From the 21st
to the 25th of June a climate camp took pace in the coal-mining town
of Horní Jiřetín, located in north-western Czech Republic.
It was organized by Limity
Jsme My “we are the limits” — a local Czech movement and
Greenpeace. It was also supported by Hnuti DUHA / Friends of the Earth Czech
Republic. The goal of the climate camp was to enforce ecological mining limits
and demand climate justice.
ecological limits meant to protect towns like Horní Jiřetín
have been under attack. Horní Jiřetín, specifically, was
threatened and the limits were broken once in order to build a new mine. During
the communist era, Horní Jiřetín was almost destroyed
multiple times due to proposed coal mine construction. After the revolution,
ecological mining limits were established aiming to protect existing villages
and towns from mining expansion, but now we see these villages and towns in
The main goal of
the climate camp was to discourage coal power and show that the limits need to
be respected. The camp was full of activity. The first three days were buzzing
with discussions, debates and presentations.
Saturday the 24th
was the busiest day of them all. On that day three actions took place. The
first action involved activists linking arms along the ecological limits, and
demanding that the limits be respected. The second action took place in front
of a coal-fired power plant, where the activists called for climate justice and
the end of coal-mining. During the third action, 130 activists walked into the
mining site where they sat around an excavator. Also 10 or so people jumped the
fences and stopped the conveyor belt that fed coal from the mining site to the
nearby power plant. Police were heavily present despite the fact that the mine
was shut down for the day.
everyone who went to the mines and people were held for varying lengths of time
— some people even overnight because the police were only letting people out
one by one.
Despite this the
action was a success! The mayor of Horní Jiřetín, Vladimír Buřt, was
present and supporting the climate camp. Three mines in the area were closed
for the weekend — they normally would have been running — as it seems the
managers were not sure where the activists would go. Also, the camp received
quite a bit of media attention, most of it fairly portraying the actions and