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Coal mining created community and culture. Can clean energy do the same?

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🗞️ Driving the news: As coal mining fades, clean energy industries like wind and solar are rising
• Communities previously reliant on coal face questions about retaining identity and pride while transitioning to renewables

🔭 The context: Coal mining, despite its dangers, fostered strong communities and cultural pride, particularly in regions like northern England and Wales
• With coal's decline, there is a need to find new sources of community cohesion

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Transitioning from coal to renewable energy is essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change, but it also involves redefining local identities tied to traditional industries

⏭️ What's next: Renewable energy projects may need to incorporate elements of community-building seen in coal mining to foster similar cultural pride and social bonds
• Initiatives like Community Energy could play a crucial role

💬 One quote: "Mining is a really, really tough job... proud of every minute of it. It ruined people, it broke people." - Kate Rusby, Yorkshire folk-singer

📈 One stat: The East Anglia Array, a major offshore wind project, is set to generate up to 3.1GW, vastly outstripping the capacity of a typical coal power plant (around 600MW)

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