Solving the Climate Crisis Starts With Combatting Disinformation

Solving the Climate Crisis Starts With Combatting Disinformation

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 18 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 18 4:45 PM (Eastern)

Climate disinformation reduces our ability to pass climate policy, and we aren’t doing nearly enough to stop climate disinformation from spreading. It is no exaggeration to say we have recently witnessed both the worst climate disinformation and the greatest opportunities to stop it. Using research and case studies from 2021 (Texas power outage, Biden’s April climate plan, and the COP26 conference), this panel will present the challenges disinformation poses the climate movement. We’ll build an evidence base for stronger corporate policies, broader regulation, and transparency. Finally, panelists will discuss the regulatory and legislative paths available to fight climate disinformation head-on.

Moderator

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan has spent more than a decade working at the intersection of politics, media, culture, and technology. Today, she uses her expertise to help people, policymakers and institutions combat online extremism and toxicity.

Melissa became fascinated with extremism and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. elections, as she watched once-fringe extremist networks rise to prominence as they were amplified by mainstream candidates and media. She was among the first progressives to chronicle the rise of the alt-right online when she launched Ctrl Alt-Right Delete shortly after the election, which has since grown to more than 15,000 weekly readers.

Ryan’s expertise is sought out by journalists, politicians, leaders and everyday Americans who want to better understand how current events are shaped by social media and how political campaigns use digital strategy to engage voters.

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Panelists

Michael Khoo

MichaelKhoo

Michael Khoo (he/his) is the Co-chair of the Climate Disinformation Coalition at Friends of the Earth where he works with their communications and climate change departments.

Khoo is also Co-CEO of Upshift Strategies and coordinated the 2014-2015 national Net Neutrality campaign, a large-scale coalition campaign that overcame the entrenched Washington telecommunications industry. Previous to that, he was the Washington representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and lead campaigner for Greenpeace Canada. Khoo (he/his) is ethnically/geographically Malaysian-Canadian and resides in Washington, D.C.

He published network analysis research about the marriage of climate deniers and QAnon here:
https://foe-us.medium.com/climate-clicks-capitalism-and-crazies-a336640b47d