|Students protest against BP sponsorship of Manchester Museum exhibition, 20.4.11|
|Thursday, 21 April 2011 13:50|
For immediate release: Thursday 21st April 2011
For more information contact Simon Bradley, 07984 541 490
STUDENTS PROTEST BP'S SPONSORSHIP OF MANCHESTER MUSEUM
Activists from the University of Manchester erect an alternative BP
logo to mark the first anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Manchester (20th April 2011) - To mark the first anniversary of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill, students from the University of
Manchester have protested against BP's sponsorship of the Manchester
Museum by erecting an alternative BP logo inside the museum. BP is
currently sponsoring the museum's China: Journey to the East
exhibition. Students from environmental campaign group People & Planet
entered the museum and erected artwork depicting the BP logo dripping
in oil. The protesters proceeded to hand out leaflets containing
information explaining the harm BP that does to the environment, and
why they feel that it is inappropriate for the Manchester Museum to
accept sponsorship money from BP.
BP sponsors the Museum's current nine-month exhibition, China: Journey
to the East, which brings together objects from over 3,000 years of
Chinese history. The exhibition opened last September and runs until June .
Wednesday 20th April is the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater
Horizon disaster, which caused the largest off-shore oil spill in
American history . On 20th April 2010 a large explosion ripped
through the BP-run Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The resultant spill saw
more than two million gallons of oil leak in to the Gulf of Mexico .
The People & Planet group at the University of Manchester is an
autonomous part of the nationwide People & Planet network, which
brings students together to campaign on issues of human rights and the environment.
Said Annette Guilding, of People & Planet: “Although we have chosen
today, the first anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, for our
action, that incident is just one small example from BP's litany of
crimes against the environment. While we understand that the
Manchester Museum needs to find funding somehow, by accepting BP's oil
money they are legitimising the company's other, harmful activities.
By sponsoring cultural institutions and the arts, BP are trying to
make it seem like we need them – but we do not. As the Museum is part
of our University, we feel it is up to us – the students – to take a stand against BP.”
Philosophy student Simon Bradley said “BP have tried to rebrand
themselves as a green company. However, they continue to invest in the
world’s most environmentally damaging projects. They are a huge
contributor to climate change. By subverting BP’s logo we aim to
highlight the fact that this is simply greenwash and that oil still
lies at the heart of BP’s business. We need to move beyond oil.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Simon Bradley of University of Manchester People and Planet
on 07984 541 490
Photographs provided upon request.