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Sustainability: Our public programme

As a group of museums that lead the world in science education, helping the public to understand the science of climate change is a key focus for our public programme.

Our Future Planet, an exhibition on carbon capture technologies at the Science Museum, continues to engage visitors with this important topic while a critically acclaimed exhibition on the Amazon will open at the Science and Industry Museum from May 2022. We also strive to inspire the public with digital resources and online content that explores current scientific research and the technologies that can help reduce the impact of climate change.

The Science Museum Group has made a commitment to reach net zero by 2033 – covering both the carbon footprint of our own operations and our supply chain. Behind the scenes we ensure the major projects across our museums have sustainable working practices at their core, helping create a sustainable legacy for the future.

Climate Films

Watch the first in a series of six animated films which explore the science and impact of climate change, published to mark Earth Day 2022.

Exhibitions

Visitors can explore the science of climate change through two current exhibitions:

Amazonia

Award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado presents Amazônia, a breath-taking photography exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum that celebrates the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest. 

Climate Talks

Delve into our series of Climate Talks—panel discussions, Q&As and events with an international line of experts, campaigners and cultural figures hosted by the Science Museum Group to discuss how to tackle the most pressing issues around climate change.
Watch all the Climate Talks online

Learning

Our Learning teams are delivering a range of activities, shows and demonstrations to engage all ages in climate science and sustainability, as well as providing resources to do this at home and in the classroom.

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Past Activities

Climate change has been a recurrent theme in the Science Museum Group’s public programme, with exhibitions including The Rubbish Collection (2014), an art installation made of waste, and Unlocking Lovelock (2015) at the Science Museum. Manchester Science Festival featured the Lovelock Art Commission from 2014-16, while Luke Jerram’s spectacular artwork Gaia was displayed as part of the National Science and Media Museum’s Hello Universe exhibition in 2019.

As part of the Science Museum Group’s climate focused public programme in 2021 the Science and Industry Museum hosted a climate-themed Manchester Science Festival and the National Science and Media Museum hosted a climate-themed Bradford Science Festival.

In 2021 the Science Museum opened two climate-themed exhibitions. Our Future Planet explores innovative solutions from the natural (trees) to the mechanical (direct air capture machines) to reduce carbon levels in our atmosphere. While Amazônia, which featured over 200 images captured by acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado over the course of seven years travelling through the Amazon, presents Salgado’s dramatic panoramas of this incredible region and portraits of its people.