To: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook, and Facebook climate, disinformation, and policy teams

From: Climate Disinformation Coalition

Date: March 25, 2021

Re: Stopping climate change disinformation on Facebook

Climate change disinformation is spreading rapidly across Facebook’s social media platform, threatening the ability of citizens and policymakers to fight the climate crisis. To explain how Facebook will stop climate change disinformation in the future, we would like your answers to the following questions:

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by Paolo Mutia, food and agriculture campaigner

In New York, beekeepers have lost more than 40 percent of their bee colonies on average nearly every year for the last decade. A relatively new class of pesticides threatens pollinators that are critical to top state crops, and emerging research suggests that early exposure to them could impact human health as well.

This type of pesticide, called neonicotinoids (neonics), can be approximately 1,000 times more acutely toxic to honeybees than the infamous pesticide DDT from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Since they were introduced in the 1990s, neonics have made U.S. agriculture nearly 48-times more toxic to insects. …

by Chloë Waterman, climate-friendly food program manager

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how deeply interconnected and fragile our food system is. Our highly concentrated meat processing infrastructure buckled early in the pandemic, and to date, more than 57,000 meatpacking workers became infected with COVID-19. Lines for food banks stretched down blocks. Diet-related chronic disease became one of the biggest risk factors for hospitalization and death from the virus. People of color bear the largest share of COVID-19 infections, deaths, and economic suffering.

As we scrutinize our food choices and the policies that influence them, we must acknowledge the impacts not only to our own health but to…

Democracy Spring in Washington DC, April 2016.

by Michelle Chan, vice president of programs

As our country faces a pandemic, an economic depression, a reckoning with racial justice, and a climate crisis, President Biden has the opportunity to use his first address to Congress to chart a new path forward. But to begin this journey, and to make meaningful progress on any of these issues, we need a fully functioning democracy.

Indeed, progress on every issue that Friends of the Earth works on — from climate change, to sustainable farming, to the clean-up of toxic waste — has been and will be hampered without fundamental reforms to our political system. …

Example of clearcut in the boreal forest in Ontario, Canada. Image via River Jordan.

The world’s largest consumer goods company continues failing to address concerns over its deforestation and forest degradation in the boreal forest of Canada and tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia.

by Jeff Conant, senior international forests program manager

Three months have passed since an “investor rebellion” by two-thirds of Procter & Gamble’s shareholders demanded that the company address its impacts on forests, and there are no signs that P&G is taking serious action. Environmental organizations, including, NRDC, Friends of the Earth U.S., Rainforest Action Network, and Environment America, have spent years raising the alarm about P&G’s role in enabling massive deforestation and forest degradation in the boreal forest of Canada and tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia. …

Vaca Muerta fossil fuel development in Argentina. Image via BNamericas.

by Kate DeAngelis, international finance manager

EXIM continues to invest in projects with severe environmental impacts, human rights abuses, and detrimental effects on local communities and public health. While EXIM claims to reduce risk in its portfolio, its consistent investment in the fossil fuel industry highlights the poor judgment of Trump-appointed Chairman Kimberly Reed and the Bank’s other decision makers.

At no other time has this been more evident than during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of fossil fuel markets and underscored some of the worst impacts of the fossil fuel industry. Many oil and gas projects have continued to operate through…

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by Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth

In thinking of Cecil Corbin-Mark, one phrase of his (only said on rare occasions) came to mind…

“Now Erich, we are all family here, and what I am going to say, I say with love…”

These words left a lasting impression and capture the essence of Cecil’s service on Friends of the Earth’s board.

“Now Erich…”

Cecil was direct. Conversations on environmental policy, the state of the environmental movement and environmental justice, convincing him to join Friends of the Earth’s board or talking explicitly about race and the racial justice movement, were always direct. He expected, without saying so, this…

By Jeff Conant, Senior International Forest Program Manager, Friends of the Earth

“One does not sell the land people walk on.”

— Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota warrior chief

At the very beginning of 2020, BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, announced it would place the climate crisis at the center of its investment strategy, stating that “climate risk is investment risk.” The decision included a divestment from coal, greater engagement with polluting companies, and placing sustainability at the core of its business — but it notably lacked an explicit commitment to address investments in extreme dirty energy projects like the Alberta tar sands or oil extraction in the Arctic. It also said…

The latest numbers for the annual honeybee count are in, and the situation is dire. Across the country beekeepers reported losing 44% of their bee colonies overall — and their highest summer losses ever.

And honeybees aren’t the only pollinators in trouble. 40% of all wild invertebrate pollinators are on the brink of extinction. If we lose our pollinators, it could mean ecological collapse on a scale we’ve never seen before.

We can’t let it come to that.

Can you rush a $50 donation right now to Friends of the Earth to protect our pollinators and our planet?

None of…

The latest Western bumblebee numbers are in, and the situation is urgent. Over the last 20 years, their numbers have plummeted 93%.

Not long ago, the Western Bumblebee was one of the most common bee species in the U.S., ranging from New Mexico’s deserts to the Alaskan tundra. Today, this once-common pollinator is fighting for survival. And it’s not the only pollinator we could lose forever — 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators are at risk of extinction.

And study after study has found that the massive use of pesticides, like Bayer-Monsanto’s bee-toxic neonicotinoids and its weed-killer glyphosate, aka Roundup®, is…

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