last autumn.“, continued Winkelmann. [1]
 
 
January 18.01.2023, 15 50:XNUMX p.m.: Berlin Fashion Week interrupted - dream world in the shadow of catastrophe

 

 

 

 

 
Melanie and Carla on the catwalk (c) Last generation

 

 

 

Berlin Fashion Week interrupted
– Dream world in the shadow of catastrophe

 

 

Berlin, June 18.01.2023, 15, 50:XNUMX a.m – Today two Last Generation supporters interrupted a Berlin Fashion Week show at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. During German designer Anja Gockel's show, they took to the catwalk with banners. With this disruption between clothes and glamour, they want to draw attention to the harsh reality of out-of-control global warming.

Melanie Guttman (27) explains why she is bothering today: “The glittering world of Fashion Week is in stark contrast to the collapsing world outside. While the models float down the catwalk in elegant dresses, people far away from luxury hotels are suffering the cruel and inevitable consequences of 1,2 degrees of global warming.” 

She continues: “We must not pretend that these two worlds are separate. Art and fashion have always been an expression of what moves us. Let’s create a society in which art and fashion put the salvation of all that is beautiful and valuable at the center of their work!”

Carla Rochel (20), who also hit the catwalk today, adds: “I can understand if we are completely enchanted by the glamour, the clothes and the beauty. But we also take refuge in a sweet dream world. Those present here can afford it. Others bear the costs.”

It is clear that rich people are primarily responsible for climate-damaging CO2 emissions. The richest percent of the world's population alone causes around 15 percent of global emissions. That's twice as many as the entire poorer half of the population - and the gap is widening. [1]
At the same time, it is precisely the rich who can best protect themselves against the consequences of their actions. They can retreat to well-air-conditioned villas, flee to safer areas on private jets and still buy food and water even in extreme situations of shortage. Poorer people in particular will be the first and hardest hit by the climate catastrophe. [2] 

Carla Rochel demands: “The government can no longer allow itself to be bossed around by the rich one percent. They must take responsibility for the 99 percent who elected them as their representatives. For decades our society allowed itself to be driven towards the abyss by coal bosses and gas giants. We cannot continue down this path. Let’s finally live our democracy and fight together for a future worth living!”

 

 

[1] Climate change: The rich have the highest CO2 emissions (contrast.at)
[2] Climate change – causes and consequences – Welthungerhilfe

 

18.01.2023/14/35 XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.: After conviction by the Berlin district court - before the constitutional court for climate justice

Drawing of the trial against Johann O. in the Berlin Regional Court (c) @y0nos
 
 
 
 
After conviction by the Berlin district court –
To the Constitutional Court for climate justice
 
 
Berlin, June 18.01.2023, 14, 35:XNUMX a.m – The trial against the 21-year-old Berlin medical student took place today in the Berlin district court John O. instead of. After he took part in a Last Generation road blockade, the local court last year imposed a fine of €600, which he appealed against. The regional court confirmed the district court's judgment today. Johann is now considering going to the Constitutional Court.  

For Johann is certain: “The government is acting criminally. It is knowingly breaking the Paris Agreement and maneuvering us into a catastrophe from which there is no escape. The fact that I and so many others who point out this political failure are being punished is absurd and unacceptable.”

He further explains: “The regional court decided to punish me for my protest against the government’s violation of the constitution. I cannot and will not simply accept that. Ultimately, we will give the Federal Constitutional Court the opportunity to determine that disruptive protests are appropriate in the face of the climate emergency.”

We are already having to mourn thousands of deaths from heat in Europe. [1] One drought follows another all over the world, causing countless people to starve, die of thirst or sink into hopeless poverty. The suffering caused by the climate catastrophe is already beyond imagination.

Wolfgang Lucht, renowned German physicist and geography professor in the field of climate research and chair of the Earth System Analysis Department at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research wanted to testify in court today as an expert. He planned to explain why it is necessary to stop the federal government's deadly course. The court rejected this, saying what he could testify was not fact.

Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation, is indignant: “The court is turning a blind eye to the crisis and does not want to recognize the dramatic nature of the climate catastrophe, let alone take it into account in its deliberations. It is clearly shirking its responsibility.” 

She resolutely adds: “The next step for us is the appeal; sooner or later the constitutional complaint will follow. It is then the Federal Constitutional Court's turn and must decide what means we as a society still have to fight for our survival. We are giving him the opportunity to continue his jurisprudence from the 2021 climate ruling.”
 
 
 
January 13.01.2023, 7 45:XNUMX a.m.: Turning point: civil society is moving closer together

 

 

 

 

Peaceful sit-in with yellow Lützerath crosses in Berlin,
A100 Stegelitz junction, January 13.01.2023, 7, 40:XNUMX a.m. (Photo: Last Generation)

 

 

 

 

Turning point: civil society is coming together
Road blockades in Berlin

 

Berlin, October 13.1.2023, 7, 45:XNUMX a.m – Today, supporters of the last generation in the south of Berlin are once again bringing car traffic to a standstill in several places. In front of the protesters there are yellow wooden crosses in the shape of an "X" - a protest symbol of the environmental movement for decades - today also a sign of the defense of Lützerath in the Rhenish lignite mining area against the energy giant RWE.

Yesterday, Thursday, celebrities, leaders of major environmental organizations and activists from the Fridays For Future movement also resorted to means of civil resistance - many for the first time.

Luisa Neubauer and Pauline Brünger from Fridays For Future, the authors Katja Diehl and Milena Glimbovski, the actors Bjarne Meisel, Pheline Roggan and Anton Spieker, presenter and influencer Louisa Dellert, the musicians Charlotte Brandi and Francesco Wilking and Christoph Bautz, Managing director of Campact, Olaf Bandt, BUND chairman, Martin Kaiser, federal chairman of Greenpeace - they all peacefully blocked the access road to Lützerath together with around 100 other people. [1]

Carla Rochel, Press Spokesperson for Last Generation, said:
 "In Lützerath, our Federal Republic decides for or against sufficient climate protection. Climate protection does not come in chunks because there are tipping points from which there is no turning back. The fact that so many people are now resorting to civil resistance who have never done so before marks a turning point. Civil society is coming together and saying loud and clear: 'Lützerath is the red line. We will not allow our livelihoods to be sold off."

Supporters of the last generation are currently continuing their street blockades in Berlin and joining the peaceful democratic resistance in Lützerath. Yesterday, supporters of the last generation glued themselves to an access road to Lützerath, which is currently mainly used by the police. [2]

Together with the “Lützerath Unräumebar” alliance, the Last Generation is calling for the large demonstration on Saturday, January 14.01th. and a day of civil resistance on Tuesday January 17.01th. on. [3]

 

 

[1] twitter.com/Ti_Wag/status/1613500849363329026?s=20&t=_3EHbs5Gwa_v-s78msDQpA
[2] twitter.com/AufstandLastGen/status/1613555126198849536?t=o7JMm5fwRCkJMliwVcYBFg&s=19
[3] luetzerathleben.info/aktionsbuendnis

 

January 12.01.2023, 8 00:300 a.m.: XNUMX days in prison - mother should go to prison because of a formal error

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja Manderbach in front of the Tiergarten district court
(c) Last generation

 

 

 

 

300 days in prison – mother should go to prison because of a technicality

 

 

Berlin, 12.01.23/08/00, XNUMX:XNUMX –  On Wednesday January 10.1th a trial at the Tiergarten district court comes to an abrupt end. Sonja Manderbach took part in the Last Generation protests several times - she has lodged an objection against the subsequent punishment orders and wants to hear her case in court. In the middle of the trial, the judge in charge looks for formal errors and finds them. It breaks off the current negotiation and subsequently declares another negotiation that has already taken place invalid. The defendant is now in custody for 300 days.  

When Sonja Manderbach appeared at the Tiergarten district court on Tuesday, she was prepared for a main hearing. The church musician and mother of a 15-year-old daughter has taken part in several protests and blockades that brought traffic to a standstill. There is an accusation of coercion - an offense that, according to the police union, can also be viewed as a minor offense depending on the situation [1]. 

Out of nowhere, the presiding judge then announces: Sonja's objection will be rejected due to a formal error. The signature on the objection was not correct. The digital signatures do not fully comply with the regulations - it is better to choose the classic postal route. The judge apologizes that she “missed it” last time. 

Due to this formal error, the six penalty orders are now legally valid. As a result, Sonja has to pay 300 daily rates of 40 euros each - 12.000 euros or 300 days of substitute imprisonment in prison. 

Sonja Manderbach remains clear in court: “I won’t pay a fine. Either they acquit me or I go to prison. The headwind from the courts only strengthens me. It will not go unnoticed by society that I and others of the last generation will be punished disproportionately harshly because we want to save our fellow human beings from the deadly consequences of unchecked climate catastrophe.”

The legal situation is far from clear. Similar allegations led to an acquittal in a trial in Freiburg [2]. In three cases in Berlin, several judges have refused to issue punishment orders to supporters of the last generation - in their detailed reasons, they see such protests and road blockades as "not reprehensible" in view of the "objectively urgent situation" in view of the climate catastrophe. Demonstrations are “annoying, but essential for the democratic constitutional state.” [3]

From her Daughter gets Sonja Manderbach Support and support for their protest. Based on her favorite film, she encourages her mother: “It is as Dumbledore says: there are dark, difficult times ahead. Soon we will all have to choose between the right path and the easy path. You have chosen the right one. That is not always easy. But it’s right that you do this.”

This morning, supporters of the last generation are also peacefully blocking car traffic in Berlin and risking fines and prison sentences for doing so. They do this in the knowledge that it is right to resist continuing the climate catastrophe and thus knowingly destroying our livelihoods.

 

[1] Petty crime
[2] Last generation: Road blockades: climate activist acquitted in Freiburg | TIME ONLINE
[3] Blockades of the Last Generation: Judicial Resistance – taz.de

 

 

January 10.01.2023, 7 30:XNUMX a.m.: Road blockades against destruction

 

 

 

Last generation supporters are stopping this morning
car traffic at the A100-N junction Steglitz / Berliner Str.

