GMB: Joanna Lumley praises conservationist Sacha Dench
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Joanna, 75, joined the human swan and Australian conservationist Sacha Dench on Good Morning Britain to discuss their new collaboration. The Absolutely Fabulous star has spoken frequently about her hopes to save the planet from Climate Change and has taken part in many campaigns to get the public involved. Speaking with Susanna Reid, 50, and Ben Shephard, 46, on the ITV news show, the world-renowned star of stage and screen explained she has “the easy job” with regards to the project she is taking part in with Sacha.
Stood with Sacha in the Great Glasshouse in Wales, the actress said: “What [Sacha] is doing is extraordinary.
“She’s an extraordinary woman! A Viking, a goddess! She decided to fly around Britain focusing on people who are doing good.
“People doing good, green, eco-friendly things and also [focusing] on the things that are going wrong like the crumbling White Cliffs of Dover.
“We can do things as a country, even small things [to protect the environment],” she added before discussing the role she is playing in the project.
“So when [Sacha] lands [after flying around the country by electric paramotor], I will meet her. We’re in Wales at the moment.”
“We’re just about to go out and Sacha is going to be flying down to the beach where we will meet people picking up litter,” Joanna continued.
“It’s extraordinary. I get the easy part of it, you have to understand that, asking, ‘How was that Sacha?'”
Taking to Twitter, viewers reacted to the Absolutely Fabulous star getting involved with another campaign as one wrote: “Go, Sacha. And isn’t Joanna Lumley fabulous?
“Am waiting for someone to say she is too blonde thin and beautiful to be a good role model,” they continued.
I get the easy part
Earlier this year, Joanna spoke about wanting to protect the planet and her incentive to champion the environmental campaigns.
“If you can make an effort and do something good every day, like not buying plastic in the first place, you make an effort towards looking after what is our only home,” she told The Sun.
With the pandemic dominating headlines for the past 18 months, the actress has also shared her concerns about the impact it could have on the planet.
In the midst of the global health crisis, she urged the public to buy washable masks instead of disposable ones.
Joanna said: “You think the whole problem of excess plastic is too big for me to tangle with but the truth is, I’ve found this all the way through my life, is if you can make an effort, and it is making an effort and do something good every day, like not throwing plastic away, not buying plastic in the first place, if you can make an effort towards looking after what is our only home.
“It’s exciting to think what could I do? And the first thing you can do is to get the water out of the tap.
“I’ve just been doing some work with a charity in Darfur where the little children walk up to 14 miles a day to get water.
“And you think honestly we have got it pouring out of the taps so let’s treat the fresh sweet water we have got with respect and don’t waste your money on bottled water,” she told the PA agency.
In an aim to discourage the use of plastic, Joanna made several changes to her life, including not using hand sanitiser.
Instead, the actress said a “bar of soap” was good enough for her and didn’t see the need to buy surplus supplies of hand sanitiser.
“I would think all the time, ‘What would David Attenborough say, sweetie? Would he approve of this?'” She commented.
Although she said things can’t change overnight, she issued the plea for the public to make the effort to change their ways and save the planet.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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