Write to your MP candidate: Ban polluting ads

Image of two green placards leaning against a white wall with white writing in the left placard 'ban fossil fuel ads' and white writing on the left placard 'green-washing is a fossil crime'
Photo by Angela Christofilou

Advertising that promotes polluting companies is pushing us in the wrong direction. Just when we most need to reduce emissions and restore nature, advertising is locking in demand for environmentally-damaging industries, while hiding their true impacts.

Polluters cannot be trusted to advertise responsibly, and advertising regulation is limited and currently not fit for purpose. Meanwhile ads for SUVs, climate-damaging foods and airlines are everywhere, normalising high-carbon ways of living that we need to rapidly shift away from.

We urgently need a tobacco-style ban on adverts for fossil fuel companies and environmentally-damaging industries, to stop greenwash misinformation and drive down emissions. With an election fast approaching we need you to write to your MP candidate to ask them to support this in parliament.

In a speech on June 4th, 2024, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said: “Many governments restrict or prohibit advertising for products that harm human health – like tobacco... I urge every country to ban advertising from fossil fuel companies.“


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