 

 

 

Road blockades against destruction
Government is selling away our basic rights

 

 

Berlin, 10.01.23/07/30, XNUMX:XNUMX – In Berlin, supporters of the last generation are stopping car traffic today and thus the fossil-fueled everyday life that is driving us towards climate catastrophe. Once again they are carrying yellow crosses, showing their support for the protests against the demolition of the village of Lützeraths for the RWE open-cast coal mine. 

Eika Jacob is a mother of four children. For them too, she is sitting on the street today: “We have arrived in the middle of the climate catastrophe. 2022 will go down in German history as the hottest year ever. The new year starts with temperatures sometimes over 20 degrees in January - what kind of future are we sending our children into? I will not stand by and watch the destruction continue!”  [1]

The small village of Lützerath is a symbol for the whole world. It is right on the edge of a coal mine. A dead lunar landscape in which coal excavators work every day to destroy our livelihoods. A coal company has decided that this destruction serves its interests. 
The government is now helping him to feed society the lie that Lützerath must be destroyed because we absolutely need the coal underneath to secure our energy supply in the short term.

This lie is easy to see through. It would take at least three years before the coal would even be used under Lützerath, because the coal warehouses are full. Not a single study by independent institutes comes to the conclusion that we need coal in the short term. [2]

Carla Rochel, spokesperson for the Last Generation, said: “With the dismantling of Lützerath, our basic rights are being sold off to RWE in an insidious way. The government is selling us the dirty deal under the guise of caring. This is hard to beat in terms of absurdity, since by choosing to support corporate interests and against protecting our livelihoods, they are massively violating their duty of care towards the population.”

She adds: “Herbert Reul still claims that we are a minority that is fighting back. In contrast to the federal government, which is failing miserably at this task, we represent the majority of the population. No one wants to give up their freedom and their life for the greed of corporations!”

 

[1] 2023 begins with record heat in Europe: where will it end? – daswetter.com
[2] FAQ about Lützerath alle-doerfer-halten.de

 

 

January 09.01.2023, 9 45:1700 a.m.: Over XNUMX self-reports to the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office

 

 

 

 

Mirjam Herrmann and Kim Schulz enter the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office
with the petition for self-disclosure.

 
 
 
Over 1700 self-reports to the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office
Civil society before corporate interests! Who are the real criminals?
 
Neuruppin, Berlin, January 9.1.2023, 9, 45:XNUMX a.m - Supporters of the Last Generation presented the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office with a petition this morning in which over 1700 people confessed to being part of the Last Generation. [1]

After some of the PCK's Brandenburg pipelines were shut down in the summer of 2022, the public prosecutor's office investigated the Last Generation on suspicion of forming a criminal organization and carried out nationwide house searches under this pretext. 

Mirjam Herrmann In October, he threw mashed potatoes onto Monet's “The Grain Stacks,” which was protected by a glass pane, in order to interrupt the powerless everyday life that is steering us towards climate catastrophe. Today she presents the petition with hundreds of signatures to the public prosecutor's office and turns herself in on site.
“We cannot allow the government to continue to close its eyes to the incomprehensible destruction caused by its decisions and are therefore offering unignorable resistance. Instead of breaking out of the deadly business-as-usual approach, the government is now using all available means to silence us. What she apparently still hasn’t understood is that we are fighting peacefully for our survival – how are these absurd threatening gestures supposed to intimidate us?”

In Berlin, supporters of the last generation brought car traffic to a standstill again today. They once again carried yellow crosses as a symbol of solidarity with the resistance in the village of Lützerath and made it clear: corporate interests must not be placed above the will and well-being of civil society.

Miriam Meyer has already turned off PCK pipelines and was in prison for peaceful road blockades in Munich. Today she was sitting on the Beusselstraße motorway exit.
“I cannot believe that I am being locked up for not silently accepting the destruction of our livelihoods for profit, while PCK, RWE and Co. continue to burn and bulldoze everything that comes their way unhindered. We live in a democracy! The government should act as a representative of the interests of the population, not as a stooge of fossil companies!”

In a statement in August, RWE itself stated that one reason against preserving the village of Lützerath was that otherwise “there would be motivation for further blockades”. [2] The planned demolition of Lützerath is also an attempt to prevent democratic resistance from civil society. The government is supporting this project with alarming enthusiasm.

Yesterday the police stopped a coach from Hamburg on the way to a registered, peaceful demonstration in Lützerath. The almost 50 travelers were searched and prevented from continuing their journey for hours. [3]

Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation, asks irritably: “Are all people who dare to speak out against the destruction of our livelihoods now under general suspicion? How can it be that a constitutional state turns against the civilian population in order to protect corporate interests? Who are the real criminals here?”

 
 
 
 
06.01.2023 7:45: Yellow crosses for Lützerath

 

 

 

 

As a sign of support for the protests
against the demolition of the village of Lützeraths for the RWE open-cast coal mine
The protesters are holding yellow crosses today.
Here on the A100N-Tempelhofer Damm.

 

 

 

 

Yellow crosses for Lützerath
 Protests against coal mining also in Berlin

 

 

Berlin, June 6.1.2022, 07, 45:XNUMX a.m – Protesters hold yellow wooden crosses with one hand while the other hand is stuck to the road. Supporters of the last generation are currently blocking various motorway entrances in three locations in the south and west of Berlin. They carry yellow crosses and thus show support for the last generation of protests over coal mining in the village of Lützerath in North Rhine-Westphalia. The site is to be completely demolished in order to access the brown coal underneath.     

The attack on Lützerath is deeply affecting. By demolishing the village, a home is being sacrificed for profit interests in two ways. If Lützerath is razed to the ground, an entire village will initially lose its home.
In addition, the 280 million tons of coal under Lützerath will further fuel the climate catastrophe and exceed any climate goals by far - thus destroying our homes. However, unlike the villagers, humanity as a whole has no way of escaping this destruction.

Judith Stier sits today on a motorway entrance in Berlin Tempelhof. She carries a yellow cross in front of her that is almost as big as she is: “The fact that entire villages are being excavated is only in the interests of the coal bosses. Ultimately, the catastrophe will affect them too and they will realize that they cannot live on money alone. But then our home is already irretrievably lost. Instead of protecting people's homes in Germany, the government is doing the dirty work of RWE and Co - I cannot and will not accept that."

As WDR quoted from a study by several research institutes in the summer of 2022, coal under Lützerath is completely irrelevant for Germany's energy supply. [1] Nevertheless, the federal government repeats RWE's refuted figures at every opportunity. The electricity company continues to claim that coal is urgently needed under Lützerath. 

Carla Hinrichs, speaker of the Last Generation, can only shake her head: “Asking RWE how much coal we should burn is like asking a cigarette manufacturer how much we should smoke. Coal combustion is and remains the number one climate killer. Dredging away entire villages for even more coal, the burning of which will drag us even deeper into climate catastrophe - that is a human and ecological disaster. "

RWE is not only lying to the population and the government for its own profit, but is also deliberately endangering the future of all of us. Instead of taking action, the government is repeating the lies and complicit in the crime.

Supporters of the last generation will peacefully and resolutely defend the basic rights of the population alongside the local people. The right to live in freedom and prosperity – the right to a future. These fundamental rights are not for sale.

 

[1] Study: Brown coal not needed under Lützerath – state politics – news – WDR

 

 

January 05.01.2023, 15 00:XNUMX p.m.: Proceedings in Berlin discontinued

 

Lina Eichler at road blockades – Last generation

 
 
 
Proceedings in Berlin discontinued
“Like a ticking clock, I felt like we were running out of time”
 

Berlin, June 05.01.2023, 15, 00:XNUMX a.m – Lina Eichler stood before the Tiergarten district court today. She should answer for criminal orders in three cases in which she peacefully protested against the climate catastrophe. Two of the proceedings were discontinued. A third trial will be separated and treated separately because none of the witnesses called for this appeared.

Lina Eichler expressed himself in court: “Let's ask ourselves who the real criminals are: those who irretrievably destroy our livelihoods or those who draw attention to it? I have done the deeds listed here. I did this knowing that I would be in court for it. My actions are necessary in view of the climate catastrophe that is facing us all."

Lina Eichler took part in the Last Generation protests early on. In August 2021, she went on a hunger strike with six people. She refused food for 20 days in order to have a public conversation about the climate emergency. There was a conversation with Olaf Scholz. But even in front of the cameras, the future Kimak Chancellor only knew the motto 'blocking and empty words' [1]. 

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes it clear in its latest report that effective measures must be taken now to protect humanity from catastrophe. There are less than two years left for this [2]. 

UN Secretary General António Guterres finds drastic words: “We need much more than the promises made in Paris, and not even those have been implemented. We are seeing record temperature rises, rising sea levels, record concentrations of greenhouse gases. We need to reverse this trend because things are getting dramatically worse." [3]

Lina Eichler therefore sees itself as having a duty: “We are not the last generation on this planet, but we are the last generation that still has an influence on the extent of this catastrophe. And that's why we're unignorably disruptive! We are the alarm! We are sounding the alarm because things cannot continue like this."

 
 
 
 

 

Lina Eichler at protests in front of the RWE headquarters in Essen on December 10.12.2022th, XNUMX
– Image rights: Carsten Wickern

January 01.01.2023, 8 25:XNUMX a.m.: With jackhammers in front of the Federal Ministry of Transport

 

 

 

 

The Last Generation is building the construction site in front of the Ministry of Transport

 

 

 

With jackhammers in front of the Federal Ministry of Transport
“2022 was just the beginning”
 
Berlin, June 4.1.2023, 8, 25:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation blocked off the street in front of the Federal Ministry of Transport with fences and tape in the morning and then tried to break it open with jackhammers. They stopped the flow of traffic and with it the life-threatening daily grind. Because the road to climate hell is freshly paved with Volker Wissing.
There is a banner above the construction work in front of the Ministry of Transport that reads: “2022 was just the beginning”.

