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Tens of thousands demonstrate for renewable energy in Berlin (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: May 10, 2014 18:46
Demonstrators protest for Germany's shift to green energy and away from nuclear power and fossil fuels in Berlin May 10, 2014 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)

Demonstrators protest for Germany's shift to green energy and away from nuclear power and fossil fuels in Berlin May 10, 2014 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)

Up to 20,000 people have rallied in Berlin to support renewable energy Saturday under the slogan “Do not capsize the energy revolution!”

The protest was triggered by a planned reform by the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), two of Germany’s main political parties, called the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

The demonstrators say the law will “strangle the transition” from gas and nuclear to renewable energy such as wind and solar. The organizers of the protest accuse the German government of backtracking on energy policy.

The rally started at Kapelle Ufer am Hauptnahnhof, Berlin’s central station, and then the protesters marched through central Berlin to the CDU party office. They were joined by a flotilla of about a hundred boats and canoes which made their way down the river Spree, which runs through the center of Berlin.

Activists wore caricature heads of the Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Some of the placards read “Sustainable Energy Transition Now!”

Musicians were also at the event to express solidarity with the protesters, including the Berlin bands Gunslinger and Seeed.

Demonstrators use boats on the river Spree during a protest for Germany's shift to green energy and away from nuclear power and fossil fuels in Berlin May 10, 2014 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)

At the closing of the protest in front of the CDU offices, Hubert Weiger the head of Friends of the Earth Germany, called on parliament not to pass the act.

In a separate part of the city there was much smaller demonstration against fracking.

Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association, warned “with this bill, the government will clearly loose the momentum of the energy revolution.”

While the chairman of the Economic Forum Geothermal Association criticized the fact that the EEG reform will mean that geothermal energy and other weather dependent energy sources will be denied a long term perspective.

Over the past twenty years Germany has had a good record of developing its clean energy sector and Germany’s renewable energy sector is among the most successful in the world. The percentage of electricity produced from renewables increased from 6.3 percent in 2000 to 25 percent in the first half of 2012.

Demonstrators protest for Germany's shift to green energy and away from nuclear power and fossil fuels in Berlin May 10, 2014 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)

Comments (17)

 

Keth Ti 11.05.2014 12:49

Tsar Cube 11.05.2014 08:08

Technically speaking gas is a renewable energy as well.

  


Gas is a finite resource. It has an 'end-by' date. The whole point of renewable energy is that, for as long as the sun keeps shining, the wind keeps blowing, the Earth continues to emit heat, rivers keep flowing and for as long as the tide exists, there will always be renewable energy for as long as planet Earth exists

 

Drake Chen 11.05.2014 11:53

It is the mental aspect or defeatisme of it all , life is grant everything is good , we always moan about it could be beter , we always need more !

But in the end if one just look a step futher then wanting more , what is there left in life ?
That is what is causing the mass depression , aside from lost of hope .
But then again most people are too bussy with being a workslave and normal parenthood ritme or keeping up with the jones .
That they don't have time to pounder those things , so don't expect them to be waisting time they don't have on changes , it is a me meself and I world in western society .

 

Drake Chen 11.05.2014 11:49

No Carl , it isn't the two world wars , it is the pampered luxury of wellfare , and worst the not caring anymore cause we don't make a difference .

you see how fanatically eastern and middle east countries are with elections , cause they still believe in change , western civilisations especially in Europe .
the average person slowly feels like a slave in there own country , they are free , but still it is like a golden cage !

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