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Those Fossils Belong in a Museum!

September 2, 2015

Grantee News From The Natural History Museum:

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The climate crisis calls for leaders who are willing to do more than observe and curate history–it calls for leaders who are ready to help make it. We believe museums of science and natural history can be those leaders.

Today, we’re excited to announce that The Natural History Museum is teaming up with 350.org, the global climate organization, to launch a new campaign calling on some of the nation’s biggest fossil enthusiasts to keep the fossils out of their investment funds.

Click here to join us in telling 5 of the country’s top museums of science and natural history that fossils belong in the museums, not in their investment funds — it’s time to divest from fossil fuels.

The Natural History Museum is a new, mobile museum that champions bold action on climate change. We believe that in the face of climate catastrophe, there is no more neutral ground. Inaction is a choice. Science museums understand the urgent threat of disruptive climate change—so why would they invest in an industry that’s putting us on a crash course?

A few months ago, we released an unprecedented letter signed by the world’s top scientists calling on all museums of science and natural history to cut ties to the fossil fuel industry. We asked our colleagues in the museum sector to kick climate science deniers like David Koch out of their institutions, cancel sponsorships from the fossil fuel industry, and divest their financial portfolios from fossil fuels.

So far, more than 250 universities, cities, faith communities, and other institutions have joined the call to divest. Their message is clear: The age of fossil fuels is over. We need a transition that’s both rapid and just — and we need it now. If a few of our big, iconic museums were to divest, it would set a powerful precedent for a whole new sector of institutions around the world to step up and divest too.

That’s why we’re calling on 5 of the most influential science museums in the U.S. to demonstrate their good stewardship and their leadership.

Click here to sign the petition asking the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum in Chicago, the California Academy of Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Natural History Museum of Utah to divest from fossil fuels.

Fossil fuels are history. Now is the time to stand on the right side.

Yours for the future,

The Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum is a new, mobile museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature. It is an independent museum that does not take money from the fossil fuel industry or corporate polluters. We rely on individual donations from people just like you. Please consider making a donation to support our work: http://thenaturalhistorymuseum.org/donate.

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