Climate protester arrested for approaching Sir David Attenborough at restaurant

A climate change protester has been arrested after allegedly approaching Sir David Attenborough at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the south coast.

Orset Police say Emma Smart, 45, was arrested on Thursday night after allegedly causing trouble and refusing to obey officers after they asked her to leave Catch At The Old Fish Market in Weymouth .

Animal Rebellion, the protest group behind Smart, said she approached the table where Sir David was dining to try to deliver a letter to him and share images of her being dragged away by police at 8:45. dark.

Smart, an ecologist from Weymouth, said she wanted to have a five-minute conversation with Sir David about the need to tackle climate change.


Ecologist Emma Smart outside HMP Bronzefield, in Surrey, after her release from prison on January 14 (Aaron Chown/PA)

According to Animal Rebellion, a group calling for a plant-based food system and mass re-wilding program, Smart targeted its visit to the Catch restaurant because of its expensive seafood menu.

She said in a statement: “The Catcher is a symbol of excess and inequality in today’s world, Weymouth has one of the lowest average wages in the UK and is at great risk due to the high level of poverty. sea ​​level rise.

“However, this restaurant continues to operate as usual amid the worst cost of living crisis many people have ever experienced.

“We don’t need another series of documentaries showing us that we are losing, about 150 species becoming extinct globally every day.


Sir David Attenborough was approached by climate change protester Emma Smart while dining at a restaurant in Weymouth on Thursday (Victoria Jones/PA)

“What we need is action.

“Sir David is in a unique position to speak the truth about the biodiversity crisis.

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“He has the opportunity to leave a legacy of love and care and be a pioneer for a better world.”

Smart was previously jailed at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey for a UK climate change protest.

She was released in January, and during her time in prison, she was transferred to the hospital ward after going on a hunger strike to protest her sentence.

Her letter to the host of the climate documentary said: “Dear David, I still want to see you!

“I come from Weymouth – my community will be devastated by the climate crisis.

“Today is the one year anniversary of my imprisonment for peacefully protesting government inaction.

“There are 35 ordinary people currently in prison for protesting the environment.

“Speak up for them. For all life on earth.

“I am a scientist. A biologist. See me – just five minutes.

“Love and hope, Emma Smart.”

Smart has been charged with failing to comply with Section 35 guidance and will appear at Weymouth Magistrates Court on December 21. Climate protester arrested for approaching Sir David Attenborough at restaurant

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