On 15 August 1500 people took part in a daring act of civil disobedience to shut down Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions.
This mass action halted production in the Garzweiler lignite mine in Rhineland, Germany and showed that people are no longer prepared to sit back and watch politicians fail to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
In order to keep temperature rises below 2°C we know that 80% of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves are unburnable, yet politicians continue to subsidise and support fossil fuel companies.
We are building power for the climate movement in the lead up to climate negotiations in Paris later this year and beyond to confront politicians and polluters, and accelerate the unstoppable energy transition that is already underway.
Live updates from the day
Messages of support from around the world
People from around the world were inspired by the actions of the 1500 people who took part in Ende Gelände. Thousands of messages of support rolled in, below are just a handful of highlights.
"I am so proud of every single one of you making this brave stand on behalf of the planet, especially those engaged in an action for the first time. My 4-year-old daughter Stella is thanking you and waving/smiling as I write." Rob, London
"For decades Politicians have failed to act effectively on climate change. Time has nearly run out and the healthy and fulfilling future for humankind depends on action now. Your commitment, courage and determination could prove to be the inspiration needed to trigger the necessary action by Government and business." Gordon, Montrose
"I am very proud to be part of the movement that takes a strong stand for renewable energy and I want to tell you that you are awesome. My thoughts are with you today and I am eager to follow your actions. Renate, Puchenau
"It takes superheroes to save planets. That makes every one of you a superhero!"Graeme, Hawick
"It encourages so much – now, I just thought the first time about to do such an activity myself :) Keep on!" Lisa, Vienna