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Transitioning Coal Communities

To respond to climate change we need to stop using fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy to power our society. There is a transition underway in Australia right now which needs acceleration, but what happens to the communities whose economies are tied to coal?

Earlier this year the AEGN visited the Latrobe and Hunter Valleys to learn what is needed to support these communities to achieve a just transition to a new economic future. Justin Maxson, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and Lisa Abbott, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, came on the journey with us and shared their deep knowledge of just transitions in the Appalachian region of the US.

We now have two videos available of interviews with Justin, Lisa and Mark Randazzo from the EDGE Funders Alliance. Listen to Sue Mathews of the Mullum Trust in conversation with these leading transitions practitioners, talking about the role for philanthropy and what communities do to drive a just transition.