In November the seven-day Just Transition Tour will take a busload of people through coal-affected communities around NSW. The tour will promote the potential for a just transition away from coal mining and coal-fired power, towards a renewable energy future that guarantees jobs and protects communities. We will talk to community members, see the impact of mining, meet amazing activists, learn about renewable alternatives and take our message to Canberra and the NSW Parliament in the weeks leading up to the Copehnagen climate talks.
When: 20-26 November 2009
Fri 20th Nov Newcastle – Gloucester – Singleton – Jerry’s Plains
Sat 21st Nov Jerry’s Plains – Muswellbrook – Bickham – Caroona
Sun 22nd Nov Caroona – Mudgee – Cowra
Mon 23rd Nov Cowra – Canberra
Tues 24th Nov Canberra – Lithgow
Wed 25th Nov Lithgow – Katoomba
Thurs 26th Nov Katoomba – Sydney – Lake Macquarie – Newcastle
[There are options for people who can’t come for the whole tour]
Because climate scientists like NASA’s James Hansen have given the planet a five year window to make serious carbon cuts if we are going to avoid crossing dangerous climate tipping points.
Because coal is a massive contributor to Australian and global carbon emissions.
Because communities need green jobs and green industry alternatives to coal mining.
Because we need to work with coal communities to phase out coal for a safe climate.
Because renewable energy has the potential to create more jobs than coal.
Because the renewable energy alternatives are ready to roll and it’s time to make the change.
Anyone and everyone is welcome! Students, parents, activists, workers, grandparents – anyone who is worried about climate change, and wants to find out more from communities on the ground about how we can work together to make a fair and fast transition to renewables in NSW.
The tour is being organised by an alliance of different groups and individuals in Newcastle. But you don’t have to be from Newcastle to help out or come along!