In Brief: Fridays for Future protests erupt in Germany against Siemens support of Australian coal mine project

Adani’s Carmichael project has long been controversial, but the debate has been reignited in the wake of Australia’s ongoing bushfires. In his statement explaining his decision to protesters and stakeholders, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said there was “practically no legally and economically responsible way to unwind the contract without neglecting fiduciary duties.”

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Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said the company will move forward with their role in supporting the construction of a coal mine in Australia, despite a recent surge of protests from environmental activists.

In response to Kaeser’s decision, Fridays for Future activists assembled across Germany on Monday, protesting outside regional offices and Siemens’ corporate headquarters in Munich.

Adani’s Carmichael project has long been controversial, but the debate has been reignited in the wake of Australia’s ongoing bushfires.

In his statement, Kaeser said there was “practically no legally and economically responsible way to unwind the contract without neglecting fiduciary duties.”

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An estimated 70,000 visitors are expected at Berlin Fashion Week, with runway shows, trade fairs, and other events taking place through this Friday.

At an event on Monday, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze talked about “fast fashion” and the importance of making the textile industry more environmentally-friendly.

She said it’s key to not only create incentives for manufacturers to work towards sustainability but also to encourage consumers to invest in high-quality and durable clothing.

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Berlin DJ Dr. Motte wants to see the return of the Love Parade, the legendary “rave-o-lution” he started over 30 years ago.

He’s asking for people to take part in the “Fundraver” to “make the dream of a new parade come true.”

The first parade took place in Berlin in July 1989 with a small number of people dancing to acid house music along Kurfürstendamm in the former West Berlin. The movement continued in Berlin for over a decade, and at its peak, attendance was estimated to be about 1.5 million.

The tradition saw a tragic end in Duisburg when overcrowding led to the death of 21 people.

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With the new year comes new, higher tariffs on Berlin transportation.

If you purchased tickets for transit in 2019, double check before boarding to make sure they can still be used.

A day pass in the fair zones AB has increased from 7 euros to 8.60, for example.

To check if the tarif changes will affect tickets you’ve previously purchased, take a look at this link (scroll to the bottom for a chart).

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