Great post by Climate Justice Taranaki, a local grassroots group fighting the takeover of our community by the oil and gas industry. In addition to the environmental destruction wreaked by the fracking industry, by luring young people into temporary low wage jobs, it’s destroying our local economy.
As the oil and gas fracking industry spreads across a nation, increasingly high school teens are being lured to drop out and take up low-skilled jobs, as demonstrated in a recent research in the US. The authors of the study warned, “fracking raises the risk that some workers at the bottom of the skills and education ladder may end up being stuck there, because they made bad schooling choices in a rush to be part of the industry“.
Could this be happening in Taranaki – the heartland of the fossil fuel industry in New Zealand? Do we want to sacrifice our youth’s future to such short-term gains and in full knowledge of the social and environmental damages of this industry, volatile oil prices and widespread divestment movements?
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