An Invitation to the British Museum
for a meditation response to BP sponsorship
Saturday 21st June, 3pm // British Museum, London
On Saturday June 21st at 3pm, members from Bristol, London, Brighton and Gaia House Insight Meditation groups invite you to join them for an event at the British Museum, hosted by the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE). The event coincides with a similar event organised by the Sustainable Quakers earlier this week. Gathering together we shall create a silent space for reflection as to whether culture should be used to cleanse the image of BP and so endorse climate destruction and the great suffering it entails. The Quakers are one of several groups who have been gathering regularly at the museum in recent weeks to question BP sponsorship of our arts and culture.
As well as bringing together Buddhists and secular practitioners, meditators, yogis, mindfulness practitioners and MBSR therapists, this invitation extends beyond these specific groups and is open to anyone who is concerned about the well-being of our planet and wants to peacefully respond. Rob Burbea, the resident teacher of Gaia House, will also be joining us.
So as to avoid the weekend queues we suggest arriving early at the venue; we will meet beyond the entrance in the great hall, and the sound of a prayer bowl will signal the event has begun.
We look forward to sitting with you soon.
Why protest about BP?
BP recently launched several highly polluting tar sands extraction projects in Canada, infringing on the rights of local Indigenous people. US Gulf Coast communities have been left devastated by BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill, with the death of thousands of forms of marine life including close to 1000 bottle-nose dolphins. Several years on Gulf residents and clean-up workers continue to suffer serious health problems. The company is now speculating high risk drilling options in the Arctic, whilst at the same time lobbying against environmental laws and blocking clean energy alternatives all over the world.
BP has a long-running financial relationship with the British Museum and by providing a tiny percentage (less than 1%) of the annual income of the British Museum, receive a huge amount of positive publicity in return, helping to present themselves as responsible members of society and distract the public from the reality of their actions.
As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said earlier this month, “People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.”