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Germany, the protests against Siemens and the opening of a coal mine in Australia

Not down the clash between one of the most powerful men of the world-wide industry, Joe Kaeser, and the “Greta Thunberg” German, Lisa Neubauer. For weeks the en

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Germany, the protests against Siemens and the opening of a coal mine in Australia
Not down the clash between one of the most powerful men of the world-wide industry, Joe Kaeser, and the “Greta Thunberg” German, Lisa Neubauer. For weeks the environmentalists are protesting in Germany against the participation of Siemens for the exploitation of a new mine in Queensland, Australia, from which the indian group Adani wants to extract 60 million tons a year of coal. And on Friday, the duel between the powerful head of Siemens, and the charismatic leader of the Fridays for Future germans culminated in a face-to-face an hour and a half between the two, at the same time as in thirty German cities, thousands of people took to the streets against the new and polluting project in india-German.

While the continent burns, and for environmentalists it is intolerable that Siemens has agreed to provide technological support for the railway, which will connect the mine with the port of Abbots Point. Also the activist, the australian Christian Slattery of the Australian Conservation Foundation defines the project's “devastating” to the fight against climate change. And Siemens, which will decide by Monday whether to confirm or not the project - and already the doubt is a victory for the environmentalists, the germans - has admitted that in the future the participation of marginal projects, the pollutants must be weighed more carefully.

Friday, after a face-to-face between Kaeser and Neubauer, between the giant and the little girl", it has emerged that the ceo of Siemens is not able to reassure the leader of the Fridays for Future germans by offering them a place in the supervisory Board. A proposal rejected already in the evening, from Neubauer, who said, “I have more important things to do” and that the most important issue to resolve is that of the participation of Siemens in the projects pollutants.

In a letter a few days ago in a German newspaper, Neubauer had asked Siemens to give up the contract from 20 million euro: “it would be a small step for the company, but a great sign for Australia and the rest of the world, that will suffer the climate crisis”. The coal mine is strongly supported by the australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and will be one of the largest in the world. But the activist australian Christian Slattery reminds us that “it is the project on fossil sources the most controversial in the history of australia”.

“it is clear that it is not an easy decision” to renounce the project in Australia, said Kaeser after the meeting with Neubauer, because the colossus of Monaco should take into consideration different interests, those of shareholders, clients and society. But Neubauer has panned commenting that projects like the coal mine Adani “no longer have a raison d'etre in this century.” And the activist of the Fridays for the Future, Nick Heubeck, who was present at the meeting, revealed that Kaeser would have admitted that, “the signing of the contract, in July of last year, it was a mistake”. The ceo of Siemens has himself confessed that “the participation, even indirect, to questionable projects will be better understood and more in advance, in the future”. If it were true, that would already be an enormous progress. But to sing of victory, we will have to wait meanwhile the next few hours, when Siemens will let you know if you will participate in the coal mine in Australia.

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