After Gündoğdu learned of the museum’s contract with Shell, he began to reconsider his decision. On November 5th, he emailed the curator to let them know-because of the museum’s association with Shell-that he will no longer provide samples for the collection. “I am trying to raise people’s awareness of climate change and the impact of climate change, and how to help people cope with this problem,” Gündoğdu said. He said that sending his samples to the Science Museum would contradict this information.
But museum officials said that Shell’s sponsorship has no impact on the way it collects or displays cultural relics. A spokesperson for the Science Museum Group said: “We are totally opposed to any false accusations that our curators are hindered in performing their important duties in an expert, independent and thorough manner.” The spokesperson added that the museum reserves the right to It has full editorial control over the content of its exhibitions and galleries, and will not agree to any relationship that restricts its mission to collect materials or produce exhibitions.
“Curators often discuss current research with scientists to help determine suitable items to obtain. This is just the beginning of a long process, which includes thorough internal discussions and research before the official acquisition,” said Science Museum Collection Director and Chief curator Tilly Blyth said. “We respect the right of any individual to decide whether they are willing to cooperate with us by donating items to the national collection.”
Shell also denied that its sponsorship of the climate change exhibition undermined the independence of the science museum. “We fully respect the independence of the museum. That’s why its carbon capture exhibition is important and why we support it. Debate and discussion-among anyone who sees it-is essential,” Shell spokesperson said. In 2020, Shell’s own reported greenhouse gas emissions totaled 1.38 billion Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent-more than four times Annual emissions across the UK. According to environmental protection Charity Customer Earth, Shell plans to emit nearly 1.6% of the entire global carbon budget between 2018 and 2030, that is, the amount of carbon that can be released into the atmosphere while still keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Museum of Science is embroiled in a series of controversies surrounding Shell’s sponsorship of our future planet exhibition, which will last until September 2022.The focus of the exhibition is on technology-including Carbon capture with Planting trees-This may be used for Remove carbon dioxide It comes from the atmosphere, but the sponsorship has been severely criticized for allegedly greening Shell’s major contribution to the climate crisis. The extraction and burning of fossil fuels are the most important factors contributing to global warming.
In September, the Science Museum stated that it would remove a placard made by a student for the March 2019 climate protests from the exhibition. The placard was collected after the London parade, and an estimated 10,000 young people gathered to protest the government’s inaction on climate change.The decision to remove the placard was in response Open the envelope From the British Student Climate Network, the network requested that the placard be removed because the young people who donated it were not aware of Shell’s sponsorship.