Two trustees of the Science Museum Group submitted their resignations from the Board, following a decision to make Adani Green Energy a title sponsor for its upcoming landmark gallery.
The announcement to make Adani a title sponsor was made earlier this month, during the Global Investment Summit hosted at the museum in the presence of UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
SMG is a non-departmental public body that receives support from the UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport but operates independently.
Dr. Hannah Fry said in a statement,”I do not support the recent agreement with Adani and I think the museum needs to proactively engage with the reasonable concerns opposing their stance on fossil fuel sponsorship so it can retain its vital position as a leader in the national conversation on the climate crisis,”.
Her key study area are patterns in human behaviour. Another trustee, who resigned from the SMG board is Dr. Jo Foster. Dr. Foster is also the Director of the Institute for Research in Schools, a UK-based charity that supports science research among school students.
“I have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Jo Foster and Hannah Fry from the Science Museum Group’s Board of Trustees”, said Dame Mary Archer, chair of the Science Museum Group Board of Trustees.
Archer explained in a note ,”Given the enormous expertise and wealth tied up in those energy companies, they need to play a much bigger role in urgent change to prevent a climate catastrophe.
Earlier this month, speaking at the Science Museum, Gautam Adani, Chairman of Adani Group, said that over the next decade, the Adani portfolio companies in the energy and utility business would invest over $20 billion in renewable energy generation and the overall organic and inorganic investments across the entire green energy value chain will range between $50 billion and $70 billion.