On Germany’s highest mountain, climate activists call for coal exit
This summer's heatwave show that Germany must exit coal quickly, according to Greenpeace. The NGO said 10 of their activists ascended a glacier on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, to unfold a banner saying “Summer 2018: heat, drought, glacial melting – Start coal exit now!” Spokesperson Thilo Maack said the extreme weather events correspond to global warming forecasts. “We are in the midst of the climate crisis and it will get increasingly worse. The rapid speed of climate change stands in sharp contrast to the snail’s pace of policy. Germany must urgently shut down the first lignite plants, which are particularly harmful. In 2030, the last coal-fired plant must be off the grid.”
For background on Germany’s coal exit, read the article Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out.