Extinction Rebellion protesters target Science Museum for Shell sponsorship

Extinction Rebellion Protests

About 200 people gathered outside the Science Museum in London to protest against an oil giant sponsoring a greenhouse gas exhibition.

Extinction Rebellion supporters stood outside the museum, waving flags and banners, playing drums and whistling.

Doctors, scientists and members of the climate campaign group addressed the crowd about the effect of fossil fuels on the planet.

The crowd also chanted: “No more gasoline, no more diesel, financing fossil fuels is wrong.

A 12-foot model of a pink dodo – the bird that went extinct in the 1660s – was erected by protesters.

A group called the Silent Rebellion sat outside in silence and appeared to be meditating near the entrance to the museum.

Extinction Rebellion has slammed the Science Museum for receiving funding from Shell for the Our Future Planet exhibit, which began on May 19 and will run through September.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg also spoke out against Shell sponsorship after previous reports said the museum signed a gag clause on funding for the exhibition.

The exhibition explores technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Extinction Rebellion slammed the Science Museum for receiving funds from Shell (James Manning / PA)

Dr Charlie Gardner, associate lecturer in conservation science at the University of Kent and a member of Scientists for Extinction Rebellion, told the PA news agency: “Shell, an oil company, is a major driver of the climate emergency.

“We find it unacceptable for a scientific institution, a large cultural institution like the Science Museum, to take money, dirty money, from an oil company.

“Oil companies have invested heavily over the past three decades to undermine public confidence in science and this is why there are still people who doubt or deny the existence of change to this day. climate.

“The oil companies have an anti-science agenda and yet the Science Museum takes their money.

“The fact that Shell is able to sponsor this exhibition allows them to present themselves as part of the solution to climate change, when they are, of course, at the heart of the problem. “

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Protesters near the Science Museum (James Manning / PA)

Hayley Pinto, an addiction psychiatrist from Norfolk and a member of a medical group supporting Extinction Rebellion, told PA: “The Science Museum is a place I used to take my kids when they were little.

“Meanwhile, we have Shell, a company that is only investing a small percentage – far less than they said it would – of its money in renewables while continuing to operate as usual.

“It destroys our children’s future. The impact on children already in terms of health and climate change is enormous. “

A Shell spokesperson said: “Shell and the Science Museum have a long-standing relationship based on a common interest in promoting engagement in science, which will be a key part of meeting the challenge of delivering energy solutions. more and cleaner.

“At Shell, our goal is to become a net zero emissions energy company by 2050, in tune with society.

“As Shell works with our customers to identify the best pathways to decarbonization, we seek to avoid, reduce and only then mitigate any remaining emissions.

“Developing carbon capture and storage and using natural sinks are two ways to decarbonize energy. “

A spokesperson for the museum said: “Throughout the day, our team facilitated a peaceful protest at the Science Museum, ensuring the health and safety of everyone in the building while allowing thousands of people to enjoy of their visit to the museum. “

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