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Extinction Rebellion protesters dressed as 'Greenwash Busters' outside the Science Museum in South Kensington, during the protest. Protesters and scientists gathered both inside and outside the Science Museum to demonstrate against oil giant Shell's sponsorship of the Our Future Planet climate change exhibition.

Vuk Valcic / SOPA Images/Sipa USA

Busting greenwashers

If you're watching what's happening this week at the COP26 climate summit, you'll probably hear this buzzword a lot: greenwashing. But the term is often thrown around carelessly, so let's take a minute to explain what it actually means, why corporations do it, and what, if anything, can be done about it.

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