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Science Museum Selects Fossil Fuel Company as New Climate Expo Sponsor | Climate crisis

The UK’s Science Museum has “doubled” its sponsorship of climate exhibits by fossil fuel companies, campaigners say, by taking funding from a subsidiary of the Adani Group.

Adani is a conglomerate with large stakes in coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel. The Energy Revolution gallery, which will open in 2023, will be sponsored by the Green Energy arm of Adani.

The museum said the gallery “will explore the latest climate science and the energy revolution needed to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels.” Dame Mary Archer, Chair of the Science Museum Group, said: “This gallery will take a truly global perspective on the world’s most pressing challenge. We are extremely grateful to Adani Green Energy for their significant financial support.

Activists called the decision “astonishing” and “reckless”. The Science Museum has drawn heavy criticism over sponsorship deals with oil and gas giants Shell, BP and Equinor. The deal with Shell included a contractual clause committing the museum not to “damage the goodwill or reputation” of the oil company.

The museum’s former director, climatologist, Professor Chris Rapley, resigned from his advisory board on October 2 over the issue. The museum is hosting the Global Government Investment Summit on Tuesday, as part of preparations for the crucial Cop26 climate summit at the end of the month in Glasgow.

Adani said it wants to become the world’s largest renewable energy company by 2030. But it faces opposition in India and Australia over plans to expand its coal operations. Group Chairman Gautam Adani said: “The new gallery will explore how we can power the future through low-carbon technologies.”

Jess Worth, of Culture Unstained, said: “Amazingly, the management of the museum doubled down and hired Adani – a coal conglomerate – to sponsor a gallery on energy transition. Their enthusiasm for fossil fuel partnerships has turned the controversy into a credibility crisis, and they must be held accountable for their reckless decisions.

Adrian Burragubba, an indigenous traditional owner of land targeted by Adani for a huge coal mine in Australia, said: “By placing this company on a pedestal, the Science Museum is complicit in Adani’s violation of our human rights and the destruction of our ancestral lands. ”

Sir Ian Blatchford, Chief Executive of the Science Museum, said: “Adani Green Energy already has one of the largest renewable energy portfolios in the world and plans to invest $20 billion in clean energy over the next 10 years. years. And be without doubt, such massive investments are needed to transition India from high-carbon to low-carbon energy while meeting their growing energy needs.

Shell’s sponsorship of the museum’s current climate exhibit, Our Future Planet, has been criticized by scientists, exhibit contributors and Greta Thunberg. On Sunday, protesters delivered a huge pile of garbage bags at the museum to protest coal ties.