Hannah Fry LEAVES as administrator of the Science Museum for her sponsorship deal with coal giant Adani


TV presenter Hannah Fry LEAVES as administrator of Science Museum for sponsorship deal with coal giant Adani after climate protests

  • Hannah Fry, 37, says she quit with a ‘heavy heart’ over deal
  • Adani is a multinational conglomerate involved in coal-mining power plants
  • Comes after 30 protesters staged a ‘sleep on’ protest at the museum










TV presenter Hannah Fry has resigned as a trustee of the Science Museum due to her ties to coal giant Adani.

The mathematician, 37, stepped down after the museum signed a sponsorship deal with the fossil fuel company following COP26.

She said it was “with a heavy heart” that she left the role, but that she could not continue “until the museum listens to the very people it was designed to inspire”.

Professor Fry’s resignation comes after around 30 members of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) organized a “sleep” at the museum to protest the sponsorship.

TV presenter Hannah Fry has resigned as director of the Science Museum due to her ties to coal giant Adani

The Science Museum announced a new gallery last week, called Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery, which is supported by a subsidiary of the Adani Group.

The Science Museum announced a new gallery last week, called Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery, which is supported by a subsidiary of the Adani Group.

She said The temperature: I share the concerns of many that energy companies are portraying themselves as being in transition while spending massive amounts of money to create new mines and find new oil deposits.

“By allowing such ties to these companies, I fear the science museum is giving the false impression that scientists believe the efforts of the fossil fuel companies are enough to avert disaster.”

The Science Museum announced a new gallery last week, called Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery, which is supported by a subsidiary of the Adani Group.

Adani is a multinational conglomerate involved in coal mining and coal-fired power plants.

Photographs showed protesters sleeping at 3:30 a.m. around an origami drawing that said

Photographs showed protesters sleeping at 3:30 am around an origami drawing that read “drop shell” on the ground

Professor Fry said: “This is a debate where young people are leading the charge, and I cannot in good conscience remain in office while the museum does not listen to the very people it was designed to do. to inspire. ”

As administrator, Professor Fry – who has presented shows including A Day in the Life of Earth – was responsible for the management of the Science Museum group.

The UKCSN held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday for the “victims of the museum’s fossil fuel sponsors: Shell, BP, Equinor and Adani” before making origami seashells until the early hours of the morning.

Photographs showed protesters sleeping at 3:30 am around an origami design that read “drop shell” on the ground.

The demonstrators spoke this morning with the first visitors of the day to the museum to tell them about the sponsorship agreements of the establishment with fossil energy companies

The demonstrators spoke this morning with the first visitors of the day to the museum to tell them about the sponsorship agreements of the establishment with fossil energy companies

Biologist Dr Alexander Penson, who took part in the sit-in, said it was “appalling” that the museum persisted in sponsoring fossil fuels and started a new relationship with Adani.

In a UKSCN London Instagram Live video from inside the museum, he said: “The way they say it is that they work with the green energy arm of the company and then forget about the coal.

“We can all agree that we need new green infrastructure, that we need green jobs… but then you can’t forget the dirty infrastructure we need to retire.”

UK Student Climate Network protests Science Museum sponsorship deals with fossil fuel companies

UK Student Climate Network protests Science Museum sponsorship deals with fossil fuel companies

The museum has also been criticized for partnering with Shell to fund its Our Future Planet exhibit on carbon capture and storage and nature-based solutions to the climate crisis.

The deal with the fossil fuel giant included a gag clause, meaning the museum can’t say anything that could damage Shell’s reputation.

UKCSN also organized protests outside the Science Museum, alongside activists from the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion.

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