The Socialist Left Party wants to push the oil industry out of Norwegian classrooms

Martin Linge fieldIllustration: Jan Arne Wold Equinor / NTB

Since 2019, the industry organization Norwegian Oil and Gas has met over 5,000 students in upper secondary schools. The Socialist Left Party (SV) is now proposing to ban the practice.

One of the proposals in SV’s new program that should be adopted on Sunday is to ban the oil industry from lobbying in Norwegian schools. The party’s leadership supports the proposal, newspaper Vårt Land writes.

“Students must learn about the climate crisis without actors from the oil industry who have an obvious interest when it comes to setting the terms,” Synnøve Kronen Snyen, leader of Socialist Youth (Sosialistisk Ungdom), noted.

Norwegian Oil and Gas is an employer organization for oil companies and supplier companies. It falls under the framework of NHO, the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry.

The other side

Maria Barstad Sanner, communications manager at Norwegian Oil and Gas, says it would be a pity for the proposal to be adopted.

She says that Norwegian Oil and Gas has been invited to the schools several times together with the organizations Nature and Youth (Natur og Ungdom) and the Future in our hands (Fremtiden i våre hender).

“The Education Act opens up for youth politicians, interest groups, and the business community to visit schools and be part of the teaching program. It must ultimately be the teachers who decide whether they want to have a visit or not,” she said.

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