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Eco protestor arrested as she tried to confront Sir David Attenborough

Emma Guinness

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Eco protestor arrested as she tried to confront Sir David Attenborough

A climate change activist has been arrested after she tried to confront celebrated animal documentary maker and climate activist Sir David Attenborough.

Emma Smart, an Animal Rebellion activist, tried to confront Attenborough, 96, at the Old Fish Market in Weymouth, Dorset, and she was eventually dragged outside after refusing to leave.

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Smart, a marine biologist, tried to speak to Attenborough about 'telling the truth' about climate change and attempted to give him a letter, slamming future editions of the documentaries that have made him a household name.

She said: "We don't need another documentary series showing us that we are losing, some 150 species going extinct globally every single day. What we need is action."

Attenborough has been in the area this week to film a documentary about fishing.

Footage of Smart being dragged out of the restaurant was later posted on Twitter by Animal Rebellion, in which they explained: "Marine biologist Emma Smart attempts to talk to Sir David Attenborough as he dines in luxury seafood restaurant, before being dragged out by police.

Emma tried to tell the documentary maker that she was a scientist. Credit: Twitter/@RebelsAnimal
Emma tried to tell the documentary maker that she was a scientist. Credit: Twitter/@RebelsAnimal

"Emma is not alone in her pleas for climate action - scientists across the globe are begging for urgent change. #PlantBasedFuture"

The video garnered a lot of attention online and at the time of writing, it has been viewed more than 66,000 times.

Reacting to the footage, one viewer remarked: "Great stuff. Well done the cops."

"Doesn't seem very safe dragging her like that," added a second, while a third wrote: "Stalking as a campaigning strategy will gain you nothing."

"Although I support Animal Rebellion this is wrong," remarked a fourth. "Harassing an old man is NOT acceptable especially when he HAS done so much to raise awareness. Unbelievable and counter productive.

"I thought Animal Rebellion was doing really well to gain wider public support but this won't help."

The contents of the activist's letter were later published by the MailOnline, in which it read: "Dear David, I still want to meet you! I'm from Weymouth - my community will be devastated in the climate crisis.

The activist said the world needed action and not another documentary. Credit: Alamy/Tony Watson
The activist said the world needed action and not another documentary. Credit: Alamy/Tony Watson

"Today is the one year anniversary that I went to prison for peacefully protesting government inaction.

"There are 35 ordinary people in prison right now for environmental protest. Please speak up for them. For all life on earth.

"I'm a scientist. A biologist. Please meet with me - just five min."

LADbible has reached out to Animal Rebellion a representative for Attenborough for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@RebelsAnimal/PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: David Attenborough, UK News

Emma Guinness
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