Action Against Dirty Coal! Germany plans to mine an additional 200 Million tons of brown coal.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple will be dis­placed in East­ern Ger­many, to give way to a gigan­tic open pit mine. The Swedish com­pany Vat­ten­fall — win­ner of the 2009 Cli­mate Green­wash Award — plans to mine 200 Mil­lion tons of lig­nite, com­monly known as brown coal. The coal will be used pri­mar­ily to pro­duce elec­tric­ity. High car­bon diox­ide and par­tic­u­late mat­ter emis­sions pro­duced in this process threaten the health of cur­rent and future gen­er­a­tions. Ger­many will miss its cli­mate change tar­gets to reduce CO2 emis­sions. A coali­tion of envi­ron­men­tal and polit­i­cal cam­paign groups is orga­niz­ing sus­tained protest against the min­ing plans. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion and event dates (some infor­ma­tion is only avail­able in Ger­man) can be found here: http://www.humanchain.org/en