Kai Arne Springorum stands today in front of the Ministry of Transport with a jackhammer and symbolically breaks the road to a destroyed future.
He explains: "While we talk about shower times and who drives how much, fossil fuel rich people fly over our heads in private jets, sabotage every debate about the energy transition and thus destroy our democracy. They have already pushed us so far down the path into the flaming abyss that the smoke stings our noses. It is high time to shatter this deadly path once and for all.” 

The influence of the fossil fuel lobby extends to all decision-making levels. At last year's World Climate Conference, lobbyists for oil, gas and coal were represented in greater numbers than the ten countries most affected by climate change combined. [1] The result: an exit from oil and gas was not even mentioned in the final declaration.
In Germany too, fossil fuel companies have been influencing political decisions for decades, ignoring democratic majorities and knowingly endangering billions of human lives for quick profit. [2]
This can currently be seen impressively in the village of Lützerath: The decision to evacuate the town, which began yesterday, is based on figures from RWE, the DAX company with the highest CO2 emissions, and incorrect calculations. [3] [4]

At the same time as the protest in front of the ministry, supporters of the Last Generation are blocking two more streets in Berlin today. 

Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation, warns: “Forests burned, rivers dried up, people lost their homes, one heat record followed the next - but 2022 was just the beginning of the disasters. The current political course is leading us full speed into climate hell. We will irrevocably lose all the freedoms that Transport Minister Wissing and his party colleagues advocate so passionately if cities become uninhabitable, food runs out and our economy collapses completely.”

She emphasizes: “We will not blindly follow the road to the abyss. Like the people in Lützerath, we stand in the way of this madness - creatively, courageously and full of hope. 2022 was just the beginning of the resistance. We will continue to disrupt everyday life and bring our resistance to all areas of society in large numbers and with determination. If we want to survive, we finally have to tackle this construction site together!”
 
January 01.01.2023, XNUMX: Huge success for the Vienna State Police Department: The fire alarm is off!

 

Huge success for the Vienna State Police Department:
The fire alarm is off!

Vienna, 01.01.23/14/XNUMX, XNUMX p.m. - On the occasion of the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concert, the Vienna State Police Department has today delivered a serious blow to organized climate protection. Concerned citizens of Last Generation Austria were successfully prevented from raising the alarm in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein and holding up a banner with a desperate warning to gathered top politicians:

Two more years

Two more years until 2025. In two years at the latest, emissions of greenhouse gases must fall quickly and drastically. Otherwise there is a risk of a global catastrophe of unimaginable proportions – that is what the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says [1]. So two more years in which desperate people have to be monitored and arrested until the collapse of our livelihoods is finally unstoppable.

We are on track: While corporations and governments present the population with a greenwashed ideal world, all emissions records were broken again in 2022. According to UN Secretary-General Guterres, humanity is “on the highway to climate hell, and has his foot on the accelerator”.


Clear priorities


Anja Windl
, 25, an aspiring psychologist, is one of the people escorted out of the concert today: “The facts have been clear for decades, and new oil and gas is still being drilled in 2023. In Germany, Lützerath, an entire village, is to be excavated for coal. Austria is investing billions in new highways. You always tell us that we young people are important – but how am I supposed to believe that when you care more about private jets and big cars than our lives?”


Of course young people are important. Who else will serve the super-rich in their bunkers when the world around them collapses? Who should work all their lives for little wages in order to produce and maintain this unimaginable luxury for the 1‰?


Auch Leolitta Erdmann, 66, retired nurse, was thrown out of the building by police. “What else has to happen for this society to finally wake up? We are on the verge of triggering dangerous tipping points in the climate system and turning the earth into a hostile hell for generations. This government does not have the climate crisis under control - Austria continually misses its climate targets and breaks international agreements. Do Nehammer and Kogler even have a plan?”


As today's events show, this plan does exist. A plan to finally silence the fire alarm so that political and economic elites can continue to celebrate their own failures with champagne and caviar. Meanwhile, the hut continues to burn - but that doesn't bother anyone anymore. The latest forecast from the economic research institute gives Austria a damning report - the total volume of climate and environmentally harmful subsidies has actually increased since 2016. There is a risk of a further increase in emissions from 2024. Plus Wifo economist Mark Sommer: “The trends that can now be observed do not point towards climate neutrality”.


[1]  theconversation.com/ipcc-report-global-emissions-must-peak-by-2025-to-keep-warming-at-1-5-c-we-need-deeds-not-words-165598



Background information:

The UN no longer sees a credible course on which the 1,5 degree limit can still be maintained. According to the recently published environmental report, radical social change is needed to limit the worst consequences of the climate crisis.[1] All IPCC scenarios show that we will reach 1,5 degrees around 2030.[2] [3] When the 1,5 degree limit is exceeded, five climate tipping points are likely to be triggered, and five more can also be triggered from this point onwards. The self-reinforcing effects, which humans can no longer control, drive the temperature much higher, so that by missing the 1,5 degree limit we are automatically heading for 2-3 degrees of global warming. Which in turn promotes the tipping of other elements. [4]
UN climate chief Simon Stiell addresses the United Nations with clear words: “Governments’ decisions must now reflect the urgency and the small window of time we still have to avoid the devastating consequences of unchecked climate change.” [5]

 

[1] Climate crisis: UN finds 'no credible pathway to 1.5C in place' | Climate crisis | The Guardian
[2] Analysis: What the new IPCC report says about when world may pass 1.5C and 2C – Carbon Brief
[3] 148cb0_544aaa3eb24e450ca39c1f9ea5b0f6e7.pdf (climaterealitycheck.net)
[4] World on brink of five 'disastrous' climate tipping points, study finds | Climate crisis | The Guardian
[5] UN report: World is “nowhere near” the 1,5 degree target – Environment, Agriculture & Climate – derStandard.at › Economy

2022

December 31.12.2022, XNUMX: New Year's wishes from JVA-Stadelheim

 

 

New Year's wishes from JVA-Stadelheim
It is time for society to be decisive and courageous!

 

 

Charlotte Schwarzer, who turns 25
since December 21.12st held in the Stadelheim JVA.
(c) Last generation.

 

 

Don't go into the good night calmly.
Burn, age, rush when the twilight lurks.
On the deathbed let anger be doubled.

 

This beginning of a poem came to mind while walking in the yard this morning. It's Christmas morning, December 25th, 2022. There are four of us in a collection cell in the women's prison in Munich. We're not going into the good night calmly. We cannot possibly sit quietly and watch as humanity watches the world die.

We can't yet feel the demise of everything we hold dear here, but it dawns on all of us that we'll be racing towards this night with business as usual, with waiting and dead silence. It's not a good night. It won't be a gentle death. It will be more like burning alive when thousands upon thousands of people have to flee areas that are no longer habitable; when we can no longer grow grain, when wars break out. Then more people will no longer be calm, because then the climate catastrophe will be the biggest crisis that overshadows everything and connects everything. And then it will be too late.

I don't mean to say that humanity will then become inhumane. On the contrary, I know that in the biggest crises we can act in the most humane, most social way. But do we have to let it come to this to find our humanity again? 

No.
We must stop being complacent now because we are now on our deathbed. Everything about this future will be decided in the next 2-3 years. And unlike in the poem, this is not the time to be angry. Determined, courageous and, for a change, a little idealistic instead of sullen, that's what we have to be now.

We are in prison at this reflective time of year out of love for all people and in search of hope. But we will only find this hope and the change we need together as a society.

Happy New Year!

Charlotte Schwarzer

 

 

 

Charlotte Schwarzer on December 21.12.2022, XNUMX
with 11 other supporters from the last generation
on Ampfingstrasse in Munich.
(c) Last generation

 

 

December 27.12.2022, 8 10:1.300 a.m.: Over XNUMX self-reports to the public prosecutor's office

Over 1.300 self-reports to the public prosecutor's office

Supporters of the last generation publicly acknowledge their commitment to life

 

December 27.12.2022th, 8, 10:1.332 a.m. - Using the hashtag #wirallesinddielastgeneration, at least 129 people informed the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office over the holidays that they consider themselves part of the last generation. The authority, which is under the instructions of the Ministry of the Interior, recently had eleven apartments of supporters of the last generation searched because it accused them of “forming a criminal organization”. Since the supporters clearly assume that the Basic Law, human rights and also Section XNUMX of the Criminal Code "Formation of a criminal organization" are on their side, they have now informed the public prosecutor's office about their involvement in the group in order to conduct a full investigation to accelerate.

 

The lawyer was among the first to self-report Mathis Bönte from Münster. “The Neuruppin public prosecutor’s office is pursuing the #LastGeneration as a criminal organization. I don't want to be left out, so I turned myself in. Anyone who raises the alarm about the climate crisis is not endangering public safety.”, he writes in a tweet [1]. In the attached email to the public prosecutor he explains his legal argument: In the face of “existential danger to human civilization” posed by the climate catastrophe, civil resistance is not only legitimate, but also covered by the German constitutional state, says Bönte [2].

 

This view meets with some agreement in the fieldwelt: In a joint statement, legal associations and movements, such as the association “Republican Lawyers and Lawyers e. V.”, whose members include Chancellor Olaf Scholz, stated that they supported the accusation of a criminal organization unjustified and disproportionate hold [3].

 

In total, 382 people used a form on the Last Generation website within five days to officially declare their support [4]. A petition in which the signatories certify their involvement in the Last Generation simultaneously collected 950 signatures [5] (as of December 26.12.2022, 6). There are also citizens who have contacted the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office by other means. For example by email, by phone call, as seen in this video [XNUMX] or like Jesuit priests Dr. Jörg Alt who together with Prof. Dr. Stefan Bauberger self-reported to the Nuremberg Mitte police station [7].

 

It remains to be seen whether house searches will follow for all of these citizens.

 

At the same time, continue to sit eight Supporters of the last generation in Munich Prison and spend the Christmas holidays in a cell.

