Guest blog by Sama
Picture from Break Free Flickr set - more amazing pictures here
During the Paris climate negotiations last December, I went home feeling part of a growing movement that was energized and dedicated to going a step further in our acts of civil disobedience. With no legal binding commitments coming out of the COP21 but with climate related disasters on the rise, it has become clearer than ever that it is up to us to collectively organise in our diversity to break free from a dysfunctional system that is the driver of injustice and climate change, in order to build alternatives.
The Break Free initiative came up and there was no way that I was going to miss out on this. The idea was that during the month of May 2016, international mass actions would take place around big areas of fossil fuel extraction. The one I wanted to be part of was Ende Gelände, which had the plan to hit the coal mining industry taking place in the east of Germany. Vattenfall is the current company owning this industry but they are trying to sell it off, passing the burden of mining the dirty lignite coal onto someone else.