What is the future of coal mining



Roll-up exhibition to borrow

The exhibition shows the importance and consequences of coal mining and burning in South Africa and Germany, as well as options for an environmentally friendly energy supply.

Hard coal is an important energy source worldwide. Hard coal is also used in German coal-fired power plants. About 80% of this is imported, including from South Africa. In South Africa Mpumalanga, the partner province of North Rhine-Westphalia, is the main coal mining area. The mining is associated with massive environmental damage and social problems. Coal mining is destroying the landscape, making water scarce and acidic. The consequences of climate change, the main cause of which is coal combustion, can already be felt today, e.g. when floods destroy harvests. On the other hand, Germany and South Africa in particular have great potential for expanding renewable energies. Sun and wind enable an environmentally friendly energy supply and are suitable to counter the high energy poverty in South Africa.

The loanable exhibition comprises 11 roll up displays (Format: 1 m x 2 m), which can be set up flexibly. It is suitable for schools, parishes, adult education institutions, town halls, e.g. B. in the context of climate protection weeks, one-world projects, etc. The space requirement is approx. 30 m2.

The eleven displays are attractively designed and use short texts and graphics to explain the connections between coal mining, its consequences and energy and climate policy in South Africa and Germany.

The contents of the exhibition:

  • The importance of coal for Germany and South Africa
  • Environmental impacts of coal mining in South Africa's Mpumalanga coal province, z. B. Water pollution and scarcity
  • The consequences of climate change in South Africa
  • Coal - a cheap resource with high follow-up costs
  • Energy wealth and energy poverty in South Africa
  • Chances of an energy transition in South Africa
  • South Africa's coal for German power plants
  • Options for a different energy policy

The exhibition created by the Office for MÖWe and Coordination Southern Africa can be borrowed for a fee of 50 euros (shipping and packaging costs) from:

Coordination Southern Africa (KOSA e.V.)
August-Bebel-Str. 62, 33602 Bielefeld
Tel: 0521-98648-51
[email protected],

A booklet for schoolchildren and an information brochure with detailed background information on the topic are available as educational material. Orders and downloads can be made via www.kosa.org/formulare/publikat.html

For further information and questions, please contact:



For the German Sustainability Action Days in June 2014, a wide range of action options are available for work in church parishes and church institutions and groups.

Climate protection concepts in regional churches

The creation of integrated climate protection concepts is promoted as part of the funding programs of the national climate protection initiative. In these concepts, the areas of real estate, mobility and procurement are examined in detail and measures to reduce CO2 emissions are developed. A current overview can be found at the EKD's Climate Protection Project Office

Key points for a sustainable energy concept

Based on a resolution by the regional synod, the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland presented a discussion paper on energy policy in 2012. For this purpose, technical contributions to the C02-Reduction, for the energy transition and for the phase-out from nuclear energy. The discussion paper serves as a basis for being able to participate appropriately in the church and public discussion on climate protection and the energy transition. The "key points for a sustainable energy concept" were presented and discussed at two conferences in the Evangelical Academy in Bonn and at a regional synod of some church districts on energy.

In 2009, energy was the annual theme of the Education for Sustainable Development portal.