 

Speaker of the Last Generation Carla Rochel notes: “Our democratic protest is absolutely necessary when you see that we are racing towards a climate catastrophe completely unprotected. Instead of investigating peaceful citizens, the government should rather take initial security measures such as the 9-euro ticket or a speed limit of 100. Who is a criminal here? We have nothing to hide because we are doing the right thing!”

 

[1] twitter.com/MathisBoente/status/1605542061888921600?s=20&t=8fJm5DH4KfneusVJxRFdzg
[2] www.hrr-strafrecht.de/hrr/archiv/21-04/index.php?sz=6
[3]
www.rav.de/publikationen/mitteiligen/mitigung/klimaschutz-statt-repression-verhaeltnismaessigkeitsgrundsatz-gilt-auch-im-umgang-mit-der-lasten-generation-915
[4] Version of 26.12.2022/XNUMX: 382
[5] Version of 26.12.2022/XNUMX: 950
[6] twitter.com/Kims_Speech/status/1605659606323286016?s=20&t=2bQ9Ga48DVUUnmFPXHq3lA
[7] twitter.com/JoergAltSJ/status/1605541423268257793?s=20&t=8fJm5DH4KfneusVJxRFdzg

December 22.12.2022nd, 9 00:XNUMX a.m.: Christmas in prison cells

 

 

Christmas in prison cells 
Ten people locked up after peaceful road blockade

 

 

 

Judith Beadle and Julian H. sit on December 19.12th. together
on the street at Munich's Stachus. 

 

Munich, Berlin, December 22.12.2022nd, 9, 00:XNUMX a.m – Ten more Last Generation supporters have been locked up in Munich since yesterday. After yesterday's road blockade, peaceful protesters between the ages of 18 and 63 have now been placed in preventive detention for several weeks. That means eight people will spend Christmas alone in prison cells while the government continues to violate the constitution with impunity and drive us toward climate catastrophe.

One of them is Judith Beadle. The 42-year-old mother of two was held without trial for several weeks in November and December. Now it stays until January 05.01th. imprisoned in the Stadelheim JVA. She did not take the risk of being separated from her daughters at Christmas lightly, but she did so consciously.
She explains: “This is one of the last Christmases when we can still reflect and take responsibility for ending the destructive course. Only then can we continue to come together in peace with our families and friends in the future. I would rather forego a Christmas with my children now than see their future being robbed from them.” Further background to Judith's story can be found in her Portrait to read. 

Politicians are still using the tactic of locking up those who sound the alarm instead of finally responding appropriately to the climate emergency.
Together with Judith, the following people are currently in preventive custody in Bavaria:

Julian H., until January 05.01th in custody, the 18-year-old's great passion is mathematics. He is ambitious and knows that the careers of many mathematicians are as short as those of professional athletes, but the destruction of livelihoods scares him and gives him no peace.
 
Lina Schinkothe, until January 05.01th in custody, the 21-year-old is the oldest of four siblings. She is determined not to allow the government to deprive her younger siblings of any prospect of a future.

Vincent Schäfer, until January 05.01th in custody, for the 19-year-old from Munich and a philosophy student, it is not enough to just look at ethics theoretically, you also have to act accordingly.  

Charlotte Schwarzer, until January 05.01th in custody, the 25-year-old spent almost a month in the Stadelheim prison in November because of her peaceful protest. Now she wants to remind the federal government that it is time to stop violating our constitution. 

Winfried Lorenz, since December 06.12th. in custody and will be there until January 05.01th. stay, the 63-year-old is a dance teacher and owns a small printing shop in Berlin.

Leander G., until January 01.01st. in custody, the 21-year-old comes from the Harz region. The huge areas of dead trees there already show what climate catastrophe means in concrete terms.

Raphael Voellmy, until December 24.12th. in custody, the 25-year-old grew up in Switzerland and is studying in Passau.

Simon Lachner, until December 24.12th. in custody, for the 25-year-old solar technology engineer and uncle of a one-year-old child, Christian values ​​such as solidarity and charity are particularly important. 

Merita Pira (22), until December 30.12th. in custody, the 22-year-old comes from Kempten in the Allgäu. Concern about democracy in Germany and the billions of people who will have to flee because of the climate catastrophe is driving her to act - even at Christmas.

Alexander K. until the 24.12. 

More determined people are taking the protest to the federal capital today and are currently blocking the A100 Hauptstrasse exit in Berlin.

December 21.12.2022st, 9 50:XNUMX a.m.: Christmas tree sawed down at the Brandenburg Gate

 

 

Christmas tree sawed down at the Brandenburg Gate
Just the top of the Christmas tree

 

 

 

Christmas tree and lifting platform in front of the Brandenburg Gate
(Image: Last Generation)

 

Berlin, Munich, December 21.12.2022, 9, 50:XNUMX a.m – In a last generation protest, the top of the Christmas tree at the Brandenburg Gate was sawn off. With the help of their own lifting platform, two women reached the top of the 15-meter-high Nordmann fir, which is located centrally on Pariser Platz. Using a hand saw, they separated the top two meters from the rest of the tree. A banner attached to the lift promises: That's just the top of the Christmas tree.

“So far in Germany we are only seeing the tip of the underlying catastrophe.” explained Lilly Gomez with the sawn-off top of the Christmas tree in his hand. “While the whole of Germany spends the week stocking up on the best gifts from the biggest stores, others are wondering where they will get their water to drink from after droughts and floods wiped out their crops. Climate collapse in Germany is just around the corner and the federal government is making no moves to protect us."

The climate catastrophe is an avalanche that is currently gaining momentum. Once it's started, it's almost impossible to stop it. While empty promises continue to be made, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the frequency of extreme weather continue to rise. [1] Germany is already warming up significantly faster than the global average. [2] If the government continues to do nothing effective, we will be overwhelmed by the avalanche and buried under it.

Aimee van Baalen, Speaker of the Last Generation: “We are already noticing how thin the ice we are walking on is. Any further warming creates more cracks and uncertainties. We can no longer rely on the security of our livelihoods. That’s why our peaceful resistance will not stop at Christmas and in the New Year.”

At the same time there are further protests Bavaria near Munich Ostbahnhof. Supporters of the last generation have already ignored the decreed restriction on the right of assembly [3] in Ampfingstrasse in the past few days. For them, it may mean spending this Christmas in a cell instead of with their family. But pretending to be normal while the state breaks its own constitution and tramples on the human rights of the young generation would be even more unbearable for them.

 

[1] Rising CO2 emissions: alarmingly more greenhouse gases year after year | Climate change | Climate | Environment | Knowledge | ARD alpha

[2] Climate change: Where did Germany warm up the most in 2022? | National Geographic

[3] Right of assembly: Munich restricts climate protests for a month | TIME ONLINE

20.12.2022/8/50 XNUMX:XNUMX a.m.: Stachus blocked again

 

 

Stachus blocked again 

“We are the last generation before the tipping points”

 

Judith Beadle this morning at Stachus (Image: Last Generation)
 
Munich, Berlin, December 20.12.2022, 08, 50:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation are gathering again in downtown Munich today. Despite the general decree explicitly prohibiting this, they are resolutely continuing their peaceful resistance in the heart of the Bavarian capital. Although the police were already there to stop the peaceful protest, some of the protesters managed to stick themselves to the street.
The lettering “Last generation before the tipping points” and “Art. 20A GG = protect lives” their banners denounce the federal government's breach of the constitution through its lack of willingness to act in the climate emergency. 

Several of the protesters who gathered today were only released from the Stadelheim prison last Saturday.

Among them is also Judith Beadle. The 42-year-old is a mother of two and has already been in preventive detention in Bavaria several times. She was held without trial for several weeks in both November and December. She consciously takes the risk of spending Christmas in a cell instead of with her loved ones. 
Here is a portrait of Judith
  
“I love my children – and that’s exactly why I’m sitting on the street today”, describes Judith. “1,5 degrees are a thing of the past, we are racing towards a world far beyond this life-threatening limit. Our children are left without any guarantee of safety. We are currently depriving them of their last chance for a future worth living.” 
 
It's still touching Brief [1], which she wrote during her second imprisonment in the prison: “I would like to write as usual with hope and confidence, but all I feel is fear. Fear that people will give in to repression again over the holidays, that it will continue like this next year, that the weeks and months will pass and we will suddenly reach the point where our last chance to save our future has passed. 
What will it feel like to look back, in disbelief that we knew everything and chose to ignore it rather than act?”


In Berlin there are also blockades near Beusselstrasse in the Moabit district. On the motorway access to the A100, supporters of the last generation stuck themselves to the cold asphalt and caused severe traffic restrictions.

Aimee van Baalen, Speaker of the Last Generation: “The government’s timid efforts to achieve a little more climate protection are a complete debacle. Fossil companies continue to be supported by the government and political decisions are made in their favor. The tipping points are getting closer and closer – either we do everything we can to survive now or the climate catastrophe will overwhelm us.” 
 

 

December 19.12.2022, 8 50:XNUMX a.m.: Announcement of Stachus blockade

 

 

Announcement of Stachus blockade
We'll carry on, come what may!

 

This Saturday, seven Last Generation supporters were released from the prison after two weeks of preventive detention. Two others will also spend Christmas in custody. The reason for their deprivation of liberty is their peaceful disruption of public life, with which they are calling on the federal government to adhere to Article 20a of the Basic Law and its own climate protection promises.  


However, instead of taking appropriate steps, there is now a ban on gatherings in which participants fixate themselves on the street. Several thousand euros in fines were threatened if the climate-conscious citizens violated this. In view of the thousands of people who have lost their lives to the consequences of global warming this year alone, the supporters of the Last Generation will not be intimidated. They openly announce that they will gather at Munich's Stachus on Tuesday, December 20.12th at 08:00 a.m. and continue to resist. [1]

The threat of renewed preventive detention also holds Judith not stop from blocking the Stachus again on Tuesday. The mother of two was locked up in the Stadelheim prison for almost the entire month of November: “The government has known for years that we are in the middle of a climate catastrophe. We mourn the flood victims and suffer from the scorching heat. And these are just harbingers of disasters that will threaten the prosperity and lives of all of us."

