- Job posted on: 1st Feb 2022
- Applications close:
You will engage health and community service workers, their organisations and other members of the public in campaigns to reduce pollution from coal based power. This will include advocating for a transition from coal to renewable energy by 2030 that promotes health and job security. You will develop and execute campaign strategy, building on Healthy Futures’ previous campaign work and in collaboration with other Healthy Futures staff and volunteers. You will work with supporters and allies across Victoria, and potentially some interstate, with a particular focus on engaging and organising stakeholders in the Latrobe Valley due to the health of people there being most at risk from current coal related pollution and from any social disruption associated with unplanned energy transition.
Healthy Futures is an organisation of healthcare workers and community members taking action to address climate change and related threats to health in Australia. We were set up by two doctors in 2015 and now comprise five staff at a combined total of 2.2 FTE and over 1,500 supporters around Australia.
We are an affiliate group of Friends of the Earth Australia.
Climate change is the greatest global health threat of the 21st century, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide every year through increased extreme weather events, crop failures, famine and spread of infectious diseases. Combustion of fossil fuels for electricity in Australia contributes to climate change and also kills hundreds of Australians every year through toxic air pollution that leads to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. On a per capita basis, the greatest harms from coal pollution in Australia are borne by communities closest to coal fired power stations, but these communities are also uncertain about the future beyond coal. To mitigate the health impacts of coal pollution in Victoria, Healthy Futures has advocated for the requirement of pollution reduction technologies in keeping with international best practice (see page on our previous website here), the replacement of the AGL-owned Loy Yang A with renewable energy by 2030 (see here) and for the Victorian government to fund the Latrobe Valley Authority to plan a full transition from coal (see here). In order to protect the health of people in the Latrobe Valley and around the world, we need to scale up and win these campaigns.
We currently have funds for this position for 35 weeks. We hope to continue the position beyond this period but this will depend on further funding.
If you have any questions please email us at [email protected] using the subject line: Victorian Campaigner enquiry via EthicalJobs.
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