Be vo­cal about cli­mate change, ac­tress Thomp­son urges

New Straits Times - - World -

STOCK­HOLM: From Sense and Sen­si­bil­ity to Love Ac­tu­ally and Nanny McPhee, Bri­tish ac­tress Emma Thomp­son is known for her roles in cos­tume dra­mas, come­dies and fan­tasy films.

But like fel­low Os­car win­ner Leonardo DiCaprio, the 57-yearold is an avid en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner, seek­ing to raise aware­ness on is­sues such as frack­ing and cli­mate change.

“I think that we’ve all got to shout as loudly as we can,” Thomp­son said. “Or­di­nary peo­ple need to know more. They need to in­form them­selves. You can’t just sit back and go ‘look, I re­cy­cle’.”

The ac­tress was speak­ing in Swe­den, where she is adding her voice to fel­low ac­tivists’ crit­i­cism of Nor­way’s plans to open up more oil and gas ex­plothe ra­tion in Arc­tic.

“You can’t say you want to safe­guard fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and then drill for more of the stuff that has al­ready put our planet in dan­ger,” she said. “We al­ready have.”

In 2014, Thomp­son, who said she joined Green­peace in her youth, trav­elled to the Arc­tic ar­chi­pel­ago of Sval­bard.

“To see the ice that is sadly melt­ing changed me ac­tu­ally on quite a molec­u­lar level. But also to see the grief of the sci­en­tists who have been vis­it­ing the place for 25 years and to stand on a glacier and to see... the marks of where it used to be is a ter­ri­ble thing.”

Thomp­son said her next project was di­rect­ing a film about the 1665 Lon­don plague. “What is in­ter­est­ing about it is that like so many plagues that af­fect the world it af­fected only the poor which is why we don’t know much about it”, she said, when asked what’s next for her.

“But on my 60th birth­day I want to be putting up a Green­peace ban­ner.” Reuters

Emma Thomp­son

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