A nature-loving BBC presenter has suggested that a radical wing of climate activists will likely start bombing oil refineries in the future.
Chris Packham, who is a presenter for the UK state broadcaster’s Springwatch series, added that many environmentalists were “too timid”, endorsing a more abrasive approach to green activism.
“The Suffragettes set fire to things, smashed a lot of glass, attacked people on the street,” he said. “And in apartheid, they were blowing up trains, blowing up factories.
“What the climate movement is grudgingly having to accept is that maybe that radical flank will develop. At the moment, no one is blowing up an oil refinery, but a lot of people think that is very likely to happen.”
Adding that he believed that breaking the law to protest climate change is “the ethically responsible thing to do”, Packham remained critical of the current strategies deployed by green activists.
According to the presenter, road blockades and other action by the likes of Just Stop Oil “essentially infuriate and bore people”, and different methods of protest were now needed.
“We’ve got to be constantly imaginative … We’re not using humour. We’re not using music.”
Swedish teenage eco-activist Greta Thunberg is once again in the spotlight after being pictured giving MEPs the “middle finger” in the European Parliament. https://t.co/kAgo2CwaBo
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Elsewhere, representatives of Germany’s Green party lashed out at their own climate radicals for allegedly antagonising the public.
“The activists … are massively damaging the issue of climate protection,” the country’s climate change minister Robert Habeck said after one particularly inflammatory set of protests at Germany’s airports.
“Anyone who really wants to campaign for climate protection must keep an eye on social acceptance.”
Famed Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg got in trouble for giving MEPs who voted against the European Union’s Nature Restoration Law the middle finger.
She has since been handed a series of fines in Sweden after being found to have disobeyed the orders of a police officer at a protest.
A climate extremist organisation in Germany has set up a series of human blockades in major cities throughout the country. https://t.co/bmZqOXsWCN
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