Why ban fossil fuel ads?

Pollution from coal, oil and gas kills more people than smoking.

Burning fossil fuels is the main cause of global warming.

Advertising increases demand for high carbon products and delays climate action.

The promotion of tobacco, gambling and alcohol is restricted across all three levels of government in recognition of the damage they cause our community. 

Yet coal, oil and gas corporations are allowed unrestricted access to our airways, billboards and digital platforms to sell themselves and the products that are damaging our health, environment and climate.

Fossil fuels are hazardous to human health. Air pollution from fossil fuels alone takes 8.7 million lives prematurely each year – more than tobacco

Burning fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming which is driving more intense and frequent heat waves, storms, bushfires and droughts. It is expected that climate change could cause around 83 million human deaths by 2100 if urgent action isn’t taken. Countless more will suffer long-term physical, economic and mental impacts of displacement, loss of life and loss of livelihoods. 

Advertising coal, oil and gas serves no purpose other than to increase demand for the products that are driving climate change and harming our community. 

Fossil fuel advertisements and sponsorships mislead consumers about the environmental attributes of dangerous and toxic products, and delays the shift in social attitudes urgently required to transition to safer, cleaner energy. 

Restrictions on fossil fuel advertising are in place in France, Amsterdam, and several UK council areas in recognition of the numerous harms that fossil fuels cause. Other laws are being debated in the EU, Germany, Sweden and Canada.

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