Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, self-proclaimed “autistic climate justice advocate,” was released by German police on Tuesday evening. She was detained with others earlier in the day at a protest over the expansion of a coal mine in the western village of Lützerath. “Climate protection is not a crime,” Thunberg twiteed. Residents in the village were evicted, mostly by 2017, to make way for the lignite coal mine. “We need to stop the current destruction of our planet and sacrificing people to benefit the short-term economic growth and corporate greed,” Thunberg said at the protest site. It’s known that the German government reached a deal with energy company RWE last year allowing it to destroy the village in return for ending coal use by 2030, rather than 2038. Some opinions were defavorable for protesters, including Thunberg.
“Greta Thunberg is in Germany protesting a coal mine because she thinks it’s better for elderly Germans to freeze in winter than it is for Germany to develop any sort of coherent energy strategy,” conservative Ian Miles Cheong wrote on Twiteer. At the opposite side, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus wrote: “Greta’s first arrest. It’s time for many more of us to stand up and risk arrest for the sake of a livable planet.”