We need more robust, coordinated and proactive strategies to deal with the scale of the threat to platforms. (For the purposes of this document, ‘platforms’ henceforth refers to both tech platforms and ad networks serving the open web.)
To prevent climate mis/disinformation and its impacts on climate action, civil society needs to pressure platforms, governments and regulators to rein in the problem of climate denial and wider discourses of delay. As a first step, we need acknowledgement and transparency about mis/disinformation of all forms from the platforms, and to support international and national government legislation that would enforce this.
The coming two years will provide opportunities to turbo-charge climate disinformation in the mainstream, `including: the COP27 & COP28 summits; elections in key geographies such as Australia, Brazil, France, India, Nigeria, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States; the release of major IPCC reports; updated announcements on nationally determined contributions (NDCs); and other key milestones in climate financing and governance. Fortunately, the stars are also aligning for opportunities to create strong policies from both governments and tech platforms, if we continue to build up what we achieved together in 2021 and organise collective interventions for decision-makers and the tech platforms to ramp up their action against climate mis/disinformation.