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Jeremy Clarkson finally admits he believes in climate change

"It was alarming. Genuinely alarming."

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When it comes to Jeremy Clarkson, we know that he prefers a hammer to a screwdriver, power and destruction to peace and calm, and most of all, we know that he has a firm, negative view towards environmentalists. However, it seems his experience in Cambodia, might have shaken his lifelong views on climate change according to interviews.

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Recently, Jeremy Clarkson came back to the U.K after an extensive filming of the 4th season of The Grand Tour, dubbed the Seamen. This time, the trio would choose boats instead of cars and go through an epic voyage of navigating 500 miles downwards the Mekong River of Cambodia. Mekon River is known as one of the most significant ‘lifelines’ of the nation that not only provide water but also supports the local economy through its wildlife.

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Image from Amazon Prime

However, what Clarkson had seen there was not quite what the once-glorious Mekong River was like. The river had dried up, with boats sitting on dried up river beds and the once lush ecosystem gone. During the journey, the trio even found a lake called Tonle Sap that shrunk so much that the water height was barely at the knee level. Jeremy Clarkson stated, “It’s the first time that we’ve ever admitted to there being global warming. We were completely screwed on that [trip].” He also added, “It’s the first time I’ve had a graphic demonstration of global warming, and you go, ‘Jesus Christ, that is really alarming.'” Jeremy’s experience at Cambodia this year was definitely an eye-opening experience for him.

"I present this piece of automotive jewel to you, Prius drivers" Image from Amazon Prime

"I present this piece of automotive jewel to you, Prius drivers" Image from Amazon Prime

Jeremy Clarkson, the man who has been, so ‘old fashioned’, ‘skeptical’, and ‘conservative’ about environmentalists and climate change had concluded that “the climate is changing” in his recent column for The Times. It is more than surprising that a man who has been the advocate for the roar of the V12 instead of polar bears to change this drastically.

Image from The Times

Image from The Times

It probably is because there is a ‘personal’ side of the story for Clarkson too. Clarkson said after experiencing a significant ‘traffic jam’ due to the drought in the river, “The irony is not lost on me. A man who hosted a car programme for 30 years, limited to seven miles an hour by global warming.” Yes, Clarkson has finally acknowledged that ‘climate change’ that he was so skeptical about is the one that is preventing him from zooming around.

Aston Martin + Jeremy Clarkson + A Cigarette Image from Guardian

Aston Martin + Jeremy Clarkson + A Cigarette Image from Guardian

Now, having come back from his mind-blowing trip, Clarkson now firmly believes that action must be taken. Although he is still cynical about environmentalists and Greta Thunberg, at least we can say he has finally found his way around the ages of skepticism and doubt to a world of ‘enlightenment’ where he has finally found his long lost answer towards climate change.

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Image from inspiringallery

At the end of the day…

Hermann Hesse stated in his book, Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend, “The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world.” Clarkson has broken out of his ‘old world mentality’ after his experience in Cambodia and breaking out of your own world that you have created is never easy. I believe it would have taken him a lot of courage and effort to reach a conclusion that “The climate change is a thing” and admit “I might have been wrong”

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Image from Youtube

Regardless of his stance on environmentalists who drive Priuses, his act of breaking the ‘shell’ and stepping out to a new world must be applauded. He might be wrong about Greta Thunberg. He might be wrong about Prius drivers. He might be wrong about the whole concept of climate change itself. However, it is the one small, but significant step that Clarkson has taken that gives him the justification to be applauded here today. Well done, Clarkson. Well done.

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Comments (60)

  • He's not wrong about Greta Thunberg. People who generally support the climate change cause are often all too eager to pin their loyalty to the Greta cult, but let's face it, it's actually farcical.

      8 months ago
    • But that is because of the herd mentality. Many years ago, when I decided to be active against climate change, I joined Greenpeace. It only took me a year to realise (mind you that you only have monthly reunions and that if necessary) that some...

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        8 months ago
    • Well said... Well said...

        8 months ago
  • James May has also gone all environmental buying two different forms of electric cars. I would be interested on seeing some episodes of the comparison between the battery EV and the hydrogen cars he is using.

      8 months ago
    • True! Now Hammond somehow seems to be the only one sticking to traditional ICEs...

        8 months ago
    • Even if you believe that carbon dioxide is harmful for the environment, electric cars are more harmful than petrol cars.

        8 months ago
  • Water drying up isn't because of global warming. It's an issue with water management. People divert water, overuse and then the water, a flow resource, flows in a much smaller circle. In lots of countries farmers divert so much water for crops and mainly, livestock, that the water ends it cycle at that farm, instead of traveling the full distance.

      8 months ago
    • In the particular case of this article, it's due to the fact that it hasn't rained in June (when this was filmed) even though those months of the year (from April to October) are supposed to be rainy season over there.

        8 months ago
    • While that might be true, if I put all that water that was supposed to be rain somewhere else, it's not gojng to rain. Once again a water management issue. Water doesn't just disappear. Don't know if your agreeing or disagreeing but just...

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        8 months ago
  • In automotive sector, you don't tackle climate change by taking away few hundreds of Lambo or Ferrari V12, but by taking away millions of "common" petrol/diesel cars and most of all millions of lorries.

      8 months ago
  • There are much bigger environment threats then a handful of proper cars and it is plain hypocrisy to start all the Gretchen rants with cars. If the humanity cannot find the better solution then pointing fingers in the wrong directions then it's just not worth surviving.

      8 months ago
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