Germany’s anti-nuclear movement has a long and colorful history of direct action, civil disobedience – and victories against the nuclear industry.

This week, anti-nuclear protestors blocked a boat to carrying nuclear waste to an interim storage site in Germany. Hanging from a bridge, the activists briefly lowered a banner reading “prevention not relocation.”

Police soon had the protestors out of their way, so the boat – the first to transport nuclear waste in Germany by river – could continue on its way.

But Germany’s anti-nuclear movement has won plenty of victories over more than four decades of direct action, civil disobedience, and creative protest.

Click through the gallery above to look at how grassroots activism gave rise to a nationwide political movement that influenced global atitudes towards energy.