The Science Museum’s oil and gas sponsorship under fire from activists: The Fossil Free Science Museum coalition calls for action.

Science Museum sponsor urges ‘armchair activists’ to step back

Greta Thunberg led a protest at the Science Museum last month. The group unveiled a banner that read: “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.

Sir Ian Blatchford, the director and chief executive of the Science Museum Group, defended the museum’s decision to accept sponsorship from Adani Green Energy. He emphasized the importance of engaging audiences with the science of climate change, which he described as the defining challenge of our time. Despite facing criticism from some activists, Blatchford maintained that maintaining relationships with companies like Adani Green Energy is essential for promoting efforts to make the global economy less carbon intensive.

The new gallery at the Science Museum was made possible by sponsorship from Adani Green Energy. However, this partnership has faced controversy among some activists who are concerned about its impact on the museum’s reputation. Nevertheless, Blatchford remains committed to addressing climate change and educating the public on this critical issue.

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