On Friday the 28th of April, Liddell Power Station, one of the worlds oldest coal powered generators, will switch off, ushering in a new era of rapidly developing clean energy. However, as we watch the decentralisation and transformation of the energy sector, we must ensure a just transition for the workers of the power station, and Hunter Valley, who have built their entire community around Australia's oldest operating coal plant.
Almost everyone in Hunter Valley has a connection to the Liddell Power Station, and the community is excited to see change, according to this article. But Hunter Valley is worried. After a lifetime of relying on Australia's oldest operating power station, community members are concerned for their jobs, and livelihood.
This is why we must have a just transition. In the process of shifting to a cleaner future, we must ensure that no one is left behind. We cannot have climate justice without economic justice.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has proposed a National Energy Transition Authority, to ensure that all workers have job security while we work towards a safer climate and brighter future.
Friends of the Earth backs this proposal. You can sign the ACTU's petition here.