May 22, 2024 4:51 pm
Sponsor of Science Museum urges ‘armchair activists’ to step back

Last month, a group of climate activists led by Greta Thunberg staged a protest at the Science Museum by unfurling a banner with a message critical of the museum’s oil and gas sponsors for contributing to future climate change impacts. The Fossil Free Science Museum coalition, comprised of organizations such as Extinction Rebellion and Scientists for Extinction Rebellion, expressed concerns about the impact on the museum’s reputation. They believe that the sponsorship has already caused significant damage to the Science Museum’s standing.

In response, Sir Ian Blatchford, director and CEO of the Science Museum Group, emphasized the importance of engaging audiences with the science of climate change. He acknowledged that some activists hold strong views on sponsorship but believed in robust governance and encouraging companies, governments, and individuals to take steps towards a less carbon-intensive global economy. The museum remains committed to its partnership with Adani Green Energy and highlights the company’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The Science Museum Group’s approach is clear: promoting awareness and action to combat climate change while inspiring positive change through education and engagement with the public. Despite opposition from some campaigners, they remain steadfast in their commitment to addressing this pressing issue.

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