Coal and Culture: A Tale of Two Cities

From Germany’s Ruhr Valley to the Hunter Valley in Australia. Why structural change needs to look different in countries with a colonial past.

Andrea Hoymann
Climate Conscious
Published in
6 min readJul 31, 2022

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The coal mine industrial complex Zollverein in Essen/Germany. Photo by Peter Heinsius on Unsplash

I grew up in a mining city in Germany right in the heart of the Ruhr Valley — an amalgamation of municipalities that make up the largest urban area in the…

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Andrea Hoymann
Climate Conscious

German expat in Australia | writes about sustainability, travel, work & life | head of strategy at brandchemistry.com.au