Australia : addicted to coal


On one hand, Australia has clearly committed to the energy transition: the share of coal in domestic electricity generation is constantly decreasing while the share of renewables rises. Yet on the other hand, the country defends its position as leading global exporter of coal by all possible means. It even supports the project for a new giant mine in a yet untapped area in North Queensland, just opposite the Great Barrier Reef. To defend this treasure under threat from rising temperatures, environmental groups are attempting to scupper this project while on the ground inhabitants are hoping for it to have a positive impact on employment.

Why we selected this film

This film is interesting because it uses the example of Australia to show us that it is not that easy to separate economic and environmental concerns. In the Latrobe Valley, the transition is difficult for local workers as several generations have lived off coal mining. Many lack the necessary skills to work in the field of renewable energy. In the Galilee Basin, where a mine with reserves of 27 billion metric tons of coal is set to be opened by Indian company Adami, environmental campaigners are fighting to stop the mining operations. Everyone condemns the hypocrisy, lack of understanding and negotiations of a country which has signed the Paris Agreement, undertaking to cut the use of coal nationally, but which is content to export coal to emerging countries which will burn it in old, polluting power stations and will take on the carbon footprint.


  • Winson :

    Is there any English version? The VO has English subtitles but the interviews were dub as French.

    Saturday January 26th, 2019, 03:58 PM
  • Selyne, pour l’équipe du Greenpeace Film Festival :

    Bonjour Margaux, la version anglaise apparaîtra sitôt que vous aurez choisi d’afficher le site dans sa version anglaise 🙂 C’est tout en haut, à droite de votre écran : il suffit de cliquer sur le drapeau français, un menu déroulant s’affichera.

    Wednesday January 16th, 2019, 12:25 PM
  • Margaux :

    Super doc. J’habite en Australie et j’aimerais partager cette video(un teaser ou plus dans le cadre du festival), y’a t’il une version en Anglais que je n’aurais pas vu?

    Wednesday January 16th, 2019, 03:59 AM
  • Oriane :

    Ce petit film montre à quel point il est difficile de convaincre les politiques, mais aussi la population, à un changement de vie (ici, passage du charbon aux énergies renouvelables) pour préserver les joyaux de notre Terre.

    Tuesday January 15th, 2019, 11:44 AM
  • Michel :

    Film intéressant qui montre la résistance au changement et le manque d’imagination et de conviction pour définitivement tirer un trait sur l’utilisation des énergies fossiles qui peuvent encore être source de richesses économiques.

    Monday January 14th, 2019, 11:50 PM

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