Mining The Truth + Just Transitions. Film and workshop.

Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 2:00pm
Joe Napolitano A, Level 2, Union House, University of Melbourne

What is it like to live in communities directly affected by coal and gas mining? What is a just transition away from fossil fuels, and how can we get nearer to one?

To kick off the Melbourne Uni Environment Collective's Thursday afternoon films, workshops and discussion group series, is a double-bill. A film, and a workshop rolled into one!

First up, 'Mining the Truth' (running time 30 minutes)

In 2012, 60 young people travelled to mining communities around Australia. They heard from Traditional Owners, miners, doctors, farmers, parents and others who have experienced the impacts of coal and gas development. 'Mining The Truth' documents their stories. Produced by ASEN (Australian Student Environment Network) and Winner of Best Australian Film at the 2013 Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

Following the film, we have a special guest who will be facilitating An Introduction to Class, Environmentalism and Just Transitions. Read more below:

Why are environmental struggles so often framed as battles between wealthier, educated, urban people and working-class people in the mining and forestry industries? A transition away from fossil fuels that doesn’t consider the needs and contribution of people and communities sustained by these industries wouldn’t just be unjust, it probably won’t happen. This workshop will introduce the idea and importance of a Just Transition, and consider what we can do to bring one closer.

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