It was Oscar Wilde who described the conversation of weather as, ‘the last refuge of the unimaginative’. However even the great man would have changed his tune at the news of Michael Fish completing a base jump. So often discussing weather is the last resort born of the most boring of conversations. A conversation starter for some although, let’s face it, it isn’t that sexy. Yet weather is back and in the form of 80’s icons base-jumping for a good cause.
Teaming up with Rapanui Clothing, Michael Fish completed a base jump also providing a commentary throughout, which just to mention, maintains his notorious distinguished tone and dialect. Yet what can inspire a 68-year-old man to complete a base jump? Surprisingly it wasn’t in the name of charity but with the aim of creating more awareness about climate change.
Fish stated that, “Raising awareness of climate change is really important, because there is no doubt whatsoever that if we carry on the way we are, there will be shortages of food, shortages of water, towns and cities will be flooded, there’s all sorts of chaos that could arise, in fact some of it is already happening.
We have to do something about it now, not wait until it’s too late. If some of us have to make sacrifices, like risking our lives by jumping off buildings, then so be it”
Michael Fish recently featured in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony where a clip of his controversial weather forecast of 1987 was featured. Fish may also be recognisable having formerly been sampled by English electronic dance group, The Prodigy in their music video for the track, ‘Weather Experience’.
Raising awareness of climate change is the aim of this project and Michael Fish certainly caught our attention. Having been the longest serving broadcast meteorologist on British television Fish is still working on new challenges, could this become a new hobby for Michael Fish?