Together against nuclear energy
Nuclear energy? No thanks!
.ausgestrahlt began its work in 2008 as an anti-nuclear power campaign active throughout Germany. We believe that the use of nuclear energy is a grave injustice, harming both people and the environment. We are fighting for a future powered by sustainable, environmentally friendly energy, rather than nuclear power. Only political pressure from the public can bring about the complete phasing out of nuclear energy. Therefore, we encourage people to become engaged in political discourse by voicing their discontent about the continued use of dangerous and unsustainable energy sources.
Through developing strategies and campaigns' ideas, and publishing anti-nuclear arguments and material to be utilised by both individual activists and regional groups, we aim to support all those who wish to make their voices heard in the fight against nuclear energy. We also organise petitions, campaigns' days, information events and large demonstrations so that there's always a wide range of opportunities for people to get involved in. By working with local initiatives, partner organisations and countless numbers nuclear energy opponents, we have already achieved an enormous amount!
The story of .ausgestrahlt
.ausgestrahlt was founded in 2005 by activists from the group 'X-tausendmal quer' to include members of the public in the anti-nuclear energy movement who supported the cause, but were not actively involved in blocking the castors used to transport nuclear waste. The aim was to make the anti-nuclear energy movement more accessible, so that people could involve themselves with it even if they didn't have the time or means to protest on site.
In 2008, .ausgestrahlt became one of the leading figures in the anti-nuclear energy campaign when public interest in the movement rose amidst reports that energy companies were lobbying to extend the period for which their nuclear power plants would be allowed to operate. Due to this increased support, .ausgestrahlt was able to employ two full-time activists to lead the organisation for the first time. Through cooperating with both regional initiatives and larger environmental organisations, .ausgestrahlt was consequently able to achieve its first goal: reigniting the movement.
In November 2008, 16,000 people protested in Gorleben. The following year, 50,000 came out on the streets of Berlin. An astounding 150,000 supported the human chain between Krümmel und Brunsbüttel, surrounding Biblis and the protests at Gronau in April 2010. Yet despite continued protests in Autumn of 2010, with 100,000 people in Berlin demanding the end of nuclear energy usage, the German government stood by its decision to prolong the operating time of nuclear power plants. .ausgestrahlt however continued to grow as an organisation, employing 6 activists by the end of 2010 and setting a new goal: that all nuclear power plants should be permenantly shut down. Public opinion reflected this momentum, with 50,000 demonstrating once more in Gorleben in November 2012.
After the Fukushima disaster in 2011, hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets until the government finally listened to their demands and made the decision to permenantly shut down eight reactors in operation in Germany and cancel their plan to lengthen the operation time of the remaining power plants. The anti-nuclear energy movement experienced a huge boost, with 23 people working from our office.
Our team is currently comprised of roughly 20 people, of which around half work from our Hamburg office. Currently, both .ausgestrahlt and the anti-nuclear energy movement are facing new hurdles as we continue to put pressure on the government to deliver on their promises concerning the remaining 9 nuclear power plants still in operation for potentially the next decade. Furthermore, with the phasing out of nuclear energy, we have also directed our focus onto the problem of nuclear waste; that the energy companies that have produced and profited from large amounts of nuclear waste safely and responsibly dispose of it, in terms of both costs and the environmental impact. Although we focus mainly on the problems caused by nuclear energy in Germany, we seek to be a part of a worldwide movement working towards a nuclear free future.
Your donation towards the end of nuclear energy
Our work towards ending nuclear energy is costly: well-informed research, dependable public relations work, effective campaigns and quality materials to support all those fighting against nuclear energy cost a lot of money. Because of this, we are dependent on financial support.
Every donation- big or small, regularly or one-off- helps us in our work!
You can easily and securely »donate here. Alternatively you can transfer a donation directly to our GLS bank account:
IBAN: DE51 4306 0967 2009 3064 00
BIC: GENO DEM1 GLS