Boycott threatened because of Shell’s sponsorship of the carbon capture exhibition in the Science Museum Climate News
Climate activists say they are urging people to boycott a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum if the Shell oil company is not deposed as the main sponsor.
The UK Student Climate Network has already sent an open letter to the museum in protest, but says it has received no response.
It will take two weeks for the carbon capture technology exhibition to open.
One employee who has now partially withdrawn her engagement says she was disappointed and embarrassed to learn about the sponsorship after she had already agreed to participate.
Dr. Emma Sayer, ecosystem ecology reader at the University of Lancaster, contributed to an exhibition on carbon sequestration in forests.
She said, “My contribution to the exhibition is about the storage of carbon in the soil. I was very excited. The Science Museum is a great place and it was fantastic to be a part of it.
“But this sponsorship problem has created a big puzzle for me because on the one hand I want to support the exhibition and the key messages of the exhibition, but on the other hand I don’t want to be associated with sponsorship by large oil companies.”
Dr. Sayer added, “We have to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and we have to do it urgently. And that is really why it is such a problem for me.
“I am very much aware of the need to mitigate the effects of Climate change and I think we should move away from fossil fuels as soon as possible, and that conflicts with this type of sponsorship. “
Dr. Sayer has now revoked her consent to the use of video material for a film in the exhibition, but because she continues to support the message of the exhibition, she is leaving her exhibition there.
Anya Nanning Ramamurthy of the UK Student Climate Network says if Shell is not dropped they are calling for a boycott of the exhibition, which opens May 19.
She said, “Surely the museum can hold an exhibition like this without Shell’s money. Fossil fuel companies shouldn’t sponsor exhibitions about solutions to climate change.”
Roger Highfield, Scientific Director of the Science Museum Group, defended Shell’s sponsorship commitment.
He said, “We retain full editorial control of our exhibits, regardless of sponsor. If you look at the thoughts behind this exhibit, our ultimate goal has been to get the public involved and talk to them about whether carbon sequestration is a factor.”
It’s a really important conversation because the future of the planet is at stake. “
A Shell spokesperson said, “Shell and the Science Museum have a longstanding relationship based on a shared interest in promoting engagement in science. This will be an important pre-requisite for meeting the challenge of providing more and cleaner energy solutions.”
“At Shell, our goal is to become, in line with society, a net zero-carbon energy company by 2050. As Shell works with our customers to find the best ways to decarbonize, we seek to avoid residual emissions, to reduce and only then to reduce.
“The evolution of carbon capture and storage and the use of natural sinks are two ways in which we can decarbonize energy.”
The exhibition was compiled during the lockdown. When the Science Museum reopens, it will be considered the first in the UK to focus on carbon capture technology.
The centerpiece is a life-size mechanical tree designed in America and sent to London by Arizona State University.
It works like a natural tree to fix carbon using artificial processes.
It is the first full prototype of this type of technology. The museum says that in one year a group of 12 mechanical trees can absorb the amount of carbon dioxide produced by 44 average UK households.
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