Hundreds of teachers boycott Science Museum show over Adani sponsorship | Corporate sponsorship

Hundreds of teachers have vowed not to take their students to a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London until it cancels its sponsorship deal with a company linked to coal miner Adani.

More than 400 teachers and educators have so far signed an open letter to the museum warning that it is facing a widespread boycott due to an agreement with Adani Green Energy, whose parent company, Adani Group, is a major operator of coal mines and coal-fired power plants.

Ian McDermott, from Harris’ Westminster Sixth Form in London, said: “I have brought many thousands of students to this place over the last 25 years. It makes me so sad that this magical building, which has done so much for to benefit and inspire young people, now actively harming them by allowing coal giants like Adani, who are ruining the future of the world’s young people by expanding mining, to greenwash their reputation at the expense of the museum’s reputation. ”

Meryl Batchelder, from Corbridge Middle School in Northumberland, said: ‘Through environmental education, young people are becoming more and more aware of the damage caused by the fossil fuel industry. As a teacher, I try to lead by example and live my life as sustainably as possible. The Science Museum is hugely influential, so it would be an incredible step in the right direction if they became leaders in promoting decarbonization and turned their backs on Adani and their ilk. “

Adani Green Energy is to sponsor the museum’s Energy Revolution gallery, which opens next year.

The museum’s director, Ian Blatchford, said: “We agree that climate change is the most pressing challenge facing humanity, but we do not agree with the argument of some who say we should sever ties with all energy companies. an association, directly or indirectly, with fossil fuels. We believe the right approach is to engage and challenge companies and other partners to do more to make the global economy less carbon-intensive. “

Last October, a former director of the museum, Professor Chris Rapley, a climate scientist, resigned from its advisory board for sponsoring oil and gas companies.

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One month later, 40 prominent figures, including a former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and several leading scientists, many of whom have worked closely with the museum in the past, said they were “deeply concerned” about its sponsorship of fossil fuel agreements and announced that they were disconnecting from the museum until a moratorium was announced.

Two prominent scientists have refused to include their work in the Science Museum’s collection due to the institution’s connections to Shell. And in December, original leaders called on the Science Museum to cancel the Adani Green Energy deal.

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