BBC host Chris Packham has caused outrage with his recent remarks supporting the actions of Just Stop Oil activists. Packham, a renowned wildlife campaigner, expressed his belief that the group’s disruptive tactics, such as road blocks and sport arena invasions, were justified. He even went as far as suggesting that blowing up an oil refinery may be in the future.
Packham drew historical parallels to justify his views, citing the Suffragettes who resorted to arson and violence in their fight for women’s rights, as well as acts of sabotage during the apartheid era. He argued that, reluctantly, the climate movement may have to accept the emergence of a radical flank.
Despite acknowledging that no oil refinery has been detonated thus far, Packham warned that many individuals believe it to be a distinct possibility. These comments have not been received well by former Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley, who condemned Packham’s statements as “hugely irresponsible.” Bleksley further cautioned that incitement to violence could potentially result in loss of human lives.
Packham’s controversial documentary, titled “Chris Packham: Is It Time to Break the Law?,” which explores the topic in more depth, has added fuel to the fire. Bleksley criticized environmental activists, suggesting that their actions have alienated more people than they have gained support.
The remarks made by Packham have ignited a heated public debate about the tactics and boundaries of environmental activism.