Extinction Rebellion activist clashes with Rinder over group
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Rob Rinder spoke with Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Claire Farrell about the group’s London protest and how the public perceives them. Mr Rinder explained many would consider members of Extinction Rebellion as “unattractive” as he highlighted the hypocrisy of some climate activists and noted the lack of diversity among protesters. Ms Farrell laughed off suggestions members were “unattractive” as Mr Rinder had to awkwardly explain he did not mean it in the aesthetic sense.
Extinction Rebellion has been protesting in London this week and is expected to continue all through next week too.
Over 200 arrests have been made so far as activists glue and chain themselves to the pavement.
Activists have been calling for investment firms to end their investments in fossil fuels with the City of London expected to see large protests in the next few days.
Mr Rinder spoke with Ms Farrell about the public’s concerns over the group and share his thoughts with her.
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He said: “Don’t shoot the messenger, but aren’t so many of your messengers just incredibly unattractive?
“They’re people of extreme privilege who don’t follow any of the things [they preach] and the people who are the spokespeople who place [climate] at the top of their agenda.
“They fly around the world on private jets, they have climate change conferences in circumstances where none of us could ever reach those places.
“I never see people of colour or all the poor people standing up and saying this is the most fundamental thing you should care about.
“And surely you can’t be happy as an activist, with the type of people who are championing his cause, on your behalf?”
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Ms Farrell began laughing at Mr Rinder as she said she could not believe he called Extinction Rebellion members “unattractive”.
He clarified he did not mean their looks but stressed “hemp and long hair” did not do anything for him.
In a separate TalkRADIO interview, host Cristo Foufas spoke with XR co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook about the group’s goals.
Mr Foufas asked what type of car Dr Bradbrook drove as she revealed she could not afford an electric car.
She said: “You can definitely find things about my life, I’ve spent a lot of money on my house, put solar panels on it, I had to take insulation and re-insert it.
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“I’ve done lots of good things but I also don’t get it all right. I drive a car for example.”
Dr Bradbrook was then asked if it was electric but she soon revealed she drove a diesel car.
She added: “If somebody wants to give me £5,000 you can convert my car to electric and I don’t have the money at the minute.
“[My current car] was claimed to be a really green car at the time when I bought it, t is a diesel car.”
Nickie Aiken MP said Extinction Rebellion protests in 2019 left behind “20 tonnes” of rubbish which cost thousands to clean up.
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