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Fossil fuel firms were recently busted for spending big bucks to make ads that look like Google search results, something activists have criticized as being “sneaky” and immoral.

Now, scientists are chiming in in agreement with the activities, demanding advertising agencies and PR firms stop working with fossil fuel clients and “Big Oil.”

According to Reuters, more than 450 scientists joined together and asked the executives of major advertising and PR firms to cut ties with their fossil fuel clients. The scientists claimed the advertisements and PR work was spreading disinformation about Climate change.

Collectively, the scientists sent a letter to companies including WPP, Edelman, and IPG. They also reached out to the companies’ clients who have supposed sustainability goals, such as Unilever, Amazon, and Microsoft.

“As scientists who study and communicate the realities of Climate change, we are consistently faced with a major and needless challenge: overcoming advertising and PR efforts by fossil fuel companies that seek to obfuscate or downplay our data and the risks posed by the climate crisis,” the scientists wrote, according to the Washington Post.

PR and advertising firms have recently been under fire for the role they play in “greenwashing” fossil fuel companies or downplaying the impact fossil fuel has on the environment.

Back in October of 2021, a U.S. House panel questioned oil company CEOs about their role in spreading misinformation about Climate change, as reported by the Bahart Express News. The panel subpoenaed them for financial documents on the money these companies spent on marketing and is expected to investigate the third-party marketing companies as well.

Climate scientists have long been trying to sound the alarm bells when it comes to Climate change and Global warming, and they’ve been largely silenced by companies using marketing firms and PR agencies to downplay the significance of these claims.

Sign this petition to stand with the IEA and demand that all major oil and gas companies switch to the production of sustainable, green energy now.

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