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Youth from Loreto unites in the fight against fracking

Two training courses were carried out by COESUS in a school in Loreto/MA

What is fracking?

Fracking – also called hydraulic fracturing – is a process that involves injecting large volumes of water, chemicals and sand at high pressure into underground rock layers to release trapped natural gas. Despite being a technique already used in several countries, it is controversial because it causes environmental and ecological damage, including contamination of groundwater, release of greenhouse gases, induced earthquakes, etc.

History shows that Brazilian youth have always been present in the country’s most important moments of struggle and transformation. Whether in the demonstrations for Diretas Já, in the Occupations of 2016 or in the recent Global Strikes for the climate, young people have been protagonists in the search for a better future.

On September 26, 2022, COESUS – Coalition No Fracking Brazil for Water and Life, a campaign by the Arayara International Institute, held two training sessions at Paulo Freire School, in the city of Loreto, Maranhão. The action had the participation of more than 200 students. Technical analysts Helena, Dalcio and Esmeralda were present and took the opportunity to disseminate information about fracking and engage young people in the climate cause.

The training lasted about two hours each and had the interested participation of the students. Among the topics addressed was the relevance of youth in building a fair and sustainable future. Which is reflected in the fact that it is these people who will be impacted by climate change in the near future.


Students from Paulo Freire School at the end of training.


Dalcio Costa, ativista da COESUS, ressaltou a importância de conscientizar e empoderar os jovens sobre o futuro que desejam. Segundo Dalcio:

“To raise awareness is to empower young people about the future they want. It is to guarantee the future of life”.

COESUS and the technical analysts highlighted the importance of encouraging youth participation in moments of transformation such as those experienced today in environmental issues. Training and dialogues such as those carried out at the Paulo Freire School are essential, according to the coalition, to increase the awareness and engagement of young people in causes in favor of the climate and the environment.


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