Celebrity singer Charlotte Church stuns TV viewers by blaming Syria’s brutal four-year civil war on ‘climate change’.
Edited and abridged by Lasha Darkmoon from the Daily Mail
“There is evidence to suggest that climate change
was a big factor in how the Syrian conflict came about.”
The millionaire former child prodigy, appearing on the BBC’s Question Time last night, said global warming was “a big factor” in the brutal conflict between rebel groups, Isis and Bashar Assad.
Ms Church, who has become a high-profile campaigner against the British government’s austerity programme, later took to Twitter to complain about the programme’s audience after they responded to her complaint about climate change with silence.
Last night’s Question Time was filmed in Ms Church’s home town in Cardiff and featured Labour’s new MP Stephen Kinnock, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb, and Margaret Thatcher’s biographer Charles Moore.
The panel was asked if British airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria should be ruled out. Ms Church said we should ask the Syrian people who their real enemy is. But she then added:
“Another interesting thing with Syria actually, lots of people don’t seem to know about it, is there is evidence to suggest that climate change was a big factor in how the Syrian conflict came about.”
Ms Church said those who criticised her should “go do some research — come back to me and we’ll then have a conversation about ‘the real world’.”
CHARLOTTE CHURCH IN HER OWN WORDS:
ON SYRIA AND CLIMATE CHANGE
“Another interesting thing with Syria, actually, which a lot of people don’t seem to know about this – there is evidence to suggest that climate change was a big factor in how the Syrian conflict came about.
From 2006 to 2011 they experienced one of the worst droughts in its history, which of course meant there were water shortages and crops weren’t growing.
There was a mass migration from rural areas of Syria into the urban centres, which put more strain [on them] and resources were scarce et cetera, which apparently did contribute to the conflict there today.
No issue is an island you know and we are trying to look at all the different factors in this. We also need to look at what we are doing to the planet and how that might actually cause more conflict in the world.”
Her comments were met with a complete and deafening silence from the audience.
After the show Ms Church admitted her appearance on the long-running programme had been “tough”. She said the hostile crowd did not feel like any Welsh crowd she would recognise. Ms Church attacked those on Twitter who had ridiculed her climate change observations.
Ms Church also shared a message on Twitter that read: “That BBC Question Time audience was not representative of the Wales I know and live in. Mostly ill informed! Mainly right wing.”
During last night’s episode Ms Church also praised Jeremy Corbyn’s vow never to use nuclear weapons. The Labour leader has faced mounting criticism from within the Labour party over his admission that he would never authorise a military strike as Prime Minister.
Ms Church said: “I think it’s commendable what Jeremy said. I think that if nuclear warfare occurs then you know, you’ve got the start of World War Three, so I actually think it’s a really commendable place to come from to say ‘No, I would not be prepared to destroy hundreds of thousands of people.’ Yeah, I think it’s a commendable place to come from.”
On another occasion, the singer celeb said she had to be careful about spending and count her pennies. She wasn’t as rich as many people thought she was. “I haven’t got a lot of money,” she complained. “I’ve just got enough to be comfortable if I was reasonable for the rest of my life. But I’m not reasonable. So I will have to find a way to sustain my lifestyle.”
Ms Church’s total wealth is estimated at £11 million ($16.5 million).
The famous singer is quoted as saying elsewhere : “I can’t see how anyone could see footage of the Arctic melting and not feel moved. It’s terrifying to think of what we’re doing to this planet.” Watch this 27-second video clip outlining Ms Church’s highly original theory that ISIS was caused by drought, water shortages, and the melting of the ice caps: