Facebook has announced a new initiative to combat climate change. According to CNBC, the company has promised to restore more water than it consumes by 2030. The program will primarily affect the regions where Facebook uses local water resources, but it will also affect areas with problematic water supply.
вЂњIf you look at the biggest problems caused by climate change: forest fires, droughts, floods вЂ” they will all be related to water,вЂќ said Sylvia Lee, head of the sustainable water supply department on Facebook.
Earlier in August, climate scientists warned that it would not be possible to limit global warming to 1.5 or even 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels if greenhouse gas emissions were not immediately reduced. At 2 degrees Celsius, the extreme heat will reach critical thresholds for agriculture and health care. Large technology companies that consume a huge amount of energy and grow much faster than the economy as a whole are trying to show that they are ready to fight to save the planet.
On Wednesday, Apple said it supports Biden's plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 2035. In March, Facebook's competitor, Snap, announced its intention to switch completely to renewable energy. Jeff Bezos of Amazon has promised that by 2024, 80 percent of the energy consumed by the company will come from renewable sources. Facebook is also not far behind its rivals. This year, the company announced that it has reached zero emissions and is now 100 percent dependent on renewable energy sources. By 2030, the corporation hopes to reach zero levels across the entire supply chain.
Nevertheless, the efforts of technology giants in the fight against climate change are insufficient. Their promises often do not coincide with the real pace of reducing carbon emissions, which is why the largest US companies have been accused of approaching global warming.