Young climate activists to protest against Nord Stream 2 in Germany

German activists from the Youth Climate Strike (Fridays for Future) announced that they would organise public protests on Tuesday against the actions of the authorities of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to complete the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Protests are to be held in front of the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Berlin, in front of the seat of the state government in Schwerin and in front of the gas pipeline station in Lubmin.

They stated that the fact that the local authorities want to finalise the construction of the pipeline through a climate protection foundation is “some kind of bad joke”.

Last week, the national parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern gave the green light for the creation of a state-owned foundation that would not only support environmental, nature and climate protection projects, but would also be involved in economic activities, including the purchase of structural elements and machinery necessary to complete Nord Stream 2. It would be a way to circumvent the sanctions ordered by the USA against companies participating in the construction of NS2.

According to the statement of German Fridays for Future, natural gas is extremely detrimental to the climate, while various studies show that Nord Stream 2 is not necessary to meet Europe's energy needs. Meanwhile, the social democratic national prime minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Manuel Schwesig, considers gas to be an indispensable temporary measure to implement a shift in the German energy sector.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a Russian-German project involving the transportation of natural gas directly from the former to the latter. It is being built by Gazprom with financial support from companies from Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands.

Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States have all objected to Nord Stream 2. They have argued that the pipeline threatens their energy security and have asked the EC to intervene.