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Solidarity protest at opening of BM's Arctic exhibition

More from our good friends at BP or not BP?:

'Today we held a protest at the British Museum, in solidarity with Indigenous Arctic communities whose sacred lands are under immediate threat from oil drilling.

The protest was part of a day of action led by Indigenous groups Native Movement and Defend the Sacred AK in Alaska, against the Trump administration’s push to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration. The protest will be one of 16 banner drops taking place across the US and Alaska over the course of the day, amplifying the message ‘Sacred lands are not for sale. Stop Arctic oil extraction!’

We also unveiled two banners which shone a spotlight on the museum’s partnerships with fossil fuel firms and their financial backers, as it prepares to open an exhibition exploring the impact of climate change on Indigenous peoples in the Arctic (‘Arctic: culture and climate’, due to open to the public tomorrow):

- The museum’s long-running partner BP was the biggest operator in the Alaskan Arctic for 60 years, producing over 13 billion barrels of oil;

- The sponsor of the Arctic exhibition, US bank Citi, is the world’s third biggest funder of fossil fuels, and backer of many pipeline and drilling projects actively opposed by Indigenous communities;

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For more background: https://bp-or-not-bp.org/arctic/

#ProtectTheArctic #StandWithTheGwichin #InupiatGwichinSolidarity #DefendTheSacredAK #NativeMovement

Photos: Kristian Buus, BP or not BP?'

https://youtu.be/khUc4lHWSac

See also: 

https://hyperallergic.com/596057/climate-activists-crash-arctic-exhibiti...