Emma Smart and David Attenborough. Emma Smart, Source Twitter, Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject. David Attenborough By John Cairns - The Bodleian Libraries, CC BY 4.0, link.

Scientist Rebellion Activist Arrested for Bothering David Attenborough

Essay by Eric Worrall

Emma Smart apparently attempted to approach Attenborough to discuss his disregard for the excess and inequality of eating at a restaurant.

Weymouth climate change protester arrested while Sir David Attenborough dined

A climate change protester has been arrested after reportedly approaching Sir David Attenborough at a Michelin-star restaurant on the south coast. 

Dorset Police said Emma Smart, 45, was arrested on Thursday evening after an incident at Catch At The Old Fish Market in Weymouth.

Mrs Smart said in a statement: “The Catch is a symbol of excess and inequality in today’s world, Weymouth has average wages amongst the lowest in the UK and is at huge risk of sea level rises.

“Yet this restaurant still continues business as usual amongst the worst cost of living crisis many will ever experience.

“We don’t need another documentary series showing us that we are losing some 150 species going extinct globally every single day.

“What we need is action. Sir David is in a unique position to tell the truth about the biodiversity crisis.”

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-63684282

Emma Smart seems to perhaps be a little obsessed with David Attenborough? In February she published a polite get lost letter from her hero. This letter was apparently a response to correspondence which started when Emma was in prison.

Emma Smart Attenborough Letter
Emma Smart Attenborough Letter. Source Twitter.

The full BBC article mentions Emma was arrested under a Section 35 order, which in this case might mean she allegedly failed to obey a police order to get lost and stop harassing Attenborough.

Emma appears to be a member of “Scientist Rebellion“, an affiliate of Extinction Rebellion composed of scientists who are fed up with people not listening to their advice.

What do you think? Does Emma’s climate activism make you feel more inclined to listen to her scientific advice?

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Philip Mulholland
November 19, 2022 2:18 am

Does Emma’s climate activism make you feel more inclined to listen to her scientific advice?

Emphatically No. Science is not a political process.

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
November 19, 2022 2:26 am

The purpose of Science is to excise lies from the body politic, and not to foster them.

Bryan A
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
November 19, 2022 11:38 am

And THAT is the problem with being GREEN. One green is never green enough for another green personal greenness

Bryan A
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
November 19, 2022 8:55 pm

Did she really bother him?
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Never bother the Poo

November 19, 2022 2:35 am

Near its end, the post includes, “Emma appears to be a member of “Scientist Rebellion“, an affiliate of Extinction Rebellion composed of scientists who are fed up with people not listening to their advice.”

As if their advice is worth listening to. Oy vey!


Philip Mulholland
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
November 19, 2022 2:56 am

Advice is not instruction. Following advice is not mandatory.

Reply to  Philip Mulholland
November 19, 2022 6:16 am

even following instructions is not mandatory.
What they want is the authority to issue orders.

Philip Mulholland
Reply to  MarkW
November 19, 2022 6:41 am

even following instructions is not mandatory.

Good Point Mark, as the Nuremburg Mark 1 trials conclusively showed.

Rod Evans
November 19, 2022 3:01 am

Did we get to find out what he specialisation is? What kind of ‘scientist’ is she? I am guessing a ‘social scientist’ from her activities.

David Pentland
Reply to  Rod Evans
November 19, 2022 3:52 am

According to the extinction rebellion website, “ecologist”.

Reply to  David Pentland
November 19, 2022 6:57 am

But a photosynthesis denier.

Reply to  Rod Evans
November 19, 2022 3:52 am

Rod, I Googled her name along with scientist and one of the articles said something about fish research.


Reply to  Bob Tisdale
November 19, 2022 4:20 am

She is a supposed ecologist. At least that’s what they say she is. But I don’t believe it – could it be U of East Anglia? I don’t believe anything that comes out of the home of creative writing.

Rod Evans
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
November 19, 2022 4:34 am

Bob, I think her google profile suggests she is a self appointed ecologist, what ever that is? I am going to do some research into fish later myself, a portion of chips with the Cod has revealed it is very acceptable. I am moving research on a level in the near future and intend to study Monk fish in various recipes…. 🙂

Reply to  Rod Evans
November 19, 2022 5:13 am

I recently went up to York and made the detour to Whitby – best Monkfish in ages.

