We’re campaigning to make climate denial and misinformation unprofitable

Stop Funding Heat was formed in 2020 following the remarkable successes of Stop Funding Hate. That campaign, backed by thousands of people and brands, has overseen a marked reduction in the number of hateful headlines and articles from its three target newspapers; and continues to make great gains today.

Stop Funding Heat is a group of people concerned at the way newspapers, news sites and online platforms readily spread climate lies in the pursuit of sales, clicks or vested interests. Advertisers are a major part of this business model, funding the denial and misinformation being printed and posted every day.

Sadly this is nothing new. Once known as “climate scepticism”, then properly named “climate denial”, this phenomenon has been around since science began to uncover the links between human activity and climate change. Now, aided and abetted by algorithms from the tech giants, coordinated climate lies as well as subtler forms of climate misinformation spread online like wildfire. However, in an era where every month counts and people are already dying from climate change impacts, most brands will avoid advertising with and alongside the worst culprits.

Stop Funding Heat is a campaign mainly powered by volunteers, created by not-for-profit Reliable Media. Click here to get involved!

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Who we are

Stop Funding Heat is a brand created by a group of volunteers and campaigners, occasionally making use of funding for specific projects. We currently have no staff members and no headquarters. The Stop Funding Hate Board members are:

Colin Baines

Colin is an Investment Engagement Manager at the Friends Provident Foundation and previously was an Ethics Adviser and Campaigns Manager at the Co-op Bank and Co-op Group. He has given evidence to the House of Commons select committee and has sat on several governments, business and university advisory groups.

Alexandra Parsons

Alex has worked in the voluntary sector since 2005. She currently manages the Public Engagement Fund at Wellcome Trust, and formerly worked for organisations including British Red Cross and Child Poverty Action Group. She also works as an academic, researching cultural responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and teaches gender and sexuality studies and literature at University College London.

Richard Wilson

Richard is the Director and co-founder of Stop Funding Hate and sits on the Board as an Executive Director. He previously worked in fundraising for Amnesty International UK and the Child Poverty Action Group and has been involved in human rights campaigning since 2001. Richard is the author of two books – Titanic Express (2006) and Don’t Get Fooled Again (2008).

Rosey Ellum

Rosey is one of the co-founders of Stop Funding Hate. She is on the Board as an Executive Director and is also employed as Digital Manager for the campaign. She has worked in human rights for a number of years, in the UK and Latin America, specialising in digital communications and fundraising.

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