We know that people are concerned about climate change and want to help, but they believe the problem is too large and they don’t know where to start. Check out some of the ways you can get involved with our technologies, whether it’s fundraising for a good cause or simply learning more about climate issues.
Fundraise on Instagram Reels: You can donate and create fundraisers for more than 1.5 million nonprofits directly in Instagram Reels, which is now available in more than 30 countries. Many celebrities, including Dave Burd, also known as Lil Dicky, Maggie Baird, and Zyahna Bryant, are raising funds to raise awareness about environmental issues such as climate change and sustainability. We cover the donation processing fees as usual, so all funds raised through Fundraisers on Instagram go directly to the charity.
Visit the Climate Science Center: We’re adding new features such as highlighting commonplace actions and solutions, showcasing new data visualizations that show country-level emissions, and curating new content. The Climate Science Center, which is now available in 150 countries, has been visited by over 200 million people.
Show your support for the environment: We worked with illustrator Ping Zhu on Instagram to create stickers that encourage people to show their support for Earth Day and the environment. When someone uses one of the stickers in a Story, it will be added to a multi-author story that will appear in the first spot of Instagram’s Stories tray.
We’re adding profile frames to Facebook so people can show their support.
We’re releasing a special sticker pack and 3D Avatar stickers for Earth Day on Messenger. We’ve also teamed up with Ellen DeGeneres to provide an Earth Day-themed version of her mobile game Heads Up! to Messenger and Instagram video calling.
Quest has a lot of VR content about the environment. With Meta Quest’s virtual reality apps and experiences, you can immerse yourself in conservation experiences all around the world. Meet endangered mountain gorillas in northern Rwanda’s volcanic jungles, walk with gigantic pandas rescued from China’s wilds, or sit with the youngsters of Cabo Pulmo to learn how overfishing is affecting their local reef and livelihood.
On Facebook Marketplace, you may buy and sell used items. From bicycles and plants to clothes and home decor, you can use Facebook Marketplace to buy, sell, and thrift secondhand items in your local community and beyond. There are more than 700,000 ecologically friendly and up-cycled items listed on Marketplace in the United States as of April.
The graphic illustrating Meta’s environmental commitment
Beginning in 2020, our global activities will emit zero carbon gases and be powered entirely by renewable energy. We’ve also set a lofty goal for ourselves: by 2030, we’ll have achieved net zero emissions across our whole value chain and will be water positive. We’re introducing numerous new projects to demonstrate our commitment:
Fighting climate disinformation: Last November, we created a $1 million Climate Misunderstanding funding program to help organizations combat misinformation about climate change. We’re excited to announce that nine grantees from around the world have been chosen by an independent panel of judges to work to tackle climate misinformation. This is in addition to our current efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation on our apps.
Accelerating the shift to renewable energy sources: We are announcing that we have reached over 8 gigawatts of new wind and solar energy in support of our global operations, with over 500 megawatts announced this month. This includes three new solar projects in Denmark, which together represent the country’s largest solar energy purchase deal.
Water Restoration: As of today, Meta has invested in 18 water restoration projects totaling over 1 billion gallons of volumetric water benefits every year.
We’re announcing the first cohort of environmental justice entrepreneurs who will receive resources to support their green entrepreneurship journey as part of our environmental justice support to the University of Maryland.
Carbon-reduction technologies that are moving faster: Last week, we announced Frontier, a $925 million advance market commitment to purchase permanent carbon removal from companies developing promising new solutions over the next eight years, beginning in 2022, in collaboration with Stripe, Alphabet, Shopify, and McKinsey. This effort reaffirms our goal of achieving net zero emissions across our entire value chain by 2030.
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Conducting climate research: We’re expanding our annual Climate Change Opinion Survey — performed in cooperation with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication — to publish information about attitudes on climate change from people across more than 180 nations.
Using artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle climate change: We’re working on a number of programs that will use AI to help protect our planet. For example, the Open Catalyst Project — a cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Chemical Engineering – uses AI to predict and develop new catalysts to address the energy issues posed by climate change. We’re also looking on green AI and carbon capture activities.
Investing in environmental journalism: We’re launching the Sustainability Media Academy in collaboration with EB Impact, a Singapore-based non-profit, as a way to help Asian journalists gain expertise and authority on sustainability problems.
We can all assist to care for our environment if we work together. This Earth Day, we hope you will join us in learning more and becoming active.