The Wombles were "brought out of hibernation" in a bid to help out Boris Johnson's Government promote their environmental agenda ahead of the Cop26
The Wombles were “brought out of hibernation” in a bid to help out Boris Johnson’s Government promote their environmental agenda ahead of the Cop26 Summit. Jeremy Vine panellist Lowri Turner has pledged her support for the Wombles campaign, saying climate change activism is “very depressing”. She said she is hoping the more “upbeat” Wombles could help promote a more positive message about being greener. However, co-panellist Kevin Maguire said he would rather support a people-led campaign rather than one led by fictional characters.
Speaking on Jeremy Vine on Five programme, Ms Turner said: “The problem with a lot of climate change activism is it’s very depressing.
“’We’re all going to die’ is a depressing message. That’s not going to get people to change their behavior.“What you need is a more positive, friendly, upbeat message and if that’s part of that.“So, this is the life we could have if we will reuse, recycle.”
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She went on: “It’s a much better message than ‘we’re all going to die’ and ‘you’re evil’ because that’s the message we’re getting out of the Climate Lobby at the moment.”
Jeremy Vine chipped in: “My confusion is when I think of green things, I think of two things.
“I think of trying not to belch out carbon in my daily life. And secondly, recycling.
“And I think they’re quite different. The Wombles are about litter aren’t they?”
Kevin Maguire then joined in, saying: “They are. Cop 26 is all about stopping global temperatures rising, which will create devastation in the weather and with estimates that 10 million people a year could be dying in a few decades.
“So if you’re going to have a symbol, it might be better to have people, it might be better to have children.
“And use them in some way.
He added: “Lots of mini Greta Thunberg from around the world are talking about ‘look this is our planet, you’re going to be killing us’, rather than having a rather furry animal that’s been in hibernation since the 1970s and means very little to most.
The Wombles are well-known children’s characters from the 1970s, which came up with creative ways to reduce waste to protect the planet.
They have now joined a government campaign to promote eco-friendly living.
The furry animals will advocate things like greener travel, reducing waste and boosting gardens.
Cop 26 is taking place this November in Glasgow.