Berlin and Cologne – thousands demonstrate for coal exit Under the slogan coal to stop climate change are now asking thousands of people a phase-out of coal-fired power. On the occasion of the protests, the UN climate change conference in Katowice, Poland. © Photo: Michele Tantussi/

Shortly before the start of the UN climate change conference in the Polish Katowice have been in Berlin and Cologne, thousands of people demonstrated for climate protection and an exit strategy from Coal. According to the organizers of 16,000 participants, as well as at the Deutz shipyard in Cologne, a further 20,000 people gathered at the Chancellery in Berlin. The police counted more than 5,000 participants.

To stop the Demonstration with the slogan of carbon – climate protection, now called an Alliance, including the Federation for environment and nature conservation Germany (BUND), Greenpeace, and the Initiative Campact. The organisers criticised the fact that the coal Commission of the Federal government is phasing concept for the Coal until the beginning of next year intends to present.

the Federal government demanded that by 2020, half of the coal-fired power station capacity in Germany to switch off. “No coal for the coal” or “The grey gentlemen burn our future” on Transparent. Also to the preservation of the hambach forest protesters with Slogans shouting remains on how to “Hambi”.

“This is a Protest against the failure of the Federal government, the now empty-handed to the conference on climate change,” said Greenpeace Executive Director Martin Kaiser. According to the head of Greenpeace International, Jennifer Morgan, is Germany “at the Moment almost the most important country for climate protection”.

At the climate conference will decide, “whether the policy is serious, to limit global warming at 1.5 degrees,” said the Chairman of the friends of nature in Germany, Michael Müller. The BUND Chairman Hubert Weiger said, necessary, courageous decisions for a quick coal were exit “and a meaningful structural change in the coalfields”. The phase-out of coal-fired power still had to come before 2030.