Chris Packham accused of hypocrisy by Lord Botham for supporting both XR and long-distance air travel
The group itself does not have a stated policy on theft – it does not advocate an outright ban, for example – but a spokesperson said “it stands to reason … that the expansion of the ‘aviation and the rate of theft are incompatible with our first and second demands “which is for governments” to tell the truth about the climate and act immediately “.
Packham’s ties to the travel industry were highlighted by Lord Botham as part of what he called a campaign to denounce “green poverty,” resulting from environmental policies that could force people to replace cars at gasoline and gas boilers, as well as lost jobs. to foreign competitors.
He calculated that 36 passengers on a trip to Papua New Guinea, flying from London via Australia, would need to plant 18,000 trees to absorb 360 tonnes of CO2.
Packham told The Telegraph that Lord Botham “was looking for every possible opportunity to undermine my integrity and my credibility.”
He said he had “not seen an airport like everyone else” in the past 18 months. He said Lord Botham accused him of being a “hypocrite”, but he was wrong to claim that.
He also said he does not fully support XR. “I like some aspects of XR, but keep in mind that this is a decentralized unit, there are things that they do that I don’t support,” he said.
Packham said the Papua New Guinea tour was over five years ago and that he had not visited The Gambia, where he had visited regularly for the first time in 1986, for three at four years old.
Packham added: “I cannot get involved in all public disputes with Ian Botham. I understand why he is doing it. His mission is to damage my reputation because I oppose some of his views on field sports ”.