"I will continue, come what may! Quitting is not an option. If we fail to remind the government of its primary duties, our entire society will fail.

The government has signed the Paris Climate Agreement and committed to taking concrete steps to limit the global temperature increase to well below two degrees Celsius, if possible below 1,5 degrees, compared to the pre-industrial era [2]. These limits were deliberately chosen because they are the scientifically identified danger area. From just 1,5 degrees, the risk of triggering tipping cascades increases massively. These would then push the earth into a hot period of 4 degrees or more without human intervention.

The 1,5 degree limit will be missed around 2030. The German government also hesitated for too long. Our society is already inevitably heading into the red zone, where any step further into it could have unforeseen and deadly consequences. Therefore, all necessary measures must be taken as quickly as possible to guarantee the safety of the population. Simple concrete steps would, for example, reintroduce the 9 euro ticket and a speed limit of 100 km/h on motorways. Both measures together would be practical from tomorrow save more CO2 than the city of Stuttgart consumes

These measures would reduce dangerous CO2 emissions while promoting social cohesion. Because the 9 euro ticket means freedom for many people. You can prioritize climate protection every day and at the same time visit relatives for the first time again without worrying about the end of the month when you might not have enough money. The Taz wrote: “Deutsche Bahn belongs to the state and therefore to all citizens. But for decades the high ones, in some cases horrendous prices ensured that social selection was carried out here.[..] The 9 euro ticket therefore only highlights what Deutsche Bahn could be: a comfortable, contemporary, climate-friendly and socially just means of transport."[3]
 
December 17.12.2022, 14 50:XNUMX p.m.: Citizens show solidarity
 
 
Citizens show solidarity
“We are all the last generation”
 
 
Block citizens of the last generations
this morning the Spandauer Dam
and were partially pulled off the road
(Image: Last Generation)
 

Berlin, October 17.12.2022, 14, 50:XNUMX a.m  - During today's blockade at Spandauer Damm, several interested citizens came to support.

Lilli Gomez, which stuck itself to the road today, explains: “It gives us courage and hope to see how much support and encouragement we receive, even though heavy artillery such as preventive detention and early morning raids are being brought out against us. The federal government must finally act to preserve our livelihoods. More and more people are recognizing the need for peaceful civil resistance in the face of the climate catastrophe and are opposing the unconstitutional policies that are driving us into the abyss."

In addition to the support on site in Berlin today, there has been a wave of solidarity and outrage over the Neuruppin public prosecutor's investigation against the Last Generation in the last few days.
The accusation of being a criminal organization according to Section 129 makes it possible to monitor peaceful protesters even into the most intimate areas. Supporters should be intimidated and fear that they will also be included in the investigation. Instead, there is currently a wave of support. In addition to many environmental associations and NGOs, over 350 teachers and other educational actors openly declare their solidarity with their names [1].

Carla Rochel, Last Generation spokesperson explains: “We are pleased about the great support of teachers who deal every day with a generation that is rightly afraid for their future in a world of hunger, war and displacement. Will the Neuruppin public prosecutor's office now also investigate these teachers for supporting a criminal organization?"

The teachers’ statement states, among other things: “As teachers, we are confronted every day with the worries and fears of young people who are deeply frustrated by the extent to which politicians are gambling away their future instead of pulling the emergency brake. We would like to explain to these students that those in power are doing everything they can to create a future worth living for them and future generations. Instead, we have to explain to them that the government itself is disregarding the Basic Law. "

Our children will no longer be able to defend themselves against the fact that their future is being recklessly burned down today. We do. We are all the last generation that still has the future in our hands.

 
December 16.12.2022, 8 30:XNUMX a.m.: Announcement “Glue Cake Campaign”

 

 

Announcement “Glue Cake Campaign”
“We need answers instead of prison”
 
Citizens of the last generations
blocking the Spandau Dam this morning
and were partially pulled off the road
(Image: Last Generation)
 
Berlin, October 16.12.2022, 8, 30:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation are blocking Spandauer Damm this morning. They hold portraits of the nine people still imprisoned in Munich in their hands. The Last Generation announces further actions.

After Berlin MPs failed to provide them with answers yesterday, as seen in a published video [1], today peaceful citizens are once again demanding honesty and initial protective measures in the event of a climate emergency.

Johanna Höhn explained: "Today I'm sitting here on the Spandauer Damm and blocking car traffic here because we are racing unchecked into climate catastrophe and that and the government's concealment of this fact scare me enormously. The government is fulfilling its obligation to protect its own population, even after being ordered by the Federal Constitutional Court [2] not after. We have a right to answers – instead of prison!"

Aimee van Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation invites you to an action tomorrow, 14 p.m., at the remains of the Wall at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin: “It is long overdue for us citizens to come together and resist climate injustice here and around the world. On Saturday we invite everyone to come to our blockades. Civil resistance is the most effective method we have left if we are determined to join many in the streets. Anyone can come by and show solidarity. Anyone can join in. Glue is provided! " 

speaker Aimee van Baalen emphasized: “The federal government is not providing answers to the climate emergency. Instead, the government stands by as people who highlight this failure in the climate crisis and peacefully protest for our survival are locked up and treated like a criminal gang. Meanwhile, our peaceful resolve is growing stronger because we see that even house searches and prison cannot break the outpouring of support and solidarity with us."

The last generation also draws this self-confidence from a great wave of solidarity. In numerous articles, statements and open letters, individuals, groups and associations across Germany condemn the government's handling of its responsibility in the approaching catastrophe and the criminalization of the last generation. [3] 

Thomas Beschorner, director of the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, summarized in Die Zeit why the protest is necessary: ​​“Everything is not okay in our order”. [4]
In the face of the greatest danger that humanity has ever faced, we cannot accept this situation without resistance.
 
 
 
 
December 15.12.2022, 9 30:XNUMX a.m.: Confrontation in front of the Bundestag

 

Confrontation in front of the Bundestag
“Why doesn’t our government protect us? ”
 
Berlin, October 15.12.2022, 9, 30:XNUMX a.m – Citizens of the last generation directly confronted politicians in front of the Reichstag building with the inadequate climate policy. They can hardly believe the failure of our government and are therefore addressing them directly on the spot. They spoke to the politicians in the government district, while some stuck themselves to the street at the entrance to the underground car park.

Lisa Winkelmann wants to know directly from them: “Why don't you protect our lives and introduce the simplest safety measures, such as a speed limit of 100 km/h on motorways? You can't negotiate with tipping points. We don't want to hear excuses or lip service. The majority have already recognized the threat. When will the government start pulling the emergency brake?

Two thirds think environmental and climate protection is important, but politicians ignore this clear majority [1]. They are not enforcing any measures that will save us the path to climate catastrophe. Instead, the answer is massive incarceration and absurd bans in an attempt to criminalize the protection of life and society.
 
António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, finds direct words for the failure of politicians: “The really dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing fossil fuel production. Investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure is moral and economic madness.”

The path that politicians are currently taking will be the last path for civilization. We are already seeing that the consequences of the climate catastrophe are affecting us all. Summer droughts destroy crops, making food even more expensive and scarce. Pumps will not be able to pump water if everything dries up and people die of thirst.

Jacob Beyer, spokesman for the Last Generation, cannot understand why people's lives are not being protected. “Instead of finally introducing measures that protect all of our lives, politicians are relying on the expansion of further fossil fuels. With the liquid gas terminals in Wilhelmshaven, Germany will not achieve its climate goals [2]. Instead, we are racing at full speed through the stop sign that scientists have been pointing out for decades. " 

That's why we're asking politicians today why initial security measures are not being introduced and all of our lives are knowingly being put in danger.  
If our resistance bothers them so much that they try to criminalize it, why don't you put an end to it? To do this, they just have to do the most important thing of all: start protecting all of our lives.
 
 
 
14.12.2022/10/15 XNUMX:XNUMX a.m. Covered in paste

 

 

Covered in paste
“We would rather sink in glue than in flood disasters!”
 
Munich, September 14.12.2022, 10, 15:XNUMX a.m – In downtown Munich (on Von-der-Tann-Straße) two supporters of the last generation were standing next to a UHU barrel today Glue showered. They wore wetsuits and held a banner announcing an as-yet-unpublicized event next week: “What’s going to happen on Tuesday?”

The action shows the absurdity of the preventive general order against sticky gatherings issued by the Bavarian capital on December 09.12.2022th, 1. This prohibits any protest in which climate activists fix themselves on the street. [XNUMX]

The people of the last generation are not deterred by bans and prison sentences - nine supporters are still in preventive detention in Bavarian prisons.

“The adhesive ban doesn’t change anything. We will continue to stick ourselves on Munich's streets as often and with as much glue as necessary. Banning a democratic form of protest simply shows the government's inability to adequately respond to the impending climate hell and to comply with our simple, vital safety measures. The resistance will continue. You can’t ban people who want to protect the constitution.”, says Last Generation speaker Jacob Beyer clear.

Antonia Vollbrecht, who was bathing in Kleber today near the Prinz-Carl-Palais, explains: “We take to the streets every day for the survival of our children. It is absurd to think that we could be prevented from this vital project by simply banning it. It's five to twelve - we can't wait until the dikes break. I would rather sink in glue now than in impending flood disasters.”

In July 2021, thousands of people lost their entire existence due to the floods in the Ahr Valley - and more than 130 of them also lost their lives. [2] According to scientists, the impending climate collapse is partly to blame for the flood disaster. [3] Extreme weather events such as flash floods and record rainfall are the inevitable consequence of the federal government's irresponsible policies.  

A few hours earlier, motorway exits were peacefully blocked in four places in Berlin. The demands for initial security measures against the impending climate collapse remain unchanged: the return of the 4 euro ticket and a speed limit of 9 km/h on all German motorways.

Speaker of the Last Generation Aimee van Baalen wonders: “When will someone finally stop the federal government from actively fueling the climate catastrophe? When will someone stop huge corporations from destroying our livelihoods? We continue to forbid our obedience in a system that is killing us! What will you do?"
 
