Chris Packham hits back at Boris Johnson, says ‘I’d get arrested to save planet’

Chris Packham has hit back at Boris Johnson’s jibe about Extinction Rebellion activists saying: “History will not look favourably on him.”

The TV wildlife guru was stunned when the PM dismissed the protesters in a speech this week as “crusties” who live in “hemp-smelling bivouacs”.

More than 1,290 people, including Belgium’s Princess Esmeralda, 63, have been arrested in London since Monday as more than a million people took to the streets around the world.

Protesters in the capital included a bishop, an ex-police chief, a Paralympic gold medallist, and a former banker.

Springwatch star Chris warned: “The lack of attention to the climate emergency will come back to bite people.

“This is about the health of our planet. History will not look favourably on anyone who calls us ‘uncooperative crusties’. We have to put them in a ­position where they have to listen.”

Chris, 58, indicated he is expecting a long-fought battle – saying he was prepared to get himself arrested, but “much later” when the time was right.

He added: “The emotion I feel most of the time is frustration and anger. The best thing is to channel it into activism.”

Extinction Rebellion set up camp in Trafalgar Square for the week’s protests. Supporters glued themselves to ­buildings, barricaded the BBC and tried to halt flights at London City Airport.

Paralympic cycling gold medallist James Brown was yesterday banned from going near any UK airport after denying causing a public nuisance by gluing himself to the top of a plane.

Brown, 55, was bailed by Westminster magistrates to appear at crown court next month.

There were more arrests today at a blockade of Billingsgate fish market.

Rob Cooper, an ex Devon and Cornwall Chief Superintendent, was also at the protests.

Rob, 60, said: “I joined for the same reasons I joined the police – to protect my community. I’m concerned for everybody, but especially for my five-year-old granddaughter.”

Dr Deepa Shah, 36, a GP in Hackney, East London, said she felt obliged to protest as climate change “is a massive risk to the health of future patients”.

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