A group of eco-warrior students plan to spend the night at the Science Museum to underline their distaste for their Shell sponsors.
About 30 British Student Climate Network activists were locked inside the South Kensington Museum after sneaking in before closing time on Tuesday.
Police surrounded the students who attempted to display “Drop Shell Sponsorship” banners in the galleries before being turned away by security guards.
They said, âWe plan to stay overnight to protest the Museum’s sponsorship deals with fossil fuel companies. A vigil is organized outside to commemorate the victims of these sponsors: Shell, BP, Equinor and Adani.
The group added: âShell is complicit in the deaths of millions of people around the world, victims of the climate crisis they have caused, past and future; the activists who dared to stand up to them, to fight for their homes, their livelihoods and the planet.
“This vigil is to remember all those who have lost their lives and will lose their lives as a result of the violence inflicted by Shell and other oil companies.”
Other activists staged protests at Exhibition Road in solidarity with the students locked inside.
Extinction Rebellion had criticized the Science Museum for receiving funding from Shell for the Our Future Planet exhibit.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg also criticized the sponsorship of Shell.
The exhibition explores technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The Science Museum has been approached for comment.