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Shell Out: Campaign Planning Meeting

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Shell Out to campaign against the involvement of Shell in MOSI.

The Museum of Science & Industry have announced that Shell will be the lead sponsor for their Electricity: the spark of life exhibition. Shell Out are asking the museum to end this sponsorship deal because:

1) Continued fossil fuel exploration and extraction is at odds with preventing climate change. With at least three times more fossil fuels in existing reserves than can be burned if the worst consequences of climate change are to be avoided, we believe the companies that hold these reserves and participate in their continued exploration and extraction should have no role in the future energy system. As the world suffers a record-breaking and deadly global heatwave, the need to transition away from fossil fuels could not be clearer.

2) The oil industry has a history of actively blocking scientific research into clean technologies, funding groups that have sought to discredit climate science and lobbying against concerted multilateral action on climate change. They have made huge profits from fossil fuel extraction whilst their own research demonstrated the harm of these activities.

3) We believe MSI has an important role in inspiring children and young people to become the climate scientists and energy system engineers of the future. Fossil fuel companies have no role in that future. The association of respected cultural institutions such as MSI with fossil fuel firms provides such companies with a sheen of legitimacy to continue acting in a way that damages the health of citizens and endangers the environment on a global scale.

4) The summer of 2018 has already drawn unprecedented levels of attention to the growing effects of climate change, with record breaking temperatures and serious moorland fires in the hills surrounding Manchester. The decision to back a company that’s culpable for these changes is shocking and flies in the face of the scientific consensus.
Naturalist and Broadcaster Chris Packham has already signed in support of our campaign stating that: ‘As the world swelters and wildlife struggles in this unprecedented heatwave, MSI has decided to partner with Shell, one of the corporations responsible for fuelling climate change. A museum dedicated to science education should not be helping promote any company that is actively exacerbating this planetary emergency until they show a serious proactive drive to switch to renewables. And thus far this is not happening.’


February 20
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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