You can’t get Monkfish (aka Rock Salmon) in London chippies anymore.

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Reply to  strativarius
November 19, 2022 8:50 am

Rock salmon was a name for dogfish to make it sound more appetising – like Battersea is South Chelsea . Monk fish was always a luxury fish but the tails only. The head is like that of a marine rottweiler on steroids. Monkfish is also known as Angler fish. At least in Aberdeen. However you maybe can not always take the word of a son of an Aberdeen fish merchant as for instance look at the weasely Michael Gove
a Beagle shark if I ever saw one

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  alastairgray29yahoocom
November 19, 2022 2:37 pm

I’d never come across Rock Salmon aka Dogfish until I went to work in Kent.
For me the Fish is Fish and Chips was Haddock. Having to specify Haddock is still odd.

Northern Bear
Reply to  Rod Evans
November 19, 2022 5:25 am

Ling is really good to, very similar to cod , perhaps even better ! We catch it in ship wrecks , Weymouth has a lot of wrecks close by from WW2 and is the start of the mighty chesil beach

Reply to  Northern Bear
November 19, 2022 8:53 am

Chesil Beach is the biggest longshore drift
accretionary sand bar in the world. They have signs all over it saying people who remove gravel will be prosecuted are they frightened of sea level rise or just being mean

Reply to  alastairgray29yahoocom
November 19, 2022 4:03 pm

I think it’s because of large scale removal by builders and the like.

Bryan A
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
November 19, 2022 11:41 am

So there really is something fishy about her credentials

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Rod Evans
November 19, 2022 7:09 pm

Yeah, the Dark Side seems to have expanded the meaning of ‘scientist’. I recall the Ozzie cartoonist John Cook (inventor of the 97% scientific consensus on anthro global warming) marvelling that one day he was an ordinary bloke and then suddenly he became a scientist professor at Cook University! Not only have they done away with the scientific method, but they’ve also done away studying science.

November 19, 2022 3:18 am

This woman seems incapable of thinking clearly. Presumably people working in a Michelin-starred restaurant get paid above average wages. If they decided they were going to close, surely that will drop the average wage in Weymouth even more? And what does she want there to replace it? A MacDonalds? People might drive to Weymouth for a fine dining experience, spend the night in a local hotel and bring some money into the local economy. They won’t be doing that for a Big Mac.

Northern Bear
Reply to  PariahDog
November 19, 2022 5:26 am

Already a big McDonalds in Weymouth . It’s actually quite a nice sea side town

Reply to  Northern Bear
November 19, 2022 6:34 am

I wouldn’t mind trying Catch. It’s definitely on the expensive side but PariahDog’s analysis is correct.


Brian Mead
Reply to  Northern Bear
November 19, 2022 8:53 am

Such a shame it’s going to be under the sea in a few years, ahem?!

Martin Brumby
Reply to  Northern Bear
November 20, 2022 2:31 am

It is very nice.
A favourite of Good King George III.

Reply to  PariahDog
November 19, 2022 5:28 am

This parallels my thoughts. Some one in history said that if the wealthy buy goods and services from the poor it will help lift them out of poverty–and proposed a great ball for the wealthy who would buy food, ballgowns, etc., from the working class. I would think the workers, fishmongers and other service people make more feeding Mr. Attenborough than they would make working for and supplying the local street fish and chips stand.

Reply to  PariahDog
November 19, 2022 6:19 am

According to the socialists if we just gave everyone a guaranteed wage, then nobody would need to work.

Reply to  MarkW
November 19, 2022 8:54 am

We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us as they said in the halcyon days of the jolly old Soviet Union

Reply to  PariahDog
November 19, 2022 4:11 pm

The restaurant will no doubt be supplied by local fisherman and farmers as well as being able to pay for more staff than a less expensive restaurant. And if it is rich people dining there then money from outside is coming into Weymouth. Looking at the menu, there is a lot of local produce so the restaurant probably provides indirect employment for scores of people and businesses. Stupid women.