 
 
 
12.12.2022/8/18 XNUMX:XNUMX Resistance on the streets of Berlin “Do we want to survive?”

 

Resistance on the streets of Berlin
“Do we want to survive?”

 

Berlin, October 12.12.2022, 08, 15:XNUMX a.m – Supporters of the last generation are still severely disrupting traffic in the southwest of Berlin today. The protesters peacefully blocked various motorway entrances in the capital in five locations. They resolutely oppose the government's current course, which is sending us hurtling full speed into climate catastrophe.

In addition, it has Ernst Hörmann, 72 years old old and grandfather of eight grandchildren, today chained to a Berlin sign bridge. He explains :"We are confronted with the greatest danger to humanity, the possible collapse of our civilization! There is no longer any neutrality. We all have to ask ourselves the question now: Do we want to survive?” 

At the same time, nine people are currently in preventative detention in Bavarian prison cells because they do not want to blindly follow the deadly path to catastrophe. 

speaker Aimee van Baalen emphasizes: “A large part of the population recognizes the government's failure and is demanding initial safety measures, such as a stricter speed limit on motorways. [1] More and more people are willing to engage in civil resistance out of necessity. The only response to this is to lock many of them away. But even prison cells are losing their horror in the face of the impending climate catastrophe. We finally need the first necessary measures to protect ourselves – the government must finally realize that!”

Representatives from almost 200 countries are currently meeting in Montreal at the UN Biodiversity Conference. Here too, failure is looming. [2] Biodiversity and climate protection are closely intertwined. It's about preserving our livelihoods. UN Secretary General António Guterres called on the participants to work to protect nature and thus humanity. He made it clear: “Only by investing in planet Earth can we secure our future.” [3] Before the conference, the Federal Environment Minister emphasized Steffi Lemke, “Clear steps” would have to be defined in order to achieve the desired goals. [4] 

Jacob Beyer, spokesman for the Last Generation, appeals: “Instead of clear steps and investments in protecting lives, the government is giving us new gas deals and fossil fuel contracts that are further fueling the climate catastrophe. We must not stand by and watch our last chance for a safe one The future will be lost! Come with us to Munich and Berlin and let’s resist peacefully together!”

[1] Survey: Climate change and financial crisis are the biggest concerns for Germans – WELT
[2] Berliner Tageszeitung – Environmental activists warn of failure of negotiations at space conference
[3] (1) António Guterres on Twitter: “No excuses. No delays. It's time to forge a peace pact with nature. #COP15 t.co/D8C37gQVOd” / Twitter
[4] Lemke: Put 30 percent of the earth under protection – ZDFheute

10.12.2022/14/10 XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.: Color at RWE headquarters - Stop the fossil fuel madness

 

Color at RWE headquarters – Stop the fossil fuel madness

 

Essen, August 10.12.2022, 14, 10:XNUMX p.m – Supporters of the last generation sprayed the RWE headquarters with paint today. Instead of finally pulling the emergency brake and initiating the necessary change, the federal government continues to support fossil companies and their shareholders. 

Lina Eichlerwho is currently spraying paint on the RWE facade in Essen:
“The government is promoting fossil fuels and making the rich richer [1]. At the same time, the population is suffering from immensely rising prices and we are racing uncontrollably towards climate collapse. We need investment in a secure future, not in a dying industry. The first safety measures are now needed, such as a speed limit of 100 km/h as a sign from the federal government that it is finally taking the threatening situation seriously.”

Aimee van Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation, explains one consequence of the political failure: 
"We started our actions this spring with 30 people. Now there are 700 of us and the number is increasing every day. According to Deutschlandtrend, a large proportion of those eligible to vote are so concerned that they believe it is justified to block roads (14%) and to occupy factories, industrial plants or offices (21%) [2]. That’s more people than voted for the SPD in 2021!” [3]

The energy sector is currently responsible for two thirds of the greenhouse gases that are harmful to the climate and is therefore the most important driver of the climate catastrophe [4]. The state holds a protective hand over huge fossil fuel corporations that drive people out of their homes and knowingly destroy the livelihood of all humanity.

RWE plans to extract over 600 million tons of coal from the Garzweiler opencast mine and, with the support of the NRW state government, to destroy the village of Lützerath [5].
In contrast, 11 people have already publicly announced civil resistance and signed the following declaration of intent: “If the state government wants to clear Lützerath and demolish it, I will be there and stand in the way of the destruction.” [6] 

“The willingness for civil resistance against the deadly business as usual is growing every day. Attempts, like the latest one from Munich, to prevent peaceful protests are no more deterrent than fines or prison cells.”, explained Carla Rochel, speaker of the Last Generation. “There is no longer any neutrality. Don't stand idly by and watch as fossil companies burn down our future in the slipstream of the government. Support those who stand up for our rights: Come with us to Berlin and Munich!”

[1] www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/wirtschaft/rwe-gewinn-energiekritik-100.html
[2] www.tagesschau.de/inland/deutschlandtrend/deutschlandtrend-3221.html
[3] 60,4 million German voters; of which 21% = 12,684 million www.bundeswahlleiter.de/info/presse/mitigungen/bundetagswahl-2021/01_21_wahlrechte-geschaetzt.html
The SPD was elected by 11.955.434 citizens in the last federal election.   www.bundeswahlleiter.de/bundetagswahlen/2021/projekte/bund-99.html#zweitstimme-prozente12 
[4] www.bmz.de/de/themen/klimawandel-und-entwicklung/energie-und-klima
[5] www.bund-nrw.de/themen/braunkohle/hintergruende-und-publikationen/braunkohlentagebaue/garzweiler/
[6] www.x-tausch-luetzerath.de/ 

09.12.2022/08/40 XNUMX:XNUMX a.m.: More preventive detention - blockade in Berlin "climate is in danger of tipping"

 

Further preventive detention – blockade in Berlin
“The climate is in danger of tipping over”

 

Supporters of the last generation are currently blocking in Berlin

the A100-N junction Steglitz / Berliner Str.

 

 

Berlin, Munich, 9.12.2022, 8: 40 – Since yesterday, another 6 supporters of the Last Generation have been in preventive detention in Bavaria. One is in the hospital, where the detention hearing is scheduled for today. Since the beginning of the week, four more citizens in Bavaria have been preventively locked up for up to 30 days. The following are currently in preventive detention in Bavaria: two climate protectors until December 11.12.2022th, 17.12.2022, six until December 5.1.2022th, XNUMX, two until January XNUMXth, XNUMX.
Meanwhile, courage and determination remain unbroken: supporters are still blocking streets in Berlin today. The reason: The climate is threatening to tip. But what does that mean?

Aimee van Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation, said: “We are faced with the shards of our future. This year was marked by droughts of the century in East Africa, deadly floods in Pakistan, devastating fires in the USA, Australia and Europe. The world today is on average around 1,2 degrees hotter than in the pre-industrial era. This leads to an increase in extreme weather events. [1] ”

And further: "We have known for decades that we must drastically reduce our CO2 emissions so that global warming does not progress uncontrollably. Researchers have been warning about the catastrophic consequences of the climate policy failure of governments around the world for just as long. The more dramatic the situation becomes, the more urgent the warnings become. The UN no longer sees a credible course for maintaining the 1,5 degree limit [2]. If they are exceeded, it is likely that climate tipping points will be triggered, the self-reinforcing effects of which cannot be controlled by humans [3]. "

Henning Jeschke, co-founder of the movement, continues: “Extreme weather events will occur even more frequently in the future. Many areas of the world will no longer be habitable. They will regularly be under water or be so hot that no human can survive there. Crops are destroyed and former cultivated areas are no longer usable. Billions will lose their homes. An incredible number of their lives. Fights for food, water and habitat will break out. The incredible suffering that results from this is unimaginable."

And further: "Meanwhile, the German government is building new gas terminals, signing contracts to promote fossil fuels and blocking even the simplest security measures in the fight against climate catastrophe. This course not only endangers the future of current and future generations. He's already killing people. He lets them starve, die of thirst and drown in floods. He robs children of their parents and parents of their children. And we all know that."

Meanwhile, the reaction of politicians to the peaceful protests of the last generation is telling: people who raise the alarm about the climate emergency are locked away, described as a danger to our democracy, which they are defending. The constitutional state is pooling its resources against climate protectors, while armed Reich citizens are planning a coup [4]. 

But even in the face of violence, punishment and prison, we remain courageous, peaceful and determined. For survival. For all.

[1] public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/eight-warmest-years-record-witness-upsurge-climate-change-impacts 
[2] www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/27/climate-crisis-un-pathway-1-5-c 
[3] www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/08/world-on-brink-five-climate-tipping-points-study-finds 
[4] Armed citizens of the Reich: Raid due to planned coup | tagesschau.de

 

 

December 08.12.2022th, 09 45:XNUMX a.m.: Airports in Berlin and Munich blocked - In a climate emergency, actions are needed instead of empty words

 

Supporters of the last generation in front of the airport in Munich

 

 

Airports in Berlin and Munich blocked – In a climate emergency, actions are needed instead of empty words

 

Berlin, Munich, December 08.12.2022th, 9, 45:XNUMX – Air traffic came to a standstill at two of Germany’s largest airports today. Supporters of the last generation stuck themselves on the tarmac at Munich Airport. At the same time, several protesters found their way onto the Berlin BER airport grounds. In doing so, you are directly opposing an important, heavily government-subsidized contributor to the climate catastrophe. The local police were informed shortly before entering the airport premises.
 
speaker Aimee van Baalen expresses himself decisively: “In a burning world there is no longer any neutrality. We can no longer watch in silence as a few empires drive the world into the abyss and devastate our common livelihood on the backs of everyone. We are always ready for constructive discussions, as was the case yesterday with the Bavarian Interior Minister. But what we need in the face of impending climate hell are actions and not just empty words.”
 
