Keep it in the museum

Fossils belong in museums,
not in their investment funds.

We’re asking museums to divest from fossil fuels.

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To the country’s top museums of science & natural history, including American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum, California Academy of Sciences, & the Natural History Museum of Utah:

In the face of climate catastrophe, we urge you to take leadership by doing more than observing and curating history — by standing up to help make it. Please divest your funds from the fossil fuel industry.

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This spring The Natural History Museum, a new mobile museum that champions climate action, released an unprecedented letter signed by dozens of the world’s top scientists calling on science and natural history museums to cut all ties to the fossil fuel industry.


Now we’re joining our voices with theirs to call for divestment.


This moment calls for leaders that 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.

Museums are key institutions where the general public, especially young people, learn about science and the natural world. Museums understand the urgent threat of climate change — so why invest in the fossil fuel industry that’s putting us on a crash course?

The Code of Ethics for Museums states:

“It is incumbent on museums to be resources for humankind and in all their activities to foster an informed appreciation of the rich and diverse world we have inherited. It is also incumbent upon them to preserve that inheritance for posterity.”

Hundreds of universities, cities, faith communities, and other institutions have joined the call to align their investments with their values and are sending a clear message: The actions of the fossil fuel industry are incompatible with a livable future, and we’re taking a stand against it.


Fossil fuels are history — and now is the time to stand on the right side.


Help us ask our top museums to step up to the plate by divesting from the fossil fuel industry:


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BIG UPDATE (11/16/2015): The Field Museum and Phipps Conservatory announced that they’re divesting! Let’s keep those divestment dominoes falling.
BIG UPDATE (8/21/2015): California Academy of Sciences just announced that they’ve divested their direct holdings in fossil fuels and are taking action to cut all ties to fossil fuels! That’s a big achievement. Let’s keep the pressure on our other museums to divest.


Click here to tweet: Hey @AMNH, fossils belong in #museums, not in investment funds! #divest

Click here to tweet: Thanks to @calacademy for their leadership! Strong statement on #museums and the need to #divest:

Click here to tweet: Win! Latest #museums to #divest –> @FieldMuseum + @PhippsNews. Now, who’s next? Looking at you, @NHMU + @AMNH : )

Click here to tweet: If @NHMU is meant to preserve natural history, why invest in companies making nature history? #divest #museums

Why not start a campaign in your own community? You can help a local museum or other institution take a real step towards a better future for us all by divesting from the fossil fuel industry. Click here to start a campaign.

We’re evolving beyond fossil fuels. Don’t leave your friends — or the museums — behind.

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