Carbon Coop withdraws involvement in Manchester Science Festival Exhibition in protest at Shell sponsorship
Carbon Co-op have today announced their withdrawal from the 2018 Manchester Science Festival after the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) announced that part of the festival would be sponsored by the oil company Shell. The community retrofit and renewables firm was a partner in MSI's exhibition on Electricity, which will be part of the festival. Carbon Co-op are “hugely disappointed” that a public science event is being used to promote an oil company, and so are withdrawing their support.
At the same time, a public letter opposing the sponsorship has been signed by a large group of prominent scientists, artists, campaigners, politicians, local organisations and representatives of communities affected by Shell's activities. Many had already approached the museum privately through a joint letter on the 9th of July, asking them not to partner with an oil company. But in a response today the museum refused their request, and did not acknowledge or engage with any of their concerns.
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