London, Dec 16: A chief scientist with the British govt believes that women can fight against global warming – if they stop admiring men who drive sports cars. Professor Sir David King said that women who find supercar drivers "sexy" should divert their affections to men who live more environment friendly lives.
Sir David, who is due to retire as the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser at the end of the year, said individuals needed to change their behaviour. "I was asked at a lecture by a young woman about what she could do and I told her to stop admiring young men in Ferraris," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"What I was saying is that you have got to admire people who are conserving energy and not those wilfully using it," he added. He feels that men buy Ferrari because young women think it is sexy to see men driving the super hot sports car.
"As soon as you come to the individual, however, they will buy a Ferrari, not because it is cheap to run or has low carbon dioxide emissions, but because young women think it is sexy to see men driving Ferraris. That is the area where a culture hange is needed," Sir David said.
A Ferrari F430 produces 420g/km of carbon dioxide - more than four times as much as the hybrid petrol-electric Prius.
However, the car aficionados criticised Sir David for laying the blame for climate change drivers who own sports cars.
Peter Everingham, secretary the Ferrari Owners Club, said: "Nearly 90 per cent of people who buy Ferraris are married so they are not looking to impress women by buying their car."
"There are fewer than 5,600 cars made a year by Ferrari. To suggest Ferraris are a factor in climate change is unhelpful," he added.
Sir David will be publishing a book next month on climate change called Hot Topic that demonstrates his comments were intended towards the cultural change that is needed in society in order to combat global warming.