Climate crimes have perpetrators; they also have facilitators. For years, Shell has knowingly funded our climate crisis. Now this morally bankrupt company is positioning itself as part of the ‘zero carbon’ solution (while continuing to invest the vast majority of its capital in fossil fuel extraction). It is shameless greenwash. By accepting Shell’s money, complete with ‘gagging clause’ not to do or say anything that might embarrass their sponsor, the Science Museum enables that greenwash – and makes itself complicit in Shell’s past and present crimes.
On 19th May, the Science Museum opened its “Our Future Planet” exhibition, exploring solutions to climate change. The exhibition is sponsored by Shell [sic]. Since the exhibition’s opening, various environmental groups have been urging the Science Museum to stop accepting fossil fuel sponsorship. On 19th June, UKSCN activists (whose placards actually feature in the exhibition) and XR Scientists staged a peaceful “occupation” of the exhibition; they were evicted by the police. Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion Hammersmith & Fulham, with the help of other London groups, has maintained a daily presence outside the Museum, giving flyers and stickers to the museum’s visitors, the vast majority of whom have been shocked by the museum’s relationship with Shell and supportive of the protest. This Saturday 31st July, XRHF is planning a bigger action outside the Museum entrance. The action will be combining hard-hitting imagery with playful street performance, e.g. ahead-in-the-wall display for children to fire water pistols at. The cast of characters includes: a Grim Reaper, a Broken Earth and Peter Petrolhead running rampant. (See photos for more information.)
In a letter to Jonathan Newby, Director of the Science Museum, XR H&F said: “ The Science Museum’s effective endorsement of Shell’s inadequate carbon targets is shocking. Shell’s history of climate change denial, obfuscation and greenwash – not to mention their human rights abuses – is well-documented; that the Science Museum should choose to ignore that and instead confer respectability on this company is a betrayal of their duty to science and young people.” As David Wilkins from Greenwash.earth said: “When tobacco sponsorship became toxic, Government policy on smoking changed. We want the same to happen with fossil fuels sponsorship. Perhaps if Governments removed their subsidies to companies like Shell, they could properly fund our institutions again with the billions they would receive in additional public revenue.”
This action comes two days after the Science Museum was revealed by Culture Unstained(as reported in Channel 4 News) to have signed a gagging clause with Shell. It was also revealed that the Director of the Science Museum asked Shell to “champion” the exhibition to The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (a fossil fuel industry body) in an apparent bid to secure additional funding for the exhibition. The Channel 4 News report has provoked an outcry from the public, with Science Museum trending on Twitter today. Dr Emma Saya, a contributor to the exhibition said in the Channel 4 News report: “When I realised who the sponsors were …. I felt embarrassed to be involved because If I’d know who was sponsoring the exhibition, that it was by a big oil company, I wouldn’t have contributed.”
The Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and other cultural institutions have already stopped accepting fossil fuel sponsorship. The Photographer of the Year sponsorship at the Natural History Museum has recently been replaced from Shell to renewables company, Orsted, though they have not ruled out fossil fuel sponsorship or renaming their Hintze Hall. The Science Museum has invested its reputation in a morally stranded asset – and the sooner it realises that, the better for the museum and the planet.
As Greta tweeted: “The “Science” Museum just killed irony (and their own reputation)”
XR H and F correspondence with Science Museum MD, Jonathan Newby and Dame
Archer, Chair of Trustees.
Link to a variety of information given to visitors to the Science Museum
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