Cooperide goes to Ende Gelände’ has officially taken off with a successful and inspiring action which revolved around symbolically carrying the Parisian ‘Red Lines’ to Vattenfall in Malmö. Holding the red textile, we marched silently to Vattenfall’s office, where we laid down flowers to commemorate and express our solidarity with the past, present and future victims of climate injustice. Thus we connected the conclusion of our previous ride in December with our current goal of materializing the agreement of the COP21 by holding Vattenfall responsible for their coal mining business in Lusatia, Germany, and demanding the phasing out of coal mining.
14 cyclists left Malmö towards Trelleborg for this 35km ride. Our mood was good, uplifted by the wind in our back and for some by many fond memories of the previous Cooperide coming back to mind as the group rode through the open rural landscape of southwestern Skåne. Due to the favorable weather conditions and the absence of mechanical issues, we reached Trelleborg after only two hours. A merry arrival it was, but sadly we already had to part ways with over half of the group after the enjoyable day we spent together – our kick-off escort had to return to different responsibilities in Lund and Malmö. After having our first general meeting, the remaining six ventured forth to find the check in for the ferry to Travemünde, which turned out to be the most stressful part of the day. But we found it at last and after following a blue line on the ground for 2km, we were guided unto the ferry.
We are all excited about the next days and about the new people joining our group. Ende Gelände, here we come!