From our excellent friends at Culture Unstained:
'On 19th May, the Science Museum in London opened its new climate exhibition ‘Our Future Planet‘ – sponsored by the oil giant and major polluter Shell. Since the sponsorship deal was announced back in April, a major backlash has unfolded with scientists, youth climate activists, exhibition contributors and the wider public speaking out through protests, petitions and a youth-led boycott of the exhibition.
Now, emails and documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed disturbing new details about the museum’s handling of this hugely controversial sponsorship deal. This new briefing:
- reveals details of a “gagging clause” in the museum’s contract with Shell
- exposes how the exhibition was nearly sponsored by a consortium of twelve notorious oil and gas firms
- lifts the lid on the museum’s flawed criteria for scrutinising its sponsors’ climate credentials
- shows how the Director praised Shell and helped to promote its widely criticised climate plan
- outlines how the museum dismissed ethical conflicts around Shell’s human rights and environmental record in its ‘due diligence’ process'