Environmental activists across the world lashed out at German engineering giant Siemens on Monday, January 13th after it decided to resume operations at a controversial coal mine project in Australia.
Siemens would go ahead with its plans to provide rail infrastructure for the Carmichael mine in Queensland, CEO Joe Kaeser said Sunday, January 12th in spite of objections and after holding talks with environmentalists in Berlin last week, AFP has reported.
On Monday, activists from the Fridays for Future movement staged sit-ins outside the company's offices in 15 German cities, including Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg.
"Siemens' decision was catastrophic, and the mine threatens worldwide efforts to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius," Fridays for Future said on their website.
The decision would "destroy" Siemens' reputation, Australian climate activist Varsha Yajman, 17, told AFP, adding, "It is time for Kaeser to realise the consequences of his actions and give us the sustainable future we deserve."
Siemens, which aims to be carbon neutral by 2030, signed a contract in December to provide rail signalling services for the Carmichael project.
The German conglomerate had signed a contract worth roughly €18 million ($20 million), according to which it should supply rail infrastructure for the Carmichael mine in Queensland, near the Great Barrier Reef, German DW news agency reported.