After the action is before the action
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During the last years the climate justice movement got more and more diverse: With climate camps, tree occupations, blockades of railways and coal diggers, demonstrations and many other forms of action we show again and again that climate protection is made by hand. This summer we want to use this diversity to effectively disturb the processes in lignite* power generation.
Zucker im Tank (meaning sugar in the fuel tank) will support small group actions before and during the action days in the lignite mining areas of Rhineland from 24th to 29th of august 2017.
Climate change is most strongly affecting those that have produced least of it. Therefore, the struggle for climate for us also is a feminist, antiracist, anti-state and anti capitalist struggle, a class struggle and a struggle against animal exploitation and militarism. Or short: a fight against authority in general.
Affinity group actions are self-determined and therefore highly unpredictable. If everyone respects their needs and limits during preparation, realization and final reflection, your action strengthens both the movement and your group.
Different thematic priorities and different actions are encouraged to coexist and positively relate to each other. It is therefore necessary to show critical solidarity and respect among each other. No action should make another action impossible.
We want to support you in the preparation of small group actions. Therefore, together with others we offer workshops in various cities before the action days. Yout can find locations and dates under “Events”. You are welcome to ask us for a workshop in your city.
*Lignite is a form of coal that produces more CO2 and other contaminant’s emissions when it is burnt than any other fossil fuel. Germany is one of the worlds biggers lignite producers.
Call for action
The climate justice movement is facing the next level of resistance against lignite mining in the Rhineland. In August 2017 various players will effectively disturb the climate-destructive processes, because climate change has to be confronted where it is produced. „Zucker im Tank“ (german for “sugar in the fuel tank”) will be one of the players and wants to enforce affinity group actions and increase their visibility.
Linking the struggle for the climate to other anti-authoritarian topics and struggles
Capitalism`s growth doctrine and the short-eyed logic of profit are incompatible with a sustainable solution for the climate crisis. This crisis therefore cannot be stopped within capitalist logic. The state is no institution we can pin any hopes on, since it keeps running exactly this model of society and economy. Overthrowing capitalism is not a sufficient, but a necessary step to save the climate. But we do not only want to fight capitalism and the state, also other forms of authority, such as patriarchy and racism are closely linked to the climate crisis. All of us are affected by the impacts of climate change, but to a different degree that is defined by our location and class, and alongside categories such as race and gender (1). The struggle for the climate is also a feminist, antiracist, anti-state and anti-capitalist struggle, a class struggle and a struggle against animal exploitation and militarism. In short: A struggle against authority in general.
Sharing and collectively developing skills for concrete actions
Self-empowering in different fields is an important step towards overcoming relations of authority. Our aim is that people aquire the neccesary knowledge and skills for direct actions also in the long run. Therefore, together with others, we offer workshops in various cities previous to the action days, where people can adopt relevant skills and knowledge such as action planning, organizing in affinity groups and practical skills. Please contact us if you want to participate!
Collective, diverse and in solidarity
Resistance in the Rhineland is plural and uses different forms of actions. It is exactly this diversity that makes it powerful and influential. During the action days in 2017 various players with their specific actions and focuses shall become visible and be able to relate to one another. This assumes critical solidarity and respect between each other. No action should prevent another one from taking place.
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We want to stop climate change and abolish capitalism as its direct cause. But we also fight for a future as free as possible from authority. We are looking forward to pursue the struggle against lignite in diversity this year!
(1) Although race and gender shall not refer to biological realities but to social constructions, we find it important to have words for how people are affected by racism and sexism.
Sugar in the fuel Tank!
The climate justice movement is facing the next level of resistance against lignite mining in the Rhineland. In August 2017 various players will effectively disturb the climate-destructive processes, because climate change has to be confronted where it is produced. „Zucker im Tank“ (german for “sugar in the fuel tank”) as one of the players wants to support affinity group actions and increase their visibility! We see ourselves as an addition to the structures that already exist – to make resistance even stronger and more diverse.
We want to empower people to aquire the necessary knowledge and skills for being able to make direct actions. Therefore, in the upcoming months we will organise skillshares together with other groups in different cities. The goal will be to share knowledge about Actions, organising in small groups and practical skills. We do not imagine one big action but rather diverse forms of action, no matter whether they are seen as legal or illegal by the state.
We will react with solidarity to repression und create support and public attention. We do not want to come up with a strict action consensus but we count on self-responsibility and the taking into consideration of other actions. We cannot and do not want to universally define which forms of action are legitimate and what is violence. More importantly it is necessary to show critical solidarity and respect between each other. No action shall make another impossible.
Our common basis with other players with whom we hope to make enough noise is the insight that climate change has to be confronted where it is created – for example in the rhineland, Germanys most important region for lignite excavation. But that alone is not enough for us.
We want to connect the struggle for climate with other struggles against authority. The short-lived logic of profit and the dogma of economic growth of capitalism are the opposite of a sustainable solution for the crisis of climate. Therefore, it cannot be solved with within the capitalist logic. The state is no institution in which we put hope because it enforces exactly this economic and social order. By overcoming capitalism alone climate change is not stopped, but rescuing climate and the basis of existence is only possible without it.
But we not only want to fight capitalism and the state. Also, other forms of authority like patriarchy or racism are tightly connected with the cliamte crisis. While everyone is affected by the impacts of climate change, the individual damage strongly depends on the place of living, class and is defined along criteria like Gender and race. people in the global south already suffer the most from cliamte change, although they have historically produced the least Greenhouse gases. People who flee from the impacts of climate change and its interlinks with other crisis are faced with the blatant violence of the European border regime. Also in the global north, People of Color are more strongly affected by climate change than white people. For example after the hurricane Katrina, the destroyed social housings that had been mayorly populated by black people had been replaced by housings for people with mixed income.
While rich people can move to hotel rooms with air condition or easily change their home town, this priviledge is not given to people of lower classes. In agrarian communities in the global south women* suffer more than men* from the effects of climate change, because they are frequently responsible for the accommodation of families and additionally cover a mayority of work in the agricultural production. Also in case of extreme weather events they are frequently more strongly affected as they have a more restriced access to ressources and knowledge.
We also see the exploitation of non-human beings as part of the problem. Not only because the animal production industry contributes a large part to climate change but also because animal exploitation is simply unbearable. The list of topics which we regard to be related can be more extended. One example is the production of weapons, into which a large fraction of the electricity that is produced in the rhineland is directed. With these explanations we want to show that the struggle against climate change also is a feminist, antiracist, anti-state and anti capitalist struggle, a class struggle and a strugle against animal exploitation and militarism. Or in short: a fight against authority in general.
We want to stop climate change and abolish its cause, capitalism.
But not only that:
We fight for a future that is as free of authority a possible.
We are looking forward to continue a diverse struggle against lignite in 2017!
(1) Although Race and Gender do not represent biological reality but social constructions, we find it important to have words for how people are affected by racism and sexism.