Climate deniers have no business controlling our most prestigious science museums. Sign here to kick David Koch off the board of the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History.
When you go to a science museum, you expect to see science, not climate denial. And you expect the exhibits and resources presented to millions of kids and parents every year to be backed up and produced by, you know, scientists -- not Big Oil financiers. But sadly, that's not always the case.
That's why today the world’s top scientists, including several Nobel Prize winners, are calling on science and natural history museums to cut all ties to the fossil fuel industry.1 In particular, the letter points a finger at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in D.C. and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where David Koch is a member of the board, a major donor and exhibit sponsor.
Will you sign to stand with our leading scientists in calling for museums to kick known climate deniers and anti-science funders off the board of our most prestigious science museums?
The letter comes on the heels of recent news that Smithsonian-affiliated scientist Willie Soon took $1.25 million from the Koch brothers, Exxon Mobil, American Petroleum Institute and other covert funders to publish junk science denying man-made climate change, and failed to disclose any funding-related conflicts of interest.2
It's just outrageous, in light of this scandal, that oil mogul David Koch still sits on the board of our nation’s largest and most respected museums. From this position of power, he's able to influence what exhibits are displayed, and how the science of events like climate change and mass extinction are portrayed to millions of visitors -- including kids -- all while he bankrolls groups that deny climate science.
So we're teaming up with a coalition of allies and a totally independent natural history museum to tell to the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History: It’s time to get science deniers out of science museums. Sign today, and our team will deliver your message to the American Museum of Natural History before their annual board meeting the first week of April.
Sign now to kick climate denier David Koch off the board of our science museums!
Drew Hudson and the museum-appreciation team at Environmental Action
1 - James Hansen et all, An Open Letter to Museums from Members of the Scientific Community, The Natural History Museum, March 24, 2015
2 - Justin Gillis and John Schwartz, Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher, The New York Times, February 21, 2015