Martin Brumby
November 19, 2022 3:23 am

I can, just about, contain my grief that someone gave grief to pompous, virtue signalling charlatan Attenborough.

And pleasing that the grief – giver was someone even more ridiculous than he has abundantly proved himself to be.

It would be nice if it could be confirmed that this lady’s path to absurd mendacity (150 species extinct per day) had been initiated by the endless nonsense spouted by the “Great Savant” himself.

Reply to  Martin Brumby
November 19, 2022 8:56 am

They do a nice Walrus steak, and the chef throws it like a pizza to land on your plate

November 19, 2022 3:23 am

She has the Crazy Eyes. Like a Serial Killer.

Reply to  buckeyebob
November 19, 2022 4:18 am

Looks like she cuts her own fringe, too.

Reply to  strativarius
November 19, 2022 6:37 am

Maybe she’s a cereal killer and has a dual use bowl.

Reply to  Scissor
November 19, 2022 6:52 am

Special K

Martin Brumby
Reply to  buckeyebob
November 20, 2022 2:33 am

Or a bunny boiler?

Ron Long
November 19, 2022 3:54 am

Emma has her cuckoo spring wound up too tight. You do not want to be close to her when it springs loose. Her spiel is pure Socialism merging into Marxism, which appears to be the actual objective of the CAGW Loonies.

Reply to  Ron Long
November 19, 2022 4:29 am

Socialism merging into Marxism, which appears to be “

Appears to be? They’ve been on this a long time:

“But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy…One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy any more.” — Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-chair of IPCC WG III, New American, Nov. 19, 2010

Needless to say, that stance has never been reported in the media. And it never will be. Now it’s called by euphemisms such as loss and damage etc.

Reply to  Ron Long
November 19, 2022 7:13 am

“Her spiel is pure Socialism merging into Marxism”

I’d say her spiel is pure crackpot bullsh*t merging into insanity. Perhaps the good news, if there is any here, is that Attenborough gets to see up close and personal what his own crackpot bullsh*t has wrought.

Reply to  BobM
November 19, 2022 11:55 am

“Socialism merging into Marxism”
“bulls*t merging into insanity”

There’s a difference?

November 19, 2022 4:10 am

Emma isn’t that Smart

“[Weymouth] at huge risk of sea level rises.” Now, that’s well beyond risible.

As for the sellout known as David Attenborough, he’s a human being and as far as he’s concerned human beings are intruders on the [natural] planet. With that in mind, it only seems fair that such a prominent ‘problem’ human being, is being harrassed in an expensive eaterie by a lesser yet more fervent believer in the faith..

Ouroboros bites.

Northern Bear
Reply to  strativarius
November 19, 2022 5:33 am

Weymouth can get a bit of flooding if you get the right conditions, autumn equinox , spring tide and a big south westerly gale , I’ve only known the road between Weymouth and Portland cut once by the sea during gale force winds as its right by the sea and shingle beach . At this end of the beach you can catch trigger fish which have come from the Caribbean . Photo of Chesil beach

Reply to  Northern Bear
November 19, 2022 5:38 am

Lots of places can get a bit of flooding if you get the right conditions”

Joseph Zorzin
November 19, 2022 4:30 am

A radical is never radical enough for the next generation of radicals- just look at the French Revolution.

Bryan A
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
November 19, 2022 11:43 am

It’s not easy being green.

November 19, 2022 4:50 am

Why is it that whenever I see ‘Smart’ in a name, I think ‘Dumb’?

Reply to  Ian_e
November 19, 2022 5:48 am

1984 – Newspeak.

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Martin Brumby
Reply to  Ian_e
November 20, 2022 2:36 am

You know the UK’s “Smart Motorways”, then?

Tom Halla
November 19, 2022 4:51 am

45? Never having learned to use cursive makes her appear to be about twelve, and a bit slow.

Reply to  Tom Halla
November 20, 2022 12:54 pm

I must protest.
I quit using cursive in the 8th grade, primarily because it was unreadable (even by me sometimes). B.S. Math, Graduate education, Nuclear Engineering (courtesy of ADM Rickover).

