April 2022 🌏 Climate Corner

Monday, April 4, 2022

3 minute read | contribution authored by Caroly Shumway, Ph.D., Director, Center for Behavior and Climate (CBC) and Emma De Roy, M.Sc. CBC is a division of Behavior Development Solutions.

THE FOSSIL FUEL SCAM: RECOGNIZING CLIMATE DISINFORMATION WHEN YOU SEE IT

One of the most important ways we can fight climate change is to speak out about the need for climate action. Unfortunately, for the last 40 years, vested-interest groups have attempted to undermine climate action through disinformation campaigns. These groups publicly deny the overwhelming scientific consensus that CO2 is increasing in our atmosphere due to our burning of fossil fuel. Social media has become a breeding ground for these underhanded campaigns, and the groups' effort has ramped up recently due to increasing interest in electric vehicles. The Electric Vehicle Scam, a two-part series written by Jay Lehr and Tom Harris of the Heartland Institute, is one of the recent attempts on social media to polarize public opinion on climate action.

We offer this guide for you to recognize climate disinformation, and four tips for speaking out...

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