Activists and Lawyers from different organizations have asked companies that produce emissive gases, mainly oil companies, to have a clear health warning about the dangers their gases have for the environment. Lawyers say that the companies should have “Tobacco-style health warnings” in their advertisements.
Different environmental organizations have done recent research on these advertisements and state that these companies are not at all bringing the fact into view about how Fossil fuel and the gasses released by burning it is harmful to the ecosystem. An environmental law non-profit organization called ClientEarth alleged that the biggest of oil firms are misleading in their advertisements, where the companies don’t at all talk about how the fumes released by fossil fuel burning are dangerous for the climate.
A lawyer from ClientEarth, Johnny White stated that Businesses that are responsible for melting the earth harshly are investing millions of dollars in advertising campaigns about how their businesses are focused on sustainability. Though none of the companies seem to take action on their claims. Greenwashing has been a marketing strategy for these companies for quite some time now. Green-washing is a marketing term used by companies to put forward their word about how the energy they use is Eco-friendly and hazard-free, though this is not always true, Johnny White also added that The issues of greenwashing arise because they can mislead the public about the true environmental impact of petroleum and other fossil fuels and distort public debates on climate change.
ClientEarth stated that companies are only advertising about their Sustainability and how their efforts will transit to a cleaner source of energy, though, still investing more and more into Fossil fuel. Despite several current statements, significant amounts of fossil fuels are being burned or carbon offsets are being implemented, rather than carbon emissions being reduced.
Some renowned oil companies such as Shell, Equinor, and Chevron, when contacted on these issues, said that the emissions that their companies release don’t cross the deadline in the Paris agreement. The goal of the Paris agreement was that global warming is to be limited to well below 2 degrees Celsius, ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels.
A huge name in the oil industry, Saudi Aramco also spoke to the news where they stated that the company is taking steps to reduce carbon emissions produced by their oil extraction and exploration machinery. They also stated the company is investing in low carbon producing solutions to produce fewer emissions but the newer technologies are still in the development process, it will take some time to fully rely on these new technologies.
ClientEarth also said that the same regulations should apply to the advertising of fossil fuels as tobacco products, with “health warnings” about the risks associated with climate change emphasizing a connection to them. Furthermore, companies need to be transparent about their spending on fossil fuels as compared to low carbon enterprises, and it should be banned to directly promote fossil fuel products as they are one of the leading causes of the current time’s climate crisis.
In a report last year by the International Energy Agency, it is clear that if vehicles, companies, and industrial plants solely rely on burning fossil fuels and producing dangerous emissions, it is well expected that global warming will cross 1.6 degrees Celsius and the earth could face an irreversible loss.