Science Museum sponsor urges ‘armchair activists’ to step back

Fossil Fuels and Climate Change: Inside the Science Museum’s New Sponsorship Deal with Adani Green Energy

A protest was held at the Science Museum last month, led by Greta Thunberg and her supporters. The group displayed a banner with the message: “2024, more droughts and floods – fuelled by Science Museum oil and gas sponsors”. The Fossil Free Science Museum coalition, comprised of Extinction Rebellion and Scientists for Extinction Rebellion, expressed concerns about the museum’s reputation being tarnished by its oil and gas sponsors.

In response to the protest, Sir Ian Blatchford, director and CEO of the Science Museum Group, emphasized the importance of engaging audiences with the science of climate change. He described it as the defining challenge of our time. Despite criticism from some activists, Blatchford defended the museum’s decision to accept sponsorship from Adani Green Energy, stating that the trustees believe in maintaining relationships with companies like Adani Green Energy to promote efforts in making the global economy less carbon intensive.

The Science Museum is committed to addressing climate change and educating the public on this critical issue. The new gallery was made possible by sponsorship from Adani Green Energy, which has faced criticism from some activists. However, Blatchford believes that this partnership is important in promoting efforts towards a more sustainable future.


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