Norway discovered oil over 45 years ago, and during those years, their economy has prospered. 25% of Norway’s national budget is funded by revenues from oil and this and this has permitted Norway to provide free education and health care. Now almost the entire coastline of Norway is open for oil drilling. This places islands above the arctic circle such as Senja, where the world’s largest cold-water coral reef is located, at risk. These places are home to an abundance of whales, fish, and seabirds and this is where the last big stock of cod in the world spawn, so the waters are extremely valuable to Norway’s national fishing industry. Silje Lundberg is an environmentalist bringing these complex issues to light. For years she ran, Nature and Youth, Norway’s largest environmental organization for young people, with 7000 members who are 25 years and under.

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