There has been talk about a just transition, particularly regarding climate change, clean energy production and environmental protection for years. The discourse has, however, mainly been confined to trade unions, nonprofit organisations and academic institutions. While a just transition can be applied to a number of sectors, the two basic components remain the same. The underlying "transition" component revolves around change: a movement from the status quo to something better. There are several settings for this transformation, but most are along the broad lines of shifting from environmentally and socially damaging practices to those of a cleaner, restorative economy. Many activities contribute to climate change. Moving towards a future of more sustainable, low-carbon actions fits within the definition of this transition. An example is the movement away from coal as a means of electricity production to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. The use of coal has many nega...

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