When I recently saw the link to a petition for a Fossil Free Facebook, I assumed it was someone requesting Facebook to switch their datacenters to energy from renewable sources. It reminded me of another petition I wrote about last year, which asked the tech industry, in general, to switch to green power. It seems, however, Facebook has already pledged to do that, which is laudable.
The Fossil Free Facebook campaign, though, goes a step further than that. They target Facebook in their position as one of the largest advertising companies in the world and ask them to reject advertising from oil and gas companies. It’s well known by now that many of the giant energy companies, while investing in renewable energy themselves, also try to influence the public opinion and downplay the risks associated with climate change, or even fund outright denial.
If you believe that companies like Facebook should take more responsibility for the ads that they host, have a look at the petition and sign it if you like.