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Germany: Coal mining region leaders demand 'right tools' for coal phase out at Berlin protest

0 14.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Mayors of cities, towns and villages from coal mining regions demonstrating in front of German Chancellery, Berlin
M/S Protesters holding signs
M/S Protesters holding signs
C/U Posters
SOT, Sascha Solbach, Mayor of Bedburg and spokesperson of coal mining district of North Rhine-Westphalia (German): "Today we represent 100 cities and communities and I think this is a very clear sign, that we want to have a determining influence on the structural change, that structural change is nothing that you can put on us but that a structural change has to come from the bottom.''
W/S Protesters holding signs *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Sascha Solbach, Mayor of Bedburg and spokesperson of coal mining district of North Rhine-Westphalia (German): "We need to get a chance to create something new. We need to get a chance to explain to our people how to do this. It is our task to take away the people's angst of what is coming now.''
W/S Mayor of Spremberg and spokesperson for Lausitz coal mining district Christine Herntier addressing crowd from stage *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Christine Herntier, Mayor of Spremberg and spokesperson of the Lausitz coal mining district (German): "No one is against the protection of the environment. But at the same time, everyone has to be in support of the right tools for those, who have to do [the structural change], that those are equipped with the right tools.''
M/S Protesters holding signs *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Christine Herntier, Mayor of Spremberg and spokesperson of the Lausitz coal mining district (German): "But somehow this is stagnating. Because if you look at the draft bill of structural empowering, then you see a lot of prose rather then tools. And without the tools, it will not succeed.''
W/S Mayor of Teuchern and spokesperson for Central German coal mining district Marcel Schneider addressing crowd from stage *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Marcel Schneider, Mayor of Teuchern and spokesperson for Central German coal mining district (German): "We want to make sure that Germany's coal exit won't take place before 2038. And we have to end this debate. We have to end this debate. We have to end this debate and demands to exit earlier.''
M/S Protesters holding signs *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Marcel Schneider, Mayor of Teuchern and spokesperson for Central German coal mining district (German): "We are writing for the next generations with this bill of structural empowerment. And if we allow ourselves to be drifted by a climate hysteria, this won't help these generations, this won't help my generation.''
M/S Protesters holding signs *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Marcel Schneider, Mayor of Teuchern and spokesperson for Central German coal mining district (German): "This might also be an important message to our critics and opponents: we want an energy revolution too but we want to organise it in a reasonable way.''
W/S Protesters holding signs *CUTAWAY*
M/S Parliamentary group leader of ruling CDU/CSU group in German Bundestag Ralph Brinkhaus being interviewed
C/U Brinkhaus being interviewed
M/S Brinkhaus being interviewed
M/S Brinkhaus and one of mayors in front of Chancellery
SCRIPT
Sixty mayors of cities, towns and villages from German coal mining regions staged a rally outside the Chancellery in Berlin on Thursday, demanding the "right tools" for Germany's upcoming coal exit.
The protesters expressed their dedication to being an active part of the renewable energy revolution, or 'Energiewende,' but asked for time "to create something new" and prepare people working in the industry for the changes.
"This might also be an important message to our critics and opponents: we want an energy revolution too but we want to organise it in a reasonable way,'' mayor of Teuchern and spokesperson for the Central German coal mining district Marcel Schneider said at the rally.
He continued: "We are writing history for the next generations with this bill of structural empowerment. And if we allow ourselves to be drifted by a climate hysteria, this won't help these generations, this won't help my generation.''
Schneider emphasised that the protesters are against an earlier exit from coal, saying "We want to make sure that Germany's coal exit won't take place before 2038. And we have to end this debate."