The typical young Canadian professional’s engagement with the oilsands is like this: You pull your smart phone out and skim through your social media feed. You see post after post about the Canadian oilsands and its negative impact on the environment. You see countless re-posts about celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio protesting Canada’s poor environmental standards. After a quick read you “like” the post or possibly share it with a short comment to the effect of “This needs to change!” You lock your smart phone and head out the door with a new sense of accomplishment, thinking to yourself “I just effectively contributed to the debate on the oilsands.” But what exactly did you really accomplish?
Young professionals in Ontario need to effectively engage with the Canadian oilsands. Ultimately, what is missing from this equation is an effective platform, vehicle, or collaborative voice, where young Canadian professionals can come together to discuss the future of the Canadian oilsands.
Hey, youth of Canada! Your peers are being groomed to assume ~leadership roles~ in the industry, and they feel nothing but contempt for you.
Pro-tip, no one is ignoring the ~needs of the global economy~, we’re saying that capitalism is stripping the earth bare and either the system goes or our species does.