.ausgestrahlt aims to support all those who wish to make their voices heard in the fight against nuclear energy by developing strategies and creative ideas for campaigns and publishing communications of anti-nuclear arguments to be utilized by both individual activists and regional groups. We also organize petitions, days of action, information events and demonstrations so that a wide range of opportunities is available for all kinds of people to get involved. If necessary, we also seek opportunities to engage with relevant politicians and decision-makers to get across our message in a more direct manner.
Ten years ago, .ausgestrahlt became one of the leading figures in the anti-nuclear energy movement when public interest in the movement rose amidst reports that energy companies were lobbying for the extension of the operation of their nuclear power plants. Through cooperation with both local initiatives, larger environmental organizations and countless numbers of individuals opposed to nuclear energy, .ausgestrahlt was able to achieve its first goal: re-igniting the movement.
In 2009, 50,000 people marched on the streets of Berlin. An astounding 150,000 supported the human chain between the nuclear power plants Krümmel und Brunsbüttel (which are 120 km apart), surrounding Biblis and the protests at Gronau in April 2010 – creative protests .ausgestrahlt supported as one of the few organizations that operates across Germany and is thus equipped to reach a wider public. Yet despite continued protests in autumn of 2010, with 100,000 people in Berlin demanding the end of nuclear energy production, the German government stood by its decision to extend the operating time of nuclear power plants. .ausgestrahlt however continued to grow as an organization and felt strong enough to set a new objective: permanently shutting down all nuclear power plants in Germany. 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 protesters took to the streets again until the government finally listened to their demands and made the decision to permanently shut down eight reactors in Germany and cancel their plan to allow the operation time of the remaining power plants to be extended.
Currently, both .ausgestrahlt and the anti-nuclear energy movement are facing hurdles as we continue to put pressure on the government to deliver on their promises concerning the shutdown of the remaining seven nuclear power plants still in operation. Where will nuclear waste be stored? This question has so far remained without an answer and was therefore one of our arguments against this type of energy.