Aviation is the means of transport for the richest 10% of the world's population and at the same time the climate killer par excellence. [1] It's not just the billions of tons of CO2 that are caused by aircraft every year: the climate-damaging effect of further aviation emissions and fine dust in the atmosphere increases the damage caused threefold! [1] At the same time, the state subsidies for the aviation industry in Germany just by waiving kerosene and VAT every year twelve billion euros. [2] The cost of a permanent 9-euro ticket that enables mobility for all people would be significantly lower. Lack of understanding, indignation and resistance are the only justified responses to this deadly and socially unjust policy.
 
The 59 year old Michael Winters had already been in preventive detention in Bavaria for weeks for his peaceful resistance and today he still went onto the Munich runway. He calls on his fellow human beings to take a stand: “How do you decide? Will you stand by in silence while the government steers us into a deadly hot period or will you join us in the streets? Now, more urgently than ever, we finally need the first simple and socially just measures: a 9-euro ticket that enables mobility for everyone, and a speed limit of 100 km/h on motorways.”
 
As long as the government blocks even the most basic security measures, the resolve of the Last Generation will not waver. There are also peaceful road blockades in several places in Berlin today. There are also four people from the last generation in prison in Bavaria who were taken into preventative detention without a trial. Two of them until January 5.1.2023th, XNUMX.

[1]
www.zeit.de/wissen/umwelt/2019-05/flugverzicht-klimapolitik-emisions-verkehrung-privileg
[2] www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/freising/foerderung-des-luftverkehrs-ein-undurchtreibes-system-1.5284449

07.12.2022/08/15 30:XNUMX a.m.: XNUMX days of preventive detention - judges divided Even after a year of coalition agreement, no real climate protection in sight

 

                                                         Wolfgang Metzeler-Kick, in preventive detention until January 5.1.2023th, XNUMX

 

30 days of preventive custody – judges disagree
Even after a year of coalition agreement, no real climate protection is in sight

 

Munich, Berlin, December 7.12.2022, 8, 15:XNUMX a.m – In Munich yesterday, preventive detention was again imposed on several last generation citizens. Among those imprisoned is also Wolfgang Metzeler kick (48), who was taken into preventive detention for 23 days in November and was on hunger strike.

The following are currently in preventive detention in Munich until December 11.12.2022, 23: Joel Schmitt (37 years old) and Fabian Zimmermann (5.1.2023 years old); until January 63th, 48: Winfried Lorenz (XNUMX years old) and Wolfgang Metzeler-Kick (XNUMX years old).

Apparently the judges seem to disagree about how to deal with the peaceful blockades, because this morning 6 other citizens who blocked again in Munich last night were immediately released after a judicial presentation. And this despite the fact that they honestly said that they would continue to block as long as initial safety measures such as a speed limit of 100 km/h were not implemented.

In Berlin Last generation supporters are currently stuck on the streets in several places, including Unter den Lindento express their demands for more climate protection. 

Die Schauspielerin Irma Trommer explains why she is blocking traffic in Berlin today:
“It makes me angry that we have to watch as our federal government misses every opportunity to protect our livelihoods. Science has been warning us for decades that the climate is in danger of collapsing. Forests are burning and villages are being flooded - but instead of recognizing these obvious signs of the times and implementing decisive protective measures, the government is navigating us further and further towards the abyss. We must speak out loud and clear about this grievance until we are heard".

In fact, the current federal government signed a coalition agreement exactly a year ago. On paper she had acknowledged the situation: the climate catastrophe “endangers our livelihoods and threatens our freedom, prosperity and security.”[1] In practice, not even the simplest safety measures are addressed, such as 100 km/h on motorways and the reintroduction of the 9 euro ticket.   

Jacob Beyer, spokesman for the Last Generation, has also been in prison in Bavaria for several weeks. He explains why he can't continue watching:
"If people are locked up to prevent protest and at the same time liquid natural gas terminals are built to fuel climate collapse, then there is no longer any neutrality. Either we decide to comfortably carry on as usual and, as a result, cause unimaginable suffering for all of humanity, or we sit down together at the table and turn things around. We are waiting for a sign that the federal government is committed to securing our livelihoods, as agreed in the coalition agreement. "

[1] P. 4 in the coalition agreement: www.bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/974430/1990812/04221173eef9a6720059cc353d759a2b/2021-12-10-koav2021-data.pdf

 

December 06.12.2022th, 08 30:XNUMX a.m.: Again traffic disruptions in Munich - protest only ends with effective climate policy

 

Again traffic disruptions in Munich – protest only ends with effective climate policy

 

Munich, September 06.12.2022th, 08, 30:XNUMX p.m – The protests of the Last Generation in Munich do not stop. After the Stachus was paralyzed four times yesterday alone and supporters of the last generation blocked the Munich motorway in seven places, people are gathering again today at Karlsplatz and on Munich sign bridges. The government's deadly course towards climate catastrophe is forcing them to continue peaceful protests. 

Judith Beadle is the mother of two children. She was only recently released from weeks of preventive detention and also took part in several blockades yesterday. Today she is sitting on the street again. For them it is clear: “There can be no neutrality in a climate emergency. Everyone has to decide! Do we want things to continue like this, which inevitably brings suffering and destruction upon us, or do we protect the safety and lives of current and future generations?"

Yesterday there was a lot of support from the Munich population at Stachus. People applauded and offered tea to those sitting on the street. A father of two even spontaneously sat down on the street and stuck himself. Over 80 percent of the German population see a great or very great need for action when it comes to climate protection. [1] The clearer the government's failure to address the climate emergency and the resulting threat becomes, the greater the willingness to rebel against it.

For Judith is certain:"We will continue and call on all our fellow human beings to join us! Together we can get the government to act!"

The state's reactions to the Last Generation are mindless. They range from absurd counterarguments to historical comparisons and months of imprisonment. Meanwhile, the determination of those blocking remains unbroken.


Stefan Rahmstorf, one of Germany's most renowned climate researchers, points out on Twitter the only effective approach against the road blockades: "Is anyone in politics actually thinking about ending the climate protests by delivering the climate policy promised in the Paris Agreement? […] The Bundestag voted unanimously for it at the time."[2]

The people on the streets only have one wish: they want the legally guaranteed safety measures promised to them to finally be taken. The climate catastrophe threatens the safety of their families and the entire survival of our democratic society. As soon as 100 km/h on motorways and a €9 ticket for buses and trains are implemented, they will immediately stop their protest.

Spokesman Jakob Beyer makes it clear: “Instead of implementing the simplest measures, the government continues to pour fuel on the fire. Blockades of the energy and transport transition as well as billions in investments in new fossil fuel projects will sooner or later drive millions of people to their deaths. It is our moral duty to resist this.”

[1] ARD GermanyTrend: tagesschau.de
[2] twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/1599321655805083648?s=20&t=iRmjSk_QcegY2ymuBjOv-w

 

 

December 05.12.2022th, 08 30:XNUMX a.m.: Munich Stachus blocked - No neutrality in a climate emergency!

Munich Stachus blocked – No neutrality in the climate emergency!

 

Munich, September 5.12.2022, 8, 30:XNUMX a.m - As announced last Friday, determined supporters of the Last Generation are once again blocking a street on Munich's Karlsplatz to demand the first security measures against the climate catastrophe. Among them are many who have already been in prison for a month and were sometimes sentenced to high fines. At the same time, people are climbing onto sign bridges in Munich, while others are blocking roads in Berlin.

Joel Smith was in preventive custody in the Stadelheim JVA for 23 days and was only released about a week ago. In the press conference last Friday, he emphasized why that wouldn't stop him from taking to the streets in Munich again: “Climate protection is the prerequisite for all political concerns. It's about preserving our livelihoods and preserving the freedom guaranteed by fundamental rights. We will not let prison sentences deter us from fighting for a good future.”

In the press conference had Schmitt announced today's road blockade and his participation in it. He turned to his fellow human beings: “We can bring about the change that is needed. We call on everyone who does not want to accept the government’s climate failure to join in and join in.”

speaker Aimee van Baalen clarifies: “Today, our peaceful resistance is once again being responded to with disproportionate severity, while discussions about its criminalization are gaining momentum. I would like to repeat what Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, has to say about this: 'The real dangerous radicals are not climate activists, but those countries that are expanding fossil fuel production.' Everyone has to decide which side they would rather be on.”

Despite a heavy police presence, the determined people managed to sit peacefully on the street and stop the traffic. 
Van Baalen clarifies: “We will not allow ourselves to be deterred from demanding that the government respect the constitution. Neither hundreds of police nor prison sentences will stop us from coming back with more and more people. In this life-threatening emergency, in which billions of human lives are acutely threatened, there is no longer any neutrality.”

She further explains: “Everyone – including politicians and the police – must now take a clear stand: Are you against peaceful citizens who are committed to the future? Do they really want to spend their energy suppressing legitimate protest and locking people away for months as a precaution? Or are they for the survival of humanity and initial safety measures, such as a speed limit on motorways, for which there has long been broad support among the population?” [1]

As long as the government continues to make unconstitutional decisions and trample on solid national and international agreements, the Last Generation will oppose this deadly course.

 

[1] Speed ​​limit on German motorways | Statista

 

 

December 02.12.2022nd, 15 15:XNUMX p.m.: Statement on threatening letters in the name of the Last Generation

Statement on threatening letters in the name of the Last Generation


Berlin, December 02nd, 2022 15:15 p.m – In the past few days, a family in Delmenhorst has received a threatening letter from unknown people, which, according to some media reports [1], they sent in the name of the Last Generation. Of course the threatening letter does NOT come from the Last Generation.

 

We direct our peaceful resistance to the federal government, not to private individuals. In the Last Generation Values ​​published on our website, we are clearly committed to nonviolence. [2]
On the website our values ​​under “non-violence” say:
"We are absolutely non-violent in our behavior and in our language. We appear calm and respectful, but determined and steadfast. We avoid blame and insults and do not parade people around."
Our values ​​make it clear that we never appear anonymously, but rather stand with our name and face to resist the deadly business as usual.

