There is uncertainty on both the environmental side and the coal workers side of things when it comes to a lack of a plan from the province to tackle the federal government’s plan of phasing out coal-fired electricity by the year 2030.
That’s from a recent report from Climate Justice Saskatoon after Justin Fisher from CJS and some of his colleagues visited Estevan and Coronach and found that people whose work relies on coal say they’re not too happy with Saskatchewan’s lack of plan to address the federal government’s deadline.
On the other side, Fisher says the feeling is the same when it comes to environmentalists.
Co-author of the report titled “Bridging the Gap”, Hayley Carlson says people who rely on coal feel isolated and ignored by decision-makers despite the urgency of the challenges we’re facing as a province.
Climate Justice Saskatoon will head to both Estevan and Coronach again in the spring to continue the discussion with those who heavily rely on coal for their careers and to strengthen relationships.
Written by: Devyn Gregoire