Taking Action ... Climate Rush vs Jeremy Clarkson

Target: Jeremy Clarkson Protesters: Climate Rush Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire Date: 17 September

Climate Rush: Clarkson targeted
Climate Rush: Clarkson targeted


The lowdown

Activists from environmental group Climate Rush dumped horse manure in TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson's garden. They also offloaded a banner bearing the message 'this is what you're landing us in'. The seven female activists were dressed as suffragettes. They arrived at Clarkson's house in a van fuelled by used chip-fat oil and unloaded two bin bags of manure on to his front lawn.

Why the protest?

The group said they targeted the Top Gear presenter because of his blase attitude towards climate change. They said his recent drive to the Arctic was designed to antagonise environmentalists and had emitted an estimated 1.7 tonnes of carbon. The protest is part of a month-long roadshow by the group, which aims to criticise carbon-intensive infrastructure and individuals.

How did Clarkson respond?

He was not available to comment.

How did the media cover it?

John Vidal wrote a piece in The Guardian that said Clarkson was being criticised for his controversial views on the environment. It said his views had 'offended a wide cross-section of Britain' and that his attitude to nature was 'eccentric'. The Daily Express called it a 'horse poo protest'. The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Hampstead and Highgate Express also covered it.

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