New Video: “A Just Transition: The Way Forward for Coal Communities”

In both Germany and the United States, coal is an integral part of our heritage and history. From the Ruhr Valley to Appalachia, coal was synonymous with economic growth and jobs. Nevertheless, in recent years, automatization and competition from more profitable energy sources has put many hardworking people out of work.

Last November, the Heinrich Böll Foundation brought US community leaders to Germany to explore ways in which coal communities can adapt to these changing markets, and reinvent themselves for a sustainable future. From renewable energy to nanotechnology to industrial heritage tourism, this short video highlights how some former coal regions have transformed themselves for life after coal.



The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based political foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. They are “a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network.” Learn more here!

Eva Malis

Eva is a fourth year Environmental Science student and the Communications Associate for SERC. Her passion lies in conservation biology, climate justice, and environmental communications.

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