Alice Owen is a researcher with the Environmental Justice Atlas at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and studying for an MSc in Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden. This year she also participated for the first time as an activist in the Ende Gelände action.
By Daria Rivin, Alice Owen, Common Dreams
As world leaders prepare to meet in Germany to negotiate climate action at COP23, activists are putting words into action by blockading a nearby coal mine. Their message is that leaders need to grasp the urgency of keeping fossil fuels in the ground, right here and right now. With an increasing frequency and intensity, such direct actions and the associated demands for climate justice are unfolding on every continent.