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Eco-hypocrite arrested for confronting Sir David Attenborough drove 18-year-old 4×4 81,000-miles

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A protester who was arrested for confronting Sir David Attenborough while eating at a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant is an Insulate Britain activist who drove an 18-year-old 4×4 on an 81,000-mile journey across 50 countries.

Activist and marine biologist Emma Smart, 45, approached Sir David yesterday at the Catch at the Old Fish Market in Dorset to try and deliver him a letter and a chat about ‘telling the truth’ about climate change.

She also received a four-month prison sentence for the Insulate Britain M25 stunt in October 2021 and went on hunger strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists from the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

But she came under fire before when it was revealed that from 2012 to 2016 she and husband Andy drove 80,975 miles in 858 days and visited 50 countries in an 18-year-old Toyota.

Activist Emma Smart previously came under fire when it was revealed that she and her husband Andy drove 80,975 miles and visited 50 countries in 858 days in an 18-year-old Toyota between 2012 and 2016 (Photo: Smart and her husband Andy discuss their journey on the big black dick)

Activist Emma Smart previously came under fire when it was revealed that she and her husband Andy drove 80,975 miles and visited 50 countries in 858 days in an 18-year-old Toyota between 2012 and 2016 (Photo: Smart and her husband Andy discuss their journey on the big black dick)

She also received a four-month prison sentence for Insulate Britain's M25 stunt in October 2021 (Photo: Smart will appear before the High Court for sentencing in November 2021)

She also received a four-month prison sentence for Insulate Britain's M25 stunt in October 2021 (Photo: Smart will appear before the High Court for sentencing in November 2021)

She also received a four-month prison sentence for Insulate Britain’s M25 stunt in October 2021 (Photo: Smart will appear before the High Court for sentencing in November 2021)

Marine biologist Smart, 45, approached Sir David at the catch at Dorset's Old Fish Market yesterday and was dragged out and arrested

Marine biologist Smart, 45, approached Sir David at the catch at Dorset's Old Fish Market yesterday and was dragged out and arrested

Marine biologist Smart, 45, approached Sir David at the catch at Dorset’s Old Fish Market yesterday and was dragged out and arrested

Smart went on hunger strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists from the UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Smart went on hunger strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists from the UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Smart went on hunger strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists from the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Smart previously justified her 81,000-mile journey by saying she and her partner would produce “62 per cent less CO2 per day” compared to living in their shared home of four in the UK.

The couple divided their world tour into four stages and regularly blogged about their travels in their 4×4.

During the first part of their journey, they traveled to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and Poland.

This was followed by visits to Portugal, Morocco, Western Sahara, Spain and Andorra.

Before the trip, Smart told the BBC it had taken “18 months of planning and saving” and “extreme hard work” to go through.

But she came under fire on social media for what some saw as “hypocrisy.”

Smart previously justified her 81,000-mile journey by saying she and her partner would produce “62 per cent less CO2 per day” compared to living in their shared home of four in the UK

The couple divided their world tour into four stages and regularly blogged about their travels in their 4x4

The couple divided their world tour into four stages and regularly blogged about their travels in their 4x4

The couple divided their world tour into four stages and regularly blogged about their travels in their 4×4

But she came under fire on social media for what some saw as 'hypocrisy' with people tweeting their outrage

But she came under fire on social media for what some saw as 'hypocrisy' with people tweeting their outrage

But she came under fire on social media for what some saw as ‘hypocrisy’ with people tweeting their outrage

One person tweeted: ‘This is one of the #InsulateBritain protesters Emma Smart who felt “forced” to stop traffic on the M25 this morning… hypocrisy at its finest! 81k miles the journey!’

Sir David, 96, had spent Thursday in Weymouth filming a TV documentary about fishing and was going to the nearby restaurant in the evening.

Smart, protesting on behalf of Animal Rebellion, said: ‘We don’t need another documentary series showing us that we are losing, some 150 species are going extinct every day worldwide. What we need is action.’

Dorset police said Smart, from Weymouth, was arrested on Thursday night after allegedly causing a disturbance and refusing to comply with officers after they asked her to leave the restaurant.

She was charged with failing to comply with a Section 35 order and will appear before Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on December 21.

Sharp also received a four-month prison sentence for taking part in an Insulate Britain protest on the M25 on October 8, 2021.

Sharp also received a four-month prison sentence for taking part in an Insulate Britain protest on the M25 on 8 October 2021

Sharp also received a four-month prison sentence for taking part in an Insulate Britain protest on the M25 on 8 October 2021

Sharp also received a four-month prison sentence for taking part in an Insulate Britain protest on the M25 on 8 October 2021

Pictured: Smart and other British protesters from Insulate block a roundabout at a junction on the M25 in 2021

Pictured: Smart and other British protesters from Insulate block a roundabout at a junction on the M25 in 2021

Pictured: Smart and other British protesters from Insulate block a roundabout at a junction on the M25 in 2021

During her time at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, she was transferred to the hospital wing after going on a hunger strike over her sentence. She was released in January.

She also went on a hunger and thirst strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists at the BEIS building in Westminster.

They glued poster-sized pages of climate science papers to the building, while Smart and a few others taped their hands to the window and used spray chalk to mark it with extinction symbols.

Smart was held in a plain windowless cell for 48 hours and refused bail because she had a record of violating bail conditions.

During her time at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, she was transferred to the hospital wing after going on a hunger strike over her sentence.  She was released in January

During her time at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, she was transferred to the hospital wing after going on a hunger strike over her sentence.  She was released in January

During her time at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, she was transferred to the hospital wing after going on a hunger strike over her sentence. She was released in January

Her husband said at the time: ‘What kind of world are we living in when scientists are forced to arrest themselves and go on hunger strike to be heard? And why was she not released? This was a minor crime with no public nuisance. Her treatment is disproportionate to her crime.”

Smart’s letter to Sir David read: ‘Dear David, I still want to meet you!

‘I’m from Weymouth – my community will be devastated by the climate crisis.

“Today marks one year since I went to prison for peacefully protesting the government’s inaction.

“There are currently 35 ordinary people in prison for environmental protest. Please speak up for them. For all life on earth.

‘I am a scientist. A biologist. Please meet me – just five minutes.’

She also went on a hunger and thirst strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists at Westminster's BEIS building

She also went on a hunger and thirst strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists at Westminster's BEIS building

She also went on a hunger and thirst strike in April after a protest with 24 fellow scientists at Westminster’s BEIS building

Smart previously got in touch with Sir David via Twitter and by sending a letter while he was in prison

Smart previously got in touch with Sir David via Twitter and by sending a letter while he was in prison

Smart previously got in touch with Sir David via Twitter and by sending a letter while he was in prison

In a statement later released by Smart via Animal Rebellion, she said she attacked the restaurant because its “expensive menu was a symbol of excess and inequality.”

Ms Smart said: ‘The Catch is a symbol of excess and inequality in today’s world, Weymouth has average wages that are among the lowest in the UK and is at enormous risk of sea level rise.

“Yet this restaurant is still going strong in the worst cost of living crisis many will ever experience.

Sir David is in a unique position to tell the truth about the biodiversity crisis.

“He has the opportunity to leave a legacy of love and care, and to be the forerunner of a better world.”

Ms Smart has previously tried to get in touch with Sir David about the climate crisis – and received a response – when she sent him a letter from prison.