“She is extremely well informed. But she’s also very modest. And she keeps saying: Look, the only guide has to be the science, we must follow what the science says.”
He defended Thunberg against her critics and suggested they are not “particularly well informed”.
He said: “Yes, well that’s the way it is. That’s the way life is, that’s the way society is.
“And in fact if you aren’t particularly well informed about the natural world, and the minute you find that you can’t get to your work to do what you want to do, or what you need to do to earn a living, because somebody has stopped you because they are talking about an issue you don’t know about, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there will be some people as a consequence of that who will act in an outraged way.”
Sir David is the first guest to appear on the So Hot Right Now podcast, about communication and climate change.
His episode will be available from Tuesday on all podcast platforms.
Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, singer Ellie Goulding and UN climate negotiator Christiana Figueres will also feature in the series.