Coeur de Lion
November 19, 2022 5:14 am

This is all part of the vast push back phenomenon of the last years of the alarmists. Dog eat dog. Extreme extremism -isses off the public. Sceptic scientists are listened to. Brave journos get a reputation for breaking out of the narrative.

November 19, 2022 5:54 am

My opinion of SDA still not recovered from Walrusgate
SDA’s reported advice that walrus falling off cliffs was a result of “ lack of sea ice caused by climate change”.
Ref “Attenborough’s cliff-dying walrus convinced elite Davos influencers of a global climate emergency”, WUWT Posted on January 24, 2021

This is in contrast with SDA’s scientific advisor for that trip, Anatoly Kochnev,  in his own article “Pacific Walrus in Russia” published in WWF 2017#2 in which he recognises that whilst :
“Climate change has caused a significant decrease of summer and winter sea ice cover making it difficult for walrus to rest up on the ice floes or use them as platforms for feeding in the extensive shallows of the Central Chukchi Sea. Walruses are forced to remain near shore for extensively long periods , creating dense haulouts in the tems of thousands.”

the article goes on to state:
“There is also growing interference from predators and humans, leading to panic among the tightly-packed crush on shore and is likely the cause of annual mass deaths of walrus on coastal haulouts”.
Thus SDA’s own consultant has an alternative cause for the mass walrus deaths which is not solely to do with climate change.
However that doesn’t fit the climate change hysteria narrative.

Tom Abbott
November 19, 2022 5:58 am

I think this lady needs a little bit of psychological therapy.

Another victim of the Human-caused Climate Change lies.

There are millions of other victims out there, sadly. Misled into fearing CO2, when there is no evidence atmospheric CO2 is harmful.

abolition man
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 19, 2022 9:32 am

She appears to be another successful product of the Climate Apocalyptic indoctrination campaign! She doesn’t need “brainwashing” so much as maybe one or two “rinse”cycles to remove all the sudsy bubbles from her brain! She also may have been stuck on “spin” cycle for quite a while judging from her eyes. “Fatal Attraction” springs to mind!

Martin Brumby
Reply to  abolition man
November 20, 2022 2:39 am

A vigorous kick up the bum is sometimes efficacious.

Curious George
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 19, 2022 12:16 pm

April 15, 2022 Scientist Emma Smart went on a hunger strike Thursday after she was denied bail by London authorities while awaiting a court hearing on charges of “criminal damage,” which were filed after Smart and others glued scientific papers and themselves to a U.K. government building to protest destructive climate policies.

Maybe the psychological therapy should be delivered in jail.

November 19, 2022 6:15 am

What are her “scientific” credentials?
I’d be surprised if her expertise was in any of the hard sciences.

November 19, 2022 7:41 am

Another nutjob making the news cuz she claims to be a “scientist”. Just ignore them whenever possible. Especially the climate cult variety. Just scammers.

Walter Sobchak
November 19, 2022 7:44 am

Clearly a case of harassing the wrong person. Attenborough is a beloved icon of the warmunists.

If she had been harassing Bjorn Lomborg, the cops would have arrested him and escorted her home with a brass band.

November 19, 2022 8:08 am

Is this the same David Attenburgh that interfered with a polar bears’ dinner party at the Flying Walrus restaurant in Siberia? A plague on both of them!

November 19, 2022 8:09 am

Good to see the bad and the ugly falling out. A schism in the church of climatology. Excommunicate all climate infidels say I

Ed Zuiderwijk
November 19, 2022 8:24 am

It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. In the background one can hear a walrus crashing to the floor.

John Hultquist
November 19, 2022 9:11 am

Confronting, in a public setting, an old person with signs of mental decline is unacceptable behavior.

Reply to  John Hultquist
November 21, 2022 1:25 pm

by that standard, biden is free & clear. nobody will confront him in private & in public he can just go on sniffing women and girls.

November 19, 2022 9:24 am

Greenwashing has its privileges. What’s in your carbon wallet?

November 19, 2022 9:31 am

Upstaging the stage crafter is a new thing now.

