Coal Action Network Aotearoa is launching a major new report – and you’re invited to the launch event.
When: Thursday 22 May, 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Rutherford House, Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre Two (RHLT2)
Speaker: Jeanette Fitzsimons, Coal Action Network Aotearoa
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/782673118417557/
What’s it about:
Coal mining communities in New Zealand have recently faced major disruption, uncertainty and job losses as the industry suffers from falling prices, competition from renewable energy and mounting concern at the threat of climate change.
Globally and locally, we are on the brink of a transition from the old economy, based on fossil fuels, to a new future based on clean, renewable energy. Yet many hold on to the old for fear of job losses that will leave communities with a shattered economy and no options.
Jeanette will be launching “Jobs After Coal,” a report she has co-authored with other members of the Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA). The report argues that the role of coal in New Zealand’s economy is small; there are many options for jobs in the industries that will replace coal; skills of coal miners are transferable to other industries, and communities can reinvent themselves to regain a new prosperity after coal.
However, these positive outcomes depend on recognising the need for a proper and effective transition path and setting up a planned process within the community itself, including all stakeholders, with support from central and local government.