Youth climate activists have “occupied” London’s Science Museum in protest at its sponsorship deals with fossil fuel companies.
Members of the London branch of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN London) said they were holding a candlelight vigil at the famous landmark on Tuesday evening for “the victims of the Museum’s fossil fuel sponsors: Shell, BP, Equinor and Adani”.
The group planned to stay overnight, sharing photos on Twitter showing sleeping bags rolled out in the museum’s Kensington building.
The Metropolitan Police said officers were in attendance and that no arrests have been made.
The demonstration comes after the Science Museum last week announced a new gallery, 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 extraction and coal-fired power stations.
Biologist Dr Alexander Penson, who took part in the sit-in, said it was “appalling” that the museum was persisting in fossil fuel sponsorship and starting a new relationship with Adani.
In an Instagram Live video by UKSCN London from inside the museum, he said: “The way that they tell it is that they are working with the green energy arm of the company and they then just forget about the coal.
“We can all agree that we need new green infrastructure, that we need green jobs … but you can’t just then forget about the dirty infrastructure that we need to retire.”