Photo of our movement worker Christopher Laumanns. Photo: private.

Christopher Laumanns

I fight for a good life for all people in harmony with the ecological systems that make our lives possible.

I am always concerned with the question of how to strategically advance a socio-ecological transformation in a meaningful way. I think the pressure for this change has to come from below. That's why I try to use my work to strengthen the climate justice movement, connect it with other social movements and open it up to different people - because so far most of the people in the movement are white and academically educated.

I do outreach work to make the voices of those heard who are otherwise not heard. Being on the privileged side in all forms of discrimination myself means that I now often work more in the background, trying to empower and support people to tell their stories.

What does all this look like in concrete terms? I participate in strategic debates, facilitate meetings and co-organise (disobedient) actions and large events. I design websites, social media presences, videos and printed matter, write press releases, make phone calls to journalists - and pass on my experience in workshops and trainings.

I only do this work in groups that decide by consensus. With a little practice, it's a very efficient way of working, where people don't get passed over so easily and better results come out. So I never work alone, but sponsorship allows me to develop my political work very freely, which is very important to me.

A very incomplete political curriculum vitae

In 2011, I co-founded Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, an association based in Leipzig that advocates for a social, ecological and democratic economy. I worked there until the end of 2019 and even though I still think the work of Konzeptwerk is great, I currently want to focus on free movement work.

In 2014 I went down into an open-cast mine quite spontaneously with about ten other people in white suits and climbed on top of a coal excavator. As far as I know, it was the first occupation of this kind in Germany - and it kicked off quite a bit. A few months later, we founded Ende Gelände with many people - an alliance that blocks fossil infrastructure en masse and thus fights for climate justice.

From 2015 to 2018/9, I helped organise the annual Degrowth Summer Schools and the Climate Camp in the Rhineland - wonderful places where alternatives are tested, education is organised, people network and go out for actions. In this context, I also moderated a dialogue with the mining union IG BCE for a few years - a great challenge and enriching experience.

At the end of 2015, I was accepted into Bewegungsstiftung's movement workers programme.

Since 2017, I have dedicated myself more to working with those affected by coal mining. To this end, we founded the alliance "Pödelwitz bleibt!" (Pödelwitz remains!) in the Leipzig region in 2017 and did a lot of local work in the Rhineland from 2018, which led to the founding of "Alle Dörfer bleiben!" (All villages remain!) in 2019. In this alliance, villagers from the three German lignite regions, citizens in solidarity and activists from the climate justice movement are fighting together against the destruction of villages for lignite.

At the beginning of 2020, I was involved in the organisation and moderation of the "Action Conference of the Climate Justice Movement" in Leipzig. It was the first time that over 200 delegates from Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion, Ende Gelände and the many smaller alliances of the climate justice movement came together to discuss their plans for the coming year. This unifying work gave me great pleasure and I would like to continue it.