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Luisa Neubauer shouldn't be in Lützerath, but in front of the Chinese embassy

Many religions have their very special places of pilgrimage.

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Luisa Neubauer shouldn't be in Lützerath, but in front of the Chinese embassy

Many religions have their very special places of pilgrimage. For the community of climate activists who believe that Germany can save the global climate, the holy sites are called Hambacher Forst, Dannenröder Forst or Lützerath. In the tiny spot between Düsseldorf and Aachen with its few empty houses, which will soon have to make way for the Garzweiler opencast mine, they are once again calling for the last stand under the leadership of their charismatic preacher Luisa Neubauer.

It's mostly young people, but seniors of the Stuttgart 21 type also take part, plus the usual admixture of a few left-wing extremists who don't care what the occasion is to attack the state and its security forces. "We will defend every tree, every house," announces a spokeswoman for "Ende Gelände", and another activist says: "We hope that we can hold Lützerath for six weeks." Both sound as if they are in Ukraine at the frontline.

On the other hand, if you look at the facts soberly, you have to realize that what happens to the Garzweiler opencast mine and the village of Lützerath is completely irrelevant to the climate. 1,380 coal-fired power plants are currently being planned or under construction worldwide. They will expand the existing capacities by a third.

The most important player is China, already by far the world's largest emitter of CO2, which pollutes the atmosphere more than all other industrialized countries combined. 60 percent of China's electricity comes from coal-fired power plants, more than 200 new ones are under construction there, and 150 additional coal mines are opening.

The German activists, on the other hand, live in a country where coal is basically all about the fine print. According to the will of the federal government, the last coal-fired power plant should be shut down by 2038 at the latest. For the Rhineland, the green-led economics ministries in the federal government and in North Rhine-Westphalia recently agreed with the energy company RWE to phase out coal by 2030. Five villages in the vicinity of the Garzweiler opencast mine that were previously threatened with demolition will be preserved.

Luisa Neubauer's Church of Latter-day Saints was to hold its next demonstration in the capital on the Spree: in front of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China. She is the right addressee.

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