This week is a reminder to dream big. The climate movement aims to make the kind of change the world needs — to pick “unrealistic” fights, and then win them. That’s exactly what happened Wednesday night when some big news dropped:
In the wake of public pressure, oil mogul David Koch stepped down from the board of New York’s American Museum of Natural History after serving for 23 years!
This is a victory for all the scientists, climate activists, and museum professionals who’ve called on museums to break ties with fossil fuels (and especially the crew at The Natural History Museum, a mobile museum that champions bold climate action and launched the campaign to “kick Koch off the board” last year).
There’s also a huge opportunity here: with Koch out of the way, the door is open for the American Museum of Natural History to take real leadership and divest from fossil fuels. It’s our moment to tell them: fossil fuels are history — and now is the time to stand on the right side.
Click here to tweet: Oil mogul David Koch outta the way –> time for NY’s @AMNH to #divest from fossil fuels! #FossilFreeCulture #FossilFriday
Click here to tweet: Hey @AMNH — love the museum. But could you like, try to not invest in things that are going to bring on the end of history? Thx! #Divest
This museum understands the urgent threat of climate change — heck, next week they’re hosting an in-depth course on human-induced sea level rise and climate science. So why invest in an industry that’s putting us on a crash course?
The fossil fuel industry’s business model destroys pretty much everything a science museum stands for — “nature,” “history,” and credible scientific information, just to name a few. Plus, with oil and coal prices plummeting each day, divestment is kind of a no-brainer at this point for folks that care about the viability of their funds.
The iron couldn’t get any hotter — let’s ask the museum to do the right thing.
Zoë for the 350.org team & Beka for The Natural History Museum team