 

Threatening letters violate our values ​​and are not part of a democratic debate through civil resistance. The people who sent the letter are not part of our campaign and could not become one, as recognition of our values ​​- including respectful behavior and non-violence - is a mandatory prerequisite for this.

 

Since our resistance is directed at the government, which has not yet taken responsibility for the climate emergency in this last week of 2022, we will continue to resist on the streets nationwide.
Even in Bavaria, where last generation people recently spent a month in prison, citizens are once again taking to the streets peacefully on Monday. In a press conference this morning [3] we published the location and time of the road blockade:

 

Joel Smith (23), said at the public press conference this morning at 10:00: “This Monday at 8:00 a.m., I and many others are blocking the street at Karlsplatz heading north in Munich, directly at the Stachus (East) taxi rank. We call on everyone who does not want to accept the government's climate failure to get involved and join us. Thank you."

 

[1] www.rtl.de/cms/drohbrief-gegen-weihnachtshaus-in-delmenhorst-steckt-die-last-generation-dahinter-5019181.html
[2] lastgeneration.de/participate/#values
[3] Recording of the press conference at the point of the announcement: youtu.be/BYWCz9b_Idc?t=1839

November 30.11.2022, 20 00:XNUMX p.m.: Fast-track trial after preventive detention - “It is a decision of conscience to resist now”

Fast-track procedure after preventive detention – “It is a decision of conscience to resist now”

 

Munich, September 30.11.2022th, 20, 00:XNUMX p.m – After Last Generation supporters were locked up in the Bavarian youth correctional facility (JVA) Stadelheim for almost a month, a summary trial was held today against three of the twelve people involved. In connection with two blockades at Munich's Stachus on November 03.11rd. they are accused of coercion. In view of the federal government's inaction, which has left the population defenseless against the climate catastrophe, supporters feel compelled to take action.

"In an emergency such as the climate emergency, peaceful resistance through road blockades is lawful.“, they argue.

 

The Bavarian police's approach to imposing preventive detention on peaceful demonstrators has already caused a stir nationwide. Sharp criticism of this approach came from a wide spectrum of politics, media and civil society.

 

The lawyer and political scientist Thomas Schafer: "The Bavarian regulation is disproportionate in itself, but its application to the recent actions is even more so. Anyone who advocates for better climate protection and blocks traffic should not be locked away. The standards are completely crazy."[1]

 

Even if the long preventive detention and today's court case are likely to be bitter experiences for all three supporters of the Last Generation, all three will continue their resistance.  

 

The Psychologist Lars Werner told the court before the verdict was announced: “I will continue regardless of what the court decides today. It is a conscience decision to resist now. My conscience prohibits me from simply standing idly by and witnessing the destruction of our society. "

 

Although even the public prosecutor finally admitted that the goals of the Last Generation were laudable and concern the entire society, they stuck to their demand for a punishment of 50 daily rates. At the end of the four-hour hearing, the court decided to halve this claim and set 25 daily rates.

 

The court today did not have the courage to recognize that civil resistance is justified when the next 2-3 years will determine the living conditions of the next 1000 generations and the government refuses to act accordingly. The supporters of the last generation will not hesitate to continue to work to ensure that secure livelihoods are preserved for as many people as possible. Starting next Monday, December 05.12th, the last generation announces that they will gather peacefully in Munich against the federal government's deadly business-as-usual policy. 

 

[1]
www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/klimaaktivisten-ziviler-ungehorsam-hoehere-traffen-100.html

November 30.11.2022, 15 45:XNUMX p.m.: Gregor Gysi represents Last Generation in court

Gregor Gysi represents the last generation in court – “The impending climate catastrophe endangers the survival of humanity.”


Berlin, June 30.11.2022, 15, 45:XNUMX a.m – The trial against Lukas Popp took place today at the Tiergarten district court. There were a total of nine meetings in which the Last Generation supporter was involved in 2022. In some cases, these meetings brought traffic on Berlin's highways to a standstill. In this context, the public prosecutor accused him of coercion and resistance to law enforcement officers and, on one occasion, trespassing.

 

Pop sees it differently: “All I want is for current law to be implemented and for the federal government to fulfill its duty to protect the population from an impending climate hell. My resistance is absolutely legitimate in the face of this emergency."

 

The 24-year-old mechanical engineering student received support from one of Germany's most famous politicians: Dr. Gregor Gysi personally took over the defense of Popp in today's court hearing.

 

The long-time chairman of the Bundestag faction “DIE LINKE” and a member of the Bundestag for over 17 years on the drama of the climate emergency:

 

"I said it over ten years ago. It was true then and unfortunately even more true today. The impending climate catastrophe endangers the survival of humanity. The lives of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren depend on what we do now. It's about preventing mass suffering caused by flight, poverty, natural disasters and new types of war. In this question of humanity, responsibility and social balance must take the place of short-term profit interests. This is a question of human dignity and, as we all know, it is inviolable!"

 

Gysi further emphasizes: “It would certainly be more correct to take robust and massive action against those who destroy our livelihoods for their own profits
Lock up climate activists!"

 

For months now, more and more political voices have been loudly expressing their support for the last generation. The federal government's breach of the constitution is also unacceptable for them.

 

The court refrains from dealing in depth with the current climate emergency. The summons of Dr. requested by Gysi Hans Joachim Schellnhuber - one of the forefathers of climate science and founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - as an expert on climate issues was rejected by the judge as irrelevant.

 

In his final speech, Gregor Gysi pleaded for acquittal on all charges. The public prosecutor's office had demanded a penalty of 110 daily rates. The judge ultimately decided on a sentence of 90 daily rates. Since Gysi announced that he would take legal action, the last word may not have been spoken yet.

 

For Luke Popp It's not the sentence that matters, because he's already dismayed by the trial itself: "I don't understand why people like me, who protest for necessary climate protection measures, are on trial and not politicians who do not comply with constitutional goals. My little siblings have the right to a secure future! The government is destroying this future before all of our eyes."

 

Popp would like to thank Gregor Gysi for his support and for the broad support he received for his actions from large parts of politics, art, culture and civil society.

November 26.11.2022, XNUMX: Prisoners released - chance for climate action?

Prisoners released – chance for climate action?
“We are preparing to open from December 5.12th. keep turning it up"


The 19 people, some of whom had been in preventive detention in Munich for almost a month, were surprisingly released today.

 

The Bavarian government had to give in to social pressure. This can only be the first step; now the urgently needed security measures against climate collapse are needed. We hope for this in the coming week too. We are waiting for the government to protect the people.

 

As announced yesterday, there will be no interruptions in Berlin and Munich in the coming week. We are closely monitoring the political changes and are ready to interact with all the people who are flocking there in the week starting December 5.12th. Turn up the interruptions further.

 

The released prisoners will spend time with their families in the coming days and give lectures throughout the week to share their experiences and invite more people to join the peaceful resistance.

 

We announce that we will meet on December 5.12th. to gather more people in Munich against the deadly business as usual. All details about the plans for December 5.12th. In Munich we will announce this next Friday (December 02.12nd) at 10:00 a.m. in a press conference on Zoom (you can find dial-in details below).

November 25.11.2022th, 18 XNUMX p.m.: Interruption of the protests

Interruption of protests
Last generation hopes for climate protection in the last week of the meeting


Berlin, November 25, 2022 18:00 p.m – The Last Generation will interrupt the protests in Berlin and Munich until the end of next week. The peaceful citizens hope for action from the government in the last week of the session and want to use the time to properly train and integrate the many people who are currently joining the movement in order to come back with even more people.

 

Michael Winters (59), in prison in Munich until yesterday: “We are looking forward to the last week of the session in 2022 and we are still on the direct path to our own destruction. The federal government is refusing its duty to protect people's lives and is thereby breaking the constitution."

 

But it is also clear: the federal government can still act – if it does so now. It's not a question of ability, but of willingness, and we can only sincerely hope that she still lives up to her responsibility. Because we are running out of time: we are about to exceed the tipping points of our climate system, which would lead to the collapse of our living space. This means: billions will live in death zones and millions upon millions will die. These are the facts.

 

Aimee van Baalen, spokesman for the Last Generation, announces the interruption of the protests: “I think we all - society and politics - could use a breather to calm our heated tempers a little. We also want to give the government some space to take decisive action against climate collapse in accordance with its duty. The enrichment of the few from the suffering of the many must end."

 

The Last Generation is calling on the federal government to take the first security measures against climate collapse: continue the 9-euro ticket and introduce a speed limit.

 

Theo Schnarr, also a spokesman for the group, adds van Baalen: “Of course, we will not slow down the plans of all the people who are currently streaming in all over the republic and are practicing their first road blockades. However, we can guarantee free travel and flights for the current capitals of our resistance – Berlin and Munich."

November 24.11.2022th, 16 20:XNUMX p.m.: BER runway blocked

BER runway blocked – Millions of lives are being sacrificed for the profit and luxury of a few


Schönefeld, November 24.11.2022th, 16, 20:XNUMX p.m – At the moment, supporters of the last generation are blocking the tarmac at Berlin Brandenburg Airport. While some of them are stuck to the asphalt, others are riding bicycles across the shunting area, bringing air traffic to a standstill. Shortly before entering the airport premises, they informed the police of their intentions via an emergency call.

 

Michael Hassemer, judge at the Rhineland-Palatinate Constitutional Court, considers the resistance of the last generation to be justified by the climate emergency: “In any case, the consequences that arise for humanity from failing to take climate protection measures are so serious that impairments of rights through protest are, to a certain extent, justified by a state of emergency and are therefore acceptable."[3]

 

Also the CDU politician German politican recently expressed himself surprisingly benevolently and explicitly about the Last Generation: “The young people are right. […] Without the pressure from young people, politics on climate protection would move much more slowly."[4]

 

Aimee van Baalen, speaker of the Last Generation, replies: “The fact that this pressure is even necessary, that ordinary citizens have to sit in prison cells for weeks to get the government to protect people, is dismaying."

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