A broad alliance of environmental organisations is writing an open letter to the environment ministers of the states of Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt to demand concrete measures to end coal subsidies that are harmful to the environment and the climate.
Coal companies are evading their legal obligation to be financially liable for the environmental damage they cause.
LEAG and MIBRAG are responsible for the extraction of 470 million cubic metres of groundwater per year, and the resulting sulphate and iron discharges are poisoning surface waters - the costs of which have so far been largely borne by the public purse.
The climate crisis requires an exit from coal as quickly as possible and thus an early closure of the opencast lignite mines. However, this does not mean that the coal companies should be paid with public funds to fulfil their legal obligations to restore the opencast mines.
The ongoing energy crisis has brought exorbitant profit margins to the companies operating coal-fired power plants, and the federal government is holding out the prospect of additional sources of revenue by reactivating lignite-fired power plants. Under the Coal Phase-out Act, they are to receive a further €4.35 billion in public funds as "compensation" (of which LEAG accounted for €1.75 billion), should the European Commission classify them as compatible with EU state aid law in a procedure currently underway.
WORLD RIVERS DAY on the Oder - Call for participation!
On 25 September 2022, the World Rivers Day will take place. To mark this occasion, we are planning a canoe action on the Oder in Kienitz (Oderbruch) at 14:00.
Together we want to raise awareness of the importance of rivers and honour their important function as lifelines of the earth.
After the recent catastrophe that happened right in front of our eyes without us being able to intervene or get hold of the polluters, we want to remember the millions of living beings that were wiped out in just one moment without any consideration.
We all know that we cannot exist without clean water. Therefore, we want to raise awareness against water pollution and work to restore our rivers to their original form.
Come to Kienitz on the Oder on 25 September at 2 pm and paddle along!
Respected experts will also be invited to report on the Oder.
We are looking forward to creative banners, signs and other contributions.
Please forward this press release to interested people and draw their attention to our petition https://innn.it/Fischsterben.
The challenges for water management are great: climate change, globalisation, the loss of biodiversity and the continued use of surface waters and groundwater require consistent and strategic action to avoid overexploitation of water resources and to ensure the important services of these ecosystems in the long term. In recent months, the management plans and programmes of measures for the third and thus decisive management cycle of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) have been published. However, the level of ambition of the present management plans does not reflect these challenges. Even the draft of the National Water Strategy does not make any concrete statements on the timely implementation of the WFD.
We want to discuss the current management planning with you at this year's Forum: How do we ensure future-oriented water management? Is the transparency approach pursued by some federal states in conformity with the WFD? What claims can be derived from the climate decision of the Federal Constitutional Court? What levers exist to advance the implementation of the WFD?
Further information: https://www.gewaesserschutzforum.de
The programme can be found here: https://www.wrrl-forum.de/programm2022/
For registration: https://www.nabu.de/wir-ueber-uns/veranstaltungen/32226.html
Planned acceleration law undermines legal protection against major projects
Berlin, 06.09.2022: In a statement submitted today, the environmental network GRÜNE LIGA strongly opposes the draft for another acceleration law. The Ministry of Justice plans to avoid the suspensive effect of lawsuits by allowing courts to disregard legal errors in the decisions complained of.
"The law planned by the Federal Ministry of Justice aims at facilitating the creation of facts even in the case of unlawful approvals. In practice, lawsuits against fossil-fuel power plants, waste incineration plants, airports, roads and even lignite mining would be nullified from the outset, even though the law claims to serve the conversion to sustainable energy supplies. This kind of planning acceleration would undermine the rule of law as a whole," says René Schuster, Federal Chairman of the GREEN LIGA.
Coal company wants to justify expropriation with business secrets Sorbian-Welsh cultural project shows solidarity on site
Representatives of Fridays for Future from Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony demand that no more land be expropriated for opencast lignite mines. They met in the forest leased by the GRÜNEN LIGA at the Nochten open-cast mine, where they planted a young lime tree.
"Opencast coal mines like Nochten have an impact over the entire course of the Spree. Our generation will bear the consequences if the coal phase-out is delayed. As climate activists from Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony, we therefore jointly demand that the mining areas be reduced and that no opencast mining consequences be passed on to the general public," says Tom Beeger from Fridays for Future in Görlitz.