Science Museum’s Climate Change Gallery Criticized by Activists, Director Defends Sponsorship

Science Museum sponsor urges ‘armchair activists’ to step back

The Science Museum recently faced criticism from activists during a protest led by Greta Thunberg. The group’s banner 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.

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 described it as “the defining challenge of our time.” The museum’s new gallery was made possible by sponsorship from Adani Green Energy, a partnership that has faced controversy from some activists.

Despite this controversy, Blatchford defended the museum’s decision to accept sponsorship. He stated that the trustees believe in maintaining relationships with companies like Adani Green Energy to promote efforts in making the global economy less carbon intensive. Despite criticism from some activists, the Science Museum remains committed to addressing climate change and educating the public on this critical issue.

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