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Ende Gelände 2016

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. 
 

Reclaim the Power - End Coal Now: Last week’s direct action at Ffos-y-fran

Guest post by Al Williams, activist with the Campaign against Climate Change and Reclaim the Power

Reclaim the Power video of the action

On 30th April, on the 185th anniversary of the Merthyr Uprising, Reclaim the Power set up an Action Camp, 400m above sea level on Gelligaer Common in South Wales between the village of Fochriw and the town of Merthyr. As the camp was set up, travellers from across Wales, England and beyond helped clear up some of the fly-tipping that has blighted this stunning mountain location - something the camp organisers intend to return to and pursue further. The camp was organised on sustainable principles and powered by renewable energy and vegan food. After three days on the mountain, 300 climate activists shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine at Ffos-y-fran and the story resonating across the Principality, the UK and beyond.

Events in Wales kicked off the global Break Free 2016 campaign - a two week wave of escalated action to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground by challenging power with non-violent direct action. 

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