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Five villages saved, now Lützerath is missing

24.11.2021 The new coalition agreement says: “We want to preserve the villages in the Rhenish mining area affected in the third resettlement phase. The courts will decide on Lützerath.” This means that the villages of Berverath, Keyenberg, Kuckum, Oberwestrich and Unterwestrich are saved. A huge partial success for the Garzweiler villages, which makes many residents cheer. Waltraud Kieferndorf from Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht says: “On the one hand, I feel immense relief and joy about the rescue of our home, but on the other hand I am devastated that Lützerath is to be further bulldozed for climate-toxic lignite.”


Question to Olaf Scholz on the coal phase-out at the Bundestag election show

27.9.2021 “How do we explain to our children later that we continued for 17 years with coal-fired power generation and the destruction of our planet?” Unfortunately, Olaf Scholz did not give Christoph von Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht an answer in the Pro Sieben programme.


Local residents project warning on Neurath lignite-fired power plant

9.9.2021 With a projection at the lignite-fired power plant Neurath in the Rhenish mining area, the solidarity group “Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht” draws attention to the destruction of villages and climate by further lignite mining. Click here for our press release.


Open letter to Armin Laschet: Bring forward coal phase-out to 2030 and preserve villages

17.6.2021 Environmental associations and people affected by opencast mining are appealing to CDU party chairman and chancellor candidate Armin Laschet in an open letter ahead of the adoption of the CDU/CSU election program. Click here for our press release.

After ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court: Prof. Volker Quaschning calls for preservation of villages

05.03.2021 After the Federal Constitutional Court ruled the Climate Protection Act partially unconstitutional, the federal government must improve the law. This is also demanded by Prof. Quaschning, ambassador of MvB.


Nina Kunzendorf supports “Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht”

28.04.2020 The actress, who recently appeared in the ARD television film “Ecocide,” is also a strong advocate for climate protection behind the camera. She says: “Climate protection is a matter of the heart for me. That’s why I support the legal fight against the destruction of the villages at the Garzweiler open pit mine.


RWE annual shareholders’ meeting: opencast miners remind shareholders of uncertain future of Garzweiler II

28.04.2021 As RWE holds its annual shareholders’ meeting today, residents of threatened villages have renewed their pledge to take legal action to save their homes. In doing so, they remind shareholders that the courts could thwart RWE’s plans. Read our PM here.


Call on German media companies: Renounce fossil fuel advertising!

22.02.2021 Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht supports the call for German publishing and media companies to become climate neutral. It is important to no longer offer a platform to corporate greenwashing. You can find the complete appeal here.



Barbara in the podcast “1.5 degrees” by Luisa Neubauer

12.2020 Luisa Neubauer travelled with youtuber Rezo to the Rhenish mining area. There he meets Barbara, who is fighting for her home with Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht. You can listen to the whole episode here.

The last word has not yet been spoken!

18.11.2020 In a decision published yesterday, the Federal Constitutional Court announced that it does not intend to rule on the constitutional complaint against the “Garzweiler clause” in the Coal Act.

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“Leitentscheidung”: Old wine in new bottles

1.12.2020 20 people affected by the Garzweiler II opencast mine criticise the planned leading decision on the future of lignite mining in NRW as an irresponsible total failure towards people and the climate.

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An apple tree at the end of the world – Solidarity planting action on community plot

25.10.2020 A solidarity planting action took place today on the community plot of the initiative “Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht” in Keyenberg as part of the monthly village walk. Click here for our press release.

“Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht” at the “Climate Story Lab” in Berlin

6.10.2020 How do we tell the story of the climate crisis? This was the question international experts addressed for three days in Berlin. Among them: the “case” of Menschenrecht vor Bergrecht. 

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