Climate activists ‘occupy’ London Science Museum over fossil fuel sponsorship

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Youth climate activists ‘occupy’ London Science Museum in protest sponsorship agreements with fossil fuel companies.

Members of the London branch of the UK’s Student Climate Network (UKSCN London) said they held a candlelight vigil at the famous landmark Tuesday evening for “victims of the Museum’s fossil fuel sponsors: Shell, BP, Equinor and Adani”.

The group planned to stay overnight and shared photos on Twitter showing sleeping bags opened in the museum’s Kensington building.

The Metropolitan Police said police officers were ready and no arrests had been made.

The show comes after the Science Museum announced last week a new gallery called Energy Revolution: Adani Green Energy Gallery, sponsored by a subsidiary of Adani Group.

Adani is a multinational conglomerate operating in coal extraction and coal-fired power plants.

Biologist Dr Alexander Penson, who participated in the sit-in, said it was “appalling” that the museum insisted on fossil fuel sponsorship and started a new relationship with Adani.

In an Instagram Live video from inside the museum by UKSCN London, he said: “They say they were working with the green energy arm of the company and then forgot about the coal.

“We all agree that we need new green infrastructure, that we need green jobs…

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