Fossil Fuel Industry Shifts from Climate Denial to “Youthwashing”
December 31, 2019
For decades, the fossil fuel industry funded climate change denial campaigns aimed toward young people to sow seeds of doubt on climate science. As the climate crisis has worsened, it has made a subtle shift to what critics call "youthwashing."
Youth climate activism is on the rise. But as more young people push for radical climate action, big oil is ramping up efforts to channel that energy into its own ends. Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg called out these dynamics at the United Nations Climate Action Summit held this past September.