11 thoughts on “BP oil polluters, bad British Museum sponsors

  1. Monday 11th December 2017

    ACTIVISTS have covered the white marble floor of the British Museum with huge “cracks” to symbolise damage to the permafrost caused by the museum’s sponsors BP.

    Over 100 theatrical protesters stormed the London museum to sing rewritten oil-themed Christmas carols contributed by supporters — including playwright Caryl Churchill.

    The group BP or Not BP staged the art demonstration to challenge the international oil firm’s sponsorship of the museum’s current blockbuster exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia.

    The exhibition includes items from Russian permafrost, which risks being thawed by the burning of fossil fuels — including oil produced by BP — causing the release of huge amounts of frozen carbon dioxide.

    This was the group’s 30th unsanctioned performance in the museum since its formation in 2012 and they vowed to keep coming back until the climate-destroying corporation is dropped as a sponsor.

    The ice-themed flashmob — dubbed the “freezemob” — lay artistic “cracks” made of black paper on the white marble floor to bring the threatened permafrost into the oil-sponsored museum.

    Around 50 protesters, all wearing white, blue and silver, were led by a team of “ice leaders” in a musical performance that involved “freezing and thawing” their way around the museum.

    They sung: “Frozen for eons, how long will we last? Don’t burn the future, by melting the past, freeze out the logos, BP’s time has passed. Don’t burn the future. By melting the past.”

    Helen Glynn from BP or not BP? said: “Our paper cracks can be easily removed from the museum floor, but BP’s impact on the permafrost — and the global climate — is much more permanent.

    “Putting a BP logo on archaeology that’s being destroyed by melting permafrost is like a fox sponsoring an exhibition about the mysterious disappearance of the local chickens.

    “BP must be delighted that the museum is willing to collude in climate change denial to such a shocking degree. It’s time for the British Museum to stop being a pawn in BP’s global power games.”



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