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.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.