Hundreds of teachers have pledged not to take their students to a new exhibit at London’s Science Museum 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 it faces a widespread boycott over a deal with Adani Green Energy, whose parent company, Adani Group, is a major mine operator. coal and coal-fired power plants. .
Ian McDermott, of Harris Westminster Sixth Form in London, said: ‘I have brought several thousand students to this place over the past 25 years. It makes me so sad that this magical building, which has done so much to benefit and inspire young people, is now actively harming them by allowing coal giants like Adani, who are destroying the future of the world’s young people by developing mining , to launder their reputation to the detriment of the reputation of the museum.
Meryl Batchelder, from Corbridge College in Northumberland, said: ‘Through environmental education, young people are becoming increasingly 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 it became a leader in promoting decarbonization and turned its back on Adani and his ilk.
Adani Green Energy is to sponsor the museum’s Energy Revolution gallery, which will open next year.
Museum director Ian Blatchford said: “We agree that climate change is the most pressing challenge facing humanity, but we disagree with the argument of some who say that we should sever ties with all energy companies with any association, direct or indirect, with fossil fuels We believe the right approach is to engage and inspire 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 climatologist, resigned from its advisory board over sponsorship by an oil and gas company.
A month later, 40 eminent personalities, 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, attended said they were “deeply concerned” about his sponsorship of fossil fuels. agreements and announced that they were severing ties with the museum until a moratorium was announced.
Two prominent scientists declined to have their work included in the Science Museum’s collection because of the institution’s ties to Shell. And in December, indigenous leaders urged the Science Museum to cancel the Adani Green Energy deal.