Coal mine protests – level 2

20-01-2023 15:00

Thousands of people protested in West Germany against the demolition of a village.

The Luezerath Village is on the edge of a coal mine, which the government plans to expand. Last year, the government and utility company RWE made a deal. They said that they had to expand the mine because Germany needed independence from Russian gas. The government said that the original plan was to demolish five villages.

Germany is one of Europe’s biggest polluters. Protesters said that demolition of the village would make too many emissions, and Germany wouldn’t reach its goal in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Difficult words: demolition (destruction of a building or other structure), utility company (a company which gets electricity, gas, or water to buildings), polluter (a person or organization which makes the air, water, or land dirty or damaged).

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