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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Act on climate change now or it will be too late – David Attenborough

Ahead of the UN climate summit ‘COP26’ in Glasgow, which is scheduled to take place at the end of the month, broadcaster David Attenborough has issued a warning to leaders that “If we don’t act now, it will be too late. We have to do it now.”

Attenborough spoke with BBC science editor David Shukman where he stated, “Every month that passes, it becomes more and more incontrovertible, the changes to the planet that we are responsible for that are having these devastating effects.”

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He added that the possibilities of COP26 gave him some hope and that he will be present at the summit.

The 95-year-old broadcaster and naturalist also spoke about how people in the developing world are greatly affected by the effects of climate change while adding that wealthier and developed countries have a “moral responsibility” to help refugees who are displaced by climate change.

“We caused it, our kind of industrialisation is one of the major factors in producing this change in climate. So we have a moral responsibility,”.

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“Even if we didn’t cause it, we would have a moral responsibility to do something about thousands of men, women and children who’ve lost everything, everything. Can we just say goodbye and say this is no business of ours?”

COP26 has been seen as the last best chance to stop global temperatures from rising above 1.5C, with the recent analysis suggesting that even with the latest pledges and targets, the world is heading for around 2.4C of warming in the long term.

IMAGE (left) – John Cairns

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