Protest at London’s Science Museum as Indigenous peoples slam Adani sponsorship deal

Native folks look out on to the huge PEKB coal mine that has taken over their lands. © Pranav Capila

Photograph alternative:
January 26, 2022, 5pm – 6pm
Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, LONDON SW7 2DD

Protestors will collect exterior the Science Museum in London on Wednesday to name for an finish to the museum’s sponsorship cope with Adani, an enormous conglomerate working extremely contested coal mines on Indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands.

The protest is in solidarity with Indigenous peoples from India, Australia and Indonesia – all nations the place Adani operates mines on Indigenous land. It’s supported by Survival Worldwide, Extinction Rebel Scientists, London Mining Community, Tradition Unstained, UK Scholar Local weather Community and Coal Motion Community.

Protesters will urge the museum to take heed to Indigenous voices and drop Adani Inexperienced Vitality as a sponsor of its new “Vitality Revolution” exhibition.

Indigenous representatives from India, Australia and Indonesia have written a letter to the museum urging it to chop its ties with the Adani Group. They state: “Indigenous communities in all these nations are experiencing land-grabs, repression, the destruction of sacred lands, air pollution of air, land and water and, after all, the worsening impacts of local weather change exacerbated by burning coal.” Their letter was a response to the general public dismissal of Indigenous considerations by the museum’s director, Sir Ian Blatchford. Testimonies shall be heard on the protest from Indigenous communities straight affected.

In India, Adani is taking part in an element in an enormous, government-approved coal rush centered on the forested central tribal belt in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha, regardless of fierce resistance.

In Chhattisgarh, Adani has focused the priceless Hasdeo Forest, residence to twenty,000 Adivasi (Indigenous) folks. Adani already operates one mine there, and one other, Parsa, has simply been accredited.

Phillip, an Oraon activist from Jharkhand, mentioned: “We Adivasi folks can save the Earth… however they [the government] see no worth for this. They simply need us to be lifeless… To Adani and Ambani: massive companies such as you folks must additionally concentrate. We Adivasi folks won’t simply depart our lands to you. As a result of, if something can save the world, it’s the worldview of the Adivasi folks. There isn’t any different means. You might be destroying the atmosphere, which is Adivasi folks’s life, by mining. Hear me straight: Change your self, or nature will change you for the higher.”

Dr Jo Woodman of Survival Worldwide mentioned right now: “Narendra Modi many times prioritizes the wealth of his company allies over the rights of the Adivasi peoples of the nation. The Science Museum’s cope with Adani is the worst form of greenwashing. Indigenous folks from India to Indonesia and Australia are campaigning towards the corporate and its mines. Coal mining shouldn’t be solely destroying Indigenous lands, it’s catastrophic for the battle towards local weather change. The museum ought to scrap its sponsorship cope with Adani instantly. It’s on the mistaken facet of historical past.”

Journalists can entry images of the protest right here.

Supply hyperlink