'We used to skate on the Thames and grow grapes in the UK' - Hemel caller's bizarre reason why climate change ISN'T man-made

A caller to a phone-in radio show says climate change ISN'T man-made because Britons "used to skate on the Thames" and "grow grapes".

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 11:32 am
Updated Friday, 3rd January 2020, 11:57 am

The Hemel Hempstead man - only identified as Mike - told LBC radio climate change is happening, BUT that it is a natural occurrence.

When presenter James O'Brien said it was man-made and scientists had proven it, Mike responded: "Well I beg to differ on that."

What followed was a bizarre but imaginative explanation to his strongly-held views on climate change.

Presenter James O'Brien taking Mike's call (Credit: LBC)

"I'm not contradicting science, global warming is a natural phenomenon," Mike said.

When asked where he got his information from, he said: "By mere virtue that in history, once upon a time we used to skate on the Thames, and we used to grow grapes.

"What mankind is doing isn't helping matters but I wouldn't as far to say we're instigating it."

The presenter continued to ask the Hemelite what his evidence is for his views.

Mike said: "You'll have one lot of scientists saying it is and then one lot of scientists saying it isn't."

So James asked for one scientist who doesn't think climate change is man-made. That left Mike gasping for words.

After the call, James summed it up: "Mike is there, convinced, but utterly unable to name any source. Why? What is it."

According to the National Geographic Society, climate change is a long-term shift in global or regional climate patterns.

"The cause of current climate change is largely human activity, like burning fossil fuels, like natural gas, oil, and coal.

"Burning these materials releases what are called greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere.

"There, these gases trap heat from the sun’s rays inside the atmosphere causing Earth’s average temperature to rise."

Climate change has been blamed by experts for worsening Australia wildfires and the most intense rain in Indonesia for 26 years.

To watch the full LBC video click here