Italian freelance journalist, covering environment and human rights.

Environment, EU

The Time For Burning Coal Has Passed

Article co-written with Claudia Ciobanu

GRABICE, Poland / PROSCHIM, Germany, Aug 26 2014 (IPS) - “People have gathered here to tell their politicians that the way in which we used energy and our environment in the 19th and 20th centuries is now over,” says Radek Gawlik, one of Poland’s most experienced environmental activists. “The time for burning coal has passed and the sooner we understand this, the better it is for us.”

Gawlik was one of over 7,500 people who joined an 8-kilometre-long human chain at the weekend linking the German village of Kerkwitz with the Polish village of Grabice to oppose plans to expand lignite mining on both sides of the German-Polish border.

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