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Gabrovo Museum of Humour and Satire Stops Accepting Fossil Fuel Advertisements

The Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo, North Central Bulgaria, will no longer accept advertising and sponsorships from fossil fuel companies.
The Museum said that this is a responsible decision in order to reduce disinformation on pollution and climate change. The decision follows up on joint work on Greenpeace –Bulgaria campaigns associated with the energy transition from polluting and contributing to climate change fossil fuels to clean renewable energy sources.
One of these campaigns is the European Citizens’ Initiative for ban on fossil fuel advertising and sponsorship.
“Cultural institutions should be opinion leaders. Concert and sports halls and other halls and institutions should follow suit and declare their independence of the fossil fuel industry,” said Lora Fouchedzhieva, who coordinates the campaign for Bulgaria.
According to Museum Director Margarita Dorovska, in the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the museum and the 25th Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, which is dedicated entirely to the sustainable way of living, the institution formally gives up advertising and sponsorship from fossil fuel companies.
The Museum soon plans to come up with a statement to follow an environmental mission according to which all activities in the museum will be subjected to a sustainability assessment and the public will be involved in green campaigns.
Greenpeace Bulgaria and the Museum of Humour and Satire call on people to sign a petition for ban on fossil fuel advertisement and sponsorships, which is available online.
The aim is by October 2022 to collect 1 million signatures of EU citizens, which will compel the European Commission to consider the proposal and take action. The European Citizens’ Initiative is a formal instrument of the European Union through which people may express a view and make institutions implement a change.
The Museum of Humour and Satire is following suit after the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Guardian ended their fossil fuel sponsorships and Amsterdam and the Hague banned fossil fuel ads at public transport stops and in urban spaces in 2021.