Science Museum i London forandrer tittelen på et nytt galleri om vitenskap og klima, etter avsløringene av uholdbare prognoser og manipulasjon av data. Ledelsen legger ikke skjul på at disse avsløringene har ødelagt noe av publikums tillit til at klimakrisen er 100 % sikker og forutsigbar. Museet stiller seg mer åpen for å tiltrekke seg et publikum som stiller seg åpen og utforskende.
Det er bare noen måneder siden museet hadde en utstilling der klimakrisen ble fremstilt som et ubestridelig faktum. Nå er holdningen endret.
Even the title of the £4 million gallery has been changed to reflect the museum’s more circumspect approach. The museum had intended to call it the Climate Change Gallery, but has decided to change this to Climate Science Gallery to avoid being accused of presuming that emissions would change the temperature.
Chris Rapley, the museum’s director, told The Times that it was taking a different approach after observing how the climate debate had been affected by leaked e-mails and overstatements of the dangers of global warming. He said: «We have come to realise, given the way this subject has become so polarised over the past three to four months, that we need to be respectful and welcoming of all views on it.»
Professor Rapley, a climate scientist and former director of the British Antarctic Survey research centre, said that the museum needed to remain neutral in order to be trusted: «The Science Museum will not state a position on whether or not climate change is real, driven by humans or threatening.»
«The climate science community, by and large, has concluded that humans have intervened in the system in a way that will lead to climate change. But that is their story. It’s not our story, so that can’t be our conclusion. If we take sides we will alienate some of the people who want to be part of the discussion.
«Although there is an extreme faction who very much disagree, there is a much bigger contingent who are not convinced. We want to welcome them into the debate by being as neutral and fairhanded as we can be.»
Professor Rapley said that the gallery, which is to open in November before the climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, would refrain from scaring visitors with apocalyptic predictions of rising sea levels and would be honest about the conflicting views on the scale of possible changes to the climate.