Joanna Lumley blasted for 'hypocrisy overload' in new climate change documentary urging people not to travel

JOANNA Lumley has been blasted for 'hypocrisy overload' in a new climate change documentary urging people not to travel.

The 75-year-old's one-off programme saw her meet the 'Human Swan' Sacha Dench, the world record-breaking conservationist.


Sacha has made headlines for travelling around the world by paramotor – an engine-powered paraglider – and Joanna wanted to explore if the rest of us could follow her lead when it comes to making a difference to the planet.

She said: "It’s so easy to wring our hands in despair. But, I promise you, if we all act together it’s not too late to make a difference.

“The Human Swan is rising to the challenge. Shall we follow her?”

However, some viewers were immediately rattled by Joanna's comment, considering she has fronted a number of travel documentaries in recent years including trips to Japan, India and the Caribbean.

Taking to Twitter, one raged: "Are you kidding me!!! How many travel programs has this woman done flying round the world!!! Ridiculous!! Totally jumping on the bandwagon!! Grrrrrr."

Another added in fury: "“@JoannaLumleyUK can f*** right off. Hypocrisy overload."

A third tweeted: "@JoannaLumleyUK is presently on #ITV ranting on about the great bandwagon that is #climatechange. She has in the last 6 years made no less than 8 travel documentaries that have taken to every corner of the Earth… by trains, planes and automobiles.” 

However, other viewers were pleased to see Joanna using her platform to try and make a difference regarding climate change.

One viewer wrote on Twitter: "@sachadench just watched you with Joanna Lumley. I agree with you. We can all do our part. Respect.”

Another added: "@joannalumley_ wow watching #humanswan no better celebrity to bring us show us what can be done for our planet best practices, #COP26 the slightest change in our habits can make a difference."

A third agreed, writing: "How brilliant to see @JoannaLumleyUK and @sachadench on @ITV this evening – such brave people and an incredibly important message. Dan was clearly a brilliant person and my heart goes out to his family. #ClimateAction #HumanSwan @C_no_borders."

Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan is available to watch on ITV Hub.

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