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Target: France A. Cordova, Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution

Goal: Dismantle museum exhibit that whitewashes the threat of manmade climate change.

Climate change is not a significant threat to humanity and the rest of the Earth’s animals, according to an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. This is shamelessly misleading and contrary to mainstream scientific consensus. Demand that this exhibit be removed from the museum.

The National Museum of Natural History is a publicly-funded institution and, with free admission, is one of the most popular museums in the country. The “Hall of Human Origins” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s natural history museum in Washington, D.C. was funded by a $15 million grant from the billionaire pro-dirty energy David Koch and represents an insidious new method in public manipulation from the fossil fuel industry.

The exhibit paints a picture of modern climate change that implies that it is “no big deal.” According to the exhibit, humans will be able to evolve to cope with climate change—even though we are facing drastic temperature change on the scale of decades, not the millennia needed for the natural evolution it suggests. It also downplays the threat of global sea level rise, stating that it will rise only 21 feet when scientists agree we could be facing an increase more in the realm of 200 feet.

The National Museum of Natural History is a public institution, but its content should be based on solid science, not politics. The Hall of Human Origins exhibit is a blemish on the museum’s prestigious reputation for educating the American public. Sign the petition below to demand that the museum dismantle this misleading and dangerous exhibit.


Dear Chair Cordova,

I am writing you today regarding the Hall of Human Origins exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. This exhibit is wantonly misleading and has no place in your prestigious museum.

The exhibit completely downplays the threat we face from modern climate change. Proposing that we will be able to evolve to meet any new challenges created by climate change in the short term is patently bad science, and lowballing the magnitude of sea level rise communicates to the public the fallacy that climate change won’t be that serious of an issue.

The inaccurate content of this exhibit would justify its dismantlement on its own, but the fact that it was funded by David Koch provides a final, inarguable nail in its coffin. Koch is, as I am sure you are aware, a billionaire conservative activist who funds all kinds of climate change-denial endeavors. This is obviously another example of that. His hands should not be shaping the content of a publicly-funded science museum.

This exhibit has no place in any part of your institution. I demand that you get the National Museum of Natural History to remove this misleading Hall of Human Origins exhibit at once.


[Your Name Here]

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