To inform our Supporters and to help guide future activities (for example, responses to relevant Planning Applications), we may develop Position Statements on various topics. Where our position is not already stated in our Starting Points and Aims, or in a previously agreed public statement, and no Position Statement is current, GlosCAN will maintain a neutral position.
Sponsorship of the arts and culture by fossil fuel companies
GlosCAN is opposed to sponsorship of the arts and culture by fossil fuel companies. This would include, by way of example, exhibitions at a national museum concerning climate change, or a major art gallery.
There is a danger that supporting these aims may give the fossil fuel companies a misleading reputation: that they are in some way especially linked to the arts, education and culture. This cannot be the case. It is not their principal activity or part of their business model. They are, because of their past, particularly concerned with supplying materials that are causing a great public danger.
The arts and culture are areas that attract the interest of a part of the population that others may emulate and copy. It should not be seen by the public at large that those who are to be emulated are supported by fossil fuel companies. This makes producing and using fossil fuels seem more acceptable.
Therefore GlosCAN is opposed to sponsorship of this kind and, as with other substances whose sponsorship has fallen under opprobrium, would like to see fossil fuels cease to receive unwarranted favourable publicity.