Newsletter 3: Two months left until the action takes place

Hi All, 

We are getting closer and closer to the action – just two more months to go! To help you to be well prepared for the action here is some more information about the action and the planning and more. Hope you like reading this!

In today’s newsletter…
1. Invite to next prep gathering
2. Organize mobilizing events
3. Flyers, stickers and posters

4. Background on lignite mining
5. Sit-in and what to know about
6. What you can do now

1. Invite to next prep gathering
First item in our newsletter is our invite to come to the next preparatory gathering that will be held in Lüneburg between 15 and 17 June. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in all the planning that is going on. We are now entering the critical phase of planning and can actually do with any support from folks who can commit a bit of their time to help stop climate change. 
Details of the invite on our website: : http://www.kohle-ersetzen.de/einladung-zum-offenen-planungstreffen/

2. Organize mobilizing events
Even if you can’t join the preparatory group we need your support. Especially in mobilizing because now is the time to reach out and get ans many people as possible to join the action. One way of doing this is to hold public events spreading the word and informing about the upcoming action. To help organize such events we have got a presentation with all you need to know about the action and a guide to the organization of these kinds of events. (The presentation will be online soon.) 
This is the link: http://www.kohle-ersetzen.de/mitmachen/infoveranstaltungen/
If you are organizing an event – and we would be glad to come and speak at the event – please get in touch at info@kohle-ersetzen.de

3. Flyers, stickers and posters
Another important thing to mobilize people is getting the flyers, stickers and posters out there. You may have seen we have flyers, stickers and posters in German and English. Would be great if you could help support us in spreading these. Do you feel like spreading flyers in bars, cafes and pubs or plastering your town with stickers or hanging up some posters at your university? Then please order these on our website: http://www.kohle-ersetzen.de/mobimaterial/materialbestellung-flyer-und-sticker/
This is important for the success of our action!
BTW, we would be glad if you could send us photos of yourself out and about spreading the word. Please send pics to: info@kohle-ersetzen.de

4. Background on lignite mining
Are you aware that Germany is the biggest lignite producer in all the world? At various locations in Germany lignite is mined and burned in power plants close by to generate electricity. The world’s most enormous digging equipment – coal excavators – are eating their way through gigantic open pit mines and people are losing their homes to make way for the devastation. They are being driven out of their homes. Whole villages have to be relocated one after the other. But it is not just here that coal mining and power generation cause massive damage. Every coal-fired power plant in Germany directly contributes to catastrophic climate change, that destroys ecosystems and causes people to leave. That’s why we have decided to go and block the lignite mining infrastructure in the region around Leipzig. We will directly intervene exactly where this grave injustice is being committed.
Additional background on coal mining and conversion on our website: http://www.kohle-ersetzen.de/hintergrund/warum-aktionen-fuer-den-kohleausstieg/

5. Sit-in and what to know about
A sit-in is Kohle erSetzen!’s kind of action. And you may be asking, what does one need to know about this stuff? This is where our sit-in primer comes in handy! Originally written for the folks holding up nuclear waste transports to Wendland, Germany, but it also applies in many other situations. You can request it from: info@kohle-ersetzen.de or download a PDF from our website: http://www.kohle-ersetzen.de/mitmachen/blockadefibel/

6. What you can do now

That’s it from us for now. If you have any questions or have ideas you’d like to share, you can reach us at info@kohle-ersetzen.de

Warmest regards

The prep team

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