Right now, we have the opportunity to say NO to Vattenfall's dirty plans. The planning process for the Welzow-Süd II opencast mine opened by German State of Brandenburg is now open for public participation phase until September 17th 2013. Everybody - also from abroad - has the right to submit a statement objecting to the planned extension of the Welzow-Süd opencast mine.
The Swedish energy corporation Vattenfall is planning to extract more than 700 million tons of lignite in five new opencast mines in Germany’s Lausitz region in order to secure the operation of its climate-damaging coal-fired power plants until 2050.
If Vattenfall’s plans go ahead, the homes of 3.000 people from eight villages would be destroyed.
The new mines would destroy dozens of square kilometers of landscape – the houses and gardens, fields, meadows and forests would be turned into a dirty and dusty hole.
Proschim is a 700 years old village which survived all possible disasters and wars, but now it is facing a fatal threat. Vattenfall wants to destroy this peaceful place for coal, but people of Proschim resist the company.
Proschim is also a 100 % renewable village, proving, that the age of coal is over. The future belongs to renewable energy, which is clean, climate-friendly, will never run low and it’s providing millions of new sustainable jobs.