‘Disappointing and patronising’: scientists rebut Science Museum chair’s defence of fossil fuel sponsors

Leading scientists call out Science Museum Group’s chair Dame Mary Archer for claiming reasonable objections are ‘false attacks’. Their letter pushes back against the museum’s claims new sponsor Adani Green Energy is unconnected to its parent company’s coal operations and that a problematic ‘gagging clause’ is ‘standard’. At the same time, one of the UK’s leading scientists, Sir David King, also calls on museum to reconsider its fossil fuel partnerships.

Indigenous people say to Science Museum: ‘Listen to us!’

A group of Indigenous people have sent a letter to the Science Museum Group (SMG) calling on its leadership to listen to Indigenous peoples’ concerns about its new sponsorship deal with Adani Green Energy, whose parent company Adani Group is a major operator of coal mines and coal-fired power stations in India, Indonesia and Australia. … Continue reading Indigenous people say to Science Museum: ‘Listen to us!’

Science Museum signed ‘gagging clause’ with Adani despite outcry over Shell contract

Tonight, Channel 4 News has revealed that the Science Museum’s contract with Adani Green Energy to sponsor its new ‘Energy Revolution’ Gallery includes a “gagging clause” identical to one signed with the oil giant Shell earlier this year, which triggered a major backlash among the scientific community. Documents released following a Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading Science Museum signed ‘gagging clause’ with Adani despite outcry over Shell contract

Leading scientists pledge ‘not to work with’ Science Museum until fossil fuel partnerships end

Today an open letter has been published, signed by many prominent scientists and contributors to the Science Museum Group, announcing they will not work with the organisation until it commits to ending its partnerships with fossil fuel companies. This follows the museum’s controversial announcements in April that oil and gas giant Shell would sponsor its … Continue reading Leading scientists pledge ‘not to work with’ Science Museum until fossil fuel partnerships end

Science Museum: trustees resign, young people barred

On Saturday afternoon, a statement issued by the Chair of the Science Museum Group confirmed that both mathematician and presenter Dr Hannah Fry and Director of the Institute for Research in Schools Dr Jo Foster have resigned from the museum’s Board of Trustees over its stance on fossil fuel sponsorship, setting out how they did not agree with the … Continue reading Science Museum: trustees resign, young people barred

Indigenous leader slams Science Museum Director for dismissing Adani concerns as ‘exaggerated’

On Tuesday evening, Director of the Science Museum Group Ian Blatchford appeared on BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme Front Row to respond to the growing controversy surrounding the museum’s stance on fossil fuel sponsorship. The museum has been facing a growing backlash since it announced in April that the oil giant Shell would sponsor … Continue reading Indigenous leader slams Science Museum Director for dismissing Adani concerns as ‘exaggerated’

Revealed: oil firms officially excluded from COP26

FOIs reveal that BP has been excluded from sponsorship or an official role at the climate summit because it does ‘not fit success criteria’. The COP organisers are unconvinced by the oil majors’ claims of going ‘net zero’, in a major blow to the industry. Campaigners celebrate ‘significant win’ and call on UN to follow suit at future summits.

London’s Science Museum strikes new sponsorship deal with coal giant Adani

Gautam Adani reveals major deal to sponsor new ‘Energy Revolution’ Gallery  Move branded ‘astonishing’ and ‘reckless’ as museum continues to face intense criticism for oil sponsorship following resignation of Advisory Board member Adani is a major coal producer, under fire for land grabs and disregarding Indigenous rights in Australia and India  Traditional Owner of land … Continue reading London’s Science Museum strikes new sponsorship deal with coal giant Adani

Science Museum board member resigns over oil sponsorship

Former Science Museum director and respected climate scientist quits Advisory Board over museum’s ‘willingness to accept oil and gas sponsorship’Move marks significant shift in position by Professor Rapley, who oversaw and defended a major Shell sponsorship deal while at the helm of the museum Resignation comes ahead of COP26 climate talks and intensifies pressure on museum … Continue reading Science Museum board member resigns over oil sponsorship