In other news, Uncle Joe turned 80 and the doomsday clock remains in a lockbox to avoid embarrassment for the Party in power.

November 19, 2022 10:44 am

“we are losing some 150 species going extinct globally every single day.”

For each day this week… name one species that has gone extinct… . !!

November 19, 2022 10:49 am

Neither of them are sane, decent, honest or truthful on the simple basis of natural fact any educated person has access to. Both equally sociopathic.

Delusional or deliberately deceitful on the facts, to gain whatever worthless fleeting fame their sociopathy creates for them. When they die both will leave an evil stain in, and a very bad smell around, the institutions of real science, and the scientific method itself. This event can’t be too soon for the sustainable future of humans on planet Earth, which needs saving from them and their mentally challenged ilk.

November 19, 2022 11:47 am

He got off light with no soup thrown.

Bruce Cobb
November 19, 2022 11:58 am

When the Climate Cuckoo clock strikes twelve, will everything go back to normal? I hope.

michael hart
November 19, 2022 12:29 pm

While Craniometry is generally held in low regard, I am pretty sure I can spot a militant vegan/vegetarian when I see one.

November 19, 2022 2:17 pm

I just hope the justice system doesn’t go all wimpish over this woman. Or the rest come to that.

There are many ways by which it could discourage further activity of this nature.
For instance the Magistrates could **sit on their hands waiting for a suitable slot in the busy Court schedules. Meanwhile she should obviously be required to report to the police at regularly very inconvenient times. **(No I’m not suggesting the Magistrates glue their hands to their chairs!!!)
This could go on for years, judging by the backlog partly created by her partners in crime.
Fining her is no good. That fellow Besos or something (I forget his name) will just pay the bill from his I’ll gotten gains and she’ll be out and about beings pain in the neck again with a grin on her face.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
November 19, 2022 10:47 pm

Yes Eric; this is what I fear may well happen due to what you say; but in my book it definitely should NOT. In my book a crime has been committed which affected more people than just Attenborough; so it should not be in his position to influence the outcome. That is a matter for the Justice system to decide in the context of sending a message to anyone wishing to copy the behaviour of this woman.

like you I shall keep an eye on it if I can; but that depends on the media that can just switch off the light, does it not?

November 19, 2022 3:59 pm

an affiliate of Extinction Rebellion composed of scientists…”

Bryan A
Reply to  sskinner
November 19, 2022 4:44 pm

Sure, they all have PHDs in Thunkology

Gary Pearse
November 19, 2022 6:55 pm

“member of “Scientist Rebellion“, an affiliate of Extinction Rebellion ”

Yes, Science seems to be closer to the verge of extinction than the Tennessee snail darter.

Geoffrey Williams
November 19, 2022 8:19 pm

Scientist rebellion activist says it all . .
Just a headline grabber with no intellect . .

November 19, 2022 10:06 pm

One must remember that it is Sir David Attenbullshit and that he has specific rights towards and against other people that the general population don’t have.

Bruce Cobb
November 20, 2022 9:38 am

When Climate Cuckoos fight, everyone wins.

Mary Jones
November 20, 2022 11:16 am

Why am I not surprised she is a prison alumnus?

November 20, 2022 2:17 pm

Both of which have no standing as “scientists” nor embrace the Mertonian Scientific Norms.
“I tried to find the science, and I couldn’t. Then I followed the money and found the science”…. Attenborough has fell into the money grab… a 96yr old making his last plays of “relevance”.

BTW Scientist Rebellion is in league with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Anyone can join, and in reality has no real scientists in the subject at hand….. an ideological, political front…..

November 20, 2022 2:29 pm

Emma Smart Attenborough Letter. Source Twitter.”

Attenborough’s writing looks to be that of a very negative person.

November 20, 2022 10:40 pm

If Smart was arrested for failure to follow a section 35 order then a section 34 notice should’ve been made by an inspector. That means that a section 35 is only used after previous anti-social behaviour by a group of people. Or that the police had notice that anti-social behaviour would occur. So the event that led to her arrest was not the only event. Something fishy [pun intended] going on with the BBC article not giving all the facts.

November 21, 2022 5:42 am

She is insane, and he is a c**t

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